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 best...cooking. 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 storm...it 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
Dad and Dogs
my Mandarin Orange No-Bake Cheesecake
Orange Cream Fudge
Gorganzola Stuffed Filet Mignon
How's this for storm clouds...omen of things to come!