The Call

In the words of Marianne Williamson: "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, February 26, 2018

Our First RV Park

Have been parked at River Bend Terraces RV Park for 4 weeks today. Lots of traffic on the road next to the trailer, especially very early in the morning and then all day. Lots of construction going on in the homes up on top of the mountain above us. Lots of barking dogs, too - "we live in a neighborhood". We do enjoy the rooster crowing in the morning - neighbors down the way have chickens. Other than that we have full hook-ups including internet, sometimes, and just this week Larry found the coax cable hook-up on the roof so we now have cable tv for 3 more weeks. We have taken this time to move in and get organized - a process that is still going on. Larry is installing shelves for us. The first thing Larry did when we got here was to go out and buy some little plastic bins so he could plant lettuce and arugula. Will stash it away in the pass through storage for traveling. We are still moving things around and starting to realize we don't need everything we have packed away so will be returning some things to storage. We are leaving here on March 19 and want to be ship shape by then. Headed to Valley of the Rogue State Park when we leave here for our 10 days of free camping. Since Larry has disabled vet status Oregon gives us 10 free days of camping each month in a state park. I am feeling nervous about driving that long winding road up the Smith River to get out of here - poor Larry will be driving. He says he isn't nervous at all. Thank goodness.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Move In Underway

Well, we are finally doing it. The move-in is underway. Hoping to find a place for all of this and still have a nice organized little home. Have been too busy with our sale and rental clean up the last few weeks to move into the trailer so have been putting everything into bags and boxes. Now, to find a home for everything. Figured if we had toilet paper in the bathroom, coffee makings in the kitchen and the bed made we'd be good to go.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

One More Shakedown - Harris Beach State Park

Moved the trailer to Harris Beach State Park last Friday for 10 days. Wanted to spend some time here before we move into the RV park - have never stayed in an RV park LOL. One more shakedown with the Black Rock. This time we will get to dump the holding tanks for the first time. It has mostly rained since we arrived. Still having to go slowly with setting up the trailer with our "cheat sheet". There is so much to learn and remember. We had no idea! We love hearing the rain drops on top of the trailer during the night. We feel snug and warm in our little cocoon. Our dear friend Dan'l said we were just 2 old Loggerheads, which took us awhile to figure out? Finally got to have a campfire but ground is very soggy. And the last occupants did not pick up their dog poop - URRRRGGGG. Since it was somewhat melted we didn't see it and it got it all over our plastic bins. We forgot our nozzle at the farmhouse but since it is still not rented Larry was able to go back and retrieved it. Will clean the mess up first break we get in the rain. Since we have been together we have have shared 1000's of campfires. When we were gold mining in the beginning we were boondocking 6 months out of the year in the outback with a campfire almost every night.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Counting Down The Days

A new adventure - 12 days and counting. We are drastically cutting back on our expenses with this "new life style" and for the first time in our lives will not have to be trying to figure out a way to make extra income each month to make ends meet. We are grateful!

Your life is a sacred journey. And it is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous risks, embracing challenges at every step along the way.....

You are on the path exactly where you are meant to be right now..... And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, beauty, wisdom, power, dignity and love....... Caroline Joy Adams

Saturday, January 06, 2018

It Is Happening

Well, we guess this is really happening! Almost all of the furniture has left. There are two lawn chairs, a coffee table (which is leaving tomorrow) and the tv console left in the living room. Bed is leaving this weekend. We will list the dining room table and 2 chairs next week and we are making progress toward our "living estate" sale. Looks like we will make enough to cover the down payment our our new travel trailer home before the first real payment in 4 days. We have met many wonderful people who came to take our treasures to their homes. Miracles have been happening ever since we decided to "hit the road" and minimalize our possessions. We feel very blessed tonight.

Makes you wonder how a person accumulates so much "stuff"? And compared to most folks we don't have that much stuff. Selling off most of our books - we love books, not Kindle - and dishes, pots, pans, linens, glassware, all of the items folks "need" in a household. Took all of our family photos out of their frames because it is easier to store photos out of frames. It has been a real project. Downsizing from 950 square feet to 190 square feet. Compared to many folks we already lived in a small space. Sold the VCR so no need to keep the videos LOL. A person has no idea how much stuff is in those cupboards and closets - thank God we don't have a garage. It has been a real project but will feel good when it is completed. 

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Living Estate Sale

Getting ready for our "living estate sale". Most of the furniture has already left. Bed is leaving this weekend so we will be sleeping in the trailer without the slide since it won't go out. What a huge job this has been. Glad that we started selling "stuff" at the beginning of last year. A person does not realize how much stuff there is in cupboards and closets. Trying to take it all out and arrange it has been a challenge. Thankfully we were able to borrow tables. 

Have been thinking about this word a lot.  

