The Land is Getting Beautifully Green but the Wind!!!

I was concerned that I could not be happy in such a brown environment but  driving south to Las Cruces I saw that Spring is here,  I see green patches of green grass and budding trees. In celebration I bought a gardenia plant that smells wonderful.

 Life is good.

The ride was 60 miles in my smart car, made me smile when I filled the gas tank for the first time,  and it cost $20 to fill the tank.

Today we’re having a red flag wind day with winds of35-45 with gusts of 60-70mph.  I can really feel it in my RV and would not think of driving my smart car.  The wind blew my new large and heavy patio planter off the picnic table, the one I bought in Mexico that must weigh 10-15 pounds, it didn’t break!

Today I tried cutting tiles with my Dremel, what a mess I made.  it was too windy to do it outdoors plus I had to keep measuring, not a pretty ending.  I had several spaces on my walls that needed  irregular sizes plus I put white wall tiles on my bathroom floor figuring why not. My hands look terrible I have abused them in all my works, I finally put on gloves today after the damage was done, I broke the bit and winged a couple fingers but I did wear a mask. I have tile dust everywhere on everything and me, my hair doesn’t move, it’s stiff with dust, means I’ll have to take a cold shower later, why a cold shower>  Cold shower because I haven’t been able to get the pilot light back on after we turned off the gas when we took out the stove and I refuse to ask for help cuz I need to do this myself.

I tried to fix the bathroom door latch, it looks unusual and old and messed up and unrepair able which is a shame because it’s cool and efficient when it worked. But really, I don’t need a lock on the bathroom door, it’s just me here and when the door is closed it’s pretty tiny in there, so I need to cover the holes made in the door, see what I mean?

 First try with convection oven failed. damn

had problems with corners
bathroom door minus the latch, may have to cover the space t with a tile!

GG’s New Kitchen

   A combination of this and that has keep me from writing daily and now after a week (or more) I’m ready to tell you what has been happening in my space, good things..

 We removed my stove from the RV.  It made me nervous to have an open flame, cooking with gas is great but not if you are as absent minded as I am.  So the stove is out thanks to my friends here in the park (thanks Becca and Dan)  we took it to a flee market like place where earlier Becca and I  had found a perfect cabinet that will sit in the place of the stove.   Cabinet is lovely with real wood though very light weight.     It was installed  perfectly by another new friend that I am exchanging services with.

Some really fine people around me,  I appreciate them so much I would be one frustrated woman without their help. I’ve been very fortunate.

I’ve added a backsplash for the wall behind my new convection/fryer combo, yes more tiles! I think it will look good, my kitchen will look modern and clean when I finally get my sink faucet and drain changed out.  

I’m pretty happy,  I had a visit from my brother and sister-in-law yesterday on their way to their home in Wisconsin from California.   Either they were checking me out or they lost the map.

Can anyone tell me what these figures on the cabinet mean?  Love my new kitchen, now all I have to do it change the faucet and maybe the sink.  Quite a contrast in styles in here!

First thing cooked in my convection oven is brownies and they look odd? …cuz they are burnt!

Chilly in Caballo, but this week looks Promising

This week looks good for getting me out of the RV

We could be in the 70’s this week and there is no talk about the wind.

I’m going to Las Cruces, an hour away, where the shopping is much improved from where I am. I’m thinking home depot! I’m getting another box of tiles to finish that ugly bathroom wall and more white paint plus try to match the green paint to touch up or even give another coat of paint to some areas that don’t look fresh. From there I’ll hit a target and wander a bit,

I’m going there maybe this week, or even tomorrow, I saw a video of the City of Rocks, it looks fascinating and it’s less than a 100 miles from here. I’ll take some photos to add here.

Not taking GIGI this trip just Babe, I need to learn a few things about her, I haven’t even put gas in yet but there’s something I must be doing something wrong, when I go to lock her it sound like it locks but the door opens and I’ve had to leave her open when I went to Walmart, need to see what I’m doing wrong, it’s probably something I’m not doing but really how complicated can it be to lock the door???

I may go by my self or maybe with a friend. Either way I need to get active, this weather and my own lazy-ness has kept me in an inert state for too long. I’m boring myself. This annoying thing on my computer, my phone and my ipad are telling me how much time I spend on the internet, like it matters. It doesn’t matter and I could just remove it, but it tells me I should get out of my head and outdoors where real life happens,

I agree.

