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Hot Stuff, White Sands, Amazon Goodies, Turning Back the Sun

What a busy and exciting time the past few days have been! After dealing with the furnace issue yesterday morning, I drove to the town of Hatch, just a few miles up the road, to meet my brother-in-law David for breakfast. He lives in Alaska and is visiting friends in the area, so it was a real treat to meet up with him. David and I  had breakfast at a quaint little place called “Hot Stuff” that offered Mexican curios and food. David and I had a lovely visit then he headed north to Santa Fe to meet his friends. Thank you for breakfast David!

Hatch is renowned for its locally grown chile peppers! I poked around the town a bit and visited a few of the chile markets. At Grajeda Farms I met Sergio and purchased a Listra, a string of chiles. The chiles are strung this way so they will dry naturally and last for a very long time. My mother had one that she used for years, occasionally plucking peppers off and tossing them in a pot of beans!  Listra take the shape of a traditional long rope, circles similar to a wreath, or are sometimes fashioned into crosses. I enjoy seeing all the bright peppers hanging together!

I’m fairly close to the Mexican Border here so there are US Customs Checkpoints scattered around the landscape. I have passed through these checkpoints several times in recent days. There are cameras set up and as you approach, these cameras take photos of your license plate so the agents know all about you before you even get to the stop! At one stop, they asked if I was a US Citizen and then waved me on. At another, they just waved me without any questions. My Dad was a US Customs officer and two of my brothers as well. Thank you for your service!

 

Dexter was waiting for me back at Wild Thing and after packing a snack and water we headed down the road to see the White Sands National Monument. It was about an hour drive from the campground, up and over the mountains with breathtaking scenery. Once over the mountains, a vast expanse of the desert floor made it easy to see why missiles are tested here. We drove by the White Sands Missile Range and Museum but didn’t have time to stop on this trip. I’ll save that for when DH is with me!

The White Sands National Monument is a spectacular sight,. As we approached the area I could see white sand dunes with low vegetation very similar to the dunes I’d seen at Cape Cod, but there was no water in sight, this is the middle of the desert! In the Visitors Center I watched a short film and toured the exhibits before heading out to the dunes. A $5.00 fee bought me the 8-mile drive into the dunes area and the ticket is good for 6 days making it quite a bargain.  As we drove, the vegetation became more and more sparse and the dunes became larger and larger. Before long I felt like I had been transported to the Sahara! Dexter absolutely loved this place. He has always enjoyed the sand at the beach but was not thrilled with water, so this place was absolute heaven for him! He also seemed to just love the feel of the sand under his paws…and on his nose! I too thoroughly enjoyed this tour and hope to return again in the future.

On our drive back to the campground, I stopped in Las Cruces to pick up a package of trailer stuff I ordered from Amazon. My Escape Trailer Friends Charlie and Lucy gave me some great advice when I saw them last week. They recommended an electric heater that they use instead of the furnace when they have access to electric power, as a way to save propane. Charlie also told me about a wireless thermostat that makes regulating this little heater very accurate. I placed an order for these items as well as a new water hose and water filter that my friends and fellow Escape owners Fred and Dora recommended. The hose I’ve been using has been a real struggle to wind up if it’s at all cold, so I’m anxious to try this cloth hose. The water filter will help keep my fresh water holding tank clean. I also ordered a 30 amp power extension cord. I don’t want to get caught short again and have to re-hitch to reach the power source.  I placed the order on Amazon with a shipping address of a local UPS Store. The package arrived in just two days and the UPS store didn’t even charge me for the service. Nice!

