Friday, 17 May 2019

The Return of Running Water

So, this weekend, or rather just tonight, I will be de-winterizing Wanda. I will be going to a campground (with the help of a friend) just for tonight.

I will finally be getting my fresh water system up and running. Now, in order to do that, I need access to a full hook up campsite. 

In times gone by I have gone to the campground for the weekend, but this is not necessary now. 

Since I have electricity, via the solar charging system, the treat of having electricity is gone.

Once I have my fresh water system up and running and water in my fresh water tank, I’m good for a while. 

So, I will just go there tonight and this afternoon I will do the actual de-winterizing process, and tomorrow I will return to my Lakeside Home, for the remainder of the long weekend. 

While it may get cold, I am fairly certain it will not get colder than -10C for the next few months, so freezing pipes are a minimal risk. 

If worst comes to worst, then I will just move to a campground for the duration of the cold snap. 

I will choose to focus on the positive and the fact that I will have the luxury of running water . . . in my house. 

As always: Keep your head up,  your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Victoria Day Staycation

I will be taking it easy around my Lakeside Home this Victoria Day Long Weekend. 

I will enjoy the view, the peace, quiet and the sound of the birds playing and frollicing.

All in all, I will not go any further than I have been in the past few weeks. I have recently understood that I don’t need to go to a campground.

With the advent of my solar panel charging system (and my satellite radio) I can truly enjoy any space, as no matter where I am, I am home and I have electricity.

So, I can enjoy my Lakeside Home and still have a nice and relaxing weekend. 

All while saving money and helping the planet. 

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

It is Wanda’s Fifth Birthday!

That’s right, it was five years ago today that I bought Wanda. While the exact date is a bit fuzzy, but this is the day that is officially recognized as Wanda’s Birthday.

I think it has something to do with this being the date that the first payment on Wanda came out of my account. 

At any rate, this is the day that we, that I, celebrate the fact that I bought Wanda and all that she has helped me accomplish. 

There is still some debate as to if I would be better off and further ahead remaining living in that room that I was renting, but that is an academic debate.

As it is now, I can go where I like and I am mobile. If I need to move somewhere, it is as easy as going for a drive.

I am further ahead in that I have skills that I would not have otherwise (not living in Wanda) and I now can live very cheaply. 

As in all I need to pay for is propane and paying to dump my tanks, but those are only every few months. Food goes without saying but my electricity is free.

I am also further ahead in my homesteading plans, as all I need to do is buy the land, park Wanda in a nice spot and put her up on blocks, and I have my first house.

Again, not fancy, but effective . . . a reoccurring theme in my life.

I still get people trying to convince me to buy something, as in buy a house or condo. 

They keep having the same conversations with me, as if I am intellectually diminished and just don’t understand such a basic concept of the wonders of owning a home.

I do understand that concept and I do want to own, but I simply refuse to get into debt again. I hate it, debt is a necessary evil, and it is not necessary.

Surely not to buy a home, not when all I have to do is stick it out for four more years and I can buy a place for cash . . . cash . . . and no debt.

But I digress, and this day is about celebrating Wanda’s Birthday!

Happy birthday, Wanda!
   

(That is the oldest picture I could find of Wanda)

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Don’t Make War on the Economic Refugee

Okay, so today there was another story of another town or city that has a “problem” with people living in RV’s.

People are funny, they look at people living in RV’s and get angry and have a number of assumptions, here are a few of them: 

They’re a bum
They’re drug addicts
They’re lazy (as in get a job, you bum!)

Also there is a twinge of jealousy mixed in there, I mean the feeling that is along the lines of “Why should they get away without paying rent when I have: 

Rent/Mortgage
Property Taxes
Condo Fees
Power/Utility Bills 
And other “Costs of ownership”

I guess some of those feelings are valid as people, like myself, are living cheaper by not living in a “sticks and bricks” house. As in, living in some sort of fixed address house/apartment/etc.

Yet, you have to ask yourself why are people doing this? Why would someone with options chose to live in an RV?

The answer is varied, as in each person has a different reason for why they are living in their RV, but I will boil it down to a few main categories:

Financial: They just can’t afford a place to live. 
Freedom: They like the freedom to go where they choose, to travel yet always be at home. 
To Get Ahead: With the lower cost of living by living in an RV, the cash that you were spending on having a fixed address, you can now use to get yourself ahead financially (debt free or build savings).

To me, all of those are beside the point but the fact that the numbers of people living in RV’s is growing, points to a larger problem in our society. 

Simply put, the cost of living is creeping to the point of unaffordability. We are already past the point of the cost of living being stupidly high.

Why is this? Well, in my opinion the fault lies at the feet of Government and Business . . . but mainly with Government.

Why? Well, Government likes to pile on the taxes and tries to find new ways to generate new ones or just raise the old ones (all while telling us that it’s fair and to suck it up).

This happens at all three levels of government: Federal, Provincial/State, and County/Town/City.

