This post comes with a warning! it's not about travels or trailers or special events! it's about one of my passions, sewing. so if that's not what floats your boat, just skip it now! but if you read it, you just might learn something!
Age is a state of mind! If you don't think so, just ask mom! She's still eager to go places and do things. And she's 89! She always likes to be with her kids, grand kids and great grand kids, even if it means hopping on a plane to go across the country! She flew out to San Francisco to visit some of her offspring, then to Charlotte to see more! She's not afraid to get on board and even change flights if needed. She does now enjoy using her senior status to get priority boarding, but otherwise she doesn't look for exceptions.
Here's a little info on one way to keep some things neat and organized in this tiny home. We have far less space for absolutely everything in this trailer than we normally have at home. First of all, we had to be pretty selective about what clothing to bring along for our month of travel. We needed clothing for frigid cold, since that was the condition when we left home. And we needed clothing for the 70 degree day we had today. That's a lot of variability! We know we can travel light when need be, but we didn't have to be as stringent as, say, a canoe trip!
First, sorry to all our northern friends who are waiting for the snow to disappear! It turns out we picked a great month to be gone from Minnesota. More snow, ice, rain and cold for up North have made it an extra long winter. Winter always seems long to me anyway, and the month of March is no fun at all. It's the bridge between winter and spring, and has a history of late snowstorms coming through. I'm making a mental note to make sure we escape again next March!
I have collected some pictures of the promise of spring to share with you. Next Wednesday is the official equinox, so remember that the days keep getting longer! There is hope!
We added 2 more states to our list on our last day of travel...
Driving across lots of flat land yesterday, with our view like this! I thought Nebraska and Kansas were supposed to be the flat states, but from what I have seen, there are stretches of Indiana and Ohio that rival them.
I'm writing this from Brownsburg, IN, just west of Indianapolis. We are on our way to the Burke house in Charlotte, NC! We were able to leave home Monday about 1PM. The whole process of getting the truck and trailer ready to roll is still a learning experience for us. We had 4 camping weekends last summer, so we were feeling somewhat confident about getting all the steps checked off our list to be ready to go. However, doing that in below zero weather is a different beast! Bob had to remove snow from the top of the trailer twice. He had to use the hair dryer twice to open frozen access panels. The batteries had been stored inside, so had to be re-installed in their compartment that sits on the hitch of the trailer. It's a confined space, and there are about a dozen little wires and posts and connections that have to be secured. Thank goodness he had taken a good picture of the hook-ups before he removed the batteries last fall. We found out that the batteries had not been holding a charge as intended, Bob had used a trickle charger on them in the basement. So we didn't have enough battery power, and, of course, no 50watt power source in our driveway. So we couldn't run the furnace. That left the interior of the trailer still below freezing. So we had to be selective in our packing, placing the things in the trailer or truck bed that wouldn't suffer from the cold. Anything else had to be packed in the back seat of the truck. It was, and still is, a disorganized way to leave home, which really sets my organized mind on end! Marie Kondo (organization queen) would not be happy!
Stepping outside today is wonderful! Although we live in a neighborhood, the houses are at a distance from one another, and during the daytime there is not a lot going on. So yes, it is an immense quiet! The snow acts like a big soft muffler, and the sounds change.
I recently constructed a new purse/bag/tote for myself. See, this is what happens when you travel - last September we were visiting Missoula, MT. That included a search for any interesting stops where I might find inspiring fabric, yarn or patterns. I have great guys, Bob and Dan, who enable me! We tracked down The Confident Stitch in the downtown area. That's where I saw a large tote bag and decided I must have it. The pattern for the Oberlin Tote Bag comes from Klum House in Portland, OR.
No one will be sitting round the chiminea tonight, telling tall tales and gazing up at the stars!
More snow has been falling to the earth throughout the day. I haven't even ventured out to the mailbox!
Hi! I'm Pam! Join me on this journey through the next steps of life!