Friday, January 11, 2013


DeBary, FL.

60 deg. partly cloudy, no wind.

Forecast = Partly cloudy. High of 81F. Winds from the SE at 5 to 15 mph.

Jim and Linda knew that one day they would have to deal with this, but one of the little hurdles that they have encountered is replenishing some of the”Stuff” that they got rid of when they moved out of their stix and brix home and went full-timing.

You see, they didn’t keep anything that wouldn’t fit into their 35’ Winnebago Chieftain MH or the back of their little pick-up truck. Nothing in storage, (Can you imagine what the cost of storing all their stuff for 12 years would have been?), and only one set of dishes and a few books at Linda’s sister’s house.

Now, they have a double wide home with no furniture at all except a kitchen table and 4 chairs.  There’s no bed to sleep on, no chairs to sit on and no TV to watch.

The kitchen cabinets will be basically empty because the pots, pans, dishes and small appliances they have will be needed in their RV. There’s no silverware, glasses, cups or dishes to put into the cabinets.

Beside there not being a bed for the bedroom, there’s no dressers to put clothes in, no night stands to put a light or a clock on and not even a clock to put on a night stand if they had one.

In other words, they need almost everything!!!!  : O

It’s not possible, nor do they want to go out and buy all new furniture, so,  ,  ,  ,  ,  , what to do??????

Well, Jim has been searching the Internet and has found a few used furniture stores on the area, and Nancy, the Community Manager of the park, has given them a few suggestions, but to completely furnish this home will take quite awhile.

But, being that Jim and Linda don’t really expect to spend any time living in this house until they return this fall, they have some time to get “stuff” for the house, but they would like to have it “livable” by the time they leave this spring.

After some thought, Jim and Linda have started a list of “must have” items. During the month of February, they'll be looking for, (at a minimum),  a couple of  comfortable chairs, a TV, a few lamps, some curtains, (there are blinds on almost all the windows), a few kitchen appliances like a coffee pot, toaster, a microwave and a few pots and pans.

They’ll also need a bed and a couple dressers, but the dressers are not essential as they can manage if they can’t find anything they like right away.

I’m sure the list of things to buy will get longer, but that’s what is on it right now.

Anyway, being that Jim and Linda were out and about yesterday, they stopped by a couple of the used furniture stores, just to see what was available. They found that there’s some items that they’ll probably be able to buy at one of those stores, but some of the items they need will have to be bought new.

I can understand how many of you may think that this is a very stressful time for Jim and Linda, but really, it’s not. They both seem to be looking at purchasing the house and everything that goes with it as another adventure.  Except for getting those few essentials, there really isn’t any pressure.

And, if push comes to shove, they always have their RV to live in. ; )

Did you know that January is "National Polka Music Month"?


  1. Congrats on your new digs. We are spending our first winter in FL and already see it as a possibility of a future "base" of operations so to speak. I think you have a great plan.

  2. I'm surprised to hear that the doublewide was sold empty. In most parks we've seen, folks take their personal stuff and leave the house pretty much furnished. That is tough luck indeed.


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