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Recap of 2009 In An RV 
Dec. 30, 2009 4:24 am 
Updated: Jan. 16, 2010 3:30 pm
Let's see...this all happened on March 1, 2009. My life has forever been changed. I wanted to try an experiment of sorts and I almost have one year down and one more to go. I want to do the RV experiment for 2 years and then I'm out! A lot has happened over the last year, some of it good, some not so much. But, no matter what has happened, it has been an experience. I had a 3 bedroom home this time last year, a job, my purple lazy boy recliner, a freezer, a covered deck, a fenced yard, 2 cars that would run, a fully stocked kitchen with every possible utensil & appliance that you could ever want, a washer & dryer.....but I find I am happy here for the first time in a long time. I am thankful for a roof over my head, although if it weren't for the huge tarp covering that roof, it totally would leak. I'm thankful that we were in the position that I could give up my job and concentrate on what I love to do I'm thankful that I have my four-legged kids. I'm thankful for my husband, although it is still an adjustment period having him home full-time right now. I'm thankful that my husband was able to re-establish contact with his younger brother. I'm thankful that my tiny little refrigerator is stuffed to overflowing, same with my cabinets. I'm thankful that I must actually get up and go outside everyday for something. And, really, if you think about it, that's quite a bit to be thankful for. And, I must mention three other huge things that I'm thankful for: #1: Turning 40! There was a many year span of my life that I didn't ever think I would reach this milestone age. My husband and his road partner were on their way back here to totally suprise me and the partner's truck blew the drive line out in Yakima. My friend, Sarah, got in her car and drove for 7 hours straight to go and get them and bring them back to Longview just so my husband could spend my 40th birthday with me...that was a great suprise and I found that I have a great friend. #2: Getting asked to sing in the country music competition at the county fair this year (please! keep in mind that I am a heavy metal singer, not a country singer) and taking 3rd place and #3: Meeting a bunch of new friends on AR and actually having people try my original recipes and liking them! Thank you!
This year, I have met Curtis Salgado, Goldie McJohn, and Leon Hendrix, just to name a few. Curtis is a phenominal blues singer, Goldie was the keyboard player for Steppenwolf and Leon is...well, you guessed it...Jimi Hendrix's brother. I am a musician, so it is always an honor to meet people like this. I have gotten up on stage with some amazing bands and either played or sang a set or two. Nothing like having a singing, guitar, bass and keyboard playing cocktail waitress serve your drinks, not to mention the tips I would pull in by doing that! I have broken up a couple of bar brawls and got tossed on a table. I custom designed a karaoke system for the bar. I wrote a couple of songs in the meantime. And I learned about blogging. I have also decided to write a book in 2010 about life experiences living in an RV! It's not always fun!
I learned how to unthaw frozen water lines. I learned that I cannot plug 2 space heaters and a coffee pot into the same outlet or I will throw the breakers. I learned that if I do throw the breakers, I must reset them both or the fridge will not work! I learned that wedging a stick into the toilet to run water to flush out the black water tank is DEFINATELY not a good idea...I completely flooded the bathroom! Seriously, water was running out the back of the rv!! Now we will have to look at replacing the entire floor back there pretty soon, oops! My bad! I learned that, at times, my husband is like a 53 year old child and it p!sses me off to no end! I learned that it's not a good idea to keep your rock guard up in a wind will get blown completely off! I have learned that I do not need cable or satellite TV to keep me entertained..just give me the laptop and I'm good! I learned that my big boy dog is a sissy with loud noises. I learned just how nocturnal cats really are...thanks, Dave, it's 3 am and I'm up now! I learned that dogs have very sensitive noses and no matter how good you think you have those cranberry muffins hidden, they will find them and consume them! And the last piece of pie, and the grease outta the pan and......, I learned it doesn't take much to keep me amused, look at where I live. I learned that everyone who does meth is not bad, like the 62 year old lady who lives here...she cracks me up and has become a friend. I learned that some people find my life interesting, which still just completely blows me away. I learned that I could face disasters on my own and I don't have to rely on anyone else to protect me. I learned that arthritis sucks! I learned that I can face any life situation with a sense of humor. And most of all, I have learned that I do matter!
