HELLO NEW MEXICO

Not everything planned goes as planned.  I knew this from the start so am not surprised that I have no hot water and the fridge isn’t working on electric power. It is working on propane now so doesn’t matter much except I’m paying for electric so I’d like not needing to use my propane

I’ll probably have to ask for help.   I’m not real good at asking  for help but I’m sure there is someone here that has the answer for me and probably its something simple that I’m missing, like when I couldn’t get the water hose hooked up with out dripping water or spraying myself, I couldn’t get it screwed on tight. A man walking his dog stopped to see if i needed help and noticed right away that I was missing a rubber  gasket inside the hose and found one for me and fixed it just like that. ‘ along with them.

I need a toad!

All this and more will be resolved soon.

I’m sure.

New Roads, New Experiences

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My goal for this website is to have a place to organize my thoughts, communicate my hopes and share what I love to do.

 This is a multipurpose site about how I as a 75-year-old single woman finds my world today, a general commentary on life, and my art notes.

I am the 2nd of 8 siblings born in Duluth Minnesota, I was an LPN for about 20 years in Panama where I went as a Peace Corps volunteer at 21 years of age and married a Panamanian with whom I had 3 children.

There were some interesting times living in Panama of which I will probably tell,  check out my Panama stories.

I returned to the USA and finished up my status as RN working in Texas and Florida. I studied Chinese medicine in Texas and have  Masters degree  though  I mostly needle myself these days.

I am a retired single lady, ready for  new challenges as I  travel here and there in my 22 ft RV.

And that is who I am today.

I’m mostly happy with who I am today.

I tell you all this to find common ground.

 

 

I will be an Artist!

 

I was pretty happy being a nurse for many years but when I retired I had no plan for what comes next, then I read that anyone can be an artist so I thought I’m anyone, I  will be an artist.

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I am a woman wondering what comes next, open to new ideas, willing to exchange thoughts but confused and restless about who I am now in these later decades of my life.

Being a twice-retired person of meager resources and advanced age, I started out cheap, buying craft paints and board panels and skinny canvas. I painted flowers the ‘one stroke’ Donna Dewberry way. (she is the one who said anyone can paint) I had fun painting pretty flowers for children and sold them at school and community sales.

But lately, I have been watching u-tube videos of abstract painting and this is my new favorite way to paint.  I am a self-taught (artist) painter with help from U-Tube videos, Mr. Lang and Ms. Dewberry and  Mr.Tim Gagnon plus a heap of art how-to books  There is so much to learn!

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What doesn’t work as it should, I don’t Expect Anyone to do this for Me but I need some help Please!

IMG_0164What doesn’t work as it should, or at all, or need to remove/replace on my RV

The lights some don’t light up, some outlets don’t work
The leak above the cab.
The book shelf system

Install new door to water heater ..does it work?
The exterior dents and cracks fill in and clean
Finish the wood floor
Remove Bathroom cabinet
Replace water pump, I have a new one not installed
Weather stripping on doors?
Why fridge not working on electric power?
Wash and wax exterior, what kind of supplies do I need to get?

How to understand solar panel readings
Burned inverter?
Show me how to use meter

I don’t expect anyone to do all this for me, I just need instructions and some help.

Writing Daily, doesn’t mean You need to Read me Daily but………

I’ve decided writing daily is a way to help myself find and remember my words, think my thoughts and  spell my words.  It’s therapy for me and may be interesting to you to understand me, a 75 year old solo woman on a mission to understand herself, choices I’ve made and  the changes that happen related to  growing old.

When I started thinking about this living option I was asked what I would do if I got sick.  I only have one health problem and whether it happens while on the road or at ‘home’ the treatment is the same, rest, diet and meds.  Same here or there.

Going on the road  has given me ample  topics to write about of interest to a few who stop by here to read my  words, I thank you but I am warning that the goal  for me is to write, even when I’m boring I will keep writing. I hope you will keep reading because it’s encouraging for me to see the stats and responses of my readers

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Ponderings

So what do we think of my helpful neighbor?

His RV is separate from his truck so he can get out and about without his RV trailing behind him and he has taken me several times to see the area and go shopping.

He has offered to help me with many issues on the RV but I’ve been procrastinating to get started, though he has already started to pound out some dents and I’m hoping to get some parts and doors replaced so my GG doesn’t look like she belongs to chusma!

I’m  pretty sure I can trust him, he’s open and tells me of his life and plans, doesn’t ask about mine and I don’t offer much. But I appreciate his help and I think he is ‘a good guy’  I did wonder about my trust (briefly) in a stranger and going off with him to see old roads and me without even my phone as protection, but I don’t think he has any intention to harm me, he’s been nothing but respectful and kind. I can accept his help.(besides I have taken the sim card out of my phone and into my ipad so I can work online whereverI couldn’t have called for help anyway!

