Thursday 29 March 2018

The Odd Long Weekend

So here we are, the Easter Long Weekend, and it is the only long weekend where the day off is Friday, and not Monday.

This means that I will be heading to my Western Home today after work and also during rush hour, rather than in the afternoon. 

This is because I work a full day on Thursdays, and don’t get off early, as I do on Fridays. Ah well, I will live. 

Just in time for the weekend is more snow and cold weather.  This kind of thing I have seen before, and I certainly know what to do in order to get through it.

It would be nice if spring actually arrived and stuck around, but I will take the small victories where I can get them. 

Such as being able to keep water liquid overnight in my house . . . that is a big one.

I will take the time to enjoy this long weekend, even if it is an odd one. After all, this is one indicator that spring is just about here. And that is yet another small victory.

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Wednesday 28 March 2018

I Resurrected The Pee Jar

So, last night I did a bit of running around. One of the things that I did was to dump my tanks. 

Again, I did this out of precaution, and it seemed like the best time, since there was snow and colder temps coming (just in time for the weekend).

So, that means that I have to resort to my Winter Mode tactics which means tossing my grey water out onto the frozen ground and yes . . . peeing in a jar.

Why? Because I don’t feel like standing outside to pee any more . . . that’s why. So, I pee in a jar and toss the contents outside onto that same frozen ground. 

Again, not fancy, not desirable, but functional . . . and effective. 

Yet, this cold snap will pass quickly and I will be back in Spring/Fall Mode soon enough. 

In a month or so, I will be in full Summer Mode, and actually have running water. What luxury.

Again, this is my life, I am always looking to the temperatures and the weather and asking myself “what can I get away with?” 

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Tuesday 27 March 2018

The Cold Dip-Down

So, the weather is getting colder . . . again. This is not really a problem, but it does mean that I will have to change what I am doing, out of precaution.

I have switched to Spring/Fall Mode, which means that I have been using my sinks and toilet again. 

That has been nice, but it also means that I have to watch the temperatures, specifically the overnight lows.

With the temps dropping down to the negative double-digits, edging towards the -20C, this is a cause for concern. 

The first thing that I am doing is drawing down on the water in my blue jug. I have recently started using my 6 gallon water jug to store and dispense fresh water.

This is nice, but it will also freeze up into a solid block of ice that takes much longer to thaw than it does to freeze (trust me). It can also crack that jug, turning it into garbage (trust me again).

So, I will be switching back to my multiple 2 litre bottles for the weekend, as I know how to keep them warm enough to stay liquid (put them under the covers).

I will also be dumping my tanks before the weekend, as I don’t want to risk my grey or black water tanks freezing solid. The three dollars I pay to dump is worth the peace of mind. 

This also means that I will have to go back to not using my sinks and toilets until the weather warms up again.

This is just part of life when you live in an RV and are going through Spring/Fall. I am always changing what I am doing in reaction to the weather and temperatures. 

This too shall pass. 

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Monday 26 March 2018

I Got My Tax Refund . . . Al $18.10 of it

It is what it is, and for the most part, predictable. The Taxman likes to tax me, and so I keep paying. Pretty much whatever I give the Taxman, somehow he keeps.

I will say that at least in recent years, this year in particular, things are quite streamlined. 

I filled my tax return online a week ago and this weekend I got my refund deposited into my account. 

Other than the years when I got a small bill, I will say that this year’s $18.10 refund is a record . . . a record small one . . . and that is saying something. 

I haven’t had anything larger than a double-digit refund in over a decade . . . but I digress. 

The other nice this is that this upcoming tax year 2018 I will finally pay off that “debt” to “my” RRSP *spit*. So that’s nice.

I will not dwell on taxes and refunds. I will instead keep moving forward, looking onward and upwards as I resolve to stay debt free, while I continue to build my wealth.

There is nothing I can do about taxes, so I had best not dwell on them. 

I may do a bit of reading to see if there is something, (other than contributing to my RRSP *spit*) in order to lower my tax burden (legal ways, of course).

My main thrust is still savings and working towards getting land, without a mortgage, if at all possible, but I would not rule it out of the right deal came my way. 

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward.

(If only to stay ahead of the Taxman.)

Friday 23 March 2018

Payday Update

Today is the day that I am depositing my paycheque, even though, yesterday was technically payday. 

