Saturday, December 17, 2011

GOING ......... GOING ...... GONE!

Yesterday, we began photographing and listing items on Craig's List. What a great response we received.  The first reply was within minutes of the post.  

We have started with equipment from John's woodworking studio.  

He listed his lathe, 


and a drill press,


 a band saw, 

and a very nice work bench.

They have all been spoken for and we have a waiting list if the first in line does not show up.   As I work on this blog, I glance at my email tab and there are three more requests waiting to be opened.  I have a feeling that we priced these items too low, but it is best to just get the "stuff" out of here.  Another step to full timing!

I do have a blog question..... how do it fix the settings so that comments will show following the post?  I've looked and cannot see it.  Thanks all.

And another big thanks to all who responded to my post about what "stuff" is necessary stuff in the kitchen of the motorhome.  I have some items already there, but I was considering what is still in the house.  I received many great suggestions.  Thanks again.

I'm off to list more "stuff!"

God bless your day

Thursday, December 15, 2011

HOW MANY ( you insert a word ) GO INTO THE MOTORHOME?

The time has come to purge "stuff" from the kitchen and the workshop.  Oops!  This is when the rubber meets the road.  

I have a drawer of small "essential?" kitchen gadgets.  Which ones do I keep and which ones to I discard?  What goes?  What is donated?  What hits the trash?  

How did pioneer women make to with only sharp knives, spoons and large forks for turning meat? Did they just have one knife?  I have more than 10! How did they live without potato mashers, and ricers?  How could they live without measuring cups and spoons?  egg separators? egg slicers? egg poachers? potato peelers?, cheese graters? lemon /orange zesters? garlic presses?  cheese slicers in various sizes for various thicknesses of cheese? whisks? can openers? melon ball makers? olive pitters? cherry pitters?  splatter screens?  

How about spaghetti strainers, salad spinners, electric mixers, pizza stones, juicers, bread machines, pasta  makers?

How did she live without Tupperware, Rubbermaid, Pyrex and Corning?  What about spices?  She didn't have two drawers of Penzey's Spices, did she.  Now, do you see my delima? 

Actually, it's now much of a delima.  So much of what I named, I can do without.  It is just deciding what is most important.

Then we come to tools!  What tools can a man not live without in a motorhome?  John already has a large drawer and another toolbox under his seat.  But what is absolutely needed?  We don't know and are looking for suggestions.  

Moving right along, I have done some more painting today.I was able to paint the exterior part of our patio doors....another step closer!  

Right now though, I think I'll go through that gadget drawer and see what I can live without.  Be sure though, to share what you find useful in your RV.

Thanks for coming by.  And thanks goes out to new followers Gene and Judy from Blue Roads and Hiking Trails.  They share their wonderful hikes as the hit the blue roads.  Also welcome are Bob and Sue of Just B S!

Have a safe and peaceful day!  And God Bless!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Well, at least my Dr. DiLella has released me.  He says my thumb joint replacement is working super duper!  Well, I told him that!

The recovery time has been much shorter than the left hand.  Soooo, today I celebrated by going outside and painting trim around our windows.  Now, doesn't that sound like fun?   Not!

Tonight, I am stiff and sore, but the job is crossed off our list.  Let's see, I believe that was item ninety two from the list of six thousand four hundred and twenty seven and a half.  

The Weather Bug said the temperature was to be forty six today.  Without looking at the weather, I went outside and began the fun of scraping and painting.  Man!  Was I cold, brrrrr.  

When I came inside for breakfast at two thirty, the computer said that it was thirty six degrees.  Hum, that's about ten degrees short, my little Bug.  I felt like a Popsicle!  

But, that's not the end of the story!  I returned outside, determined to finish the last six windows and it was WARMER!  I finished to a toasty forty-one degrees.  

I have not decided what I will do tomorrow, but I guarantee one thing, it will be something that will not make by back stiff.  Do I hear any ahhhh's of sympathy yet? 

Maybe I should start my Christmas shopping!  Ya think?  Maybe so.

That's my story and I'm stickin to it!

God bless all!  

Friday, December 9, 2011


Have you ever wanted to blog, but just can't get your head into it? 

It's like wanting to talk to a friend and he/she is out of town.

What's a person to do.....I dunno

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


If only you could see this place! No, you don't even want to. I cannot believe the confusion around here.  This is not a real picture of here, but it gives you an idea of how I feel it looks.  I do not handle confusion well.  Last night I was as jittery as a bowl of jello during an earthquake. 

I can see light at the end of the tunnel.  I should hope so.  The first of January is rapidly approaching, on it's hairy feet, tracking me down.  I just wish I could put a halt to the clock which keeps on tickin the time away.  

Occasionally, that light at the end of the tunnel feels like a freight train coming straight at me.  

