Gratitude

We are constantly commenting on how thankful we are for our beautiful home on wheels!  This week I got an email from Todd, who with his wife Julie, write a blog about RV’ing.  Check it out at TREKKN.co (but don’t forget to come back here!)

Todd wrote about Gratitude, and had a couple quotes from Viktor Frankl that I really enjoyed seeing again.  So here they are:

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: that last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”

Later he talked more about being truly grateful for all that we are blessed with… When the world seems to be going more crazy by the hour, and pandemic is spelled “Panic” for too many people, it’s too easy to focus on what we are missing or have lost, rather than on the many blessings we really have.  If you are healthy, rejoice and be thankful!  If you are not healthy, be glad our bodies were created to self-repair most any insult.

I am very grateful for a beautiful healthy family.  I’m thankful for the ability to be out in the middle of nowhere, far from any crowds. For food, water, a warm bed, and internet to keep up with friends.  I’m also thankful for FaceTime, so we can still meet up with our awesome family.  Life is good, in spite of a viral panic!  A good dose of Grateful will go a long way to calm the news-inspired panic.

 

Spring must be arriving in the desert

We’ve been “isolating in place” for a while here now, and we’re starting to see things “Green Up.”

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Even a few other colors!

 

I still try to run most every day: 13 miles or one half hour, whichever comes first!  Last year about this time I was running along this beach in Saipan!

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Lately the view is a bit different:

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The other day, our “Neighbor” bought a new tractor.  He’s just bought about 80 acres of land near here, and will use this beautiful tractor to help build a house.  I thought it looked pretty good by our house.

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Upgrading Sensors

Since we are not moving much of anywhere (one trip to town for food per week) I have time to get some projects done.  Our holding tanks sensors have been acting up, and are not terribly accurate at the best of times.  So I ordered new sensors online, and have been installing them.  The sensors on the tanks are the easy part.  The hard part is getting the wiring from the back of the motorhome to the control panel above the windshield!  I had to take the front shades down, and remove the trim from the windshield pillar.  Then the wires go down the pillar, under the coach, up into the basement, and back to the tank area.  Playing with all this gives me a new appreciation for the complexity of this movable house: there seems to be enough wires running everywhere to build a Space Shuttle!

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So I have the main control installed and working; next is the secondary display in the “wet bay” where we fill or empty tanks,  so I can see the levels when working out there.

Camping in a Ghost Town

We are hardly in a Ghost Town (Who writes these headlines anyway?) but the number of transient folks, those only staying for a day or two, has really dwindled to almost nothing.  Some nights there are two or three, leaving 20 or so sites empty.  We enjoy looking at the rigs, and the diversity…  the other night there were only three: a 2 million dollar Prevost Marathon, a tiny R-Pod trailer smaller than the car pulling it, and a class C motorhome in the middle. (Size wise and by location.)  In case you’re not up on these models, here are stock photos of a Prevost and an R-Pod.

 

 

Making Masks!

In keeping with the Pandemic Panic Preventive Procedures, Cherryl made some beautiful masks!  We wore them on our town trip this week, and looked really cool!  I felt like we should be bank robbers or something!

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Moongazing

The other day was a “Pink Moon.”  This is one of the times when the moon is as close to the earth as it gets, and appears 14% larger than normal.

Supposedly the Pink Moon is named for a North American wildflower, the “moss phlox,” or “moss pink,”  which blooms about the time of the first full moon of spring.  I guess Pink Moon sounds better than “Phlox Moon!”

We also have had some beautiful “Phlox Sunsets!”

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Sometime this week we were FaceTiming with our children and grandchildren.  Someone said “With you guys not moving all the time, Dad is going to run out of things to talk about on the blog.”  My oldest, Karen, responded “Dad will NEVER run out of things to talk about!”

So we will see what next week brings… in the meantime, I hope you and yours are staying healthy, sane, and grateful!

 

2 thoughts on “Gratitude

  1. We ARE grateful and having fun besides. Dallen is weed-eating the orchard and garden areas and he and Jeff are working with chain saws to cut up gigantic chunks and trunks of an oak tree so that they can be small enough to use the splitter. You can see it on face book. I sold about 24 table runners last fall so I am making new replacements. I have 16 so far and having fun designing them with scraps. 🙂 We have been putting puzzles together and walking around the block, etc. We seem to keep very busy. “Old” people are not allowed at the grocery store with other people so I have been going about 6:00 a.m. on Sundays when no one is there. 🙂 Works great! I do miss my quilters that come on Wednesdays and not being able to take the RV out. All the parks around here are closed. Have fun and enjoy the desert with it’s special kind of beauty.

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