Friday, March 24, 2017

Goof


Today I learned about MOLLE, EDC and MURSE.

MOLLE is an acronym for Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment. I was informed that Molle is pronounced like Molly.
EDC is Everyday Carry. No idea how to pronounce EDC.
MURSE is a man-purse.

I guess I am way way behind on pop culture but... I 'm a great flip flop mulcher.

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There may be some upcoming gaps in my blog posting, though I hope not. I wake up and aspire to tackle 100 things, but maybe I only get 10 done.

Some days more, other days less.

Soon I will be doing more alternative treatments. Life is long. Death is short. Smile, rejoice and give thanks.

When you stop carrying on, they carry you out. So I stay busy busy busy! Don't carry me out!

I like to think I have no bad days at all. Some days are good and some days are better!

Angels keep me down to earth.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Life is goof.

And that's one of my personal mottoes that initially sprung from bad typing.

Life is goof. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

One Piece Pop Up Screen Room

This pop up screen room is simply amazing. As I write this, only 11 are left in stock, so if you want yours, click here to see it on Amazon. 

It's all one piece with an attached roof, 4 walls, a door and attached floor. I live in campgrounds and RV parks year round. I love the outdoors but sometimes the bugs or falling leaves or pollen loves me too much. This screen room has such fine sturdy mesh, that even noseeums can't invade. Even when it's not buggy, it's a nice room that keeps out  falling leaves and pine needles.

When mine arrived we had big clumps of pollen falling out of the trees and it was nice not to have the table and chairs covered in nature debris. My table shown inside is 34 inches square, 4 chairs with room to spare will fit in the center with it. Optionally you can use a tarp or patio mat underneath it to give the floor further protection from broken acorns or rocks.


It stores in a round flat bag the size of a giant pizza about 34 inches in diameter. The picture shows the bag empty because I am busy using the screen room with my chairs and table inside of it while I type this.



Pull the circular room out of the bag and carefully let it uncoil and pop up. It will be the size of one wall. Unfold to an L shape, then pull from the inside out to bring out the other 2 panels to make it square shape. You may need to give it a gentle shake to let the attached floor  and roof adjust. There you have it. Instant screen room. All one piece.

If you measure it like a TV on the diagonal, it's 9.5 feet, if you measure the floor side to side it's 7 feet. The height inside is 7 feet.


Save the instructions that come with it so you can fold the 4 sides back down to 1 side, then twist the steel frame so that it makes loops and converts to the 34 inch round diameter to store back in the round flat bag. Save the instructions. Did I mention save the instructions? There is a pouch on the front of the bag to store the instructions. Save the instructions. I wrote on mine SAVE FOREVER.

On the outside of the screen room is 8 tabs around the floor and 8 tabs in the middle. It came with a bag of stakes and adjustable lines if you need to nail it down and tether it from the winds.

When I first saw this, about 2 years ago, I was saving up to buy one. Then when I got my money together, they were out of stock. They stayed out of stock for about 8 months. Recently it came back on the market.

As I write this, only 11 are left for sale on Amazon at this link.   I think it's a super cool idea, because I have tiny storage space. When I need to pack up and move, it will collapse back down to a hungry giant pizza size.



Tiny home living just got better!

TIP: Make sure the zippered door is fully closed before you stake it down, and zip the door fully before relocating it or folding it back down.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Well Behaved?

I was reviewing park rules for a state park I plan to visit. (I like to read all the rules  in advance, so I can pick which ones I plan to break ahead of time.)

Among the rules listed was this one:

Pets must be well-behaved at all times.

So why doesn't this apply to children?

The list of rules for pets are numerous but none for the children.

We all know I was the perfect child growing up and never did a thing wrong. Well, um, maybe not! Tee hee hee.

But one thing I know for SURE. Mama didn't allow me to SCREAM unless it was a huge emergency and I better be missing an arm or a leg or my head caved in when she showed up to deal with it. Screaming just was not allowed. No way. Screaming was for BIG emergencies.

It seems every campground or RV park eventually has a screamer or sometimes multiple shriekers. A token handful of children that seem to shriek and scream at the top of their lungs while their parents go on with life as if the screaming and shrieking is just not within their hearing range.

