Not All Who Wander Are Lost

Not All Who Wander Are Lost
June, 2019 - Mount Denali, Alaska

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Bite Free – Almost!

For the past three mornings we have been able to take our daily walk without using bug spray!  I’ve had a few bites each morning, but nothing I can’t deal with.  It’s so nice to not have to lather up with greasy bug spray each day!!

I’m thinking I need to take my camera with me wherever I go.  You just never know what you will encounter.  Although, I think you will be glad I didn’t have it with me this morning.  I saw the oddest thing on our walk.  There was a pair of men’s dirty tidy whities hanging from a tree branch along the trail.  They were pretty high up in the tree.  Makes you wonder how they got up there :)  I’m guessing there may have been some alcohol involved!

The weather has been delightful this weekend.  The campground is about 1/3 occupied.  We had a steady business of boat rentals.  Today is predicted to be back near 90 degrees with higher dew points.  It appears summer does not want to end.  At least it hasn’t rained much this month!

I had a questionP1000281 asking whether we got to tour the factory at Jelly Belly.  Our tour was around the warehouse.  They put you on a tram that stopped around various locations in the warehouse. Video screens told the story of the company and how the candy is made.  There were some displays of items used to make the candy, as well as memorabilia type items.   I believe the actual factory is in California, and the Wisconsin location is a warehouse only.  

Jelly beans that don’t meet quality control standards are called “belly flops”.  These are sold at a discount in the store.  Unfortunately, the day we visited the belly flops weren’t of a variety we liked.  I guess that was good for our budget.

The store had a sampling bar, but they only gave you one bean per sample.  It was kind of hard to get much of a taste with one small bean.  They also make candy corn, taffy, gummi candies, soda, and different types of chocolates.  I liked the taffy better than the jelly beans.  My favorite taffy was strawberry cheesecake.  When the company originally started, they only made candy corn.

On Friday morning the DirecTV repairman came and fixed our satellite TV.  When the dish fell over during the storm, it bent the actual dish.  It didn’t appear bent, but when the repairman showed us the bent dish next to a new one, the bent dish was off by about 4 inches.  It is up and running again, and all is well.  It did cost us $50 for the service call.  Kevin had hung two milk jugs full of water from it when he set it up, but didn’t stake it because we were only there for the weekend.  He thought the weight would be enough.  Lesson learned is always stake it down!

We’re still waiting to hear from Jayco regarding repairing our bedroom slide.  We’re hoping we don’t have to go to Indiana, and they’ll let the dealer in Wisconsin do the job.

On Friday we had a conversation with our boss regarding next summer.  They definitely would like us to come back.  I explained to him that we enjoyed the camphosting, but we also need to earn some income.  There is a possibility they may have something available for us in which we can camphost and work part-time earning some income.  I’m hoping it will work out!

Don’t wish upon a star – Reach for one!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

More Work Needed

We survived the night at the motel.  We chose to stay at a Knights Inn because it was only $50 a night, and was the least expensive place we could find near the RV dealer.  It seemed like an OK place.  Nothing fancy, but clean and would meet our needs just fine.  After all the news about bedbugs lately, I checked the mattress carefully.  No sign of any nasty bedbugs :)

At 2:30 a.m. there was a racquet outside as a number of young people came past our door.  It sounded like they were a few rooms down from us.  When they were in their room, I couldn’t hear them.  Unfortunately, some of them decided not to stay in the room.  A group of young men congregated at the end of the building 2 doors down from us. 

They spent about half an hour talking very loudly about people getting shot and spending time in jail even though they were innocent.  Every other word was f… or mother f…  I wanted to call the front desk or the police, but Kevin said let it go.  Finally, they went away, and I thought we were done.  I fell back asleep.  At 4:00 a.m. they were back.  Someone knocked on our door and tried to put a key in the door.  There was much laughing and carrying on and then I heard a bunch of cars drive off.  That was the end of it.  People can be so rude!!!

