WE HAVE LOTS OF PERIWINKLE HERE
We are into our third straight day of rain but that's ok this time of year because it will really spur on the spring growth of buds, leaves, & flowers. Good start for greening up all the grass as well. Keeps the frog pond full of water & the bird baths overflowing so all is well in the front yard. Lots of bird action out there already this year.
SPRING RAINS ARE GREENING THINGS UP
In Karen's blog today, SMALL HOUSE-BIG BACK YARD, she talks about RV storage bins & how they have them utilized. She adds photos & captions showing how their motorhome's storage space is organized. I have found that storage space & traveling is a good example of theory & practical applications. The trick is in keeping your theory practical. Coming from a 5th wheel to a motorhome we were overwhelmed by all the extra storage space available to us. Seemed like acres & acres of room to lose every imaginable thing you could think of. I could see right off the bat that the rig had a far bigger capacity for storing things than my brain did. I knew there was no possible way I was going to ever remember where everything was.
In my younger days I had worked for a few stores like Eatons & Sears in warehouse capacities so knew the importance of inventory, labeling, & organization. Figured I would put that knowledge to use.
First thing I did was to get some of those small sticky-back numbers & starting from the first bin on the passenger side I gave each bin a number from 1 to 13. Thirteen was the bin closest to the front on the driver's side. I then got myself a 3 ring binder & began recording everything I put into each bin. I even inventoried the toolbox so I knew what was inside without having to open it. I was pretty pleased with myself for being so orderly & my system worked flawlessly............ for about a week!!
Everything looked well & good sitting at home in the driveway but within a week or two of traveling my whole inventory was pretty much upside down. Didn't take me long to forget about making changes to the inventory book as I rearranged things. Going from a nice neatly organized stationary bin arrangement in the driveway to the reality of the road with it's many last minute overnight stops, weekly campsites, & monthly stays, it was inevitable I would forget to record the dozens & dozens of changes along the way. I was already behind the 8 ball after the first week & despite my efforts at trying to update my changes I just fell further & further behind until I finally didn't even know where my inventory book was anymore. So much for my logical theory!!
AM WONDERING WHAT KIND OF BIRD THIS IS
For full timers this isn't as great a problem because they live with their stuff each & every day but for us snow birders it's kinda difficult with that long 5 & 6 month dry stretch in between travels. Just when I'm getting my head wrapped around to knowing where things are while traveling it's time to head home in the spring again. Six months later when it's time to hit the road once more I'm lucky if I can remember where I've even left the motorhome!!
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And, one last thought about storage. That first year with the motorhome we jammed anything & everything into the rig's bins we could think of. And why did we do that? Because the space was there & we felt we had to fill it with something. I am still mentally inclined that way & have to keep telling myself, "no, you do not have to do that!!" This past year heading south we probably had a good 25% of our storage space empty with nearly the same numbers !!back. We're getting better:))
And what did Al have for supper tonight......you really don't want to know........10-4!!
HEY, WASSUP OVER THERE
GROANER'S CORNER:(( Joe Smith started the day early having set his alarm clock (MADE IN JAPAN) for 6 a.m. While his coffee pot (MADE IN CHINA) was perking, he shaved with his electric razor (MADE IN HONG KONG). He put on a dress shirt (MADE IN SRI LANKA), designer jeans (MADE IN SINGAPORE) and tennis shoes (MADE IN KOREA). After cooking his breakfast in his new electric skillet (MADE IN INDIA) he sat down with his calculator (MADE IN MEXICO) to see how much he could spend today. After setting his watch (MADE IN TAIWAN) to the radio (MADE IN INDIA) he got in his car (MADE IN GERMANY) and continued his search for a good paying AMERICAN JOB. At the end of yet another discouraging and fruitless day, Joe decided to relax for a while. He put on his sandals (MADE IN BRAZIL) poured himself a glass of wine (MADE IN FRANCE) and turned on his TV (MADE IN INDONESIA), and then wondered why he can't find a good paying job in.....AMERICA!!
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