I'm still searching for a house to live in, whether it's here or where ever, but I want to live in this for one more year. I don't want to give up my gas stove. I love it! I am getting satellite installed for the husband today, maybe he won't be underfoot so bad...he loves football, baseball, news...I love the food network...we will fight! Tomorrow we have to go and take a class on how to use our new blackberries, so I'm coming up in the world as far as technology. I have sampled amazing food that I have simply walked to cupboard and the fridge and threw together with what I had on hand. I have been honored with a request to make a recipe and photograph it because someone likes my pictures...still in awe over that one. I learned how to use a candy thermometer and for the first time in my 40 years, I made candy for Christmas. I'm especially proud of that. I learned that no matter what, whether it's gas or electric, I hate to make cookies!
I have had people respond to my prior blogs and say that they don't know how I do what I do. I don't really know either, I just do. It doesn't matter to me whether I have a fully stocked kitchen, an RV galley or just a campfire, I love good tasting food and that's what I strive for. I can make a killer bacon-wrapped elk burger over an open fire on a grate, I can fry eggs with foil and a wire coat hanger, and my husband can smoke a killer 2 bone prime rib on a $10 Walmart BBQ. It really helps if you are married to McGuyver...that's what I call him...he's so handy, it's rather freaky!
So, now it's 4 am and I sit here at the laptop, listening to my husband snore, and I realize that my life, although it's rather small and cramped right now, is actually very full and rich and I have many blessings in it. A person really can't ask for more than that.
So as 2009 draws to an end, I am making a resolution for 2010 publicly...I will start that RV life and cook book. That is my goal. Also, I'd really love to quit smoking in 2010! I say that every year and it never happens, but I would really like to quit! But the main thing is to get that book going. And thanks to all of your support, I think I can actually achieve that goal...have a great New Year everyone! Peace!
My country music debut
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Dad and Dogs
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storm damage
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my Mandarin Orange No-Bake Cheesecake
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Orange Cream Fudge
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sunrise 12-29-09
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Gorganzola Stuffed Filet Mignon
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How's this for storm clouds...omen of things to come!
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Dec. 30, 2009 5:08 am
I LOVE YOUR BLOG!! You are a great writer and I love your "take" on things! I would for sure buy any book you wrote. Keep up the good work!!
Dec. 30, 2009 5:20 am
Wow, WW! This has been a wonderful year for you. Your life learning experiences are phenomenal and your gratitude is heartwarming. I am one of your fans that you consistently impress. There is no doubt you will accomplish your 2010 goals!
Dec. 30, 2009 6:03 am
I admire the way you take things in stride that would freak other people out. I think you will succeed in anything you try and do so with panache. Love reading your blog and look forward to more!
Dec. 30, 2009 6:16 am
Great blog as always. I'll be looking forward to your book. Mag
Dec. 30, 2009 6:41 am
You humble me and make me proud of you. I think you have unraveled some of the mysteries of happiness. As I read this blog, I thought how I'd love to sit and talk together. I kept saying to myself: "You go, girl!" You'll write that book because you have the drive and motivation. I wish I could help you quit smoking -- don't cut your life short because you didn't do it. Maybe if you kept track of your success on your blog???? We could support you. Nancy
Dec. 30, 2009 7:14 am
Create Blog! Just found it! Im impressed by your courage to change your life and live this adventure!
Dec. 30, 2009 7:17 am
Sign me up for a copy of the book for sure!! You are a great inspiration, so just keep it up girl!
