It’s been sixteen months since we saw the world shut travel down due to Covid-19 and it has been difficult, sad, confusing, and even devastating for many who have been ill or lost loved ones or simply been isolated for long periods of time from family and friends. For those of us who enjoy travelling or even just getting out regularly to eat in restaurants, it has been a bit of a trial and has required lifestyle adjustments. Sad but not all that serious.
I have been so grateful that I was able to take that last trip — part road trip, part flight — throughs the US east coast and on to the Dominican and back. Thinking of that and planning what might still come after the world opens up again have been part of what has kept me going, especially through the dark winter months.
Last summer, I started thinking about the possibility that my long distance travelling days might be over and wondered what kind of a vacation I might be able to replace those adventures with. Keeping in mind, too, that summer of 2021 was going to be the year that our condominium would be continuing reconstruction work on our balconies and that it would involve our particular balcony, I started looking around for a vacation spot near home that might serve a double purpose. I started looking at cottages but then there was property tax and so much possible “home-owner” duties and expenses. Then, I thought of a trailer, possibly to rent for a few weeks or even a month. Looked around online and found there was such a thing as a park trailer that didn’t get moved around and the park fees usually included all the expenses like property taxes, electricity, waste disposal, etc. and so I began looking for one not too far from home and with a nice view and a beach.
After a few of weeks, I came up with this as my best choice and put in an offer.
It was a good buy, I think. The spot is lovely, the view, pretty good, the neighbours are great, and I’m pretty handy so while there was lots I wanted to do, I accomplished quite a bit, mostly inside over the two months left of the summer. We got rid of the rusty bar-b-q and the tacky bird feeder and replaced curtains and headboard and covered the ugly wallpaper border with left over panelling from the headboard, bought some lawn furniture and enjoyed being able to step out onto the deck and into the beautiful outdoors. My budgie and I had some good times there through August and September fixing things up and entertaining visitors.
The problem came when we tried to close up for the winter and the slide with the living room/dining room wouldn’t come in. Turns out there was an 8’x2′ patch on the roof which wasn’t exactly sealed and I couldn’t find out how long it had been there or why the owner hadn’t taken advantage of the 12-year warranty that comes with the roof to have repairs completed free. Anyway, there was all kinds of hidden inside damage so the deck had to be removed and the RV towed away to be worked on over the winter.
Early May, it was returned to site, repairs completed, deck partially restored (I’m going to use a third of it for a little patio) and trailer and deck in better positions so that I can now reach and operate the manually-operated awning which cools the trailer quite a bit on really hot days. Working to tidy up the neglected garden and lawn (the trailer was offered for sale for 3 years during which the owners hardly ever came except to cut the lawn) and try to plan for a full length deck for next year when hopefully the cost of lumber will be back to a relatively normal price, have kept me quite busy and it is coming along.
Lots of work being done in the garden. The Lily of the Valley was spreading all over the lawn so I’ve expanded the garden in one area and taken the flowers and weeds out of the lawn in another area and added a border to try to contain the garden a bit. (Border not quite completed on the road side.) You can see the lake in the background and I’ve built a pedestal for the birdbath.
Today is a rainy day so Budge and I are listening to music while I blog. I’ve completed a few indoor tasks and will head out soon to shop around and pick up more bricks for the garden border. Rain for the next few days so the border may not be completed this week but certainly soon. Have to transplant some cherry tomato plants I’ve started in a mini greenhouse and get the little patio set up soon and then the bulk of the work will be done and I’ll be spending more time enjoying pleasant afternoons on the deck. Cheers from Mississippi Lake!