At the ball game the night before, there were four young men sitting behind us who also had a very limited vocabulary using the same f… and mother f… words.  No wonder many older people think all young people are hooligans.  I was pretty disgusted with the behaviors I witnessed.

This morning we got a call that our camper would be ready about 11:00 a.m.  The technician stayed until 11:00 p.m. last night to make sure he would get it fixed.  When we arrived to pick it up, we got some more bad news.

It appears our bedroom slide was installed completely wrong.  They used the wrong brackets and it is sitting too low.  When we slide it in, it rubs against the track and is causing the gasket to get all torn up.  The technician did attach the wall to the floor so we shouldn’t have any more water getting in.

They told us we would have to come back once Jayco determined what needed to be done to make our bedroom slide right.  This afternoon we got a call telling us Jayco now wants us to bring it to the factory in Indiana to get it fixed.

Since we’re headed to Colorado when we leave here, that would be quite an inconvenience for us.  If we have to, we’ll do it.  Believe me, Jayco will be getting an ear full from me.  I fully expect they will be paying for our gas and any other expenses we may have.

The technician told us that he’s been seeing more of this poor workmanship on all RVs.  With the economy being so poor, RV manufacturers have had to cut back on labor as well as quality.  He said it’s not just Jayco.  They’re all having problems.  What a shame.  We’ve been loyal Jayco owners since 1981.  I am really disappointed and frustrated. 

On a positive note, we do have a 2 year warranty.  Most other RVs only have a 1 year.  And, Jayco has been very good about fixing all of our problems.  It’s just so unfortunate we had to have the problems in the first place.

Tomorrow the DirecTV repairman comes.  I’m really hoping he can get the satellite working again.  Kevin couldn’t watch the Packer game tonight because it’s on ESPN; no local TV coverage.  This man needs his football :)

I expected our new life to be full of adventures.  These were not the type I was expecting.  I’m looking forward to the other types of adventures soon!

Don’t wish upon a star – Reach for one!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Warranty Day

I’m writing to you tonight from a motel room in Racine, Wisconsin.  Does that tell you how our day at the RV dealer went?

Several times this summer we have had water leak into the camper in two different places; in the bedroom slide and in the big slide with the dinette and couch.  It doesn’t happen every time it rains, but the floor has been soaked a few times when it rained heavily.

Our warranty expires at the end of October so we really wanted to get this taken care of before we leave in a few weeks.  We also had to have our awning fabric replaced as it developed a tear in early June.  It took some doing to get the awning fabric ordered and schedule an appointment.  I’ve been working on getting this appointment since June. 

When I called yesterday to confirm, the service advisor told me she only had us down to replace the awning fabric, and they wouldn’t have time to look at the windows.  I called back and asked for the service manager.  After explaining my situation, he assured me they would look at our windows and see if they could figure out where the leaks were coming from and hopefully fix them.

We were there when they opened.  At 2:00 pm we got a call asking us if we had a place we could stay tonight.  The good news was that the dinette window leak was fixed.  The factory had installed the sealing strip incorrectly.  It had “rolled over” and water was getting in.  They took out the window and replaced all sealing strips and sealed it shut.  The awning fabric was also being replaced.

The problem came in the bedroom.  When the camper was built, the factory didn’t attach the slide wall to the floor on one side.  That’s where water was leaking in.  In order to fix it, they have to pull the entire slide out and remove the bed.  The factory couldn’t tell them how to get the bed out.  What’s up with that!  Glenn, the technician, told us he would figure it out and would make sure it was properly fixed and better than new.  The job was estimated to take 6 to 8 hours.  So, here we are in a motel room.  They expect to have it done by tomorrow afternoon.

We’re fortunate our camp host employers are so understanding.  They were very gracious about our being gone most of this week getting this taken care of.  I just hope it will all be fixed properly, and we are done dealing with it!

In other news, the weather has been absolutely perfect the last few days.  Highs between 75 and 80 with low humidity and sunshine.

