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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Our Three-week Travel Break Concludes

  1. Our three week break from traveling concluded. It was helpful to have extra time in Denver to tend to various appointments, to take a deep breath, and to enjoy a house stay while Steve’s cousins were away. Timing worked out for us to occupy their house while they traveled, so it was a win-win for everyone.
  2. Highlights of the three weeks included time with our daughter, Stephanie, and son-in-love, Shane; Steve’s Mom; and, numerous friends. Plus having Wi-Fi and time for a extended Google video chat with our son, Jeremy, and daughter-in-love, Michelle.
  1. Time with Stephanie and Shane
Snowshoe Fun
Walking in Denver’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Marade

We look forward to reuniting with “Tranquility” our trailer back in Tucson.

Happy Trails!

Diane and Steve

Living Life at the Speed of Sanity

Quest For the Best $5 Meal

We have embarked on this journey with many ideas for travel themes: Friends and Family (over 100 in the first month), National Parks and Monuments (one – Pipestone National Monument), Roadside Attractions (largest ball of twine in Cawker City, KS and largest peace pipe in Pipestone, MN),

and the best piece of pie. There is one candidate for the best piece of pie, the story is that cousin Doug bought the pie as part of a fundraiser.  We need to follow up and see if we can get to the pie source!

The exciting news is that we are adding a new quest. Where can you get the best meal for $5?

Our stop to see the largest ball of twine in Cawker City included spending some time in Mankato, KS for no specific reason other than it was close to Lovewell State Park, our camping spot. Well, we heard of a supper sandwich special, only available on Monday evenings, at a very, very local spot. The proprietress was a bit surprised when we walked in! Diane had the BLT and I had the Ham Salad sandwich. The meal included potato chips, potato salad, coleslaw, red jello with a dollop of whip cream, and white cake for dessert. All for $5. The ice tea was extra, but I still count this a great $5 meal. (I’m reluctant to publish the name of the local eatery, but if we hear from our Mankato acquaintances that they want the publicity, I’ll publish details.)

This would have been the end of the story, except that a couple weeks later we were visiting Aunt Lavonne at the Wakefield Care Center. She invited us to lunch the next day. We found out that the meal would be $5! Fried chicken, scalloped potatoes, corn, peaches, a dinner roll, and angel food cake with a scoop of tapioca pudding. This time the coffee was included!

So, it looks like there is a whole new world of under appreciated $5 meals. Currently, I am calling this a tie for best $5 meal. Each meal had its charms and each meal was a delightful experience.

Sitting in the honorable mention spot is a Runza sandwich. If you have no idea of what a Runza is, you can look it up here. One cheese Runza cost $4.75, so it is not really a meal, but at the time it hit the spot.

Let us know if you have any suggestions!