I’m building a garden right here in the Park

Well, Amos built it for me following an article in a magazine given to me by a neighbor who knew I wanted a garden.

Thanks Gale!

It’s a simple 4×8 garden bed taken from the measurements and instructions found in the Sunset magazine so now I need to get soil to fill it. 16 cubic feet soil and 16 cf compost. We decided not to do it raised as I’ll probably need to sit while gardening. Dirt is not cheap! I’m going to plant seeds soon, some in those cute little cups of stuff until seedlings appear and some in pots. I want flowers too, plenty of flowers. Becky says she’ll water my plants while I’m gone. I’ll share produce. Amos is going to build one for himself too, they plan to stay here for at least a year. Becky should start one too but I don’t think they have space for one. I’m fortunate that my RV is small and my car is small so I have room for both my studio and a garden and am not crowded at all. CJ came over the other day (owner)o see what I was up to over here. I promised it would be neat and not a visual problem for her, it will be beautiful and soon we’d have veggies and flowers. (ojala)

I’m going to Virginia around the end of the month, GG, Charley and me leaving YOUCANDOIT home because I don’t want to deal with towing, that will be much unneeded stress. I look forward to seeing my Gente!

Went to the Grape gallery yesterday with another bunch of paintings but took them back home and hung them in the studio because she doesn’t have enough space to hang them. My other paintings were not hanging either. Tomorrow there is a ART WALK from 6 to 9 and they have a ART HOP the next Saturday. They have them monthly, the first and second Saturdays that galleries are open to the public from 6 tp 9 every month. I think there must be 6 art galleries in town. I wonder how that can survive in this small town but new galleries are opening, two in the past two weeks. I think I’ll go for a couple hours to see what it’s all about but not stay til 9pm as I don’t like driving at night if I can help it.

I’m going to concentrate on my guitar these days and stop painting for a while……..I have too many canvases I don’t know what to do with, my walls are covered in the studio and there’s no wall space in my RV. I’d take them with me to my daughters but she has six I just sent her. Mostly I want to just sell them but it is not a good thing to take your art to several galleries the same town, so I’m at Grapes Gallery for at least 2 months, that’s how long they will keep them if they don’t sell.

OH OH I just opened my photos to add a photo here and it says it can’t be opened and I should try a different photo program, that’s scares me, have lost my photos?

I guess I’ll shut down the computer to see if it will fix it self.

Good night

6 paintings

Did I tell you………

WOO HOO

Frank added electric power to my studio. So I have a fan, lights and even an outside light, it’s too hot to do more to it now my ac isn’t strong enough to combat the 100 degrees heat until I add interfacing……can’t find the right word….you know what I mean….

Anyway, he did a fine job, he had to dig a trench for the wiring in this heat. I’m pleased.

It’s quiet here, too hot to spend much time outside until late evening, then I sit out listening to music and have a glass of refreshing white, sometimes I’m joined, always welcome to come and exchange stories, listen to music.

A new addition to my “kitchen” it will be useful and doesn’t take up much space, I roll it down the aisle when I ‘m not cooking and sleep next to my veggies, I cover the drawers with a napkin to avoid fruit flies.  It works fine for me.

I’ve ordered some new Indian fabric to sew a  summer weight quilt/cover for my bed and curtains.  100% cotton .  I have a light cover that I’ll sandwich between two sides to fit my mattress.  It looks like it’ll go with the colors I have on the walls, 5 yards, I hope I have enough for curtains or pillows.  Becca laughed that I was already changing up things but what I have now will be used again when I tire of the new.  This keeps me busy and involved……..at least with myself.

Can’t seem to put the photos where they belong. !!!

Outdoor Living Space & GG

We don’t look like much yet but just wait, I’m going to paint the inside of the door red so when the door is open it will co ordinate with the red rug and the rest of my red colors inside and out. It is a time of exuberance and red expresses this time of life as no other for me, one day my RV will carry morning glory’ and cucumbers!
Obviously no care was taken with this photo but to show you my plan of re arranging my outdoor living space I’m going to put a storage unit, nicely painted behind the chair and move the table somewhere
Can’t wait to put things together again!

Too Early to pack up my Electric Blanket and Heater?

I’m so happy to be back in NM and GG.  Visiting is nice, coming home is delicious.

It was chilly this morning but not so chilly that I used my heated blanket, or my heater.  Mid May I want to put away my warm clothes and every winter protection item and prepare for the summer heat that will present other concerns.

It’s still windy here but my Smart cart was great and we traveled 775 miles with no problems, she started  and went into drive easily as it should,  remember in Dallas it took a tow to the shop to find nothing wrong.  Just a smart car thing I suppose.  I drove right through with breaks for gas and arrived before it got dark which was my goal.  I didn’t pay attention to my milage because it doesn’t matter how good or bad it is to me, I’m still going.

