Life in an RV has been very different from my life on the farm!
No more getting up at the crack of dawn to go out and feed the chickens… and no more collecting their delicious eggs with the dark yellow, almost orange yolks!
Even after 3 years, it’s still hard adjusting to RV life…
It’s not that I haven’t enjoyed the adventure thus far… I have learned many new skills… and I have met many wonderful people who I now call family!
No, the hardest thing to adjust to is the amount of waste we create!
Daily, I make the trek to the dumpster, carrying one or two bags of trash! And that’s when we’re in a campground.
There seems to be even more when we boondock – utilizing paper plates and plasticware, since water is a precious commodity while dry docking!
Back on the homestead, we had very little trash to put out…
Most of our food was preserved in one form or another, so there was little to no trash and hardly any recyclables!
If foods were past being edible for human consumption, we would put it out for our chickens to enjoy!
They looked forward to seeing me carry out the big white ‘muck’ bucket – knowing I was bringing ‘treats’ for them to enjoy!
Some would race me to the composting area, expectantly waiting for me to pour out the treasures that awaited them!
And there were those who would try to stop me in my tracks and try to climb into the bucket as I walked!
So, it is with a renewed vigor, that we are honing our skills of preserving foods.
We hope that by canning, dehydrating and/or purchasing freeze-dried foods (here’s where we get ours) we will lessen the amount of waste we create.
We may not be able to produce as little trash as we did on the homestead, but we certainly plan to maximize our efforts to minimize our waste!
Until next time,
Peace, love and safe travels!