Dec. 30, 2009 7:23 am
Love your blog Witchy woman. Keep writing. You are so good at it and I would stand in line to buy your book! I totally do support your desire to quit smoking. I promised myself for years to quit before I finally did and have been so grateful to be a non smoker for a long time now! You can do it!!!
Dec. 30, 2009 7:34 am
Luv you and your blog! You've had a very full and fulfilling year. Blessings in 2010 - and you CAN quit smoking. I did it in 1993 after 30 years of 1+ packs a day...but it has to be because YOU want to quit; no one can do it for you! Good luck ♥
Dec. 30, 2009 7:40 am
Thanks for the great comments everyone!
Dec. 30, 2009 7:57 am
So many blessings! We look forward to your cookbook! Happy New Year! P.S. You will love your Blackberry!
Dec. 30, 2009 8:15 am
Great blog. Isn't it amazing how wonderful life truly is!
Dec. 30, 2009 8:28 am
Great blog as always! It's been so much fun seeing "life" through your eyes. Can't wait for the book but in the meantime keep the blogs coming!
Dec. 30, 2009 8:49 am
Great spirits! Keep it up lady!
Dec. 30, 2009 9:22 am
I just read your blog for the first time. Enjoyed it. You have a wonderful outlook on life and obviously a warm caring spirit. You remind us that happiness isn't found in material things, it's found in relationships and how we tackle life. I chuckled at the tidbits about your pups as I can relate! And you've got them in a small space no less. Best of luck with the quitting smoking. You will do it because you're obviously a very positive person with a strong will. Just give yourself time it'll happen.
Dec. 30, 2009 10:14 am
Great post! I love the part about the tarp over the roof (can relate!), and good luck with the book! You have a buyer here!
Dec. 30, 2009 11:25 am
Again, thank you to everyone for your support! I just need to learn not to procrastinate!!
Dec. 30, 2009 11:35 am
Awesome blog WW! I think your life in the RV is making you more of a well rounded person. (not saying you weren't before, but you know what I mean) It's the simple things in life we sometimes take for granted that you had to work around hurdles to do! It sounds like you've had a fab year! 2010 is surely going to be a great one and I want a copy of the book too :) Please don't forget that crazy neighbor rooting around in his
Dec. 30, 2009 11:38 am
When my hubs quit smoking we should have bought stock in Haribo gummy bears! That was his go to thing to keep him busy and his mind off it! Find something like that to help you. I know it's hard at for him having a beer meant a cig, but he worked around it
Dec. 30, 2009 11:42 am
OMG! Kerstin, I'm totally well-rounded. I thinking I'm on the upswing of 200 pounds!! The Joy of RV Cooking! Maybe I could hide it and dress up in a cabbage suit! I learned 10 years ago after my mother died to never take anything for granted and that whatever happens, it happens for a reason. I consider it a wasted day if I don't learn at least one new thing. I know that you will never get shouldered with more pain and stress than you can handle and my last words of wisdom: Never play leapfrog with a unicorn!!!
Dec. 30, 2009 11:45 am
Lol! You are such a comedian too! I too believe everything happens for a reason. Sometimes it's hard to understand at that time, but later you realize what it's all about! Ok I'll remember not to play leapfrog with a unicorn!!
Dec. 30, 2009 11:49 am
And you know that wasn't what I meant about well rounded :p
Dec. 30, 2009 11:49 am
I know it...but it was there and I had to use it!!
Dec. 30, 2009 11:54 am
That was so much fun to read! I love your outlook on life and that you can shed a positive light on every situation, you're definitely an inspiration :)
Dec. 30, 2009 1:43 pm have had a lot of life experiences, glad to hear that you enjoy them overall! It's nice to hear a person who no matter how bad it may seem can find happiness in their life! Good job and keep up the great blogs.
Dec. 30, 2009 8:43 pm
I love it! We all have a lot to be grateful for, we just need to take the time to appreciate those things. Happy New Year!
