I’ve been very busy in my new life in Adkins Texas.
A quick recap of the last 6 months
Awhile back I decided to do something about my single status and joined a dating site for silver singles, I met a very nice guy, you remember Colorado man, it didn’t work out for us fortunately, because after that discouraging episode I got back on another site and met Richard in June. We wrote and talked on the phone until SEPTEMBER WHEN I DECIDED TO BITE THE BULLET, and move to Texas while keeping GG close by just in case I needed to skidaddle. No skidaddling happening here. I now live in a lovely home a bit larger than GG, she could easily fit into my dining room! This is a photo of a bit of my living room.
I’ve had fun rearranging everything, rearranging Richards life, his furniture, his Knick knacks, and trying to make it feel like home for us….adding lots of plants has helped me feel less homesick for my friends in Caballo.
Charley fits right in, hasn’t worn a leash since we got here. But the best part of the move is not the large beautiful home, the best part is definitely the man. Generous, gracious, kind, loving, all describe my Richard. I am very fortunate and do my best to deserve my good luck and am happy to say that he feels the good luck is his.
The studio is sold, I’ll believe it when it rolls away but a young couple is getting the money together as I write this now, they expect to take it not far from here and live in it! I put it on Facebook and have had about ten calls for it, I didn’t expect it, it’s really a good deal for them and a relief for me.
Sold my car too! I need to wait for the title to arrive and fix a small brake issue this week, do my errands then call the buyer to come to pick it up.
Monday I have an appointment to get GG ready for travel, pick up my art at the gallery and off we go to Adkins Texas, 10 hours driving to finally meet my man Richard.
No worries, he has been vetted by friends and family and especially me and comes out true, honest and thoroughly lovable. I’ll have a good space to work on my brushstrokes and won’t miss my studio at all.
We’ll drive up to meet my family in Dallas area, I’ll fly to the wedding in South Carolina ,and return to Dallas and finally home to Adkins with either my sis or son to meet my new Home Sweet Home. We are so excited about these new possibilities!
Getting rid of my stuff has been a joy, I’ve never felt so light and free of the weight of Stuff. Giving it all away brings a smile to the face of both the receiver and me, hoping I’ll be remembered as a generous friend not easily forgotten…plus I wrote cards with my new address on them!
JP has been a great help to me during these days, surprised? All good, forgiven and forgotten, he filled up his dumpster with my junk saving me a dozen trips to town with trash. And shared a few glasses of wine and conversation. I’ve made friends and met some fine people while living here and hope we keep in touch, of course I’ve invited them all to visit!
Instead of sending just a smile, which I’m told most men ignore because they get dozens or more a day, I say something like “ I like your profile and see we are rated highly compatible, what do you think, check mine” or something I specifically like about their profile. I usually only smile or write to those living in the state, unless something strikes me as interesting in AZ.
I have some interesting connections but they may read here so unless they turn out badly for any reason you won’t read about them here.
I’m serious about this and don’t want too much more time to pass solita. My feet are itchy to progress, but with caution, I guess my run-in with CO man has prompted me to look around myself and wonder if this enough, just me by myself forever?
And I know it is not enough, I’ve said it before, I’m not done yet, who knows, my best years may be about to begin! I’m keeping that positive thought because that’s how it happens!
I just read an article about how to know if someone is truthful and trustworthy. Okay, it was a medium article, but it described myCO guy in so many ways and there were so many red flags I didn’t see. I should copy that article and reread it a few times to not get Involved with that type of narcissistic personality again. Innocently me! They can be so charming, can you believe we almost sold my car for a motorcycle he loves! ( ok, I agreed it would be fun, two old foggies on the bike) But I couldn’t afford it even selling my car, saved again by lack of funds, who says it’s a problem being poor? You notice who couldn’t do the affording?
Ok, I’m done won’t mention him again, out of of my system, maybe I just had to get mad to get over the whole situation, if so I thank the one who wrote that medium article whoever it was and however I came to it just when I was ready to read it. Funny how things like that just happen when you need it! Intuition?
Intuition, I just finished listening to a 5 day seminar on intuition, some fascinating information sorry I missed some of the sessions but will be investigating this further, who knows maybe I can learn something new, that’s not new but ancient knowledge and not woowooo at all.
Still working on painting my clouds but with this new plan I’ll need to get busy sorting through the accumulation of three years of stuff.
