We are in the final two weeks before we pull out. And we haven’t even fully decided where we are going.
Still, I am overly excited about it all. I wish the west wasn’t having a melt down. Between the California wildfires and the Washington wildfires, the red tide that stretches from the southern tip of California to the northern tip of Alaska, and now the toxic mine spill out of Colorado spilling into the Grand Canyon and New Mexico… -sighs- Then I haven’t mentioned, Florida’s recent deadly amoeba scare. North East here we come. -laughs- Another time west, another time. -shakeshead- So here I sit, typing, eating a snack… trying to keep my head sane.
As I repack the camper, I am reminded of both the good and the bad. By the time we exited the camper in February (2015) we had a running joke: “If we had a life time supply of towels, we would burn the camper down.” -laughs- No life time supply of towels ever appeared, so the camper is still standing. -laughs- This was mainly due to a ton of things we had learned and we desperately wanted a do over but we had to get out of it first.
So if you are at all considering RVing full time, take care when picking out your Camper/Rv/5th Wheel. It really does matter. Pick something that can handle ALL 4 seasons. Especially if you are planning to spend any time up north. Even if you are not planning it, consider it anyways. We learned the hard way, trust me. Our camper is a 2 season camper and twice now we have spent a winter in it… up north… Once in Tennessee (6′) and once in Colorado/Montana (-12’/-15′)…. Brrr!
Another thing that happens is the ice and snow will wedge itself in places you’d never think and suddenly you’ll find that you are popping seals like crazy…. Then you have other issues like your walls/cabinets/drawers sweating (more like pouring buckets), pipes freezing and water/gray/poop tanks freezing, tracking snow in and it puddling by the door (which is double bad when you have to walk puppies 4x a day) and it’s just all a mess. So we have decided that because we enjoy this lifestyle so much, that we are gonna buy a bus and remodel it over the next 5 years. Hopefully we do it right this time. Besides, Lilie and Little Bill are reaching an age where they are not enjoying home-school as much. It’s really the lack of an old fashion school social life AND they both have about grown right out of their cubby holes (bunks).
Okay on to things that are more fun…
Things We Learned the 1st Time Around:
1. No cardboard anything. If it’s in cardboard, find something plastic to store it in. Unless it’s food, than I’d opt for glass.
2. Less is more. Truly that is a lesson learned far to late for most RVers, including ourselves. I think the first time around we traveled for about 3-4 months; returned home and unloaded about 4 totes out of the camper and even still we could have pulled yet one more.
3. All animals need their own space. Last time we had travel cages for the cats (which the door got broken to one). They developed a routine of sleeping in them if there was too much commotion going on. The cages got shuffled around a lot and they did not seem to appreciate that very much. The dogs refused to allow us to move their bed from the middle of the walk way. That drove me insane!!!!! I’m just merely suggesting creating a ongoing, permanent spot for them. -smiles-
4. Tight spaces, Big smells. Whether it’s a trash can or a liter box…. or someone farting for that matter… Smell travels and pretty quickly too. For the trash we did 2 things. We had an inside trash can with a lid (which has been broken -frowns-) and an outside trash can with a lid. I suggest metal, in Virgina we had a squirrel eat a hole in our trash can lid. Next we used a liter that was a pine, corn mix. The cats really seemed to prefer this one (I think I would too if I had to be stuck in a tiny space with that much smell) and if it wafted out, it was pleasant for us too. For the last, I learned to keep a little air fresher handy for the middle of the night. Dog farts are the worst!
5. Everything needs a home. Period. Otherwise you may end up with unnecessary clutter or it getting broken. Example: Our first trip (literally the 1st), we left our home in Connecticut and stopped in Virginia (where we ended up with a flat tire by morning? seriously?), I opened the door to check on the animals and see how everything was riding… I was not prepared for what was waiting for me on the other side of that door. A sea of broken glass, thumb tacks and dog food. -sighs- Apparently no one find the glass jar of thumb tack a home and the large tote of dog food was not secured and fell over spilling all of its contents… Result… the above… -laughs- That was fun for days…
6. Everything needs to be secured. As stated above, this one is huge. Bungees and eye hooks work well for just about all your weird odd ball pieces. Large dog food totes, -smiles- extra tables, extra chairs, a fan, mini heater, grill, trash can, travel cages… We use them everywhere.
