a red flag alert does not refer to wind

You knew that didn’t you.

It is a fire alert When it’s dry and windy with potential for fires. Just needed to clarify that, feeling foolish to think it would be a wind alert, have not lived anywhere where I’d heard a red flag alert before. So, its windy again today. I was going to do laundry today and still could but I started doing stuff on my computer and now the urge to do laundry has escaped and so……..yah, tomorrow is good too.

I like adding a picture here, just something for those readers that need a visual, so here’s my bathroom again, not pictured is the three tired wire basket that I had in my ‘kitchen’ fell down, too many sweet potatoes, so I’m going to use it in the bathroom, the shower bar should hold it it’s black but I’ll spray paint it to match the mirror as I have a can of spray paint about that color for some reason, I’ll do it when I can do it outside without having the wind blow it away or at me..

See that I covered the shelf with this paper that I removed from my table that Jose built to put in here? That paper was a total waste of time and money, doesn’t look good anywhere I put it.I don’t mind the little sink much, maybe paint it with ‘paint on anything’ spray paint. …or not.

I was noticing that the pictures that I printed with my newish little printer makes better photos than Walgreens, I can see the difference in the ones I have here and the ones I have over the fridge, good because I don’t have a Walgreens anywhere close to here.

See that pretty little dish on the ledge? It’s my new denture cup, I tossed the blue one with the cover to hide what was in there, tho the shape tells you it’s a denture cup. I think putting my denture in this pretty little cup instead shows a spirit of ……….hmmmm what? kind of a rebel- ness against keeping secret (or shame) the fact that you wear a denture. note I don’t have the denture in the photo, still not comfortable with that visual.

I’m just meandering here today, you can tell, right? It’s cuz I’m thinking about what to do about the boring exterior of GIGI. Whatever I do or have done will cost me money that I don’t have. But free to consider and plan. I wonder what kind of paints would be used on the exterior. I’ve seen decals used on u-tube nomadic fanatic so it’s not painted directly on the RV, his decals covered the whole RV. Got ideas? send them to me!

Sipping beer in a wine glass

While difficult to achieve, minor elegance is essential when living in a 22 ft box on wheels

Just because I live in a trailer………. excuse me, an RV

don’t mean I don’t got class!

My addiction to cloth napkins and breakable dishes are my ways to maintain my style.

My rig is small, cramped, old, unassuming and cute, a class C, my GIGi is in a class by herself. We are one classy duo.

I suppose you know that painting cheap bookcases and put-together furniture doesn’t -don’t, won’t (?) take paint and now I do too. They may take paint with ‘paint on anything’ spray paints, but can you imagine the mess if I spray painted in here! Already made that mess in my bathroom and had to spend some time cleaning up a pink over spill spray into the shower…pink??

After painting my cabinets red with 3 coats to cover, the first thing I put down on the bookcase scraped and raised the paint, I could probably peel it all off if I wanted to. I thought to cover with polyurethene to save the top but……….no. Anyway I covered the worst looking area with a pretty fabric scarf that fits in nicely with my colors and you can hardly see the mess I made. I also painted a black bedside table and it looks kind of cool with the black spots but I had to cover the top of it because the sewing machine scraped the paint off when I moved it, no worries! Thanks to Robert for ‘helping’ me put this bedside table with a drawer that I’ll use for my brushes and paints. Okay true, he put it together while I held in place the parts


I am more physically alone now than I have ever been , except for some time spent in El Real, but I’m not lonely, in fact I feel more at home with myself now than ever. It may be because I see so many things I ‘need’ to do, is my busi-ness keeping me falsely contented, will I crash and fall when my projects are completed? NAH I have a selfish contentedness, happy when I have a day all to myself without interruption, yet happy to see a friends face now and then. This really is my happy place.

I am deeper in debt than I have ever been (thanks again to GIGI and Babe) I don’t even care. It will be okay. I’ll figure it out, get a job? No way, I am retired X 2 and not interested in working for money (though I wouldn’t mind selling some stuff) at this time in my life, fortunately I don’t need to, if I remember the difference between wants and needs I’ll get along just fine, better than fine

It’s Sunday and I haven’t written all week!

Today I’ve been working on my tiny bathroom all day, I’ve painted it twice, once red and hated it, so I painted it white but still I don’t like it, what to do? I think I’ll add more tiles. I’ve already tiled one bath room wall to hide a wretched wall, this wall looks like cardboard, I’m wondering if it will even hold the tiles. In the tiny, barely adequate shower, the corners are loose and need something to hold it together. A bead of that whatshamecallit stuff might be better than the tape and adhesive I tried to use.

Why is this tiny space giving me so much trouble?

Have I said this is a old RV? 1991 Sorry GiGi, I love you anyway!


