Thursday, January 24, 2013

1/24/13 - Walking The Dam Over You

First, let's WELCOME our newest, Wonderful Reader.  She doesn't list any information, and that's okay.  I'm just glad you're here.  Welcome Beth!

To shrug off the blues from jonesin for an RV, I packed up the furbabies and we went for a hike to somewhere new….. sort of.

We’ve been to Joe Pool Lake a million times – mostly at Cedar Hill State Park, but I had recently heard about a possible swim hole for Bentley at the base of the dam.  That boy LOVES to swim!  Plus, I needed a good, soothing view of water.  Being near water is always nirvana for me.  Since there’s no ocean nearby, we headed to the dam.

In my haste, I took off without camera or phone, so you don't get to see how happy he was frolicking in the water in the middle of winter.  Nonni wouldn't have any part of it.  My poor Ben – He can’t decide whether he’s a goat, a bird or a fish, but he’s quite certain he’s not a dog.  Bwah!

My goal is to work up the stamina to jog across the dam before it starts getting too hot in late spring or early summer.  The trouble will be getting back across.


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

1/23/13 - Looking for Mr. Right

Okay, I’m talking about RVs….. What were you thinking?  ;)

You might recall that I came to realize Dolly was too large for me – primarily due to the places I want to see and the things I want to do.  The small class Cs, and possibly B+ models, are the way for me to go.  You can read my One Year Anniversary post to see examples I previously researched and shared.

Well, this past weekend, and I’m almost too embarrassed to admit this….. I succumbed to temptation and spent WAY, WAAAY too much time on the internet looking and dreaming.  The result?  If I had the money in hand, right this very minute, I would be negotiating the purchase of that beauty in the photo above (all pics in this post are from Craig's List-DFW).  It is perfect!

It is a 24’ Class C, 2008 Winnebago Access, with only 16K miles.  It’s 2’ longer than my preferred max, but I could work around that.  What a dream machine!

In the pics below I have put the features I like best in ALL CAPS.  Each one are on my wish list!  These are aesthetic pictures, but don’t worry – the mechanics (engine, generator, a/c, tires, etc.) are presumably sound.  For me, that has to be a given or I don’t even spend time looking at the interior.


Just look at the LARGE, EXTENDED MIRRORS!  And look at the first photo above again – it comes with an AWNING!

SEPARATE BED, REFRIGERATOR *&* FREEZER, ENCLOSED BATHROOM, MICROWAVE, STOVE TOP, and an OVEN (optional for me, but hard to come by in this size)!!

TWO SINKS, a DINETTE (possibly to be replaced later), and look at all the WINDOWS! Plus NO CARPET!  **WOW, Oh, Wow!**

A RECLINER!! There is plenty of STORAGE for Kitchen Dishes (above dual sink), a Food Pantry (above Dinette), and Reading/Writing Materials and Electronics (above recliner). It has an OPEN floor plan (no wall in the middle of the room).  Woohoo!


KITTY CENTER:  I could store the bedding pads at my nephew’s, and the loft becomes Miss Hope Heaven!  She would even have her very own windows (note 1st and 2nd pictures - over the cab).  We’d all be in heaven!
And don’t worry about Nonni and Bentley.  I’ve given it a lot of thought.  They will most likely be (probably, maybe?) at least 12 and 8 when I get an RV.  Already, for the most part,  the extent of their indoor activity is to lay on their beds between outings, or play with their toys on their beds – when they’re not eating that is.  LOL.  We take 3-4 walks/day, 2 of them are at least 2 miles, and during the week they also go to the off-leash dog park at least once or twice.  Then on weekends we take at least 2 extended hikes, and I spend as much time outdoors as is humanly possible - always.  None of that will change when I get an RV.  They will love it, small space and all.  Trust me.

There is also STORAGE above the bed for personals and clothing, AND there is a hanging CLOSET to the right – just out of this picture (between the private bathroom and dual refrigerator/freezer).  :-)

I have a checklist of all the things I want in an RV.  The score for this RV on layout and interior amenities?  95%!  (My checklist for the mechanics of my future RV includes brands, power usage/requirements, etc. – but of course, I did not consider any of that while browsing and dreaming.)  So, I’ll say it again, WOW!  HEAVEN!

Saddest thing to me is that, once again, purchasing this would end up costing me less than what I’m spending monthly now.  Some day folks….  Some day.

I’m feverishly working on saving my down payment, and as of late, my new target date is June 2014.