7. A place for dirty clothes and shoes. This one seems to hit us pretty hard. There is 6 of us in a 30 foot space. Now we can make some laundry… the problem is always where the hell to put it. Last time, that place ended up being at the foot of our bed. Not my 1st choice but merely my only choice… ugh. Shoes we kept under the kids floor area but I also hated it there because they kept getting lost in the abyss of the under carriage. I still haven’t figures this one out… and no, I’d really prefer not to hang them on the back of my living room door. There has to be a better way… Always open to suggestions. -smiles-
8. You could sweep every 20 minutes. Maybe it comes from having 2 large dogs that need walked 4 times a day or from the large amount of traffic we seem to get… But I’d swear you could sweep up a cup of dirt every 20 minutes.
9. Consider a Swiffer. That thing was amazing. It just seemed to fit into all the tight corners, reaching places my mop just could not reach. I eventually threw my regular mop away and just used that. The problem was I was not a big fan of spending $12 every time I ran out of those stupid pads. So, I suggest making a few reusable ones before you ever hit the road. How to make reusable Sweeper Pads, Wet Jet Pads.
10. Not all toilet paper is created equal. You CAN NOT use good toilet paper in an rv. That is a huge no no and the one rule that makes me the saddest. I love Charmin. Even their crappy stuff is better than the stuff you are actually recommended to use in an rv. See the problem is it clumps in the system and will back you up in the long run. Same concept as to not leaving your gray open all the time. You need the water to break up the teepee… And the teepee has to be able to break up fast and easy…
In the beginning we were your average american family.
Bill supported us for 9 years while I stayed home with the children.
About this time last year he finally asked for the year off.
To give him a chance to reboot and recharge. Spend sometime with the younger two children. Being that he worked so much when the older two where babies, he doesn’t want to miss it this time around.
How could I refuse?
Nathan was so excited to have a fun goofball like Dad to tackle all day.
And Gabbie was all about her Daddy.
So I found work and life went on.
At the time of our crazy idea, we lived in a 3 bedroom apartment on the 3rd floor in Connecticut. We loved our cozy apartment.
We had an amazing Landlord. Awesome neighbors, who happened to be our Best friends.
Recently had updated all our things.
Funny story about the plant on the table. For more about plant, see below.
The kid’s were in a great school and the bus stop was at our front door. I had 2 decent jobs, making decent money. I got along with my co-workers on an outside of work bases. We had finally made some decent friends. Had acquired a decent vehicle…
In some’s eyes, our life was complete.
But, we were Bored.
You can see it written all over each of their faces.
Life just didn’t seem to have a sparkle.
Who knew it was a Potato?
Goofing off one day, I said I was interesting in seeing what happened when you planted a potato. So Bill did… but forgot to tell anyone that he planted it in one of my house planters.
A few months later this weird plant popped up. He had long forgot about planting it and he too, started wondering what was growing. Finally after not being able to stand the mystery any longer he plucked it to discover his potato bought from the local supermarket.
Once upon a time, in 1995… two hearts met. -laughs- Actually Bill and I met because of Bill’s best friend’s girl-friend, who wanted to play match maker. Well actually, I was best friends with her and Bill was best friends with her current boy friend. We were 14 at the time. I can still remember sitting in class and her showing me this picture, asking what I thought of the kids. I knew the one boy was her boyfriend, I even knew of the odd-looking red-head. But not the blond-haired, blue-eyed boy who sat between them. She asked if she could give him my number, I agreed.
See Bill went to a different high school than I did and I think it was like 2 months before he finally did call. We hit it off immediately. Both somehow able to see past the others fronts because we had never actually met. We talked for M O N T H S. Freely about anything and everything. He was my best friend before I ever met him and I was his. After finally talking his Mom into transferring schools, Bill entered my school at the end of my 10th grade year.
Can you believe it? Don’t we look like babies.
He moved away at the end of ’97… ’98 maybe. I remember being so bummed. Somehow we managed to keep in contact. When I graduated in May 2000, I immediately began looking for my own apartment. A few weeks later, after being settled into my new apartment I caught wind that he was visiting for one week. I was so excited. Now this was at a time before cell phones were so huge. In fact, I don’t think I had a phone at all and my parents were funny about giving my address out even to known friends… I had no way of knowing where his brother was staying but I knew he was at the beach… For days I wondered how I was gonna run it to him. Finally the beach held a Latino Festival. I figured it’s a festival, I’m bound to run into him. I recall sitting at the bus stop for like an hour before I saw the first bus past on the opposite side. The street I lived on, the naval base was at the end… so the buses would go to the end sit then come back around. I watched a 2nd bus drive by. A half an hour later I watched a 3rd bus drive by and this time a lady got off and crossed the street. She looked ahead and then at me, back ahead and then turned around and started walked towards me. I assumed she much have missed her stop. But she hadn’t.
