Well we did it. Made an actual decision to be travelling and be somewhere else next season. (Picture fireworks and confetti flying here please.) We even put down a deposit! Black Meadow Landing, Parker Dam, Ca. And it's in the middle of no where on the Colorado River surrounded by mountains and hills and wild burros in the park. Oh Lord...Lola will be going insane. (We are in serious training mode now though)
I spent part of the morning looking at internet reception and phone reception out there. 😮 More research. We have AT&T right now so heading to The Gurus
to find out how to upgrade so I can connect with the outside world when I blog or connect with our kids. (The two legged kind)
So this past week Roger went with our friend Bob to Pa. on business. I was on the home front with 3 fur kids. You can see from the photo that everyone was running amok. That ball of yarn eventually landed outside in the dirt, but was a great play toy for the boys while indoors. I gave up trying to hide it after about 4 times taking it. Labs are great search and rescue dogs and great at finding lost items. I gave up.
My announcement was usually started with a big sigh, then, "OK, I'm going to hide". Lola would come in, climb up on the bed and then rest her huge head on me and stay for awhile. It's tough to be crazed with a big furry girl trying to comfort you.
We had a day and night of threatening storms roll through bringing in colder weather. Strong winds, heavy rain and tornado warnings. New people not accustomed to our Florida storms spent the night in the park bathrooms but we stayed in the coach but still prepared.
The boys with their slip leads on. Ready to run, just in case, and as usual, the storms went just below us and above us. Thankfully.
Oh no Sheila..what happened.? Well, there had at one time been a leak because we found that the bolts holding the awning arm were never sealed with caulking so there was water damage to the wall inside. Our hurricane and all it's rain did the tell tale showing of water somewhere but I never guessed it was because of something I did. I read on an rv blog that someone covered his weep holes with electric tape. I didn't have a cover then so out I went with our electric tape and covered our bathroom weep hole. Those are the holes on your window that drain rain water, and covered, well, it comes inside. We have thick insulation though don't we? sigh.
So, Bob and Roger will get new insulation and board to repair my mistake. The positive side? It could have been worse and now we are going to get fun sticky tile and do the side wall rather than beige wall paper. It dose offset our dark wood but, oh lord, it puts me to sleep.
So now that I'm not work camping here I have my nose to the grindstone working to cover expenses. (Which will be more as soon as we start to move) Positive thinking here. Thank you to everyone who have been asking for commissions. I have been offering crazy low prices so I have been busy.
My "studio" is a wee bit cramped but it's all good. My new easel is fantastic so I'm happy. This next painting is in progress and I'm in love. As soon as I put his eyes on the canvas he came alive and I could feel his energy. A lot of times when I'm working on a pet that's at the Bridge, I'm in tears. Not sad tears but loving tears. Their energy comes through very strongly and I have to say that those paintings always turn out to show that energy the best.
I purchased a great head light for walking Lola at night. I look like I'm heading into the mines but wow, I can see all the way down the road. At night a snake may come out to warm himself on the road. I'd like to see him before he is right in front of us. Into the mines I go!
Inexpensive and incredibly bright.
Well that's it for today..another cup of coffee, laundry and working on my paintings. Have a great day and see you soon.
P.S. GO PATRIOTS!!!!!