Lasko 754200 Ceramic Heater with Adjustable Thermostat

Nashone Wireless Thermostat for Heater

Zero-G 5/8″ Water Hose

Camco TastPure Water Filter

Camco 30 Amp Electric Extension Cord

This morning I tidied the camper and truck, then hitched up and moved to site 17…two sites down from where I was. It was worth it to be able to spend an additional night and enjoy the winter solstice program.  I’m going to stay hitched up tonight since I’m leaving tomorrow. This afternoon I enjoyed the “Turning Back the Sun” program sponsored by this state park. I ate buffalo stew (very yummy and spicy!) and pizza and bread baked in a Horno, a traditional adobe oven of the Pueblo People. I watched a presentation by Dr. Jawor about how animals adapt to the changing seasons and light and the Native Dances of the Pueblo People. I attended a presentation about the petroglyphs and the solstice, enjoyed traditional Navajo storytelling around the campfire, then gazed at the stars through powerful telescopes. It was a rich and rewarding day. I hope you enjoy the pictures and videos.  Tomorrow I will move on…somewhere down the road yet to be decided….

 

Recipe for Friendship, K9 Sport Sack, Dreaming of Sedona

Recipe for a Fun and Lasting Friendship

Mix two parts fun-loving adventurers from New Hampshire, two parts warm-and-wonderful adventurers from San Antonio, one part wacky Wild Thing from Massachuestts.  Toss them gently together and sprinkle liberally with wine!

I was honored today by a visit from two exceptional couples (and fellow Escape Trailer owners)! I met these terrific folks this past May at the Escape Trailer Appreciation Rally in Osoyoos, BC. We became fast friends during the wine tour portion of the rally and have stayed in touch since. I was fortunate to visit Lucy and Charlie on several occasions at their home in New Hampshire. They live just 2 hours from me in MA! I was also lucky to meet up with Dora and Fred again on one of those trips to NH while they were also visiting Lucy and Charlie. Dora and Fred are full-time RV’ers and they hail from San Antonio, TX. Lucy and Charlie just happened to be visiting Dora and Fred in San Antonio this week, and so they all drove to Kerrville to see me and Dexter today! What fun we had. It’s such an amazing thing to meet people who have the same passion for travel and adventure that you do! We all missed you, Steve!

We enjoyed a  spectacular lunch at a local gem called Grape Juice. Our server, Lanette, was a delight! She’s from Ohio and a fellow traveler! Thank you for the excellent service today Lanette, and thank you, Janice, for introducing me to this great restaurant! Everyone loved the brussels sprouts!

I love these people and am so fortunate to have had an opportunity to share a meal with them and to give them the grand tour of Wild Thing. They were all so helpful and supportive of me during the trailer build process, giving me tips on which supplies to bring on the trip, and coaching me on the fine points of handling the rig. Today they provided even more helpful pointers and equipment suggestions. I’ll soon be investing in a new hose, a space heater, and a water filter as soon as I can find a Camping World!   Lucy and Charlie will also be heading for Tucson in a few days and will also be staying at the Catalina State Park over the Christmas Holiday! Jingle Bells!! It will be an Escape Christmas in Tucson! They will then join Dora and Fred for a guided tour down the Baja Peninsula. That trip is on my wishlist, but not feasible for this year! I’ll be following their journey closely though and wish them safe travels Maybe they will catch up with Glen in Baja!

Dexter was happy to see everyone, after his initial barking-fit-intruder-alert-moment. He is my protector and showed it today! After he calmed down, we modeled his new backpack for everyone. I purchased this dog backpack just before I left for this trip and am thrilled with the product. It’s a K9 Sport Sack and allows me to carry him comfortably on my back. I will be taking some hikes that will be too long for his little 2” legs to keep up with, so this will give me a way to carry him in a way that’s comfortable for both of us. I tried carrying him in a cross body bag, and a purse-like bag, but both were too hard on my back. This pack sits high up so he can see over my shoulder and it’s very comfortable.  He won’t be in it for more than an hour or two but it will be a lifesaver when I need it!

After my visit with the Escape gang, I lay down with a book and promptly fell asleep! I realized that I have been on-the-go for several days and a bit of downtime was in order. I ’m feeling refreshed tonight and glad I took a little time to recharge

Dexter and I have taken three good walks today, so we are getting plenty of fresh air, exercise, and sunshine. I saw this lovely creature on the path…is it a butterfly or a moth?

