Our decision to make homesteading our goal, had to begin with all the preliminaries. Where? When? How?Â We know we want to settle in central Wisconsin, mostly because Melissa is from that area, and around Chicago, and her family is all there. She needs to be close to her grandmother, who is well into her 90’s and has had some health scares.
But Melissa has always loved the Northwoods, and so, I agreed this was the destination. As a writer, I can work anywhere, as long as I have a home base and the things I need to function. And i prefer colder weather, and my allergies absolutely hate it here. We are also anxious to put some distance between us and all the red-state-confederate-flag-waving-bubbas that are plentiful in this state. I am well and truly done with the south this time. Especially after this last election.In anticipation of our new journey, we have created a YouTube channel to document our progress. We hope to make our first video on Operation Homostead today or tomorrow.We’ll get a unique URL after we have 100 subscribers. So pop over and subscribe! And don’t forget to check out my catalog of books while I am on a hiatus from writing. I’m hoping once we get in the trailer and on the road, I’ll have the time and the mindset again to get back to it. Burnout is a real thing.
So, toward the goal of a homestead, it occurred to me that just moving to a rental place up there and dealing with switching everything, paying deposits and hook-ups for utilities and such, it would just be another money-sucking situation, that we would rather spend toward getting our land. I finally realized that the most obvious solution was to get a travel trailer and just go upt here and park it at a KOA park, and then we would be free to search for a homestead without making expensive trips and doing everything from a distance. We both agreed we could live that way if it was toward our ultimate goals and would get us there faster.
The search was on for an affordable travel trailer, using the money I had saved toward buying land. It’s a calculated risk, but i feel like it was a wise one. Within about a week, we found a salvage trailer at Colaw RV in Carthage, MO. We bought it, pulled it home. But then we discovered we couldn’t park it in the driveway as we planned (the best laid plans of mice and WOmen). As of yesterday, it is parked at a storage facility nearby. Thanks, Deaton Storage! We named her Dooflingywhatsit, and we will be painting it on the side. LOL). Â We’ll have to go back over there today or tomorrow to fix a few of the stabilizers, and do a few things initially; make a trip to Walmart for some tools and supplies.
In other news, after the trip home, and then to storage, we have become convinced that we need to trade in the Avalanche for a 3/4 ton truck, just to be safe. I’m afraid we’d put too much strain on the Ava. So although we think of this truck as one of our pets (LOL. I know), we’re going to have to let her go soon. Sniff sniff. We have to let go of things to embrace others, right? We want to do things the right way, and so it’s a process.
I can’t believe i actually got the truck and trailer in our driveway TWICE, both forward and backward. But we couldn’t keep it there, and then i couldn’t get it out, because there was so little maneuverability there. Had to call on the expert services of our friend and neighbor Mary Pinkley to get it out and give us pointers. Thanks Mary!
all that, we watched a video to learn the proper hand signals and mindset for parking a trailer).