Living Lightly-2

We have been in our new home since Saturday, today is Wednesday. It has poured every evening since we’ve been here at Ramblers Rest. So no evening swim, hot tub or golf cart rides.

On top of evening rains, hurricane Matthew is knocking on Florida’s door, so we can only hope it doesn’t veer left and come calling on the west coast of FL. That would be a fine welcome to life in an RV. At this point we plan to secure outside items and stay put. But if that huge sucker decides to bobble, we will high-tail it to our kids’ house in Venice.

Things are going quite well, we are adjusting to living lightly. I’ve had a couple challenges with technological issues to tackle, frustrating as hell, but I figured it out and now our devices and printer are all talking again and getting along. Thank goodness, living quarters are too small NOT to get along. Ha.

Had our first lovely dinner Sunday. Crock pot and oven work well. Ate outside on our new Halloween tablecloth and the house warming mums from our oldest son and familyūüíô‚̧ԳŹūüíĖ

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Have even washed 2 small loads of laundry in the washer/dryer unit. Works like its suppose to! That’s always a good thing~

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So all in all, things seem to be moving along nicely. Sure do love living near the river. It’s always a beautiful sight. Hail Mother Earth!!

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Hope you all are enjoying living vicariously through our adventures. I enjoy having you visit. Like I tell my friends…you are always welcome. So visit often. Until next time…

Living Lightly


imageWell, we made it!!  We are now block and mortar homeless, which was the goal at this juncture of our lives. We have made our way to our new home at Ramblers Rest approximately 7 miles from the house we just sold. Living the river life along the Myakka. Should and could be very interesting.

Can’t say we didn’t make it without a hitch or two. ¬†Flat tires happen, and the slide-out on the rv wouldn’t go in. ¬†Makes me far more anxious than it makes Randy ¬†I get hung up on logistics to begin with, then when a wrench is thrown in the mix where one isn’t needed or expected gets me nervous. ¬†I like things to run smoothly. ¬†Ha, when will I ever learn that that is not the way of the world.

So here are pics of moving day yesterday, enjoy (because it’s not you going through this, baha).

Today, may we rest and play.  Dinner is in the crock pot and wash is in our little washer/dryer combo unit.  Time to exhale.

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Needles

 

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Felt the need for needles tonight, in the form of acupuncture. Helps calm my mind of the insistent chatter and helps me to feel balanced. Thought of all weeks, this is the week I definitely needed the needles, with the closing and the move and all.

Love Dr. Karen here in Venice FL. ¬†Great people and a very relaxing atmosphere. ¬†I go to the NADA nights. Check out their website if you want more info. ¬†Here’s their website: www.myvenicechiropractor.com¬†for those in the area.

Getting Real

Well, things are getting real folks.  We are ever so close to beginning of the Living Lightly series. 

Our house has a solid offer (5 days on the market) and closing is set for this coming Friday! ¬†We are realists (well, some days I am, other days, not so much) and we know one must know how to roll with the flow when it comes to real estate. ¬†Can’t get excited until the ink is dry. But if all goes as scheduled, and it WILL, Saturday we will “officially” be RVing it, not hitting the road, but living in a campground style RV park 5 minutes down the road, ok, maybe 7.

So, to say that the air is thick with swirling energy is an understatement, we are trying hard not to get sucked into the eddy. ¬†Seems like every minute of every day for this past week, month, year obstacles of odd proportions have been tossed our way. ¬†As if selling our house, shedding our lives of everything we own (nearly) and moving into a slightly larger than 400 square foot space (a palace, mind you) isn’t enough!? For real?? Let’s just throw in some hurdles that make your heart rate go up and test you coping abilities and see if you can survive what would give most people a panic attack, a heart attack or stroke out. ¬†My shingles areas have been as active as an¬†angry hornets’ nests, luckily no outbreak though, whew. ¬†But what can one do but keep swimming, upstream, barefoot, through 8″ of snow (oh, wrong story, focus Linda).

The setting up of the homestead in the motor home is coming along relatively easy at this point, only if everything else in life were going that smooth. Randy has built a few custom items to make momma happy, cuz you know what they say “if momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy”. That’s a proven fact! ¬†I like to be organized, I look at it as a huge time saver and stress reliever.

I’ve also¬†been adding some things to make it feel like home, I like a few things that comfort my soul and bring me joy, I don’t require much, not really. ¬†Doesn’t take much to make me smile.

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Of course, I had to honor peace in some way in the new digs (above left), but I told myself that I would not go over board with it this time.  So I will inject it tastefully in a few choice spots.

Also added some art work, some favorite trinkets (like those in the picture above right). Then I found the cool shelf that hangs on the outside of the shower for added storage and I can hang necklaces on the bottom hooks.  Adds a nice pop of color and gives an eclectic vibe that I favor in my surroundings.  Click on the image for a closer look.

