Join me as I explore a world of interests from a “Retired in an RV” perspective.
I am Betzcee, a retired sixty-something who for the past year has been living in a thirty-three foot fifth-wheel trailer with my husband and an eight-year-old West Highland terrier.
The decision to sell our home and belongings and move into a rolling box was both the craziest and most sane thing we ever did. On the crazy side, we never had much chance to go camping or RVing in our forty-plus years together, so did not fully know what we were getting into. On the sane side, we had been struggling with mortgage payments and other financial burdens, and knew exactly what we were getting out of. Happily, it turned out to be a good move, and we have no plans to set down roots any time soon.
We are Canadian by birth and by allegiance, but have joined the flocks of snowbirds who habitually travel South in the autumn and North in the spring. In my past life I have been a teacher, registered nurse, wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother and unashamed (though not, I hope, rabid) fan of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander novels, as well as All things Harry Potter. In the last year I have been able to add the title of great grandma to that list. My interests have always centred around my home: quilting, sewing, cooking, reading, crafts. When I moved into the trailer we call Wilma, I wasn’t sure how many of these I would be able to continue, but I took steps to ensure I had the chance to try. I exchanged my full-sized appliances for smaller versions, reserved a cupboard for favourite books, became familiar with e-books and held on to my sewing machine like a toddler clings to its mother at daycare. I am pleased to report that there are very few of my former activities that I have not been able to continue. In fact I can’t think of a one.
I look forward to meandering through these and many interests and welcome your company on the journey.