Why did she turn around and decide to come talk to me?
To this very day I’ll never know. But she walked right up and sat at the bus stop with me and started talking. Some how we got on to the topic of why I was waiting for the bus that was taking an odd amount of time to make its way back to us. I told her I was gonna roam the beach hoping to run into my best friend who was visiting for only a few more days. She apparently was so touched by my story that she gave me $7 to call a cab.
I was like, “What? Who are you? I’ll probably never see you again…”
She said… ” Well if you do, return it then and if we never see each other again… Well consider it a gift.”
At the time, I thought this lady was a bit crazy but I was extremely grateful not to have to wait for the bus any longer. -laughs- Actually, I had to make a choice about running across the street to use the payphone or stay and wait for the bus. I took my chance, made the call and ran back to the bus stop and waited. Which would arrive first? Thank goodness it was the taxi. I made it out to the beach only costing a few dollars. I walked around the festival for a few hours… Maybe not even a few hours, I’m not really sure. At some point I gave up and decided that I’d visit a friend who is working in a store a few blocks from where I was. I walked pasted a set of back ally stairs, as he was coming down them.
Was it fate?
We have pretty much been together ever since. 11 years now.
We will have been Married 2 years as of September 6. Was it always perfect? Of course not. We had to work for it like anything else.
But it was so worth it.
And I bet you are wondering about that lady.
Yes, about 2 years later Bill and I ran into her one afternoon in a Taco Bell, while she was waiting for her daughter to get off work. I tried to repay her then but she kindly replied
“Seeing you two together and that Beautiful little Baby (referring to Lilie) is payment enough.” and then she smiled.
Took the weekend to finally clean out the camper to see what we are working with. We decided finally to GO!!! I am so excited. I must admit, I have been dreading cleaning it out for months but this weekend we finally decided too. Today, I even saw the floor!!! The first time in 5 months. Ohhhhhh, it brings back so many wonderful memories.
Not too bad. Not too bad… It’s been kinda fun bringing the old girl back to life. Lord knows how bad it needed to be cleaned. Washing walls, floors, curtains, bleaching blinds… Followed by the fun part touching up the paint. My personal favorite. In between cleaning sessions today, our neighbor accidentally dropped a tree on our camper roof. Ugh. The lady was in tears, trembling as she begged us not to tell her husband. Poor thing.
Her grandson Shadow (no joke), quickly helped us remove it and all the remaining branches, including the one that busted through the bathroom hatch and roof. Super nice kid too. Very respectful, true Montana born and breed.
At least it was Nathan’s. Last year Nathan stuck his foot straight through his window, thankfully suffering only a minor cut to his ankle. Replaced the pane with plexi glass. So after this, 2 out of 3 panes will be plexi… I’m okay with that.
Two years and nine months seem like a blur. How is possible for time to move so quickly?
I wonder that all the time.
At this point, we have stopped traveling now for the last 5 months and we are in the state of Montana… I know what you must be thinking… “In your last set of entries, you said you were still in Connecticut.”
It has been a long time since my last entry. I truly thought I would have updated as we went along, or at least that was my intention. -laughs- It seems you will not always find an internet connection while on the road, and steady campground wifi is a fickle thing and I suggest using a booster. It’s worth it. Also password protect it so other can’t piggy back off you and steal all your signal. -winks- Well worth the effort.
Well first off, I want to say we have thought about returning to the road everyday since we have stopped. It has become an internal struggle: To Stay or To Go
For as many hardships we experienced on the road, in all we were truly blessed. Only 1 serious illness (suffered by my husband and I), but No serious injuries. No serious car fails. Well i guess that isn’t completely true. Let me think about this… We started October 2011 in the Van. Rented a house in South Carolina 2012. Bounced between Florida and Connecticut 2012-2013 and December 2013 we officially got on the road with the kids AND the camper. January 2014 our engine spun a rod, costing us $10,000. Ugh.