I added the new “luxury tiles stick and peel ” that have been on the floor without being stuck for months, they are the same style (boring) that were on the floor before (why did I buy these ?) but I had trouble with the corners and irregular areas, they don’t look any better than what was there before. It took one and one half tiles to cover the whole floor! Did I say tiny?

I’ll take photos in the morning, it’s too dark now because I haven’t been able to put new light bulbs in place in the bathroom, both bulbs went out at the same time, now I’m in the dark. Does that sound right? Both just went out? Could it be a fuse? I hope not, the power center is on the floor under the oven and I have to get down on my belly to see and I don’t really know what I’m looking for when I look there. Though I did change a fuse successfully there once. The other coach lights work

I am tired.


I painted the shower and scrubbed the shower mat (of pink paint that I accidently sprayed there before, it was bad idea,) I need another can of white paint, seems I never have enough of what I need and too much of what I decide I don’t want. The touch up green paint that I bought is too white will not work for the needed touch ups, maybe I can use it for around the fridge cabinets where I have added tiles. Tiles have saved the day for me before.

I invited a friend to a glass of wine and she said she didn’t Need it?

I don’t Need it either!

I like a glass of wine in the evening. I bought this ‘box of wine’ to keep in my fridge, it doesn’t fit upright in my fridge, so that I can’t open the spigit to pour it right from the fridge, I have to remove it from the fridge and put it on the counter to serve it.

I probably looked like a wino with this sitting on my counter.

Oh well.

Tomorrow I’ll undo the damage I did today. Like I did today for what I did yesterday. It’s endless! Despite it all, I love my tiny space.


Or maybe I’ll sew.



Flea Markets in Truth or Consequences…Opportunity?

I was talking with my friend Becca yesterday about art and opportunities here in this area, and found out that there is a weekly flea market in T or C ( Truth or Consequences NM). Anyone can set up a table for $5 and sell whatever. A good way to learn about the community and offer our skills. on a regular basis. No need for the trappings of yesteryear in Plano TX that turned out to be so expensive and difficult. I have the remains of several projects that would be nice to sell, my pursettas, maybe a rock or two some prints. Of course at events like this you don’t expect to be able to sell anything for much more than 5-10$$, or less, but might be fun to do it together with my Minnesota pal Becca. She is the information seeker, she knows everyone here and keeps me up to date of the comings and goings in the park. She makes beautiful silk scarves and jewelry that she wouldn’t mind selling. I passed by the flea market last Saturday but didn’t stop to see what was what, there were plenty of cars parked around the site and a small crowd of people shopping. I should have stopped but didn’t I will this Saturday & Sunday.

Did I tell you that my neighbor Robert has moved to T or C? He got a great offer to work in one of the best hot springs hotels( river bend) in town. Alas. He will be missed but he says he’ll come back now and again to help me with this or that, I hope he does because I still need help with this and that. We may do some caulking today on the outside of GIGI. My babe needs a face lifting bad to match her lovey interior (smile)

I’ve hardly gone anywhere yet in my Smart Babe, I have so much to do here, painting, sewing my privacy covers for the cab and more painting. As my living space includes the cab it leaves me open for viewing unless I close it off completely. Instead I have covered the windows with reflectix which is used to deflect the heat or cold, like insulation. and covered the reflectix with Indian fabric, still working on a way to get them to stay up and in place, the magnets aren’t working out yet But I have a plan, I’ll figure something out, meanwhile they are taped in place, and yes I covered the chair too but it’s not finished either. Love the fabric!

Am I getting close to being over whelmed by patterns? Nah still loving them.

Good news, Robert was just here and solved two new problems for me. The light in my bathroom now works and he was able to re-ignite my hot water heater. It’s windy today, I hope the pilot doesn’t go out again. We may have to see why this happens is there a opening in the cabinet door to allow the wind in? We have a wind advisory, I just got a red flag warning in Caballo, where I am. Never heard of a red flag advisory. but the wind is shaking my RV and the chimes are active. Glad I’m not on the road in either my Smart babe or GIGI today.

in turmoil and feelin’testy

Every day a new mini-crisis. that’s life in an old RV, (actually people say with even a new RV you can expect problems). I should just expect it so then I’m not disappointed when the hot water heater isn’t heating. I had hoped that the wind had somehow blown out the pilot light, this has happened before, the winds here are brutal. Every time I have to re-light it I have misgivings and takes several tries. Didn’t work this pm so no hot water. I’ll try again in the morning and hope it gets lit and I don’t have a bigger problem, like it’s worn out and needs to be replaced, it is one of the few things I haven’t replaced yet.