Frank came by this morning, we are waiting for a good day to do my roof.Can’t be too windy or rain. Must be completed in the same day.  His vertigo seems to have gone away, good news.

My new faucet was installed, looks great, Thanks Dan

We still have plenty of updates to complete, poco a poco.

My plants survived thanks to Becca.  I want more plants, I want a morning glory to climb my RV, that would be so cool but the surface of GG is smooth so that might not happen.

 

 

 

I miss GG, my Gas Guzzling RV

I’ve been here a week, I’m going home tomorrow, I did good here, my sister is recovering and I think this is due to my interventions more than anything and that makes me happy, and if she does what I told her she will be 100% fine. ..

I need to see how things are going with my GG, while I’ve been gone. I know the roof isn’t done, apparently Frank is having problems with vertigo so getting up on my roof is not a good idea.

My new faucet has been installed and I’m told that I will love it.

My plants may or may not be thriving, at least one, probably the jade plant, has not survived. It was a bad time to leave them but when I get back I’m going to get working on my patio to make my out door room with plants and a comfortable reclining chair and an big umbrella for shade

I have a plan that maybe I shouldn’t tell you about and may be wrong thinking but I’ve decided to look at my finances in this way. I’m 76 in pretty good health don’t have anything that is going to kill me anytime soon but I am old, so I could go any time or stay another 10 years or even more! Yikes!

I’m going to buy whatever I need to be comfortable. I don’t mean to spend crazy, I don’t need lots of stuff…besides I have no space to put ‘stuff’. I will get what I need for comfort without worrying so much about the cost and will use my credit cards liberally. I used to pay my cards off each month and never paid interest on them but why should I do that now in my situation?. I could die with credit card debt. You know that when a person dies your primary debt is first, your credit card debt is the last thing to collect on and often is not collected at all. ( I googled this!) If that is so, should I care to always be up to date with my credit card bills, at my age? Besides I have insurance that can be used for this debt. when I’m gone.

My son questions my ethics.

What do you think about this?

I feel liberated!

Just kidding, I can and do pay for my comforts they are very simple, all I want are some planters to garden in, a shady space to sit comfortably, maybe a massage table or a low table to practice my acupuncture massage skills on friends in a comfortable space.

I’m not a big spender and am happy with where I am and what I have, but there a few changes I’m going to make as far as comfort goes,

I can’t wait to get started.

HAPPY EASTER from New Mexico

1WuXVzgCTn6RHOYGxBxwUw_thumb_28a3It’s late in the day to wish you Happy Easter, you probably  have been to  church or met up with the ‘easter bunny by now.  Do you have family traditions you follow?  Since leaving Panama we haven’t  celebrated holidays as we did.

I just came home from the group here in the rv park, they have a special meal to celebrate the holidays with a pot luck dinner.  I usually just bring wine.  Cooking is a challenge just for myself, much less able to prepare something special for the group.  Pretty lazy right, I just serve myself a small plate to compensate for my laziness.  It’s a nice group of people but even here there are hurt feelings between residents, I guess it’s like any small town, everybody knows everything about everyone’s coming and going’s     I find it best to mind my own business. Works for me being the loner I am now with few social graces…….I snuck out without even an adios, rude, but I did say I was sneeking out early to those at the door does that count?  No, I’ll apologize when I go to pay my rent.

Tomorrow morning I’ll go to Elephant Butte to have some work done on GG, a new coating for the roof and a few other minor concerns and help I need, at least I don’t need work on the propane as that problem is resolved. I’m having a problem filling my fresh water tank I saw somthing on utube about this and seems like an easy fix, I need to sanitize it and fill with water, the water just flows right back out as it’s filling, some sensor I guess and how the heck does one add bleach, with a syringe??  I want my new faucet installed, hope what I have works and a ledge  created for my painted Mexica pot to sit on. I’ll have to pack up everything again.

I may make a quick trip to north Texas,  I guess I’ll go in my smart car as I don’t have a trailer  to tow the car  behind the RV yet,   I didn’t expect to go anywhere so soon. I don’t remember wind being a concern in Tx but now I get weather updates for high winds in Plano, important info for either the RV or smart car. I can leave the RV here no problem.  Oh Oh I don’t have my new plates for the smart car, they are in Plano ‘TX, think I can take the plate off the RV for the trip? Or have them send here before I go anywhere. Yes I’ll get my son to send them to me now, what if something happened and I had the wrong plate, could be a problem!

ciao

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.