RV Living Dreams

I’ve got the bug, the travel bug that is! I am dreaming of the day when I can become a full time RV living woman of the United States.

I’ve been doing my research and my dreams have gotten me here so far, to the Thor Motor Coach RUV Axis. The dream is there, travel the United States and writing from my RV home, able to live and go where I please. Remote work is the dream and an RV home will get me there. I’ve been caught up in the blogs on RV full time living and I am so unbelievably jealous of their lifestyle. Wishing I could be so brave, and hoping some day I will be.

Trying to set this plan in motion is the difficult part, but getting there is half the battle. Once I reach my goal I will have the most wonderful reward of living a life free of any one zip code.

Step 1: Research RV living and see if I’ll really enjoy it. Make sure it is a fit life for my puppies.

Step 2: Finish my degree in writing.

Step 3: Find remote work that can afford me the lifestyle I want.

It’s just three simple steps to get where I want to be, but time will tell if this is my true calling.

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Dog Walking and Art “Class”

This was a Sunday filled with adventure, starting early this morning by taking a nice long walk with my puppies, one of which I was sad to learn is getting too old for these kind of walks, but the other handled it quite well.

 

My dogs enjoyed there adventure so much they napped happily the rest of the day.

After the walk I spent a good amount of time writing and wrote and published two short stories on hubpages: The Windmill and They Danced.I still need work on my short stories and a relaxing Sunday morning was perfect for practicing. I think I am slowly improving, but I’d rather hear what you think – then what I think!

Afternoon brought a whole new set of visitors to the house, as my nieces stopped by to hang out. This in turn led to an impromptu art “class.” I had found some old chalkboard paint and chalk laying around and knew I had to find something to paint with so I went in search of an object. I found it in the form of a broken cinder block, standing up perfectly it might make a nice decoration once painted and written on with chalk. When the girls saw my project, they wanted to make their own so we went in search of more broken cinder block pieces and got lucky! Now the three of us have decorations we can write on with chalk!

All in all I’d say I had a pretty good Sunday…now if I only I could sneak away for a bit and take a nap like my puppies the day would be perfect!

 

Memorial Day Weekend 2017!

Yep, it’s here, Memorial Day weekend! What do you do for your Memorial Day?

Every year (weather permitting) we head outside to the nearby cemetery where the VFW puts on a memorial day ceremony. Near the end of the ceremony – the timing can sometimes be off but they do their best!- an airplane flies overhead dropping the red memorial day flowers to place on the graves of loved ones. We then take a walk around the cemetery remembering those we’ve lost, and ending at my sister’s grave. My sister was not a veteran, but that doesn’t mean she won’t get flowers on memorial day. In fact, it’s one of the only day’s I make a trip to her gravestone. It’s not that I am against visiting her grave, it’s just that I don’t feel that she is still there when I go. I also don’t always bring flowers to her grave, I am not sure why, but I think it has something to do with me not yet coming to terms with memorializing her at her grave yet. Maybe someday, or perhaps it will always be this way where instead of a physical place marking her passing, I feel her inside my heart, and wherever my family is because she is also in their hearts.

On a cheerier note, we also usually spend sometime with the family, and when time permits it…we barbecue for everyone.

There will be no barbecue this weekend. We are expecting rain, – but there will be plenty of time to cook in the kitchen! I plan on creating my own adventurous meals and desserts for the holiday. (Don’t worry, I’ll blog them all on InTheCookhouse)

I’m also planning some Netflix, I know, I know, that may sound lame, but I am really into my current show and I want to get caught up!!

Other than that, there might be some house cleaning squeezed into the mix.

All in all it will be a pretty solid weekend, one I am looking forward to.

Oh by the way, it was day 2, 0 cigarettes. I made it through! Not too shabby if I do say so myself!

 

 

 

It’s still raining…

Day 1: 0 cigarettes

I survived (with a side of crabbiness) all day without smoking a cigarette. Although I wasn’t as kind as I normally am. By the end of the day instead of letting traffic sneak into my lane generously, I kept going and decided it was someone else’s day to be nice and let the turning traffic in, AND, of course… it’s still raining!

Today was not my day, but it’s getting better.




I made a choice today, to take a chance on my future, that will certainly make changes to my life. (Positive changes, I hope)

I’ll be moving soon to an apartment. The decision has been made. Now the action just has to be followed, and it will be soon enough. It’s time, and perhaps even been overdue. While I appreciate all that my family has done for me during these trying times, it is time for me to get back on my feet – and do it on my own. I love my family and will forever be grateful to them, and owe them more than words can express, but it is time for us all to move forward.


Breaking The Habit

I smoke.

There, I said it I admit it. That’s the first step to recovery isn’t it?

Now I just need to quit it.