Dec. 30, 2009 10:05 pm
I really admire all that you do & love reading your blogs. Hope you can find the strength to quit smoking so your life is longer & better. My last husband died from cigarettes, so I really hate the things. Love your attitude & Happy New Year!
Dec. 31, 2009 3:29 am
I feel blessed just knowing you, even if it is only on the internet! Many years ago, we gave up most of our material possessions, and moved--to a place we had never been, no jobs lined up, etc. I'm glad we got out of our comfort zone, and I can tell that with your pioneer spirit, you're glad you tried it, too. I keep dreaming that I have to do that all over again! Life is too short to not live it to the fullest!
Dec. 31, 2009 6:09 am
I firmly believe that life is based solely on experiences...good and bad...what we choose to learn from them is entirely up to us. I'm no great philosopher (sp?) but it is as clear as the nose on my face that a lot of what is wrong with today's world is that people don't take the time to smell the roses anymore. I made a promise that I would stop and smell every one of them that I ran across. I'm living on Laurrie Standard Time from now on! The rat race out there is just gonna have to get by on one less rat!
Dec. 31, 2009 6:45 am
Wonderful blog. Just make sure when you write your book(s) we will know its you. I have always said life is what you make it. You have made yours very inspiring. Thank you for being you
Dec. 31, 2009 6:54 am
WW, great blog! As others have said you are an inspiration and you seem to take life with a grain of salt and are truly enjoying every minute of it. You have a gift for writing so it would be a shame if you didn't write that book. Just don't forget your AR friends when you become a famous author and are on Oprah. Good luck in 2010 and keep blogging!!
Dec. 31, 2009 7:35 am
You know, Becky, that book will totally be didicated to my AR guys are the inspiration for it!
Dec. 31, 2009 8:58 am
I so admire you WW. What an inspiration you are!! Happy New Year!! (Great blog, I'll buy your book, and good luck with the smoking. I have a recipe for gummies if you need it :) !
Dec. 31, 2009 9:02 am
I'm not too much of a sweets person, I think I'll stick with celery and nicotine patches...I can feel my butt starting to spread just thinking about know, outta all that Christmas candy I made, I only ate just a small piece of each to see how they tasted? Now if they had razor clam flavored gummies, I'm on it!
Dec. 31, 2009 9:15 am
Witchywoman I think you are amazing! Really. I lived in an RV for about 9 months when I first got married. I absolutely hated it! And learned nothing other than that I am a little claustrophobic :) I sat down on the floor one time and cried my eyes out over it. We moved the next month :) I would have done it sooner if I had known that would happen! I would buy your book though! Love the way you tell your stories :) Good luck with the quitting smoking (I'll be trying yet again to do that too) and Happy New Year!
Dec. 31, 2009 9:36 am
EXCELLENT! You have a gift! And I will be there for you when you pick your day to stop. My day was 5/31/98. I used Zyban (not sure if it is still available) Have a happy and healthy new year WW. And thanks for the lovely compliment wink wink.
Dec. 31, 2009 10:09 am
Awww...WW, that was a great blog. And I swear, one of these days since you are so close, I will meet you.
Dec. 31, 2009 12:47 pm
Plan on that, Avon!
Dec. 31, 2009 3:32 pm
I LOVE it!!! Thank you!
Dec. 31, 2009 4:38 pm
i have said this before but i am a fan of your blog! and thank you for saying it is an adjustment having your husband back full-time. my husband has been away for 7 months and everyone thinks it is great that i have him back. little do they know it is an ajustment for both of us. thank you for understanding that! :o)
Dec. 31, 2009 5:13 pm
Witchy, I told you before, and I mean it, that you would be so much fun to hang out with in a bar! And I'm not really a bar person--except maybe in the kind you'd hang out in. You've had yourself quite a year. I don't even think you mentioned your pneumonia, did you? Take care, gal!
