homecomingA light rain falls on the roof, the pitter pattering not quite heavy enough to mask the sound of the occasional car flying by on the highway. Yellow incandescent light softened by opaque covers illuminate a mess that is in the process of being put away. Heavy winter gear sits in one pile, paperwork to be filed in another, clean clothes to be moved from the trash bag they’d been stored in for weeks back into the small closet, and so on.

In places a fine layer of dust has gathered. On top of the valences, and the counter over the small refrigerator. What dust had settled on the small table and kitchen counter is now gone, brushed away in the flurry of activity of getting things moved back in from the truck. But that activity has stalled.

It’s cozy inside now, dry and quiet. And full of potential. Right now it’s a mess, but soon that mess will be put away and the kinks that arise from being in storage will be worked out. Soon it’ll once again be something magnificent, tiny though it is. Ready to seek adventure around the next bend, but still with that comfortable safe feeling of belonging. Home, on wheels.

* * *

I arrived safe and sound at Hardeeville RV park in, well, Hardeeville, SC late last Tuesday. It’s about a half hour from the new job, there was one option closer to work but it was going to be more expensive and wasn’t as nice. This park isn’t like the other two I’ve called temporary docking points in the past, it’s got trees, and some space between sites. Sadly the WiFi is still awful, but what can you do. One thing it doesn’t have though is a bath house, so for the first time ever I’m using my bathroom as a bathroom, how exciting.

There will be pictures, when the rain stops. I’m actually still in a ‘temporary’ site, not the one I’ll be in for the long haul. I arrived after dark so the owners put me up in a pull-through for ease of setup, and every day that I’ve gotten off work early enough (or had off work entirely, which has only been one day so far) they’ve either been sick or busy, or it’s been raining. Hence how I’ve already been back in Cas for a week now but still don’t have things sorted. No point making myself too comfortable when I’ll have to pull up stakes again soon to move to the monthly site.

All in all, I spent a little over 6 weeks not living in Cas.  First it was staying with my family and friends up in WI, then with Julie down in SC while I was job searching.  It feels good to be living in the RV again, and getting everything that I’d pulled out put back in it’s proper place.  I’m doing some re-organizing as I go too as I’m still discovering the best places to put stuff.  When your storage space is this limited, every little bit counts.

Posts should start falling on a more normal schedule again now that the big job hunt is over and the housing situation has been taken care of. Have a good week everyone!

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  1. Carl on February 13, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Right on Becky! You are our inspiration for retiring and going full-time at the end of this year. Right now we live vicariously through your posts! Good luck to you!

    • Becky on February 13, 2013 at 1:35 pm

      Haha, good for you guys for getting out there and doing it. I have yet to hear of someone who said they wish they had waited longer to go RVing.

  2. Marvin on February 13, 2013 at 8:17 am


    Congratulations !

    It is wonderful when a plan comes together .


    • Becky on February 13, 2013 at 1:34 pm

      Thanks Marvin!

  3. Kim and Jerry Portelli on February 13, 2013 at 12:13 am

    Where are you working? Did I miss that in an earlier post?? I think it’s great that you are back in your home. It’s taken me six months, but I am not referring to our fifth-wheel as “home.” And I truly mean it, it is home now!

    Enjoy your new job :)!!
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    • Becky on February 13, 2013 at 1:33 pm

      Lowe’s. Specifically the one in Rincon, GA. As a company they did a mass hiring of seasonal employees starting last month, it’s a 5-6 month contract position but since the pay isn’t enough to sustain me, I’m already peeking at other opportunities starting in April or so when the summer season starts. In the meantime it’s better than nothing and the work itself isn’t bad. The customer base are actually some of the nicest people I’ve had the fortune of helping in any customer service job I’ve held.

  4. Kim on February 12, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Glad you are back in your home!
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    • Becky on February 13, 2013 at 1:30 pm

      It does feel nice Kim. Luckily I’ve had your adventure out West to help tide me over these past few weeks as I’m back to being fairly stationary again for a while. 🙂

  5. Pleinguy on February 12, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Glad to hear you’re finally back home in Cas. There’s no place like home. It’s nice to have a little space and landscaping around. Hope the job situation works out for you, and you can line up another adventure for the summer. I’m looking forward to more posts about your RVing life.
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    • Becky on February 13, 2013 at 1:29 pm

      Thanks Plein, I hope your full-timing plans are coming together well!

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