The drive back to our apartment was a lot easier than the drive to Fort DeSoto. We did not hit rush hour! Once again, we parked behind Lowes since we are unable to pull the camper into the apartment complex. We loaded up the car with dirty clothes, food and anything else we could think of to just get it out of there. The boys and cousin walked home while I drove everything back to our apartment.
It was a joint effort to get everything inside and then the showers started. Cousin, son, me and then hubby. I was so happy to be back in my house. We didn’t have much of a time that we could rest though. We knew that Lowes would not continue to allow us to keep the camper there, and we had no idea if it would even be safe overnight unattended.
This is when we decided to go ahead take the camper over to the Orlando area for storage. We had already made the command decision to move to Orlando. It just seemed like there might be more opportunities for hubby to start working again if we were there. Another thing that draws us there is that the acting school our son attends is there. Yup, that’s right. Our son wants to be in movies. We decided last year to go ahead and foster that dream than stymie it. He can be anything he wants to be, as long as the desire is there. Orlando just means more opportunities for son and hubby, period!
After we had rested up, we jumped in the truck and drove the camper over to Orlando. Did we stay another night? Yes we did. Lol We found a campground that does not have a whole lot of thrills to it. It has over 200 sites, a pool, a laundry, a social hall, a big field to play sports in it, bathhouses, and absolutely no high speed internet. It is nice and inexpensive, which is our budget right now. They had just raised our rent up to $1350 a month for a 3 bedroom, 2 bath apartment. We needed to be realistic. We have had people (friends and relatives) and our church help us during this time with paying rent, etc. But we decided that we had an opportunity to save money and pay people back sooner (than later) if we went ahead and gave up the apartment for the camper.
As a parent, sometimes these are decisions you just don’t really like or care to make. But our son can see that we are willing to do anything to make sure that we stay together as a family and will not put ourselves into further financial strain just for the fact of having a “premium place to live.”
Here sits our new “condo on wheels” in its new lot where we intend to keep it for a while. Poor cousin had no idea most of her trip was going to turn into a camping adventure. HAHAHAHAHA
We were back up the next morning and were heading back to the Tampa area to our apartment. I will admit that this is when it really started to hit me that we would be moving from 1200 square feet down to maximum 250 square feet. I started to have a little bit of anxiety about it. We are going to have absolutely no privacy!! What are we going to do when son goes to bed? We are night owls. We cant stay out where he sleeps at and watch tv all the time. He will not get good rest. Then, as a married woman, the thought of intimacy came to mind. Ummmm, how is that going to happen if there is no door at the bedroom area. Lol I know, I know, let nature take its course. Let me just say – we got it figured out!
I only say this because there has to be other married couples out there that wonder some of this too, especially when they are downsizing. The best thing is to just live and let go. Let go of all the baggage you are holding onto and just do it. I will talk more about moving our things into a storage facility on another post, but it was purging and therapeutic all at the same time.
Cousin and I start working on packing up the apartment. I did not really want to do this. I was tired – emotionally and physically. I still was not dealing with my dad’s death (and still haven’t 90+ days after the fact). There are other things that have kept me from dealing with it – like the fact of how some of his family has acted toward me. I know that this is all emotional garbage that needs to be taken out, but it is really hard when you are moving on top of it. Cousin and I would work a little, and watch TV a little then work a little. I was not making a huge dent into the packing.
Coming up next, we are on our way back to Orlando for a few days. I wonder what we are going to do while we are there?? Is it all going to be fun and games or are we there for work? Stay tuned and thank you for reading.
The Perpetual Campers