Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Just in case you weren't aware, there is a way to increase the size of the print on your screen. If you hold down the Control key and press the +, every time you press + the screen size will increase. Press Control and - , and the screen size will decrease. I've used that tip a few times, especially late at night when I'm tired and my eyes need the larger type.
Happy reading, and have a nice evening, everyone! : )
Monday, August 30, 2010
Quick post tonight. My Craig's List sales started with a bang, but have fizzled out lately. I did sell the dog carrier tonight - the one my dog would NOT sit down in, so that was good.
I just finished adding a few new things, and re-posted the rest.
Remember the little Smoker/Bar-b-que - the Ancient Type 2
Kamado that I showed a photo of earlier? Well... I was going to sell it at a reduced price to a buyer, but before I did, I again offered it to my son who had originally wanted it. And he did decide to buy it. He said he loves "the art of bar-b-queing" and was looking forward to trying a new type of bar-b-que.
He's had it for a week or so, and today I asked him if he had used it yet. He's cooked on it twice, fish and meat, and said it just might be the best meat he's ever cooked. Whew! I would have felt really bad if he didn't like it. But from all the research I did, I thought he'd be happy with it.
Off to bed, I have an early morning tomorrow.
Good night, all.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
And I wanted to thank everyone who has left comments. I appreciate all of you, and the great information you're giving me.
I have a question I've been wondering about. When a reader leaves me a comment, what is the best way to respond? In my blog? In my comment section? In the commenter's blog comment area? By e-mail? Any of the above? Do you always respond, or only when a response seems fitting?
Here's my card - per the suggestion of Ed at Camping World. Can't wait to hand it out. I think this was such a good idea.
I wanted to make sure there was an RV on it, since my blog name and URL don't mention RVing. I had to use a generic RV clip art since I don't know what I'm going to end up buying. If you click on the card, you will see the RV more clearly.
I LOVE having cards to hand out. When I had my own business, I always made myself cards. I guess I could hand these out to anyone I wanted to keep in touch with, not just RVers. Or to friends who want to follow my blog.
Work tomorrow - in our new digs. My company moved over the weekend, the last of our desks and the boxes we packed up at the end were moved for us and put in place. So, tomorrow - a beautiful new office! And it IS beautiful.
Have a good evening, everyone! : )
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Still not me and Katie – This photo is from the Outward Hound Carrier ad.
Perfect! I have an old cracked orange plastic bowl and a small water bottle that I use for Katie when we are in the car on a hot day. UGLY. This is so small and cute, and it has a string to hang it up. So I got it, too.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Fulltimers: Do you just feel like the luckiest people in the world?
I remember when I was younger and living in the San Francisco Bay Area. We would drive to Stockton, Yosemite, Big Basin, or some other place where we traveled through little towns, farm towns, country towns. As we drove by the houses I’d wonder what the people living in them were doing, what their lives were like, what did they DO all day living way out there? I thought they were SO LUCKY to be able to live in such a place.
Later when I moved to Placerville, CA and then up Highway 50 to Camino and then finally Pollock Pines, I found out. They do the same things my family did, but it was a smaller community and friendlier because you knew everyone, or knew of them. There was more freedom there, people were allowed to be who they were, even the ones who were a little different, and they were appreciated for their differences. When a group got together, whether it was at a Chamber of Commerce committee meeting, or in a local bar, you knew everyone - and liked everyone - and it was fun. Working and playing together.
When I lived there I felt very lucky, and wondered if other people driving by through town ever looked at my house and wondered who lived there.
This was my little Pollock Pines house with it’s shingled, covered front porch - right in the middle of my little cedar tree forest. Right on the snow line. I was so excited when I moved there.
I’m thinking it’s the same thing with RVers. I see rigs driving by on the freeway, or parked in a lot or on the street, and I wonder what are they DOING in there??? Where have they been, where are they going? They are so LUCKY!
I’ll bet you all do some of the same things I do, but you’re in a special, small community, and when you get together at Nick’s Gypsy Gatherings or the Escapees Escapades or other Rallys that I am reading about, you've got a community in common, RV stuff to talk about, places you’ve gone or plan to go, issues with repairs to discuss and help each other with, meals you're sharing.
You’re cooking in your kitchens, lounging in your chairs watching TV, sitting at your dinette table with your computers checking e-mail and paying bills. Just like I do now, but I think I’ll like to do those things more in an RV in the desert or in the forest, or in an RV park.
So… I wondered about the small town people and their lifestyles, and I finally got to LIVE THERE and BE a small town person myself, and I loved it, it was my favorite place to live.