We traveled to 28 states in 14 months.
- Yellow: States Started & Stopped
- Green: States Traveled During Our Trip
- Red: States Still Waiting to be Seen
My Life is pretty Crazy…
It’s Beautiful and Miserable and Amazing and Terrible and yet somehow Wonderful all at the same time…
Filled with Chaos and iced with Laughter.
Okay, I admit it.
We are a walking Zoo.
As a Kid, when I talked about things I wanted to be when I grew up … Being a walking Zoo was not listed as one of them.
Sometimes I forget that everyone doesn’t have a walking zoo, nor do they have the patience required to care for one. Having a lot of kids is one thing but once you start adding cats and dogs and turtles…
It’s a sure recipe for Chaos.
But Chaos describes my life.
What feels like a Tornado to most is actually quite Normal for us.
Maybe that’s why people sometimes have a hard time understanding us.
Everything we do is Outside the Lines.
In fact, Bill and I joke all the time that we don’t know how to do anything small…
Our thought is “Go BIG or GO Home!”
RFID Chips… Other wise known as:
Radio Frequency Identification Device Chips…
On Sunday March 21, 2010 the Senate Healthcare bill HR3200 was passed and signed into law… This new law requires an RFID chip implanted in all of us.
Yes. All of us.
So, it is now the law that by “March 23 2013” we will all be required to have an RFID chip. Testing has begun with implanting under the skin of the hand.
-H.R. 3200 section 2521, Pg. 1001, paragraph 1.
The Secretary shall establish a national medical device registry (in this subsection referred to as the ‘registry’) to facilitate analysis of postmarket safety and outcomes data on each device that— ‘‘is or has been used in or on a patient; ‘‘and is— ‘‘a class III device; or ‘‘a class II device that is implantable, life-supporting, or life-sustaining.”-
What exactly is a class II device that is implantable?
-A class II implantable device is an “implantable radio frequency transponder system for patient identification and health information.” The purpose of a class II device is to collect data in medical patients such as “claims data, patient survey data, standardized analytic files that allow for the pooling and analysis of data from disparate data environments, electronic health records, and any other data deemed appropriate by the Secretary.” –
Going back to what we just looked at, the creation of the national medical device registry in section 2521, page 1002 line 5:
-“In developing the registry, the secretary shall…”-
And the law continues on with a laundry list of items that the secretary must do in the process of creating this registry. In this laundry list of items to do, Line 17, subparagraph B:
-“validating methods for analyzing patient safety and outcomes data from multiple sources and for linking such data with the information included in the registry as described in subparagraph (A)”-
Going back to subparagraph A [right above subparagraph B], it says:
-“including in the registry, in a manner consistent with subsection (f), appropriate information to identify each device described in paragraph (1) by type, model, and serial number or other unique identifier;”-
Don’t be confused by the intentional and skillful wording.
This law first creates the national device registry and then immediately list all the tasks the secretary of health and human services will have do in the process of creating this registry.
The very first two items in the list mandates that the secretary first gives a unique identification to each of the items listed in paragraph 1.
Then, the very next thing the secretary is to do is to create the process by which “patient safety and outcomes data from multiple sources”, which is electronic medical records, that are linked to these newly and uniquely identified items from paragraph 1 which are the class III and class II implantable devices.
Class III devises are items such as breast implants, pacemakers, heart valves, etc.
Class II device is an implantable radio frequency transponder, RFID chip.
From breast implants, to pacemakers, to RFID chips which one is the only possible one that can used for the stated purpose in section B which is, “for linking such data with the information included in the registry”?
As we know from subsection A, the information in the registry is the name of a device.
In plain speak, we are in a clear way being told that our electronic medical records are going to be linked to a class II implantable device!
Continuing a few lines down in this same section, section B subsection ii on still on page 1002, the “patient safety and outcomes data from multiple sources”, that is to be linked is clearly spelled out as electronic medical records.
It reads: “link data obtained under clause (i) with information in the registry”. Information in the registry is, as we know from subparagraph A, the name of the device. So what is the data obtained under clause i? Back up a few lines to clause i
It reads: “obtain access to disparate sources of patient safety and outcomes data, including Federal health-related electronic data”. Again, from breast implants, to pacemakers, to RFID chips which one is the only possible one that can used for the stated purpose in section B? That stated purpose is “for linking such data” and the such data is electronic medical records.
