I was surprised and honored to be nominated by Andrea at 40 Foot House for the Blue Sky Challenge Tag Award, one of blogdom's self-created awards that's actually fun for participants. Andrea and her hubby sold everything and hit the road in a 40-foot 5th wheel with their dog Elvis. Check out Andrea's Blue Sky… Continue reading Blue Sky Challenge: Tag, I’m It
Ever since our last kiddo left the nest three years ago, Brian and I have lived a pretty chill existence. Six days a week, he runs his gunsmithing shop, a one-man operation that's been our bread and butter for the last several years. Most days he has a lot of time to himself in between… Continue reading It’s Hard to Hide in 320 Square Feet
One of my Facebook friends has this single line as her bio on that platform: Expect wonderful things to happen. If I visit her profile it's one of the first things I see. Maybe she put it there as a reminder to herself. Maybe it's there for worrywarts like me. Whatever the reason, it always… Continue reading Nomadic Status 0.9.1: Expect Wonderful Things to Happen
It's hard not to hover over our kids and grandkids, but when they are less free they are also less creative, less physically healthy, more cautious and apparently no less likely to die or be maimed or abducted by strangers. Now I find out. Now – after decades of trying my best to keep the… Continue reading What if instead of teaching our kids to fear the worst we let them learn how to handle it?
When life's obstacles seem too large or unsolvable, it's almost always the case that I've forgotten the value in chipping away at them…in doing what I can do, even if it's indirect or small in scope. Today I came to my senses long enough to recognize a way to begin pushing through – one that embraces the challenges instead of fighting them.
"I feel like I'm the only one doing anything for the RV," Brian complained. "Well…you are" I replied before I'd thought more deeply about it. "Almost all the money has come from you because I'm not making much of anything right now. You've done all of the repairs and maintenance so far because you know… Continue reading Domestic Disturbance
We spent this past week in our RV, at a campground in Little Tallapoosa Park in Carrollton, Georgia. It's only about 40 minutes from our house and 30-35 from Brian's shop, so we got more of a taste of real life than a vacation. This is the first trip we've taken, and the first time… Continue reading Glamping Week! Or, Trading Theory For Reality
We're getting closer to putting our house on the market. Of course this presents challenges. It's only easy on TV, where they edit the bejesus out of months of footage, have "low" budgets larger than the cost of my first home, and multiple buyers whose lowest offers are above full price. As much as I… Continue reading Home For Sale. It’s Much Too Large.
Brian and I have had a keen interest in boondocking since…well, actually, I don't know exactly when. Unlike that "What??? You've been obsessively dreaming about living full time in an RV too?!?!" moment we experienced, we had no startling revelation around boondocking. Could be that the more we learned about living in an RV, the… Continue reading Out in the boondocks
When I left California for Georgia with two small kids in tow, I imagined the change would enable me to build a life filled with love, family and financial stability. That this was the polar opposite of reality at the time didn't dampen my expectations a bit. While people who become actual adults have learned… Continue reading Imperfect Little Packages