Sunday, September 21, 2014

Advice From Full-Timer in an RV

I haven't blogged in a while. It's not because I haven't wanted to or I haven't had anything to blog about...there's been plenty of things. It's because I'm fighting a losing battle with trying to load photos and so forth. We ordered our own private WiFi. It's just now became available to us. We are the first ones, or the guinea pigs, so to speak.
Life in an RV hasn't been all hunky-dory as of late. There have been plenty of issues. I guess I'm known as the bitch around here because I don't let people walk all over me or use me. I tend to put my foot down about things and rather hard. People who choose this lifestyle, rather it's because it is a necessity or by choice, all of us have a different story. We all come from different walks of life. We come from everywhere.
I think that anyone who gets into this lifestyle should be aware of things that can and, most likely, will happen. Disputes will happen. There is always going to be those one or two spots in every RV park that allows long-term full-timers to reside there. We've lived in two parks like this and it's happened in each one...dealing with ridiculous people who create ridiculous situations out of nothing.
I've posted blogs about my garden. I've put in over 40 heirloom tomato plants. They weren't cheap. Bob and have I bought each and every single one of them, so I know how much they cost. We bought all the soil. We did all the work to put that garden in. Along comes these people who moved in and we, at first, thought they were really cool. Turns out that no matter many decals you put on a turd, it's still just a turd. I do not begrudge anyone having a drink or two. I'm totally cool with it. But, when a dude cops an attitude with me because I do not want my husband to turn into a raging alcoholic and drink from sun-up to sun-down every single day, well, I would say "we" have a problem. Only, "we" don't have a problem, that dude has the problem. I'm not sure what, exactly, his problem is, but it's his.
Let's fast forward to just a few days ago. I was in the middle of a conversation with someone else who lives in here about doesn't matter...and dude stumbles up my driveway, drunk. He had to lean on my little outside shelving unit because he couldn't stand up straight. He just jumps in the conversation and takes it over. Well, I do have an issue with lack of respect like that toward me, in my own yard. I let him know that I didn't appreciate whoever has been out back because my plants are being broken off. That guy has no idea of what my plans were with those. I've been told by his wife more than once that if I don't pick the tomatoes out there, she was going to do it. Before anyone jumps to any conclusions of me making a big deal out of nothing, let me explain. One of the tomatoes was a Red Zebra. They are not easy to find around these parts. I got this particular starter plant up in Longview. The nursery up in Longview is just over 25 miles away. So, in essence, I made a 50 mile round trip to pick up that particular tomato plant. I had growing, it was tall, it had nice green tomatoes on it. I went out back a few weeks ago and my Red Zebra was broken off. I do not know who did this. I can assume, but that's all it assumption. The Red Zebra that I sat and babied along is gone. The tomatoes were pulled off while still green. I had plans of saving the seeds from those tomatoes to grow starter plants to sell at the farmers market next year. I could have gotten anywhere from $3 to $5 each for the starters, depending on size. I needed 4 tomatoes to get around 300-500 seeds, those seeds would have grown, say, 100 starter plants. Scratch that income.
Then it happened with another tomato plant...
And, then another.
Houston, we have a problem.
Now, I know that drunk neighbor dude thinks it is all a big joke. But, to me, it is not a joke when someone takes money that I could have generated. I tend to get a tad upset. I don't know of many people who wouldn't.
Now, the last job that Bob was on, I was standing in the kitchen one day, while he was at work and I saw drunk neighbor dude walk through my yard and stand and stare out back. I don't know what he was looking at nor do I care what he was looking at. He was out there. When drunk neighbor dude inserted himself into my conversation with someone else, he proceeds to tell me that he's never been in my yard. Really? I'm not even about to argue that point because, from experience, you can't argue with that sort of mentality. You just can't. I'm a bitch. Ok, we've established that...I am a bitch. Whatever he wants to think. I do not care.