Dec. 31, 2009 5:39 pm
After you red this great blog, come over to my place and read mine! Happy New Year - WW ♥
Dec. 31, 2009 6:20 pm
happy new year!
Dec. 31, 2009 6:47 pm
yeah, have to go read swchef's's great!
Dec. 31, 2009 6:58 pm
What kind of a bar do you picture me in, Marianne, I'm so curious and you so have to answer!!
Dec. 31, 2009 7:05 pm
And, as Marianne mentioned, not only did I have pneumonia earlier this month, I had pig flu the last week of October...I was totally trying to forget those..not fun! Getting better now, just taking a while!
Dec. 31, 2009 7:05 pm
And surgery in April to remove a gangleon (sp?) in my wrist that never healed up right!
Dec. 31, 2009 7:06 pm
gangleon cyst, that should be...I"m on my 4th mimosa...I"m really starting to get into these foo hoo drinks, they taste good!
Dec. 31, 2009 8:38 pm
Hey, ww, the bar would have to be real, almost kind of seedy, full of fun people who are real. It would have to have fun bar stools where you can actually talk to the bartender. I know those places exist now--just not in Socal.
Dec. 31, 2009 8:39 pm
WW,just because you didnt quit smoking all the other years doesn't mean you cant the next time you try...I smoked 2 packs a day for 35 years. I quit Christmas Day 2008, the same day I moved into my RV!(I definately questioned the timing of those two things !!). And I too gave up all the things I had strived for;the nice house, EVERY kitchen gadget imaginable and the Jones' next door.Now I am truely happier than I ever have been and more in love with my Hubby than ever...there is a certain peace that can be attained thru this journey.I look forward to your entries in your blog, so dont disapoint in 2010 ...keep 'em coming !!
Dec. 31, 2009 8:46 pm
well, I have some real seedy bars that I go to, and you are talking to a!!
Dec. 31, 2009 8:47 pm
PS...used nicotine patches( had to do 1/2 extra first week cause I was such a heavy smoker)and have currently lost 53 pounds since...long walks in the woods with my dogs. And as my lungs felt better I progressed into a little(stress LITTLE)running this every 4 hrs or whenever you feel the need for a cig...even in the rain in my rainsuit !! Quite a dorkey sight ! Good Luck and Happy New Year !
Dec. 31, 2009 8:48 pm
RockingIt...I'm more annoyed with my husband than anything...all he does is complain and SNORE!!! and burp and on&on&on&on&........
Dec. 31, 2009 9:31 pm
Well, it's 2 1/2 hours out from 2010 and we have had fireworks going off and suddenly the little dog wants to act like she's having a totally happy new year everyone, peace out! Gonna listen to classic rock on Sirius radio and drink some more beer and listen to the husband snore away and dope both dogs with benedryl...good luck in the next 365 days to all who read this!
Dec. 31, 2009 9:48 pm
Good luck to you with your goals for 2010!.. BTW I hope to win the lottery as well! :)
Jan. 1, 2010 4:43 am
Another great blog, WW! We are looking forward to your book. I hope that you are still able to make time for us, too, while you are putting it together. I look forward to reading your posts.
Jan. 1, 2010 5:19 am
You go girl! Best of luck to you! You could be like Pioneer Woman, only with a RV instead of a ranch. If you have a book tour, I hope that you come to Dallas. I would love to meet you and would be happy to cook you dinner!
Jan. 2, 2010 7:02 am
I enjoy following your blog. You have such a good outlook. Good luck to you with the writing. Cool people you got to meet. I love music but you would not want to hear me sing. I admire anyone who can get up on a stage and sing, play, etc. Keep writing. (Now that you have the dish, you may have to get another TV-his and hers. I'm a Food Network Junkie).
Jan. 2, 2010 8:32 am
Well, it's January 2nd...a new year, a new decade and a new start to things! Hope everyone had a good holiday season! I did, but, I can't say that I'm sad that it's over!! Now I just have to get through winter and into one of my favorite seasons...spring!
