Is it home yet?

No. It isn’t, not yet.

I put two small windows (screened holes) in the camper today. I screwed some more bracing in to fill in some gaps and tighten the corners. I vacuumed all the saw dust out of the bed, hooked up my solar powered battery and light. Now it’s time to move in.

This morning I washed my wool rug, my wool blanket, the liner under the rug, Keegan’s rug, and consolidated the last bits and pieces from around my old room.

I can put the rugs down, but everything else is still floating. I haven’t figured out how to anchor things yet. I don’t have a place to put my clothes yet, they’re still in the box. I don’t have any pictures up, or Keegan’s food dishes settled and spill proof.

Now it will be living out of boxes until I figure out how to organize and safely store everything.

The next few weeks will be tough.

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  1. A box filled with folded clothes is properly referred to as a “closet.” Speaking of closets, you can probably throw a clothes rod in there for not much dough. I think I’d go with one of the metal ones for light weight, but a fat wooden one would work as well. You can buy both rod and mount ends quite cheaply at a home center.

    If you can cobble together a long box with drawers out the side and run it along one edge of your truck bed, it can both hold up your mattress/sleeping pad and store a LOT of stuff underneath — such as all the clothes that you fold instead of hanging.

    More fun with plywood: if you have an unused corner or wall space, cubbies are an outstanding way to shelve things with some degree of organization. Think “XL pigeonholes.” Running a one- or two-high strip across the front of the cubby shelf will help keep things from sliding while out on the move, but you’ll still be able to see your stuff and reach in there. Don’t worry about “a place for everything” right at first, as those places will inevitably change (so will some of your stuff, for one reason and another).

    Outdoor stores have candle lamps that are fairly inexpensive and use those cheapo white wax candles… gives you a reading/relaxing light that won’t use up your solar-charged battery and is quite safe. Hang it from a hook, or (better) a line.

    Lines are an often-underutilized means of hanging things up in a small space. They have several advantages over hooks: they’re cheaper, they’re easier to move at will, and you won’t poke your eye out with one.

    Don’t forget that pickup trucks also have space behind the bench seat, where you can store things that you won’t have to get to quickly or often.

    Make sure you have a good kitchen knife. Nothing more useful in this world.

    If you line the inside of your tailgate with a sheet of smooth (or melamine-faced) plywood, you can drop the gate and have an instant table/kitchen counter/work surface in dry weather.

    Our thoughts are with you, Rachel.

  2. The Line is a very good idea. Very good. I was thinking hooks but I like a line much better.
    I actually have a “porch”. : D
    I left enough plywood overhang (and reinforced it) so that when the tailbed is down I have a porch. And I can hang my little plants while I’m stopped. heh!

    I have one of those little camping candle lanterns, somewhere… Right now I’d put the more expensive citronella candle in it though. Mosquitoes are vicious right now. I don’t get bitten by the critters too badly but they’re still annoying with all that buzzing and whining.

    The garage is cleared out. Headed to storage. Everything else will fit in the truck for living and re-evaluation.
    Out tonight.


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