26 Months Fulltiming: February 2017 Report

I promised to catch up ASAP, and we are coming through with three posts in a row.  Of course, these reports, lacking as they do photos, are pretty easy to pump out.  It’s the photos that take the most time; the selection (Rosemarie takes a thousand pictures a month it seems, especially of sunsets,) editing (shouldn’t the photographer do this), and the uploading/embedding (I ran out of free space on WordPress and now have to use the god-awful photobucket interface), are easily the most painful part of any one blog post for me.  Anyway, February:

The Distance: 1 mile again!  Yes, just like in January, all we did was move down the road from one area of Sigsbee Park to another.  This brings our grand total for 2017 up to 2 miles!

Building up some huge mileage this year!

The Places:  Another month at Naval Air Station, Key West.  We finished our full hook up run with three days on The Rock Pile, and spent the remaining 25 in dry camp back in The Circle.  Rosemarie took a solo side trip up to Norfolk, VA to visit Aunt Linda and the array of cousins in the area.  Next month we will finally see some movement as we head out of Florida.

When we hosted the Sigsbee Shuffle

The Budget:   Another great month for us, almost 15% under budget.  Just as in January, the lack of mileage and low daily campground fee really helped, but so did our spending discipline.  We had another very successful craft market, this one on the base itself, which was smartly combined with a major base wide “Family Day” celebration, resulting in the best of the four craft/yard sale event we have experienced on the Naval Air Station.  Finally, we sold a few odds and ends, including a couple of bikes I found left for dead and made minor repairs to such that they were serviceable.  Writing this as I am in March, we are more than pleased that the first two months of 2017 started so well since the third will be waaayyyyy over budget.

The Drama and the Improvements:  Well, our steps, almost fixed by Cambell RV in Sarasota, regressed from sometimes working to never working, and then our 12 Volt system totally crashed.  Our RV neighbor Stan came over and played with it for an hour or more, finally getting the battery isolation solenoid switch to unstick, solving both problems for the time being.  We foresee some additional work on that in the future.

Yet another Sigsbee social event: International Food and Drink Day!

Here is last month’s report, and here are our 2016 and 2015 annual summaries, each of which have embedded links to the individual monthly reports from those years.

25 Months Fulltiming: January 2017 Report

Oh man I did not realize we were this far behind. Ah well, nothing for it but to press ahead and pump out some posts to catch us up and at least January’s report is very easy.  Expect February’s report very soon after this one, and then a series of posts catching us up: a photo heavy Key West wrap up and some info on our stops to visit family and friends in Cutler Bay, Coral Springs, Venice, Mount Dora, and Gainesville.   On to the report!

The Distance: 1 mile!  Yeah, other than weekly trips to the dump station we only moved from the dry camping area in Sigsbee Circle to the full hook up area a mile down the road on “The Rock Pile.” Total mileage for the year: also one mile.

The Places:  We stayed in Sigsbee Park on NAS Key West for the entire month.  We spent 20 days dry camping in “The Circle” and 11 with full hook ups on the Rock Pile.

The Budget:   We kicked butt this month, ending up almost 20% under budget.  Aside from having no gas expenses other than for the generators, our average daily rate for the campsite was only $17.55 a night.  We also avoided going down town for overpriced food and drinks for all but a night or two.  With the base wide free wifi mostly working we also reduced out data plan significantly.  Finally, we sold a few more items on eBay and had an outstanding craft market day at one of the local medical facilities on nearby Stock Island. It’s fortunate that we started off so well this year since we will have some serious expenditures come March as we make preps, especially upgrades to Serenity, for heading out on our big 2017 circuit.  I wish I could say I’m all thinking ahead and making solid educated predictions y’all, but the truth is I am actually writing this report in March and can say with some certainty that we will totes bust the budget then.

The Improvements:  Having sold The Big Kahuna, we rolled most of that money into our current motorhome loan, but held back a small bit to purchase some much needed, or at least much wanted, items to make our RV life a bit nicer.  We purchased a RV Short Queen memory foam mattress to finally replace the terrible lumpy object we had been sleeping on, a large raft to use on the traditional afternoon floats here in The Keys, Turkish bath towels that take up far less space than traditional terry cloth, outdoor lights, a large outdoor carpet, some accoutrements for the grill,  and some basic preventive maintenance supplies as well.

Here are our 2016 and 2015 annual summaries, each of which have embedded links to the individual monthly reports from those years.

Gonna start catching the blog up, starting with an update to our “Where Are We Now?” tab

OK, obviously we have fallen a bit behind on this blog, but now that we have finally left the Florida Keys and actually started moving again, we will catch it up forthwith.   I just put our first few stops into a new google map, and have updated our Where Are We Now? tab accordingly.   We will finally publish our February Month In Review shortly, and then talk a bit about our plans for 2017.