This is because, after running around on payday, I end up in my Western Home (where I buy fuel is there).

Since today is Friday, I will end up running and in Western Home anyways. 

Since I have no bills that need to be paid yesterday or other urgent bills that can’t wait a day, I decided to save the fuel on the unnecessary trip (doing my thing for the environment.)

I am still taking steps forward and still focussing on savings. Despite the frustration with the cracked laptop screen the percentage going to savings was still 80% of take home.

So, all in all, I am still working towards that Aug 7 target of fully funding my Mid-Term Account to contain two years worth of living expenses. 

It would be nice to somehow speed up the process of acquiring the money needed to buy the land and start that farm/town, but all I can do is move forward on my own.

If others wish to join me and help, great, but I don’t anticipate that happening until I am actually settled on the land and have started the process of homesteading.

Each step forward towards your goal is a good and great thing, and should be noticed and celebrated. 

For it is proof that you are not standing still, but moving forward, no matter how tiny or insignificant that step may seem.

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Thursday 22 March 2018

The Saga of The Laptop Repair

Okay, so last Friday I said that I was going to attempt the laptop screen repair. Well, I did and it went sideways . . . (as usual).

The screen came in and so I set about disassembling the laptop. 

(In true me fashion, I forgot to take any pictures.)

I got the screen out and was about to put the new one in when I realized that this was not the right screen. 

The connector on the screen that I ordered had 40 pins, but the one that my laptop took was 30 pins. 

(No, jamming the cable in there and hoping for the best would not work.)

I imagined that I would get a hard time from the place that I bought the screen from and be stuck with it (and a broken laptop).

This then left me with a weekend (and a Monday) to wonder and browse about buying a new laptop. And yes I did look at buying a fancy, expensive laptop (just because).

But, by Tuesday, good sense won out and I decided to at least check out the return policies from the place that I bought the screen from.

I was surprised to find that it was: online, automated, and no hassles they even generated the postal sticker for me to print off and just mail the screen back to them (at their cost).

I ordered a new screen and got it the next day (yesterday). This time, the screen went in and by luck would have it, it worked the first go (no missed cable, etc).

So, there you have it, it actually worked out to be cheaper to fix this laptop than to replace it. (No, I won’t fix your laptop for you.)

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Wednesday 21 March 2018

Spring Mode in Full Swing

I am now fully immersed in my Spring/Fall Mode and while it has only been for a few days, it has done wonders for my mood. It is nice to be able to do the simple things that others take for granted.

I like being able to keep water liquid in my house. Not to mention be able to use my toilet again (the pee jar has been put away for another year).

I am still focussed on moving myself and my goals forward, but for the immediate future, I am focussed on getting myself further out of my hibernating mode. 

We shall see how things progress, but for now, I am just taking joy out of the simple things that even a slight increase in the temps can bring in my lifestyle and quality of life.

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Tuesday 20 March 2018

Spring is Here!

Today is the first official day of spring, so I am taking the time to welcome the non-deepfreeze weather. 

I actually had one of my jug-showers today, and I plan to continue this until I switch to winter mode again.  

For those who don’t know, a jug shower is where I take a two litre juice jug full of warm water, stand in my bathtub and have a “shower” by: pouring water over me, lathering up, and then rinsing off. 

The other nice thing is that I am able to keep water liquid in Wanda. This means I can use my 6 gallon jug for potable water storage and dispensing. 

This is a nice thing, as it means less and less for me to tuck under the covers with me at night. Some night soon, I may actually not have my iPad and phone under the covers with me. 

The real sign of spring is this . . . 

This is a big deal because I can not only see the curb but I can park next to it. 

Why is this important? This is important because it means my butt is being shoved less and less into traffic and therefore less likely to be crashed into.

Here is an example of why this matters to me . . . 

This is where I parked near work this morning (before the truck moved). As you can see, I am parked so far away from the curb, that a small car could park between it and me. 

This is due to the fact that when the city ploughs the streets they only plough the snow from where cars drive, and then deposit that snow where cars usually park. 

Then the natural freeze thaw cycle takes their toll and then you get snowcrete on the sides of the road, which only: the sun, warm temps and time will get rid of. 

