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Aug 23, 2008 -

Extreme Makeover: RV Edition, Part Two

For the pictures, please refer to the individual room pages on the Miranda page.

Sofa Covers

My mother and her partner sewed these for me. The fabric ties in the colours of all the various woodwork in the coach, the green of the curtains, etc., and the gold of the trim while still being rustic enough in theme for me to feel that it reflects my style. You would think that I spent weeks looking for the perfect fabric instead of about five minutes of poking around the bargain section of a single fabric store! This fabric was just 3$ a metre! The big brown cushion was one my mother’s partner no longer had any use for and it matches the fabric perfectly. The other cushion with the arm rests belonged to my dad and will ensure cozy nights lying there reading or watching movies.

Solar Panel

Yes, I’m on the roof taking a picture of my solar panel.


The solar panel is hooked up to this gadget that makes sure the battery isn’t over charged. Right now, the light says ‘charging.’ It also tells me if the battery is fully charged.

What is that wooden thing on the wall by it?

Night Table

More parts cannibalized from the useless bar! The tray slides under the mattress when not in use. Simple in its brilliance. My mother is such a genius.


Plugged directly into the battery, this inverter gives me 400W of 120V power. I can’t believe that makes sense to me.


The camera is a lot more discreet than I thought it would be.

Remote Control

For the monitor. A useless picture, but it’ll remind me that I need to find a more useful cab console for storing stuff.


I was going to provide a pic of what I see out the monitor, but you’ll have to stay tuned for that. I got to Miranda today to find her engine battery dead. I have a theory why, but need to have it confirmed. By the time the excitement of giving her a boost (an advantage of having two engines!), the thought of getting a picture of the picture flew right of of my head.

Today, I brought a carload of stuff to the coach and actually put things away as best as I could. I wanted the empty boxes and I also needed to make room for next Saturday’s onslaught. Two things I discovered are that the huge basement pass through is full (woe is me) and that my suitcase doesn’t fit where I thought it would fit and I no have idea where else to put it (WOE is me).

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Aug 19, 2008 -

Eating the Elephant

As the days creep closer to September 4th, I’m a bit panicked about how much junk, erm, personal possessions, I still need to get rid of. I can’t believe how huge this house is, nor how naïve I was about how much I’d already downsized! After the horde left on Saturday, I was left feeling pretty depressed and overwhelmed. I spent Sunday in a bit of a funk as my overworked brain tried to figure out how to deal with what’s left.

My original thought had, of course, been a garage sale, but I’ve been convinced that this won’t be worth my while (mainly because of the neighbourhood I live in). So, I’ve mulled things over and realised that getting money isn’t as important as feeling as if my things are going to people who need and want them, rather than just ending up in the trash heap.

I started by contacting someone who had picked up a ton of books from me in the spring. She’s working on a database project involving books and knows a lot of readers. She had been thrilled to receive the mountain I gave her then and enthusiastically accepted to pick up this week what I have left. That helped me find the second wind I needed to tear through the house and box up the books I have left. I was surprised to discover that I still had a visceral attachment to a lot of them, then chided myself. Those books are ones I’ve read a million times over twenty years or so. It’s time for me to read new things!

I’ve advertised the last bit of furniture on Craigslist and am hoping to get money for my computer armoire and craft hutch. I put two bedside lamps on there and was shocked when someone snapped them up almost immediately. Same thing for a filing cabinet, which I gave to a grateful student.

Extra linens that are still in good condition will go to a Saint-Vincent-de-Paul drop off box. Like batches of things, like empty DVD cases and kitchen supplies, are offered on the local Freecycle-type group.

As for the things that are coming with me, I found a new use for my Ikea Kasset boxes as they will be the perfect fit for the overhead cabinets in Miranda. So, I’ve got a row of them spread out in the living room and they’re all divided into categories–hardware, electronics, bathroom, office supplies, etc.. As I move through the house and gather up odds and ends, I deposit them in the appropriate box. Once that box is full, I start another. Since I can’t just dump things pêle-mêle into a box now to dump back into a drawer at the other end, because I won’t have much furniture, this method is working out brilliantly.

In just two hours this evening I could see definite progress, so I’m actually starting to feel that I might have this buttoned up on time.

12 sleeps left till I move in and 17 sleeps left till I leave!

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Aug 19, 2008 -

Slowing Down

One of the things on my ‘to do’ list is to make a reservation for a guided tour of the Cité de l’or in Val D’or.

I looked at the details of the various tours and realised that they involve a full day. So, I probably wouldn’t be able to leave Vérendrye park on the 5th and get to the tour without rushing. Well, I decided, I’d just have to take the shorter tour, then!

Which is when I kicked myself in the pants and reminded myself that I’ve been wanting to go to Val D’or for six years and that I can give the city the time it needs, whether it’s a day or three, and that I’M IN NO RUSH.

It feels so strange to be sitting here, on a damp and dreary evening, with so much to do and work to go to tomorrow, and to just take a moment out of time to breathe and plan something fun that is reminding me of just why I want to do this in the first place.

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