Continuing on to page 1007, in the STANDARDS, IMPLEMENTATION CRITERIA, AND CERTIFICATION CRITERIA section, the secretary of health and human services is given full power to intact all mandates from the laundry list of to-do items in the creation process of the registry as well as dictate how the devises listed in the National Medical Device Registry are to be used and implemented.
On Page 503, section E Lines 13-17… and I quote:
-“encourage, as appropriate, the development and use of clinical registries and the development of clinical effectiveness research data networks from electronic health records, post marketing drug and medical device surveillance efforts”.-
Let me say that again, medical device surveillance efforts!
Now lets look at section 163 of HR3200, which gives the government a direct electronic access to your bank account which will work in conjunction with an implanted chip.
Page 58 Lines 5 through 15 reads:
-(D) enable the real-time (or near real-time) determination of an individual’s financial responsibility at the point of service and, to the extent possible, prior to service, including whether the individual is eligible for a specific service with a specific physician at a specific facility, which may include utilization of a machine-readable health plan beneficiary identity detection card; (E) enable, where feasible, near real-time adjudication of claims-
What does this mean?
It means that the government will give everybody a health ID card that contains a machine readable device (magnetic strip or RFID chip) similar to a credit card. Embedded in this chip or strip is your Health Identification Number. When you visit a medical provider, the medical claims will be processed while you are still in the office. The medical providers will be paid in real-time. The portion that you owe will be deducted from your bank account, in real-time, according to HR 3200.
Notice here in this part which is at the beginning of 2000 plus pages of the law, it is carefully worded “which may include utilization of a machine-readable health plan beneficiary identity detection card”. Here we are told that it may be a card. As you have already seen, deeper in the law [Sec. 2521 Pg. 1000] what this “may” utilize is clearly spelled out as a “class II device that is implantable”.
We can only speculate at this point why the law is set up this way.
Most likely this section was written to account for the gap in time from when the process of chipping begins to when everyone has received a chip. A means of starting with a card for the sake of expedience while the process of chipping citizenry plays out. One thing is certain, the law mandates that within 3 years we will all have a chip under our skin that will serve this purpose. And I hate to say that our 3 years is about up.
Evidence of this logic is found in the deadline set for the start of the registry on page 1006.
“EFFECTIVE DATE. — The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall establish and begin implementation of the registry under section 519(g) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, as added by paragraph (1), by not later than the date that is 36 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, without regard to whether or not final regulations to establish and operate the registry have been promulgated by such date.”
Also on page 259, this law requires the use of Electronic medical records system in all hospitals by 2012 which will leave a gap of at least a year before the class II implantable device is required.
Republican Congressman Ron Paul from Texas, states on his website:
“Buried deep within the over 1,000 pages of the massive US Health Care Bill (PDF) in a “non-discussed” section titled: Subtitle C-11 Sec. 2521— National Medical Device Registry, and which states its purpose as…….. He quotes that part of the law and then goes on to say: “In “real world speak”, according to this report, this new law, when fully implemented, provides the framework for making the United States the first Nation in the World to require each and every one of its citizens to have implanted in them a radio-frequency identification microchip for the purpose of controlling who is, or isn’t, allowed medical care in their country”.
That is from a currently serving member of congress. Cutting through all the political ease, the bottom line is that eventually if you want to participate in a government healthcare plan you will have to have this chip implanted in you. This law mandates that you must have insurance and by virtue of this law guarantees that all private healthcare insurers will be driven out of business with only the government option left. We will be in a single payer system and you will have to have an imbedded chip to be a member of this system and it is mandatory that you be a part of this system.
And the best part is the Somark Innovations announced that it successfully tested biocompatible RFID ink, which can be read through animal hairs. They are developing a chipless RFID ink.
Yes an ink and it’s already being used. Our rescued pets for example, have all been tagged with this ink tracker… Not by my choice mind you.
Co-founder Mark Pydynowski said during an interview, that the ink doesn’t contain any metals and can be either invisible or colored. He declined to say what is in the ink, but said he’s certain that it is 100% biocompatible and chemically inert. He also said it is safe for people and animals.
The process developed by Somark involves a geometric array of micro-needles and a reusable applicator with a one-time-use ink capsule. Pydynowski said it takes 5- 10 seconds to “stamp or tattoo” an animal, and there is no need to remove the fur. The ink remains in the dermal layer, and a reader can detect it from 4 feet away.