We had tickets for a Milwaukee Brewers baseball game last night.  We went with our son, Eric, and his friend.  We had a very nice time even though the team lost.  It hasn’t been a very good year for them. 

For many years Kevin and Eric had a 20 game season ticket package.  This is the first year they didn’t renew.  The tickets last night were free from the club as an incentive to try to get them to buy season tickets next year.  In this new life, that’s one thing Kevin has let go.  We don’t know where we’ll be next summer.

Yesterday we found a path at the campground that led to Lake Michigan.  It was a nice walk with a beautiful view.


While we were waiting for the camper to be repaired today, we went on a tour at the Jelly Belly Factory.  Jelly Belly’s are gourmet jelly beans.  The tour was free, and it was interesting to learn how they make the candy.  Of course, the free samples at the end were fantastic.  I forgot my memory card for the camera, so the picture I took is in the internal memory of the camera.  The cord is in the camper so no picture tonight.  We didn’t buy anything.  $9 a pound for candy isn’t in our budget :)

Hopefully, tomorrow brings some very good news about the camper.  Then, its on to the task of getting the satellite dish fixed.  We have an appointment with DirecTV to come out Friday morning and take a look.

All of this still beats going to work :)

Hope everyone is enjoying the fabulous full moon tonight!

Don’t wish upon a star – Reach for one!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Quite a Storm

Welcome new followers Randy and Pam!  Also, thanks for the many birthday wishes and the comments regarding my magic mushroom post.  You made me laugh!!  I was in grade school in the 60s so am not familiar with those types of mushrooms :)

Last week, we had two wonderful days of visiting with our son, Korey, and his girlfriend, Cathryn.  On Thursday the four of us played 9 holes of golf.  Cathryn has just started playing this year, and she did great.  The rest of us didn’t have the best of rounds.  I blame it on the heat and humidity. 

That night we had dinner at my mom’s house with the rest of the family.  It was a great day.  I haven’t had my boys together since April.  A mom can’t ask for much more :)

On Friday we headed to Lakeview Campground in Chilton, Wisconsin to camp with our camping club.  The campground is near Lake Winnebago and has some very nice views.


There are two camping sections.  One is in the woods, and the other is wide open.  Many of the sites in the woods would be very difficult to get into, and the roads in there are not very wide.  Our group of 15 units were camped in the wide open area.  This is a new area.  They have planted some trees, so in about ten years it should be a very nice camping area.  For a private campground, the sites were quite spacious. 


They had 50 amp service with water, but no sewer.  The cost was $31 a night.  We’re the 2nd from the left.  There was a very nice office building with a small restaurant attached.  I heard the fish fry was very good.  There was also a nice pool behind the office.


On Friday afternoon, a group of us were sitting around enjoying a cocktail before dinner.  We knew there was a possibility of some thunderstorms, but we weren’t expecting what came next.  There were some dark clouds overhead, no rain, no thunder, no lightening.  Within seconds, the strongest winds I have ever encountered were upon us.  Everything was flying.  Awnings were standing straight up in the air.  We later heard on the news that these were 50 to 70 MPH straight line winds.

Kevin and I ran to our awning.  We have an electric awning so it does not get staked down.  It was literally straight up in the air and possibly over the top of the roof.  It happened so quickly, I’m not sure how far back it went.  Kevin grabbed onto the arm next to the door, and I ran inside and began pushing the button.  We were able to get it rolled up without any damage.  The literature for the awning says it can withstand up to 50 MPH winds.  We now have proof that they are telling the truth!

Next, we ran to our neighbor.  He also had an electric awning.  He was alone, and couldn’t get it rolled up.  He was literally hanging from the middle of it.  He and Kevin grabbed the arms, and I pushed the button.  We also got his rolled up without any damage.  Every camper was able to get their awnings up without damage.  It was truly a miracle.  As we were running around finding the stuff that had blown away; windsocks, flags, tablecloths, etc, the heavy rains came.  We lost power for about four hours.

We were actually very lucky.  There were a number of nearby areas in Wisconsin that had severe damage and flooding, including one tornado.

