Preparing for Travel

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Although it’s true we’ve decided it’s time to get off the road, we do have plans to travel at least one more time before settling down for good! And since we plan to travel, we need to prepare!

Over the course of the next few weeks, we will take the truck in to be serviced and check to see that everything on the RV is in working order as well!

First, we’ll pack up those things we don’t use every day, donating that which we no longer need or use anymore!

The packing part is my biggest challenge! Figuring out what to keep, and what goes is difficult – especially since I have a minimalists point of few, and I live with a mother who is a bit of a pack rat!

Todays challenge: clear out the cupboard above our sink!

I recently found a set of 4 plastic wine goblets we have yet to use in our 3 plus years on the road! Seriously?!? Out they go!

So, with that said, I’m off to clear out a cupboard!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~ Sheri

Taking Care of Me… Part 2

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It’s no secret, eating healthy is a challenge for me! Especially living with a mother who, in her old age, is becoming a finicky eater! But, taking care of myself is something I’ve begun to take very seriously!

However there is a down side to this new change…

Since I am no longer feeding my body all the sugary sweets or fatty fried foods, I am beginning to feel tired and lethargic. I don’t seem to have the strength to do much of anything!

My body is going through withdrawal!

Talking with my doctor, I’m told that every time we change our eating habits – good, or bad – our bodies react to these changes! He also went on to say that this tiredness will pass… it may take a few days… but it will pass… and, as my body adapts to my healthier eating habits, it will begin to work as it should, thus the fatigue will lift! That’s good to hear!

In the meantime, I will press on through this feeling of weariness, and rest when I can, knowing that this too shall pass!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~ Sheri

Taking Care Of Me… Part 1

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Recently, I shared with you that I was Giving Myself Permission to Take Care Of Me! You’d think this should be an easy task! But with work obligations and familial ones as well, I find myself torn with the idea that I need to take care of others first!

For example… Mom and I share our little homestead on wheels. She doesn’t get around as well as she used to. She’s 80. That’s understandable! However, making sure she is eating properly and making meals that she likes is becoming more and more difficult! She’s set in her ways! She likes certain foods… foods that aren’t exactly healthy!

I don’t want to be one of those persons who makes one dish me for her, and another one for me! Call me crazy, but I feel that this is too much like work! Yet when I put together a meal in the slow-cooker, she comes up with the excuse that she doesn’t like all her food to be touching! And I thought kids could be picky eaters!

Therefore, instead of making something in the slow-cooker, I wait till I get home to make dinner. I am usually so hungry, that we wind up going to the closest burger joint, instead of taking the time to make a proper, healthy meal!

This has to stop!

As I plan for meals that we can both enjoy, I find myself remembering the days of my youth… when mom made a dinner for us, she did NOT make two different meals… she made one meal for everybody, and if you didn’t like it, you didn’t eat until the next meal!

You’d think with our roles reversing, I could get away with that line! Nope! She informs me that she’ll just make something herself… but then, she usually just snacks on whatever we have in the pantry – usually chips and soda! Sigh!

This too, has to stop!

So, the challenge continues in trying to eat a healthy diet!

I know deep down, that by taking care of myself, I am showing my gratitude to God, yet I continue to battle with the thought that I need to take care of her first, and me last!

Therefore, the challenge to eat healthy continues, but I will prevail! I will not give up!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~ Sheri

It’s All About Attitude

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Attitude is an inward feeling expressed by outward behavior.

Recently, during my morning quiet times, I’ve been reading a book called Battlefield of the Mind. In a chapter called Be Positive, I came to realize that I am a very negative person…

You know, the glass is half empty… an always waiting for the other shoe to drop kind of person.

This sort of thinking is very negative! And as I just expressed, our attitude… our mindset… our feeling on the inside… it’s expressed by our outward behavior.

Sometimes, what we are thinking or feeling, if we don’t share it with others, we assume, they don’t know what’s going on in our lives.

However, what we think in our heart, we become. So, if we are negative in our thinking, we become negative… our characteristics tend toward the negative… and it shows by what we say or what we do.

Even scriptures tell us ‘as we think in our hearts, so we become.’ (See Proverbs 23:7)

Moreover, our attitudes (good or bad) can be seen without ever speaking a word!

Our attitudes color our experiences, Happiness and depression… these are issues of the heart. What we are on the inside has more impact on our emotional state than our circumstances!