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This evening, I spent a few hours researching places to go after my stay in Las Cruces, NM,  and before Catalina State Park in Tucson. I have 10 days between those two stops and I’m considering a trip to Sedona, AZ. Steve and I loved the area when we visited briefly last fall and I have been itching to get back there.  I found a campground where I can stay 7 nights on the 50% off Passport America rate of $20.00 a night. Not bad at all for the area. I’ll call them tomorrow to see if they have availability.

I’m planning to take a ride to Fredericksburg tomorrow morning and visit the St. Mary’s Cemetery where my parents are buried and depending on how crowded it is, I may poke around the town a bit. Fredericksburg has grown into quite a top-notch tourist destination with shopping, vineyards, and wineries. There were plenty of Holiday shoppers out when I drove through the town on Friday and I’m not too interested in fighting crowds so I’ll play it by ear tomorrow. Maybe I can sneak in early….

Truck Repair, Baking Bread, and Thanksgiving Celebration

This was definitely a diamond day and a busy one! I arrived at the auto shop when they opened at 8 AM to complete the State Inspection now that I had the new tires installed and as anticipated, the truck passed with no further issues. I discussed the problem with the tire pressure sensors and the good mechanics at Exxel Auto Service (a local repair shop and gas station) had the problem resolved within a half hour and charge me only $10.00! What a contrast to my experience yesterday! I was thrilled to have the truck back in full working order and to feel confident with the repair. Thank you Eddie and Bob at Exxcel!

My next stop was my art studio where I picked up the last few supplies, cleaned out the refrigerator, and generally tidied up. Since I will be away for an extended time, I wanted to leave things in order.

I was home by 11 and started working on food for our Thanksgiving Feast. My mother was a bread maker and nothing speaks to my heart of home, holidays, and family like homemade bread. It never fails to amaze me how 7 simple ingredients: water, yeast, salt, sugar, oil, flour and eggs, can be so easily transformed into such a delight.

With the meal well underway, I had time for another task on my list, cleaning the beast! It has been raining, cold, and windy off and on for weeks, but today was sunny and the wind died down enough in the afternoon for me to get the truck washed. Another local business, Fitzy’s Car Wash, was just what I needed to get my big red truck ready for her next journey. With the Wild Thing looking so sparkling clean, I couldn’t leave the road grime on the truck!

I dropped a few more goodies off at the camper today. I found a small stick-on whiteboard that is designed to be used in lockers or other small spaces made by Post It. It’s just perfect for me to augment my checklists while traveling and will serve as a way to keep a shopping list. It sticks to a flat surface and I mounted it inside the passenger side closet door. There is a drawer just under this closet which is a handy place to keep the whiteboard marker! I’m using it right now to remind me what I need to do to de-winterize the camper.

I also packed a white noise maker in the camper today. I discovered how well this little device helps me sleep several years ago and wanted to keep enjoying the benefits while traveling in the camper. The white noise serves to block outside noise and the sound really does help me stay asleep. Dexter is also used to sleeping with this device and I think it will help him adjust to life on the road.

I’ve also added the Bed Lounger to my sleeping area. I will most likely use this backrest in the dining area when I have it set up as the bed as a support while reading, knitting, or working on the laptop, but may also find it useful for reading in bed. It is very supportive and holds it’s shape. It has good lumbar support which is necessary for me and the headrest and arms offer added support and comfort. I’m also bringing an electric blanket for those chilly nights. It’s not too thick so it won’t take up a lot of space when I need to store it but will keep me cozy during the trip south.

I was back home after my errands in plenty of time to finish up our Thanksgiving Dinner. We enjoyed the works: Harrington Ham and Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn, brussel sprouts,  cranberry sauce, rolls, & gravy. Liz brought green bean casserole, wine, and dessert: a delicious apple crisp! It was such a wonderful evening. I am so thankful for my family and that we were able to share this time together.