I’d love to say I’m going to go out and do it right now. Throw out the last of my pack, but…that would likely be a lie. I am going to finish my pack – enjoy the hell out of the last few cigarettes, then quit.

And then the pain comes…

The headaches, the insomnia, hopefully none of these will be too bad as I really haven’t been smoking long this time.

Notice how I said, “this time?” Yeah, that’s right I’ve smoked before, and for a fairly long time. The agony.

Smoking sucks. I’ll be the first to admit it. I hate it.

But…

I also crave it.

The smell stinks, you get judged for it, and by golly no one smokes anymore if you haven’t noticed. People are trying to get healthy.

Why?

Well, I guess we want to live forever or something – I don’t know.

This however is what motivates me to quit:

  1. I won’t stink.
  2. My car won’t stink.
  3. My clothes won’t stink. (ok, you get the picture – smoker’s – well we stink and we usually don’t even know it.)
  4. I won’t be gasping for breathe next time I climb those stairs.
  5. My lungs will get pretty again.
  6. I won’t have to sneak around trying to hide the fact that I am smoking again from 90% of the people around me.
  7. I won’t be spending a fortune on a terrible habit that ultimate leads to death.
  8. I’ll smell nice. (Yes, I know we are back to that, but man is that ever important!)
  9. I don’t want to be a smoker. I want to be a nonsmoker. I want to be part of that club.
  10. One cigarette, leads to another cigarette, leads to another, and pretty soon you are chain smoking. Yuck, who wants that?

I think that’s enough listing.

The point is I am quitting.

I am going to go smoke my very last cigarette as soon as I hit publish and toss the pack out.

It is going to happen.

I promise you.

Hell, I promise ME!

This relationship with nicotine is ending!

I’ll let you know how it goes.

Tomorrow is DAY 1 – 0 cigarettes.

The Buzz…

It was my sister Becky’s birthday the other day.

I celebrated by having a “tea party” in her honor. Basically I pulled out the fancy tea set from Teahavana (it’s all cast iron – gorgeous!) and the loose leaf tea from there, and set a table for tea.

If you don’t already know, my sister passed away in a tragic car accident in 2010. It was an awful time period for my family, and no matter how hard you try there are still days where you can’t forget and just wonder why? They have gotten fewer and further between over the years, but not in the beginning. In the beginning, living was a bit of a nightmare.

Anyway, I like to do something to celebrate her life every year on her birthday. Something that she would have enjoyed. Almost every year since the accident I have gone Geocaching. An activity that she introduced me to, and I have enjoyed ever since. This year, I couldn’t really motivate myself to go out, so instead I made tea.

Becky once threw a tea party for her little girls. Complete with stuffed animal guests and cucumber sandwiches. The girls dressed up and they went out into the woods (this was an outdoor tea party) where they had a wonderful tea party with bunnies!

I figured a tea party in honor of my sister’s birthday would be quite an honor. So we each, my mother, father, and I all had a cup of tea. While the fourth cup sat empty on the counter. Feeling to me like it belonged there. It was her cup of tea. Perhaps she was joining us in heaven.

 

 

Rainy Days Ahead

With a rainy weekend to look forward to, I’m ready to catch up on my Netflix binge watching and let me tell you…I am EXCITED!

I love Netflix for the sheer fact that I am a HUGE movie buff and Netflix gives me unlimited options, there is always something more to watch. I also can barely contain my excitement when one of my favorite TV shows is on there and I get the chance to watch one show after another – binge watching to the ultimate extreme!

My problem right now is I haven’t found a new TV show that I can really “get into” enough to watch the whole season! There’s a good possibility that I will be re-watching a TV series that I know I love already. I haven’t picked out which one, because there are a lot.

I’m a big fan of The Glades, In Plain Sight, Hart of Dixie, Royal Pains, Sherlock, Lie to Me, Good Witch, Bones, The Vampire Diaries, Lost, Witches of East End, Izombie, Reign, Haven, Arrow, Being Human, Merlin, The Magicians, Supernatural, The Walking Dead, Glee, Switched at Birth, The Fosters, Beauty and the Beast, and even Gossip Girl. 

Do you see my dilemma? I’ve watched A LOT of Netflix in the past, and fell in love with some incredible TV shows, however, now I just can’t seem to find anything that really interests me.

However, I have added some new shows to try this weekend, Blue Bloods, Rosewood, The Originals, One Tree Hill, 90210, Once Upon A Time, Sniffer, Grey’s Anatomy, The Shannara Chronicles, Bitten, Hawaii Five-o, Supergirl, NCIS, Scandal, and Revenge. 

It’s going to be tough trying to figure out if I want to start a new series or go back to the old tried and true.

What do you think? Do you have any good Netflix recommendations for me?