I’m having mañana feelings (I’ll think about it tomorrow) and wondering if I should stay here for several months to save money. I’m thinking that I may not find another perfect place if I leave and my space might not be available if I want to come back here. I’m more likely to get help on the RV here where I can trade services with AC .

I  want to go to Arizona for the yearly RTR in January, where all these RVer’s ( many thousands) get together to promote a sense of community and learn from each other.I’m not a fan of crowds but I just want to be there once to experience it and maybe meet some of the people I’ll been following on utube.

And the question of ‘living off the grid’ vs in a park with hookups has make me think, why go without electric and water when you can have all for $150/month plus electric? Of course you are crowded right next to the next rv in a line. (It’s definetly not camping as we think of camping. Where I am the spaces are comfortably big) While boondoggling camping without hook ups, electric, water and sewer, you can go where ever you want on public lands without costing much and having little to no services.

It’s an adventure not experienced  in RV campgrounds and depends on how you wish to experience your ‘freedom.’ Most boondogglers go to a camp to refill their water and empty the tanks every week or two then back out to public lands.
Well, I didn’t start this to be stuck in a lineup of RV’s anywhere so I’ll probably leave here in late January and figure it out then. Being here until then is a good transition for me to correct some problems I have with the RV.

The JOY of absolute freedom and not being responsible for anyone else has an upside and downside. It may be selfish, I know there will come a time that self satisfaction may not be all I need and I will need to be responsible for someone or something more than myself. I know this is true.

I’m pretty sure I’ll find a project, or maybe I’ll be able to get the dog I want to give it a good life. I tried to get one in Austin where they are sponsoring retired greyhounds but wasn’t able because they had not gotten my application, my fault, I didn’t send it correctly in an email and they didn’t have more than one ready for adoption. It’s along way back to Austin but a greyhound is a perfect travel companion as they like to sleep and surprisingly don’t require much exercise or take up much space.

Need -ling Happening Here!

I made this little note for those living in my rv park at the request of several residents.

Trade skills with me? I do acupuncture and need help with my RV. Let’s make a trade that only involves our effort, not cash!
I can go to your home or we have permission to use CJ’s home. In fact we could do several people at once at CJ’s in chairs, happy hour with needles?? I do acupuncture using the big points found on the arms below the elbows and on the legs below the knees. ((you’ll need to keep those areas free) That may not seen like enough but these are the most important channels of energy and most effective points. In some instances I’ll chose other points when needed..
One thing to know about AC it doesn’t work in one treatment, especially if the problem is deep seated. You would require at least 3 treatments in three consecutive days, rest a couple days and repeat as needed. Are you ready to do that?

Contact me in the little tioga or call 571 258 7018 to set up a plan. I’ll have my needles ready.

PS I graduated from Texas Institute of traditional Chinese Medicine in 1994 but don’t have a current license to practice here in NM so………..I’m also an RN without a current license, but hey, I’m 75 and ready to travel with GG my gas guzzling rv!
PPS I do sometimes sell my art work!
And I have a website/blog here tailgateart-othon.com
I’m Kathy, and I expect to be here until late January

A Saturday Non-News-Worthy Afternoon Yet here I am Telling my Stories Again

I bought a small coffee pot,

That’s not very news worthy I know but at 75+ I feel like I can drink coffee again.

I’ve avoided coffee for 30 years +because of its acidity on my poor bladder but lately I feel I can drink almost anything in moderation . Moderation being the key, not drinking 3 glasses of wine with Nicky and being miserable the next day! (Thanks for the TLC Nik) So I’m testing to see if I can start my day with a cup of coffee sweetened with leche condensado like my Mother-in-law Gena, did in Panama. Get your milk and sugar with condensed milk. Yummy
About that bladder problem, I know that many friends that read here know that I have interstitial cystitis, its a nasty disease with no known etiology or cure. For most this gets worse the longer you have it but for me it has gotten better with the years and I’m hopeful that I may taper back off medications soon. Of course I’ve tried this before with the resulting flareup and had to restart but I’m still hopeful.

Some one asked me what do I do all evening?  I think, I overthink, I read a lot, I have lots of books on my iPad either from the library or amazon prime. I hesitate to purchase books because I have no space to keep them, only a few books I was sure I would read made it into the RV,  I don’t watch TV as I don’t have one, I removed the one that was here. No problem as I haven’t watched TV for about 6 years.

I read my art books, Chinese medicine books, Shakespeare,and  don Quijote de La Mancha in Spanish. I am going to read Shakespeare’s plays finally, I feel under educated to not have read them all yet. I have this big fat book of Shakespeare’s complete plays and the companion book. The companion has a chapter on no-holds Bard, a glossary of sexual slang that should be fun to read.