When one is going through closets, drawers and cabinets and getting rid of "stuff" everything comes out of those places and hardly anything goes back in. Yippee!  But the ongoing sorting stage creates a colossal mess.

Today, to  top it off, I have to do the laundry.  You know, don't you that laundry waits for no one.  Ohhh, thank goodness we don't spend the rest of laundry day doing the ironing!    I no longer own an iron, but I do have a clothes steamer which will soon be donated.  

When John and I was first married I was crazy enough to iron his briefs and t-shirts.  That ended with the coming of children, thank you very much!

It has been found that man filled pans with hot water and moved them over fabric to eliminate wrinkles.  Sad irons began being used during the seventeenth century.  I think irons should be banned! How about you. 

Oops, I digress!  Back to the subject at hand.... Uhhhh what hand, which hand, whose hand?  

This morning, I read some of the blogs that I follow.  Ohhhh they sound so good.  Even those of the people that are cold in Arizona, new Mexico and Texas.  It's the same here, but they are in their homes on wheels.  Now, which do you choose?  You don't even get more than one answer.  

Well, my break is over, back to the grind.  At least I'm not ironing!  See, there are things worse than getting a house ready to sell.  As RV Sanity says....make lemonade.  

God bless, stay warm and safe travels...

Sunday, December 4, 2011


Welcome to some new followers.  Jessica and Harry.  They are preparing to enter the world of full timing.  Also we welcome RonTOG  What does it take to become an old geezer?  Am I there yet?  

Sue Castle has joined as a follower, but I can't find her blog!  Sue let me know how to find you!  Donna K from Travels in Therapy has also joined our family, welcome! Miss Lazee, welcome to you too!  What a cute name!  Michael, love your blog!  The simpler life is what we want!

Every time I think I have a closet cleaned out, I find something else I can donate!  What's up with that?   Closets and drawers are becoming the bane of my existence.  I suppose all you full timers out there are giggling right now, right?  

Friday, an antique dealer came.  She named prices she was willing to pay for each piece.  We sold a few pieces and all our books to her.  The pieces we kept, we are going to send to an auction house that is well known for getting the best prices.  That has to wait until the house is sold since all are part of the staging.  The pieces that left Friday were not part of the staging process.

Yesterday, Saturday, we went to our granddaughter Lucy's gymnastic meet.  Watching this thirty one pound, very short seven year old do the beam, floor exercise, vault and the bar was quite a nail-biting experience.  She earned two medals and improved her scores in each of the exercises.  

Lucy, is not really competitive.  She is there to have fun.  This comes as a shock to her mom.  

When Holly, her mom and daughter number three was in middle and high school, she was a very competitive varsity volleyball and basketball player. Her loyalty to her teams was admirable. 

When she was a junior, she started having severe headaches.  I took her to our family physician.  He asked her if she was under any stress or trying to make an important decision.  

Voila!  The answer came out.  Holly was an honor student, yearbook editor, and athlete.  Her senior year was coming.  She knew she could not play in college since she was going to study pre-med.  What was she going to do?  Waste her time and take someones spot who REALLY wanted to play?  Or would she tell her coaches her decision and focus even more on school.  Once she made the decision, her headaches were gone!

She is a good mom, she's a pediatric oncologist and hematologist.  She allows Lucy determine her goals and gives Lucy the encouragement she needs.  No pressure.  

Oops, I digress.

Tomorrow, John works on the guest bath.  He will be installing new hardware at the tub, shower and vanity sink.  A new light will go up and the walls are to be painted.  

It has been raining here since last night.  Flood warnings are being broadcast.  At least it is not ice or snow!  It will be a good day to work inside!  A good day for me to go through all the kitchen cabinets and whittle down the contents.  I had no idea we had accumulated to much "stuff."

People are amazed that I can let go of so much.  I keep saying that it is just things, just "stuff."  It's much more important to lay our treasures in heaven than to try to accumulate on earth.  

While watching the Colt's game today, I noticed the commercials touting the term "you deserve."  What makes us deserve?  The fact that it's time to spend money on Christmas presents?  I don't get it.

And the message that we must have the biggest and best and newest cell phone, car, truck, clothing, diamonds cuts me to the quick! Oh yes, don't forget to charge everything on your American Express, Visa or Master Card!  (so they can charge you interest if not paid in full.)

We forget that Christmas the celebration of Christ.  And this Christ then gave us the most valuable Christmas gift.....eternal life.  Even though we do not deserve it, he gave His life in order that we have eternal life.  Now THAT is a true gift... that is grace.  

As we enter another week of travel, of work or whatever is on our schedules, keep in mind that we are offered the best of the best!

Thanks for visiting.  I have enjoyed your comments.  

God bless you in His season!