Right now we have a problem, and I’m trying to stay positive despite it, but losing ground fast. We had set out on this journey to have an epic adventure, which if you’ve been following us, know we’ve been getting it in spades. What we have not gotten so much of is that stuff you need to have to buy fuel, food and electricity….money, which we had planned on making by buying fun little things that we could pick up for cheap and sell on ebay and also fit into a flat rate box. If it fits, it ships, right? Unfortunately we’ve been finding very large things for cheap, like $50 antique console radios and $40 vintage gas stoves, etc. Really great stuff that some elbow grease would make beautiful and useful again but would have to be carted around with us for weeks or months until we could bring them to a more marketable city or even bring back with us to Alaska.
I think we’ve done a pretty good job of not being overly extravagant with our eating habits but it continues to be our greatest expense. I had been careful to pack as much as our fridge and freezer could hold but since coming back into the lower 48, I haven’t been as diligent about keeping the larder stocked. I find myself in a cycle of running low on supplies, then not replenishing our stocks due to financial concern, to then not having any prime pantry items and winding up going out to eat, resulting in spending twice as much (at least). So, having identified the issue, I know what I need to do to correct it. The wolf isn’t at the door but I’ve heard him around 3 am, howling in the neighboring pasture we’re camped out by.
So with these factors weighing down on us, we’re starting to consider selling our abode either before we leave Grand Junction in a couple of weeks or after we get down to Houston where my in-laws live. I’m confident that our fortunes will change for the better after we get down to Texas, so the question now is, Will it make better sense to keep it to live in even though we can’t get it to the farms and into neighborhoods where our bread and butter lies? (See Robert’s post all about this very subject here: http://www.novioljourneys.com/?p=293) Or should we cut our losses and get a couple thousand dollars from the sale of it and start anew with something smaller? We truly love and feel comfortable in the Electric Igloo but perhaps we should downsize even further to something more maneuverable and economical to tow. I think we’ll begin to have a clearer picture of what we ought to do in a few days.
On a happier note, we’ve been spending precious time making memories with our grandchildren, Bella who is 3 1/2, and Bo who is 2. They are busy and fun, but Grandma and Grandpa know that their own child rearing days are over. We are exhausted. But so, so happy. Relieved to be able to have our own peace and quite afterwards certainly, but happy. See? I feel hopeful again already.