After J.O. leaves for work in the morning, I will enjoy a cup of coffee and plan out my day. While figuring out what needs to be done and what I have for possible plans, I always have to wonder if I’ll be getting “the call” at some point during the day. The call that can change my entire schedule and any tentative plans I may of had. The call from J.O. telling me that I need to start packing because we have to move to another job.
Working in construction comes with the fact that things are always going to be changing. Often, jobs are put on hold, help and expertise is needed at another site, power lines go down and emergency work is needed elsewhere. All of these various factors can lead to us moving on a moments notice and I have to be flexible and ready. I also have to know that with as fast as plans are made, they can be changed and broken and even then reverted back to the original idea. Living by the minuet is an understatement for our lifestyle.
Today I received “the call” at 9:28 am. I was informed that I should start packing up to move. J.O. would be done for the day by noon and from there we would either be moving to another job site three hours away or just to a different spot in our campground (due to our current campgrounds regulations we have to move spots every 28 days). It all was depending on whether or not the current job was being put on hold or not. Either way, it was time to start packing. Grocery shopping and getting Father’s Day gifts mailed out was going to have to wait (don’t worry dad, your gift will be in the mail tomorrow
). For those of you that have camped or lived in an RV before you know that drill. For those of you that have not, well here are some of the basics that I have to get done in order to leave.
- Secure all TVs
- Empty all tanks and flush the lines
- Pack up the fridge and secure any items that may fly around
- Take down any items on the wall that may fall and break
- Secure all breakable items
- Latch all cabinets and doors
- Put away everything that was once stored and is now out in use
- Tie up any loose ends with other business in the area: i.e. getting refunds from pre-paid camp grounds, putting in holds for mail, canceling any made plans and saying a quick goodbye to new friends.
Basically, I get the RV ready so that when J.O. gets home all we have to do is hook up to our truck and go. I also utilize this time to give the interior a good deep cleaning. It may not seem like too much to do, but after being camped in one spot for anything more than 2 weeks, you start to get settled and you have more unpacked than you realize. It’s always another reminder why living more simple and downsized
is important and makes life so much easier!
At 11:30am I received a phone call from J.O. telling me to come and pick him up.
“Well?” I ask.
“We’re leaving for another job. Most likely we’ll be there for a week and then back down here” J.O. tells me
OK, I think. It sounds good. A change of scenery for the week. We pack all of his tools into the truck and then head to our P.O. box to grab a few things and have them put our mail on hold until further notice.
Back at the campground, we load up the RV, finalize a refund from the manager and hit the road. It’s 1:45 and all is going well. We are five minuets outside of town when the typical happens. Another phone call. The job that J.O. just left is back on and they need J.O. here more than there. So, we turn around. We head back to our campground we just left, find a new place to park, unpack everything and re-setup camp. Uft-dah.
Days like today are not uncommon, and even though it makes for a crazy life, I really and truly do love it! I love not knowing what’s in store for us next. Where or when we are moving is always up in the air. For now, we’re back right where we started out, but who knows what tomorrow, or dare I say tonight will bring!