I deleted Kate Othon

I decided it was silly, not needed,and I really had little to offer there. I am called Kate here and I like it but I am not officially Kate Othon. I am Kathleen by few, Kathy by many and Kate in this neighborhood.

I paint because I love to combine color and shapes, some people like them, others do not and that’s as it is for many more talented artists than I. I can show my work here as well as I could show it over there and save me time and money.

Sorry to my daughter who helped me put the site together…okay she put it together while I kept messing it up.

I decided to just make this space more interesting, write more often and to hopefully write better. I think stories of an almost 80 ( it sounds more impressive than just 78) woman alone but for her dog who chooses an alternative life style “on wheels” can appeal to more than family and friends and when I see that readers from other countries read here it pleases something in me and encourages me to tell more stories. I have stories, don’t we all have stories we’d like to tell?sometimes the stories don’t get told because people don’t have time to listen, so write them down, get your stories out there!

Some times telling your story clearly can clarify what your story is really about and who you are

Not sure that last bit makes any sense at all.

Lately I’ve been falling asleep early, about 8 pm because I’ve been really tired, problem is I wake up about midnight thinking it’s a new day ready to go. It’s hard to fall back to sleep right now it’s 12:07 as I write because I can’t get back to sleep. Many oldsters have this problem, I hear about it all the time.

Today is Halloween, CJ (owner of RV park) always has a party, we’re supposed to dress up. I’m going as a hippy, I’m told I wear that costume every day so here is my costume svelt stretchy jungle print leggings, a blue top and a tie dye scarf and Sandals. Then I remembered this beautiful top of many colors and stuck a flower behind my ear and felt like a modern day hippy.. what a transformation !

2021 Hippy

You know it really doesn’t matter how many people read my words here

But I’ll admit that I check my stats and love to see that people from other countries read here, this old woman appreciates this and it makes writing a lot of fun and encourages me to write often which is good for my brain stimulation!

It just takes hearing from one person to make it worth my time to share my nonsense, my journey, my trials and tribulations, my joy.

That happened today, twice and on the telephone! Yes I do speak on the phone and I have answered voice mails. I got caught up with a brother and an old friend that I’d worked with at the hospital in Panama., she’s 86 and not happy with the loss of control over her life style and finds pleasure reading about Charley and life here in Caballo. She walked several miles every day until she broke a hip and surprised everyone with her rapid recovery. I plan to stop to see her in Austin on my way to Plano TX before I fly to VA for Thanksgiving.

Enough about me, today was spa day for GG. Ordinarily it is not considered right to wash your RV in the park, at least I think that’s true., though I’ve never been told this,People take their RV elsewhere to wash it. Exceptions have been made.

Today I did a quick rinse on the west side of GG with a solution reported to do it all, wash rinse and shine and it looks ok.GG has really nice skin and never looks dirty so that was fine for her business side (the side with all the workings gas/water/poop tubes and generator) , but on her fun side I went with something better. I learned of this product from my neighbors who live in a huge beautiful RV that has a mirror finish. I don’t expect that for GG, different style different finish. Anyway that is what I’m using to beautify GG. This is the side with the entry, the side I’ve-been painting on. Tomorrow I’ll finish reworking some of the paint and cleaning the upper half………y.es I should have started from the top but I was excited to see how this stuff worked and cleaned parts I could reach.I’ll have to get a new photo of GG for my blog page when she’s all beautiful, she’ll be even better looking than when she was new. (This isn’t a very good photo, I’ll try again later.)

I know, its great to get excited about small things, smiling is good for your face, I must smile a lot because I’ve gathered an incredible collection of smile lines

I probably don’t need to bring my potted plants in yet, we haven’t had a freeze, but I brought in a few, six plants I’d like to winter either in here or in the studio., but I’m pushing it, I have about 6 more that will need protection, the ones I saved from Walmart‘s greed.It really burns me that they keep trying to sell plants that are almost dead without much discount, they should give the away rather than trash the dying unsold dears. My rant for today. It looks like a florist shop in here now.

We haven’t had a freeze yet but it sure is chilly in the morning, in the 50s. Poor Charley was cold last night, I heard him scratching around on my new fabrics at 3 am so jumped down to see que pasa and he was all scrunched together trying to get his blanket over him. I helped him and turned on the space heater and all was well until time to get up but neither of us wanted to get moving it was so comfy in bed. Wintering in GG is not my favorite time of year even in Caballo.

Hot Spot it is

My wifi hell persists but I sent back and returned everything I bought trying to improve my internet to just use my hot spot.

I kept trying to figure out a system that would work. I even bought a refurbished Dell computer to use as a connection in my studio with a rather expensive modem-router to connect to my antenna that flies above my studio. All this because of the large RV parked between me and the signal, and the fact that I really can’t move my stuff to a better position because of the studio and garden.So hot spot it is. So far so good. I changed my Verizon account to get more data but I just got a message from them saying they’d changed it but to the wrong plan which I will have to get fixed when I find my password.

Talking about passwords, I’m having a hell of a time! Going from computer to iPad to phone things just don’t work as they should for me. I know it’s my fault, I forget. What gets saved on my phone doesn’t save on my iPad when I go back to retrieve my code from my email on my phone back to my iPad ………I know its just me but really, is all this necessary:;[Ññ*¨¡? (Sorry couldn’t find the ? Mark on this


To add to my general confusion this keyboard I’m using has deficiencies I have yet to master, as you have surely noted by now.

