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

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!

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

My First Travel Stop, I need a toad

I’m so happy I found this park!

When I started out on this journey I had no idea where I was going or where,  I would settle.  I watched the u-tube videos of course but until I was ready to go I still didn’t know where I was going.

Reading about different parks on websites helped me find this gem, the reviews convinced me I should start here.  I was planning to just stay awhile before going to Arizona for the January RTR in Quartzsite, but (I only put this out here because almost no one but family and friends and a few curious read this) I’m going to pause here and pay bills while I can do it  paying $150/month rent.  It’s pleasant, nice people live here, the park sites are nicely spaced and there’s a happy hour every day if you wish to participate.  Closest town is 20 miles away, shopping means Walmart and one grocery store.

I am at a disadvantage here because I don’t have a “toad” so I have to disconnect and reconnect  electric, water and tanks, every time I want to go anywhere. Means I have to reorganize my space each time because stuff moves in transit making a mess each time I’m out and about. I need a toad. (a car that you tow with your RV)

You probably know you should buy a car in your state rather than outside your state. I  didn’t.   I tried to buy one I liked in NM , couldn’t do it as I wasn’t a NM resident nor do I have a NM drivers license.  All is not lost though because this car can be shipped to El Paso and I can buy it there, I’m excited, my little smart car will get me mobile again and I can discover what’s great about New Mexico besides the sunset.

 

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HELLO NEW MEXICO

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Not everything planned goes as planned.  I knew this from the start so am not surprised that I have no hot water and the fridge isn’t working on electric power. It is working on propane now so doesn’t matter much except I’m paying for electric so I’d like not needing to use my propane

I’ll probably have to ask for help.   I’m not real good at asking  for help but I’m sure there is someone here that has the answer for me and probably its something simple that I’m missing, like when I couldn’t get the water hose hooked up with out dripping water or spraying myself, I couldn’t get it screwed on tight. A man walking his dog stopped to see if i needed help and noticed right away that I was missing a rubber  gasket inside the hose and found one for me and fixed it just like that. ‘ along with them.

I need a toad!

All this and more will be resolved soon.

I’m sure.