However, if you are like me, it takes effort to think positively… I have to think about what I am thinking about!

There is a verse in the bible that says ‘a merry heart does good like medicine.’ Therefore wouldn’t it do me good to put in the effort it takes to think positive… to have a good attitude.

Consequently, if I have a great attitude about things inwardly, this will begin to show on the outside!

For example: The campground where I am currently working will be closing down for the season in just under two months. Usually, I already have the next job planned, and know where I will be going!

That’s not the case this year!

As a single workamper, I am finding it harder and harder to find jobs, simply due to the fact that more and more campgrounds would rather hire couples. The reasoning? Why not hire two workers for the price of 1 site?!? Or simply, some of those same campgrounds would rather hire locals and utilize a site for paying guests rather than a workamper.

I get it… but it does make finding a job, and a place to park my unit more difficult.

So, I could look at this situation 1 of 2 ways… My negative side could say “Whoa is me! I can’t seem to find a job! What am I ever going to do! I’ll never find a job in time!

Or, I could look at it with a positive attitude and see it as an adventure! Which, by the way, is what mom and I had originally intended!

So, no crying over spilled milk here!

It’s all about the attitude!

Let’s see where the road takes us next!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~ Sheri

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I’ve Become a Part Time Prepper

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If you’ve ever been in the scouts as a young kid, then I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase ‘Be prepared!”

In essence, a prepper is someone that is prepared.  A prepper creates a plan for emergencies by gathering resources such as food and medical supplies.

They’ll even gain skills in case they don’t have access to power and water… or even a grocery store… remember 2020 when all the grocery stores were empty?!?

Basically, what it all boils down to is that a prepper will try to reduce their reliance on others for their survival in a crisis situation!

To that end, I have become a part-time prepper.

Although living in a small 22 foot RV, it’s difficult to have a large stockpile of supplies at the ready, but I do what I can!

When I go to the store, I will purchase an extra can of veggies, or fruit… or those bags of dried beans, peas and lentils…

However, when traveling, I need to be conscience of the weight our truck can haul, so I have begun to rely on freeze-dried foods.

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They’re lighter in weight, therefore I have access to more food, and less water weight in canned goods from the store. Want to know where I get my freeze-dried foods? Click here!

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I’m also honing my skills so that I can preserve the foods that come from our container garden… and I cook from scratch whenever possible! Would you know how to make your own pasta?!?

I’m always willing to learn a new skill, so that I too can be prepared in a crisis situation… to that end, I am doing what I can as a part-time prepper!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~ Sheri

I think I May Be Obsessed with Old Barns

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On my days off, mom and I like to go exploring!

One of the things I like to do, is drive through ‘farm country’ in search of old barns!

I think I may be obsessed with them!

Unfortunately, as we explore, I am seeing the traditional wood and stone barns going by the wayside.

Gradually, I see newer barns being built of aluminum or steel… for this reason, I am always pleased when I come across an old barn – especially one that is still in use and well taken care of!

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Barns come in all shapes and sizes! Some big, some little…

Like this little yellow barn I christened ‘the happy barn!’

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Or this lovely white barn I found…

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Barns are used by farmers for a number of things… housing for livestock… storage of food, such as this big ‘dehydrator’ that is used to cure tobacco after its been brought in from the field.

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As I explore the local area in search of these old, beautiful barns, I can’t help but think about the families that live on the farm… the memories that are being made… and the stories they hold…  yes, I truly do think I am obsessed with old barns!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~Sheri

Changing My Mindset

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What’s the first thing you think about when you wake up in the morning?

As you lay in bed, do you think things like:

  • I have to get up.
  • I have to go to work.
  • I have to make healthy meals.
  • I have to exercise.

I know I am certainly guilty of this!

And to be quite honest, by saying such things, I have procrastinated… so much so, that I have had to rush out the door to get to work! And I live at the campground!

Moreover, I have ignored the whole exercise thing completely!

But what would happen, if instead of saying “I have to…” we started saying “I get to?”

  • I get to wake up in the morning.
  • I get to go to work.
  • I get to make healthy meals.
  • I get to exercise.

By using the words ‘I get to,’ we can start to see how truly blessed we are, and how much we have to be thankful for!

So, what do you get to do today?

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~ Sheri

Laundry Day Blues

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I’m sure you’re just like me… you love doing laundry! Ahem, please note sarcasm!

One challenge of living in an RV versus a traditional homestead, is the lack of having a washer and dryer in the home!