Miguel de Cervantes’s don Quijote de La Mancha, I’m reading  my way through don Quijote with my dictionary at my side. I have a special commemorative edition in Spanish. It has a list of words and phrases used in the back but are Spanish to Spanish so I need my Spanish to English too . Cervantes died 400 years ago is still read and respected today and is considered to have written  the most perfect  Spanish language book ever written.

Its about more than a man fighting windmills,  I had a very special friend who I remember when I think of  fighting windmills, I have a silver pin with the horse the figure and windmill given to me  by him though I doubt he would have understand or be happy to be told what it reminded me of, or why I needed it. It reminded me of a man willing to fight for what he wanted and never letting anything get in his way, kind of like I’m doing now, on a much smaller scale.

Anyway,

I wasn’t able to find the right AC cord for my DVD/CD player this morning and finally connected it to my small Suaoki generator with the adapter. I can charge it while using it.. listening to music
This Sylvania portable DVD player connects in multiple ways ,including the cig lighter in the truck, which is nice as my truck cab has a tape deck only, (my old truck age). Doesn’t have the best sound, but the RV has several good speakers I could probably have a DVD player installed one day, not a high priority right now.

I could have gotten some DVD’s while at Walmart yesterday but didn’t think of it. They had a big basket of them on sale. I don’t think the signal is strong enough to watch movies on line here. Haven’t seen any red boxes with rental dvd’s here.

I also have an emergency jump starter/portable power supply, the rugged geek Inteliboost that has saved me many times back when I forgot to turn out all the lights.  It charges all my electronics too. So much more efficient than needing another car to boost  the battery.
I found the cords for my little canon printer, printed a couple items from my computer. Happy to see that despite all the jostling the electronics have gotten they still work.

I also plan to walk everyday and I will ….soon.

 

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So, you can see that  I am well prepared to live minimally while still having the basics to manage my life, keep up to date and live in modest comfort.

 

It’s so Windy I’m Glad I’m not Driving Anywhere Today in my RV

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Wind is a great danger for RV’s semi’s and other big rigs. As I sit  here I can feel my RV moving in the wind side to side.  Makes me feel top-heavy and insecure.  I would pull over and stop driving if I was traveling. I looked to see how windy it is, 25 miles/hour now.

It’s a pernicious wind whipping around me filling the air with noxious elements, time to avoid the great outdoors. My inside wind chimes , my hanging wire basket and my hanging mugs are all moving in the wind, the chimes sound with each burst of wind and then its quiet until another burst of wind.  I like the sound.

A neighbor offered to take me to do some Wal-Mart shopping today.  I didn’t want to go, didn’t want to say no thanks so I went.  Me being passive.

I should be OK food wise for about a month, if my fridge keeps working as well as it is  on propane, I bought a bit of frozen foods but forgot the fly swatter, I have two flies tormenting me.

I bought tater tots because I’m reminded that my grandson Evan loves tater tots, I’d never bought tater tots before but looking at them reminds me of Evan, and I bought them, now when I bake them I’ll think of Evan.  I haven’t tested the oven yet but now I will.  Do you do that?  Find something you had not thought to buy  but this item reminds you of something or someone and you must have it, not for the item  itself but for the memory it offers.

I think my neighbor has my tomatoes.

I’m suffering from my fall of the other day, stiff neck and headache so according to TCM I have excessive wind syndrome,  Appropriate  right? I smell like the tiger balm I have on my neck and am using a heating pad while trying to hit the trigger points with the eraser of a pencil.  My head  and shoulder took the brunt of the impact. It hurts.

Some days I have nothing to say, my mind feels empty and lazy and I can’t spell worth a damn, but this is why I insist to write every day about something or even nothing but to fill this space, maybe I’ll develop a pattern of thoughts that I can express clearly in time, and some one will want to read it.

But my goal is to write, not to be read.

 

Getting Ready for Bed in my RV

This is how I close up at night. pull the fabric out on both sides, the fabric is long enough to cover both windows in my RV b and I drop the upstairs fabric down for privacy.   Since it is daytime as I write this the fabric looks thin but in the dark it works just fine.

 

I have New Interior Photos of my Small Class C

I love these Indian fabrics!

As I get older I like vibrant colors around me, or was it the years living in the tropics?

I fold the round fabric over a rod so these look pretty from either inside or outside

I sewed pillows with some of the fabric

My comfy upstairs bed.

I used adhesive to add my tiles around the bathroom door

Following the advice of someone, I made this my own with no thought of its resale value. I doubt this will ever have another owner, maybe a grandchild?

The colors are much brighter than they show here.