We got through the wedding without any known hiccup or embarrassment (I think). Our cousin, the bride, was beautiful, and we had a good time seeing all the friends and relatives at this joyous event. As anticipated, however, the outdoor ceremony was a trifle warm, with temperatures in the low 90s. Well, let's be clear: It was pretty danged HOT! Now I'm not about to question this venue choice in the summertime in Texas, but being in love and having sound judgment are almost always mutually exclusive, aren't they?
As we visited with friends and family, there were the inevitable questions about our fulltiming gig, and we enjoyed the full spectrum of reactions. Some professed great admiration and a desire to do the same thing, and others looked at us as if we had just shown up in tinfoil hats. And that's fine; they would never get it anyway.
Some who expressed the most interest in the lifestyle were likely to ask followup questions. One guy who already owned an RV but hadn't yet gone full time asked me to name the top ten RV accessories that I would consider essential for fulltime RVing. I had to think for a minute, but I finally came up with it. And these are they, in order of importance:
1. A residential refrigerator. Nothing else we have bought for Phannie makes it seem so much like a home.
2. The third air conditioner. In Texas, a 40' motorhome should not be without it.
3. Washer and dryer. Happy wife, happy life.
We debated whether to replace the Splendide washer/dryer combo with separate units, but Sandy made peace with it and decided the extra space was more important to her. So far, so good.
4. The Winegard Trav'ler automated satellite antenna. Push a single button and all of Direct TV is yours with zero hassle.
6. MCD shades. The old accordion things were a source of constant frustration.
7. The electric power cord reel. This has saved me so much aggravation, it probably needs to be higher on the list.
8. TST tire pressure monitor. Peace of mind when towing Mae. There's no telling how far she otherwise might be dragged with a flat tire. We tried two other brands before we found this one, which is a keeper.
9. Computer desk and easy chairs. Taking out one of the couches and replacing it with these things was smart--very smart.
10. The Breville electric oven. Pricey, but such an improvement over the factory-issued microwave/convection oven.
As I was writing this, I thought of number eleven: Our king-sized iComfort mattress. You should not scrimp on the place where you'll be spending much of your life sleeping. This model happens to be our favorite.
So, there it is--the top ten, er, eleven. In our mind, these things proved to be essential for our fulltime lifestyle, and we absolutely would not want to omit any one of them. This list would certainly be different for other fulltimers--perhaps significantly--but this is what works for us.
We are in the DFW area for three more days, then to Lake Conroe and the grandkids. Yay!
Thank you, Lord, for this wonderful life; please forgive me if don't appreciate it enough each day.