Now I’m wondering about the RV people and their lifestyles, especially the lucky fulltimers and I want to LIVE THERE. And there. And there. I want to be part of that community. And I think I will LOVE it, too.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
I love the rear kitchens, and at first I thought the bed-over-cab only layout was great and of course it would reduce the overall length of the rig. Those RVs are so cute and compact, with good kitchen counter space. I like this one with the rear door - I can see myself cooking with the door open and a nice breeze coming through.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
This evening when I finished reading all your new blogs, I started surfing the used RV sales sites again.
What I am planning is a used 24 to 28 foot Class C. That’s probably not going to change. I want something small that’s easy to drive and park, and that gets fairly good mph. I’m hoping to stay in forested areas a lot, and a smaller rig will be easier to find spots for in the trees and will be easier to drive down narrow curved roads. Also, having my house and vehicle in one unit makes me feel I’ll be safer in case I need a quick get-away, so definitely a motor home.
I really don’t want to tow a vehicle. That was the second decision I made. I don’t think I’ll change my mind when I start, and I’m hoping I’ll do okay without one.
I also plan to find a spot I like and stay a while – two weeks minimum unless I don’t like where I am. If I plan well, and maybe stay two or three weeks, then move on, I can shop, empty the tanks, fill up with water, propane, whatever else I need, and then find another location. There’s only one of me, so I’m assuming I’ll use half the water, and my tanks should last twice as long. I’m hoping good planning will allow me to stay put longer. Does that sound like its possible?
be a good alternative to a toad for a single RVer?
It’s the floor plan that I haven’t decided for sure. I keep thinking I want different things in different places. Tomorrow I’ll tell you what I’m thinking about that.
I was going to write about the weather today – it’s been such a weird year so far here in San Diego and across the USA. But it’s cooled down this evening and I got bored with the topic and deleted it. Lucky you!
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
I mentioned yesterday I'd refer you to a great blog that has some really different fonts. At least they were different to me.
I like to collect fonts, and over the years I’ve gotten lots of free fonts on the web. But then I found this fun website, Kevin and Amanda.com, that has very cool fonts that you can download to use on your digital scrapbook pages, for card making, or in your word processing docs and I really LOVE them. My header with Katie in her raincoat above is a digital scrapbook page, and the font that I used for Me and My Dog is from this website. The font’s called Pea C-squared. The fonts are what brought me to this site, but she has lots of other interesting stuff, too.
When I found Amanda’s blog I spent a lot of time just browsing. If you like this kind of thing, you’ll love her website.
Great recipes (lots are scrapbooked like this one for Carrot Cake), decorating ideas, crafty things, really good directions and tutorials, good referrals to other cute sites/blogs and the free fonts (she will make you a font from your own writing – for free).
Very cute couple, very cute dogs, very cute blog.
The blog has gotten much bigger than it was when I first started visiting, and she now has quite a following. You will see what I mean if you read the posts of her recent travels.
This is a link to one of Amanda’s posts - The Beginning of Summer. My Dogs are Possessed. I thought this blog post was soooo funny, the dog photos and her captions. Her dogs have their own blog, too. Miley and Howie are the dogs, and their website is MonsterPaparazzi.com.
That's it for now. I'm going to read all your blogs and the spend some time with forums for Wannabes and Newbies and see what's new. Maybe even do a search for a 22' to 28' Class C and see if there's anything new and wonderful on sale right now.
Have a wonderful evening, everybody.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Last year I discovered "digital scrapbooking." At this point, I have so many papers and "elements" and “kits” filed away in my computer that I've stopped collecting them. Thousands and thousands of choices, all filed appropriately in easy to find folders. "Blue Papers," "Animals," "Ribbons," etc. You can purchase them on-line and immediately download and use them - and there are TONS of FREE things. Most of what I have is free from lots of different digital scrapbooking sites that I've signed up with.
You can use them over and over, re-position things, change your mind, make them bigger, smaller, change the color (in an appropriate program), etc. No mistakes! You can make pages that are very simple or very cluttered. I like to make cluttered pages, but I'm slowly learning that "less is more."
They don't have the texture of a real scrapbook page, and the colors are only as good as your printer (black and white would look good, too) but WOW - no cutting and pasting, no mess to clean up, no storage problems. I think this is a fantastic idea for RVers as far as an inexpensive and space saving craft. I've sold all my Cricut stuff on Craig's List and plan to pretty much do everything digitally. I can always add a real ribbon, bow, sparkle of some kind if I want to.
This is a journaling piece, or tag. If you click on these graphics, you'll see how detailed they are. When you use them, there is no white border around them, they just sit on the page like a real piece that's cut out.
You can even download pre-made pages, and just put your photo in it. You may already know about this stuff, but I was blown away by all the cool things I could get for free and have so much fun using. I have purchased kits from time to time, and they are very inexpensive. You can't use them in anything that you sell unless you purchase a commercial license, but they are fine for your own personal use, blogs, etc.
