Checklists and Departing

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If you are subscribing to my Twitter account, you’ve notice that our porch view has changed (yes, that is a snake). We are preparing to travel again. Nick and I are both excited to return to the road again. It’s been too long.  We are looking forward to family visits, RVICS projects, meeting new people and exploring this great country of ours. And we have a new travel trailer, because 5th wheel extra steps were just too much for me. We’ve downsized.

The new trailer is significantly smaller than our last one. We spent lots of time researching ways to increase storage. Let’s just say that there are some extremely creative people out there. We’ve successfully used or adapted some of the ones we’ve seen.  And I must say that a lot of the credit goes to 3M and their Command strips.  We have used them all over the trailer (not really cuz you’re probably visualizing the trailer covered in strips now). By using them we’ve avoided using nails and screws to hang things in the trailer (never knowing what you might hit behind those thin walls). We have managed to get everything in and will head out tomorrow

RV-Trip-Checklist-1And you’re probably wondering just where the “checklist” comes into this blog.  Me too. I started a checklist for us, which Nick turned into a lovely spreadsheet.  However, as I began to work with it, I realized that some of the things on the list were already in the trailer. Now I don’t know what I need to add or already have on the list. So, it seemed senseless to continue the list, even though I probably should have used one. If you don’t know me, Nick (very gently) asked me recently how I got everything done, because I move from one thing to another.  Now wasn’t that a nice way of asking how I accomplish anything? I’m used to it. I have a super organized daughter, who I drive bonkers when I am working on something just for that very reason-I jump from one thing to another. I do eventually finish though. So no checklist for us. I wonder what we’ll have forgotten?

Do you use checklists? Nick and I used one this year as we read through the Bible. We didn’t go straight through, but used a chronological plan, which is one that jumps around. Then we did our own thing, because we wanted to follow one book with another one that wasn’t part of the plan. Hence, the checklist has been necessary and very used. When we start to read the Bible again, we’ll probably have another checklist.


I’ve never read the Bible completely, so this will be a first time for me.  I always bogged down around Deuteronomy. I discovered I have sure been missing a lot.  Wow! The Bible is God’s love letters to us. He wants us to know Him and how much He loves us. Have you read through the Bible. Check out one of those many plans, make yourself and checklist and enjoy. It’s wonderful reading!


Boo with Nick


We went for a short trip yesterday. It seems like we’ve been here forever. Delays are for a purpose, I’m sure. I’m just not sure what many times.

QuietTwo small waterfallsView looking downstream

The trip was most enjoyable. Travel through a national forest and places we’ve never been before. We took a rest at a picnic area that was so restful and peaceful. We even tried two restaurants that turned out to be quite wonderful choices. A fun day.

We stopped frequently as that seems to be a partial solution to my health issue. We’re adding more stops as a result when we travel. So, we stopped for the 2nd time, and as I was walking I spotted this horse.

A horse in the shade

I thought to myself that the horse was smart enough to stand in a shaded spot, considering the heat. But then I looked closer. No tail switching. No ears moving.

Not really a horse upon a closer look

I walked a little closer. I was totally fooled by this horse. It looks so real. How about you? Did you too think it was just resting in the shade?

We all get fooled at one time or another. I was again yesterday. However, we are to be on our guard. This time it was harmless, but there will come a time when it will not be so innocent. Then it will be a deliberate attempt to deceive us. The Bible tells us to, “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?” (Matt. 7:15-16 niv) How can I prepare? By grounding myself firmly in the Bible and its truths. It is to be a constant in my life. How about yours?

Boo with Nick,

The 5 Spices + 2 Issue

So many spices!
So many spices!

I am not a gourmet cook. I consider myself just a fair cook. I generally follow a recipe with maybe a few tweaks here and there. No one’s suffered from my cooking (or at least they’ve never said so). My meat loaf . . . well, that’s a story between my daughters and me. It should remain that way, I’m sure.

Our new travel trailer space is much more limited than it was in the 5th wheel. Creative methods are needed to provide both the tools and ingredients to continue cooking the same way that I have all these years. Nick might want an improvement or at least a change in my cooking, but that’s one of those hard things to change. So for now, it remains the same.

So, I arrived at the spice issue. If one could only take 5 spices for the next 5 or 6 months, what 5 spices to take? Those spice bottles aren’t that big, but finding space for them is limited. I don’t know why I thought 5 spices would be easy to choose, but it’s not! Does salt and pepper count? Actually, they should, but I’m not counting them. You’ve just got to have those 2! So, back to the question — what 5 spices + 2? Not an earth shattering problem, I know, but I’ve got to make that decision.

So began the Internet search. I was hoping there was a general consensus, but no. It’s all a matter of taste and lifestyle as to the necessary 5 spices. I asked people. Again, no “same” answer. I probably should have checked “what you need to have in your pantry lists”. I’m sure they would tell me. I know it all boils down to personal preference, but if you know me, you know my decision-making process, or lack thereof.


But then I remembered one company that bags their spices! Solution: I purchased small storage bags, and I am able to take many more spices. Not all my spices, but a lot more than 5 + 2. Bag labeling will also allow me to do a better job of discarding 6 month old spices, which everyone does regularly – not!

Life’s the same way, but in the end we only have 1 of 2 choices: heaven or hell? What’s your choice? Think about it, ask questions, read, whatever it takes to make that decision. You still have time and it’s one decision you want to make.

Boo with Nick


IMG_0282 (Copy)We have a changed porch view. We’ve gotten a new travel trailer. Just part of the changes in our lives, mine in particular. I had problems with the extra steps in the 5th wheel, so we downsized to a shorter (by 8 feet) travel trailer. We also didn’t need the larger storage capacity of the 5th wheel, because we don’t have to carry all we own with us. Some will remain in the house.

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We cancelled our work on 2 projects due to my health issues, and traveled here with plans to set up our new house and head to ID for the June/July project. I received physical therapy for my back and knee, but things took longer than expected, plus another fall lengthened my recovery.  As a result of the change, we got to experience the epic rains of Texas. At one point our new house was surrounded by water, but none of it entered the house or the shed, which sits much lower. I have been through a few hurricanes, but they don’t last for the month that Texas had rain. It was so wonderful to see blue sky and sun again! Unfortunately lives were lost and others were changed forever with these rains and storms.

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Change. Change can be good or bad, depending on the person and how it is handled, in addition to what the change itself entails. It can be hard, though. There is no denying that. I used to vigorously resist change (some would say I still do). Many people do. Maybe it’s my older years, but I feel my deepening relationship with Christ helps me experience change a little easier. Jesus asks for change in our lives. He expects it of us. No, I’m not saying that I always enjoy change. It depends on what the change is. I just find it a little easier to experience with the help of Jesus Christ, and that is such a good thing. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NASB): Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

If you haven’t already experienced the change of accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, please seriously consider making that change. It will be the best change of your life!

Boo with Nick