Why so long you ask?  Well, wonderful readers, let me tell you (grin).  It may take me that long (or longer) to save up a down payment for something like this, AND I was able to negotiate a rent reduction on my lease renewal.  That means I have to stay in the Hood for now (groan), but every little bit helps, right?  Besides, my lease renewal doesn’t begin until April – maybe a miracle will occur before the lease rolls over.  Hey, stranger things have happened and a girl can hope.  Right?

In the meantime, I’ll have to get my fix by visiting pictures like these, and by taking comfort in the fact that at least on this day; the perfect RV was waiting for me.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

1/22/13 - Going to the Movies

1/13/13 – Parental Guidance

My sister and I have gone to the movies a lot lately.  The last movie we saw was “Parental Guidance” with the Divine Bette Midler and the ever hilarious Billy Crystal.  I thought it was great!

We went to the wrong theater so we were almost late.  In our defense, the theaters are right across the street from each other and our coupons merely said UA.  Note to self: UA = Regal Cinema, not Cinemark.

The conversation with the teenage clerk at Cinemark went something like this:
Self – “We need two tickets for the movie with the parents in it (we couldn’t remember the name).
Teen Clerk – silence
Self – “The one where they are watching the kids while the parents are out of town.”
Teen Clerk – “The scary one?”
I’m sure he felt redeemed when he was finally able to determine that we were at the wrong theater.  Score one for the pimpled teen as the blonde-headed sisters who dye their hair dark, headed across the street.

12/22/12 – The Guilt Trip

The picture above is from our trip to see this movie.  We went to the matinee and yep, we were the only ones there – opening weekend.  Sis is waiving her hands so she doesn’t get lost in the vacuum.  Can you see her?

It was a good movie, not great, but one of my co-workers saw it with her daughter and they both disagree with me. They thought it was the best ever.  Seriously?  How on earth do movie critics ever survive the disputes?  Oh, the drama!  :)

And yes, I realize there are many good movies at the theaters right now.  Here’s why we passed on the rest.

  • “Lincoln” – my sister is a teacher.  She wasn’t in the mood for a historical piece.
  • “Les Mis” – I don’t like to pay for someone to make me cry my eyes out.  I had enough of that in 2012.
  • “The Hobbitt” – Nah, no particular reason, just Nah.
  • “Zero Dark Thirty” – too dark..... same thing with “Gangster Squad” and “Last Stand”.  I like such movies, just not these days, apparently.
  • “Broken City” – I wanted to see this, but sister dear had already watched it with her boyfriend.  Traitor.  LOL.

What movies have you seen lately?  Do you have a favorite?

Sunday, January 20, 2013

1/20/13 - Book Giveaway, "Mountains to Climb"


Update:  Beth Moore of Maine is the 5th winner.  Congratulations Beth!  She and her husband recently purchased a RoadTrek and are about to hit the road.  She’ll eventually have a blog about her own adventures so stay tuned!  Hmmmm, I wonder who will be lucky winner #6.  We shall see.


You may recall the post where I won a wonderful book that Kim gave away on her blog.
(click here for my post announcing the win)
(click here for Kim’s contest announcement)

Well, now it’s your turn!  The first one to email me with the following information wins:
  • Why you want the book
  • A promise that you will pass it on
This book is amazing!  The author through-hiked the Appalachian Trail.  She didn't do it as planned, and there were many, many challenges along the way, but she accomplished her goal.  I highly recommend this read - even if you don't win the contest.

If you win, but don’t have a blog to post the next give away on, you can enter to win any way.  Simply let me know when you’ve finished reading it, and I’ll post the giveaway for you.

The book now comes with a booklet that has messages from past winners.  It has been great fun to be a part of passing on this inspiring journey.

Good luck wonderful readers!  Happy Reading!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

1/17/13 - Snow, Again?!?

I couldn’t sleep Tuesday; no particular reason, just couldn’t.  Which in turn also made the furbabies restless.  Which in turn meant that I took them outside for one last potty break around 1:00 a.m.  So, when I put my coat on just a few hours later at 6:00 a.m. to take them for our morning walk, which is our routine prior to me leaving for work, I was shocked to see snow!  Where did that come from?

The picture above is of my neighbor’s, Roberta and Suzy, scraping their windows.  You can see I have Betsy half done, but stopped to take the pic.  Maybe next time I can’t sleep I should check the weather.  Duh, ya think Deb?  LOL.

This next picture is what we saw when we first stepped out of the apartment.  You should have seen Nonni throw on the breaks when she touched that foreign substance!  Bentley wanted to roll in it.  Sorry no pics of all that.  I had to get to work.

We may go several years without seeing snow in this part of Texas, and yet we’ve had snow this season twice in 3 weeks.

It also snowed Christmas Day.  We had a White Christmas!  Here are pictures from that day - very similar to the ones above.