Sometimes I use Serif Digital Scrapbook Artist and PhotoShop Elements, also. I’m not very good at PhotoShop Elements, but Serif Digital Scrapbook Artist is very easy to use, and there is a free version on this website Daisy Trail. I purchased mine, so I don’t know how the free version works, or if you can get free kits with the free version. They have 21 free “digikits” on the Daisy Trail website that download into the Serif Digital Scrapbook Artist program and also PNG files that can just be downloaded and used like JPGs.
I don’t have any connection to these companies – just a recommendation to something I was amazed to find, to make something I love doing - so much easier and better.
I hope all these graphics don't bog down your computers. I don't usually have more than one or two photos. And if you're not into crafting, sorry - today and tomorrow will bore you. But maybe you have a friend who might be interested?
Check back tomorrow and I'll tell you where I found some fantastic fonts including the one in my header - you're going to love that website!
WELCOME to my new Followers - I'm so glad you are following along with me. I'll try to post something interesting each day or so, and hopefully my topics will become more and more RV slanted as time goes on.
Have a good evening, everyone!
Sunday, August 22, 2010
I'm watching 60 Minutes as I type and glancing out my patio slider at the beautiful sunset and full rising moon.
It's a beautiful evening, 82 degrees, 6 mph wind, humidity 37. Even though I love storms, this is pretty darn nice!
Saturday, August 21, 2010
She was so cute, it was hard not to laugh. : )
I don't know if my kids would be comfortable having their children's photos in a blog, but I thought this one was safe.
WELCOME to all my new followers, and thank you for choosing to read my daily posts. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy yours!
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
I got my dog, Katie, from a local humane society here in San Diego. She was given up by a military family that had been transferred and couldn't take her with them. She came with dresses, tee-shirts, toys, and a book about Chahuahuas. She was obviously loved and well care for - I was lucky to get a dog that had been treated well and had some training. The best thing is she comes when she's called - sometimes with a bribe of a treat, but she always comes.
She's been great dog and a wonderful companion for me. My grandkids all love her and she is good with them. As I said in a previous posting, she is a barker if someone comes near the condo, but that's not always bad since I live alone.
Petco and the only one available that fit her at the time was the trench coat she has on in the photo. The funny thing is, I only have one raincoat, and it looks just like Katie's. Except mine has a hood. Can you imagine walking down the street dressed like your dog? I have had a few comments, but they've been friendly.
So, if you're ever out for a walk and see a woman walking her dog, both dressed in trench coats, THAT US!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
So, today I took my camera to work to show you where I eat lunch every day.
Right now I'm listening to Eat, Pray, Love. The author is the storyteller, and she has a wonderful voice. I tried to read the book and couldn't get through it, and when I saw the audio book, I thought I'd give it another try. The audio book also has some slow spots, but I'm going to finish it this time.
I download the books from my local library. They are free, and they have a ton of them. You can download 10 at a time, all you need is a library card. I think all the public libraries have this option. So, in addition to my Kindle which I read, I have lots of books on my MP3. I read all the time, and I can't remember the last time I paid for a book.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
I'm hooked on a computer game called Fishdom, kind of a dumb, simple game, but I love the graphics and sounds. It's a pretty easy game, but I lose just enough to make it interesting.
I'm also recently hooked on Jelly Beans.
Nothing else going on, so I guess it's back to watching TV and playing Fishdom.
After I read all your blogs: )
I hope it's been a good day for everyone.
Monday, August 16, 2010
I ended up selling the Kamado smoker/bar-b-que to my son, Tom. I charged him what I would have offered a potential buyer who was low-balling me, and I was going to offer to split the difference with him. Then I thought, I'd rather sell it to my son for that price, and Tom decided he wanted it. I'm glad we kept it in the family, and Tom is a fabulous bar-b-que'r. Hopefully I'll get to taste how good it works. I'll let you know...
Don't think I'm cheap for SELLING it to my son instead of GIVING it to him.
The whole idea of selling everything I can is to:
1. Make money to pay off debt, and
2. Get rid of everything.
I've already given my kids anything from the past that was of value, everything else will be sold until the end, then it will be a free - for - all or give to AmVets, who will pick up unwanted things.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
There wasn't much going on today for me. I spent the morning cleaning a Smoker/BBQ for sale, and clearing off a baker's rack that a woman was coming today to see. Also gave a good polishing to an antique platform rocker so it'd look nicer.
The barbeque is a Kamado that came with my condo. I hadn't heard of them, but they have an interesting history that goes way back. I did some research to try to price it, and had a heck of a time finding one like mine, so I guessed. In fact, I couldn't find one similar anywhere on the web. There are new ones for sale, big ones mostly that look like pieces of art, covered in tile. But I couldn't find a single used one anywhere.