So, I will continue to rejoice in the warming effects of spring (or anti-fall as it seems).

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Monday 19 March 2018

I Filed My Taxes

So, I filed my taxes over the weekend . . . I’m expecting $18.00 back . . . so, all in all, a normal year. For the last ten years I have either had a small bill from the tax man or received a two digit refund.

This all started when I was I my last year of film school (film school . . . that helped *sigh*) and I needed a bit of cash to help finish the year. 

So, I took advantage of the “lifelong learning program” which “allowed” me to “borrow” money from my RRSP (*spit*).  As in, the government “let” me take “my” money out of “my” account. 

All you have to do is pay the cash back over the next ten years. Since I was always running in the red, savings or even RRSP (*spit*) contributions was a pipe dream. 

I was too busy focused on survival, then on getting myself out from under that large weight of debt. 

I have been putting cash into my RRSP (*spit*) these past few years, at least something. This next tax time, (as in one year from now) I should have paid off that: blood oath/life debt/ RRSP (*spit*) life long learning “loan”.

My first mistake was putting cash into my RRSP (*spit*). My next mistake was thinking I could take money out of it. After all, once you put money in there it is not yours anymore. 

The principle belongs to the government, any earnings belongs to the institute that you “invested” with. You as the average person will not make money in there, not when you compare it to inflation. 

You are not supposed to, you are there as a vehicle for others to make money off of you while thanking them for doing so.

If I could figure out a way to close the RRSP (*spit*) out completely without a penalty, I would. There is almost nothing in there, nothing that will grow into anything worth anything when I come to “retire”. 

Ah well, we shall see what tax refund I get, but part of me is expecting a bill, after all that’s what life keeps handing me . . . another bill to pay (whether it’s mine or not).

As always:  Keep your head up, your attitude positive (at least try to) and keep moving forward!

Friday 16 March 2018

Laptop Screen Repair To Be Attempted

Okay, so as you may remember from yesterday, I slipped on the ice and cracked my laptop screen. 

The first impulse is to replace the whole laptop, as most of us understand it is cheaper to replace something than to fix it. Well, that may not necessarily be so. 

In times gone by, I have been both an office equipment repair tech and a computer tech. I have moved on from those industries due to stress and low pay. 

What this means is that taking apart my laptop does not scare me. So, I looked up on line and found what I hope to be the proper replacement screen for my laptop.

It should arrive today, and so, if everything goes well, I will be up and running today . . . I hope. 

The screen itself cost me $78.00 and the shipping cost me $12.00 so with taxes in am in the low $90.00 range. 

It is a risk, as this may not work, or only work for a short period of time. Since a new laptop would cost me $400.00 - $500.00 (as I don’t want the absolutely bargain basement model) this is worth a try.

Let it be known that a want my green star for doing my part for the environment by trying to fix this laptop rather than toss it out.

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Thursday 15 March 2018

There Were Casualties This Morning

So there I was walking to work, I slipped on a bit of ice and fell on my buttocks. Whilst I am fine other than my pride and a slight soreness in my left wrist (it helped break the fall) two things did not survive.

One was my special motivational mug, the one with Rocky’s Inspirational Speech on it, the other was this . . .

So, that has been my morning so far, quite stellar. I lost two things that mean something to me. My motivational mug is just a little thing that reminds me to keep going. 

Here is a shot of it from the archives.

The laptop is something that I use on a regular basis. I use it to write as well as relax while playing a video game or two. 

So, while I have other mugs, and so that will be fine, I am not looking forward to buying and moving into another laptop. 

Sure it is technically just the screen, but it is a cheap laptop and so, not worth fixing (even if parts were available). 

This morning is discouraging, because there is yet more snow on the way, and I don’t need yet more expenses. I am toying with just not replacing the laptop, but I already know that I will . . . I know me.

Whilst I am frustrated, I am discouraged and yes I am also saddened by the loss, I will not give up. I am just too stubborn to give up. 

I will trudge forward and continue onwards towards my goals, doing what I have to do to survive and yes . . . keep moving forward. My usual tagline has extra meaning for me today.

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Wednesday 14 March 2018

The Near-Miss

So, I recently had a conversation with someone I almost ended up with. This is what I call a “Near Miss” as in you almost collided, or got together, but didn’t.