I have no light in the bathroom, both lights went out at the same time and replacing the bulbs hasn’t worked, so I got down on the floor on my belly with my magnifying glass to check the fuses and found that when I pressed on the fuses one of them showed a red light, it was accidental that I found pressing on the fuses as a way to determine the fuse was dead, I had no indication without pressing that anything was wrong, I took that to mean it is burnt out so with my bayonet I pulled it out of it’s place and tried to replace it with the another 15 v fuse, I lack the skill to easily replace the fuse, took me some time to get it in place where it needed to go, and ………lights still out. So now I wonder what goes with the fuse that I changed?? And did it need changing? Was I wrong?

I guess I’ll google it, that’s how I learned how to use the caulk gun in the shower. One wall in the shower seems to be made of cardboard and it is torn. I wanted to try to fix it, I have a caulk gun. I should have u-tubed directions before I started but after works too, you just make a bigger mess. I had a big sticky mess but you can see how delicate my caulk looks on my white wall. I guess I’ll paint over it tomorrow, should be dry by then!

It’s these silly problems that keep me entertained, that and spelling.

The tote that I ordered from zazzle is here. I like it, it’s huge and very well made. I’ll use it at the farmers market next week in Tor C thttp://zazzle.com/othonk

I bought a Smart Car

I hope it was a smart thing to do.

It’s noisy.

The wind blows it around,

I dislike the wind. It’s a tiny bit scary when the wind blows thru the mountains

I’m having a heavy wind experience here in NM. But the drive back from El Paso TX to NM via the Chamizol Nat’l Park was so mind -blowing – beautiful ……..

the sky so dark with white and gray clouds against the blue black mountains at dusk

so incredibly unspeakably beautiful,

I have no words to describe how they made me feel, so fortunate to experience, I wanted so badly to photograph what I saw, but I could only quickly glance over and over at the sky while keeping my hands firmly on the wheel unable to pull over to take a foto. yelling OMG, OMG keeping my speed steady in the wind was all I could handle missing the opportunity to record this drive, this sky, and ultimately this car.

Meanwhile back to the car.

If you don’t already know, this car was built in France it says so on the door, it is a manufactured by Daimler and is a product of Mercedes Benz. They say it has unique characteristics which I have to learn.

This worries me a bit. Repair cost and such

I just wanted a small car. Something I can tow without being scared I’ll drop it or lose it.

In fact if I can’t get comfortable towing it, I ‘ll sell it back to Carmax or someone when I leave here, which looks like maybe in July.

It’s cute, no doubt about that.

It drives hard and noisy not a very comfortable long distance ride, but its not built for long drives, more for city driving. I’m hoping I’ll grow to love it as I do my GIGI. I’ll need a name for it, french name maybe, pretty sure a girl name.


I’ll let her grow a bit before naming her, who knows she could end up being a he.

GIGI RV Wall Tiles

Yesterday I made lots of 4×4 inch prints of my paintings with the idea that people could buy the prints and make their own wall decor similar to mine in their RV. Also I needed to test my little printer and see how many images it would make to be cost effective. Would have been a great idea had I thought about it before I uploading to the RV face book sites, I had the attention of hundreds of RV Face Book members then. They may not come back here after they’ve seen my RV photos not realizing there is more to see. I’ll see if there is enough interest before I become invested in this project.

4 x 4 images for GIGI tiles.

I’d like to see if I can use resin here in the RV, It’s pretty fussy stuff but the tiles look very professional when the resin dries right. Maybe doing only a few at a time as they are ordered (smile) could work.

It took 50, 4 x 4 inch ceramic tiles to go around my door. I’m going to change the photos on the tiles above the micro wave to flowers instead of abstract tiles. They are up there with super glue so I’ll have to glue the photos to what’s up there, doubt they’d come down easily to be replaced, don’t think I’ll varnish them, too close to heat, I can just replace the photos if they get dirty.

I’ll have to include more images here, with the button to buy.

Yes, I’m thinking I could do this, I can make my own prints and make the tiles without much trouble, My new/old business.

With a new name.

GIGI RV Wall Tiles

Thanks to Face Book RV Groups!

WOW!!! There’s been an explosion of views!!

Thanks to RV Face Book Groups my blog is being seen by hundreds of people either wanting to start to travel or are currently traveling in their RV. It is an unexpected pleasure to have my work seen by so many and the positive comments a surprise. I hope my notes are being read too, as I know that after the pictures are seen once and forgotten my words will still be here with comments on life as I travel or sit in place. As winter passes and the weather warms I will have more to say about this life style I’m loving in New Mexico..

Though Caballo Lake is a very small town, Truth or Consequences is 20 miles down the road with hot springs, art galleries, old mines and ghost towns to explore. As soon as I get my ‘smart car’ (next week)I will get out and about and be able to tell more stories. I’ve written about this nice place I’m camping at in other posts, I write camping only because I can’t think of a better description of this life style. If you know of another way to describe it let me know.