There's a small cookbook from 1976 that was inside my Kamado, and it has information and recipes. It shows the three sizes of the "New Models" and the five sizes of the "Ancient Type." Mine is an Ancient Type #2.
Here's a photo - anyone out there know anything about these? If so, can you put a value on it?
I was very excited to receive two e-mails from people wanting this. Unfortunately they wanted to pay with Cashier's Checks. What's with these people? Their scam must work often enough for them to keep at it.
But I did sell three things today, so I'm rolling along...
I haven't done any searching for RVs for awhile. I'm almost afraid I'll find one I want, and I'm not ready to buy yet. In about five more months I can start seriously looking with the intention of buying something if the right one comes along. But for now, I can still look, so that what I'm going to do right now. : )
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Yesterday I said I'd show you another craft item I've been making. It's a basket, and you need a sewing machine (I guess you could do this by hand, but I wouldn't want to). The materials needed are fabric strips, glue stick and clothes line. You have to get the right kind of clothesline, though, or it won't work. A sewing machine needle has to go easily through it.
Check out this link How to Sew a Fabric Bowl, this is a photo of a bowl from this website. Isn't it beautiful?
I've made this one with the handles that is shown in the book. Mine was all one color, though. You'll be surprised how easy these are.
You can make them all one color, or with different layers of colors, and the funny thing is, even though you do the same thing with the same fabric wrapped cord, when you are done sewing the basket, each one is different.
I bought this book, It's A Wrap, and followed the directions and suggestions, they seemed the easiest and worked best for me. I got it on amazon.com.
Well, I'm not intending this blog to be about crafting - but I like to pass on things I've learned and enjoyed, and I'm hoping I can continue to do this kind of thing when I'm fulltiming.
Question: Is full timing - fulltiming one word or two?
Friday, August 13, 2010
http://www.makeit-loveit.com is the website. She has tutorials that show exactly how she makes the items, this one is just styrofoam balls, hemp, hot glue gun. Wrap the hemp with hot glue to hold around the ball (she shows how to hide the ends), take them outside and spray any color from a paint spray can. Couldn't be easier! Arrange in a wire basket.
Here's what I made - I need to make more balls, my basket is kind of empty, but you get the idea. Pretty cute, huh? : )
I'll show you tomorrow another REALLY nice gift I've been making - people have actually asked me to make one for them, too. It's really easy also, and very inexpensive!
I have an office/craft room full of machines, gadgets, all the stuff needed to make about any craft item. I'm planning to keep some to bring with me, and this one tonight and the one I'll show you tomorrow are perfect things to make in a small area, inexpensive, easy, very nice, and the materials are lightweight and easy to store in an RV.
These are the kinds of things I'm looking for in crafts to do when I'm on the road. I figure making things will keep me busy, supply me with gifts when needed, and could even be a money maker if I wanted to spend enough time on them. I'm selling anything that's too big or needs too much room, or isn't practical for RV living.
I'd guess there are a lot of creative people out there RVing - especially the full timers. Like Linda's jewelry and Janna's quilting, and so many photographers. Anyone else?
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Easy Sew. My first sale... hopefully the first of many. I bought this a while ago and never used it, isn't it cute? It's really small - I hope it works for her.
I listed more stuff tonight. And that's all I'll say about the listings... for a while, anyway, unless something really exciting happens. I doubt anyone but me is interested in a detail by detail description : )
Welcome to Wild Blue Yonder, my FIRST FOLLOWER! And thanks for your comments. I really identified with the words in your profile. And thanks to RB as well, it is nice to know someone out there is stopping by.
I think that's one of the many things that draws me to this lifestyle. I'm sure I am very different from some of the people whose blogs I am following. But there's something that I connected with in each one. Men, women, younger, older, single RVers, couples and families, dog and cat lovers, and turtle people. At first I was searching only for full timers who were single women, preferably older like me, but as I clicked on their lists and read some of the blogs they followed, I found these other people very interesting and wanted to follow them, too. I hope that by the time I'm on the road, or at least have my RV and am able to take some short trips, I'll meet some of you and some of them "around the campfire," as Wild Blue Yonder said. Oh, I can't wait!! You full timers remember that feeling, right?
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
I have the last item listed for tonight.
Poor Katie - she's sure not getting much attention this week.
That's all for today...
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
I’m hoping it will be easy and go fast, and I plan to add more items every night. (That’s going to get old...) I’m anxious to see how I will do.
Monday, August 9, 2010
My only worry staying at an RV park while working is keeping Katie in the RV all day. When I first “rescued” her, I had a problem with her barking during the day, she’s very aware of noises outside and always barks. It was suggested I keep her in an inside bathroom during the day. That’s what I did, added a dog bed, with a gate in the door jam, and that worked.
How do fulltimers leave their dogs in their rig without the dog barking when they are left alone?