Change of Scenery Up Ahead – Beach Bound!

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Happy Friday Folks!

I am more than happy to report that I’ll be packing us up tomorrow for a change of scenery. We’re heading out Sunday for a campsite with nothing between me and the beach but a bike path!! Wooo hooo!

We’ve been stagnant here for a longer than we expected so we’re both getting antsy for a change of scenery. The Boss still has a few weeks left on this job so we’re not going too far. But the beach has been calling and it’s time to answer.

The weather has cooled off a bit, even here as inland as we are, so I’m thinking it will be hooded sweated shirts and yoga pants for sure after the sun goes down. But it’s still up into the 80’s during the day so I’m hoping the sunshine will be warm the ocean breeze enough to be writing in the sand next week!

Oh I can’t wait for the sound of the surf, the smell of the ocean, and the salty kisses of the mist in the air!! I see lots of bike riding, walks on the beach, beautiful sunsets and cozy fires in the sand in our future.

Ahhhh… life is good!

Wishing you all a great weekend!

~Cheers~

I Draw the Line at Paper Towels and Beer

Have you heard? Gypsy talks the talk... but doesn't walk the walk!

Have you heard? Gypsy talks the talk… but she doesn’t walk the walk!

Paper towels and beer are going to be an issue… just saying.

A little while back I was talking about taking baby steps toward “Going Green”. In the post I explained that we were interested in taking a more eco-friendly approach to household cleaners and health and beauty products and incorporating more organic foods into our lives.

It got me thinking that going organic is going to be a little easier than going 100% green in an environmental sense. When trying to come up with foods that would be a deal breaker on the organic list, beer was the first item that came to mind. Probably because right out of the gate The Boss let me know that he was drawing the line at Coors Lite and a few assorted junk food items he’s used to having in his lunch.

I’m pretty sure I can work my way around the junk food stuff a little at a time. Trying to find an organic beer on the other hand? Hmmm… I haven’t got a clue. Even if I found one, he’s not a micro-brew, ultra hoppy, dark brew kind of guy. Give him an icy can of Coors Lite, the mountains turned that perfect shade of blue, and he’s a happy camper. Hey, I’m not knocking it. I drink it too.

Cheers!

Mmmmm… that’s good.

Okay, now where were we?

Back to the deal breakers.

I’ve been swapping out the less eco-friendly products as they run out. But I still have a lot of stuff to go through before a total change over will happen. Hardly seems appropriate or economical to throw away the stuff I have on hand. So time will purge what needs to go.

But there is one thing on my list every week that I know I will NOT be able to get away from using. Even though I know it’s really bad, I absolutely, positively, without a doubt, will never be able to kick my paper towel habit. Ever.

I know how bad that sounds and it is. But it’s true. I use them for everything from washing and drying dishes to dinner napkins. (Yes, I have real napkins on hand if we get company. But when it’s the two of us I just rip a paper towel off the roll.) ย It gets worse. I don’t buy the recycled paper towels either. I’ve tried, but I just don’t like them. It’s always Bounty select-a-size and I go through a roll about every other day. (Eeeep!)

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Anacortes, Washington March 2013

How many trees am I killing for my unwillingness to have a germ-infested sponge or damp dishtowel on my counter? How many carbons are being released into the atmosphere from production and shipping? I don’t know. I’m sure too many. But I just don’t think I’ll be able to change my ways. ๐Ÿ™

How about you?

Are there any products that you absolutely can not give up even though you know there are greener solutions?

That’s all for now. As always, thanks for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

~Cheers~

 

Travel Theme: Through

This week the Where’s My Backpack Travel Theme is “Through”. Ailsa has some amazing photos showing the theme. If you haven’t seen them, take a minute to pop over there and check them out!

These are the pics that came to mind for this week’s challenge for me:

Heading through the tunnels on the way to Mount Rushmore…

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And another…

20130606_174647Through an arch of antlers, Jackson, WY…

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Through the trees – California Redwoods

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And finally my favorite for this week. Through the clouds… following my son home in CT

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Thanks for looking!

~Cheers~

 

Asking Fellow RVers – Do You Miss Your Big Kitchen?

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Okay, maybe if this had been my kitchen I’d miss it a bit. LoL

Hey it’s Friday!

Let’s talk about kitchens and food! I’d love to be able to say I’m getting ready to do some great barbecuing or planning a dinner out this weekend; but no, not for a few weeks yet. The Boss is into his extreme schedule so it’s dinner for one these days.