I wonder what the record is for most snow days in one winter season for DFW….. hmmm….. inquiring mind(s) want to know.  Wouldn’t it be something if we set the record this year?

I would share more Christmas pictures with you but I don't have any.  I was home with the flu!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

12/1 & 12/2 - Happy Trails, Old & New

Journal – 12/1/12

In my sole post for December, I shared that during the last week of Thanksgiving we were preparing our booth at Knick Knacks Antique Mall for an Open House.  Sis and I didn’t have a lot of sales, but working the Open House was a LOT of fun.

I have to admit..... it was so hard not to shop as I walked around and helped customers find things.  You'd be proud of me..... I even passed on these bird plates!  Birds are 'kinda' my thing and 3 of these are my favorite!  I rationalized the entire time that they could be my 4 plates in the RV one day, but alas, I prevailed and said goodbye to them at the end of the night.  It was hard to do.  The seller was only asking $4.00 for each, including holders (which I would resell), AND they were Lennox!

I did buy this display hutch though, and while it won't fit in my future RV, there really is a method to my madness.  I have a game plan that fits in the grand scheme of things, but you'll just have to wait and see (tee hee).

I took the dogs with me which meant that I had to get creative about their breaks.  It was fun.  It gave me a chance to pretend we were boondocking (RV Camping for free with no hook-ups) and I had to find places to walk them.

We were in Duncanville, and even though I lived there off and on while growing up, that was 35 +/- years ago!  I’ve slept a few times since then, so… Modern technology to the rescue.  I summonsed Siri on my iPhone.
Siri – “What can I help you with?”
Me – “Nearest Dog Park"
Siri – “There are 5 parks nearby that allow dogs.  Please choose one.”
I love modern technology!  There was a park on the list that I had completely forgotten!   I used to frequent it as a kid.  My favorite thing to do back then was run the creek bed and make a game out of hiding from the other people in the park.  It was a great day if I made it from one end to the other without anyone having seen me.  Forget that I was soaking wet and muddy from head to toe - I was invisible!

Needless to say, probably not a safe thing to do in this modern age, but it was fun seeing the old stomping grounds.  It had changed, but it was a blast from the past for me, and well, just a blast for the furbabies.  We thoroughly enjoyed our visit, and no, we did not forage the creek bed.  LOL.

Doesn’t this picture remind you of one from a previous post (click here)?

You can see why we enjoyed it so, right?

Journal – 12/2/12

The next morning all 3 of us needed an extended hike so we headed to River Legacy Park.  It was a great start to a great month.

Turtle Soup

In closing, here’s a picture game for you.  How many turtles do you see?  Hint: There are 5 in the pull-out I provided for you, and there are at least 5 more in the big pic.  Have fun!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

1/13/2013 - Happy New Year

We hope you had a Merry KISSmas!

And a Happy Meow Year! 

2013 seems to be about change; not just for me, but for everyone I talk to!

There is definitely a transformation taking place.  The world didn’t end on December 22; the day many predicted annihilation would occur (based on the finite Mayan calendar). Duh!  If there was symbolism or prediction to be found in the termination of the Mayan calendar, perhaps the take on it could be that the Mayans were predicting a New Beginning instead of an end – transformation, changes, rebirth.

Just for fun, on December 22, I chose to attend a drumming session – something I had never done before. In fact, until that day, I had not even touched a drum.  I will share more about my drumming experience in an upcoming post, but I learned that day that there is a movement called Birth 2012.  On their website the founders ask two questions:

What are you giving birth to?
What is your “gift to the Shift”?

I ask you my wonderful readers: Can you feel it?  Do you have changes occurring in your life?

I have spent a lot of time this last month or so preparing for the New Year, not just NYE the holiday, but 2013 in its entirety.  I have made a LOT of changes. I am happy to report that I am elated and feel better than I have in years.

I missed blogland immensely, especially my interaction with my wonderful readers and staying up on the blogs I normally follow, but I had to take some time off to get some things in order.  I missed ALL of you, but I particularly want to thank those of you who stayed in touch, and those of you who are back with me now reading this.  If I could reach through the internet and give each one of you a personal hug, believe me, I would.  HugZ!

In an effort to streamline and to maximize time management, I have decided to make this blog a journal, at least for now – no rhyme or reason, no specific focus, just my random thoughts and events, if and when they occur........ events that is, not thoughts.  Bwah!  :)  This will make it easier on me, free up some time for the things I have going on, AND allow me to stay in touch with blogland – which is a good thing since I've had withdrawals!  LOL.  Since I have some catch-up to do, I will journal retroactively for the time being, until I get to real time.

I hope you're still here with me on my journey.  2013 is going to be freaking awesome!!!