Winter Pandemic Vanlife

Living out of a van, in the middle of winter, during a pandemic is not luxurious, romantic, and hardly a fun adventure. The van turns into the inside of a dark refrigerator at 5:45 p.m. and due to the pandemic, I pretty much avoid going out on the town unless for a brisk walk through the neighborhoods before my ears start to sting. I then return to the van and avoid being on the phone as much as I can because I have to ration my battery charge. I also am avoiding driving the van because my fuel pump might be giving out and I need to stay off of it until my appointment Tuesday - which will present a whole new set of problems, but I’ll think about that when the time comes.

In the morning, if the sun is shining, the van finally reaches a temperature I can escape the warmth of my sleeping bag to get out and work - it leaves me with about 5 solid daylight hours to make bracelets...if I skip cooking. It’s easiest to just eat out of a can...and most affordable since I don’t have as much time to work now. I’ve been peeking at the job market down here because it might have to come to that, except that’s a little troubling with the new covid strain running amok. I’m not complaining though...I kind of enjoy the feeling of flying by the seat of my pants and the road has taught me well that there is always a way out of any situation. But I won’t make it out to be something that it’s not, either.

Having said all that, and letting you in on a tiny bit of what I’ve been managing, and the easier part of the challenges I’ve been facing, I am so grateful for what I have and for all of you and the support you’ve given me. You all and this shop are my world right now, and giving me a light to focus on during some pretty dark times. 

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