Jan. 4, 2010 12:19 pm
I happened across you today. Really enjoyed your outlook. I can relate. My husband and I are living in an RV ourselves. The thing I am having a hard time figuring out is the broiler. Other than that I have never been happier in my life. I look forward to future posts.
Jan. 4, 2010 12:39 pm
You know...I haven't figured that one out seems to me that the broiler is on the bottom...go figure!
Jan. 5, 2010 4:26 am
I love your blog WW. I wonder if you realize how many lives you touch with your amazing outlook on life. Your joy is contagious. I even pass along your blog to my husband and kids so that they too may be inspired. Keeping spreading the joy!!!! Thank you.
Jan. 5, 2010 6:34 am
Thank you, Susan...I'm so glad to read that you have enjoyed it! When you live in 21 feet of space with a husband and 2 big dogs and 1 mouthy cat, you really have to develope a sense of humor about things or you'll go frickin CRAZY...or maybe I'm totally already there, I don't know!
Jan. 5, 2010 10:16 am
All the best for 2010. My husband & I lived in an RV in British Columbia for a couple of years while staring our own business & I can relate. We enjoyed it & I never had to worry xbout forgetting to pack something. It was all with us!!!! Love your blog & good luck witrh the book. Cheers, Martha
Jan. 5, 2010 3:25 pm
Happy New Year to all! WW - I totally love your blog. I just know you are someone I'd love to share a beer or a bottle of wine with and just shoot the breeze. You are much more adventuresome than I - while I love to camp, hike, etc., I want to be able to come home to my house where my 2 big dogs, 2 cats, 2 cockatiel and "growing larger every day" iguana can get out of my hair. Our house used to seem really small when the kids lived here and we had even more animals, but it has grown now that we're empty-nesters. Anyways, when you get your book written, be sure to let us all know where to buy a copy. Good luck with the quitting smoking. I've never smoked a single cig my entire life so I don't understand the addiction to them. But, I'm sure you can quit - you seem like a very strong person. Keep on writing...
Jan. 5, 2010 5:59 pm
2nd me on that cookbook lady. Your writing about the real world and life lived in it inspires the rest of us who feel same. Who needs all that stuff when you see those sunrises/sets? We've purchase a 1984 HiLo Trailer, excellent condition but are busy redoing inside and having a ball. I can't wait to get it on down the road. Phyllis Eugene, OR
Jan. 6, 2010 4:39 am
Professional writer and college teacher in Norway and found this deeply touching and human. Continue your efforts and they will put forward rewards.
Jan. 6, 2010 2:30 pm
OMG, WW, you and I are so similar and, not, but really, does it matter? My hubs is referred to as McGyver not only by me, but by his workmates. We too used to own a farm, then lost it, and rented our last two homes, and have now decided to move to a 26ft moterhome from a 4 bedroom 2 story home! Hubs is 60, wants to retire at 62, so I told him in order to do that easily, we need to eliminate our debts and go cash only, so, the motorhome idea was borne! We moved into it December 1st of 2009, with our two dogs and two cats, I find myself housekeeping on a daily basis rather than weekly as before, since as you know, in a small space, it really messes up quick! Don't know when we'll buy another home, if ever, maybe we'll just get a spot of land to park our toter on, and be gypsies! We live in Molalal, Oregon, so not even too far away from each other, we should hook up! I love to cook and bake, and turn to AR often for new inspirations for old ingredients, I had a hard time giving up alot of my utensils and gadgets, but boy, do those underbed storage containers come in handy under the toterhome! Anyway, drop me a line, we'll compare notes!!!!
