Second shot is a doozy and my new Life Plan

Got it yesterday at walmart my arm was a bit more sore than the first covid shot but today! I ache all over and can’t get warm enough chills and now bladder pain which had been under good control. Not complaining, just a comment, happy. to be among those lucky. to get the immunization we all need at some point. Glad I have the soft comfy bathrobe my daughter sent me and my afgan my other daughter made for me. I am a lucky woman, all the same I feel like &^%$ today.

I’m making some changes in my life and it’s about time! I’ve been a news-oholic forever and now I have the apple app that for $10 a month you get dozens of news sources and I was watching all of them especially of late, instead of reading something worth my time. You also get magazines. I’m going to delete all the news and just keep some magazines. I’m also quitting all social media. I’ll keep this blog for now.

Why do I think I should do this? I’m wasting too much time and time is getting shorter. I want to use my time better and rid myself of stressful. and nonsensical information that has little or no value to me.

I want to think deeper.I want to paint better, I want to read better literature.

I’ll keep the TV for movies that are uplifting rather than rude violent or just plain stupid and watch my Great Courses that I’ve subscribed to and haven’t finished watching.

I want to be a better friend, a better mother, a better sister, A better granma, I want to feel better, I want to be my best self

Of course I could do all that without making these changes, but would I? could I ? I’m hoping that by writing this down here now I will expect my self to honor my plan, to be frugal and watch my diet, decrease sugar…..except for chocolate and wine and drink more water!

Is it the fever talking?

SOLD

By the Way

I gave up on my soaking tub now it sits in my garden not knowing what to do with itself

I hate my email do you?

They accumulate and expect me to give them my time to delete them

I ignore them at my own risk, I have two different emails I’d like to quit them but then how would the important ones about 2% of them find me?

Really a time consuming waste and you can dismiss them but they come right back and bring friends.

A conundrom spell check?

Bien pues

Japanese soaking tub

Tonight was the second time this week I went out to soak in my Japanese soaking tub

I wait until it’s almost dark and climb in hoping I’ll b able to climb out when I’m tired of soaking. The first time I was stealthy and covered but got in nude, which is the logical way to sit soaking but getting out I’m sure my butt was showing there was no one around to admire, nevertheless now i keep my self covered while in the tub.

Tonight the water was a little warmer than I like, the thermameter is odd, with a confusing set of numbers that make no sense neither farihite nor centagrade but I don’t dare put my hand in the check until I take out the heater element. I had dropped in one of these fizzy bath things earlier and was surprised to see I had pink water! I use the water to water my plants, think they’ll get pink?

I’ve been concerned about the tub because after the first use it gets a bit slippery on the sides and bottom and I could just see myself slipping and stuck unable to get out. But now I have the tub close to the side of the RV so I can balance myself better and have something solid to hold onto. Tonight was the second night using the same water and after just moving my feet around I got rid of the slipperyness and had no trouble getting out. The first night I did have trouble getting out but it wasn’t the tub’s fault, I just need to work on my thighs to be able to get myself up easier but I’ve figured out how to manage without calling for help!

I bought a magnetic cover for my studio doorway to keep out flies but my doorway is wider than the door cover. It has a small mesh fabric that I thought to use as the cover for the tub and it works pretty good at keeping out bugs in the water with a tie to hold it

I like to sit in my tub and look around and wonder how I came to this place where I have everything I need, except family, that is the only lack here. I have things to care for that give me a daily routine, water my plants, talk to them and to Charley, I have to walk Charley, if we walk around the park three times that is a mile……..okay I only know that because Becky says so and I haven’t done it three times at the same time yet. I almost wrote, hey, I’m old but remembered my neighbors that walk everyday and he is 90. He and his wife are original hippies and fun to talk to about their experiences over the years of hippy-ness.

I strum my guitar every day though i know i’ll never learn to play it properly. i like to tune it and listen to the sound each string makes as I make my music. My fingers can’t reach to where they must to make real music but i enjoy strumming and making up my tunes.Love my $50 learner guitar made in China.I’m so easy!

80 in two short years

My brother and I were laughing at the fact that we are so old ( it was his birthday) and don’t feel any different than we did 20 years ago. Energy, I think that is the factor that I notice the most, a lack of energy, plus that look in the mirror that reminds me time has passed. Still, I manage to get quite a lot done as of course I have to do it all, manage my RV tanks is not a big deal unless things get ‘stuck’ and I have to use the broom handle to move along ‘stuff’ no big deal, it happens. Sometimes when freezing my water doesn’t run until it warms up, no big deal. One of my goals this week is to find out why some of my ‘house’ lights don’t work. They are all together so I think it is a fuse problem but I need to get more light bulbs to check the unlikely possibility that they are burnt out. . The fuse box is on the floor of the kitchen (smile) and I have to lie on the floor on my belly to access them, then figure out which fuse goes to what lights. And then get up again, that’s the hard part. As I said, a project that I have planned to do for weeks but just lately decided we could have a lot more light in here if those lights worked. I need to go into town tomorrow for a few items…I should make a list right now and take a bulb from a light that works with me.