Our other neighbors, the cool neighbors that have let me use their yard to garden in live right next to these people. Like I said, from about 11 am until they decide to call it a night, they have their radio playing. It disturbs our other neighbors. I've gotten to where I shut my back kitchen window because, and as much as I do like music, it's a bit much. It's a bit much because several times, the drunken neighbors have simply passed out and forgotten to shut off their radio. I wonder if they think that everyone wants to try to listen to a movie over that or what? I just saw drunk neighbor dude act very confrontational toward our cool neighbor, a man of 74 years of age. I was sitting out here at the picnic table when this transpired. He asked the cool neighbor if he went over and turned off the radio. The cool neighbor informed the drunk neighbor dude that he did not. The drunk neighbor dude looked at me and said, "Now I know who did it. I will handle this."
I'm not sure what he intends to handle, but I do not go over into their yard and mess with their junk. It's called respect. I will complain about the music to management if it bugged me, but it is not my place to turn anything off that doesn't belong to me. Now, I have to sit here and wonder what this idiot thinks he's going "handle" my opinion, he desperately needs to get a handle on his drinking! They have a teenage son living with them. Way to be a role model! NOT!
I used to listen to them tell me that they were evicted from the prior RV park and I couldn't believe it. I thought they were cool people. The last few weeks have proven to me otherwise. I guess where it all started to go downhill is when drunk neighbor dude got a new job and didn't have the gas in his vehicle to make it to work. Bob loaned him $20. He promptly took half of that and bought beer because we all know that one mustn't be without is a staple food group...and he wound up running out of gas on his first day of work. When Bob told me what he had done, I have to say that Bob's heart was in the right place, but you just cannot help people who have no intentions of helping themselves and want to portray themselves as always being the victim of bad luck or circumstance. Well, there is such a thing as bad luck, don't get me wrong...but there's also a thing called accountability. There is also that word "insanity" that belongs in there with the whole accountability thing. Insanity is when you do something over and over and expect different results even though you know damn good and well that it's not going to happen. Accountability is when you man-up and say, "You know, I screwed up and I'm going to take whatever consequences I may have coming for my behavior." Well, you either man-up or you woman-up, depending on which gender you are. When people are in their mid-to-late 40s, it's just something that responsible people tend to do. We screw up, we're human and it happens.
 But, as for me, I'll be go to hell if I'm going to continue to buy some sad-sack story time after time of how life deals them a bad hand and they have run out of money for this or that. I'll be go to hell if I let someone borrow me and Bob right out of house and home just to support an alcohol habit. So, if that all makes me a bitch, so be it. If taking a stand against my personal property being damaged and telling someone that I prefer that nobody goes out back in my garden constitutes me being a bitch, so be it. I'll be the best bitch I can be...and I, most certainly, am going to go through my life quite happy with my choices or I will woman-up and pay the consequences of my actions. One thing I will never do is stumble into someone's yard, interrupt their conversation with someone, disrespect them in their own yard, look them right in the eye and lie to them and then turn around and bad-mouth them to anyone who will listen...and there are a lot of people who will listen for a free beer...LOL. OY. Dealing with stupidity is not one of my strong points, I have to admit. I just hate it. I will not coddle it nor will I pretend that it is anything other than stupidity. To do so is not being true to myself.
So, in conclusion to this long rambling rant (thank you for taking the time to read it), just know that if you are thinking of full-timing it in a park for long-term, you'll most likely run into garbage like this...I think it's going to be in any park you choose.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Why I Get Up So Early in an RV