Jan. 6, 2010 2:56 pm
well, I don't have under the bed storage, I have a matress up on the floor in the loft...can't even put a box spring underneath because it would sit up too high! I don't have a living room area in here, so to walk in the door at the back and we have a table and seating for 4 on one side and the galley on the other and up 3 steps to the loft area...that's the bedroom, where the tv is! I do have a tiny bathroom with a shower and I do use it, but it's really small and you only get like a 5 minute lukewarm shower at best, but I can still wash & condition my hair in that time. I only have 11 small cabinets and 3 drawers in this whole thing and the closet is smaller than the one in my 17 footer that I used to have. And, yes, I clean on a daily basis, as well and what's so nice about that is 30 minutes later, I have absolutely nothing left to do! And that's even mopping the floor!
Jan. 6, 2010 2:57 pm
aquaskaya....that means a lot for you to tell me that! I never dreamed I would write a long as I sell one copy, I'm gonna be ecstatic!
Jan. 6, 2010 4:33 pm
Wow. Just read you blog for the first time and loved it! You have a great outlook! I WILL read your book and can't hardly wait for it! Good luck with the quitting smoking--you seem like the kind of person that could kick it! Keep writing and I'll keep watching for it. Good luck on this next year 2.
Jan. 6, 2010 6:35 pm
I'm really glad you enjoyed the blog! It's always good to hear that!
Jan. 6, 2010 6:39 pm
I just came across your blog and love it. I felt like I connected with you because I have also spent time living in an RV. We enjoyed that life for 1 1/2 years. It is an adventure and not for everyone, but I have to say it does make you very humble. Who needs a 2000 sq. ft. house when you have all the amenities right at your finger tips in 200 sq. ft. I look forward to your sharing of your experiences. I also love trying new recipes, karaoke (mostly rock and heavy metal), and the great outdoors. Good luck with your book!
becky c. 
Jan. 6, 2010 6:45 pm
You can quit smoking, even if you think you can't--just stick with it until you find what works for you! I stayed on nicotine replacement for 6 months and that helped. Good luck--i'm rooting for you!
Jan. 6, 2010 7:40 pm
thanks, both of you...appreciate the compliments!
Jan. 7, 2010 7:58 am
Namaste WW!, I'm on day 7 of qitting smoking, smoked the last one as the ball dropped My help is coming from Archangel Michael, who helps by removing the desire to smoke, my assignment was to get rid of the Temptation, removing cigarettes from around me. And you must believe you can quit, cuz as long as you believe you can't, you can't!! Take three deep breaths, and release the fear that has kept you smoking too!! Love your blog, Peace out! Linda
Jan. 7, 2010 10:06 am
We live the RV life too! My dughter is a young fiddler (plays with Willie Nelson sometimes) and songwriter/singer with her own band! I work on getting my recipes out for cooking fast, healthy eating! I'll be sharing some soon! Read about us at
Jan. 7, 2010 11:22 am
I will absolutely do that...thanks!
Jan. 7, 2010 11:26 am
What an AWESOME talent Ruby Jane has...if only...I'm nowhere near that league..maybe only vocally, but, WOW, thanks for sharing that website with me...I added it to my favorites!
Jan. 7, 2010 12:20 pm
Your blog was wonderful to read. I know how you feel about appreciating the simplicity of living with so little. When we moved into our 32 foot bunkhouse travel trailer 3 1/2 years ago we had five children and came from a huge 3 bed/ 2 car garage home. Since then we have sifted out the excess umpteen dozen times and had three more babies. It absolutely brings you to some revelations about how little we really "need" to be happy. We have enjoyed tripping over each other and the eternal search for that one square foot of elbow room. But we are finally leaving it next month to go homestead in Oklahoma and hope that we continue to live by all the lessons and family values we have come to understand in a much more real working sense than most folks ever get the opportunity to know. I wish you the best on your second year.