But pets must be well-behaved at all times. 

Oh well. Grin and bear it.

On to a funny tale...

This happened when I was about five years old. We lived in a modest post war ranch style home about 1100 square feet, 3 bedrooms, a bath and a half. It was considered the suburbs. Lots were modest in size. I can't remember if ours was an eighth or a quarter acre. The front and back yard were of equal size. Around the corner several lots down, was the veterinarian's home but he had quite a few acres and his home was much larger than ours. Though his office was located somewhere else, he sometimes had large animals being treated on his property, but it was rare.

My mother was on the kitchen phone. It had just rang and she was intently listening to the other person on the line. I was sitting at the kitchen table coloring.The windows looked out to our small suburban back yard which had a badminton net tied up between two trees.  I glanced up from my coloring to gaze out the window when suddenly a big black bull ran though the yard, snaring our badminton net with his horns. He kept right on running with the destroyed net dangling from his head. I tried to get my mother's attention and she spun around to shush me. She finished the call and hung up.

She announced that was an important call from another neighbor about a bull on the loose having escaped from the vet's care. We needed to stay indoors until he was captured. She also reminded me that I was not to interrupt her while she was on the phone unless it was an emergency.

"Now dear." she finished, "What was it you wanted to tell me?"





Sunday, March 19, 2017

Mansion Imagine

I woke up alive, the sun came up and today is a gift I shall treasure eternally.

dearmissmermaid.com


My forever home is a tiny old motohome from 1994 but in my mind it's a vast mansion of creature comforts.

I whimsically call it "My Wheel Estate".

dearmissmermaid.com


Life is goof.


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Survived!

I survived!

It's a beautiful day in paradise.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Paint and Construction Mess

Bedroom painting of the cabinet doors and drawers is almost complete. I love the new look! Amazing the amount of dirty and crud that had to be sanded off. I thought my housekeeping was pretty good, but then again, maybe not.

When I joke about how tiny my closet is, I am not kidding! That mirrored door shown below is my closet. Beneath it are my 3 dresser drawers.


My entire yearround wardrobe fits into this tiny area except for one super warm bulky jacket. I used to have a beautiful waterproof trench coat (bought used in 2009) but I regifted it this summer. Storing it between uses was always problematic.

Then last fall, when I traveled to a wedding celebration, the bride and groom gave me this awesome rain jacket that is so long it hangs down mid-thigh plus has a hoodie. I love it. It is made of some newfangled waterproof material that enables it to fold up teeny tiny or hang up taking up miniscule room in my efficiently tight closet.

But, the way I see it, I am super lucky to own clothes and have a place to keep them!

Life is awesome.

These pictures are showing off the paint job. Just the cabinet doors and drawers got a makeover. They were removed and taken outside for a spray paint job after loads of sanding and cleaning. The brass pulls were removed, thoroughly cleaned and put back on. The hinges and hardware were taped over with blue painters tape, to prevent overspray from marring them.

Today's tip:

If you decide to take down your cabinet doors and drawers to paint, make SURE you mark them as to where each one goes, so you don't drive yourself crazy trying to line the hinges back up again. Also, mark your drawers so you can get them back to where they belong.

Shown below (in the picture) are the three upper cabinets above the windows above my bed.


Those cabinets hold:
the little vacuum cleaner and all the optional  attachments
Harley's doggy wardrobe and supplies
RV repair parts and supplies
my sewing kit with iron
a pile of stuff I need to mend (hand sewing takes me a super long time, about an inch per hour)
a big box of old pictures from my days living in the Caribbean before digital cameras
a big box of alternative treatment supplies
emergency roof repair tape
new fabric for curtains bought before the little sewing machine died (it's dead and gone now)
a baggy with my big bulky super warm jacket for when it's c-c-c-cold
a few sentimental items I should sell on ebay (need cash)
And that about fills those cabinets to near capacity.

If I had a way to convert all the pictures to digital, I could dispose of them and free up some room.

Below is a hanging locker in the corner of the bedroom above the end table.