SUPERFLOUS - 1. Exceeding what is sufficient or necessary: EXTRA  2. Not needed: UNNECESSARY  3. Obsolete: Marked by wastefulness: EXTRAVAGANT

This has been an emotional process since we are letting go of quite a few keepsakes. It is bittersweet. This little farmhouse has been a wonderful home but it is time to move on to the next adventure. We are excited about the prospects.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Letting Things Go

Saying "good-by" to a 1930's wardrobe that has been with us almost 30 years. Charlotte painted this when we were going through some difficult times and in transition. She sat it outside on the porch and went at it for days and even said she was painting her emotions out onto that piece of furniture. Goodby little cupboard. Hope you find a happy home where you are appreciated. 

Oh, must not forget the little vintage chest of drawers that we acquired while we were living in Ballard, WA. We had some wonderful times while we were living there in a grand old Craftsman Style home. We could walk 2 blocks and look down on the Pugent Sound.


Maybe what we are feeling right now is what we are supposed to be feeling. We are sad and glad to see some things go. We feel richly blessed that we get to send our treasures off to new homes or even to the garbage with thoughtful contemplation instead of like the fire victims who had it all taken from them overnight and without warning. Our letting go is gentler. Everyone should have their own "estate sale" while there is time. It is a very enlightening experience on so many levels - gladness, sadness, regrets and good riddance.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Morning Thoughts & Ponderings

Good morning,
I do better pondering my thoughts sometimes if I share them with someone else instead of talking to myself so please bear with me this morning. As we get rid of all of our furniture, many family "heirlooms" and just about everything one needs to live in a house, we are looking for the deeper feelings of this process - something that resides below the stress and exhaustion. Up until now that is about all we have felt but we know there must be something going on at a deeper level. We have read about folks feeling freer and lighter but that has not happened for us yet. I think we are staying too busy to feel the deeper feelings - the emotions of what is going on here. We are going to miss the greater blessings of this process if we don't find a way to be present with what we are doing. This whole process is a big deal - a huge transition and we are missing it because we are focusing on getting from here to there - way down the road somewhere. What about today? What about now? But that has been a ongoing challenge - being present because as my sister, Sherry, used to say "Today is the gift" -living in the now so we don't miss it before it's gone. We only get this one shot at today. 

Sometimes we have emotion around a particular item. Yesterday a bedroom wardrobe that we have owned for over 25 years left. I spent hours painting that wardrobe once when we were going through a difficult time. There was a lot of anger and emotion in that paint job LOL. It felt like there should have been a little ceremony or something, but we are too busy to take notice of things like that. I did break down when the hydrangeas left but at least I can go visit them. And I am having difficulty parting with a pair of moccasins that Larry bought for me about 30 years ago with holes starting to show on the underside and on the inside but they haven't gone totally through yet. Oh, did I mention that he just bought me a similar pair. I am more attached to those shoes than many things we are parting with LOL. I think it is because they have been part of my life for so long. 

We have downsized before and are currently living in about 900 square feet, which is pretty small by comparison, but after the first of the year we will move into 190 square feet. It is difficult sorting and deciding what to keep and what not to keep. We have pretty much passed off anything that anyone else wants. Being in our 60's and 70's certainly has a bearing on this process. We are getting rid of more than we would if we were in our 50's. Sometimes it sort of feels like we have already passed away and someone else is going through our "stuff". Actually, thinking about that does help our decision making sometimes. It has been a very interesting and educational process. Since we need the money for this transition we are finding ways to sell most everything we own and we have been blessed because so many items have already left for their new homes. I have tossed out items that we have been hauling around for years and years - items that no one else wants. Now that I think about that, that feels pretty good. I have about 3 more small boxes to go through. One big project was all of the recipes and cookbooks but I am realizing that I will never live long enough to cook all of those recipes. It took two times of going through them but I finally whittled them down to just a few. I have one more pile to go through. I want the meal preparation part of our lives to be simpler and healthier, too. 

Larry will give notice when he pays our rent today. I look around and think "can we get moved, have a couple of sales and have the house and yard all cleaned up in a month?" OMG I hope so but when I look around, I must say I have my doubts..... that is where some of the stress is coming from. All we can do is keep chipping away at our projects and take the time to feel the deeper emotions of this process. I talked to someone a couple of days ago who said they had so much stuff in their motor home they felt buried sometimes and we DON'T want to do that! We want to take our longing for minimalism into our new home with us. We want to live a simpler life on so many levels with more time for just being: reading, fishing, bike rides, canoeing..... I have this image in my mind of sitting in front of the trailer at Klamath Wildlife Area, where our first assignment will be when we hit the road. It's a warm afternoon and I am sitting in front of the Black Rock looking off at the distant hills, smelling newly mowed hay, listening to geese in the distance and maybe a frog or two, an occasional plane flying over and there is time to just sit there and take it all in. Well, now I really do have to get up and finish sorting those recipes.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Transition - Imagining

It has been a busy few months but now that we finally think we have a storage unit, we will start our journey toward living small - as in a 24 foot travel trailer. This morning we are out in Eagleville, California, which is in the Surprise Valley. We have been ranch sitting since October 23. It has been good to be in a different environment. There hasn't been much we could do here except to make lists of what needs to be done when we get home. I must admit if feels overwhelming - daunting at time. We have to remind ourselves that we can only take this on one step at a time - one project at a time. I continually take myself to a place where I can feel the calmness and peace of living small with a shorter "to do" list and fewer expenses. We are creating a whole new routine - a new way of life with a different flow and rhythm and are still not sure what that looks like? No more working in the garden, no more 900 square feet to clean - just a 24 foot foot travel trailer. Compared to many, 900 square feet of living space would seem small. There is a lot to do to make this transition when we get back home - sorting, packing and moving what we will keep to storage and then having a big "living" estate sale. Looking forward to arriving back home and getting busy with all of our projects and the big purge.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Wow! Our New Home!