All three levels of government likes to spend, spend, spend and tax, tax, tax (yes even the conservative ones).

Business is squeezed by their increasing costs of operation as well as the ever increasing taxes that they pay (criminally more than the average person, so it’s no wonder, but not excusable, why some turn to tax evasion schemes.) 

Yet wages have remained stagnant during all this time. In fact Business views wages as a charitable contribution (to the poor) that they can’t write off.

They view wages as something that they set and will increase when they feel generous.

The thought of tying wages to inflation is met with a scream and hue and cry the likes of which is only heard when someone is having a limb amputated without anaesthesia.

So the split between wages and the cost of living grows, with the cost of living rising at a rate that steadily outpaces wages. 

The difference is made up in the lowering of the standard of living of the average person. 

This erosion of your purchasing power continues until you, yes you dear reader, are forced out of the “normal” way of living due to economic forces.

Either that or you just see no other way to get debt free or otherwise get ahead.

Either way, living in an RV, even for a short period of time, can look good.

When you do, when you move into an RV or otherwise out of a fixed address, you then become an Economic Refugee.

I say this to Business and Government, (mainly to Government) “Stop crushing the little guy with taxes and cost increases. That and stop making war with the people you have shoved out of the normal economic model by your actions.”

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Monday, 13 May 2019

Satellite Radio Installation Complete!

Okay, so this weekend the guy who installed my solar panel charging system came out and completed the installation of my satellite radio!

Sure, all he had to do was install the antenna on the roof and run the wire down to the satellite radio itself. 

The trick is that he knows how to put holes in my roof (properly) so as to ensure that the cable and only the cable goes down through that hole. 

Again, putting holes in things is the easy part, sealing them up is the tricky bit. That ability is worth something to me, so that is why I paid him to do it.

This is how it is done properly.
  

As you see the cable is secured and the hole is sealed with sealant. That is to ensure that the cable does not flop around as well as to ensure that the hole remains sealed.

Also the antenna itself (that black box) is held down by some epoxy, so as to ensure that it won’t flop around. 

As a result, I have the satellite radio installed and all cables are hidden in the walls. I still have to find a way to seal up those holes in the wall, but I can do that in a bit.

It is just nice to be able to relax with the choice of music that satellite radio offers. All while not using up the data on my cell plan or having to find decent Wi-Fi.

I can now listen to radio and get power no matter how far out or remote I am. As long as I can get sun, I can get both my batteries charged and listen to the radio.

This is one of those niceties that I am treating myself with . . . sparingly.

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Friday, 10 May 2019

8400

Yep, that’s the number, I ran the calculations yesterday . . . 

Okay, so with all this doom and gloom talk, or fears rather, around the office, I decided to see how cheaply that I could live for a calendar year.

As you no doubt guessed by now, that number, as in what I could live for an entire year on, is $8400.00. Now, that number is not exact, but it is close enough. 

For one thing there is a bit of wiggle room in my budgets, as in I over estimate slightly some expenses, so I can claw them back if need be.

I also don’t include some expenses as they are not every month, like Propane, coins for laundry or dumping fees. 

Even still, that number is the number needed for me to live my life as it is now, as in without cutting back.

So, all in all, I will be okay, I don’t hope to have to enact that budget until I am ready to head out on the road, to begin my Grand Adventure (as in to search for the land and build my town).

For now, I will just keep doing what I am doing and hope that my world keeps rolling along for the next four years at least. 

Even if it doesn’t, if a bump in the road comes along, I will deal with it and . . . 

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Thursday, 9 May 2019

More Tariff Troubles

So, it looks like that the current administration of the American Government is going to put into effect the 25% tariffs as of midnight tonight.

So, that means that there is great worry and fret on the part of Boss. This is understandable due to the fact that historically most of our sales came from the US.

All I could think of during this was to remind myself that there really isn’t anything that I can do to help this situation. 

All I can do is do my job as best as I can and offer suggestions now and again. I have no impact or influence over what any government will or won’t do.

If I were buried in debt (as I was 6 years ago) I would be freaking out. 

Then again, one of the previous frets by Boss was what sparked me to go on this journey towards Total Debt Freedom.

After which, I decided to continue on that journey towards Total Economic Freedom and establish a town to help provide that for others who come there (but I digress).

We don’t know what will happen, but one look at our sales over the current fiscal year revealed that about 70% of our sales now come from Canada. 

This is the exact opposite from where things were 6 – 10 years ago. Things change and your customer base can shift.

I will continue to do what I have been doing and will continue to work my plan. I will live frugally and simply, with a few niceties as I build my savings in a balanced manner.

In about 4 years (April 7, 2023) I will head out on that journey to start and found that town. 

If I have to find another job, I’ll do that. If I hit a roadblock, I’ll find a detour. 

I will simply deal with what actually comes to pass and try to prepare for any and all possible eventualities (without becoming paranoid).

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!