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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Paintings

Over my lifetime I have tried so many different things to bring prosperity and abundance into my life. As my book details, life has not been easy for me or my family. But along the way we have learned to count our blessings. I am grateful for so many things, my relatively good health, I have a roof over my head and plenty of food to eat, the love and companionship from my cherished spoiled babies, Chuey and Cash,

the beauty of nature, just getting outside for a long walk, my part-time work as a caregiver for some wonderful clients who I love, and last but not least, my family and friends.

I have been blessed with a smidgen of talents, but I am never satisfied with my efforts when it comes to writing, painting, or the various crafts I dabble in. I always want to do better. In the back of my mind I have always felt that if I just keep persisting at it, my work will finally bring me the abundance and prosperity I have been longing for. To that end, I have started building a website where my art can be viewed and purchased, as well as my blog being published there. I also offer free shipping to everyone in the continental United States. I hope you will check it out, and if you like what you see, please spread the word. Thank you for your support!
Carol

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Random Thoughts

After a very long absence, guess what?.......I'm back! I believe this is the third time I have attempted to start my blog all over again. Maybe it will prove to be true, that "third time's the charm." I sure hope so!

This time I've decided that this blog will not be about any specific subject, but will be entirely random thoughts, depending on what appeals to me when the muse strikes. I have such a wide variety of interests, and my mind is always filled with ideas, so you never know what you may find here from now on.

I believe the last time I posted anything, I had just embarked on a new venture of living and traveling in an RV. That had been a dream of mine for a long time, and after selling my home I decided it was now or never, I just had to give it a try. Well guess what, that didn't work out so well. It might have been different if I'd had unlimited funds to purchase a new RV, but alas, that didn't happen. Not wanting to have any debt, I bought what I could afford, which was a 2002 Sandpiper 5th wheel and a high-mileage used pickup. After a brief driving lesson from my brother the truck driver on how to turn corners, back up, park, etc., I was off on my great adventure.

However, it wasn't long before I realized that driving a 36-foot long trailer down the Interstate made me extremely nervous, and no matter how many times I tried I just could not figure out how to back the thing up right. Not only that, while pulling the trailer my truck was averaging 7 miles per gallon. I knew at that rate my budget was not going to be able to handle the strain for long.

I wanted to come to Arizona where my two sons live to spend the winter, but the thought of driving all that way by myself made me very anxious. So my son, Jeff, flew up to Colorado and helped me drive back down to Casa Grande. No sooner had we left Colorado Springs when, while driving down the Interstate, I started hearing a funny noise. Then a car pulled up beside us and started gesturing wildly at my trailer. Glancing back, I was horrified to see the siding of the trailer on the driver's side flapping in the wind. As soon as possible, we pulled off the highway to check out the damage. About 6 feet of the siding had peeled back and insulation was coming out and the framework was exposed. I got sick to my stomach just looking at it.

Fortunately, we were stopped by a convenience store and went in and bought a roll of duct tape. Jeff managed to climb up on the bed of the pickup and tape the siding back together. By some miracle, it held together until we got to Arizona. See white duct tape at least matches the siding!
Even though the 5th wheel was pretty nice on the inside, the outside now looked like hell. There were plenty of other things that started going wrong with it too. I had to replace the hot water heater, which cost $600. The toilet wouldn't flush and I had to get that fixed. I woke up one morning and stepped on the living room carpet which went "squish," as something underneath was leaking. The list went on and on.

Anyway, to make a long story short, I soon decided that RV living wasn't working for me. The whole idea had been to be able to travel and spend time with family and friends around the country. But I certainly couldn't drive it anywhere with the risk of the siding coming off again. I had gotten several estimates on getting the siding repaired, but it would have cost more than the whole trailer was worth. So as you can see from the sign, I decide to sell it. I listed it on Craigslist and surprisingly, it sold! I was honest about all of the problems it had, but the person who bought it didn't want to travel in it, he just wanted to set it up permanently for a vacation home away from home. The guy got a good deal. I lost a lot of money on it, but I learned some valuable lessons, such as never buy an old, used RV, and sometimes your dreams just don't pan out the way you planned. But if I had never tried it, I would have always wondered what if.

So I now live in a lovely apartment here in Arizona near my sons and family. I am starting a brand new chapter of my life, and it's going to be a doozy. Follow me on my blog and come along for the ride.

By the way, I am pleased to announce that my new book, "A One-Percent Chance of Survival" is now available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.