If all goes according to plan I will take a 6-week sabbatical this summer. I have a sabbatical writing project (complete new confirmation curriculum) and will live/travel in the camper as I do the my project.I leave the day before my 60th birthday in July 2014. Need I say that I am excited beyond belief?
If I were like most sane people, I would pack up the camper and be gone. It is brand new and in excellent shape. However, since I am a craft-loving person and prefer personalized touches in a living space, I plan to redecorate the interior. I will keep the original stuff for later, which will make the camper look brand new again some day down the road.
Projects, which I will share on the blog as I go along, complete with before and after photos– include the following:
- slip covers for seat cushions
- new curtains and valances
- hand made rugs, pillows
- hand-edged Melton wool blankets
I also need to acquire stuff to make living in the camper a bit easier, including
- cordless drill for easily setting up leveling jacks
- cordless vac with long nose so I can vacuum up the bugs who die deep down between the screens and the zip up windows
- memory foam mattress pad
- assorted extensions cords, bungees, rope, etc
As for being off the grid, which I hope is the case most of the time, I will:
- install solar cell that will charge batteries
- acquire a few more hand-held chargers for personal electronics
I have been experimenting with Harmony House dried foods and freeze-dried fruits and am super excited about the taste and endless cooking options.
For entertainment and exercise, Tango and I will go out in my inflatable kayak, which I bought last year. I figured I would have lots of other expenses, so checked that purchase off the list right away.
My first projects: the Melton wool blankets and slip covers. I will work on both as I watch endless hours of the Olympics in a few weeks. I will soon share the preparation stages for those two projects!