Chinese Painting Brushes vs GIGI Upgrades

I’m practicing using the Chinese paint brushes, deciding if I want to invest in another project with it’s own implements. I like the way I can make tree trunks and branches with this brush but I don’t’ think I’ll succeed using them for flowers. I’m not a delicate painter, I need wide swoops of color, but I’m interested in watercolor, I’ve never tried using it before, thought it would be too hard as I’m not much at drawing and keeping white spaces. I never got too far in the drawing course I haven’t finished taking. And I still have painting courses I can work on.

Now that I have GIGI kind of figured out I want to spend more time learning art techniques. Much to learn, I add these photos here only to show you how much I have to learn! A little bit of wine helps release the inner muse.

But GIGI needs a new sink and faucet asap, well it’s not urgent it’s just old and ugly and is the first thing you see when you come in the door, after you see all the bright red colors and expect something ………clean and more modern. I am sorely tempted to go to amazon and order the sink and faucet, I see just what I want and it seems very reasonable but then I’ll need it installed and what if I get the wrong parts and how difficult would it be to install, because rv’s have different plumbing issues I’ll have to get some rv help….I wonder if they’ll take a credit card? (thinking out loud here). I may just do that, then I’ll have things on the inside looking very good ……..after I repaint some areas that need touch up or really need a second coat of a green I hope I can match……….yeah, I’ll never really be done will I. Soon to get started on the outside, soon as the weather permits, today it’s chilly but not windy, I have some issues to work on on my roof too, not leaks but some potential problems. Probably a priority.

One step at a time is boring.

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A DAy of Wind and Fumes

I think writing here has been a good step for change because of the positive feedback that I am get when I post pics of GiGi.  I hope that when I have no new photos to share my readers with stick around to read what I have to say, but if not I will still continue to write for myself trying for daily posts as a goal.

Today I’ve beeen painting walls again.  I just really hate the way this tiny bathroom looks with it’s out of style sink and useless spaces.  I can’t do much  to it but paint.  I’m thinking of adding more tiles around the inside of the door so that will fill up another terrible wall.  I don’t know what they make these wall of, anything light weight i suppose.  I may be defeating that purpose with all my tiles, my friend says soon the front wheels of the RV won’t touch the ground with all the weight of my tiles in the back. Nah!  I’ve removed a lot of heavy stuff, the wall cupboard in the bath room with the broken mirror and the fold out bed I removed plus all the curtain things, gone to give me more of what I want .

I made an impromptu mess, looks like a grade school project of the rail(?) that is separetling the loft from the cab.  It’s an ugly space that paint doesn’t take because it is somekind of plastic finish.  Tiles are too big to fit there so I thought to just add photos cut to size. Could have doone a better job, here it looks a little silly but I’ll clean it up a bit on the edges and it will be fine for now. It’s kind of dark in the space below thats why it looks odd, I could do it better.UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_200a

A New Life -Style demands…….

A new life style demands change, a new mind set, new goals and maybe even a new persona.

So far I have done a few things to help me make the changes despite the odds I’m faced with. My  GIGI experience has helped me see myself from another perective. Yes, I’m an old  lady but relativly well, no major health problems health wise to worry me, I could be in better shape, I need to try to be stronger and walk more but who doesn’t? My income is small but adequate as long as I respect it and don’t spend foolishly, but……..

I need  new pants to go with my new persona, and other stuff too, poco a poco won’t do it because I’ll forget the plan and go back to old ways of seeing myself.  For the past 10-15 years I’ve was who I needed to be then, but this is now and I have a whole new opportunity to express myself in different ways, and red is my new best friend……..

Pants are here and I love them but they are very thin and need to be hand washed, no problem,  I haven’t tried them on yet because I have a huge mess in  the kitchen which leaks over into other spaces leaving little space to try on clothes.

I’m working on my kitchen space and removing  old cault, not an easy project because this is really old cault but I did it, I think it will be okay when I repace the new clean caulk.  I pulled off the paper I’d applied poorly and plan to paint white.  After cleaning this up the reality is that just cleaning it doesn’t look so bad but now I want to update the sink and faucets.  If it wasn’t so windy I would run out to get new sink and faucets, modernize my space a bit.  But it’s really ugly outside very  windy again and showers off and on. I wonder how difficult it is to do this myself  or with my friend  Robert or Becca., and how expensive.  Remove the old and install the new, I’d like to have one large sink instead of two side by side, more practical for doing any art projects where you need the space.

you know what, I think I’ll leave this project as is for now because it will be easier to paint without the sink in, this may be a several days project, that’s okay, now to put back everything I moved.