I don't use it for hanging, as my shirts are tunic length and too long for the short cabinet and it's hard to reach. So it is full of little square clear containers which hold:
more RV parts and supplies like
duck tape, painters tape, masking tape
super glue, 2 part epoxy, doublestick tape
assorted velcro
underwater weld
old broken cameras (in case I get them fixed?)
odd plumbing parts
office supplies like staples, paper, envelopes
a stack of my book "Hurricanes and Hangovers" in case I get over my shyness and sell some
a ton of paperwork I would love to shred and dispose of soon (all things take time and I have to shred by hand)

The white pole attached near the ceiling is where I hang plastic clothes hangers with freshly laundered clothes and towels for hang drying inside when I can't dry outside (I save a bundle of money by not wasting quarters in the dryers)

Now that I look at the picture, I see the EMPTY basket on the wall. This is rare. It's usually crammed full of stuff, but I was putting things away and the basket was emptied out.

Tiny home living.

What fun!

I've been working on a new blog called "Tiny Home Lifestyle Reviews".  It's under construction, but does already have over 100 pages written.

Many of the products are often provided (for free) to me by vendors who want me to test them out and write about them. Occasionally there is minuscule pay involved in this, but mostly it's just a way for me to acquire useful products for free.

Matter of fact, in the picture above, there is a big glow from a tiny cylindrical lamp. You can't really see it well in the picture, but it's one of the products I received for testing. It has 3 dimmer settings plus a choice of 6 different mood colors.

Life is goof!




Monday, March 13, 2017

Strange Justice

Life in America still leaves me feeling very clueless. Much of my adult life was spent working overseas.

In my absence America became a bit more complicated.

I am all for simplicity. I feel so alone in this wishful thinking.

Now onto strange but true news...

Recently the local jails were discovered to be overcrowded.

Incredibly they ran a one day plea bargain special for time served. 16 inmates immediately plea bargained their cases and  were released.

Ain't that something.

Typically a plea bargain is an arrangement to plead guilty to the crime charged or plead to a lessor crime in exchange for a specific sentence consideration.

Now if one happens to be innocent and thrown in jail by mistake, this type of enticement can wreck a good record. One has to wait months maybe years to finally go to court and prove innocence.

Justice is strange.





Sunday, March 12, 2017

Fur Baby Gets a Fur Trim

Just say no to dreadlocks!




Harley dog got a bath and a fur trim from the neck down.

I would never trim the fur around his goofy head.

We're still alive and kicking.

Life is goof.



Thursday, March 09, 2017

The Hiss Of Spray Paint


Painting the cabinet and drawer fronts is still moving along.

We are on week number six now.

Nothing happens fast around here.

I move slower these days so as to resist breaking things. Like arms and legs.

It took almost a year to redo the entire roof with Eternabond tape. 

So six weeks into painting... we are way ahead of schedule.

If you have brass handles, keep them. Clean them up and use them. They are frighteningly expensive.

Mine cleaned up nicely, but still have that comfy used look. However, at 23 years old they look fabulous.

Life is goof.

Another great day in paradise.

On heavenly earth.

Angels keep me down to earth.

Thank you. 










Monday, March 06, 2017

Yippie!



I woke up alive!

Life is beautiful.

If all goes well, I am going to have a birthday next month!

Time flies when you're smiling.



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Sunday, March 05, 2017

Wolfman Wakes Up



I'm up now!

So what's for breakfast?

Are we going to the dog park?

Are you taking me for a ride on the bicycle?

Are we hiking?

Wanna play with my toys?

Will you throw the ball?

How about the frisbee?

Have you seen my teddy bear?

Do you have any treats?

Want me to sit in your lap?

Can I clean your teeth?

Do you have cheese?

Can I have some?












Saturday, March 04, 2017

Sailing Songs For Cruising the Highways and Byways

Sailing Songs with links to download and enjoy!

I spent years in the Caribbean living and working on sailboats. The stereo was our main entertainment besides watching dolphins ride our bow wave.

Once while teaching an adult student to sail downwind, Bolero by Ravel performed by Andre Rieu was playing on the stereo. It was just majestic as it worked up to a crescendo that was heavenly. If was as if the music was gently pushing the winds and seas as we lazily toured the southern side of Jost Van Dyke. 