I’m also thankful for my friends both old and new. I have been incredibly fortunate to meet the most fabulous people! I am very humbled and thankful for this amazing opportunity to travel. I am grateful for all of you who are following along with me. This crazy adventure and this blog are having an impact in the world far beyond what I imagined. I heard from a woman in India today, who has been a vendor for our business EmbroiderThis.com for several years, and she shared how reading about my adventures on the blog has inspired her to take her young children on a cross-country trip! It is my sincere hope that my blog will inspire you to follow your heart’s desire. Traveling the country isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but we all have something in our hearts that we dream of doing. I encourage you to take just one small step in the direction of your dreams, and watch what opens up before you. I promise that you will be amazed at what you find!

 

 

 

 

 

Sorting, Stacking, and Packing

Today was cold and windy, a good day to stay inside and pack! I have been sorting and stacking, auditioning things to take with me. It’s looking like I may be on the road until late next summer so that is influencing what I’m packing.

Clothes are easy: Casual T-Shirts, a few flannel and chambray shirts, sweaters, jackets, knit pants, jeans, and a few shorts.  I’m bringing just a few dressy things for when my DH visits. I’m packing my clothes in the soft-sided cubes used in organizing clothing for suitcases. They are a great help with organization and because they are soft-sided, they will fit nicely in the overhead bins in the bedroom area and make good use of the space.

My dishes arrived from Corelle and I’m very happy with this set. They should wear well and are microwave safe. I opted for a set of 4 and added the medium sized lunch plates, the large soup bowls, and lids for the bowls so they can now double as storage containers! I now have everything I should need for the kitchen.

I am also all set with items for the pantry, bathroom, and bedroom. My trip home in Wild Thing helped me sort out the details of what I needed for those areas.

I have found two things to help me secure items in the bed of the truck. The first is a Covercraft Cargo Bar. This tension bar stretches across the bed of the truck and will help hold my cooler, the clam house, and Dexter’s exercise pen in place and keep them from rolling around.  I also ordered a Core Cargo Sports Bag cargo net that can hold small items in the truck bed. Hopefully, they will arrive before I leave!

Now I’m left with deciding what to bring for art and craft supplies and books. Books are one of my biggest joys in life. My house is filled with them and my camper will most likely be too! I do read some on Kindle and love to listen to novels on Audible, but I’m still happiest when surrounded by paper books. Most of the books I’m bringing are resources on knitting, painting, and writing, field guides, and travel guides.

My process for deciding which books to bring works like this: First I make a pile of all the books I wish I could bring and realize it’s at least twice as large as what will fit in the camper. Next, visit the pile over the course of several days slowly whittling it down to a manageable size. I will place the books I’ve removed from my original pile in a box that my DH can ship if I get desperate!

This process will be repeated for my knitting supplies, quilting supplies, and art supplies. I’m leaving in 8 days so I better get going’!

 

 

New Blog Contact Cards

I’ve designed a new Blog Contact card today and they are being printed by VistaPrint.com. I have used their services for business cards and found that they provide a quality product at a good price and they are fast! It’s nice to have a card to share with people you meet on the road. The photo of Wild Thing is one I took in Post Falls, Idaho and of course Mr. Dexter always looks dapper. This is just a snapshot I took with my phone then edited out the background in Adobe Photoshop. What do you think?

Storage Solutions for the Camper

Living in a small space could be an exercise in frustration if the things living in that small space with you are allowed to run amok! I believe a happy camper is an organized camper and OK, I admit it,  I have a thing for organizing. I’m kind of a bag lady. I love pouches, folders, boxes, totes, and tins. I don’t however, always stay organized.  In fact, I do my most creative work in a flurry of disorganized chaos.  But when the dust (and paint, and yarn, and fabric) settles, I find it soothing and satisfying to put things in order.

