We don’t clean our house all the time, but when we do it’s easy. Our place is only 268 square feet inside. Monday is house day. It’s like Saturday, but Monday is our Saturday. We start by getting weekly chores done that come naturally from living in this house. Swap the compost toilet, empty the waste tanks, fill the fresh water tank, chase leaks, tidy up…and on the inside, we oil the counter tops, defrost the fridge, vacuum, vacuum, vacuum. It’s like a real house. And it gets lived in 24/7. This week we wired our TV antenna for local broadcasts. We stream some live networks on our smart TV, but it’s mostly national news. Christina really likes local news and programs. She likes having local news in stormy weather and the holidays. I can’t blame her. It’s free and every time we move the newscasters, dialects, and culture change. It’s fun. We’ve been on the road for 18 months and just got local TV. We’re pretty excited. The antenna came white, so I painted it black. Pulled a coaxial cable through the tongue area, under the belly skin, and up through the floor just under the TV. Secured the cord and sealed the hole. It’s only about 10 steps between the TV inside and the antenna on the tongue. Working on a travel coach is almost laughingly small. We’re at my mom and Joe’s house, boon-docking on smooth concrete, so working under the coach is practically relaxing. A forgiving Oklahoma winter. I’ve been wanting a hubodometer for the coach. Call me crazy but I’ll never keep a straight enough log in the cab of the van to keep track of rolling mileage on Luna. The hubodometer is ordered according to the tire size, and rotations per mile. None of the universal mounting brackets fit our wheels, so I headed down to Machine Head in Kansas City Mo. Machine Head is pretty much an art studio machine shop. It’s pretty, has lots of natural light, a perfect tin ceiling, and tons of raw metal and glass. They’ll let you help, and they do the skilled and technical work. I love that place. When we were in KC several weeks ago I spent the day there and made the bracket for the hubodometer, the shower curtain rod for the outdoor shower, and aluminum braces for the front stone guard. So the hubodometer is on and I can’t wait to see it work! I finished a simple adjustable support post for the shower curtains I have coming to hang on the outdoor shower curtain rod. When the curtains are hanging there will be room for the folding tub in the outdoor shower. This is not our first outdoor shower, we had one at the house we sold, and having this one up and running means a lot to us.
On Sunday evening the sink started draining slow. I figured the trap was full of food and saved it for house day, Monday. My grey water tank coupling is clear so I can see how things are going. The tank seemed slow, so I had Christina fill the kitchen sink full with hot water, and drain it straight through. I was amazed at how much debris came out of the tank and plumbing. We’ve been in this house 18 months, and I can’t figure out if the debris was from us or if it was from its 40 years before we moved in. We’ll keep an eye on that.
So we do these chores all day long. Together we go to the grocery, get fuel or run to the post office. This week we filled a bottle of propane too. Most of the time Christina cuts up a bunch of the vegetables for the week and loads them in the fridge. It’s kind of nice to have a house day. We moved out of our last house a year sooner than we planned, so we were working like crazy on the coach, a lot of the time. Our work week is not like it used to be, so moving our Saturday to Monday works great for us. Especially considering if we are staying at a park, or campground, we’d rather be visiting friends camped near us. Not to mention waste stations are always crowded on the weekends. But for now our little house is parked at mom’s house. Home living. Good coffee and Saturdays on Monday.