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

We 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.