One of the easiest ways to organize is to contain.  Consolidating like items and storing them together in a dedicated container makes finding and accessing them easy.  I have been scouring the local houseware stores for just the right storage boxes to help me organize the stuff I’ll be bringing on my travels in Wild Thing. I measured the cabinets before my shopping trip so I was able to select containers that would not only fit in the space they were intended for, but also make the best use of that space. I try to use every inch of available storage real estate to it’s best advantage. The better I’m able to use the space, the more craft supplies I can pack! Rather than putting my stuff into storage containers and then trying to fit those containers into the available space, I’m purchasing containers that fit the space, then deciding what items will be stored in each container. This should help me use the space most efficiently.

I found some boxes at TJ Maxx that fit the upper cabinets in the dining area well. They are constructed of a sturdy wire frame covered in woven strips of nylon webbing. They have a hinged lid and are quite lightweight. Weight is an important consideration when packing a trailer since there are limits to the weight a camper can accommodate. I would rather that the bulk of the weight I add come from the items I’m bringing, not the container in which they will be stored.

After visiting three different TJ Maxx and HomeGoods stores in my area I was able to find enough of these boxes to use in the dining area cabinets as well as some of the same style, but a larger size for the two wardrobe cabinets. The boxes I used in the dining area measured 12″ x 10″ x 5.5. I placed 4 in the back cabinet and two in the driver side cabinet with room left over for books. In the passenger side dinette cabinet, I have an assortment of small boxes containing a variety of electronic equipment. If I can find more of the larger boxes I will use them here as well.

In the open wardrobe I used 1 large box (16″ x 14″ x 7) and 4 medium sized boxes (14″ x 12″ x 6.5″). I had one tipped on its side in this photo to show the easy way to place them in the cabinet. I also used two large boxes and a medium box in the wardrobe on the other side of the camper. These boxes were from Dwell Studio, Enchante Accessories, and Michael Graves. I found some of these boxes in the aisle containing storage solutions, but I also found some in the Kids section and in the laundry supply section.

Storage Boxes in Passenger Side Wardrobe

The cabinet over the microwave is a nice large space but things stored there tended to migrate to the back and were difficult to retrieve. I found a storage bin in the Kids section of HomeGoods that was just the right size to store bulky items like my tablecloths, paper towels, and toilet paper rolls and still leaves space for other items to be stored in front.

 

Another consideration in the camper is keeping glass bottles from falling over and breaking as the camper bumps down the road. I found this nifty little storage box that has three compartments to safely store my jar of honey, oil, vinegar and a nip of libation! This box fits in the lower cabinet near the floor. Aren’t the flowers that Glen brought me beautiful? What a guy!

Another great find available at TJ Maxx or HomeGoods are the over-the-door towel rack and over-the-door storage basket. I have towel racks on both the pantry door and the cabinet under the sink. I placed the basket on the cabinet under the sink and use it to store my dish and hand soaps, sink scrubbers, sink strainer, and pot holders.

Things are coming along nicely and soon I’ll be packed, organized, and back on the road!

Dexter in the Rain, Art Supply Shopping, and Simply Colorful Fibercast

Dexter and I were able to sneak in a short walk to the Ashland Reservoir in between the rain showers today. The wind has been hard at work bringing down the fall leaves and the forest path was laden with color. Dexter is not a big fan of walking in the rain but we both enjoyed stretching our legs and getting some fresh air.

I’ve been gathering art supplies to take on the road in Wild Thing and realized that my wooden studio easel is much too large to take with me so I made a quick run to Michael’s Arts and Crafts and found this terrific aluminum easel that is just the right size, weight, will fold for storage, and was on sale! Don’t you just love coupons!