Sure, there are RVers that are lucky enough to have an RV with washers and dryers, or even a 2-in-1 model to save space… But alas, we are not fortunate enough to have one of those models!

Gone are the days when I can throw a load in the machine and go about the 101 other chores I need to do!

Instead, I lug my many loads to the local laundromat and sit… and wait… and watch my laundry spin in circles!

The minutes tick away as I think about all the other items on my ‘to-do list’ I could be getting done!

And as my laundry finally makes it to the dryers, I find myself looking forward to the lugging of all my loads back to the truck and finally back to the camper!

It is also with great expectation that I look forward to doing this all over again next week!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~ Sheri

How to Make Garden Veggie Tortellini

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Let’s face it… sometimes it’s just too hot to cook!

That’s where this delicious Garden Veggie Tortellini Salad comes into play. You can eat it warm, or chill it in the fridge before you serve it! Simply make up a batch ahead of time, and when you don’t feel like cooking, pull out this salad and enjoy!

And, the great thing about this dish, is it serves between 8-10 people, so it’s great for social gatherings as well! With just the 2 of us, I usually have plenty of leftovers for lunch the next day!

While this recipe does call for dried cheese tortellini pasta, you can use chicken tortellini as well, or use whichever suits your palette! And even though it calls for a veggie dip mix, you can use your favorite seasoning, too!

However, I prefer to use my favorite herbs straight from the garden!

Parsley, basil and oregano are my 3 fresh herbs of choice! I just need to beware of the flavor intensity when using fresh compared to using dried herbs or mixes.

So, here’s the recipe:

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 package (12oz) of dried cheese tortellini pasta (or whichever you prefer)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp. of your favorite herbs or dip mix (remember, I usually use fresh, and I lean towards basil, parsley and oregano)
  • 1 bell pepper, seeded and quartered
  • 1/2 seedless cucumber
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 package crumbled feta cheese
  • sliced black olives, if desired

Let’s put it all together:

  • Cook the tortellini according to package directions.
  • While the pasta is cooking, whisk together the oil, vinegar and dip mix in a large bowl and set aside. (I like using my  Cool & Serve bowl, so it keeps my food cool when packing lunch for work!)
  • Next, slice up 2 bell peppers, making bite site pieces.
  • Same with the cucumber.
  • Add the peppers, cucumber and tomatoes to the bowl with the dressing and toss to coat.
  • Once the pasta is finished cooking, drain it in a colander under cold water. Gently toss the pasta to cool, then shake the excess water from the pasta.
  • Add the cooled pasta to the bowl along with the cheese and olives. Again, toss to combine and coat.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Kitchen Tips:

  • Slicing the bell pepper thinly mellows the flavor so it doesn’t outshine the other ingredients.
  • Makes great leftovers for lunch.
  • Great crowd pleaser for those family get-togethers and church socials.
  • If you prefer using fresh herbs instead of dried seasonings or dip mixes, chop up herbs and use to please your taste-buds.

Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~ Sheri

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Food Shopping and a Small RV has its Challenges

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All RVs are not created equal!

Our RV is a small 22 foot travel trailer that has a fridge the size of a bread box! Okay, maybe a little bigger than a bread box, but not much bigger!

It is an ‘under-the-counter’ model, and after you get a dozen eggs, a quart of milk, a bottle or two of dressing, and a packet of luncheon meat, our fridge is full. The freezer holds even less… a pound of ground beef and a small bag of frozen veggies and it too is full!

Needless to say, wanting to eat healthy and having the ability to keep food fresh till you’re ready to use it is a challenge!

We could go to the store every day, or we could find a way to stock up our ‘home on wheels’ another way!

Our answer was to add in a 55 quart cooler to our list of items we allow ourselves to take on this journey. This gives us the ability to expand our refrigerated items, thus allowing us to have more fresh fruits and veggies at the ready, without the daily trek to the local market or farm stand!

We like it because it’s lightweight (remember, we have to watch our payload during travel). It also has an easy to drain spout, a 7 day ice retention, which is pretty nice in itself, because it keeps us from having to buy ice everyday! AND it is supposedly certified to withstand a bear for up to an hour!

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So far, we have yet to meet any bears in our travels! Let’s hope we don’t have to test that ‘bear theory’ any time soon!

Now that our pantry, fridge, cooler and freezer are stocked, what should I make first?

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~ Sheri

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