Saturday, April 12, 2014

Mowing grass

For four years, we've not had to mow.  It's been lovely.  We've said that RVers change tires instead of mowing grass, and we sure did our fare share of that.  We, as in Allen, of course.  And now we're back to mowing.  We, as in Josh and Matt, of course. So glad that the boys think it's fun!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tree house or deer stand

Allen's building a tree house.  He calls it a deer stand, because you know, it's for hunting and manly stuff.  But it looks like a tree house to me. The first day, they just beat a hail storm.
Matt was a great helper.
Since you can see it from the RV, we're going to camo it up soon. 
It's pretty sweet and has a great view of our mountain and the others surrounding us, so Allen can watch for deer or turkey or anything else that may be for dinner. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Two new chicks

Because they're so cute and fluffy, we have two more chickens.  Lizzy and I went to town to do laundry and brought home Penguin and Pepe Le Pew.
Jack "helped" them join their coop-mates.
They were assimilated pretty quickly. 
Well, this moment didn't end well, but they learned to get along quickly after that.
Oh, well maybe it was after a visit from this "chick mafia". I'm afraid these triplets mean business!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Chickens

So we have chickens now.  Right, just after we decided to not get any animals this year *just* to be sure we want to stick around this RVstead. :)  Allen couldn't wait.  Allen can never wait. Ever.  So we have chickens.  Twenty of them. Yeah, twenty.  Ten are some kind for laying eggs and ten are called Pan Fry, because pan fry. :)  They are completely adorable little fluffy peeps and we love them! 
Especially Matt. 
Taking them to their new home. 
Which Allen made from our well pump cover/log cabin. 
He is pretty much awesome.
And they love it.  
We were worried about Jack eating them but our dog, in true Jack form, who took on coyotes with only a torn ear to show for it, who has eaten many chickens, many times, that dog... is afraid of little baby chicks. :) 
We're working on names now. (Don't worry, the kids won't get too attached and not want to eat them, they're Lundys.) Ideas collected so far: Chick Norris, Chick Berry, Chicken Little, Tina Turner, Einstein, Stir Fry, Johnny Pay-chick; Chick-Kira; Charles Chickens, Chickie Cheese, Peckles, Feather Locklear, Nugget, Kiev, ala King, Sweet, Sour, Fried, Noodle, Chic-fil-A, Oprah Henfrey, Darrel Hennah, Cluck Gable, Stevie Chicks, Hen-nebal Lecter, Hen Affleck, Hennifer Garner, Chubby Chicker...

Laundry time

One thing we're doing to torture Lizzy save time, money, and diesel, is washing clothes by hand with the WonderWash.  It's not big or fancy, but it gets the job done. Well, it helps Lizzy get the job done.  It's a hand-cranked portable clothes washer, about the size of a 5 gallon bucket. It'll do a pair of jeans, or two if they're small, or a few shirts, or a sheet or two, or lots of socks and undies. We do a load or two every day and so far have kept up with the laundry, avoiding driving an hour and spending way too many quarters. And of course line drying is free, until they figure out how to tax the sun.
Lizzy isn't super thrilled, but she's a good sport.  Using her tunes as a timer really helps. 
Tips for the WonderWash that we learned the hard way: 
Don't fill it to the top, just past half is good. 
Use plenty of hot water, about 3/4 full, covering the clothes. 
You don't need much soap.  We make our own laundry soap.
Rinse as many times as needed, until the water is clear. It's worth the trouble.
Wash for one song forward, then one song backward. Rinse for one song.  :) 
Keep an eye on the weather. If it rains, consider it an extra rinse cycle and "mountain fresh" scent.
Also, don't let your laundry build up, then start using a WonderWash to catch up. Just suck it up and go to the laundromat to start fresh.  Then do a load or two a day. 
Sometimes Lizzy convinces Matt to "help" her, meaning do it for her while she plays on her phone.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Gardening

Gardening is fun. Gardening in rock is a little less fun and a lot more work!  We're on a mountain, made of rock.  I should have thought of that earlier.  :)  But these men can handle it! 
 This is just one of the many wagon loads of rocks that were carted off.  :/ 
Raised beds with 5 kinds of lettuce, spinach, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, onions, peas, and cucumber.  Who knows if any will grow, but what a great workout! :) 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

RVsteading

Four years of RVing have brought wonderful adventures for the Lundys and now we're going to add even  more by RVsteading!  Yep, homesteading, in an RV. :) 
Wikipedia says homesteading is "a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. It is characterized by subsistence agriculture, home preservation of foodstuffs..."
In our self-contained RV, we are pretty self-sufficient as far as providing our own power and water and we have everything we need to cook, clean, work, sleep, entertain, etc.  And then we found Lundy Mountain and have been living off the land as much as hunting and fishing allow.  (We've only spent $14 in 7 months on meat and that's just because I missed chicken!)  But lately we've really been thinking about gardening, fruit trees, fresh milk & eggs, and really providing all of our needs.  And visiting our neighbors' homestead with lots of animals may have sent us over the edge!
We love this piece of the mountain and already have the home, so we just need the stead. We love the RV life still, so we'll just be RVsteading!  We won't even have to give up traveling, because we know many families who would love to take care of animals for a week or three in exchange for a full hookup site. :)  Roadschooling families would love that opportunity and we would love that freedom.  
We'd sure love to have fresh eggs. (Our neighbors have been so kind!)
We have some great neighbors on the next mountain, so the kids will still have friends. 
They can get into mischief of course. 
Of course. 
 Or they can play together nicely.
Or not. 
Why can our kids not just jump on a trampoline?? 
We can enjoy this view even longer. 
And my reading tree is now free of deer feeders, so I can read. 
With the great view. 
And of course life in the mountains will always be interesting. Today's lesson was "always check your shoes".  And that was brought to you by them forgetting yesterday's lesson of "don't leave your shoes outside."  :/  
I'm still one of the Chicks Without Bricks (so don't miss our book!) but I have a feeling I'll have even more stories to share soon...  :) (Edited to add: After just a few days of RVsteading yes, the book has been started...)  :)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Back on Lundy Mountain

We're back on Lundy Mountain in Arkansas and we're enjoying some isolation after four months of tightly packed RV parks in (beautifully sunny) Florida. We will miss the grands and our many friends, but are loving our freedom to roam about again. 
The boys got out their Christmas gifts about five minutes after we set up. 
The mountain was just as we left it, minus many leaves, and it's great to be back. Jack's enjoying being off leash again and so are the rest of us!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Introducing RVillage!

A fun new website for RVers launched today for public beta testing: RVillage.com.  We've been using it for a while and really like it!  It's a great way to connect with other RVers and find out who's nearby.  And it's certainly better than Facebook with all the distractions there.  Look for the Fulltime Families group there too!  We like to learn and share on the FtF group, but RVillage.com will be a great place to connect and plan events.  (And I really, really love the play on words - R Village!) 
Technomadia shared about it and called it a "nomadic proximity detector". There are many great points, but we'll just invite you to check it out and hope to connect with you there! 
Before you go, check out the intro video...
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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Fish are boring (but tasty when deep fried)

What have we been up to?  The same ol' same ol' stuff. The kids are hanging out with their friends (aka our nomadic community), I'm holding down the fort (aka working, reading, and more reading), and Allen is fishing, planning more fishing, or dreaming about fishing.  I just get so tired of fish pictures.  Seriously, why can't they be all different colors like ocean fish?  Bass are boring.  But tasty! 
And Jack does this pretty much all day every day. 
These are just a FEW of the way too many fish photos. 
Fortunately all that fishing means free dinners like this...
And apparently we need many poles, so more storage for poles.