We did suffer a casualty, however.  Kevin had set up our satellite dish so he could tape the Packer game Friday night.  The wind knocked it over, even though he had 20 pounds of weight attached to the tripod.  Now it doesn’t work.  Luckily, we purchased the extended warranty for it.

Sunday afternoon we headed to Cliffside County Park in Racine, Wisconsin.  We are staying here because it is close to Burlington RV where we have an appointment for warranty service on Wednesday.  This is a very nice county park with water and electric sites.  Some sites are 30 amp and some 50.  The sites have many nice mature trees for shade, but it’s not so shaded that it feels dark all the time.  The cost is $23 a night.

P1000277 We ran some errands today.  While we were out, we drove along the shore of Lake Michigan for a while.  There sure are some beautiful views.  I forgot my camera so no pictures.

I’ve noticed something that is kind of sad.  Both Milwaukee and Racine have serious problems with crime.  Each city has this beautiful natural resource called Lake Michigan.  As you drive along the lake in both cities, you see huge, expensive homes.  In parts of both cities, just a mile or so inland, the neighborhoods become run down and dangerous.  Crime, drugs, murders are every day occurrences.  These parts of the city are dangerous to drive through to get to the lake.

I’ve lived within 20 miles of Milwaukee and the lake all my life.  We rarely went there because it just didn’t seem like a safe place to go.  What a shame!!!

Don’t wish upon a star – Reach for one!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Mushroom Magic

With all the rain, heat and humidity this summer, I have noticed some very unusual mushrooms growing in the park. 

P1000271 A few days ago, this one was a very orange color.  I had forgotten my camera that day.  When I finally remembered to bring it, the mushroom didn’t look quite as magical anymore.  I still think it’s a very interested specimen.  I’ve never seen one like this.

These look like fuzzy stones to me.  The first one is older and looks like it is turning into a petrified rock.  The second one appears to be fuzzy on the top.  These little finds get me all excited:)



On another note, we finally have a working DVD player again.  A few weeks ago I told you how ours wasn’t working anymore.  Our camper is still under warranty, so I contacted the dealer.  Jayco is no longer using our type of DVD player, so they offered us up to $200 to find our own replacement. 

This was easier said than done.  The problem was that it is the surround sound receiver as well as a DVD player.  We went to several retailers and couldn’t find one that would work.  We tried Camping World with no luck.  Kevin did all kinds of research online and finally found an RCA model that he thought would work.  It turns out Wal-Mart sold them online.  We ordered it, and Kevin installed it today.  It took a few hours, plus a trip to Radio Shack for different cables; but it works!!!  My husband is a genius.  I have no idea how he figured out how to get it all to work.

Today was my birthday, and I had a great day doing not much of anything.  We did go to Dairy Queen yesterday for my free birthday Blizzard and Culver’s today for my free birthday sundae.  I love the internet.  All these places sending out coupons. 

I’m looking forward to Korey and Cathryn coming tomorrow and dinner at my mom’s on Thursday with my whole family!

Don’t wish upon a star – Reach for one!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Weather Relief and PGA

The heat and  humidity have finally left town.  This entire week is predicted to be highs in the low 80s and dew points in the upper 50s.  What a relief.  I’m so excited to be able to finally open the windows and doors and turn off the A/C.  We had a few storms roll through on Friday.  There was a beautiful double rainbow Friday evening.  It was still raining out, so the picture is through our back window with raindrops on the glass.  Now, the mosquitoes need to leave town!!


Our son, Eric, is also breathing a sigh of relief.  He’s been extremely busy this summer.  To top it off, his own A/C died, so he had to replace it as well.  At least he could do it himself, and he didn’t have to wait for a service person.  Some customers have been waiting days because all the HVAC companies were swamped.

Kevin had a great time at the PGA tournament on Thursday.  They didn’t allow cameras or cell phones, so he didn’t get any pictures.  One guy behind Kevin took a picture.  The marshal confiscated his camera immediately.  Supposedly, they don’t give you the camera back.  Definitely, not worth the risk.

