No More Moving Days, Please!

It’s been one of those days that I would like to forget… Today was moving day.  After renting a U-Haul, the loading process was going great.  I have surrendered my trailer to the trailer court who will decide what to do with it.  I reserved a 10 foot truck, changed it to 14 foot, and UHaul gave me a 17 foot truck at no extra cost.  What stuff I need to hang on to is now in storage.

To set the tone for today, I had problems last evening.  When charging the house batteries the porch light flickered and I could hear a buzzing noise coming from the light switch. Screw it – I kind of hoped the damn trailer would burn down…  I’ve lived in it for several years having to power things with an extension cord.

Today I got up at 5AM and readied everything to move.  All went well till the end.  A buddy and I had one last thing to load – the dryer.  As he wrestled it through the outside door (on an appliance mover), I stepped in the wrong place and suddenly fell through the trailer flooring.  This left a knee and leg inside the trailer and the other leg through the floor and the foot was on the ground.  No immediate damage was done but now the pain is setting in about 12 hours later.  Oh joy…

The rest of the stuff was moved out of the trailer.  Well, at least the big stuff is out of there.  There are a lot of small items and it’s taking all I have to remember the trailer court said I can leave the trailer in any condition I want.  Still, it’s traumatic to pick through things and decide which items merit saving and which are to be discarded.

I was in a depressed mood tonight – almost despondent.  Fortunately something happened that I had to react to.  A 44 ounce cup of… well… pee spilled in the van and made a mess.  This resulted in scrubbing the floor with Pine-Sol, doing some laundry at the laundromat, and taking a sponge bath.  It dawned on me that instead of bemoaning all the bad that happened today, it’s good to laugh at the slapstick humor and hope tomorrow goes much smoother.  Crazy as it was, Tuesday was a fun day and I am thankful for each new challenge in this journey toward a more simple life.

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About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"

One Response to No More Moving Days, Please!

  1. Pleinguy says:

    Another milestone in your Trek to freedom. Glad to see you’re moving along. There are always bumps in the road, and keeping it all in perspective is good.