Soon it will be warm enough to get out of sweats and into  my harem pants  I should buy some fabric and try sewing these myself.  i could do that.

A neighber came by, we were talking about the fact that we don’t have water today, they’re working on the sewer  problem…You don’t want to know, anyway he was telling me about a product to clean and wax the RV.  He probably noticed that GIGI needs care, it’s not a secret, this product washes and waxes in one step, gotta get me some of that to get started on GIGI’s renewal before the big facelift starts.

by the way included in one of the pants packages was a string bracelet I’ve been telling my sister she should make  as all the cool folks wear them. Now I do too, cool a colorful string  tired to my wrist, I like it.

til later….

An ACupuncture RX plus more Red Paint

I’ve given an acupuncture treatment for painful swollen knees for a friend here in the park. I know this will help her because when I treat my own knees I feel better and can climb stairs quickly, sometimes without having to go one stair at a time. Yesterday she couldn’t bear weight, today she can.

Finally the winds have died down this morning so I’m going to town to do my errands before they start up again.

Walmart had Cadbury candies out for Easter, the Easter bunny doesn’t stop here….I don’t think so, I got a little over excited and bought a lot of mini eggs. Yum

I did some painting today in red. I painted Jose’s table, I removed the paper and it looks great, much better the plywood took the paint just fine and I sprayed a gloss finish, I’m happy with it.

I also painted the cabinets above and below the fridge black, instead of red or white or purple all colors that I tried first. I painted them black because the fridge has black edges so I think they fit in better this way, I used craft paints and will give them another coat of my good black paint tomorrow. Red and black are a favorite combination for me, and I’ve used it liberally here in GiGi.

I’ve repurposed a three tired wire basket that fell down in the ‘kitchen to use in my bathroom and spray painted it with teal to match the mirrors in my barely turnaroundable bathroom. Right now my shower is full of my supplies for my various projects which I move from here to there hoping one day I will have used them all up and I’m finished with my projects, that will never happen I know, there will always be something to fix or change and I’m good with that.

loving my red!

My old RV on my small budget doesn’t compare to those I see on the various fb pages, but I still like mine the best because it’s all about me and who I am, and who I am is a really old lady on the road wondering what the heck I’m doing and can I really tow my toad down the road? I’ll need to get a trailer for it I’m told, sounds like another expense I’ll have to plan for.

Yikes!

Privacy curtains for GiGi

Not sure I’ll be able to describe how my new curtain will look but I think this RV must have come with a curtain in the cab at some time probably long ago, 1991. there are little plastic hooks all along the cab top which will close off the cab from the coach. I had already made window covers using reflexits wrong spelling I think but it is a product that looks like bubble wrap, is used for insulation , I used it to block heat in TX and now to block cold in NM. I covered the inside view with fabric so it looks nice and not so home depot looking. I have a lavender sheet that will work great just fine. I’ll make little tags to hook over the plastic hooks, the sheet is large enough to gather to make it look soft. I should probably stop and sew this now.Stop the presses! That lavender sheet didn’t work as I thought and then I remembered another Indian fabric I should use instead, it looks great! I have some photos , the area is a little dark but if I lighten the photo you miss the exuberance of the colors. I love it, it looks like a secret room back there. Remember that a class C RV is open to the cab, that is the passenger chair turned around to face inside.

After falling getting down for my loft a couple times, I decided to not take chances and so my bed is taking up the space of what would be the ugly table and benches, I don’t miss them at all. I have a small table that folds up and takes only a little space. I wish I could show you how bright and beautiful the colors in these fabrics are. I love my little space.

It may be hard to see what’s what here if you don’t know how my RV is situated, the chair that you see in the second photo is the passenger seat turned around, yes I mentioned that and my bed is there on the left covered with yet another beautiful Indian fabric that I’v e made into a quilt. my loft is above of course, So now you don’t see the steering wheel or dash. Cozy and i love it.

GiGi NEEDS A NEW LOOK

It has been noticed that GiGi needs updating on the exterior, it’s true. She’s looking better on the inside, where I spend my time but I haven’t been able to spend much time or$$ on the exterior. Now the weather is getting nice to do work outside, I’d like to remove the decals and paint something cool but don’t know where to start. Ideas? The carrier on the roof has been removed, I think removing the decals is a first or 2nd step they add nothing to the look of the RV now. I see some nice vacant spaces to work with. All Suggestions Welcome.