Sunday, May 26, 2019

Simply Vanlife

My good friend Bob Wells and CBS talk about it. I no longer use a van - but I am all in as a homes on wheels, alternative housing, lifetime traveler advocate!

Monday, May 13, 2019

What's Up Wednesday!

Monday, Ozzie and I decided that it was time to travel! So we packed up the car and by 7:30 am we were on the road. Because of the recent rains, we needed to stop in St John's at the Post Office to pick up the Amazon packages that had come in last week.

We then drove route 180 over to Holbrook. It feels so good to be on the road. And I have changed since my last travels - I noticed things that I hadn't before. Did you know that Holbrook has an actual A&W Restaurant?! How kewl is that. I think I will plan to stop for lunch the next time I pass through. Onion rings and a root beer float (well a taste of one)! As we were leaving Holbrook, we noticed the Kiwanis Dog Park. So we stopped and Ozzie got some excessive. He seemed a little afraid of the rusty steel 'Woof 66' dog cut out. We really had a very relaxing trip to Winslow. Then stopped by Walmart for a few groceries. I thought we were going to meet up with Dave Diffner and then go over to the Mt Hood campsite. He went directly there and thought some other friends were there, but they had left already. We met up with Dave about 2:30 in the afternoon.

Within minutes camp was set up and we were all chilling in the shade! This is Simply going to be a great trip!

Night number one reminded me of the oh my I have to use the bathroom at 3 am and I don't want to open the door and wake the neighbors or fill the car with mosquitos, or make the lights come on situation. Well I managed but not without making laundry! (Oh my perhaps too much information) I remember that I used to have a plastic coffee can and lid and a towel that I could lay across the bedding to catch drips. See ideas come back to us when we need them. In these situations baby wipes are amazing even if I am sensitive to them. I am glad we only were here for one night.

Day two - well I have a Dr appointment in Flagstaff, and I will need to wash laundry. I left Ozzie to ride with Dave over to Flagstaff. I didn't want him to be alone while I was busy. 

Appointments done. Off to do laundry - well, phone GPS took me to construction sites. Rather frustrating when things they don't work well. Laundry did get washed. Then I got lost again making my way to a familiar location to get turned around inside the store and had to ask the way to the front of the store. Rolling my eyes. I was too tired, had not eaten lunch and was out of my element. I felt very overwhelmed as I made my way over to the campsite.

I didn't settle in very good. I had groceries and things kind of all over without organization - not very my like the Simple me. I did sleep well, even watched a movie first. 

Ozzie has seemed a bit overwhelmed too. Although today we reorganized the car. We both need to take change slowly and with care. 

It's beautiful here under the tall pines and away from home, I am remembering how to listen to others, to hear them and to make the decisions best for me. For me and for Ozzie.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Simply Poopie!

After a busy week I am finally straightening up after the GTG.
This year's event was great and we had some lovely people here.... and I have an annoyingly nasty comment to make.
I am pretty vocal about how to dispose of trash at MY property. I use a burn barrel for wood scraps, paper, burning labels off food cans (like a vegetable or chili can). I have a public toilet set up where a porta potty can be dumped. I have bins for aluminum - which gets donated to the local church; one for glass and items that cannot be burned - like old lighters, aerosol cans and plastic bottles.
I inform people who visit, often through email, then verbally how to use my system. Some people blow me off in mid sentence because they know better than me what to do.
Now I also allow both dog poop to be bagged and burned and human waste bags to be burned --- with strict instructions to burn small amounts, douce it good with lighter fluid and burn it thoroughly.
Well - as you can see by the pictures, I had to deal with an extremely full barrel after everyone left this week. In order to empty it, I had to first turn it over...and OH MY ... Maggots and unburnt poop and partially burned blankets and aerosol cans and glass and aluminium and spoiled food -- AND I HAVE TO SORT THIS MESS OUT! Yuk poo pooie yuk ick - I hope you get the idea.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Simply a successful GTG!

and fun too!

Most everyone has moved onto their next location. One person is waiting for another package delivery then rolls out.

We had a great time. I especially liked the new hike and band - we so will continue with those. The weather was good. Company a good mix. 

My GTGs are small in overall size. Though there's room for more campers and even overflow space available. We had 8-10 campers.

Dinner seems to always be a hit! We had between 25-30 this year. I can roasted 3 boneless legs of lamb. We baked 8 loaves of unleavened bread - Lisa helped and we made lots of different flavors. I think the cinnamon and honey was the favorite!

The hike to the Petroglyphs was fantastic! Thanks to my friend and neighbor Tim. Many of us agree that he should start Tim Tours! He is both entertaining and educational as a guide. And thoughtful and kind good qualities for dealing with a group. Even I made it to the top! I got pretty dizzy and faint feeling almost to the top and had to rest until the feeling passed. I also, laugh now cause it probably looked funny, I had to have help getting down.. even scooted on my butt part of the way! But I did it! (Now I will let you in on a little secret, my weight didn't hold me back - I have lost - err let go of - 70 pounds of weight since last year!)

Now - I seem to have a problem thinking about taking pictures. In my efforts to live simply I may have mastered the art of living in the moment when at events like this GTG. So I didn't take any pictures - but my guests did. Some guest pictures are posted on my Facebook group called the Friends of Simply Lesa.

My data is working today so I am typing while riding to my therapy appointment in Flagstaff. 

My daughter and her 2 children are currently in a family shelter in Virginia. They were having difficulty with an abuser from the past threatening the babies and bringing up PTSD symptoms as well as a person using drugs in the presence of the children. They are safe and getting rest while working hard on the next steps. I am glad that I can be an emotional support for them.

That's the updates for now

Keep it simple, people!