It has been a few months now since we moved into a house…yep that’s right, I said a house! We have had an interesting last six months mulling over what we would like to do next. We feel that it is time to start settling back down into a more traditional lifestyle. We love living full time in the RV, but it is not without it’s challenges. As our children start post secondary, we want to be around to provide a firm home base that they can come home to. So we are hanging up our Full-time RV living hats for now, in hopes that one day we will be able to put them back on.
In the spring, Jeremie started to look into other sources of income to supplement his seasonal work of stump grinding. He likes to drive and thought he should pursue RV Hauling. This would entail driving to Elkhart, IN to pick up a trailer and then delivering it to retailers across Ontario and Quebec. There was only one problem with this and that was insurance. Although he had loads of experience hauling a fifth wheel, he did not have what the insurance company said he needed and that was, “commercial driving experience.” They did say if he got his AZ license (transport truck) that would allow him to qualify. So, starting in August, Jeremie began the transport truck course and completed it at the end of September.
We also started to think about where we were going to live. Our original plan was to live part of the winter in Elkhart, IN and part of the winter in Florida (I liked that part!). But then, Elkhart, IN in the winter, in our trailer, started to sound a lot less fun as I looked into what their winters are like (think Chicago). Also, Jeremie was beginning to look into the option of long haul trucking. With all this uncertainty of where Jeremie was going to be, we decided to settle on a home base and since our children love where we spend the majority of our year here in Ontario, we decided to rent a furnished home in the area for the winter. Our plan, at this point, is to move back into the fifth wheel when the trailer park opens in the spring and then assess where we are at. Actually, we were able to rent a house at the trailer park so the move was easy. :-)
It has been fun being in a house again. It is funny what things have stood out that normally I did not give too much thought too. Of course, having my own washer and dryer that does not cost piles of quarters to operate and I do not have to think about what gross thing was washed in there before our clothes were! A dishwasher! Oh! I have missed the dishwasher. Hahaha! The ability to send a child to go to their room. Everyone has their own space. But, I have noticed how we all still tend to congregate in the kitchen to chat or in the living room to watch our current favorite series on Netflix together….little things that are leftovers from life in the trailer. Rosie is having a blast spreading her toys from one end of the house to the other (something I am going to have to reign in soon!) The house must seem so different to her. And shoes are still a problem…we still have way too many shoes!
In a great twist of events, upon completing the truck course and getting his new license, Jeremie was offered a position at a large mechanic and towing company in Peterborough. He now hauls heavy pieces of equipment, and all sorts of other things. The most wonderful thing is that he is home every night. We will miss Florida this year, but that’s okay. The kids are thrilled to be here and are all enjoying a white winter which is soooo much better, and easier, in a house.