Well, this wasn't the plan but since we have had such a hard time finding the Black Rock travel trailer model that we wanted, the schedule got rearranged. We now have a travel trailer sitting in our driveway! It took lots of miracles for this to happen - finding the trailer and then having people work in our behalf. Brian working to make this all happen, Mary Jo working with Brian to figure out what the best deal for us would be, Troy working to get it to Redmond from Idaho so that we could pick it up in time to start over 2 weeks of pet/ranch sits. A special person, Andre, working to get our financing through. And so now our new home is sitting in our drive. Amazing!

Picking up our new home in Redmond, Oregon. It was an exciting morning but during the process found out our dear friend, Carole has passed away that morning.
A quick stop for lunch. Oh my goodness - can this really be ours?!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


Wedding Day September 5, 1981
Wanderlust: An intense desire for or impulse to wander or travel and see and explore new places.

In 1981 Charlotte and I abandoned a traditional lifestyle with the intent of seeking new and exciting venues in which to experience life together. That involved living off the grid for several years, mining for gold, living with less; less stress, less material things and way less money. In doing so, we have discovered some basic truths for us: “things” do not equate to happiness; stress and time are the cost of needing and having more and finally; “stuff”or things, and the pursuit of material wealth tend to get in the way of being in touch with yourself and others.   
King's Canyon - 
Climb to the top of Morro Rock

That brings me to today’s post: We have put down roots here in Brookings, Oregon for the past five years and we love it here. Brookings will remain our home, however, we have begun to recognize that we are getting stale, boring and uninspired. We miss that excitement of living on the edge, daring to explore new places and experiences and not just taking life for granted. So, in preparation for getting back out there, we are seriously downsizing, striving for a minimalistic lifestyle that will serve us well as we venture forth. With rising rents and expenses we can no longer afford to stay in our little farmhouse so we are making plans to move into a "tiny house" in the form of a 24 foot travel trailer. 

I’ll close with a quote from Henry David Thoreau that we included in our wedding vows, “I went to the woods to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Sunrise on the Warner Mountains in Surprise Valley California. To view this photo and more go to DreamWeaver Gallery

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Surprise Valley trip to Nevada

We drove to Cedarville, California by way of the east side of Surprise Valley today. We went around and back across Middle Alkali Lake. This route took us into Nevada for a few miles. The east side is barren, desolate and lonely with trees, very few and far between. A "scootcher" into the Hayes Mountains of Nevada might be interesting but that adventure is for another day. The west side of Surprise Valley is far more habitable. We are tree people - we need a few trees in our chosen environment.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Musings on Mesclun and Aging

I dedicated one of my small raised beds to Mesclun to which I added an extra package of Arugula seeds as well as some left over lettuce seeds so my bed should be very dense with greens! I'll enclose a picture of my new sprouts along with my tomatoes. Tomatoes in April!! Thanks to our sunroom. We have had so much rain lately that I "tented" my two small beds to not only keep the rain from flooding them but to help warm them. My other small bed is planted with a new red Kale in the center area with golden and red beets around the perimeter. I love to sculpt my garden beds with color and texture.

My friend commented the other day concerning their alarm at the aging process and the toll it seems to be taking on their body. It has stayed with me because I have some theories about aging: We grow up learning to worship perfection: clear skin, shapely bodies, great strength, etc. Our ego craves the illusion that without those attributes, no one would value us or love us so we continually chase the phantom of outward beauty to the exclusion of developing, nurturing and valuing our inner beauty. I had a first-hand experience with this in 2000 in Huntington Beach. If you recall, I came down with a mysterious illness that we attributed to mouse droppings (Hunta virus, or something). As a result I became so weak that I couldn't walk without help! It made me realize how much emphasis that I had placed on my physical abilities as my true identity, who I was, was linked to my physical body. I was reminded of Steve Reeves, Superman, who became a quadriplegic. As I have aged, crinkled skin, age spots, loss of teeth, thinning hair, decrease in libido, etc., etc., I have begun to get in touch with the real me who is the person who looks back at you in a mirror. I am strengthened by the fact that Charlotte still loves me the same or more, despite my physical condition. I think aging is Spirit's way of defusing Ego, of humbling us into appreciating our inner beauty. Your aging concerns are an opportunity to learn how deeply your loved ones love the real you. Let's face it, concerning the alternative, what choice do we have?!! Have a blessed day.