We have to batten down the hatches as they say, because stuff is going to blow around today and for the next three days, but it’s warm and sunny and I’m so glad it’s not cold. In Chinese medicine it’s referred to as pernicious wind because of everything in the unhealthy air we breath, a mask would not be a bad idea. Today driving into town with the car window cracked I past some work being finished up on the highway and they’ve put something green on the ground that smells strong enough that it bothered my throat passing by it. I wonder what it is,Weed kill I suspect I wonder if the workers were protected applying it. The roads look great.
Colorado man should be here next week, he hasn’t been dismayed by my suspicions and has valid explanations for my concerns so I’ll be glad to see him. I’m not enthusiastic about continuing this search for the perfect man, maybe he’ll find me, I’m still on the site but distances are long and I’m busy living right now right here, one possibility has quit looking which is too bad as I enjoyed his writing and another says to let him know if Colorado man turns out to be an ass hole. Sweet!
This problem I have with Charley is really my problem I admit that I am sometimes a little lazy about keeping him on his leash for his morning dash across the street to pee. Usually he will run out pee and run back because he wants to share our morning ensure, chocolate regular not extra protein cuz we don’t like it, and go back to bed in my bed under the blankets to sleep a bit longer. But today he bolted out before I could get out to monitor the activity and didn’t come back for 10-15 minutes. I wasn’t going to get dressed and go looking for him he always comes home when he’s done something where he shouldn’t and CJ will have spotted him, Not good! So he finally appears all happy ready for sharing our ensure but surprise no ensure for Charley today! I don’t suppose he can relate that as consequences to his disappearance. I let his sleep in my bed and he was still up there when I got back from town asleep at noon.
Update Colorado man arrives late tomorrow night hungry.
But haven’t been in the mood to get started here again. As a matter of fact I’ll close my account and continue using my free account so soon my blog will be just tailgateart-othon.wordpress.com or something similar.
The trip was good, GG was excellent until I left the lights on and the battery died. I was at my sons place in Plano Tx and he took care of it for me and got me a new battery after AAA wasn’t able to jump it
Oh a note about AAA.. I had an account with them for both my car and RV. I found out when I got home and checked my mail that they had terminated my account of both because I live full time in my RV…which I told them when applying for coverage. Did you hear that…I found this out when I got home, I drove GG all the way home without knowing I had no coverage!!!
And the insurance agent never returned my calls
Except for that and poor Charley hating and shaking every time I started up the motor the trip was good, we slept in truck stops and once at Walmart, no problems, just a very long ride
And I think, no I know I almost killed Charley. Because he is so nervous I wanted to sedate him a little to make it easier on him…and me too. So I got Benadryl liquid and a syringe to shoot it in his mouth. Unfortunately some got down the wrong way and he aspirated some of it. He started wheezing and struggling to breath, it was awful. This lasted about an hour while I’m trying to massage and clap on his lungs not being sure where exactly I should clap and my sister is googling what to do in case of aspiration. Somehow he pulled out of it and another hour later we hit the rode going home. Next time a pill
is the only way I’ll try again…oh he was not sedated at all by ingesting Benadryl
It’s cold in Caballo tonight, it’s going to freeze which reminds me I have to remove the water hose from the RV so nothings breaks. I’ve brought all plants inside and they have taken over the cab, I’ll add a photo, they love it up there, the geraniums are flowering as never before, I mist them and water them when dry
I’ve got iffy wifi so the pic might not happen today. My hot spot keeps dropping
I just invited some facebook RV groups to stop by to check out GG’s new look.
I need to say that my photos do not do her justice, but we are very happy with whats happening on the outside as well as on the inside. I’ve removed and replaced all her inserts(don’t know what they are called) but she looks much cleaner and well cared for and it wasn’t too difficult for me as I could change many of them from the roof, which by the way the repair done a few weeks ago look great. It was a simple job that if I’d had the product they used I could have done it myself. The fact that I had not electric on one side of the RV was almost too simple and was restored with the touch of a button, most embarrassing, you know what I mean? And when she had enough gas applied the generator worked fine too.
I’m waiting on Amazon for a few more items to complete her look, did you notice her new poster on the side, a new carpet for the step, new painting on the side that I’m not real happy about but it’s okay for a hippy person like me.Inside it really just new fabrics because we are in New Mexico and plan to stay here for a long time. And i love color. I miss my Indian fabrics a bit but can change back any time and probably will cuz they look so exotic and make me feel like I’m in a harem of one.
I’m adding a couple photos now that I’ve added before for any new readers interested just in GG
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.
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!