There was a 3 hour and 10 minute fog delay that morning.  They got to the 17th green, which is where they thought they would have a good view of the golfers for the entire hole, at 7:15 a.m.  They didn’t see the first golfer come through until about 12:05 p.m.  Luckily, they had stools to sit on.  The PGA has rules about what kind of chairs you can bring in; no arms or backs.  Also, they allowed water to be brought in.  Normally, they don’t allow it, but because of the hot weather, they suspended that rule.  However, it had to be AquaFina water only.  If it wasn’t, there could be no label.  Lots of rules :)

Kevin said it was all worth it.  He really enjoyed seeing these pros play, and to see a tournament in person.  Kevin and Gary even ended up on TV for a few seconds.  Don’t worry if you missed it.  I didn’t see it either :) 

The course is right along the shores of Lake Michigan.  There was a breeze off the lake, so the heat was bearable.  There are no trees on the course.  It is designed to be like the courses in Scotland with many bunkers, hills, tall grass in the rough, and no trees.  There are 1,200 bunkers (sand traps) on this course.  I could never play there, even if I could afford it. I’m sure I’d be in tears before even finishing the first hole :)

Tiger Woods was gracious enough to hit his ball into the rough right in front of where Kevin was sitting :)    He was only about 10 feet away.  Tiger has an entire entourage of people walking along the course with him.  There were about 50 people with him on the course.  There were his caddy, police officers, media people, and who knows what the others are there for.   Then, you have the 50 million people who follow him along the course outside of the roped off areas.  Kevin said it was just amazing to see this sea of people coming down the course behind Tiger.  He is still very popular. 

This Wednesday our son, Korey, and his girlfriend, Cathryn, are coming to stay with us for a few days.  I’m excited to see them!

Don’t wish upon a star – Reach for one!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Some Questions Answered

Over the past few weeks, some of you have asked me some questions in your comments.  So, today I thought I would answer them.

Merikay wanted to see a picture of our camper.  Here we are parked at our current location.  We have a 2008 37 foot Jayco Designer 5th wheel with 4 slides and a 1999 2500 GMC pick up truck.  Our truck only has about 50,000 miles on it because we’ve only ever used it for towing.

RV & Truck at Astico Karen, or maybe it was Al, asked for the salmon patties recipe.

Golden Fried Salmon Patties

2 eggs

1 cup KELLOGG'S® Corn Flake Crumbs (divided)

1 can (15 1/2 oz.) salmon, drained, skinned, boned and flaked

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes

3 tablespoons finely chopped onion

1/4 cup milk

Oil or shortening (for frying) – I used olive oil

1. In medium mixing bowl, beat eggs slightly. Add 1/2 cup of the KELLOGG'S Corn Flake Crumbs and remaining ingredients except oil. Mix until thoroughly combined. Shape into 6 flat patties, about 2 1/2-inches in diameter. Coat with remaining 1/2 cup KELLOGG'S Corn Flake Crumbs.

2. In 12-inch fry pan, cook patties in small amount of oil about 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown, turning once. Serve hot with tartar sauce or lemon wedges.

This was just enough for one meal for the two of us.  I didn’t even use tartar sauce; they were great without anything on them.

Levonne wanted to know the location of the picture in the header of the blog labeled “Next Winter’s Dream Location”.  I have to admit I don’t know where it is.  I found it on the internet, and it looks exactly like someplace I’d like to be in winter.  We will be searching for spots like this.  When I find one, I’ll take a picture and use it as the header picture.

A few people commented on our plans for the winter, reminding us to slow down.  We fully plan to travel at a slower pace after this winter.  There are a few reasons why we are pushing it this winter.  First, we plan to play this winter; basically a long vacation.  After this winter, we’ll most likely be workamping in summer and winter and touring in spring and fall.  Second, we want to get to Colorado and Utah before it gets too cold.  Third, we are going to buy an annual National Park Pass.  Since so many of the national parks are located in the southwest, we’ll try to see many of them before we return to Wisconsin next summer.  Our boys tease me that they always need a vacation from my vacations because I tend to do power vacations.  I promise, I’m try to reform!