Again, I won’t go into details or name names. For one it would be irrelevant, for another, it would be improper, and finally, just not my style.

It was good to find out what happened to them, and how they are doing. It was also good for me to finally put to rest any possibility of us getting together. 

I continue to clomp forward, and trudge through life, on my way towards my dreams, and I do so alone. This is not new, and seems to be a reoccurring theme in my life.

I welcome companionship on this journey of life, but I am heading down this road towards my dreams and any lady who wishes to join will join me on this road, towards what would then be our dreams.

Yet, for now, I will just take a moment and be at peace knowing that a near-miss (or Nearly Mrs.) is doing well, and carrying on her way, down her own path in life.

I do not know if I a lady will come into my life or not. I hope so, but I do not know for certain. 

I need to just be at peace with me, and me being alone, if for no other reason than my own sanity and peace of mind.

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward.

Tuesday 13 March 2018

Good News . . . I Can See My Sidewalk.

Okay, So, the meltdown has begun . . . sorta. I am still keeping one eye open for at least one more bout of -87C temps and 46 feet of snow (or so it feels).

Under the category of “Looking for Happy News” I keep track of the melting snow on the street, or rather the sides of the street.

Why? Because the smaller the piles of snowcrete the closer I can park to the curb. 

The closer I can park to the curb, the lower the chance that some careless driver ploughs into my home, thereby destroying everything I own. 

So, you can imagine my happiness when I noticed (in my sleeping spot, in my Eastern Home) this . . . 

That is the sidewalk and you can tell where the edge of the curb is. What’s nice is that I am parked “normally” close to the curb. 

Now if I can just see the same results in my “work spot” of my Eastern Home . . . 

But again, I am always looking for reasons to be happy, and for good news. So, I’ll take this bit of a glimmer of a sign of spring (before the snowfall later this week).

As always, Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Monday 12 March 2018

More Meal-Starters Made

Okay, so one thing that I did was to make a new batch of my “Meal-Starter.” For those of you who do not know, every few months I make a large batch of stuff that I use to start my evening meals.

This stuff is essentially: beef, mixed vegetables, chilli, and potatoes, all mixed together and seasoned with taco seasoning for flavour and kick. 

I cook up a large batch in one stock pot and let it sit a day (for the flavours to mix). 

Then I weigh out one pound portions into plastic bags (just regular sandwich Ziploc bags). After squeezing the air out of the Ziploc bags I stack them flat.

Then into the freezer they go, and it is important to lay them flat in the freezer as they freeze. Once they are frozen then you can stack them vertically or in any way you want, as they will be like frozen shingles. 

I take one bag at a time out of the freezer, rip the bag off of it (while still frozen) and then put it into a plastic container in the fridge. I can break it up into chunks, if needed. 

Then, when I want to add some substance to a meal, I just pull this out of the fridge and add what I want. 

As far as the furnace went, it was nice to be able to use it. I still just turned it on to get the trailer up to temperature, but then turned it off once it got to temperature.

Then I waited for an hour or so, and only turned it on when I felt chilly. This way I tried to reduce the amount of propane that I used.

All in all, it was a good weekend, and while making a batch of this stuff, blows my grocery budget this time, it does help me save money over the next few months.

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Friday 9 March 2018

My First Weekend With A Furnace!

This weekend will be a special weekend for me, as it is the first one with my propane system up and running. 

This means that I will be able to run my: furnace, stove, and fridge. These are luxuries that I have not had in the past few months. 

To be fair, I shut off my fridge in the winter anyways . . . well . . . because . . . I live in a deep freezer, so what’s the point of running the fridge. 

(I literally leave the fridge door open to let the cold into the fridge.)

The furnace is also something I don’t tend to use in the dead of winter, because it just costs too much in resources to use it, and so becomes too expensive to run.

In the Fall/Anti-Fall/Spring, thought it is okay, to use as I can get it up to a decent temp and then leave it off for a while, it is nice. 

The stove is the really nice treat as up until now I have been cooking on my single burner stove. 

I have to get it out and use a match to light it. (Those BBQ lighters don’t like to work in the dead of winter, BTW.)

So, to be able to use these things are a treat and I will make sure to enjoy them, and the privledge of being able to use them. 

Just like in a week or so when I decide that I can start to dump my tanks, I will enjoy being able to use my sinks, and toilet again. 