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In the above picture is my favorite thing!! ¬†Randy built me this awesome bookcase right above the head of our bed (click on the pic to get a better look). Holds my dearest books, a few choice music and poetry cds, my writing journals, and my most precious of poetry books given to me as gifts. I love to surround myself with good reading material, some favorite sounds, smells and pen and paper. ¬†I imagine this to be my hideaway, my creative cave. ¬†Above the sign is storage, two large storage areas. There’s 4 average size (for an RV) closets to hang clothes in, 6 drawers (4 average and 1 small drawer on each side of the bed) and storage underneath the bed.

I have to laugh at the sign above the bed.  Randy made it, and I painted it in chalk paint.  I wonder how many times that sign will get changed in the first couple weeks of adjusting, you know, I just have to verbalize~teehee.

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A few more personal effects.

 

 

 

 

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I’ve added mesh shoe holders that I stapled to the bed frame to keep shoes up off the floors and not taking up closet space. ¬†They are easily hidden by the quilt hanging off the bed. ¬†Clever if I must say so myself.

 

 

 

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Since I work primarily out of my home (wherever that might be now that home has wheels), Randy has built under-shelves, short shelves that hang under the upper cabinets over the sofa and dinette. These I can use for office supplies that I need at my disposal. ¬†Also, I love this collapsible faux leather storage container with a lid. ¬†It’ll double as my file cabinet and also as our coffee table. Booya!

 

 

So we are well on our way to wanting to get this show on the road, pun intended!

When we get done with September, we might, maybe, hopefully (can I get an amen?) we can exhale for a few fine moments. We just want to sit in a lawn chair and stop doing for a minute or ten and just BE. Here’s hoping! ¬†And I hope you’ll join us for a visit, virtually or otherwise.

Keep checking on us…keep coming back to see how it goes; the good, the bad, the ugly…Living Lightly.

 

 

 

 

 

Crazy Mofos For Sure~

Are we crazy???  At times, I really think we are.  But when we talk things over, and pencil things out, it just seems like our unorthodox ways work for us.  And in this particular case, they had better.

We are doing it, yep, shake your head if you’d like, but we are selling our beautiful home and our eclectic 01b22de98b3c542c63114ef031cfc921bdd68901e4array of belongings and moving into our motor home.

This decision did not come lightly, took a lot of research, questions, and some questions with answers, a lot of “i don’t knows” and a wee bit of gypsy on our part. ¬†Randy really appealed to me when he said that it would be a fun way to test our skills. ¬†I have to say that’s true, we pretty much know what we can do with a typical property, so let’s see how we do living in this rather Bohemic way. Well, not totally Bohemic, if you’ve seen our RV in previous posts, you know…

But it’s been a process. ¬†A process of changing the way we look at things, the items we’ve accumulated over the years. ¬†Things that have been near and dear to my heart for the time, the place, the people that are connected to those items. ¬†So things have been gifted to many, sold and donated. ¬†It takes time and the proper state of mind. ¬†I’m kind of an expert packer…this will be my 29th time moving in my 58 years.¬†The catalyst is that both of my husband’s wrists are deteriorating and he needs to take a much needed break from using tools, which means we are through, for the time being, of fixing houses up for ourselves. ¬†Home ownership will not be in our future for perhaps a year or so, longer if we like living lightly. ¬†Living Lightly…I like the sound of that.

We will stay local for the time being, not wanting to leave the Venice area, family and friends, and of course we will continue to work. ¬†Not near enough to retirement age. ¬†Just need to take a time out, won’t help the damage done to Randy’s wrists, but it may prolong the inevitable (they are talking a double fusion).

So stay tuned for what could be the ride of our lives~the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Living Lightly~

Letting Go~

july 4 1976damn the ego

been said
that hindsight is 20/20
but on this situation
i am bug-eyed
360 degree
full-drone vision

i know why the signs
were so obvious
and i clueless

i’ve paid for the consequence
of choosing to remain deaf
pretending i didn’t hear it
feel it, know it

damn the ego and what it
thinks is good for your soul

how could it possibly know?

how could it know the lesson
bestowed on that independence day?

how could it know the impact that
that decision had made?

oh
how the psyche likes to cling
and bring up the very things
you scream to let go of

 

A month after high school graduation (June 1976), I had a whole life ahead of me.  Hoping to get that nursing degree so I could provide a better life for my young son and myself.  Life was going to be grand!

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Graduation 1976

But as we all know, life sometimes has other plans for us, for reasons we may never know.  Choices are made in every moment, and I was not making some of the best, at the time.  Even though my heart was right, my priorities were not.

One such choice was to ride with friends on motorcycles to enjoy a fun-fueled evening at Delhi Park in Dexter, MI.  I made a very conscious choice to override my intuition that told me to spend my day with my son and family.  It was July 4th, 1976, the Bicentennial of our country.

I opted for the motorcycle ride (damn the ego).¬† While traveling outside of Ann Arbor, the driver and I were broadsided by a car and the rest is merely what I’ve been told, since I only have vague memories of the next 3 weeks.

1 week in intensive care, 5 surgeries and 2 months later I left the hospital.  It was horrid, gruesome, torturous, and horribly frightening.  There was internal bleeding, a closed head injury, 10 broken bones and near amputation.  There were many uncertainties for the future.