I painted my yoga mat today, still feels sticky, I like to use it on the floor, it’s about the right size, keeps the cold out and I’ve painted it a few times with orange, and green spray paint so it matches rather nicely with my colors. The length of the mat which is common to yoga mats, is just about the length of my rv from kitchen to cab, plus a bit more, to give you an idea of the size of my living space.

It was sunny today and windy. I washed clothes and they dried fast makes me feel accomplished plus I made smoothies. I’m trying to make one every morning, I add protein powder plus frozen fruit, a banana and today I used almond milk in it plus spinach. Probably won’t make that combination again but we drank it, Charley got some too, probably a bit more today than usual.

PS I like that photo, I look like my sister.

Friend asked me if I had tried writing on my chalk walls with chalk.

(is that spelled right, looks funny.)

No.

Winter notes

Yesterday was Sunday, about 5:30 I was setting up my next weeks medications for my weekly meds container and set aside my nights meds that I usually take at about 8pm. Without thinking I took those medications and vitamins right then and by 5:30 I had that sleepy feeling that feels so good. I’m a longtime insomniac and sometimes don’t feel that sensation all night so when I do I take advantage of it to go to sleep. I woke up about midnight feeling wide awake but it’s cold and dark so instead of writing here I day dream a great post which now I can’ t remember to put it on paper. You would have liked it!.

It’s 34 degrees outside and cold in here I turned on my space heater but it’s having a hard time,spreading some heat, glad my electric blanket warms us while under the covers, I say us because Charley is sleeping with me while its so cold, it will be hard to get him to sleep in his own bed when it warms up in Spring. When I bought this RV I tore out the furnish coils because the huge coils took out so much room and I wanted a space for cabinets and books. I thought that this small space could be heated with a space heater. I have the afgan my daughter made me hanging as a curtain to keep out the cold by the window and that helps and looks nice…….plus Charley doesn’t get it full of dog hair,my only regret in getting Charley is the fact that he sheds like crazy!

Today ‘s high is a delightful 68 and sunny. I may wash some clothes. I have to wash in small groups, because its a small machine, last week underwear, next day socks…I have many of both so I wash in groups when I run out of socks or underwear. Sometimes I hand wash clothes inside and then take them out to the washing machine to spin and then hang outside. I wait for a sunny day, last time my socks didn’t get really dry and when I put them on they feel cold so when the sun shines I’ll take them out to finish drying. Wet socks are the pits. I don’t do any scrubbing but rather refreshing my clothes, today I’ll refresh some of my warm clothes that I’ll need for cold mornings then by afternoon I change to something lighter.

washing machine

I’ve been painting the same thing over and over lately, not exactly the same but the same style and I think I’m over it and can start painting something different, something recognizable rather than abstract shapes and colors. I wanted to make some xmas cards for friends here in the park but my wifi was so bad I couldn’t get a signal for my printer. So I painted some little 5 x 7 panel paintings, abstract and colorful but weird because they were nothing about xmas or new years either. I haven’t gotten a lot of feed back for them, not too surprising! I used some chalk paint on them, very bright.

Charley is waking up, he likes to sleep in actually he just likes to sleep, that’s just about all he does, I guess life is boring for him with this old lady who takes him out a few times a day when she is restless.. He’s pretty good about running out to pee and running back inside for a treat. I tell him in an excited voice to run fast fast fast come back for a treat. He is not supposed to be without a leash, but damn it’s cold outside and he usually comes right back though at night it’s a little tempting for him to wander but I have a powerful flashlight that I train on him so he knows I’m watching him. We go to the dog park for him to do his poops. He has this process before going that I have been tempted to video it is so funny how he dances in circles before the actual event. On that note I’ll close for now and wish you a good day.

You see that Charley has grown into his legs.

Charley now
Charley when I got him

notes

It’s cold outside but cozy in here, thought I’d do some writing .

I haven’t been in the mood to write for a while now, thought to close the blog but looking thru it decided I like it and should keep writing, so here I am.

It’s been a difficult few months, actually many months, terrible things have happened to us as a nation, you know it as I do so I’ll skip past most of it, we need no reminders, we are not out of trouble yet.

My children’s father died during covid19, very sad, travel to Panama was out of the question now, later we can go to celebrate his life together.

Okay no more sad stuff.

I’ve been busy painting. Lately painting outside my RV and now I have just finished (for now) inside.

it looks pretty cool, I painted one side of the RV, I used craft paints and decorative tapes, I got the idea from washi tapes I bought without knowing what I was going to use them for. I painted a table and used the tapes and looked at GG she needs an updating. So far I haven’t had a problem with keeping it together,(the project) we’ll see what happens when it rains but I think it will be okay.