Then in a month or so, when I feel I can keep water from freezing in my lines, I will enjoy the luxury of running water. 

So, I will take the time to enjoy the pleasure of being able to use my propane appliances again.

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Thursday 8 March 2018

It Is Done, Now I Move Forward

Yesterday was payday, and so I paid off the repairs to Wanda, as well as the hotel bill (for when Wanda was in the repair shop).

My savings took a hit, but I am still debt free, and keeping true to that overriding principle: what I earn shall remain mine to do with as I choose. 

I still only have two monthly bills. One is my cell phone/internet bill (for three devices) and the other is the bill from the bank to keep my bank account open. 

(Remember when banks paid you for doing business with them? As in they paid you interest for even a regular checking account.) . . . Anywhoose 

I am now focussed on fully funding my INF Fund in my Mid-Term Account as soon as possible. 

I want that bit of a cushion as soon as I can, as without it, it feels like I am flying on the trapeze without a safety net. 

After that I plan to put the same amount in my Long-Term Account before the end of this year (I am still $800.00 short of making that goal work.)

The point is that I need to let this lump and setback go, and just move forward, keep myself focussed on my next goal, my next mile-marker on this journey to home ownership. 

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Wednesday 7 March 2018

Not A Happy Payday

Payday, at least recently, has been a happy affair. I get cash and I get to see my savings build and grow. 

Yet, this payday, the opposite is happening, my savings are being drained, somewhat. The important thing to remember is that this is being done of my choice. 

First of all it was my choice to get Wanda repaired at this moment (that coupon for reduced labour rate was the main reason why). 

Second of all it was my choice to pay for those repairs right now, and not put it on a credit card and kept my savings intact. I could have, that was a choice. 

I paid the bill in full now, because I am sticking to my principles; to remain debt free, unless absolutely necessary, or if it is in my best interest. 

If I had done that, then all extra cash would have been going on that credit card to chip away at it, while my savings grew steadily and predictably (yet slowly). 

If anything were to happen, employment-wise, the first thing I would have done was to pay off that card, so as to be able to live as cheaply as possible in those uncertain times. 

This way, sure there is this one payday of pain, but after this, my savings will grow. After this, every spare bit of cash I can save, will go into my savings. 

As I have said before, I will move forward and grow my savings, but I will do so honestly. 

I will hold true to my principle of having credit available, but only using credit and debt when it serves my best interests. 

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Tuesday 6 March 2018

Attitude Adjustment

I will admit that I am at a place where I need to deal with my frustration over this perceived setback. I have been here before, and I will be here again; I know this.

The mind and heart (for lack of a better expression) are not always on the same page, or in the same place at the same time. 

Intellectually you can know that you are still moving forward, and still making progress, yet you may feel like you are not, like life is stagnating, or even moving backwards. 

You can know that you are in a much better place than you were, say a year ago, and certainly four or five years ago, yet you can still feel like you are stagnating. 

You can also know that repairs to your home were necessary and have given you back a certain measure of functionality and hominess to your home, but you can feel like it is a setback on the road to your dreams.

(And then there is the winter without end . . . another topic, for another day.)

I have had my morning cup of coffee and breakfast (a bowl of oatmeal) yesterday and today. It is a nice little slice of “normalcy” that I have been enjoying. 

Just like running the furnace for a little bit when I got home yesterday, so I could enjoy a warm evening in my home, without hibernating right away. 

It is these nice touches that I have enjoyed and stopped to take notice of, which helps. I know that I will continue to move forward, that my savings will continue to grow.

I will get to a place where I can and will start shopping for land. This I know, one day I will set foot on my land and spend that first glorious night on my land . . . and be home.

I will do those things, but in order to do them, I need to persevere in the here and now. This I can and will do, for I have been here before too.

It is frustrating to see the thing that you have been gauging your progress by (the account balance of your savings) suddenly drop by a stark amount. 

I will accept what has happened and I will move forward. For, trudging onwards is the one thing that I do and do well. Sometimes it feels like it is all that I know how to do.  

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Monday 5 March 2018

And The Budget Runs RED!

Okay, so starting on a positive note, I got Wanda back and she is all fixed up. I can run my furnace, use my stove and yes use my fridge. So, all in all things are good.