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Intensive Care

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How I spent 2 months.

How I spent 2 months.

1st day out of bed and traction.

1st day out of bed and traction.

Finally on my way home to my family!!

Finally on my way home to my family!!

The greatest pain of all, was the pain I caused my family, it was so difficult on them, particularly my mother.  I hold no ill feelings towards the driver of the motorcycle, they call them accidents for a reason.  He had a broken leg and a couple surgeries and spent a month in the hospital, he paid his dues.

I’ve carried this around for 40 years, it’s hard to avoid and with age PTSD has raised its ugly head..I’m tired of it all.

So I write this as a release, a way to publicly say that it has ruled my life for too damn long.  I no longer want to live with this memory.  I have learned the lesson and it has changed me deeply, where only trauma can touch.

I am grateful every day for my leg, my great teacher, that we didn’t part and that we have learned over the years to coexist in this human body, albeit difficult at times, but nothing in this life is perfect.¬† I am peaceful with that.¬† It’s our imperfections that make us unique.

I’m letting go!!¬† This is MY independence day!!!

Life is Good

Life is Good

Life and Lunacy~

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Anyone that knows me, knows that I am a highly intuitive empath, and one that has suffered traumas in her life.  I was also born under the sign of cancer, the crab.  Therefore I FEEL, and I feel DEEPLY.  To anyone like me (and I know many) we struggle to find balance in this world gone mad.

This week, month, year, has been exceptionally difficult.¬† On both the world stage and in our personal lives.¬† There has been a lot of loss lately, I need not have to tell anyone that doesn’t live unplugged.¬† Even those that live off the grid can feel the electrifying energy zinging through the air…I’m sure of it.

As a crab, I long to retreat into my shell of safety, hide from the madness.  But even inside the shell, the world echos loudly, I can still smell the stench of sadness, taste the salt tears.  I just long to make it all okay.

I know there are many that share my sentiments.

So let me just say, that if you are in my life, it is not by accident.¬† I am grateful for each and every one of you.¬† The memories, the lessons, the experiences.¬† As difficult as life may be, I’m grateful to know that we have each other.

Peace and Love always…in all ways.

crazy mofos 9~

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I think we are getting darn close to completion, all except for the bathroom, which at this point seems like a minor undertaking, one we’d like to get going on, but the weather has been so fabulous here in SW FL that we’re having too much fun taking it out and playing!!

 

 

I left off showing you the new changes to the bedroom; headboard, ceiling and valances.  We have moved on to the valances in the living area and a few small additional items.

First off, what does one man do with so many damn remotes?

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You marry a woman with sewing skills and creative abilities to surprise you with your own remote holder…he’s a happy man!!

It looks great and keeps them handy for a quick flame in the fireplace, just in case he wants to make a move, or to put on some funk and bust a move.¬† Or how about a fast dose HGTV, or disco lights on the ceiling…yep, he has them all!

 

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Here’s a reminder of some of the faux leather and faux naugahyde we purchased to go with the couch fabric.¬† The lighter color was used to redo the valances around the windows in the living/dining areas.

 

 

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On the upper valance above Randy’s chair, we decided to add a swatch of the couch fabric, just to tie things in within the living area.

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The darker brown naugahyde was used to wrap the backs of the dinette.¬† We figured it would give it a little more pizzazz not to have the lighter color, also adds some texture and wouldn’t show dirt/markings.¬† We have yet to tackle the ugly ass fabric on the cushions of the dinette.¬† I’ll find the perfect fabric in time, looking for shades of brown, leaning towards stripes.¬† You’ll just have to wait to see…

Hope all is fine in everyone’s world. Take a walk, smell the air…breathe deep.

Namaste~

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And we keep on keeping on, changes are a coming, and they are looking good.¬† Our RV is a great cozy nest, I find I don’t want to leave the extra comfy bed or the awesome couch that wraps its arms around me and won’t let go!!

 

 

Last we left off, I was teasing you all with some delicious fabrics we found to work with. This is the items we bought for the bedroom.

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Aren’t they fun?¬† I fell in love in love with them.¬†¬† So this is what we did with the material…

 

 

 

 

This is what we did with the solid gray fabric.

 

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BEFORE-the UGLY headboard

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took the fabric off the upper decor and painted it with chalk board paint so I can change the words. Now it reads “a couple of happy campers”.

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we wrapped the headboard in the gray suede-like fabric and added diamond buttons for aesthetics. I love them.

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AFTER-the finished product, much improved. Pic does it no justi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since I wanted to keep gray as my accent color in the bedroom, we wrapped the valance on the 2 bedroom windows with a solid gray and used the print for something different.¬† Now they are fresh and clean, no more “other people’s fabric”!¬† The shade color will just have to do, not going through the expense of changing them out.¬† They go with the brown ceiling.

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i like the clean lines and the retro look of this fabric

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New bedroom ceiling.

 

Yes, Randy even recovered the bedroom ceiling to match the new ceiling in the living room.

 

 

So that’s it for today folks, hope you enjoy!¬† Next blog I’ll show you what we’ve been doing in the living room with the brown (fake) leather.