Changes and Not Changes

I like my new place.  I’m not really unpacked.  When the burglars can and trashed my storage unit, all my stuff got jumbled up with my children’s things so I’ve go about 8 (?) boxes I need to go thru and get things organized.  I’m not in a huge rush though.

I stay inside a lot working on my new side business. I’m on a learning curve so everything takes a long time but that’s okay.  I’m not charging what the big guys do.  I have one major client now and I can still do small jobs that are less involved.  It’s so fun learning something new, even if it’s a little frustrating sometimes!

It’s REALLY quiet where I live.  It’s off the street a good ways so I can’t hear traffic when I’m going to sleep.  I usually play a documentary or something on Youtube to give me a little noise.  I don’t have much trouble sleeping though.

I work pretty hard in the common areas to keep things clean.  I like the accountability of that—no dishes in the sink, things like that.  I also inherited a little garden on the balcony upstairs that I have to care for.  Some of the plants were already dried up by the time I got there but what’s living is a few strawberry plants, rosemary, oh gosh I’ve mostly forgotten but I water them every couple of days.  There are some great succulents…those are plants like cactus that don’t need much water and there is oleander.  Or I THINK it’s oleander.  All I have is buds right now so it’s going to be fun to see what they open up to be.  I know they’re going to be pink though because the buds are pink.

D is going to be staying in my van.  I have mixed feelings about this.  I want to leave the free-sleeping thing behind me for a while.  It will complicate things having to turn the van from a bedroom into a work van every morning again.  BUT it’s hard for me to enjoy my home knowing someone I care very much about is out on the concrete and exposed to all the night creatures one encounters when sleeping rough.  (I’m talking about people, mostly drug addicts , also cops).

He is trying to make his way back to a normal life again.  I hope he makes it!  It will break my heart if he doesn’t.  I have a lot of hope though!  Thanks for reading, My Friends.


About Maureen, Living in a Van

I'm a free-sleeper living in a van in the prettiest part of the world. I do this partly due to financial circumstances and partly because I love a good adventure.
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8 Responses to Changes and Not Changes

  1. Angela says:

    Hi Maureen, great to see you post. It sounds like the move into shared housing is working out so far.

    Are you finding that you’re able to cook at home and save enough money to offset the amount of rent you are paying? Hope so.

    It is so generous of you to house D in your van. I hope he makes it too.

    Is your side business still the SEO work and website stuff? I hope it’s enjoyable and challenging enough.

    • Maureen, Living in a Van says:

      Hi Angela it’s Facebook advertising….many similarities to seo/web design stuff though. How are you?

      • Angela says:

        Thanks for replying and asking!
        I’m getting by. Getting ready to move into friend’s 5th wheel! And I can stay in their house during the winter when they’re in Arizona!

        I might have to let go of my animals which sucks but I will do what I have to.

        • Maureen, Living in a Van says:

          A fifth wheel sounds great! Lucky duck! I’m sorry about your having to let go of your pets though. That must be hard.

  2. Ryu says:

    Good news for you. I’m glad things are going well.

  3. lucy says:

    I’m so happy for you !
    Looks – by what you say – things are going smoothly, G O O O D !!!
    Best wishes. Lucy.

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