Second Night

I hesitate to post this because it’s going to sound whiny.

Last night wasn’t as good as I’d hoped.  I accidentally parked in a spot where a lot of traffic goes by and fast!  Not as restful as I would have liked.

I guess my air mattress needs to have a little air put in every day-mattress felt a little saggy.

I have too many clothes in the van.  I’m going to put some in the storage place today.  I have to leave a little room for Avon brochures.

T and J had a big job cleaning out their house when they moved.  I know because I helped them.  Too much STUFF can cause a lot of aggravation, even when you live in a little van and try very hard not to buy too much.  I have to be RUTHLESS in getting rid of stuff in the van.  If I’m not using it on an almost daily basis, it doesn’t need to be in the van.  If I haven’t used something in the past year, it doesn’t belong in the storage place.   Other than a few small trinkets.

I love T and J so I hope they won’t take it the wrong way if they read this but I was shocked at how they were so indecisive about getting rid of so many  things that had been buried under other things, for years.  This is normal American consumer behavior though….to attach too much significance to consumer goods.  It’s not good.

I had this magnet on my fridge for a long time.  Love people, not things.  Words I try to live by.  One reason I wanted to live in my van is because I didn’t want to spend so much time cleaning and maintaining STUFF just for me.  If I still had family living with me, it would be okay…but not now.

Thanks for reading!!!

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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2 Responses to Second Night

  1. Ryu says:

    That must be a hard thing to balance. Too isolated a spot and if something happens no one is around. Too popular a spot and you’re distracted and can’t sleep. I imagine that the perfect spot would be a quiet apartment complex or something. I don’t know about selecting a spot near a park; sometimes drug dealers work near those.

    There must be some good articles on site selection somewhere. Like Two Dog, I’d probably just drive out into the desert with the coyotes and javalinas.

    • Maureen says:

      Apartment complexes seem a bit too busy to me and in theory would have more thuggish type people. My perfect spots are often a park on one side a house on the other side (of the road). So far, I haven’t heard much noise in the park and I never see anyone hanging around them. I don’t know why.

      I’m just in fear mode right now. I’m not sure why.

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