I also want to let you know that we have mastered Redbox movies.  Our first experience was not good, but they corrected the problem and didn’t charge us for the first movie.  We’ve also received codes for 2 free rentals.  This seems to be a great way to rent movies.  It will be interesting to see how many Redbox locations we encounter in our travels.  If they are readily available, we may cancel our Netflix subscription.  I do like the instant watch feature of Netflix, but with only 5 GB of data per month, we can’t be streaming video.  Hopefully, cell phone companies will be coming out with unlimited plans soon.

Today was the hottest day of the year.  The heat index is over 100 degrees and the dew point is 73.  I know it’s hotter in other parts of the country, but still!  We only have one air conditioner, and it has trouble keeping up on these really hot days.  We bought our camper off the dealer’s lot, so didn’t have the option of a second air conditioner.  This weather is a fluke for Wisconsin, so hopefully we won’t have this problem often.

Kevin is at the PGA Tournament at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin today.  A friend had a last minute extra ticket and invited Kevin.  What an opportunity!  I’ve been watching on TV.  There doesn’t appear to be much, if any, shade.  I hope he’s OK.  I’ll let you know how what he has to say about the whole experience.  That course looks like a nightmare to me :)

Don’t wish upon a star – Reach for one!

Monday, August 9, 2010


Yesterday Kevin’s sister, Mary came for a visit.  With her were her daughter, Terri, and Terri’s 4 children.  We had a really nice visit.  The kids are between 2 and 12 years old.  Kevin and I were both really impressed with how well they behaved.  Great kids, Terri!  It was fun spending time with them.  Maybe someday I’ll get to be a grandma :)

Terri's Family

The weather continues to be hot and humid.  A line of thunderstorms came through last night; loud and windy!  The weather radio went off 4 times.

Storms make me nervous.  I’m not used to them in our new home.  So far, I’m impressed with how solid our home seems to be.  There were some strong wind gusts.  I felt the RV shake a little, but nothing to get excited about.  Our windows didn’t leak either.  We’re still getting them looked at on the 25th.

On Saturday we rented a canoe to two guys.  They were out from noon until 8 pm.  When they got back, they told us that they had tipped over, and one of them lost his wallet.  They looked for over an hour, but no luck.  I’m amazed people take things like wallets and cell phones in a canoe. 

I’m trying to make an effort to add more fish to our diet.  I made salmon patties for dinner on Saturday night using canned salmon.  They were really good!  That’s one recipe I’ll be using again.

My kids always used to cringe whenever I tried a new recipe.  I admit I’m not the best cook, but I try :)  Once in a while, I’d hit on a great new dish.  I’ll  have to try some more.  Any ideas?

We didn’t go golfing today.  The weather is just too stifling.  Maybe next week.

Don’t wish upon a star – Reach for one!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

What’s Next

We’ve had some people ask us where we will be headed after we leave Wisconsin.

Our plan is to leave Wisconsin on September 19th.  Our first stop will be a Corp of Engineers park near Galena, IL.  We’ll head from there to Rocky Mountain National Park (with some stops in between).  We hope to spend about a week in that area and then visit some other National Parks in Colorado and Utah.  Much will depend on the weather.

We’ll purchase an annual National Park pass.  We plan to visit many of the parks on our way to California and on our way back to Wisconsin in spring.  Many of them are located out west.

Some time in November, we’ll head to Death Valley National Park in California.  From there we’ll head towards San Diego.  We are flying our boys to San Diego to visit for a week at Christmas. 

I’m currently researching a place to stay near San Diego.  I think I’ve narrowed it down to Woods Valley Kampground in Valley Center, CA or La Pacifica RV Resort in San Diego.  If anyone has any input, I’d greatly appreciate it!

