Category Archives: Life

Turning the Page

Turning the Page

Today is my 40th birthday, and in honor of such a “big-deal-birthday”, I have decided to share some of my hard-won knowledge and favorite sayings.

  1. Lead, follow or get the hell out of my way! First saw this on a bumper sticker in my 20’s and it has been like a mantra ever since.
  2. If what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger is true, I should be able to bench press a Buick by now! I can bench press one in my mind and since that’s where I got stronger, I guess that’s good enough for me.
  3. Always look before you leap. True in most situations but occasionally life requires a leap of faith. Take it, even if you think you’re not ready. Growing up while you grow older will leave you with plenty of regrets. Don’t create more.
  4. Drama should be a four letter word. Creating drama only makes life more difficult.
  5. Not my circus, not my monkeys. See #4 if you’re confused. Don’t buy in to other people’s drama either.
  6. Life isn’t about weathering the storm, it’s about learning to dance in the rain. This thought has gotten me through dark times.
  7. Just when you’re ready to give up and give in, hold the image of a child you love in your mind, then try to give up. Your child, grandchild, a special niece or nephew…whatever works. When the child you imagine is you, you’re doing it right.
  8. There comes a time in every woman’s life when she must face the reality of who she has become. However you feel about facing your shadow-self speaks volumes about the kind of person you are.
  9. Don’t judge a book by its cover. You could be selling someone short and missing a unique experience.
  10. Everyone deserves a second chance, but not everyone deserves a 3rd.
  11. When you find your soulmate(s) you’ll do anything necessary to keep them, even if it hurts you to do it.
  12. Life is about the journey, not the destination.
  13. The goal of life is not to arrive at the grave in a well-preserved body. It is to skid in sideways screaming, “That was one hell of a ride!”

Seeing as how 13 is my lucky number and it is my birthday, I’ll leave you with my top 13.

I hope your day is blessed!

Leave a comment

Posted by on March 2, 2015 in Letters To the Past, Life





That’s what they call people who live in an RV full-time, and that’s what we are.

Our home is a 25′ Fleetwood that is almost as old as I am. It’s currently in a state of remodeling that feels endless some days, but it’s home.

Even though we are not currently on the road, although we do plan to do that one day, it’s still not an easy way to live. Especially when your home is in disrepair and nearing 30.

We didn’t really plan for remodeling when we first discussed living in an RV all the time, and the job seemed overwhelming at first, but now we have a better idea of what we’re doing and things are moving, albeit slowly.

We just replaced all the plumbing. A daunting task indeed since we have only had running water in the kitchen sine we bought the place. Life has been lived on water bottles, hoses, solar water heating bags, borrowed showers and heating water on the stove until recently.

I got to take my first real hot shower since moving in and it was amazing. Amazing in a way that I think only someone who has lived without running hot water can fully appreciate.

We did discover a small leak that has to be repaired soon but it’s very minor, and we still haven’t quite gotten the toilet repaired, but overall, I’d have to call it a success.

There is still a lot to be done, but the things we have accomplished recently have made a huge difference.

In addition to the plumbing and hot water heater, we were also able to purchase a futon for the living room. The one pictured isn’t mine, but it’s the one we purchased from

We also got a tablet, which I’ve been really excited about, and our heater, that I thought was coming yesterday, ahead of the snow storm, wont actually be here until tomorrow.

I think I mentioned before that our camper is in my best friend’s front yard. It’s been interesting to see the looks on the delivery men’s faces when they realize the delivery isn’t going to her much larger, and more traditional, house. They get out of the truck and immediately head for her front door. When I emerge from the camper and they realize someone lives here, their looks are priceless.

We still need to run all new gas lines and do some remodeling and redecorating, but the difference in the vibe of the house has already changed drastically.

Now if I could just figure out where to put the laundry basket…

Until next time!