My dear friend Lynn M. called later and invited me to join her on a trip to one of our favorite shops, the Franklin Mill Store.  We needed a visit and a chance to catch up and who can resist a trip to the fabric store!  Franklin Mill Store is a full-service fiber art store offering Quilt Fabric, Home Decorator Fabrics, Premium Yarn and Knitting Patterns and Knitting Supplies, Garment Fabric, Trims, Sewing Notions, Wool for Rug Hooking and Applique, Books, Patterns, and more. My friend Mary and her sister are carrying on a family tradition of quality, service, and a passion for fabric started by their family three generations ago! This shop is a local treasure.

My friend Lynn is such an inspiration to me! She is an amazing fiber artist who quilts, hooks rugs, makes doll art, knits, spins yarn, and has just started a Long Arm Quilting Service! She broadcasts a weekly fiber art program from her Simply Colorful Studio on Friday nights called FiberCast. Durning this videocast, Lynn streams live video of what she’s working on in her studio while folks from around the world watch her on YouTube and participate  via text, e-mail, and online comments while they work on their own projects. It’s  a once a week virtual community crafting hour! Check her out and join her online Friday evenings for an hour of community creativity. As Lynn says “It’s amazing what you can get done in 60 minutes!” Oh yeah, and she does all this while holding down a full-time job! She is a remarkable woman and I am honored to call her my friend.

I picked up a new hat pattern and some yarn at the Franklin Mill Store today and am happily burrowed on the couch this evening knitting to the rhythm of the rain.

 

Estimate Approved, Repairs Scheduled, Ready to Retreat

I received word today from my insurance company, Amica, that they have approved the estimate for repairs on Wild Thing submitted by Hazard Marine. The insurance company for the driver of the truck that hit Wild Thing has accepted full responsibility so all the charges will be covered. That was all very good news! I called the folks at Hazard Marine and scheduled to bring Wild Thing to them on Monday. The Escape Trailer Industries factory will be sending parts so this repair should be accomplished in time for me to keep to my schedule for winter departure.  I am glad to have this settled before I go away for my retreat so I can relax and recharge without worry.

Today I shut down the refrigerator in the camper. I did not want to keep the propane active while she is in for repairs. I removed all the food, propped the doors open with the clips provided with the fridge, and turned it off. I closed the valves on both propane tanks at the source. The battery is still connected and today when I checked it was charged to 100%.  The solar panel and the brilliant sun we have been enjoying this week are keeping the batteries well. I plan to leave the batteries connected since I will be on the road again in 3-4 more weeks. There is little draw on the batteries while the camper is parked, just a few displays and the propane detector. The gray and black water tanks are empty but I did leave some water in the fresh tank. I added bleach to that water to help keep the lines sanitized. I will flush that out when I get rolling again. I shouldn’t need to winterize if I’m able to leave for warmer climes by the end of November but I will keep an eye on the weather and watch for any drastic dips in temperature.

This weekend is forecast to be glorious with 70’s during the day and 50’s at night. Perfect! I hope to have some nice foliage pictures to share from Biddeford, ME tomorrow!

Retreat Preparations, Repair Research, Winter Plans, and Free Camping

This morning I spent a few hours at the art studio gathering supplies for my annual Watercolor Spiritual Retreat at Marie Joseph Spiritual Center in Biddeford, ME this weekend. This will be my 5th year participating, and I’m so grateful to be able to attend.  It’s a wonderfully creative and restorative weekend in the company of some exceptional women and a calming touchstone in the midst of a busy modern life.

The insurance adjuster, Bob D. from TEC Associates, Inc in Spencer, MA met me and Steve at Wild Thing late morning. He was knowledgeable and supportive, and I’m confident he will help smooth this process. From his list of shop recommendations, I contacted RV’s R Us in Oxford, MA about the repair. They were my first choice because, in addition to getting the body repaired, I also want to build a relationship with an RV repair shop for ongoing service to Wild Thing. The owner, Mike, was great and the shop seemed perfect,  but unfortunately, his bodywork shop is booked until mid-November.  I’m hoping to be back on the road heading for Arizona by then so the timing just wouldn’t work. I did schedule to have his shop adjust the brakes on the trailer in early November but will need to find an alternative for the fiberglass body repair.

