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- ▼ May (28)
Today starts week two of living in the van. Have to say this first week was an experience but I was more prepared than I thought I would be....
It took me a few days to get threaded comments to work on my Blogger blog. Of course, if you don't have a custom template it's as ea...
This place is very pretty and clean. The cats are loving the fact that squirrels and chipmunks are running all over the place. The weather i...
I have a ton of pictures I haven't had time to post. Pictures that go all the way back to November so the next few posts may contain lit...
There's a hole in the bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza, There's a hole in the bucket, dear Liza, a hole. Then fix it, dear Henry, dear...
Posted by Cherry on Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Posted by Cherry on Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Lost on the High Seas Van in Greenwich, NY
Posted by Cherry on Tuesday, May 29, 2012
I paid $32.50 for the night (that's with a Good Sam discount) and while that would be a high price for every day, for one night - it works especially since I can do my laundry!
I'm waiting on a friend who's driving in from Yonkers to visit. I haven't seen him in nearly 5 years so it should make for an interesting visit.
But this isn't about now - this post is about getting Lost (on the high seas, no less)
Last Wednesday I arrived in Greenwich, NY for the Lost van in. Basically a van is a bunch of fun folks who own and adore vans getting together to show them off and party. It's a fabulous time. Lost was the second eVANt I attended and I had a blast at both.
(I even took pictures this time - we'll get to those later)
First, I have a list of folks I want to thank:
- Sandy from Bad Girls Club for talking to a total stranger and letting me speak to an available mechanic when I overheated 45 minutes from Lost. I owe ya a drink!
- John - for lending me his 12' ladder and caulk gun.
- Kurk and his wife for the cat food and kitty littler. (I do love me some practical gifts!) Also to Kurk for installing my new roof vent - I love it and the cats do too.
- Rizz for the LED lights and putty as well as a new experience =D
- Tequila for bringing me the companion to the Hunger Games books. I'm definitely going to go pick a copy of that up so I can read more than just chapter 2. For the laughter on Sunday night - I thought I was going to pee myself. Also for the spare key holder and cargo net (which the cats have indeed taken over as their bed)
Like I said, I did take some pictures. I'll upload them later tonight when my mind is whirling at 400 mph.
Now about my van. I overheated getting to the eVANt. *insert big frowny face here* Leaving Lost was no better - not only did I overheat within 20 minutes of driving but now my exhaust idiot light is on *insert even bigger frowny face here* and I have no idea what the hoot that means. I never noticed it on before but that's not to say it wasn't considering they put all the idiot lights at knee level on the left side. Looks like I may be taking a trip to a mechanic this week.
Thankfully this RV park gives you a solid 24 hours when you check in so I don't have to leave here until nearly 6 tomorrow night - YAY!
Leaving here is bittersweet. I'll miss Murf but know I have a lot to do in the upcoming months.
To everyone I met here - all of Murf's neighbors, his daughter and his friends down at Denny's - thank you for being kind.
Posted by Cherry on Wednesday, May 23, 2012
I'm bruised and abraded from being run over.
See Dandy up there in that pic? He looks quite satisfied with himself. This was shortly after he launched himself from the attic onto my stomach (which looks just as bad as my legs)
Ahh well, the price I pay to keep my fuzzy family with me is all worth it. I wouldn't trade them for anything.
I also knew as a child that I had no interest in becoming a parent. It's just not in me to want that. I admit to having had several opportunities to be a mother - there is an abortion is my past but there is also a miscarriage in my past. That miscarriage was as close as I ever was to feeling the desire to want to be someone's mother - it was for all the wrong reasons and looking back, though sad, I am glad that child didn't come to be. Both my life and its life would be very different right now and probably not in very good ways.
Would I have been a good mother - in some ways yes but there are other ways that motherhood and I would have clashed. I lack patience. Those newborn and infant years would have been hard and when I honestly look into myself I know they wouldn't have been good years.
Much like Kat Kinsman I have been grilled by questions from other women about my choices. I have been insulted, told I'm selfish, that something is wrong with me.
Isn't it more selfish to have a child knowing it's the wrong choice for you. Isn't this how children end up abused, abandoned, growing up feeling unloved, unwanted and with more questions than answers?
So here it is, after the jump, the full CNN story.
Twice now my starter battery has died (the second time was my fault because I didn't fully charge the battery the first time due to rain) Unfortunately it seems (as I said before) that all of my overhead switches run off the starter battery and the isolator isn't stopping that for some reason - I don't know since I don't fully understand this van's electrical system yet. In any case - back to the battery charger ... this thing is so neat. It's smart enough to not let you hook it up wrong and the manual says it will charge my deep cycle battery in as little as 6.5 hours. When the battery is charged the machine goes into maintain mode which means it will drop from a 10 amp charge to a 2 amp charge automatically.
I just watched the season premier of America's Got Talent online. I love this show because it gives strange and unusual talent one might never know existed a stage. Not all of it is good but it's so worth watching for that one thing that moves you.
I found that tonight with William Close and his Earth Harp. Never have I seen music on such a scale as far as size and originality.
Here's some information about the Earth Harp from their website:
The Earth Harp is the longest stringed instrument in the world, with strings that extend up to 1,000 feet in length.
The Earth Harp uses architecture and landscape as part of the instrument. The architecture becomes the instrument.
The Earth Harp’s first installation featured the resonating chamber mounted on one side of a valley with the strings stretched out nearly 1,000 ft to the other side.
It turned the valley into a giant harp!
Amazing. The sound of it is both haunting and beautiful on par with a cello. I have now made it my goal to see one of these played before I die.
To check out what has me all excited see the following video:
You can see more Earth Harp videos by searching You Tube
Went to Wally World and did some pantry shopping. Plus I needed cat food and kitty litter. Spent $78 and picked up what have become my pantry staples. I love the fact that most food companies are making smaller, travel sized boxes of all the great stuff I love like Nutter Butter cookies and Wheat Thins.
I also reorganized my cabinets and threw away some stuff I haven't used in the near months I've been in the van. I imagine there will be many more months of purges like this. At three months I plan to do a clothing purge - anything I haven't worn or seen in three months will go unless it's season specific. I could probably fill a garbage bag right now of stuff that can go. Unfortunately, I own some really fun printed t-shirts so I'll probably look to re-home those rather than toss them of send them to Goodwill.
Made arrangements with Kurk from customvan.com to install a new roof vent at Lost for $150. It'll be nice to have that fan functional to help exhaust cat stink!
We took the tarp off the van at noon today (24 hours after the silicone was applied) and it's been raining steady for 8 hours now and no water in the van! Of course I could have sealed the whole van into a silicone bubble with the same effect. The job may not hold up long term but it's doing what I need it to for now and only cost me $12 and an hours worth of time.
This means I can get the interior window trim back on tomorrow morning (when I can see what I'm doing) and probably get on the road either late tomorrow night or Wednesday afternoon. I'm trying to avoid any sort of traffic plus it's supposed to be crap weather for the next couple of days.
I looked up RV parks near Greenwich, NY (my next actual set destination) and also found two animal rescues who might need some volunteers - plus I'm also trying to find a hospital that might be willing to barter some of my work skills for Rabies and FVRCP vaccines for half the crew here.
Posted by Cherry on Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Earlier this week my side window shade broke. I guess since everything has a reason, this would be the reason for that break.
I apparently had a good sized leak where one of the screws was. It's been raining for hours here in Gillett, PA and half my bed is now wet. I would just plug it up but I need to know where it's coming from on the outside before I plug up the leak inside. At least right now I know where it's draining to - if I plug it up now it will run to somewhere else.