Remember that when you leave this Earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received, only what you have given, a full heart enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage. -St. Francis of Assisi

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Taking a break

I've taken a bit of a break from blogging. I have just recently posted a few things after several months of not posting. I have not commented much. I have been reading your blog posts using my phone instead of my laptop.  It is not easy to type a comment using the phone.

I have been spending time with my family, and I do not take my laptop with me to my daughters house. 

Sophia @ 6 months  / February 2014

I am not traveling right now and hope to resume travel blog posts or maybe start a different blog soon. I will be back on the road in May. I have a summer workamping job set up in Cody, WY.

I am thinking about different ways to work while traveling, maybe some self-employment again, maybe some website income. I need to clean up my email account and do some basic computer maintenance before I can start on any projects that have to do with a computer.

Time to adjust the sails and see where the wind takes me.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

"Just in Case"

Like many RV'ers, I emptied my house, selling and giving away almost everything - keeping just the essentials.

During the last two weeks in the house, I was rushing, trying to dispose of the last of it. There were many small things, odds and ends that I packed into storage totes and shoved into the RV.  I drove around with boxes in the space behind the drivers and passenger seats.  

Now I am into the final phase of remodeling the interior of the RV and have to deal with "STUFF" again. 

A large bag of clothes were recently donated. They were in the closet of the RV for over 2 years and never worn. This frees up some space in the closet for my sewing machine and quilting supplies.

A large stack of travel books are gone. The information is easily available on the internet. I usually read on my Kindle now, so I try not to keep more than a few books in the RV. 

I took a lot of little things from the house - "just in case". These are the items that I am having a hard time getting rid of. What if I toss/donate these items and then find I need to spend money to replace it later? It's all of these little items that usually end up in a "junk" drawer. 

Some of the items: too many flashlights (is one enough), too many tools, miscellaneous hardware parts.  Soaps, lotions, cleaning supplies and lots of first aid stuff (what is the bare minimum that I need - I think I have 4 rolls of first aid tape). Lots of matches, a few lighters, several pocket knifes (isn't one enough). Bungee cords, tape and glue, office supplies. Several pairs of work gloves, pruning shears, folding tree saw, folding shovel. Too much silverware. Scissors: kitchen, sewing, embroidery, folding and small craft scissors. I recently donated a big bag of counted cross stitch supplies, but I did keep a fishing tackle box full of DMC embroidery floss.

Instead of tossing it all, I organized it.  I purchased some neat storage boxes that fit perfectly in my overhead cabinets and outside compartments. I put sewing supplies and office supplies in the overhead cabinets and tools and other items in the outside compartments.

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I have finally corralled all of the power cords in one place. I picked up a small, square, zippered tote/box at a thrift store for less than $1.00, it has pockets on the outside, too. Wouldn't it be great if there was a universal power cord so we only had one cord for all of our electronic devices?

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I am curious What do you have with you "just in case"?

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