Soaking in Hot Springs,

Becca and I went into  Truth or Consequences, for a good soak  at the Riverbend hot springs,  before that we ate at a local ‘drive in’ and visited the Bravo Art gallery.  This area is saturated with art and artists. I love it and plan to go to Silver City where there are 50 different art studios, it must be a mini Santa Fe, tho I doubt they would apppreciate the comparison, I think I’ll go next Sunday I believe they are open then.

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thats Becca there enjoying the hot springs and the view of Rio Grande across the way.

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Becca enjoying the hot springs and gazing out at El Rio Grande, Peace

another place to soak, the water is filling, the thing hanging down there is to pull for refreshing with cold water…….I din’t use it.

Today I went to Mexico

and bought some beautiful pottery. I am settling in here, bought some plants and a beautiful planter for the nasturtium and zinnia seeds I bought, not sure how they will grow here in the land of cactus but why not. It was a pleasant day spent with new friends. Driving back from Mexico we took the scenic route and it was mountains and valleys and ghost towns that I will need to go back to take photos to share. All together a great time. I had my first (two) margaritas, my first despite living in margarita-land but not the last.

I’ve made some changes to GG. I removed my stove, I decided that an open flame was not safe for one as absent minded as I, so a friend pulled it out and we found a cabinet in a junky place that fit in the space almost perfectly. I just need to paint some trim black to match the cabinet and I’ve painted the counter glossy black and plan to resin the counter at some point but it looks fine as it is right now, not sure how long it will remain so with use but resin is an option. So no stove but now I have a convection oven/ fryer and a induction cook top none of which have I learned to use yet, and which honestly look a bit out of place in my old GG! I’ve lost a little bit of space because I used the top of the stove for storage, but I’ ll rearrange the space and it will be fine. I’m loving my GG! I made a back splash with my tiles, and added some to my entry, I am indeed the tile lady. Too much? I think they add insolation. and soon it will be getting warm here.

This photo shows how it looks now but I have a few things that I need to finish before I’m through with my kitchen, then on to finish on my bath room space, it’s so small I can’t call it a room! I saw Mexican painted sink bowls today and one day I’ll go back with my sink measurements because I want one in my espacito.

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.

I’m Feeling a little Lonely Tonight

It happens to everyone

especially women like me.

There ‘s no fix for it.

It just goes and comes

I’m not depressed or unhappy or dissatisfied

Just a little alone

It’s my own fault, if indeed there is  fault

I look for it and want to be alone

and when I succeed in being alone

I find fault with being alone.

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_1987Then after a few days I scold myself into action

This was my third day

Tomorrow demands action.

GG needs her own Category

From now on when I write about GG, I’ll put those posts in GG category because for many readers that is what they’re here for, to learn of the trials and tribulations experienced while I give her the TLC needed to travel safely. Poco a poco GiGi is becoming less a mystery, giving me some learning experiences while we travel here and there. Right now we are stationary giving me the time and resources needed to continue this journey in safety and comfort.

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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!