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Pretty Day

The day was too pretty not to get out and walk a bit, visit with neighbors or play bocce ball!

I almost didn’t go, because it was cool and windy, but the sun was shining and I need exercise, so off I went up the hill about an hour after the matches started.

Luckily, I was used as a fill-in and paired up with Diane, a new player in the group. We were the green team and once again, we won! Not that it’s a competitive sport, mind you, but a social game. (Snicker) To some of us, it’s a competition-albeit a friendly one. We laugh a lot, and everyone says we play by Picacho rules. I wonder if when we move to the new park if we’ll be playing by Rancho El Mirage rules. 🤣😂

Brandy and I took a walk before lunchtime, and I saw a friend at the dog park, so we hung out to talk a while, Brandy pulling at me to go home the whole time. Whiskey hasn’t walked since this morning. I’m so afraid she is going to get so fat I can’t lift her onto the bed at night! Maybe after dinner.

A new neighbor’s awesome antenna.

On the way home, I stopped by this new neighbor’s house to inquire about his antenna. My husband is interested in something like this because our tv reception is still awful. He said it solved all of his problems and he got it for pretty low price on Amazon. Stay tuned, I bet we have one before long!

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I’m Blessed

I like to say that I am blessed rather than lucky, because I’ve had such a good life!

Yes, I played Bunco tonight, and I should have won, but there was so much confusion over who got the last Bunco, blah, blah, blah that somehow it got ignored, and since I won big at Bingo last night, I didn’t have the heart to make a deal out of it.

I’m living the life now that we dreamed of…that so many dream of. That is blessed. I had parents that loved me-sometimes to a fault- and a husband that loves me. So many do not.

Even with all that I have and have had, I still have days when I forget that. I am human. I feel sorry for myself sometimes. I get bored. When I catch myself feeling that way, I remind myself of all I have and have had, and snap out of it.

This blessed and lucky post is for JusJoJan -even if I didn’t use the prompt word of the day. Any writing counts, read the rules and play along here.

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You Can Do This!

Having a positive attitude is what keeps me going in this and every endeavor I take on.

Your prompt for JusJoJan January 16th 2023, is “optimism.” Use the word “optimism” any way you’d like. Have fun!

And if you have every considered living life on your own terms, traveling to interesting destinations, and/or working from the road, you have to see this movie made by and for people that want to live the RV Life!

This is the full-length movie made back in 2018 by some of my favorite bloggers (Drivin and Vibin) (Morton’s on the Move) and others I’d never seen before. Their optimism is refreshing and contagious. I can’t imagine how antsy I would have been to start this lifestyle had I just seen this movie way back when. Of course, all the stats they quote have probably doubled by now, but they are so spot on when they say that this lifestyle is a movement. Millions of people now live and work from the comfort of their homes on wheels.

(PS: I’m not getting anything out of this, I just wanted to share it.)

And since it’s another cool, rainy day that we are probably going to spend inside, I thought why not share these pro’s bits of wisdom and way of life for anyone considering this lifestyle?

I spend a lot of time watching videos on YouTube about RVLife, but this movie delves into these bloggers, campers, and nomads personal stories of the joys and challenges they faced in each one of their journeys. Some are just a couple, some are families, and some are retirees, but the one thing they all have in common is a l”can do” attitude and a will to live life by their own rules and reject the box that most people live their lives in. Some saved all of their lives to make it happen, yet others continue to work from the road to fund their dream. Yet they all have the most positive attitude, even though they also share that there will be problems, it’s how you deal with them that will make or break your journey.

Maybe someday I’ll have my own YouTube channel, but for now, I’m happy just sharing our experiences and the places we travel to. I get my tips from the pros, but someday when we’ve been doing this a few years, I’m sure we will have tips of our own to share.

Grab some popcorn and sit back, relax, and prepare to be enchanted as you dream of owning your own motor home or RV someday!

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Being Grateful

Our prompt word of the day today is “gratitude.” Thank you so much, Carol Anne for your wonderful prompt!

I have so much to be grateful for! The ability to live this lifestyle, friends, family, my husband, being able to follow my church services online, therefore keeping my connections to our church, my dad-for leaving me with a little bit of money-so I can contribute to bills, groceries, or whatever else we might need, and so much more. That sounds weird to say, but I was not expecting it, and I greatly appreciate the fact that he provided for me what he could in his will. He and my mom had a good life, but were not wealthy. To hear my mom talk, they lived pretty close to their vest, which is why I thought she babysat -for extra money. Turns out it was because she didn’t know what to do with herself once us kids grew up and moved out.

I’m also very grateful to my husband for listening to me when I told him we needed a retirement planner, and for being so good with his financial abilities before we got the planner. His management of our finances is what allows us to live like we do. Surely in the future we may get brave and try our hand at “boondocking” and moochdocking (camping in a friend’s or family’s driveway), to save even more money, but we are doing fine right now. I saved a bit myself, and the money Dad left me went into my savings -which we will use as our “cushion” if we get in a bind.

God gave me the unique gift of caring for and about other people, which helps me make friends and new connections in this life on the road, as well as my old friends who stick by me and stay in contact. I love to be useful, so if I can help someone in some small way, I try to do that.
At some point in our journey, I’d love to find a new volunteer opportunity, or workamp and help others as well as ourselves.

Of course, I’m most grateful to you, my blogger community, for being the warm and friendly people that you are, for following me and keeping me accountable and interested in writing. Thank you! As long as you are interested in what I have to share, I’ll be here with a smile on my face. 🤗☺️

Last but not least, there’s my family-who gave us their blessing-when we decided to pack up and hit the road! I worried in the beginning that I was making a mistake by leaving them, but they assured me that we should and deserved to go out and live our dream. For that I am eternally grateful. My babies well-being is important to me, but whether I am physically there or not, they know I’m always here to listen. If they need more help than that, they are grown men, they have to figure it out, but in a true emergency, we will help if we’re able. I’m grateful to my brother for taking over the job of Sunday family dinners, keeping the family unit together. We all stay in touch through talk, text, and FaceTime, but I’ll be happy when it’s time to visit in person as well.

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Driving is the Best

Once upon a time, I decided to tackle three writing prompts today-Bloganuary and the JusJoJan/SoCS prompts for today.

What is your preferred mode of travel?

I thought about this for about ten minutes before coming up with driving as my answer. Why?

Sure, flying is fast and convenient, but all this rules and regulations make my teeth itch. Bus rides have way too many stops along the way, it feels like one is never going to get there. Trains might be cool, but with everything zipping by so fast, what do you really see?

For that reason, I say driving is the best mode of travel for me. I want to see the landscape change, and be able to stop if there’s something interesting to see. And, now that my wheels are also my house and all my belongings, I don’t have to pack a suitcase every time I want to move locations. Oh! I can move locations!

That is just what we will be doing come the 23rd of this month. We will travel to Wellton, Arizona, near Yuma, to stay in an RV Golf Resort for a month. It’s called El Rancho Mirage and we visited the site yesterday on our way back from San Diego. Dave will be able to golf and the sites themselves seem a bit more private. We did not go in the gates, so I didn’t see the entire resort, but they have everything this one does and more as far as amenities. It will be a nice change of pace and scenery, which is what it’s all about when you live the RV Life.

The view at El Rancho Mirage

After a month there, we will come back to Picacho -unless we like it better in Yuma- then go home to Ft Worth for a month or so before heading south to the Texas coast somewhere. It will be awesome to see my brother and the kids and catch up. Plus we have doctor appointments to take care of and probably other business to attend to by then.

So yes, driving is the best way to truly see and experience getting from one place to another and so far, we are enjoying the adventure!