Sunday, May 13, 2018

Jumping Into The Uncertain New Adventure, Happy Anniversary To Us

Copyright 2018, CABS for Reflections From the Fence

Man and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary this winter. It was a momentous day, a visit to his cancer doctor in Phoenix and a meal in a nice German restaurant we found last winter, in Scottsdale, with puppy friendly dining. Desert was in another sidewalk cafe as we strolled along the streets of Scottsdale, gawking at the art galleries.

As we are getting older, day by day, and thank goodness we are, we find that the cancer and the Demon, have affected our stamina and this affects our travel in our beloved Heritage RV, Tana.

One item on Man’s bucket list is Alaska. We have discussed this for a few years, back and forth we go, take Tana, or not. Look at all our possibilities, look at cruises, which I have reminded him several times, is not likely to go well, he leans towards motion sickness. Oooopsie.  We have discussed truck campers. Nope. Smaller 5th wheel. Nope. Smaller tow behind. Nope. Motorhome. Well, maybe?  We looked at full size Class A Motorhomes.  Nope.  Class B or B plus or Class C.  Maybe.  Slides vs no slides.

This winter we discussed this again. And again. And again.  Since we are both going to turn that 70 this year I reminded him, we need to stop talking and either do something or forget this bucket list, once and for all.  Tomorrow is NOT promised.

So in celebration of 50 and 70 we found something and we jumped into the uncertain new adventure. We did it, we purchased a tiny motorhome.  It suits our comfy level as far as budget. We fought concerns of how well built a new unit may be.  We jumped anyway.  GULP!  We fought the insane dark interiors that have been and continue to be the rage of RV manufacturers. Sigh. We fell back to functionality and ignored “purdy”, deciding a stark modern and clean cut look would do.  We decided to forgo a slide and step over each other’s legs. We went with a rig that is about the same width as Jolly, which I feel comfy driving. The width of a rig has always been what gives me moments of pause, much more than length. We will, as our plan goes, not be towing a car, so we will facing the challenge of minimalism.  If we want to go sightseeing, shopping, or out to dinner, we will have to unplug and roll.

It’s tiny, compact and did I say, tiny?  The packing will be a challenge. I did say tiny, right?

It drives like a dream. Has a cool back up camera that acts as a rear view mirror while driving. It’s tiny, so fits between the lines in parking lots nicely. It will however, require 2 spots for the length, and we will continue to park wayyyyyy out, walk to the stores or restaurants and register "steps". I need steps each day for the battle of the Demon, so parking wayyyyyy out just is not an issue.

Oh, for now Tana stays.  This new addition, nicknamed “The Estate”, will be for late spring, summer and early fall fun.  Tana is for “winter get away from snow and cold” travel.

It’s tiny,  but it it is mighty noisy. That is another challenge or, rather a series of challenges, we will be facing.  Neither of us does extraneous noise well, so this will probably be THE largest challenge. We were aware of this, and it was an issue that held us back for many, many months. Man may have the advantage here, he can turn off his hearing aids.  Snicker.

Happy anniversary and birthdays to us.  Welcome to the family tiny, tiny kiddo, “The Estate”.

* This is the Coachman Freelander, built on a Transit chassis, model 20cb.  This link has rather current data.  The 2019's are coming off the line now, we got one of the last 2018's.


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

March and April, The Book of Me, Written by You.

Copyright 2018, CABS for Reflections From the Fence

As is my norm, life catches me and spins me around.  So, I am going to do this short, shorter and all at once.  Both March and April.

* Who do (or what) do you miss?
* Who do you love?
* What is something that you would like change, or something you wish you had changed?
* What are your favourite things?
* What frightens you?

What do I miss?  Civility, honesty, kindness.

Who do you love?  Family, always family.

What would I change?  The sad world the disadvantaged live in, give them education, clean water, clean air, allow all to live without fear.  (Lofty I know, hey, go big or go home.)

Your favorite things?  Travel, the glorious red of southern Utah and northern Arizona, top of that list is the Sedona area. Hiking Sedona.  This is Fay Canyon between Cottonwood and Sedona Arizona.

What frightens you?  Fire, as in wild fires.  Tornadoes.

* Using adjectives describe yourself
* What do you think are your essentials in life
* What are your challenges
* Are you right or left handed? And, does that reflect you?
* Describe something you created.

Adjectives to describe myself.  I actually did a internet search on this, and found a neat list, I chose these adjectives:  rustic/country, gabby, busy, cautious, somber, concerned, crazy, curious, deep, determined, and wandering.  To that list I add:  tenacious, extremely visual and over sensitive.

Essentials in life:  Family, work you love that will transport you to a place of peace, clean water, clean air, learning something new daily, peace.

My challenges:  Remaining calm - - rarely happens.  

Right handed.   

Describe something you created:  I would like to think warm and welcoming homes surrounded by heirlooms from generations past.  I am not known for minimalism.