We’re learning, or trying to, learn how to do nothing. We’re in between homes, living in our 25’ travel trailer and hoping the days go by quickly. Usually we have so much on our plates that we’re not sure how we’ll get it all finished. Is this truly how other retired folks live in the 56 RV Parks and campgrounds here in Quartzsite, Arizona?
We’ve both walked the rock show at least 4 or 5 times. So today we decided we’d do some of the small businesses in town. We started with the used book store. We were greeted by three tall Cowboys with Stetson hats, arms crossed and a tiny book on a stand in front of each of them. We had stumbled upon an authors fair, only there wasn’t much festive about it. Their body language was more “you better not question my writing and I’m not answering any questions” then it was an opportunity to chat with an author about their style, subject, or other possible stories.
I went into the book store where the atmosphere was more card and gift than book store. If there was any rhyme or reason to how things were shelved it was not apparent. We were looking for two things here in the rockhounding/trading capitol of the west – old “Rock and Gem “ magazines and Arizona gem hunting books. When the owner replied, “is there really a magazine by that title?”, I knew we were in trouble. I wasn’t surprised to learn she didn’t have any, and with the appearance of other customers we left.
Tracy had gone out to look through the small outbuilding they used as a rock shop. They had some nice pieces and Tracy asked the elderly gentleman the price. With felt cowboy hat and warm coat he proceeded to quote him a price. The view of his bare legs and teeny bum were free, but you could buy a bookmark with his picture on it for $3.00 sporting a hand crocheted ball and penis bag in your choice of colors. Today’s bag was brown.
That was #enough for me. So we headed for the yarn shop where the husband ran the register but couldn’t answer any questions and the wife/crafter/knitter she wasn’t there in the afternoons. That sent us to the public library where 15 computers were available 1 hour at a time. Ah! I felt some sense of normalcy.
What’s on the agenda for tomorrow? I think we’re going back to the book store to see if she can find books on rockhounding Arizona. Tracy asked me if that was out of desperation? I think so. But take heart we told each other – only 3 more days this week and five next without a project. Maybe we’ll go back and get a bookmark.
Ah, I feel better already. Until next time. . .
Unless you try something different, you’re going to continue to experience the same results you’ve been experiencing.
Not sure how to make the changes? Try answering these questions, but you must write down all your answers. There aren’t any wrong answers. And don’t erase or cross out any (at least not yet).
What do I really want?
What’s my desired outcome?
What are my gifts and what do I believe about them?
What do I want more of in my life?
Now put them away for a later time. When you come back you might want to change them or modify them. They are your answers, make them reflect your desires. Add to them with new answers when you’re in a different space. But write them down.
Be ready to share them when they are completely refined.
It’s snowing and I love the peace and beauty of a good snow, but then I don’t have to go out in it. I usually plan on having #enough to get through until the roads are clear and driving is good.
We’re almost completely out of the house we sold and have our stuff in storage until Spring, 2016. The trailer is starting to get full of our needed items for a month or two on the road, and I’m beginning to think about what I’ll need to get though the long days of sitting and doing a booth at the swap meet in Arizona for a month.
As I envisioned the setting I realized I won’t have a work table, so we’ll add the purchase of a TV tray table to the list. We already have our outdoor rocking chairs (Arizona recliners) and the generator to keep the battery powered (and the laptop). Now, what projects do I want to work on? Miniature baskets. I’m taking my 1/8” oak, ash, hickory and pine to weave into miniature baskets. I want to try one to fit the glass hot air balloon blown glass a fellow artist is working on.
I can’t do any beading because of the wind. And the rain will impact what we do. The 90 day forcast for that area predicts average temperatures but above average precipitation. That may make a mess of the whole month. Hard to say.
I’ll mail my mother’s Christmas card on Saturday. She has no idea we’re planning to be with her the second week of January. I want it to be a surprise (she doesn’t get many these days, at least not good ones).
Today is clean out the pantry day and remove all food items we won’t either eat in the next 7 days or put in the trailer. Some will go to Harriet and some to the food bank. That will be the majority of the stuff to be gone through. From there it will be just move all the misc. into storage. Too much stuff.
After reading “No Christmas Letter” I realized it should have said – Part I. I forgot to mention that in the middle of learning how to be a vendor at an Art Show, we had been approached by a neighbor to sell them our home. Since the store was on the market, wouldn’t we like to sell our house?
Yes, we would. At that point my best friend, partner and spouse looked at me completely dumbfounded. Why? I “swore” I wouldn’t sell my home before the store again. The last time we ended up living in our fifth wheel for five years with 17 degree winters. Not again!!!!!
Motivation to have different experiences and fresh fruit and vegetables year-round won out. We started out negotiating for a down payment and we would carry the balance. Then it was a little different and in the end they ended up paying cash. That allowed us to spend September house hunting. We made one offer for a unique property but the owners decided they wanted more money, we could make all the repairs and until we had the cash from the sale of our house it would stay on the market. It was total insult. We outright rejected that one. We ended up looking at about 10 homes. 6 we never got a chance to look inside because they were under contract before we could get an opportunity to see it. The other four all had problems – to small, too expensive, too many repairs – until one Monday morning I got up, went to the computer to see any new listings and there it was, our new home. I got on the phone and made arrangements to see it at 3PM that day. That gave us little time to spare to get there.
Needless to say, it was perfect for the price, location and opportunity for Tracy to put in his lapidary shop. No landscaping to care for because it’s all rocks. In the meantime, we did two more shows, made more product and tried to make sure everything with the sale/purchase process were moving along as needed.
We’re about 2/3 moved into storage at the moment. Have to get my finger checked again tomorrow (that’s another post) but the majority of it all is done. I finished my studio and computer station today. Tracy got the financial desk, file cabinet and freezer out today. That just leaves all the last minute furniture, two pantries and the kitchen. We’ll start loading the trailer Friday with things we know we’re taking with us to Quartzsite. I’m sure that will be another post as well.
Until next time – – – –
Little did I realize what would follow closing the store October, 2014. I was thinking leisure time, bead time, read and write time and travel time. That’s not exactly what happened.
The beginning of 2015 was read and write time. A book a week and plenty of time to write. Then it was get product done for the Moab Art Festival the end of May Then figure out what to take to the Panguitch Balloon Rally the middle of June.
July was fairly quiet, but August events included two rockhounding trips and a trip to Las Vegas ASD for jewelry supplies.
Our good friend Tony M. Surprised us with a visit and he and Tracy did an overnight at Toroweap. He spent several days with us and then he was off.
September took us to Fillmore’s Old Capital Arts Festival. Double booth space made for 5 hr. Set up and least that long tearing down. We decided that was too much. Home to attend the Escalante Canyons Art Festival and the spoon man was across from us. He gave Tracy an idea for a better and easier set up.
That prompted a trip for wood, fabric, fire proofing, and different tablecloths. All in all we sold #enough product to pay for our trips and all the display stuff and have a little left for supplues. It was #enough.
Now it’s pack and move into the trailer until Feb. 1st, 2016. Four shows next year, all but one inside.
So that’s your Christmas card, letter and gift. MERRY CHRISTMAS and peace in the new year!!!!