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Old 11-10-2009, 02:49 PM   #1
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What do you do all day?

My story:
My husband and I are considering retiring and living in an AS. Buying two properties, one where we live now in the Gulf Is. for summer and one somewhere in the southwest for winter.

We may do some travelling but our main motivation is cheap living. We figure that putting an AS on a lot would be much less expensive than building any small house.

If we sell our waterfront home, buy the 2 lots and Airstream, we could still put away a good amount for retirement fund.

My husband is eager to pursue this dream - I am the reluctant one.

I've been reading all the threads on downsizing and I do understand the benefits and positive feelings of getting rid of all the "stuff" in our lives, however almost all of my interests and hobbies are very "stuff" dependent.
Downsizing would mean letting go of everything I do and enjoy right now. But I may be willing and able to accomplish that, I just have to have some ideas on what to replace my interests with. In essence what to do with my life.
The idea of having two permanent bases is to be able to create gardens and outdoor spaces to live in - I love to garden. Also, we could have storage sheds, maybe even a garage.

So I guess my main question to all you folks (fulltimers and otherwise!) is :
What do you do all day when you're living in an Airstream?
Seriously, like from one hour to the next.
And what hobbies have you taken up that do not require space?

Thanks so much for any insights.
Cheers,
Cindy
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Old 11-10-2009, 03:01 PM   #2
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Good questions - I have had them too.

It aint for everbody!

I would have to have a workshop of some
kind and a place for storage of things.
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Old 11-10-2009, 03:15 PM   #3
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We volunteer with the National Parks. Last summer we spent 10 weeks at Yellowstone and 8 weeks at Devils Tower. Back home for the winter (Miami), we volunteer at Biscayne National Park.

At Yellowstone and Deto, we were provided with a free 3 point rv site in exchange for our labor. We worked in the visitors center, did education walks, answered a zillion questions. Loved it.

Between the National Parks, National Forests, Corps of Engineers, State Parks, Habitat for Humanity etc. etc. etc. the opportunities are endless.

I highly, highly recommend it. All of the places listed will be grateful for the help, you will meet lots of great park personnel and visitors, get to see places and do things that the general public seldom does (we went looking for bears in YNP).

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We volunteer with the National Parks. Last summer we spent 10 weeks at Yellowstone and 8 weeks at Devils Tower. Back home for the winter (Miami), we volunteer at Biscayne National Park.

At Yellowstone and Deto, we were provided with a free 3 point rv site in exchange for our labor. We worked in the visitors center, did education walks, answered a zillion questions. Loved it.

Between the National Parks, National Forests, Corps of Engineers, State Parks, Habitat for Humanity etc. etc. etc. the opportunities are endless.

I highly, highly recommend it. All of the places listed will be grateful for the help, you will meet lots of great park personnel and visitors, get to see places and do things that the general public seldom does (we went looking for bears in YNP).

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Your living my dream! I hope I get there one day, it sounds awsome!
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Old 11-10-2009, 03:46 PM   #5
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I just got off the phone with a girl named janet (not our janet) who represents 'Cherokee Landyacht Harbor in Parkhill Oklahoma...she mentioned a fellow who has a lot for sale for 3500.00 You might call her and get more details...All I know about Cherokee is it is sitting right next to a huge lake...(fish fish fish!) Her number by the way is....918-304-9364 Will that help? She said it had everything (hookups etc)
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P.S. I paint out in a shed/barn behind the AS...mam..you will get used to it. You will feel the advantage of having wheels under you, and the freedom will slowly absorb into your blood! What is your hobby?
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Old 11-10-2009, 04:17 PM   #7
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Retirement is a busy time - the waking hours shake out as:
  • 1/3 of every day is devoted to yourself (workout, dogwalking, navel gazing, reading, TV - whatever)
  • 1/3 of every day is devoted to volunteer work (community and charitable organizations)
  • 1/3 of every day is devoted to some kind of household project (yard, trailer or workshop)
  • 1/3 of every day is devoted to household chores (domestic and property - daily and seasonal)
  • 1/3 of every day is devoted to family (kids just never leave ... no matter how far away they live)
You are right - the math doesn`t add up - so we pretty much just run our asses off ..... but we generally have a good time doing it .... sometimes we think we should go back to work so we can have more free time .....



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Old 11-10-2009, 05:05 PM   #8
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I just got off the phone with a girl named janet (not our janet) who represents 'Cherokee Landyacht Harbor in Parkhill Oklahoma...she mentioned a fellow who has a lot for sale for 3500.00 You might call her and get more details...All I know about Cherokee is it is sitting right next to a huge lake...(fish fish fish!) Her number by the way is....918-304-9364 Will that help? She said it had everything (hookups etc)

We are still in the contemplating stage - but would happily start researching places to live.

