Caballo New Mexico is the Best Place to Live

It must be.

We always miss the worst the weather offers.

It’s going to be a sunny 68 tomorrow

everywhere else looks mighty chilly or damn cold.

even snow.

I sat painting in my studio much of the day with my little heater on and the hot lights but didn’t paint anything much, just fun using craft paints on canvas paper, I’m still getting warmed up to use my good paints. Lately I use craft paints for the first layer and go to my fabulous fluid paints to finish, today I painted some cactus plants against a New Mexico sky. No photo yet of it but here is my work blending colors. I like it, it’s kinda cool on 16 x 20 and I painted another thing on the back! I’m painting on both sides, you’ll surely like at least one side and when you get tired you just turn it over! It’s a twofer! Anyway.

I just finished reading a biography of O’Keeffe, what an interesting life she led and lived for over 90 years. I want to go to Santa Fe soon, I believe there is a museum with her work there. I’m remembering the first time I went to Santa Fe. I went with the idea of studying Chinese Medicine, it was cold, there was snow. I had just left Panama so the stark change in the weather was such that I stayed just two days and left crying. I could not do it. I may wait til Spring to go, now that I remember it is colder there than here.Yeah, I’ll wait.

My road trip with Charley has been postponed til Spring. I realized that 4 days traveling to VA in my little car and another 4 days getting back home was not a fun way to spend 8 days. Then I heard about the frigid weather happening along my route and am glad I changed my mind. We’ll go in the Spring in my RV and hopefully I will be able to tow my car and take my time to enjoy the ride.

I’m reading 1000 Best Dog Training Secrets. I’m wondering if Charley is too old to learn new tricks, or even basic skills, he does know ‘sit’. I don’t know how old he is. He’s not a young pup, he never learned to play, not interested in balls….no interest in fetch, when we go to the dog park I tell him, find the ball find the ball where’s the ball and nothing. Exasperating. I’d play with him, but how to teach a dog to play?

Lots of commands to learn and teach, I think he’s teachable, I hope I have the patience to teach (and learn).

Silver City, Gila National Park & Emory Pass, Rock City

Becca and I went to Silver city, we had to see what this artists conclave was all about. Said to be the most diverse art collective in New Mexico,( what about Santa Fe? ) Studios, galleries and museums number over 50 in some out of town areas, but down town is replete with shops and galleries, we saw but a few then had lunch in a pub for a local brew. We plan to come back to see more, they offer workshops, weaving would be fun to learn! But it is a bit far from home.

We wanted to stop in Rock City before going home, glad we did, what a incredible site of huge volcanic rock . You can camp in this area but we only saw a couple people, there is a nice visitors information building with bathrooms and an informational video.

Then I took a wrong turn.

We ended up in Gila National forest NM 152 which lead to Emory pass. A road of continuous twists and hairpin curves and no guardrails. What a great ride! So glad I was driving my smart car, anything bigger would have been scary. Too bad these photos don’t show how deep was the valley, the peak is 8149 elevation, I read that it is a favorite ride for motorcyclists but even they follow the suggested 10-15 mile speed recommended and enjoy the scenery. I’m glad I filled my tank before heading out, that would have been a big mistake as the ride is long, I was beginning to wonder when it would end, and then it did.

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

WILD WEST WIND

WIND! hazardous air quality due to the gusts of wind up to 60mph here in Caballo NM

So glad I am not traveling, well I wouldn’t go anywhere in this, can you imagine what it would feel like in my little car being tossed around, no way I would be foolish enough to drive into this with either my RV or car, rest assured.

I wish I knew how to let you hear the wind chimes as the wind rocks the RV, I recorded it on my phone but I don’t know how to add it here.

And now it’s raining,

I feel snug as a bug in here with the elements raging around me and GiGi keeping me safe.

Maybe I’ll make some popcorn to have with my wine tonight.