Being it’s winter and cold I’ve spent more time inside. Looking around for a project I spotted a small pot of chalk paint a friend gave me and thought to try it on canvas. It’s a very soft flat look, I liked it and then thought about painting the walls with chalk paint. As it is usually used on furniture there are limited colors. I used celery on the top storage spaces and red on the entry and fridge wall. I added a bit of yellow to the red expecting a red orange color which would look good with my Indian fabric. but got a beautiful rose color and just love it. I still have to touch up under the cabinets as I painted that it was dark outside and nearly dark in here too, I was so excited to get started I didn’t wait for the sun to come up. The color rose is a little off next to my multi-colors fabric so I painted some small 8 x 10 panels with the same paints but added some orange and have them on the front of the cabinets. Looks fine.

I was listening to Jose Feliciano just then, had not thought about him in many years he sounded good.

I updated the bathroom when I remove the tiles and wasn’t sure what to do with the damaged and ugly wall. I bought a piece of very thin plywood to make a new wall and used stick on tiles with a Spanish feeling and that worked just great. I used the tiles to cover my book shelf too.

That is one confusing picture. I have my plants over the cab with lights and humidifier and I’ve used the fabric above on the ceiling to cover some spots, then in the back to hide stuff and again in the front of the plants that is not closed it toward the side and yet again to cover the inside of the cab where I have clothes hanging.

I need to save a few things to write about so I’ll close here for now, next I’ll tell you about my purple hair, don’t think I’ve written about it.

2 months of news I haven’t shared.

How does an old woman keep herself so busy she doesn’t have time to write her stories?.

It is said that I am the busiest person in the park and that is true.
I always have a project or two to work on..to reorganize..or clean…or paint on

I wanted to add a tile here but this is prettier


I am working on tiles again using alcohol inks. I’ve made a dozen 6×6 tiles but I messed up adding the resin. A huge mess. I made too much resin for the work I planned to make so I was rushing to do more and didn’t have space to let them sit for me to torch, because my counter isn’t level, one fell on the floor (face down of course) For some reason I didn’t have my gloves on, so I was a sticky mess. And the torch was sticky and hard to light. Of course they all need to be done over again after sanding the ruined resin. I have about 12 or 15 4×4 tiles that look good and I’ll take them to the gallery this week.
Hmm having to do things twice may be how I’m able to keep busy!


My Garden is a huge disappointment for me. It has been so continuously hot with temps in the 100’s that even getting enough water for them doesn’t help them, they are scorched.I’ve gotten three small tomatoes, 3 squash, two round small cucumbers and four small potatoes. Even the hardy morning glories haven’t hardly flowered and the sun flowers get burned before they can open. I planted so many seeds that never got a chance to grow. Next year I ‘ll buy plants instead of seeds and some sort of a shade instead of my umbrellas.


I bought some cool solar lights for outside, they are very small and I’ve put them up in my tree. They look very nice in the evening, I’d like to get some more. Maybe I will.


Yesterday I climbed up my ladder to organize the loft in my studio. I had saved boxes of items I ‘d bought but wasn’t sure I wouldn’t have to return and finally trashed them and found I have lots of storage up there. It took me all day to do it and reorganize my stuff, I have a lot of stuff because I have so many interests, but I have too much stuff, but I need it all, or might need it someday.

I got my first skin tear the other day, Charley did it. I just looked at the tear and thought about how many old ladies arms I’d taped together. You may think this is not be worthy of mentioning but it was the first real tear not just a scratch and tells me how thin the skin on my arms is.

I guess I was feeling bored while shopping at Walmart because I stopped in the hair department and looked at hair coloring. And I bought purple coloring, took it home put it on and hated it. So back to Walmart to buy oops hair mistake coloring added it and was left with pink hair, back to Walmart and bought a second oops and put it on and the color was interesting but felt like straw. So glad I have a good hair cutter thing, can’t think what it’s called, shaver? Anyway off with most of my multi colored hair, and on with my ball cap. It’s fine, no one here judges me and I am beginning to like it, it’s so honest if not becoming.

Well, my soaking tub is now my clothes washing tub with a plunger. Since Covid I have not taken clothes to the laundrmat and I’ve been washing them by hand. Not hanging them in the tree now because I have a clothes line at the back of my RV. I’d stopped using the soaking tub because of some IC concerns so now I’m going to use it to wash clothes. I have a big plunger and I’m looking forward to trying this. I like to do this even though I could take my clothes to a laundry mat, (whatever) I have the time to do it and I just do a few at a time. When cold weather clothes are needed I may change my mind. By the way, I know a nurse that lives in their rv less than a mile away that I met while doing laundry there, long time ago.. We haven’t really gotten together since, covid, but she reads my blog and knows I worry about my memory. She brought me a set of stones she made into earrings, pendant and braclete that help the wearer of these stones with memory. Worth a try!