The film "10" from 1979,  brought renewed fame to the one-movement orchestral piece BolĂ©ro by Maurice Ravel. Use of the piece during the love scene between Derek and Moore's characters, with Jenny describing it as "the most descriptive sex music ever written", resulted in massive sales of the work. Because Ravel's music was still under copyright at the time, sales generated his estate an estimated $1 million in royalties and briefly made him the best-selling classical composer—over 40 years after his death. Derek later appeared in a 1984 film named Bolero, titled to capitalize upon the piece's regenerated popularity.

A Pirate Looks At 40 - Jimmy Buffett


Come Sail Away – Styx


Southern Cross – Crosby, Stills & Nash


Downeaster Alexa – Billy Joel

Knee Deep – Zac Brown Band and  Jimmy Buffett

Boats- Kenny Chesney

Sloop John B – Beach Boys

If I Had Boat – Lyle Lovett

Boats To Build – Jimmy Buffett

Where The Boat Leaves From - Zac Brown Band

Guitars & Tiki Bars – Kenny Chesney

No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem – Kenny Chesney



Permanently Temporary - Eric Stone



The Pina Colada Song- Rupert Holmes

Coastal - Kenny Chesney

Beachfront – John Friday

Soul Of A Sailor – Kenny Chesney

Sail Away – David Gray

Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding

Beyond The Sea – Bobby Darin

Back To The Island - Jimmy Buffett & Henry Kopono

I've Got Sand In My Shoes – The Drifters

Under The Boardwalk - The Drifters

Sea Cruise – Frankie Ford

Sailin’ Shoes- Little Feat

Redneck Yacht Club – Craig Morgan

5 o’clock Somewhere – Alan Jackson

Drunken Sailor- Ceili Moss (as well as other versions)

26 Miles Across The Sea - The Four Preps

Laid Back 'n Low Key (Cay) - Alan Jackson

Into The Mystic – Van Morrison

Island Song – Zac Brown Band

Brandy- Looking Glass

Free – Donavon Frankenreiter

Pontoon –Little Big Town

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More Jimmy Buffett Songs About The Sea

Son Of A Son Of A Sailor

Fins

A Salty Piece of Land

Barometer Soup

Tin Cup Chalice

Margaritaville

Back To The Island

Coast of Carolina

Pirate Looks At 40

Coastal Confessions

Knee Deep

Boat Drinks

Surfing In A Hurricane

The Weather Is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful

Lovely Cruise

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

The Big Let Down

A few of you have asked about the prizes at the Chili Cookoff.

What did I win?

Well... it appears the way the chili cookoff was set up, the overall winner isn't the overall winner.

At the start of the cookoff the organizers were bragging they had some great gifts including a $200 gift certificate for Giant Rec World which sells RV parts.

Lots of contestants were happy to hear this! This was held in the campground so we all owned RV's.

Two hundred dollars! Whew hew!

So when I was called last and pronounced to have produced "the best overall" chili, I was ecstatic. Others had won titles of most colorful, most unique, best consistency. As I jumped up to go up to where the other happy winners were standing, I was handed a white envelope.

I thanked everyone with a huge smile plastered on my silly face. Racing through my mind was my RV wish list of things that need repairing and now I had the $200 gift certificate to make this happen. WOW!

Or did I?

Suddenly someone announced, you may open your envelopes now.

My envelope contained a  gift certificate for $10 in ice cream at a store 6 miles from here.

You read that right. Ten dollars in ice cream.

Also a piece of paper was included that read "4".

They pointed to a table and said you get gift 4.

Gift 4 turned out to be 4 solar lights for outdoor use. The box was banged up and seemed to have been wet and then dried out again. I figured it was probably a donated gift from a retailer that couldn't sell it in that condition.

I took it home and put the lights out in the sunshine. Two nights in a row they refused to light up. Then I discovered *gulp* the rechargeable batteries had been removed. The cost of buying batteries to make these work is going to be $18 so that is a no go for me.

No solar lights for me.

While winning the chili cookoff was a fun gratifying achievement I've enjoyed, I must admit the prizes were kind of a let down.

I don't know who got the $200 certificate.

It wasn't me.

Life is goof.

So if your in the neighborhood, stop by. We'll go get ice cream. If you want some solar lights, they're yours. All they need is $18 in batteries.