Living in Milwaukee we came to treasure the warmth of summer and the radiant heat of the sun. Our 1923 built former school had LOTS of windows. And we got a reasonable amount of solar heat through the windows but that wasn’t what I craved. What I wanted was AIR — fresh air — the feeling of the breezes on my skin and the sound of migratory birds and and children playing on the elementary school playground next door.
To me — one of the biggest joys of the RV lifestyle has been living with the windows open. Oh, there have been times when we haven’t — when the temps have been too low or the rain too horizontal – but by and large the coach windows have been open since we left home for the last time, property-less but not home-less.
There are times when living with open windows is not all it’s cracked up to be. This morning was one of those — our next-site over had 4 little ones and two of them were bawling at 6-something this morning. But most of the time it’s a delight. We hear the birds at all hours, we hear the wind rustling through the trees, the rain pitter-pattering on the ground outside (to say nothing of the roof). We get out INTO the air much more often because there’s less (of anything) between us and the outdoors: fewer steps, thinner walls, less indoor storage and more need to go outside to get something from the basement.
When the weather is in our comfort zone we spend a lot of time outdoors. We aren’t so much the sit in a comfortable chair and read sort, and even though we might like to do more ‘serious’ hiking my legs have turned me into a walker most of the time. But we do spend a lot of time outdoors. We don’t cook outdoors. And I’m neither a fisherman nor a hunter — but we walk, we look, we talk, we enjoy: our surroundings and begin together. The temps don’t have to be in the 60’s or 70’s — when we were in OR we functioned fine all day long outdoors in 40 & 50 degree weather and it’s nice to be able to put ON a layer of clothing to stay warm as opposed to having no more layers of clothing that you can take OFF to get comfortable. I think we’ll have a lot of those days during the coming winter in NM. We’re looking forward to it. Of course with temps in the 40’s we probably won’t have the windows open all that much — but still we’ll be out in nature a good part of the time. Probably in the Visitors Center too — but I’m sure we’ll have a variety of tasks ahead of us.
When we were younger I tried to get my wife interested in belly dancing. I didn’t get very far with that. 😜 Fast forward 30 years and of all things when our Grand-One was at University guess who enrolled in American Tribal Dance classes? Fast forward another 6 years and two years after graduation who is it that’s still involved with a belly dance troupe? Yup — that one and the same Grand One!
Here’s Mel in some of her newest dance regalia. She’s trying to learn a dance that balances a sword on her head (no sword in this photo). Hope her balance is good. Don’t want any cut-off ears or anything!
Office Supplies to the Rescue
I’m a guy who’s spent a lot of time in offices and designing office systems and in office supply stores. I have to say that when my wife floated an idea to put a cloth cover over my recliner (during the hot summer months) to keep me from sweating up the leather recliner I liked the idea. But I also discovered quickly that any system I thought of short of sewing the sheet we were using into an actual formed cover was not working. I tried notting the cloth, I tried small clips and clamps, everything came loose in a couple hours — Have I mentioned I’m a fidgety sitter?
Last week when I was organizing the basement I finally found a couple LARGE size Bulldog clamps that I knew I had down there some place. Imagine my surprise when I clipped two of the biggest ones around the back side of the chair and they stayed, and stayed and stayed. It’s been a week already and I haven’t had to adjust them even once — compared with several times a day up till then. It’s a simple solution, no one sees the back side of the recliner, and it’s cost efficient. Zero outlay, and no fuss or bother.
Just because something has a designed purpose doesn’t mean it can’t be sued for other very useful tasks!
Ok — that’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by and I’ll talk with you tomorrow.