Preparing for Travel

Canva - Travel - Blank

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

Canva - Burgers and Fries

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

Canva - Taking Care of Myself

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

Canva - It's all about attitude

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

(Thank you for using my affiliate links. I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases at no extra cost to you! Mom and I appreciate your support! ❤)

I’ve Become a Part Time Prepper

Canva - Part-time Prepper

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.

Thrive Life

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!

Food - Garden - Container (7)

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

Red Barn

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!

20200621_132146-1

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

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

The Happy Barn

Or this lovely white barn I found…

Old Barns (2)

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.

20190202_151023

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

20220823_124418_0000

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

Home Sweet Home…?

cropped-20190113_140826.jpg

We live in an RV...

Although our homestead is on wheels, it’s just like any other home. Sometimes, things need to be fixed!

Faucets leak or get clogged… sometimes you need to change out washers so the water runs smoothly from the faucet…

20200516_112814

An despite our best efforts to keep the black tank from backing up, sometimes they need to be cleared out!

Even the screens on our doors and windows needed to be replaced from time to time… especially after the cats have a field day and start climbing on them!

Mom - Fixing Screens - 2020 - Hershey KOA (6)

So, there you have it… living in an RV is not all glitz and glam!

Stuff needs to be fixed, just as it does in a more traditional homestead.

Until next time,

Peace, Love and Safe Travels!

~ Sheri

Where Do We Go From Here?

Canva - Aging

With mom having turned 80 this year, we decided it’s time to get off the road… but looking for a more traditional homestead has been daunting!

Even with the possibility of a full-time job, I don’t think we could afford to stay in this area… The prices have been astronomical!

Staying in our RV in this area would also prove to be a challenge as well. Not all RVs are created equal, and ours is not winter-worthy!

So, the taxing question that remains… should we stay or should we go?!?

We’ve decided we are going to head out at the end of the season to warmer climates.

But even this too is proving to be a challenge.

As a single workamper, jobs are getting more and more difficult to find. Campgrounds want couples… one to work in the office, while the other works outside! And the one place we did get an answer from, the monthly fee is the cost of a traditional homestead that actually has land and a house! Seriously?!?

When did being a workamper become so difficult and so expensive?!?

It doesn’t help the situation as I’ve been talking with my fellow workers. I am finding that everyone else has somewhere to go, while we are still at lose ends…

Worrying…? A little.

But… we still have two months. And while we do plan to head out, we just don’t know where that will be!

So, let’s see where the road takes us!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~ Sheri

Positive Mind… Positive Life!

Canva - Believe it - Achieve it

Each morning, I have a time of quiet… that time before anyone else gets up… a time that is just mine… a time where I can think about the future and what it holds.

We’ve been looking into the possibility of staying here, in our home state, even after this campground closes for the season!

However, as I’ve been looking at homes for sale, I find I am astounded by the prices! Even the cost of a small apartment is outrageous! My mind is reeling, thinking we will never be able to afford this!

During my morning quiet times, I have been reading the book, The Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer. I have come to realize that I can be a very negative person.

I’m one of those people who sees the glass have empty… instead of half full!

I can look at a home that has been beautifully designed and find that one piece of wall paper that has a wrinkle in it!

I always seem to be able to find the flaws… I always seem to look at the negative…

Yet, I am told that positive minds produce positive lives… whereas negative minds produce negative lives.

Who wants to have a negative life?!? I certainly don’t!

It’s in the negativity, I find that I am afraid to hope for that big traditional homestead. I’ve been working part-time at this campground and the prospects of a job in the fall looks dismal!

But ever since we decided to live life on the road, God has always provided a job for the next season! Sometimes, it just seems to come at the last minute, which is frustrating for a negative minded person!

Matthew 8:13 tells us that ‘it will be done for us as we have believed.’

Does this mean I can get anything I want just by thinking about it? No! But God has a perfect plan for our lives, and I can practice thinking positively about my life and what the future holds!

Instead of thinking I won’t get a job for the new season…  or we’ll never be able to afford that homestead… I can think that God has always provided a job, and a new place to go to in the past, and He will continue to do so!

Even though the prospects are looking a little discouraging right now, I can expect God to bring good out of it!

Until next time, think positive thoughts!

~ Sheri

(Thank you for using my affiliate links. I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases at no extra cost to you! Mom and I appreciate your support! ❤)