Trip didn’t happen

I was convinced to not move the RV until Chip the RV guy checked it out and I’d also checked my tires. So I just got another 2 gallons of gas plus a friend added a bit more so when I tried the generator having a quarter tank of gas, she started! I bought a filer and oil for the generator but don’t have the tools I’d need to change the oil myself. so when I go to town I’ll get that done plus an oil change for the truck as well. Next is to resolve my roof problems. My poor Gigi has been neglected but now I’m determined to be a better owner to avoid costly problems that prevent travel. I guess I’ll travel into town once a month to keep things functional. At least that’s what is suggested I do. I’m thinking about selling art from Gigi now and then in town.

Tomorrow is the big DAY


So far I have removed and cleaned the tire covers.

Moved the picnic table that was behind the RV, and the chairs and (the nasty stuff under the rv I took to the trash.)

Moved all the clothes that hang in the cab and repaired the window covering that provides privacy.

Took down the dishes and glasses that will break during the move, and put the toaster tea pot inside a cart that has brakes along with a few other things

Put a board across my book shelves so they don’t fly.

Hung hanged a bunch of clothes in the pantry to see if that will prevent the door opening and stuff falling out, like they did the last time I moved, don’t see a better way to restain the door because it sets on the outside of the wall, can’t stick a knife between the wall and the door to hold it, that would have been an easy fix, still thinking about that.

All this to get enough gas in GIGI so I can check the generator before my help gets here to fix whatever else might be wrong. I don’t think there is anything wrong wiith it but probably needs service of some sort.

I guess maybe I’ll check the mail while out, PO is down the road about 5 miles and gas about 3 miles and then I will be tempted to go to town, no I thnk not, waste of gas without needing anything.

Charley is going to hate this.


As I don’t have a TV I needed something besides the library to keep me informed and interested, so I subscribe to Wondrium which  is an update of Great Courses Plus, which I had in the past taken several classes. Today I have been listening to a course called The Meaning of Life : Perspectives from the Worlds Great Intellectual Traditions, which I will have to postpone watching because I need to pay attention to just one thing at a time.

I’ve painted almost everyday and recently on the outside of my RV. What I did last year has faded and in restoring it I don’t like what I did so will do it again one of these cool mornings. Like this one but I said to myself, I should write today and so I am.

I got some gas to add to the tank as I found out that I need at least a quarter tank of gas for the generator to function, but haven’t added it yet, will do before I go for more gas.  Going to get gas sounds like an easy chore doesn’t it?   But it means moving everything that will move when I move the RV, inside and outside. I have the picnic table behind the RV plus my mini washing machine and chair from the RV that I removed and don’t know what to do with. ( but it gives me a leg up when I want to go up top to check the roof..)  I need to disconnect the sewer and water lines plus the electric cord that keeps things working inside and the hot water line and lift the stair. Inside I’ll need to take down my shelf for dishes and glasses, remove the toaster and fast boiling water pitcher, remove the ice maker, check the glass ware safety issues, move the clothes hanging in the cab, find a way to keep the pantry door closed during moving and so much more, oh and remove the tire covers! So not a simple process when going to the gas station to get enough gas to travel. Travelling makes a mess inside if everything isn’t fastened down, you hear things moving behind you on turns.

I haven’t moved GIGI for a while and they say that is bad for the tires, they were all new so I’m hopiing I won’t have a problem, I’ve kept them covered most of the time. I want to take a short trip to see my son in Plano and my sister nearby with her family in Richardson TX. I’d like to go for Thanksgiving or maybe Christmas. I’ll have to have the truck checked too, I had the oil changed and all that done before we settled down here, I was told the brake fluid was nearly completely gone so I’ll check all that before travelling. Who knows, if the weather is good I may keep going east., I’d like to see family out there but it’s such a long ways t go with the price of gas as it is, makes me hesitate.

I’ll let you know if I find out the Meaning of Life!

RV concerns

There are a few repairs that need doing ASAP

Leaky roof, my shower liners aren’t completely eliminating the problem so I think the solar panel needs to be removed to check under it for holes in the roof. We’re expecting a lot of rain but our master RV tech is busy until the 11th when he’ll be able to check it out for me and fix it.

Lack of electrical power on one side of GG. Lights don’t work dead sockets, I probably did something I should not have, I don’t know and am scared to mess with power, I’d really like all my lights to work and not have everything plugged into one area.

My generator didn’t fire up the last time I tried it but I understand you need at least a quarter tank of gas and mine is nearly empty so I’m hoping that is easily resolved by getting gas. I filled my 2 gallon tank today at the nearest gas station cost me $7.50. Can’t wait to fill up! not sure what the price of gas is in town,not much less than here I expect.

Mold? Need to remove a panel to check for rain damage I’ve been hiding under fabric. The ceiling is wrinkled on one panel so I know there is water damage. Frank, who did the roof work in 2019 did me no favors and had to come again for the same leak months later. I should have gotten the expert in the first place

Despite these concerns I really like my RV. She’s old and needs TLC often of course I’d love a bigger prettier bathroom, something easier to keep clean and enjoy instead of a place to keep the laundry basket that needs to be moved when I take a quick shower and repainted often to keep white. At least I haven’t had a problem with big spiders or snakes coming up the drain as some people have told me about their experiences. In conparison to the much larger home- like RV’s, I like not having to worry about all the mechanisms that are found in them or having to tow it with a truck. All in all I think GG wAS A GOOD CHOICE FOR ME then and still is.

Charley is Jealous of my Guitar

I thought I’d get an inexpensive learner guitar and hopefully learn a new brain saving technique.

Whenever I start messing around with the guitar Charley begs for attention, attention and a belly rub. He throws himself in my lap, really it’s like he does a back flip bottoms up.

He doesn’t like it when I’m busy on my computer or reading either.

He’s spoiled and has doubled his arrival wight from 12 pounds to 24 pounds! He’s beautiful and generally well behaved.

He is happy to stay home alone because he hates going in the car, he shakes from the time we go til the time we get back. So now I leave him home with a treat.

He knows when I get my keys and put on my shoes I’m going in the car. He does very well home alone now, I don’t need to use that supersonic noise thing to keep him from barking, neighbors report he has not been barking, it’s because he’s happy not to go with me in the car.

Charley and friend.

Learning the guitar is not so easy, not easy at all! It looks easy and cool just strumming and humming but so far I can’t even remember the g string. Memory, that is the challenge I’m working on, it’s a bitch!

It’s been cold in Caballo but the afternoons are briskly pleasant. I am now a resident of New Mexico. I like it here. I should get my new drivers license and plates soon. It’s only taken me 2 visits to the DMV so far needing birth certifcate, marriage license translated insurance info and more but it was in the nicest DMV I’ve ever been in, no waiting efficient and a clean organized process. A far cry from my experience in TX. Small towns are great and almost no traffic!

I planted a few perennials today, hopeful for a splendid ‘Spring. I lost a few plants to frost even though they were in my studio, very sad and sorry my beautiful succulents collection froze.

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!


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.