Friday, October 19, 2012

Living off the Grid

It has been six weeks since we sold our house and moved into our motor coach. If you read our previous blog "Homeless" you know it was quite a shock moving from 3,000 to 300 square feet. The idea of living in our motor coach for 6 to 9 months while we build our next home was a great plan as we sat around the dining room table of our old house. The good news is that it gets better.

To bring you up to speed, we now have electricity as of two weeks ago but still do not have running water. When we were showering in the motor home, our 85 gallon water holding tank would last us about one week. Tuesday was our day to take the motor home out to empty our tanks and fill up with fresh water.

We changed our ways two weeks ago. We now get up at 5:00 am to head out to the Campus Wellness and Recreation Center (CRWC) for a work out and morning shower. We can now stretch our 85 gallons out for one month.

Lessons learned over the past 6 weeks:

1. Running water and electricity are great luxuries. There is nothing like a long hot shower.

2. We have a new appreciation for space. Bob misses his home office and fast Internet. Kristy misses her closet and room to get ready in the morning.

3. Living in a small space makes every other house seem enormous. We spent time at Kristy's parents’ house and our kids’ house and they both seem gigantic! Such a luxury to spread out and have separate rooms.

4. Public libraries are great places. Without a home office, Bob has been spending time working at the Coralville Public Library and he appreciates free Wi-Fi.

5. Laundromats have free Wi-Fi and you can do a week of laundry in less than two hours. They also have cable television and we can watch channels that we don't have.

6. Why did we pay so much for cable? We are using the antenna on the motor home and the reception is great. We get 27 channels from our pasture.

7. Living off the grid is frugal but the 'fun' varies.

8. Life is good. It's not the space you have but the people in your life that makes life good. When we are with family or friends, the space never feels small. For all our family and friends, we are very thankful.