Anyhoooo… I read a Facebook status the other day from a friend of mine who is living in her camper for a bit while she waits for her next stick and brick home to be ready. Her update was about how she was already going nuts not having a “normal” kitchen – after less than two weeks.

I didn’t get into details about whether her appliances were working properly or not, or if it was just a matter of missing all the extra space she had in her old kitchen. I guess maybe I should have. But my point is, I have not once yet missed having a big traditional kitchen… and it’s been a year and a half!

Yes, I will say I’ve had to adjust to the limited storage issue. But as far as having every gadget under the sun and a pot rack full of every size imaginable… nope, don’t miss it at all. We’ve been adding a few things here and there that fit easily into the space we have. I can’t think of anything off the top of my head that’s even on my “wish list”.

An added bonus to not having a million gadgets is that we don’t mind paying more for higher quality products when we do decide we need something. Of course only having a couple of pots and pans means I’m only washing a couple pots and pans! Woo hoo ๐Ÿ™‚

We usually use our grill for the full-course type meals anyway. Somehow the hubby creates a lot more dishes outside grilling than I do inside cooking. But he’s cooking, which means I’m not, so I don’t complain (much). It doesn’t hurt that he rocks at grilling!

I’ve been making an effort to make myself an actual meal instead of just grabbing whatever’s quick and easy when I’m alone. I put together a great little pizza the other night using nothing but the grill, a knife and a spoon. No, it wasn’t a frozen pizza. Yes, really!

Here’s my creation…

Spicy Avocado Pizza

Spicy Avocado Grilled Pizza

Okay, I did cheat a little and used an 8″ Boboli mini crust as my base. After grilling it for just a minute or two on each side, I used spicy red pepper hummus as the “sauce” then topped that with thinly sliced cucumbers, grape tomatoes, avocado, and kalamata olives. It was dee-lish!

The crust was warm with a bit of crunch, the perfect balance to the smooth creaminess of the hummus. Then the cool crisp veggies on top were just enough to mellow out the spicy heat of the hummus. Yummy ๐Ÿ™‚

There are so many great grilling cookbooks available today it’s hard to pick just one. I was looking for something dedicated to RV cooking. I came across these two that look promising.

I usually just fly by the seat of my pants when it comes to throwing things together in the kitchen. But I’m also a book lover and cookbooks can be great reading!

So what’s the verdict?

If you’re a full-timer do you miss your traditional kitchen?

If you’re a weekend warrior is there one kitchen gadget that you absolutely must bring with you when you leave home?

That’s all for now. As always, thanks for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

~Cheers~

 

“Put it Back, We Don’t Have Room!” – The No Storage Issue

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If I had to name one thing that I’ve found to be the most challenging about full-time RVing it has got to be the storage issue. I know cubic feet of storage changes dramatically from rig to rig so it may not be an issue for some.

But our little 26′ travel trailer really doesn’t provide much room for “extra” stuff. Heck, sometimes even switching out our seasonal clothes can be a challenge. But, for the most part we make it work. We know that if we’re looking for something in the storage space it will most likely be in the center of the cubby… which means it will be in the last bin we pull out. Drat.

On the one hand, having limited storage is great for sticking to our budget – no room to stow anything means (almost) never buying stuff on a whim. I don’t just mean larger items, like the recent bike purchase. But even buying a blender last week had to be well thought out. How big is it? Is the pitcher made of glass? Does it have a storage case? And so on.

As you can imagine, buying stuff like workout equipment is a no-go. Yes, there are chain-store/franchise type gyms pretty much everywhere we’ve been. We even thought about joining one of the major ones when we hit the road. Thinking about it was as far as we got… and now I’m paying for it.

The first couple of times we took the bikes out I was surprised at how tired my legs got, not to mention how quickly. Yikes! It seems sitting here at my desk for 8 to 10 hours a day surfing and playing candy crush writing, writing, writingย is making me weak, weak, weak. Not good! It’s time to tone and strengthen things up.

Naturally buying any kind of weights were out of the question. So I decided to go with resistance bands. They’re the perfect workout equipment for gypsies with no storage space. They are light weight, small and flexible and easy to store.

Black Mountain Products Resistance Band Set (Five Bands Included)

If you’re looking for some fitness inspiration geared toward the gypsy lifestyle check out James and Stef atย The Fit RV. They have some great advice on how to keep fit on the road.

Do you have any fitness routines that you’ve worked into living on the road?ย I’d love to hear about them. ๐Ÿ™‚

That’s all for now. As always, thanks for stopping by. ๐Ÿ™‚

~Cheers~