Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Steps....

Here's what going on in my world these days:

The deck is coming right along, I now have steps to go up and down a few more cedar rails and it's done! Now if it will cool off to where I can enjoy sitting there, that would be nice... it will stay bloody hot right up until it turns cold! That little tiny window of good weather is not always a given!



Change is about to come to my neck of the woods as I am preparing to hit the road for a couple months.  I have been low on data since I've been doing a lot of research, points of interest,  possible camp spots, etc... I should take my laptop to the library to do that and use free wifi..but darn I'd rather sit in the comfort of my home and listen to my playlist, I get carried away people watching;  suddenly I'm Walter Mitty when I'm out and about and get nothing done!...I create my post while Im off line then do a quick copy and paste into blogger editor. Zip in and zip out....Verizon is now at the top of my "serious" WTHeck list! Their newest tactic to try and draw me over my 5 G's is to turn off my DATA usage calculator on my device so I can not tell how much I've used... I have to go online to see it, which """uses MORE DATA""" Yes I am paranoid.

So my sis left CO today  heading East she is going to wilt in this heat...I told her it was 83 here...she said, "oh that's not so bad," I said, "that's INSIDE THE HOUSE with the AC running!!" She said, "OH!" BUT in my defense she chose this time frame not me. She will stay here with Mom and take care of my girls who sadly won't get to come along, I need a bigger camper so all 3 of my dogs can have room to bunk down at night IF it wasn't summer it would be different...3 big black fuzzies on a hot summer night in one bed>>>NOPE!

... with the current heat my fuzzy black dogs would be at risk of heat stroke...they are great roadies, but when camping there just is not enough room for all of us in my van since I need to carry more stuff.  Casey is planning to come with me, he is so small it's easy to forget he is with me.  In the heat he won't be left in the van either!  NOW if I planned to sit in one spot for several days they could hang out in the screen room I have but when I'm traveling I don't normally spend more than one night in the same spot, I don't bring the screen room....my objective is to keep making forward progress...and I have a deadline as to when I need to be back in SC. I plan to cover about 4,800 miles give or take in about 60 days OF course this is the first draft!


 I bought a second battery powered fan which I will def need.   I do plan to head for the HILLS to get to higher elevations ASAP, Blue Ridge, Shenandoah, then north, north, north, then west.  I'm not leaving the minute my sister parks in the yard, It will be a few days after so it will be official soon...
don't know my blast off day exactly.   I have my route outlined but the actual route may vary according to the weather, traffic, and my whims! I'm famous for getting completely off course and that's the great part about it as long as I'm enjoying myself it doesn't matter where I am. I have not been retired long enough to be happy just sitting around reading books in the shade or window shopping,  It could take years, who knows, to  get my mind that calm!! Maybe one day I could enjoy that... just not right now... I want to see AS Much as I can. 


I will miss my office!!  This is my current work space, my go to spot! I am now an official grounds keeper just trying to keep the wilds from taking back our woodsy homes! I know each of these tools intimately!  Okay... the old saw has been replaced with a chain saw so some rust is developing!

I hope to see some new birds I'm horrible at planning for good birding spots tho..Its hit or miss, the migration has already begun baby birds are fully fledged and soon ready to take to the skies... I head north just as the birds head south? No telling what I will see or what I will miss seeing!  What I do is just plan to bird where ever I happen to be...the intrepid....accidental birder!

summer tanager
When I return some family time is planned as we all celebrate our birthdays! My Mom will be 92 that calls for some BIG celebrating.  I will have yet another one, and another one of us is hitting the big 6-0! 

Life is just way too short y'all!!  Mom plans to ride back West with sis as long as she is healthy and then I will drive out in the spring...and stay several months..so lots of "plans in clay" which I hope firm up to concrete.  One step at a time!
SO the girl at Verizon said, "its a known issue with that device, be patient, and no it won't work in Canada." 
 Move my paranoia up another notch to critical! 



PEACE
Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.

17 comments:

  1. Porch almost done so when you get back it should be nice enough to sit out there.
    That is some trip you have planned. I can't wait to go. Going to meet my friend tomorrow and see if she is going to get up the mountain at all this summer. I'm still thinking about it. Had to drop out of exercise class because some of the exercises just took my breath away. not happy about it this.

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    1. I am really looking forward to getting out there and just being in the moment with life, it can be all play and no work for a change! Hope you make it up to the mountains, maybe the cooler air would be easier for you to breath.

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  2. Well, cool, I'm glad you're taking a trip. Can't wait to hear about it.

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    1. Hi Barbara, been enjoying your Idaho Adventures, you guys played it smart this year and went where the crowds didn't go!

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  3. Well, cool, I'm glad you're taking a trip. Can't wait to hear about it.

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  4. Very much looking forward to reading about your adventures and hopefully following you on the map. You can go away with some peace of mind, in that your place is looking good, and Mom and dogs are in safe hands. Just read that Verizon is merging with Yahoo. Thats a tiny amount of data allowance you have I'm certain I couldnt work within those limits. Have a great adventure and enjoy it all.

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    1. Verizon spent all that money buying yahoo instead of working on their systems to make it better...we have such shabby communication systems in this country, and it's way too expensive!

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  5. The porch looks the perfect place to sit and relax.

    That's some trip you have planned. My birding these days takes in just what happens to be where I find myself these days. I think you get to see some of the bigger 'surprises' that way. :-)
    Have a great time when you go.

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    1. That's the great thing about birding, you can do it any where!! Every power line is a possibility!

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  6. Canada?! Where the hell are you going?? I'm so excited to see where your 60-day adventure leads to, and all of the awesome stuff you will find. If you end up out west let me know!

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    1. I am too Jen, (excited to see where I'll go) I just hope and knock on good wood for a safe and uneventful journey!! YEP I hope to end up in Canada! And then MID-West which is way west of me... only as far as ND, this trip. My last visit to ND was basically a U-Turn just so I could say I've been there...Gods willin this time I'll see lots more of that grand flatness and get a head start on Canada!

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  7. This was a great post! I just loved your pics, esp. of your office! Have a great trip. You are one determined and adventurous soul. Stay safe! XO

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    1. HI Karen!! My office says a lot about how I spend my time eh? Gotta remember to add eh so I'll fit in up there..lol

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  8. I'm so excited .... for you! Read the comments so have a bit of an idea where you're headed -- it sounds absolutely wonderful. Great country (both of them) out there for you to see. You will have so much fun -- it makes me nostalgic for our just-after-retirement-time when we were at the stage you're at now -- just relishing the fact that we seemed to have all the time in the world and all the places to visit. You will have SOo much fun!!!

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    1. I am excited and kind of reserved too ....Am I afraid to get excited in case I jinx things...I hope not! I wish I was better at planning, but winging it seems to work better for me, so Im winging it again! Diving into the unknown, and hoping for the best!

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    2. That's the best way to go when you have the time! Exactly what I was talking about (tho we weren't quite as adventurous as you, since after lunch we'd start looking in the Good Sam book) for places with hookkups.

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  9. Girl you are awesome! We just love the way you embrace life. We are so similar in so many ways. :) Happy and safe travels and hope you find some coolness.

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