I’ve moved stuff around my patio and despite the fact that my plants and garden look sad I like the changes I’ve made, moving my furniture around. I bought a Walmart coffee table and painted it, well I panted it 4 different times, once abstract, then adding flowers, then a world map, and next I think I’ll paint it to match the stripes in the outdoor rugs.


I haven’t painted anything lately but I finally took 2 paintings to the gallery (and noted one of mine in the window) and showed her the tiles I’m making. She liked them so I’ll bring the rest of them that are finished. I doubt that I’ll make more unless they sell.

I have an idea, probably not a great idea but nevertheless I want to try it. I paint on a fabric like canvas, that can be sewn on, I guess any canvas could be sewn on but I’m think of using it to make a purse. Some of my abstract paintings I doubt will sell but they could make a cool purse or bag. I have some plastic stuff that is used to make shopping bags that I bought because it was marked down to $2.00 but I didn’t know how to use it. I could use that for the inside, maybe. Just another idea, it seems that my creativity is restless and comes up with all these ides, some of which are a waste of time, but I have plenty of time. Alcohol inks are my recent fascination and my paint covered fingers are a testament to that.

Another reason I haven’t been writing lately is that I find it hard to find words and spelling, well this has been a problem for a while, I just don’t have the patience to keep thinking. Lazy I know, so I find something else to do that is easier than writing.

My smart car saved me from making an expensive purchase the other day. I was in Walmart (of course) and they had a 32 inch ONN television for $120. I supposed I would need some other items like this outdoor motorized antennas power hub, surge protector, a antenna amplifier all this was in my cart until I realized this wouldn’t fit in my car! I haven’t had a TV for at least 10 years on purpose. But I was tempted. I asked them to put it aside and I would get a friend to help me pick it up.
On the way home I thought about what I had just done, I don’t even have room to put a TV, the RV had a TV which I removed. So saved by the fact it wouldn’t fit in my car. No regrets.


It’s Labor Day and we are having hamburgers and hot dogs and potatoes salad. I have a watermelon that I’ll take over. We don’t have any one here that has been here less than 14 days so we feel pretty safe to have the group together, but we still maintain space between us, usually, at least I do . Covid has changed the way we live and move. I wonder when I’ll be able to travel to see family, seems like this is far from over.


Tomorrow I’ll be taking a friend to the airport in El Paso. Maybe while there I’ll stop at Carmax to check my tires as the indicator light didn’t go off after I checked and filled the air. I guess that happens, especially to old ladies having trouble getting down on the ground and getting up.


I haven’t gone anywhere with GG in a while, the trouble of putting everything away and disconnecting makes me lazy but I will have to start it to make sure I can start it when I want to go somewhere. Charley hates it when I just start the engine.

So, there it is, my life for the past several months that I haven’t written about, Sorry this must be boring reading but I am never bored.

Confused by WordPress updates

This is what happens when I try to use my ipad to work, the ipad and the computer don’t seem to catch up with each other or it lets me add a photo but no way for me to add a post.

So this pic got here all by itself and I like the pic so I’ll add a note here, it was published just like that. WordPress updates often and I’m sure most bloggers are pleased with changes and how things are done. I can’t keep up I am getting behind trying to understand how all this works it’s like double hard for me lately so I’ll just go about to do my best while knowing I could do better if I really tried, or really cared or felt the need to learn something new, again.

But I am doing something new. I’ve removed all my tiles in the bathroom of my RV, Remember that I covered the whole wall with tiles covered with photos of paintings. I have them everywhere, in the kitchen, hah yes my space to cook in is hardly worthy of being called a kitchen but I have them around and over the bathroom door and at the entry.

I’ve taken them all down the tiles and scrubbed the photos off and I’m going to use alcohol inks on the tiles. The colors of the inks are vibrant and gorgeous, I’m excited. I’ve been playing with the different brands of inks and haven’t settled on one, watching utube videos for advice and ideas.

I’ll take some photos to show you, this is really fun, I sat in the studio today playing in ink for hours despite the heat with the AC running on fan next to me because if I close the door it’s too dark inside and the fan is pretty effective until it isn’t, then we go inside to blast the AC until its time to take Charley for his afternoon date in the dog park where he takes care of business, by the way, Charley has a friend he doesn’t quite know how to play with but at least they don’t mind being together and I can sit and talk with my fine neighbor while they sniff around discovering new smells, I guess that’s what they do anyway.

Well this has already been published so I guess I’ll add new tile photos tomorrow, I don’t have adhesive to put them up right now, need to remember what worked best because some of the tiles fell off the wall and I’m not sure what I used, one thing I do remember is to start from the bottom and work up carefully!