Sin mas!

GG gets Serviced, next up, the Spa treatment

Here I am sitting in my rig while the mysterious inner workings of GG get a check up, so far all is good but the generator “is a mess”( I knew that) and needs attention. The drive north (after a stop for $80 worth of gas) was pleasant but I had to remove the dark film over the windshild, it was wrinkled and confusing to look through and the one closet door I have for the pantry opened and rice flew out pretty much everywhere, I knew it would happen, though I didn’t suspect it of the rice and now have an idea how to hold the door it closed while driving.

I’m going to stop at Walmart to look for an ajustable curtain rod that I can put one side on the door and the other on the wall in front of it, maybe two rods better. I’d locked the wheels of a cart but it tipped over and all the stuff fell out to join the pantry fall-out items on the floor.

I’m sitting in the RV listening to the garage music, fans of Cash. Nice. I’m going to ask him if he can get this cool drivers wheel cover on, I couldn’t stretch it far enough to get-it over the wheel……he did it yah. He said it was perfect for this RV

The ride home was easier because I replaced that extra mirror in the corner of the outside mirror the one I had fell out when I was cleaning it., and I placed the curtain rods so didn’t hear the disaster happening behind me ( it was contained inside the door), also I felt more confident after I was told GG looks great under there, she only has 60,000miles on her and the work I had done when I bought her looks well done and intact. Almost makes me want to go somewhere, if it weren’t for the price of gas I certainly would

I still have to get propane for the fridge before I go anywhere, the place was closed when I went by there today. ( you know what I have to do to go back to get it, the unhooking the rehooking up, moving the picnic table and on and on, not a minor inconvenience)The fridge will switch from electric to propane depending on which is available, so while traveling it uses propane, or I guess it would stay on electric if I had my generator on, but I don’t usually drive with the generator on.

I have more labor to do on the outside, I need to remove a lot of old dirty caulking, clean it as best I can and the replace with fresh stick on caulk, I ordered some today, hope I get the right stuff this time…..I could write a whole blog on the hassles of getting the “right” stuff. Maybe I will, no it would be boring to anyone but me!

Charley was not a happy camper, the noise scares him

My ROOF is Fixed

It wasn’t a big deal after all, just that one place where it leaked and messed up one panel of the ceiling, and is now truly fixed by the experts. So that was one thing to take off my fixit list.

Air in my tires, done. Air pump ordered as I guess I can’t count on a friend being near by when I might need one!

New mirror ordered to add to outside mirror where the old one fell off. Windows washed wipers cleaned with WD40.

Appointment for oil change for motor and generator made for this week.

Tail Gate ART poster

I need to figure out what to do about that ugly seam. I took off it’s cover and found the seam very open beneath it and tried to fill it in with stuff but now don’t have the right kind of cover for it. I’m changing some other seam covers but they are not the same size as what is needed here, should have not tossed what was there, live and learn I suppose.

So my GG is almost ready to be gassed up for travel! We haven’t gone anywhere for so long that I cancelled the insurance, which is apparently not a good thing to do, but I went with AAA and got a better deal than with Progressive and I plan to drive to Dallas before Thanksgiving.

Galletas María

They are not really that great, kind of simple, bland, not a lot of flavor, but I bought a whole box of them. 4 rolls. So why buy them!

They remind me of Panama.

I am a reminiscent buyer of memories. Do you ever do this, I find I do it often, it’s a way to keep those memories close. Every time I eat a cracker it will remind me of Panama early days before we could buy from the Panama Canal commissary.

That brings another memory, buying stuff from the commissary and later the PX. We had privileges, as I was an employee of the Panama Canal Company, and later of the Department of Defense so we could go and buy where the rest of the family could not. So you know we did a lot of family grocery shopping that never made it home….our home. Especially around the holidays, hams and turkeys bought in several trips rerouted to family homes. Everyone did the same, some on a much larger scale, you could see px sales down the street by some enterprising souls. Efforts made by those in charge to keep those products only for those with privileges and punishment for those who disrespected those efforts, were laughable. We did it for family. Knowing someone with privileges was an asset!. We didn’t abuse it too much or too often.

Interesting times.

So, galletas maría, papaya for Elias,(I winder if he still likes it) potato fries for Evan, just a few things I buy because of the memories they bring me.

Walking down to the lake

Preferably that is how I would get to the lake.

But it really hurts my legs and hips, and hey, they are old and tired , so I finally bought a park pass and can drive down and get to the same place I would walk to. The park property is close to the RV park I don’t know why I had not thought to get the day pass for $40-year before now. Did I tell you this already? Sorry if I did, absent minded I am.

It’s super windy today, glad I don’t have to go anywhere. Neither the RV nor the smart car do well in the wind so I just stay out of it and am taking the time to write here and plan new posts to schedule for the next few days….so I don’t bore you with too many posts in one day.

I tried riding a friends new bike today. I fell into my garden and smacked my knee pretty good. The bike is heavier than I expected, apparently drives itself, which is why I tumbled, it was ready before I was. I wasn’t prepared and was possibly pushing on the handle accellerator thingy when it took off pretty much without me. She loves her bike but its not for me, the thing folds up, how about that!. (Why did the print just change here?) So much to learn! I like it

My knee is fine, just a little bruised, Im a tough ole gal with strong bones, thanks to my jeans! Not what I wanted to write but I have problems remembering how to find and spell my words.