Some People Say……You are so brave

You must be brave (at your age implied) to start out on your own in an old RV.

Can you see me in here?

I don’t see it that way.

I’ve done due diligence to avoid potential problems. The truck is older, 1991 it has a powerful ford 350 chassis, I have had the brakes updated and repaired as needed and other expensive stuff repaired or replaced.

I have insurance of many kinds, accident, tire, road side help, new tires, I have an extra air conditioner for just in case the rig ac dies. plus whatever else anyone has told me I’ll need. My fridge is new, stove, microwave & bathroom fixtures all work. I have a backup camera and new computer, web cam camera (that I haven’t installed as I not traveling great or small distances now.) I have one solar panel on my roof.

I did one thing that I may regret to the RV, I removed the heat coils because they took up too much space so I don’t have heat from the rig but my space heater does a good job and I don’t expect to go anywhere too cold. If I’d left them I wouldn’t have my book case and table, choice made.

This is a great option for me. I’m loving my small space, my absolute freedom to do or not to do…anything. I’m not dependent on anyone or causing grief to anyone I can be social or not as I wish. My time is mine unless I chose to share it.

And my finances are not a problem, I can make it carefully and maintain my quality of life with just a few carefully chosen loans to help me get started.

Its a simple life.

And now I’m getting a used smart car to enable me to get around town without having to take my home everywhere with me

Closest small town Truth or Consequences, is 20 miles south, not much there besides Walmart for shopping (and that’s not a bad thing)

El Paso Texas is just 104 miles south

Las Cruses NM is 60 miles North.. 2nd largest city in New Mexico

I can get anything I need on Amazon!

I haven’t even started to do any boondocking yet, I’m too comfortable where I am.

(For those that don’t know what that means boondocking is when you camp on public land without facilities( for 14 days,) no water, sewer or electric power. )

I have all that here at very low cost and plan to stay here awhile. There are mountains and lakes to explore, ghost towns, and art galleries, and classes to take. I like New Mexico but I’d never experienced so much wind that the RV shakes and my chimes sound while hanging inside the RV!

This may be too Boring to read……..really

Today I overslept.

How, you may wonder can I over -sleep in this life of leisure? Today I was going to a watercolor class with my friend Beca at 8:45, usually I have no activities and can wake up whenever but today I needed to be ready to go, she was driving and I heard a honk while I was putting my upper in, that takes some time and can’t be rushed cuz the glue could fail and there is nothing more annoying or embarrassing then loose teeth. Finally ready to go in record time and off we went.

You know this fridge is not frost free! damn we get used to those simple conveniences. Bought lots of vegetables and fruit, now I’ll have to prepare them and eat them before they spoil, I have a recipe for my hotpot thingy to make meatloaf and potatoes together and I’ll try it maybe tomorrow. maybe I’ll invite Robert, I owe him a meal or two.

I’ve never lived anywhere as dry as it is here, I feel like my skin is wrinkly and dry. I don’t like it.

I’m liking this area of New Mexico. I may stay here for quite awhile, the town of truth or Consequences has several good art galleries and there is probably much more to this town than you see from the main street. There is one stop light. One. I drove today from T or C and only 2 cars passed by me in town! There are no passing signs along much of the road to Truth or Consequence thru the hills, but it’s not a problem because there is no traffic it was about noon when I came home, it’s a nice drive.. When I get my car I’ll be able to check out the town better, the main drag has a lot of closed shops, little foot traffic. But there are several hot springs where I expect to enjoy a nice bath soon.

I bought myself a box of valentine chocolates today but I didn’t buy flowers, a simple pleasure I insist on now and then. Can’t wait til indoor plants become available…at Walmart… I want to hang a few green plants in here because everything is brown, of course it is winter so I’m hopeful that Fall will bring some color to the land.

This may be too boring. So I added some flowers.


GHOST TOWN IN Chloride New Mexico

  My neighbor Robert and I went to check out the ghost town of Chloride last week.

There is a wonderful Pioneer Store Museum  of the 1880’s in Chloride,NM

In 1923 it was closed with all the merchandise and furnishings  in it. Today it is  open to the public every day, and  it is on the list  of New Mexico’s register of historic buildings, as is the building next door now used as a art gallery and gift shop.

Here are some photos  from inside the store.

Only 11 people live there now, most of the buildings are unoccupied but there are plans to restore more buildings and tourists from all over the world have visited and signed the guest book.

You can get more information about the town here

http://www.pioneerstoremuseum.com

RV- Bathroom – Small Spaces Update

It’s not finished yet….

I’m not finished yet, I need to add tiles in a few spots and polyurethane the heck out of it….

which I would have done but I couldn’t get the polyurethane open, that push and turn is hard for older hands but I’ll ask for help when I’m ready to expose myself to the fumes …I did buy a mask and will use it..