 I get asked on Facebook, all the time, "Laurrie, why do you get up so early???" Well, this is why. This is a bit different than my normal type of blog post, but I'm all for diversity. I think I took up photography because of sunrises and sunsets. I wanted to capture that beauty and share it with friends. This morning was no exception. I hope you all enjoy!
Oh, these are NOT edited. I only used the different settings on my Nikon Coolpix L100. I used the close-up, dusk/dawn and landscape settings and played around with different levels of zoom.
Unfortunately, with my Nikon D5000, I'm still saving up for a close-up Nikkor lens, which costs as much as a good used of these days!

Not bad for a (basically) point and shoot camera, huh?

Sunday, August 10, 2014

August Garden Update in an RV

 Hello, everyone!! It's been entirely too long since I have posted and for that I do apologize. It's not me being lazy or anything like's the frigging internet that we have to work with here in the RV park. Anyhow, I have figured out that if I use a certain connection and sit outside, I can, indeed, post a blog.This is cool!
I figured since I haven't posted anything for quite a while, I may as well post a garden update.
Above are the Contender beans that I planted roughly 2 weeks ago.
Some things are growing right along and some things didn't do so hot that I planted last spring. I've included photos of it all.
 This is my front raised bed. The radishes did not really like it, so I wound up pulling them all out. We never did get any to eat. I just pulled the last of my turnips a couple of days ago...they were delicious. In the photo are the nasturtiums that I planted. I believe this was a Gleam mix...I don't really remember, but they sure do like to sprawl over everything!
 Here is my hodge-podge of different things: pansies, petunias, nasturtiums, lettuces and beets.
 I have a mixture of flowers and herbs up front.
 Cabbages and Romanesco broccoli...I wish that, at least, one of the cabbages would hurry up and form a head!
 These are white cucumbers that I planted. We ate the first one of these last night. They are really thin-skinned and I'll be planting more of them.
Fahrenheit Blues heirloom tomatoes

 Now, I was told that I wouldn't be able to grow tumeric in the Pacific Northwest. I hate to beg to differ, but there it is! I have both yellow and white roots growing.
 I had some squash or gourd plants die out, so I got some coleuses to fill in the blanks.
 Here is my third largest tomato grouping. In here is  Cherokee Purple, Pineapple, Mr. Stripey and Moskovich.
Red Zebra heirloom tomatoes

 These are various types of cucumbers and melons that I planted. In the very front are Kiwano (otherwise known as Jelly or African Horned) melons.
 In the front is my sweet potato plant that I grew from an actual organic sweet potato that I got at the grocery store. In the back are the red potatoes that I stuck in the dirt just to see what they would do. If I don't have a ton of potatoes in there...well...suffice it to say, I won't be a happy camper! Those potato vines have crawled completely out of there box and took over my pathway!
 Here is another shot of that third largest tomato group.

Lamb's Ear

 This one of the smaller raised beds in the back. I have a white currant heirloom tomato growing in there. It's not very tall, but it's set fruit.
 Here is part of the back yard. The tomatoes in the buckets are setting fruit, but they aren't very tall. I'll be cutting back on the number of plants that I put in next summer.
 This is my largest tomato grouping. I have everything from Stupice to Romas to Indigo Rose to Giant Belgiums back there...they are kicking butt...a couple of them are well over 7 feet tall!!!
 My squash project hasn't turned out like I had hoped it would, unfortunately. I may get one or two, but I'm not holding my breath.
Indigo Rose heirloom tomato

 The various types of beans and the Glass Gem corn that I put into my largest raised bed, however, are growing like crazy...I'm pretty pleased with these. I don't know if I will get any actual corn, but, it's growing!
Stupice heirloom tomatoes

 Here are some of the beans that I'm growing. I've got several types growing...everything from Asian Yard Long to bush limas and kidneys.
 Long shot of the beans and corn.
 I'm super excited to see if I can get any ears of corn on these.
 I planted some prickly pear cactus last spring. I thought I had lost them because of all the rain. Well, I am pleasantly surprised!
 Here's a view of the back yard.
Concord grapes

 Here's a shot of the back yard, but from a different angle.
 The squash and pumpkin pools are a bust. I am going to turn them into a bed for my Egyptian Walking Onions and another for nasturtiums.
 This is the pallet garden in the front yard. We've had several salads from the different lettuces and greens that I grew there.
Everbearing strawberry

 The strawberry plants are all setting fruit for the second time this year.
 My mini rose garden. I'm up to 5 different bushes goal is for 10.
 I'm not exactly sure which type of lettuce this is...but it looks cool and it tastes good!
 This is lettuce that is a couple of years old and is going to seed. I love the purple flowers that it gets.

 Here are the in-ground beds that I dug in the front yard. I despaired of anything growing except nasturtiums, until BAM! Everything came up and bloomed at once!
Hanging strawberry garden

Front yard

Thanks for taking the garden tour! I hope that I can start posting more regularly now that I've figured out the trick! Peace!