The First 90 Days of Van Life

November 18, 2017 marked the 90th day of Team JUsT living in The Prairie Schooner. While the first few days were quite the learning curve, with a few harrowing experiences, we both think that this is absolutely the best choice for our Next Chapter! The dogs are still enjoying the never-ending car ride. The old…

Passion Flower

I understand.

Now, I understand. I get it. As I shuffle through the house, devoid of decades of souvenirs, collected clutter, and inherited furniture – I finally understand. When I first began the process of minimalization, the decades of training in “stuff & things” were still binding me. I am not one that I would ever have…

The Month Of June…

This month has completely flown by! The month of June has been a very busy month for Team JUsT. We have much news to report and a tentative launch date for the Prairie Schooner’s adventures! Minimalism and Minimizing The month started out with the minimalizing progress making huge leaps and bounds of progress. We have…

Latest News! (Our Absence, v2.0)

Has it really been more than two weeks since we last updated our blog? Well, here is the latest news on the Prairie Schooner project, our minimalization progress, and our GTFO plans… Please pardon our absence, but things are really progressing right now! Prairie Schooner We have completed a few minor adjustments in the ol’…

Van Tetris

Ahhhhh, The Fun of Van Tetris! We have begun the endless game of how to fit two humans and two 60 pound dogs and all their accompanying stuff, into 66 square feet. Van Tetris! Clothing We figured out that all of our shoes, clothing, and personal items will fit into those little plastic drawer columns,…

Rummage Sale #1

Yesterday was our rummage sale! Although, it seems it was the first one… LOL! We had not muddled through everything, so we will be hosting another one in a few weeks when we get the rest of this place weeded out. It was a glorious day for a yard sale! Brilliant sunshine, cool breezes, happy people,…

All You Need is Less

Garage Sale

With our deadline for moving out of the house and into the Ford Transit Cargo Van fast approaching, we are deep in the throes of minimalism -ing and gearing up for The Big Garage Sale! The process of unloading half a century of household goods and accumulated consumer products has become much easier and is…

Showering, Bidet, and Hot Water

Showering, bathing, and hygiene is a concern when you’re planning on living in a van full-time. While I look forward to being “HomeFree”, I don’t want to look unwashed or smell suspect. LOL!  We had discussed this in depth, before deciding to live in the Prairie Schooner, and had found several options for bathing and…

Minimalism Purging

Over the past several weeks, I have been hard at work purging and minimizing the contents of our home. Minimalism is gaining momentum at the little shack! Streamlining the process is becoming easier. It is funny.. the first thing or two that I unloaded was much harder than any of the subsequent items. It seems like…

Recent Absence of Late

Many apologies, dear Readers, for our protracted recent absence. Recently, we have been juggling several projects at once.  All of them are progressing… even if it seems that they’re moving at the speed of molasses in January! What’s Up? We are deep in the throes of minimalization.  We are liquidating all the crap in the…

Sunday Night’s Tornadoes

Sunday evening, San Antonio had a rare batch of tornadoes blow through… There were four confirmed tornadoes. Two F-0 and two F-1 category tornadoes. The shorter F-1 in the center of the screenshot is where we live… The warning came around 10:30 at night, so I had time to grab the flashlights, a gallon of water,…

Pets.   The Pooches…

We have my daughter’s dog, who is now an old man at 11 years old. He is a flesh-eating Pit Bull. He will piddle a little streak as he leaves the room abruptly, if you stomp your foot at him. My daughter couldn’t take him with her when she moved off to college because he…

JUsT a Frugal Valentine’s Day….

Friends…Family…My Countrymen…Happy Valentine’s day to all of you! I hope all of you spent it with the one(s) you love! I have the honor of delivering this installment of ‘this ole’ Priarie Schooner‘. I am your host, Rock…  🙂 Over the last several days we have been in logistics mode, planning the specifics on our…

Employment On The Road

One of the scariest parts of The Plan to sell everything we own and move into our Ford Transit Cargo Van tiny home, is that all of my and Rock’s lives have been spent seeing the Recipe Of Life as — get a job, buy a home, get married, save for retirement, pay the mortgage, spawn…

Oh, Brrrrrrr!

We got all enthused and had all our calculations and cipherin’ done… ran to the big orange box store to pick up the necessary supplies to get started on a little pre-project or two – and the weather turned COLD! Brrrrrrr! The high today was a frigid 48 degrees, so my skinny butt slid into…

Rockin' the Transit Van

Our Tiny Home has come HOME…

Drum Roll Please!!!!      Strike up the Band!!!   And…the fat Lady has Sung!!!   (Or something along those lines)   🙂 Our teeny, tiny home van is now parked in our driveway and ready to be outfitted. With a new windshield, and a few other minor discrepancies that were corrected by the dealership…We…

The New Homestead! A Tiny Home…

We did it! We found what we were looking for – and made it happen!   It took about two weeks of wrangling.  One salesman at the stealership got  removed from our sale, and we got a different one who was ~awesome~ and worked his tail off to get the numbers where we wanted them!  I spent three…

The Minimalist Prepper…

I figured it out this morning! I sat down to my obligatory one cup of coffee and was browsing some of the WordPress folks who have similar journeys to ours… and while Rock is on the same journey as I am, he does not suffer the same conflict.  He is not agonizing over every single…

In the Beginning…

We have decided to share our adventures with the world… Take a walk with us and let’s see what is out there! We are a decidedly eclectic mix – adventurous and grounded, down-home and worldly, well-read and unpretentious, optimistic and prepared, spontaneous planners, the masculine and feminine. Growing weary of the status quo, we have…