Wow, another year has ended. Time to finish up 2016, so I can start with a clean slate for 2017!
We are currently in Florida, for the next three months. Then we will make our way somewhere, before starting up work again in May at Luton’s Cabins in Wyoming. This is our ‘vacation’ time, and we always budget this in. It is our own reward for this lifestyle. But to be honest, I get really bored around mid-March. I don’t think I could ever be fully retired.
We enjoyed our time helping Mike with remodeling his new tavern and eatery in Wisconsin. While we made a lot of progress, there is still much work to be done before opening in February. We were able to fill five 30 yard dumpsters with demolition materials, get new window’s and doors installed, the metal ceiling in place, some of the electrical work done, and the bar built.
We did the frame of the bar, and then added in a step and two layers of plywood for the top. It will still need the final top, which will come from a bowling alley, as well as the sides and tile on the step. We did the same for the bar in the basement.
Mike and Dan had the ceremonial ‘first beer’ the day we completed all the framing.
Mike was able to obtain galvanized metal roofing pieces from a barn in Illinois that was used for the ceiling.
I was a bit skeptical at first of the ceiling material, but it turned out very well.
Doing the demolition and remodeling work was a nice change of pace from Amazon. And based on what I have been hearing from others who worked at the Campbellsville KY location this year, they were either not as busy, or hired too many Camperforce, because they got very little overtime this year. We do plan on going back to Amazon next fall, unless another new opportunity comes our way.
The nice weather in Wisconsin allowed us to stay much longer to help out. But once the temperature dropped, we new it was time to move on. We have a portable space heater in our bedroom, and an electric fireplace in the main living space of our fifth wheel. Just running both (on a 50 amp circuit) we can keep the inside temperature about 35 degrees above the exterior temperature. This is fine when it is above 30 degrees outside. But when the high for the day is 20, it gets a little chilly inside the RV unless we turn on the propane furnace.
It was also great to spend Thanksgiving with our families for the first time in three years. Although we both missed being able to walk 10 plus miles the next day (as we did at Amazon) to burn off all the delicious food.
We had a nice time catching up with everyone. First up, dinner with my family at my brother Brian’s house. I’m not sure what is up with my brothers hands on hips posing though!
Then it was off to Dan’s sister, Lindas house (aka Camp Meyer), for additional turkey dinners.
We continued our ‘food fest’ with dinners with good friends Dave and Angie, along with Angie’s family.
Since we were working in Menomonee Falls, Robin and Mary, friends since our college days, had us over for dinner as well. Mary also sent us off to Florida with a container of delicious homemade Christmas cookies! Cheers!
We had a nice time getting together with our former neighbors and their children. It was great catching up with Kyle and Jolie, and Brenda and Darren. Their kids are getting bigger and really doing well.
Our time in Wisconsin came to an end two weeks ago, when we got blasted with 10 inches of snow, followed by bitter cold temperatures. We put our slides in on the fifth wheel before the snow started. So we had several “cozy” days before we left.
I thought the days of scrapping the truck were over, but… The fifth wheel next to us is staying for the winter. They installed insulation around their fifth wheel.
We had a great time getting together with family and friends, and we are grateful for the opportunity to work for our friend Mike. There is still a lot of work to be done before the business opens. As such, Dan will be flying back to Wisconsin next week, and working for an additional two weeks. Makena and I will be staying with the fifth wheel in Florida. Dan will drive back down with his parents (if they can fit him in their car!) the last week of January. It is a win-win-win situation. Mike gets more help from Dan, Dan’s dad will not have to worry about driving, and I get several weeks to myself!
Before we left, we did pick up Makena. She was very happy to see us and get back on the road to warmer weather. We are very grateful that Dan’s parents kept her for the two months while we were working. She was in good hands!
We hope everyone has a safe and Happy New Year! Remember, 2017 is a clean slate. Put those fears aside, and make those goals happen! For those of you we didn’t get a chance to see this year, we hope 2017 will find a slice of time for us to spend with you…
Quote for the day: “What the New Year brings to you depends a great deal on what you bring to the New Year.” – Vern McLellan