Having a Down Day

It happens.

I should be having so much fun testing out and learning my new car but here I am flat in bed due to that old monster that I have avoided for so long.

The pain gets me down and then I feel depressed and a little angry. My car sits out there lonely and neglected covered in dust from the recent wind storms we’ve had and I have no energy to give ita good wash, I keep saying I’ll be better tomorrow then tomorrow comes and I’m still hurting. Everything feels neglected, including myself. Despite all this I’m still happy about my choices, I just need to get over this flare. Maybe I need to allot time to being sick so it doesn’t depress me, just take it as it is, something to live with and get over, because it does get over in a few days up to a week and then I’m good again. I’d been thinking that because I’ve been so good that I must be in remission and could decrease my meds. I still want o try but when this episode is over and I’m back to normal. Hopefully that will happen tomorrow so I can get up and out of my stupor. My IC gallery


I bought a Smart Car

I hope it was a smart thing to do.

It’s noisy.

The wind blows it around,

I dislike the wind. It’s a tiny bit scary when the wind blows thru the mountains

I’m having a heavy wind experience here in NM. But the drive back from El Paso TX to NM via the Chamizol Nat’l Park was so mind -blowing – beautiful ……..

the sky so dark with white and gray clouds against the blue black mountains at dusk

so incredibly unspeakably beautiful,

I have no words to describe how they made me feel, so fortunate to experience, I wanted so badly to photograph what I saw, but I could only quickly glance over and over at the sky while keeping my hands firmly on the wheel unable to pull over to take a foto. yelling OMG, OMG keeping my speed steady in the wind was all I could handle missing the opportunity to record this drive, this sky, and ultimately this car.

Meanwhile back to the car.

If you don’t already know, this car was built in France it says so on the door, it is a manufactured by Daimler and is a product of Mercedes Benz. They say it has unique characteristics which I have to learn.

This worries me a bit. Repair cost and such

I just wanted a small car. Something I can tow without being scared I’ll drop it or lose it.

In fact if I can’t get comfortable towing it, I ‘ll sell it back to Carmax or someone when I leave here, which looks like maybe in July.

It’s cute, no doubt about that.

It drives hard and noisy not a very comfortable long distance ride, but its not built for long drives, more for city driving. I’m hoping I’ll grow to love it as I do my GIGI. I’ll need a name for it, french name maybe, pretty sure a girl name.


I’ll let her grow a bit before naming her, who knows she could end up being a he.

They say…….. that your Favorite Music will be what you listened to while falling in Love, I Believe that’s True

I’m so pleased with my “free” Bose speakers (that I mentioned in another post) once I learned to monitor the volume and can connect my phone to the speakers.

Some simple things are difficult and an embarrassment to ask for help when so simple, but sometimes I need help from a friend.

I listen to music in Spanish, my husband always had the best music and I lifted a few of his CD’s when I left, I listen to Jose Luis Perales, Roberto Carlos, Nicola Bardi, and others

I don’t now what he is listening to now.

I could ask him, he probably has new stuff, I could get updates.

I like country music too. My grandson says its not something he will listen to, I think he has been influenced by his Mother who doesn’t know about western music, or those ‘songs about me’.

I like classical music too though I am an ignorant listener. I had a friend who tried to teach me, but he died.

I miss him.

Simple way to change Tile Photos

Today I changed the tiles I’d put above my fridge and microwave because the abstract images didn’t look like they belonged. But instead of removing the tiles I just added new pictures up with Elmer’s craft bond spray. Because I printed the images with photo paper they are glossy so I think I won’t do anything more to them as I can change the photos whenever I want to. That blue flower looks lonely up there but I’m leaving it for now.

You can make tiles using your own photos , or you can order my mine

I’m Kathy Othon and I’m a TelePhone Phobic

I make no excuses, I have trouble using the phone. I have trouble picking it up and dialing. This has been going on for quite awhile. I’ve tried many phones looking for an answers. I would probably have more friends if it were not from this condition. I blame the phones, I have problems with them all. My daughter suggests that the problems I encounter with the phones may not be the fault of the phones, and that I should reconsider the matter. My other daughter never calls, she must have caught it from me, so sorry it’s a beast.

Worse now with all the robo calls, if the voice in the phone says ‘unknown caller’ I refuse to answer, I know you do too. We should not surrender! I found out today that I missed 3 calls that I would have been happy to take. You see, I don’t have a problem talking on the phone once the call is made/received it’s the action of picking up and dialing…..well we don’t dial do we, we punch in numbers or codes, could that be it? I resent the system of making calls? I’m such a rebel!