My next call was to Hazard Marine in Webster, MA and they are a possibility for the bodywork. Since my camper is made from molded fiberglass with gel coat, it is very similar to the body of a boat, and this shop has experience with this type of repair. They requested photos of the damage to evaluate before I bring the camper in for service, so I drove back to the storage facility and snapped some pics. I’m waiting to hear back from them and hoping they will be able to make the repair in the next few weeks. There is a whole lot of “hurry up and wait” at this stage of the process and patience has never been one of my strengths, but I’m trying….This little mishap in Montana is costing me quite a bit of time and energy. I’m glad that it was a minor scrape and that Wild Thing has a great insurance company, Amica,  behind her, but the whole process is quite time-consuming.

On a positive note, I was able to fix the light over the stove today! I replaced the standard bulb with an LED array and it lights the area much better than the original single bulb. The LED should also last much longer.

I have been doing a bit of planning for winter travel and I learned recently about another resource for free camping called FreeCampsites.net .  Having the solar panels to provide power to my batteries will allow me to take advantage of dry camping or boondocking on public lands and BLM sites where no services are offered. I plan to try several of these sites in late November and early December when I get to the Tucson area. Steve has booked a flight in late December to Tucson and will join me for Christmas week. I’ve made a reservation for us at Catalina State Park so we’ll be close to the action and have full hook-ups during his stay. We visited this area in February and had a wonderful time exploring the Saguaro National Park, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and the surrounding areas. We’re looking forward to spending much more time in this beautiful part of the country. Now I’ve just got to get the Wild Thing repaired, packed, and back on the road!

 

 

 

 

Vet, Brunch, Re-Register, and Move

Well, I achieved some of what I had planned to do today, but certainly not all. Don’t things always take longer than you anticipate? And what about those pesky activities that crop up in the middle of a perfectly planned day…Oh well, here comes that motto again…”make your plans but don’t plan on it”! I find things go better when I just “go with the flow” and adjust my day to accommodate the challenges that arise.

I started my morning taking Dexter to Slade Veterinary Hospital for a scheduled booster shot. Mr. D has to stay in good shape for his upcoming travel! Once he was back home and snuggled into his crate for a nap, I was off to brunch with the sisters. Faith was flying back to Florida this afternoon so it was my last opportunity to spend some time with her. Mary met up with us and we had a bit more sister time while enjoying brunch at Panera’s. It was yummy, but I’ve been eating off diet too much in the past few days, and I’m starting to feel the negative effects. I’m more tired, grumpy, and hungry than usual so it’s time to reign in the carbs and sugar again.

Next, I drove to my insurance office to get a “wet stamp” on the latest round of registration for Wild Thing. It turns out that in Massachusetts, all campers must renew their registration by November, so even though I just went through the registration process a few weeks ago, there was a renewal notice waiting for me when I got home. The renewal required a physical stamp from the insurance agent, and a personal appearance by me at the registry, so off I went. 3 hours later that chore was completed and the camper is now legal for a full year. Next year I should be able to complete the registration renewal by mail.

After checking on Dexter I headed to the camper to start working on the sink and the light, but that was not to be. I had parked Wild Thing in the industrial park where we rent space for our business and my art studio thinking it would be well out of the way, but it seems others felt it was in the way of the delivery trucks, so I made the decision to move it to a storage facility.  I rented a space at 126 Self Storage where my DH and I have done business for years. They took good care of us and before long we had a safe space ready for Wild Thing. I got her moved just before dark. It was a tight back-in space and thankfully a good Samaritan (who was clearly a whiz at backing up trailers!) helped us tuck her in between two other campers. I’m hoping to find time soon to take her out and practice my backing up skills since it’s the one area I really need to work on, but for today I was happy to have her settled in and in a secure location.

Tomorrow the insurance adjuster will examine the damage and lay out a plan for her repair and I’ll try again to get that light bulb changed!