Jan. 7, 2010 3:16 pm
Oh WW, we don't have underbed storage either, except for accessed from the outside, I bought three of those underbed containers for my bakeware, cooking sheets, etc, and we store them on the ground, underneath the toterhome, right by the steps, so if I need something, I walk a few feet and pick it out. I know what you mean, cleaning takes just a few minutes to do a super de duper job, and then what??? Well, that gives me more time to spend with the dogs, or out with the horses, or.... I told me husband that living in this motorhome, is the first time in my life that I can remember feeling so free, not so encumbered!
Jan. 16, 2010 3:30 pm
Hi Witchy. I just love your blog. If i would have read your blog earlier, i believe i would have felt much better about us (me n my hubby n girl) moving to another country with everything much 'less in space'. From a house to a 2 bedroom aprt, a living room that goes as a dining room and a tiny kitchen. I was kinda 'down' for many months, but after reading your blog, i guess mine was not as bad at all. Just that i envy you have the nature out of your door...But i live in the heart of the i guess you now how it feels to have concrete all over the place. God! How i miss the nature and i miss the seasons! (It's a tropical country - so it's rainy and sunny all year round). Oh yeah..and since it is an asian country.. things that i need for the kitchen is sooo expensive here. However, i managed to survived thanksgiving last year, where i have to pay $50 for a tiny turkey after looking for it everywhere, $10 for a can of cranberries and i actually spent about $100 for a thanksgiving dinner for 4 person! They don't even have pie crust here (since it's not their food) so i have to make it from scratch!..and bla bla bla (more granny stories). I have been struggling to cook and bake here because of the expensive food. Again, after reading your story...i guess i shouldn't be sad about it anymore. I have a good job, a good husband and a baby...and a house..and guess just have to adapt to it and make the most out of it...and just keep on cooking! Maybe it is a good place for me to brush up my cooking skills huh? Thanks for a great blog! And keep on cooking! HAve a wonderful 2010!
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About Me
I've been married to my husband for over 8 years. My husband is a cancer survivor. We live in SW Washington state by Mt. St. Helens, but I'm originally from Forks, the little town made famous by the Twilight movies. My blog is called Baked Lava and I'm currently cooking my way around the world. I write a monthly column for our local newspaper called Life in an RV and that site is I've had my blog featured in Trailblazer Magazine. I love my recycled container garden and I love to create new recipes. I rarely follow a recipe to the letter, unless it involves baking. My husband & I don't have children unless you count the 4-legged variety...we have 4 of those: Puppa, Sasha, KiKi & Super Dave the Girl Cat. I am a prize-winning nature photographer.
My favorite things to cook
I don't have really a favorite thing to cook, per say...I'm not afraid to cook anything. I've recently taught myself how to can and make bread. I still have no great love of making cookies. I'm getting very well-versed in worldwide cuisine, as I'm cooking my way around the world. I love to create new recipes and rarely, anymore, do I have one that flops, but it does and will happen...the road to hell was paved with good intentions, or so they say. My favorite cuisine in this worldwide culinary adventure has been, so far, Belgium...fantastic food! I also am partial to Vietnamese, Korean, Azerbaijani and Hungarian cuisine...and Middle Eastern food kicks @ss!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite family cooking tradition is the weekly international meals that I prepare. The tradition is that my blog readers choose what country they would like to see from week to week and I cook an entire meal for 4 people with a budget of $20. Right now I am in the middle of my "Austerity" project where we are solely eating from the freezers and really have to creative to do this and I am making up recipes as I go...I have used a few AR recipes and credit back to them, though.
My cooking triumphs
I've had several of my original recipes published, I've had my blog featured in a magazine, I now write a monthly food column based on my blog for our local newspaper and I'm already one year into my cooking venture of Around the World in an RV. I am a Food Buzz featured publisher, I'm on PetitChef, RecipesUS and Foodista among many, many other cooking websites. I guess it's safe to say that due to my cooking, I have now ventured into the world of food blogging and into a smaller group of us fellow global food bloggers and I've made some amazing friends.
My cooking tragedies
There have been several and there aren't enough characters in the 1000 allotted to list them all down!
Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States