There is still a bit of damage to her fibreglass exterior that needs to be fixed. It has been temporarily patched up for the last while, so it will last for a bit yet.

I do like the new propane tanks that I got.

The ones I had on there before were 20 pound tanks. Just think of your typical BBQ propane tank, and that’s what they are. 

These ones are 30 pound tanks, so they can hold twice as much as the previous ones. Between the two of them, it is like carrying an extra tank of propane. 

The new regulator (the thing that controls how much propane comes out and from which of the two tanks) is an automatic switchover. 

That means that when one tank is empty it will automatically switch over to the other one. On one hand that is great for the middle of summer, so my fridge will stay cool.

The frustration, or potential problem that I see, is the fact that it does not notify me when it does this. So I will have no idea when one tank has run out.

This could lead to me running completely out of propane in both tanks without knowing it. I have come up with a simple solution to this problem.

I have put a simple fridge magnet on the top of the propane tank that I am currently drawing from. I will check this once a week, after work on Fridays. 

If the regulator is pointing to the tank without the magnet, then I will know that it has switched over and I need to fill the tank with the fridge magnet on it.  

All in all I am happy with the quality of the repairs done and the results of all of it. I am also happy that the RV Dealership honoured a coupon I had for reduced hourly rate. 

The problem with the repair is the fact that the cost of the repair doubled due to some unexpected things. Such is the case when it comes to repairs, I know this.

For one there was a break in the main propane line running right under the trailer. It apparently ran above the axles and something in there hit it. 

I call this a design flaw, as there is no way that something so vital and potentially hazardous as the propane line should be so exposed. 

I have more than enough in savings to pay for the repairs and the hotel stay. This does push my budgetary plans back a full payday and into August. 

What I mean is that the fully-funding of my “I’m Not F*cked Fund” or rather putting two years of living expenses into my Mid-Term Account will take until August, at the earliest. 

This also puts into doubt me putting what I had planned to put into my Long-Term Account this year, so that I could put my target amount into it by the end of next year. 

We shall see how things go, as I have always said, the further you go into the future, (planning-wise) the less accurate your predictions and estimations become.

So, it looks like I won’t be actually actively in the land-buying mode until spring of 2020. (Hopefully I will at least buy land before I turn fifty in June of that year.)

At least I have my propane system working (including furnace) and that ain’t nothing!

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Friday 2 March 2018

Today, I am Technically Homeless

Yep, for today, at least, I technically have no place to lay my head. Why is this? 

The answer is simple, because my home (Wanda) is still at the RV Dealership for repairs, and I have checked out of my hotel. 

I received a phone call yesterday from the RV Dealership saying that there was a problem with the propane lines and asked me to okay extra time. 

I have not heard back that the repairs are complete and while I am confident in their ability to fix everything and do so by this afternoon, I am mentally prepared for the alternative. 

It is possible that I will be staying in a hotel for the weekend and beyond into next week. Again, I have no idea what is going to happen, but I have to have a backup plan.

I just want the repairs to be done right and not rushed, so I don’t have to bring Wanda back for yet more repairs.

So, I have my overnight bag and if needed I will be washing the clothes that I brought and reusing them. 

Again, we shall see what happens, but no matter what happens, I will deal with it. After all, I have dealt with worse, 

So what if all that I have left to me at this moment is my truck, and the contents thereof. 

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Thursday 1 March 2018

A Slice of “Normality”

It has been interesting these past couple of nights, as I have been in a hotel and so, experiencing a taste of a “normal” life.

There are the obvious things that I have noticed and appreciated, such as:

24/7 heat (at no extra cost to me is a nice bonus)
Indoor plumbing and running water (at this time of year)
A Shower
24/7 electricity (at no extra cost to me, is also a nice bonus).
The buffet breakfast each morning.

Yet there were the small moments, such as something that hasn’t happened since I left the room that I was renting 4 years ago . . . making toast in a toaster.

It was and is nice, and yes it is also tempting to park Wanda and get a fixed address, to have more of these niceties, but I will not.

Once again, I will enjoy all of these niceties, but I hold true to my dream and vision for the future. That, and I don’t hate my life or lifestyle . . . just winter. 

After all: I have a plan, I am working that plan, and the plan is working.

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward.