Saturday, June 23, 2018 Our big girl Dora is carrying another family around the country this week and she’s happy to do it! Over two weeks ago we moved out of Dora into the house we built in Amite three years ago. Before that we worked almost constantly getting Dora spotless and packing up the mountain of things we carried with us in Dora.
When we started getting rental bookings for Dora we were so happy. Seven weeks of rentals were booked while we were preparing to move into the house. Then a wonderful family contacted us about renting Dora beginning last Sunday. That one happened fast so we sped up all the work involved in moving everything out, cleaning Dora and getting all of the things we offered as “extras” to those who rent Dora.
First here Dora is getting ready to say goodbye to her mom and dad who moved into their house next door to her.
Every storage bin outside and every drawer, cabinet, storage place inside had to be emptied and cleaned. As we moved things from Dora to the house and started to fill up the house we realized how very much we really carried with us in Dora!
The photos below start with Dora pretty much all torn apart inside and outside getting her ready to be rented. Yes I am courageous in showing you all our mess while moving. I’ve sure we’ve all experienced this at some point in the moving process. Ours was just all confined to a 400 sq. foot home!
From all that mess to a nice straightened up and pretty empty Dora!
I knew Dora was out there sad and lonely. We visited often and even brought others to meet and get to know her. The families who are going to rent her came one at a time to familiarize themselves with all that is Dora and to drive her so they are comfortable, and so we are comfortable with them driving her. We are finding that some really great people want to travel our country with our big girl Dora. They love her and I can’t wait till they each return after their trips to share with us how she does!
Here’s some pictures with Roy teaching them all about Dora’s many systems and features.
This is Jeff posing for me so we could see what he will look like while they are touring this beautiful country!
This is Jeff faking like he’s stuck in traffic!
We decided to stock the RV with lots of items including cleaning items, first aid kit, coffee pot and filters, toaster, stainless eating utensils, pot holders, chip bag clips, cooking utensils and pans, induction cooktop as an alternative to the propane stove, pots and pans, sheets, pillows, bedspreads, quality paper plates, saucer and bowls, cups, coffee cups, medium outside table, six foldable chairs in bags, large outside mat, and several other things. We’re expanding that soon to include a small ironing board, iron, towels, wash clothes, clothes hangers, and shampoo. We want our motor home to be the one renters choose and are learning that these things will help.
Here’s Roy giving Dora a final complete washing before she leaves.
The moment our dear Dora left with her first rental family heading to Tennessee and Arkansas. Great family of four hoping to create lasting memories together. I can’t wait till they get home to hear all about it!
Here’s Roy working hard getting the beams level again and the gravel leveled off while Dora’s off having fun.
Dora’s patio is empty now, everything moved to the house. This week’s renters left their vehicles with us while they are off enjoying their time with Dora!
Well, Dora comes home this evening late. We have a quick turn around before she leaves for 17 days with a sweet couple from about a hour from here. After that she is rented until middle of August.
We are making slow small steps to making our house into our home. This is the console we purchased that our tv sits on. The TV will eventually be mounted on the wall but for now it’s happy on the console. The wood color matches the color of our kitchen cabinets in the adjoining kitchen.
The guest bathroom is all dressed up and ready to be used! She needs some wall decorations still but that will come!
Our fig trees have lots more figs on them than last year! They should start ripening soon.
My rock painting took a two week break but I’m back at painting! One of our bedrooms has become Roy’s computer room and the other has become my rock painting room and Madisyn’s room for when she comes to visit overnight. I’ve started creating medium size rocks for our renters to help them remember their adventures with Dora. I’ll post pictures of them after the renters receive them.
This is the view from my rock painting room! I love it! It’s way prettier than the picture shows. When the wind is blowing and the trees move and water rripples across the pond it is such an amazing sight!!
Our master bedroom has nothing but a new king size mattress, box springs and frame but I sleep like a baby in that big bed! We do have sheets but just not in this picture!
We just had a three day Dora rental book for September and one is pending for October. Dora is renting out really well and we couldn’t be happier. If any of ya’ll are interested in renting her please let us know!
Roy and I put many hours into creating an instruction manual for the renters to learn about all of Dora’s systems and features. Our dear friends, Cindy, Jacqueline and Donna helped proof read the manual and made many, many helpful recommendations. Thanks ladies, you are all wonderful friends and we appreciate you!
Once those recommended changes were made in the manual it is now ready to give to the next renters. We email a .pdf copy of the manual to renters once they pay and book their trip so they can learn about her at home ahead of time.
Chip, Misty and Madisyn came over after church for Father’s Day and were the first company in our new home! I cooked a big pot of spaghetti sauce in my big (compared to Dora’s) kitchen and we enjoyed spending time together. Our older son’s children called Roy to wish him Happy Father’s Day. I loved hearing their small voices tell him they love him.
I’ve made a decision about having the partial knee replacement. I also haven’t shared about Roy’s visit with Dr. Pulin Shah at Ochsner in New Orleans or about why I’m not going to see the neurologist in New Orleans that I thought I was going to see back in May. Maybe next time I can write about all that!
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