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P.S. I paint out in a shed/barn behind the AS...mam..you will get used to it. You will feel the advantage of having wheels under you, and the freedom will slowly absorb into your blood! What is your hobby?
Well, right now I am seriously involved in the aquarium hobby, with four large and expensive tanks of fish. So obviously that would come to an end . I also keep fish in a 5000g ornamental pond.

Gardening - yard and pond.

Then there is antiquing (which involves collecting things!), another no-no.
I have a bunch of, shall we say, lesser hobbies that a whole bedroom in our house is devoted to - sewing/costume making and various crafts, plus husbands model building.

Plus I am a singer and have a bunch of recording equipment and I would have to quit the 2 choirs I belong to if we are no longer here in the winter.

But, as I said, there is a lot I am wiling to give up. We are both sick of working (my husband more so than me - he is 61 and 10 yrs. older than me) and we always knew that the only way we can retire is to sell this house.
Some aspects of my old life can carry over - I can still garden, maybe even put in a pond with no fish that have to be cared for over the winter.
I can still scour antique shops, but only for stuff that can live outside in the garden!
Maybe, if we have enough storage, I can keep sewing stuff out there and have a craft table set up - after all, we will only be where the weather is nice enough to work outside

Maybe I am worrying needlessly. It does help, though, to talk with others about these things.

I did think of another "hobby". Instead of just selling off everything at once, I could store it and get into selling off bits at a time on EBay (I have a lot of collections!) Auctioning off a new selection of items every week would be kind of fun and at that rate it will take me many years to finish . . .
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Retirement is a busy time - the waking hours shake out as:
  • 1/3 of every day is devoted to yourself (workout, dogwalking, navel gazing, reading, TV - whatever)
  • 1/3 of every day is devoted to volunteer work (community and charitable organizations)
  • 1/3 of every day is devoted to some kind of household project (yard, trailer or workshop)
  • 1/3 of every day is devoted to household chores (domestic and property - daily and seasonal)
  • 1/3 of every day is devoted to family (kids just never leave ... no matter how far away they live)
You are right - the math doesn`t add up - so we pretty much just run our asses off ..... but we generally have a good time doing it .... sometimes we think we should go back to work so we can have more free time .....

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Thanks, Jay! And I'm worried that life will get too boring?
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Old 11-10-2009, 06:45 PM   #10
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Hi,

We lived in Bertha for 14 months. I had my sewing machine and made quilts for the kids, and other crafty stuff. Terry (Overlander63) had a small train layout that he would set up on the table. Everything was scaled down from prior living areas, but we managed to continue doing what we liked to do.

Got kind of crowded at times, but doing what you love to do is as important as downsizing. I had a little garden area when we lived in tampa Fl, in an RV park and kept small plants alive.

You learn to work on only one or two things at a time, unlike the craft room I had in the house.

good luck and keep us posted.

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Old 11-10-2009, 07:42 PM   #11
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Photography and Photo Processing.
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Internet forums.
Attending sports events around the country.
Golfing.
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Meeting new friends and entertaining.
Visiting friends from various states.
Sight-seeing and museums etc.
Exercising.
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Along with many of the things listed above, we took up kite flying and kite making a few years ago. Not the kites we had as kids mind you, but hi-tech, beautiful sport kites. Some we buy, some we make.

YouTube - KiteKids WSIKF 2008

We, like may people, can't figure out how we had the time to work.
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Lordy Lordy...what a grand homemaker you must be!!! I feel for you about your family of fish...I hoard ...and BOARD stray cats. I have felt sometimes in my head that if I died, and went to the other side...there would be all these thousands of cats that I've nurtured all my life--waiting right there for me. Ha!(better pack the MEOW MIX.) Whenever we live somewhere for a short time I meet up with stray abandoned cats. It's just in my heart to support them, and so, I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL LADY...it's like saying goodbye to brothers and sisters, and you know THAT emotion. You need to hire a loving manager or sitter to take care of all your stuff (belongings) ..like a caretaker you know. There are old buildings sometimes that are used for large storage...but your fish? ...wow But you both ARE making a great sound decision ahead of you. Good luck.!
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Along with many of the things listed above, we took up kite flying and kite making a few years ago. Not the kites we had as kids mind you, but hi-tech, beautiful sport kites. Some we buy, some we make.
We, like may people, can't figure out how we had the time to work.

Wow, that was beautiful! Thanks for posting.
Is that two people controlling two kites?
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