The shower wall looks paper thin and coming apart in one corner so I need to find a way to cover or repair to prevent the avoided at all costs water damage, and the floor  all 14 x 16 inches of it still has the ugly white tile on it.

It feels odd not to have the mirror over the sink but I’m getting used to it, that wall was in such bad shape it was better to cover it all up with my hand-made tiles.

  I added a  blue framed door mirror behind the toilet  and the second picture is with the door open so you see outside the door into my mini-bathroom.

I Am Binge Writing Tonight

I can go for weeks without the urge to write here until I have all these simple thoughts accumulated and it’s time to purge.

I know that sounds rude.

They are not big thoughts but…..

I want  to be more cognizant of the fact that now I can do anything,

be anything

go anywhere,

do whatever or not do anything at all

with no  limits but those I put on myself,

to not be afraid of doing something stupid.

I want these years I have left to grow  towards greater understanding of myself and life around me and not be satisfied with just passing the time pleasantly.

I want more.

Oh, I’ll tell you about my fingers getting crooked, ( I just noticed my little pinky is bent) the hassles I encounter and  details of living my life,  but every now and then I hope for a spark of something worth sharing.

Surely a 76 year old woman must have something to shareAPC_0024.jpg of value.

(birthday coming up, no longer just only a 75 year old)

I do go on and on about my age don’t I, somehow my age makes me relevant here.

sorry.

My to-do list, Everybody has one.

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  1. Touch up paint messes I’m a sloppy painter, just ask my sister!
  2. Finish bathroom shower scrub out the pink color accidently sprayed there
  3. varnish tiles in the bathroom and decide what to do with the new tiles
  4. work on my quilt that I’m making, covering an old quilt with Indian fabric that I love.
  5. staple fabric to front seats, yah not sure how this will work out
  6. read a chaper of ‘don Quijote in Spanish
  7. Figure out how to add those things so the door doesn’t fall on my head or hold open.
  8. Tighten the cubicles in loft last time I moved they moved too when they should not have moved
  9. Buy wine beer and food. The fridge is empty
  10. Get the toad asap

Why list this stuff here?  It’s for myself to remind myself that I have things to do!  Important things too.  But most importantly Get the Toad!

You like that hat?  I paid $100 for it at a Duluth MN art fair so I must wear it, it is beautifully hand made by Patti Berg original. It was hard to choose just one hat. this is an older photo of the hat and me. I like it better.1620753_10203287161489436_1977382756_n

Am I Loving It Yet? Yes, I’m loving it now

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Yes, I am loving this new life style!

But there is one part of myself that questions if this isn’t a selfishness on my part.  I’m not contributing anything but my thoughts to anyone and my thoughts aren’t worth much, even to me.  The freedom to do or not to do anything at all may just make me a lazy person.  What can I do to make better thoughts to share?  My daily activities are mundane, not much to share about so I have to think my thoughts and try to put them in words that mean something or express how this old woman perceives the world around her.

I once expressed to my husband (long ago )that I would like to spend some time sitting under a tree on a mountain all alone to think my thoughts. He found it hurtful to not be included under that tree.  Maybe that is what I have found here, though not alone, here I can be alone, and I can sit under a tree on a mountain if I so chose.

This is a perfect situation for me until it is not and then I’ll leave.

So far I have no desire to leave, is that because I have no place to go?

Old Friends Are Best Friends, New Friends Are Grand!

Sometimes you just need an old friend’s help.

I love my RV but she’s old, needs care and redesigning some aspects of her will improve   my Quality of Life. Very Important to me.

My problem was keeping things where I put them while I am driving.  Everything tended to crash about making driving a very scary affair, imagine you hear stuff sliding about and book cases tipped over and you have to turn a corner and stuff moves again.  Turning corners is the worst! Of course I did use bunggy cords where I had a way to connect them to something solid.  Velcro failed me as did the white hooks I invested in so many devices to hold stuff but nothing worked that well until Jose came and  solved the problem.  I’m not sure but we (I) may have to face a problem that is the result of solving problem number one.

I’ll tell you what was done.

Jose made one side of the RV into one long table and added a board to the wall of the RV into which the bookcases could be screwed into, making them very secure.

This RV is only 22 feet counting the cab so all the working parts are located under something else.  The fresh water tank is under the table just built.  On each side of the water tank are two boxes that we aren’t sure what is in them.  Maybe the water pump could be under one of them.  The water heater is on the other side under the bed,  (since I’ve fallen twice from my  ‘loft’ I’ve made my bed downstairs!). My water pump works now but I don’t need it when I’m hooked up, hope it keeps working when I need it and doesn’t need replacing cuz that could be a problem if its under the table Jose built as I don’t think he’ll be back to take it all apart !

An amazing friend I hadn’t seen in 12 years  came from Austin to Truth or

Consequences NM  to help me.  Thank you José, much appreciated.

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New friends are a blessing, meet Robert, my neighbor,

making new friends at  this time of life is very special, why? Because you have less time to waste.