Connectivity Woes

Folks, if there is a primary challenge that we face as full-time RVers, it’s connectivity woes! I traveled 16 miles from the campground to find a Starbucks. Despite our having Verizon Hotspot the cell service wasn’t strong enough to use it at the campground.

Then, I was contentedly editing photos at Starbucks using my PicMonkey editor when its site quit working. I thought, “Aha! I will just write a blog post instead of editing photos!”

Then…BINGO!  My HP laptop froze up. So, here’s a photo of the blank screen.

Connectivity Woes…Blank Screen

I will just use my Google pixel phone to create this blog post, one character entered via my thumb tio at a time. (Whiner!)

Yuppers! It’s amazing what we take for granted. In our former “stick and bricks” homes, having access to the internet and a strong cell signal spoiled us rotten.

Perhaps the Speed of Sanity to which we aspire is being reinforced through lessons such as today.

From Beautiful Tennessee, Happy Trails and Connectivity to Ya’all!

~ Diane

Together 24/7: Separate Space & Time

Final Installment of 24/7

Alas, this will be the final installment of Together 24/7. Hopefully it will give others a sense for how we manage the full-time RV lifestyle that provides us with more undivided time. Please check out our previous two installments of Together 24/7 to gain a more complete perspective on what we’re experiencing.

Solo Time

Yep. Sometimes it’s only natural that we covet solo time. Admittedly, while rare, we do get cranky with each other! Go figure! It may just be a walk. Or one day it was a solo stroll on a beach for me or for Steve a solo bike ride. If we have a campsite with ample space from other campers and nice weather, we may sit and read outdoors in our camp chairs, permitting silence to prevail. One may stay indoors and the other outdoors.

Solo Bike Ride for Steve
Solo Beach Walk for Diane

Another way to experience solo time is taking turns doing laundry. Why have both of us sitting in a laundromat waiting on washers and dryers?! Or, the run to the grocery or hardware store is a great way to create space.

Seating Divided

There are just two possible seating areas in the trailer: the dinette and the sofa. The dinette provides our only surface area. Sometimes when we’re both working on our laptops, it’s tough to also have space for other items on the table. Yet, we manage sharing okay. What also works great is a little folding table that my parents acquired during their years as snowbirds. Additionally, we have a small wood TV tray that fits our scanner perfectly.

Dinette in our 2018 Nash 26N

Night Owl Routine

It’s not uncommon for one of us to head to bed before the other. This isn’t new for us. Perhaps Steve’s really into a good book or I am in a creative flow either writing or editing photos. It’s also not out of the ordinary for me to move to the sofa part way through the night. It doesn’t take much added noise to wake me up.

Sofa in our 2018 Nash 26N

If you’re in a close space with your spouse or partner for an extended period of time, how do you carve out time for yourself?

~ Living Life at the Speed of Sanity

Diane (& Steve)

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Together 24:7: The Hours in Bessie’s Front Seat!

Okay, as promised, we are sharing more about our Together 24/7 lifestyle! This is Installment Two!

First of all, our truck’s name is Bessie. (Learn more about Bessie’s name: https://www.12mph.com/2018/06/we-have-names/) She’s a 2011 Ford F-250 Super Duty with a 6.7l Powerstroke, Turbo-Diesel engine. A towing beast! And, a little bit stiff in the joints making some rides pretty bumpy. The 17,000+ miles that we’ve racked up since last July have been driven and ridden with the two of us in the front seat together. We share the driving and co-piloting, which helps switch things up a bit. When we were shopping for a used truck last year, we wanted leather seats with bun warmers and coolers. Since we anticipated many hours in the front seat, it needed to be comfortable on certain parts AND also have a picture window windshield view!

The question that has been posed to us: How does one pass all of those miles and the hours together staring out the windshield?

  • We listen to podcasts. One of our favorites has been Grammar Girl. Mignon Fogarty (Grammar Girl) takes us on grammatical adventures with punctuation, words, phrases, and more.
  • We tried Sirius radio, but there were more times when the GPS wouldn’t locate it, so we’ve canceled our subscription. We are news junkies and especially enjoy the NPR One app and with bluetooth it can be connected to the truck’s media system.
  • Fortunately, I didn’t part with all of our music CDs, so the ones we still have are gradually being downloaded onto the truck’s jukebox feature. And, I still have my Classic iPod with hundreds of songs. Woohoo! I can stream it with my old-school AM/FM cable.
  • We have taken turns reading a book aloud. The challenge is that too often than not, the truck jostles us across the miles, making it hard to read for any length of time. We each have a Kindle, although Steve seems to handle reading while a passenger than I do.
  • We talk. Someone eavesdropping would say that I talk more. Go figure! 😊
  • We are silent with deep thoughts or shallow ponderings.
  • We reminisce and express gratitude for life, our marriage, and the many loved ones in our life.
  • We comment about the beauty and changing landscape that we witness over the miles and terrain. We express wonder and pose questions provoked by curiosity.
  • The co-pilot often has our paper atlas or an Official State map open to partner with our Garmin GPS for RVs. Of course, Google maps is a good back-up to Garmin when the Garmin takes us on an unexpected adventure.
  • The co-pilot tends to weather watching. The Windy app is great, especially in Arizona, New Mexico, and West Texas with sustained or gusty winds stirring up dust or challenging our high profile vehicle! Our other mainstay is the Weather Channel’s app.
  • We take day trips without the trailer. Sometimes it feels quite liberating to not be towing.
  • We eat! Yep! The decades old little red and white cooler is tucked into the backseat almost every travel day with a fairly standard lunch of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, apples, and yogurt. We typically pause somewhere to take a lunch break and avoid the distraction of eating while driving.
  • We drink coffee! Yep! This is our primary addiction, which has us stopping at independent coffee shops, Starbucks, and yes, truck stops.

What other questions do you have about our Together 24/7 lifestyle? We’d love to hear from you.

~ Trekking across the miles together as Life at the Speed of Sanity!

Diane (& Steve)