Ropa Vieja con Platanos Maduros

Christmas dinner in the Park is going to feature Mexican food. But I’m adding a little taste of Panamá, the recipe I’m using is Cuban but it’s the same and another person is bringing rice. I only have two platano that should be the right ripeness, maybe I can get more tomorrow. I’m going to make it in my hot pot and let it cook for about 5 hours. I’ll let you know how it turns out….I bought cookies to take if it doesn’t turn out good!.

Thanksgiving was a bust for me. I got all weepy and it lasted for two days. As I’d planned, and changed my mind about going to VA for Thanksgiving plus I’m messing with my meds so that could have been part of it. But I’m fine for Christmas, no plans made to frustrate me.

It’s been cold in Caballo, freezing at night, water lines freeze then, no water in the morning til things thaw up a bit in my RV. Got another heater for the studio so we can spend time there, I’ve been playing in paint, I have a few new things, I sent a few home to VA, hope they can use them. I bought a cheap $15 Walmart frame to see how these canvas papers fit into a 16 x 20 frame. Looks good, perfect for them at a low cost perfect for a kids bedroom or basement rooms tho of course they can be more expensively framed as well. I think i’ll paint some more like this and maybe sell them, What do you think? What I do is mostly abstract because I love combining colors and lines but to sell them I’ll need to paint trees. So do you paint what you want or paint to sell? I know my answer, I need the money for paint so I’ll be painting some trees! Take this for instance, doesn’t look like much but when you put it in a nice frame it’s elegant! I’m going to add a page here with new available work soon…. for sale!

IC UPDATE

Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Greetings

A couple of notes….. because i said I’d let you know how it goes…….

I’ve been able to decrease my amitriptyline 100mg to 50mg at bedtime pretty well, I’ve gone slowly over 3 weeks with only some pain in the mornings that don’t need to be medicated. So now I’ll try 25mg plus the PEAORA POLY 500 2-4 TABS Daily to see how that goes.

I read an article in ‘pocket’ last week about studies being done on green lights used with success for migraines and it said studies were started for their use in interstitial cystitis. (IC) Seems pretty simple, just look into the lights for a period of time daily, I just sent for green holiday lights to hang up here to give it a try. Nothing to lose.

I would like to get medical pot but am not a NM resident so don’t think I can unless I become a resident which I would but I have to get my marriage license translated to English to get a drivers license, worth the time and bother? Maybe.

Another thing I learned this week while doing the laundry ( I have a really sad story about that but if I tell you you will think I’m demented already) I met a couple, Eric and Robin Lines, who stay at the RV park close by (where I do laundry). They have formed a company called Silver Solutions. They have a website here, silver@silvermtnsolutions.com that looks very interesting, not sure how it might help IC concerns but I bought a small bottle because silver is used in wound care and it has many other possible uses. In their pamphlet they note that Dr. R Becker discovered that silver ions not only healed wounds quicker, it also caused bone, muscle, and nerve tissues regenerate!! I’d read of Dr Becker when he was using acupuncture and electric therapies in wound care so I have an idea of his work.

Thought I’d pass that along here.

Ciao

IT FITS!

But I only have 6 gallons of hot water!

So I’ve ordered a 3000 w immersion water heater that (I hope) will heat the water so I don’t have to heat water on the stove top as I did last night. but it felt wonderful to climb in here (with a stool) to soak my whole body I love it. That element will arrive in a couple days so I won’t empty the water until I get it to use it again, wish I had something that smells good to add to the water.

El Mundo
Look at this sideways, looks like a map don’t you think? I like it .

A Soaking Tub in my Small RV?Is it Possible?

Probably should wait until I get it and test it out but…………..

Tomorrow it will arrive!!

A bath tub that I can put in my tiny shower space,

I am so excited!

It’s a Japanese bathing box (?) what to call it? Reviews on Amazon are great, people in RV’s love it as do people in small apartments without bathtubs. Being able to take a bath has been one hardship I thought I just had to live with and now even that concern may be resolved!

Life is good!

Info says water stays warm for about 40 minutes, I guess they call it a soaking tub. I can fill it with my shower hose, it’s not inflated……..

(if interested I found it on Amazon for less than $50.)

It folds up for storage but I expect to use it often so I’ll leave it ready for use. I was looking for bath tubs but none would fit in my space and then I found this, I’m wondering about getting in and out of it, may need to use a stool, I have one that should work if I need one. I’ll be able to use bubbles and salts and good smelling stuff and finally soak my feet! I’ll follow up after my first soak.

It’s chilly and raining today. We’ve stayed inside listening to the impeachment news, I don’t talk politics in the park, but I watch what’s going on every day, I believe history is being made right now and I wonder how it will be judged in years to come and whose names will be shamed or glorified. What will our descendants think when they read the names of the participants in this event, will it be shame or pride?

Charley is doing well after his brief ‘fixing’ and doesn’t seem to miss what is now missing.