What’s worse in this matter, those calls were not from today, they just turned up in my voice mail, they were not there yesterday, I had 7 voice mails pending today. What!! No one calls me (I wonder why) 3 were robo calls one for diabetic equipment (I’m not diabetic as far as I know) another was from Walgreens to tell me my rx was ready for pick up (in Plano TX) and three were from friends I had not see in years and I was delighted to hear their voices.

My friend Nicky suggested I’d gone into hiding and disconnected myself from the world a few years ago. Not true. Just my phone problem.

Just do it! I tell myself, but a little voice says, what time zones do you have to cross to call one on the east coast another on the west coast You’re really tired maybe call tomorrow better?

But now I need to return their calls.

Takes a lot of energy to pick up the damn phone

oh oh I just now looked again at a message on my phone that says this, “calls and notifications will be silenced while your phone is locked.” I saw it earlier today but it made no sense to me so I dismissed it from my thoughts until now as I write this.

My phone is locked?? It works, so what is this now?

My phone is smarter than I am there is no doubt in my mind

Really I will.

I wrote this years ago now it 2022 and I have a different phone, the phone has gotten smarter but I have the same issues!


GIGI RV Wall Tiles

Yesterday I made lots of 4×4 inch prints of my paintings with the idea that people could buy the prints and make their own wall decor similar to mine in their RV. Also I needed to test my little printer and see how many images it would make to be cost effective. Would have been a great idea had I thought about it before I uploading to the RV face book sites, I had the attention of hundreds of RV Face Book members then. They may not come back here after they’ve seen my RV photos not realizing there is more to see. I’ll see if there is enough interest before I become invested in this project.

4 x 4 images for GIGI tiles.

I’d like to see if I can use resin here in the RV, It’s pretty fussy stuff but the tiles look very professional when the resin dries right. Maybe doing only a few at a time as they are ordered (smile) could work.

It took 50, 4 x 4 inch ceramic tiles to go around my door. I’m going to change the photos on the tiles above the micro wave to flowers instead of abstract tiles. They are up there with super glue so I’ll have to glue the photos to what’s up there, doubt they’d come down easily to be replaced, don’t think I’ll varnish them, too close to heat, I can just replace the photos if they get dirty.

I’ll have to include more images here, with the button to buy.

Yes, I’m thinking I could do this, I can make my own prints and make the tiles without much trouble, My new/old business.

With a new name.

GIGI RV Wall Tiles

Thanks to Face Book RV Groups!

WOW!!! There’s been an explosion of views!!

Thanks to RV Face Book Groups my blog is being seen by hundreds of people either wanting to start to travel or are currently traveling in their RV. It is an unexpected pleasure to have my work seen by so many and the positive comments a surprise. I hope my notes are being read too, as I know that after the pictures are seen once and forgotten my words will still be here with comments on life as I travel or sit in place. As winter passes and the weather warms I will have more to say about this life style I’m loving in New Mexico..

Though Caballo Lake is a very small town, Truth or Consequences is 20 miles down the road with hot springs, art galleries, old mines and ghost towns to explore. As soon as I get my ‘smart car’ (next week)I will get out and about and be able to tell more stories. I’ve written about this nice place I’m camping at in other posts, I write camping only because I can’t think of a better description of this life style. If you know of another way to describe it let me know.

Nothing in the Past is more Important than Today

It’s my 76th birthday today]

I just keep getting older, thank you.

I’ve had and am having a good life . There have been disappointments here and there but nothing I can remember at the moment, memory is a funny thing, now I have only good memories while life hasn’t been always easy. But to come to now with only good thoughts is the test of a successful life, nothing in the past is more important than today. 

Happy Birthday to me.

Am I a Recluse or Just a Boring Person?

People wear me out with Endless Conversation

It is said that having close social groups are important factors in longevity and health.

What if being alone doesn’t bother you? Worse, what if you like it?

If I had to choose to be alone or being with a person that talks all the time I would choose to be alone. I would, to avoid the stress that it would cause me. I am lacking in social skills and tolerance.

My social skills are poor and they are getting worse as I find I am intolerant of conversations that mean nothing or are an annoyance to me.What does that say about me?

Rude? Intolerant? Disinterested? Boring? Dull? Special?

All of the above?

When do you have opportunity to think, while there is conversation going on?

You have to think how to respond hardly listening to what is being said, while you plan what you will say, so no one is really listening, just waiting for a break in conversation so one can have a turn to speak with the people next to you, or the one inside your head.

We don’t give ourselves time to just think. Life gets too busy on the outside to be able to take the time needed to really think and understand ourselves and our world.

This used to bother me, make me uncomfortable in social groups but now at 76 years of age I don’t try too hard to fit in., I am a boring person.

I may be rude and I have no small talk. Please excuse me,

But if by chance you ask me who I am, you might be surprised to find that I too have a story to tell, but I’ll probably just write it here.

I am a boring person