Leave a comment

Posted by on February 27, 2015 in Life


Missing Out

I know I promised a little more personal information for my second post, and I have one in the process of being written, but I had something happen today -happening now, actually – that is such an uncommon occurrence…well, I felt the need to mention it.

For about the last month, my life has been insanely busy. Let me give you a little background on why.

We left last year, for about six months, and tried our hand at relocating closer to the last family I had that I was still in contact with. Very long story, short, it wasn’t for us and didn’t work out, so we came back to our camper. This was when we both realized that living a “mainstream” life just wasn’t going to work.

When we got back, The Hubby found a part-time job punching a clock while we talked about starting a business of our own.

We kicked around several ideas before deciding that some of the work that falls under the umbrella of “Shadow Shopping” was where we belonged and began to really talk in earnest about what we had to do to make it happen.

During this time, a problem developed about getting Kid 3 back and forth to school and Kids 1 and 2 home from after school activities, so I agreed to help.

Then, Bitch 2’s car went completely down, leaving them with only Metal Man’s truck, so I started picking Bitch 2 up from work as well.

Last week, Metal Man’s truck bit the dust, too. That put me helping with all their running, plus helping out some other friends they had staying with them.

Between my own running, helping The Offspring and helping Bitch 2 and her household, I’ve felt like my feet have barely touched the floor in a month.

Yesterday, I got pretty upset that by the time I finished running for everyone, I’d missed a dinner date with The Hubby.

I guess everyone decided that today they would take it easy on me and give me a break.

Here I sit, barefoot in the office, with a cup of coffee at 2pm with no where to be and no running to do until 5pm. The housework is done, the Double Troubles (our Pug and Chiweenie) are sleeping peacefully and I’ve had time to do things I don’t always get to, like washing dishes and cleaning.

I’ve had time to take Little D, the Chiweenie who is only three months old, outside to start training him to only use the pad at night or when we’re gone, Like Big D does. It’s been nice to have a little leisure time for a change.

I’m hoping that Bitch 2 and Metal Man will have another vehicle on the road soon and then maybe I can really sink my teeth into the business.

I have made some decisions about that, though. After careful consideration, I think auditing is going to be the way I go. The Hubby mentioned earlier today that he thinks it might be for him, too

Demos and merchandising, while decent enough work, sometimes requires you to keep up with a lot of paperwork and supplies for the jobs. We are limited on space, obviously, since we live in a camper.

Doing audits requires much less paperwork and the main “supplies” is a tablet. I may have to get a mobile hot spot as well, but it’ll only be for work if I do.

I’d agreed on a relatively cheap tablet but because of me working and auditing, The Hubby has decided I need a better (more expensive) tablet. When we get our taxes back, he’ll be buying me one and I’m hoping by then I’ll have the free time to work.

I’ve been missing out on this quiet time, though, and I’m thankful to have it, even if it’s only one day.

Just Another Blogger

Leave a comment

Posted by on February 12, 2015 in Life, Shadow Shopping



The Tiny Trail

The mountains are calling...


Think. Feel. Create


living large in 280 sq ft and loving it


My Tiny House Project


Living Large in a Small Space

Ludwig Family Values

Window into the Wee Cottage turned into our record of family recipes


Small Spaces in San Francisco, a designer's journey

Shiny Tiny Mansion

Living Small Naturally

Howling Dog Construction

Additions. Renovations. New Construction. Working in Sydney & the Cape Breton Regional Municipality

Joanne Inspired

things I like, love, do

Preindustrial Craftsmanship

Musings of an Imperfect Man In Search of a Handmade Life

Tiny Family Home

Join us on our adventure as our family of four goes Tiny

Casa mimimi

casa, decoração, jardim e muito faça você mesmo

Doctor Structure

structural repairs modifications restoration new construction

Nail Hammer and A Level

Building Something This Weekend

The Rural Side

My Adventures on the Rural Side of Suburbia

Finding Home

Creating a peaceful place on a few acres in Maine for myself and three children