Charley has put the blanket over his head, that means good night .

Good night.

Sexism

My smart car is a 2013

You would think that car builders would know that women drive cars too. So why don’t I have a mirror in the visor as the passenger side does? A simple thing, is it the same in your car? I just find it annoying and can’t find one to add. It’s the same in my RV, no mirror. I like to check my face before I get out of my car, don’t you?

Oh well, nothing to go on and on about, but really?

I’m told the White House Christmas tree has been cut in New Mexico and is on it’s way to DC with stops on the way and is stopping in Truth or Consequences today, I would have gone to see it this afternoon but I was in town this morning and it’s too far to go twice in one day. I wonder how it will be decorated this year. And really it’s just a big tree at this point.

While in town I did several errands and bought a light weight camp chair because now is a good time to go down to the lake and sketch trees, the weather is perfect to scout around but I get tired and there isn’t a place to stop and rest, now I can have a seat, it’s a simple thing made in China (of course) easy to put together. Too bad I gave away my backpack would have been handy. Tomorrow Charley and I’ll go to the lake and I ‘ll take a sketch book and watercolor pencils and enjoy the day. Expected temperature will be 65, so happy I’m here!

We have a pot luck dinner here for Thanksgiving, I’m thinking to take Ron Ponche because I’m not a great cook My sister-in-law made this for the holidays and if you got a bottle of her ron ponche it was much appreciated. I had her recipe for a while, it is made cooking the eggs and cream I remember and delicious! But here I’ll just buy a bottle of Rum and add to Rice’s Egg Nog which is pretty good, I like it. Will be better with spirits (Carta Vieja?)

I haven’t taken photos of our home lately and the light was nice so I took a few tonight,love my tiny space!

Charley is a little too big for his bed,his long legs are usually dangling out over the edge.

Let Me be Honest…….

I’m not sure how long this is going to be fun…or an acceptable life style …..forever? So far it’s been one year for me in my 1991 22 foot RV Tioga Montera

It’s like roughing it all the time, in a tiny space.

It’s never having the comfort of a nice and spacious bathroom and tub to relax in, meaning time is not taken to care for myself. A quick shower (in a tiny cold space) isn’t enough time to really soak your feet, shave your legs, (yes 76 years old women may shave their legs just not as often as before.) And remembering to empty the dark tank isn’t something you need to think about in a regular situation, but really as long as everything works as it should it’s not too bothersome.

But mostly I like it !

But I am liking being alone maybe a little too much. I don’t feel like socializing though there are plenty of opportunities to socialize and very nice people to get to know. I’m socially lazy… and inept.

And I don’t care.

But you know what they say about old people being isolated and lonely. I think it must be different if you choose to be alone, and aren’t usually lonely. I may be a little x-centric, yes, no doubt I am (even while spelling).

And I have Charley.

Caballo New Mexico is the Best Place to Live

It must be.

We always miss the worst the weather offers.

It’s going to be a sunny 68 tomorrow

everywhere else looks mighty chilly or damn cold.

even snow.

I sat painting in my studio much of the day with my little heater on and the hot lights but didn’t paint anything much, just fun using craft paints on canvas paper, I’m still getting warmed up to use my good paints. Lately I use craft paints for the first layer and go to my fabulous fluid paints to finish, today I painted some cactus plants against a New Mexico sky. No photo yet of it but here is my work blending colors. I like it, it’s kinda cool on 16 x 20 and I painted another thing on the back! I’m painting on both sides, you’ll surely like at least one side and when you get tired you just turn it over! It’s a twofer! Anyway.

I just finished reading a biography of O’Keeffe, what an interesting life she led and lived for over 90 years. I want to go to Santa Fe soon, I believe there is a museum with her work there. I’m remembering the first time I went to Santa Fe. I went with the idea of studying Chinese Medicine, it was cold, there was snow. I had just left Panama so the stark change in the weather was such that I stayed just two days and left crying. I could not do it. I may wait til Spring to go, now that I remember it is colder there than here.Yeah, I’ll wait.

My road trip with Charley has been postponed til Spring. I realized that 4 days traveling to VA in my little car and another 4 days getting back home was not a fun way to spend 8 days. Then I heard about the frigid weather happening along my route and am glad I changed my mind. We’ll go in the Spring in my RV and hopefully I will be able to tow my car and take my time to enjoy the ride.

I’m reading 1000 Best Dog Training Secrets. I’m wondering if Charley is too old to learn new tricks, or even basic skills, he does know ‘sit’. I don’t know how old he is. He’s not a young pup, he never learned to play, not interested in balls….no interest in fetch, when we go to the dog park I tell him, find the ball find the ball where’s the ball and nothing. Exasperating. I’d play with him, but how to teach a dog to play?

Lots of commands to learn and teach, I think he’s teachable, I hope I have the patience to teach (and learn).