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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Close Encounters at EBay

It looks very nice inside but the information on it is very scant.  Does it need new tires?  Does it even run?  Questions to consider before hitting the bid button.
‘reserve not made’
It’s my only hope
Please someone bid higher than $9,200 I need to be outbid  before 11 hours when the bidding is over.
What was I thinking?
Was it the wine
31 feet,
I’ll be  on pins and needles until bidding is over in 11 hours.
I suppose if I  back out of this situation  ( or even be able to back up this rig, ) they won’t let me bid anymore,
E bay will be mad  the owner will be mad and I’m mad at myself.
I’d never bid or even  been on the E bay site  before my MacBook Pro died  and I needed a computer  I bought my MacBook refurbished on E-bay I didn’t know that the back light on the keys made such a difference and sent it back for a new MacBook Air, it’s fine but has a cheap cord. que pasa con Apple??
I saw where another woman, older than I, who bought her rig on E bay site unseen and is very happy with her choice.  Don’t know what her family thought about that, I’m pretty  sure what mine would think, I hope I never have to tell my kids about this,  I don’t think they read here.so I may get away with this  situation. .It would reinforce their concerns about my ability to manage living alone and driving  a RV.
I have a surprise for them,  I may not be alone.  Now  it would be nice if  it was a big strong man traveling with me to do all the tough stuff but no, she is a strong woman with whom I may be sharing the tough stuff.  She is my adventure seeking sister in-law who loves  nature, is up to take a  road less traveled,  is strong and is in the same financial situation I’m in.  Not a good place to be in at our age, life happens and here we are in a difficult pocket of time. ( not sure what that means but I like how it sounds.)
Finding a situation where there are 2 comfortable sleeping areas is a concern.  Two woman traveling together, living together need some separation and privacy but these RV’s are not made for 2 people who are not sleeping  in  the same bed.

OMG my bid has been removed and I am no longer responsible for this 31 foot  home.  Help has arrived! I thank the dealer who forgave me, he even thanked me for letting him know there was a problem.  The problem being me. I told a lie I must admit, I accused my batty Mother of making this ridiculous order, I have to watch her every moment!

It Took me 6 Months to Get Moving

It took me almost 6 months but it has finally happened, I’m on the road in my 22 foot RV.

I have everything I own in this small space, between gifting, selling, and a few items with my sister this is all I have left, probably more than I need. I’m super downsized! It helps that I don’t get attached to stuff.  Now I have think about what comes next.

So far I only have planned to go to VA to visit family. While there I want to correct, clean, paint and fix everything that doesn’t function as it should before I leave again for unknown places,

I’d love to stay on the west coast where there are so many public lands that allow boondoggling.
I’m in Arkansas staying in Ron Coleman’s Mine and I ‘m going to dig for crystals and maybe take a zip ride over the mine in the morning.to get here it   took a whole tank of gas to get here but I put my trust in google maps to get me here, ( though I think I saw the same place several times!) I hoped it would be worth the gas money.

I’ve only traveled 284 miles of the 1300 miles to Fredericksburg VA,

I think I fried my inverter,  it shouted a fierce screeching noise.

What to do?

Black tank!Ugly Thoughts

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Last week I took my RV to RV Specialists in Plano TX to  finally find out why the dark water tank lever wouldn’t open to be emptied.

It took 4 hours at 145.00/hr at a RV center in Plano TX to fix.  $750.00

On the  one hand I was real worried that it would be found un-fixable and then what would I do. on the other hand I had no choice but to fix it cost what it may.

A few days later I stopped at the same RV specialists to ask how to light my refrigerator because I had not been able to get it working.

The “boss” stormed out of his office and said I could have 10 minutes with a specialist.

I admit, I had ugly thoughts about this man, my RV was not welcome because it was a humble RV, nothing like those on the lot and he didn’t want to be bothered by me or my RV.

The tech was great and solved my dilemma. It was a simple thing as I suspected but propane scares me and I wanted to be sure I did it right.

My Lucky Happenstance

IMG_0016I believe I have been lucky in my choice of where to live for a time. It’s clean, nice friendly people live here and the owner is a woman to admire.

Everyday at 4:30 campers that live here meet in CJ’s home to get together and chat for a couple hours, bring what ever you like to drink and the owner provides snacks.
When it was discovered that I am an (unlicensed) acupuncturist, no body cared about  my license and I could start a business right here on a trade for services system. Mostly older people live here, (but younger than me?) they are are long time residents with multiple medical concerns. This should be fun! Now if I can get what I need in needles I’ll be all set.

Today I was fortunate to get a lift into Truth or Consequences with an interesting neighbor to see where the town is and what there is there, I see a laundry, a general store,post office, gas stations, where to get propane and a guess what….a Walmart.  I can have amazon delivered right to my rv site!

I learned a lot today.

There is a sense of community here.