We are Passport America and Good Sam members, so I’ve been trying to find a park with a discount.  You can drive yourself crazy researching campgrounds :)

I’m not complaining; it sure beats the alternative of staying in Wisconsin and working!

In January, we’ll head to Arizona.  There are a couple of campgrounds we’re considering.  Again, any suggestions would be very welcome.  Kevin is looking forward to Brewer spring training in March.

We won’t be workamping this winter.  We plan to wander and talk to many other snowbirds and fulltimers.  I hope to learn as much as I can from others who are living this wonderful life.

The weather continues to be hot and humid.  The mosquitoes and flies are beastly.  Last night one of our tent campers came to Kevin desperately in search of bug spray.  This poor guy had gone to all 3 stores in Columbus that sell it, and they were all sold out.   We were able to help the guy out.  I can’t imagine being outside after dark without spray.  We still need to spray every morning before we take our walk. 

Monday was golf day.  As usual, I had some good shots and some bad shots.  My drives and fairway shots were actually pretty good.  Chipping and putting was another story.  Maybe some miraculous day, I’ll be able to have it all come together :)

Yesterday Kevin drove into town to golf with a former co-worker and friend.  I also drove to town to take my mother to an appointment.  Mom and I had lunch and picked up our mail at Eric’s house.   It was a nice day.

On the way home, I stopped at Wal-Mart in search of another fan.  We have a ceiling fan and a portable fan we used in the bedroom.  I bought one more small fan to use in the living area.  We have found that keeping the air moving in this hot weather, really helps keep the camper cooler.

Don’t wish upon a star – Reach for one!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Are You Bored Yet?

Today we are 3 months into our adventure.  So far, so good!

One question people ask us is if we are bored.  The easy answer is “No”.  We have found things to do that we enjoy, and we have definitely slowed our pace and learned to relax :)

Each day we walk for about an hour.  We also like to ride bikes; however, there are a lot of hills and busy roads around here so we haven’t done much bike riding.  We also both enjoy reading, playing computer games, watching movies, and playing our Nintendo Wii. 

Having a workamping position also gives us something to do.  It’s not a lot of work, but we have some responsibilities, and it gives us some structure.  I have to admit, I’m itching to get on the road and start the traveling adventure.  Six more weeks until we head out :)

Evelyn's Craft Fair Items I’ve always enjoyed crafting.  My mom and I used to sell at craft fairs.  I made wooden crafts.  Here’s an example of some of the items I made.


Obviously, I couldn’t bring a band or scroll saw with me or store large craft items.  Also, I think craft fairs have kind of run their course.  People were looking for handcrafted items to be sold at rummage sale prices.  Many craft fairs were allowing sellers to sell products made in China. 

I did bring painting supplies and my sewing machine HPIM0300with me.  I  enjoy crocheting, quilting and painting.  I took some painting classes and have painted on glass, candles, plates, wood, etc.  Many times I make gifts.  I feel it really puts a personal touch onto gift giving.  I painted these for a wedding shower a few years ago.

Last week I quilted some eyeglass cases.  The pattern is called “Snap Happy”.  Pieces of metal tape measure are sewn into the top to snap the cases closed.  I’ve also made some other size bags using this pattern for cell phones or iPods.  It’s fun!  Guess what some of you are getting for Christmas this year :)

Snap Happy Eyeglass Cases

Snap Happy Purse






I very much want to find some work I can do “at home”; some type of virtual office work.  I was a secretary for many years, and have skills that would make working online perfect.  I know such jobs exist, but haven’t been able to find something for me.  I have some leads I am pursuing.  If anyone has any ideas or information, I’d love to hear about it. 

We planned very carefully to live this life.  Since we are not old enough to collect any of our retirement funds, we want to be careful and not spend too much until those funds kick in.  I know we can make ends meet if we are careful, but I’d feel a lot better if I could be earning some cash.  We’ll also continue to seek out workamping positions in different parts of the country.  There are just so many possibilities out there.

Don’t wish upon a star – Reach for one!