4 feet away?
“Conceptually, you can think of it in the same way that visible light is reflected by mirrors,” he said, adding that the actual process is slightly different and proprietary.
The amount of information contained in the ink depends on the surface area available, he said. The U.S. Department of Agriculture calls for a 15-digit number to track cattle. The first three digits are “840” for the U.S. country code. The remaining digits are unique identifiers. The numbers would link to a database containing more information.
So let’s recap:
Class II implantable devices receive FDA approval and verachip VeriMed electronic health records system also received approval from the FDA.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act authorized $23 billion in stimulus funds for health care information technology. In conjunction with that, VeriChip re-launches VeriMed electronic health records system which is a system that is made up of implantable RFID microchips, handheld scanners for emergency room personnel to read these chips, and online electronic personal health records.
HR3200 was passed by the House and signed into law by the president
Now looking at the new law, Page 259 Electronic Medical Records system will be required for all healthcare providers by 2012.
A national medical device registry is created and populated with devices. Chiefly noted among them, a Class II medical device that is implantable.
Mandates the use of class II implantable devices to serve as the link between you and your electronic medical records.
The secretary of human services will establish the procedures for the linking of the Class II implantable device and electronic medical records.
Secretary of health and human services is given full power to intact all items required in the creation of the registry as well as the power to dictate how the devises listed in the National Medical Device Registry are to be used and implemented.
Medical device surveillance is authorized.
The link to your electronic medical records which is the Class II implantable device will also be linked to your bank account.
Without regard to whether or not final regulations are in place, you will be required to get a Class II implantable device linked to your medical records and bank account in order to participate in the government healthcare plan.
It is mandated that you have health insurance or you will pay $100.00 dollars per day that you are not covered.
The IRS will enforce healthcare enrolment and fines for not caring health insurance.
This law mandates that you must have insurance and by virtue of this law, guarantees that all privet healthcare insurers will be driven out of business with only the government option left. We will be in a single payer system and you will have to have an imbedded chip to be a member of this system and it is mandatory that you be a part of this system. This new law, when fully implemented, provides the framework for making the United States the first nation in the world to require each and every one of its citizens to have implanted in them a radio-frequency identification microchip. In theory, the intent to streamline healthcare and to eliminate fraud via “health chips” seems right. But, to have the world’s lone superpower mandate a device to be IMPLANTED is not just scary. It is prophetic!
However this is the very mechanism by which it will happen and obviously since the mark will be on a global scale, this has not fully played out. Keep in mind though, we are already staring down the barrel of a global government who will implement this on a global scale. Also, the rapture is a game changing event.
If the global government hasn’t come to fruition at the point of the rapture, it will overnight when the rapture happens and this law will be applied across the board. I wouldn’t be surprised if same healthcare ruse won’t be applied under the premises that the mass disappearance of people is a global healthcare emergency and the application of this law [globally and under a global government] will prevent others from disappearing or at a minimum be a means of determining what happened via the tracking capability inherent to RFID chips.
By virtue of the fact that this hasn’t sent tremors through the Christian community, one can only assume that community is asleep at the wheel. Maybe everyone is so bogged down in all the other evil facets that this new law has slipped through the cracks?
I think the reason that hardly no one has seemed to even so much as mentioned this is because human nature is kicking in and it’s hard to get past the logical mind when it is telling you that this just can’t be or this is somehow a misrepresentation of the new law and all those who had a part in it. Mixed in with that, no one wants to risk their reputation or for some their ministries reputation by saying something that could get them labeled as conspiracy nut.
Captain Edward Smith, captain of the titanic said this statement shortly before the titanic embarked on its maiden voyage:
“I cannot imagine any condition which would cause a ship to founder. I cannot conceive of any vital disaster happening to this vessel. Modern shipbuilding has gone beyond that.”
The point here is that people to tend see and believe what they want to see and believe and in this case, what’s easiest to not see or believe anything.
And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come.
So I have been giving a lot of thought about my New Years Resolution.
It’s almost June… About half way through the year…
Have I succeeded? No.
Sugar is so addicting and Vitamin C is AMAZING!
That one mystery spot on my back actually healed with continued use of Vitamin C. That’s pretty awesome. After 5 years of non healing, it finally healed. I can’t wait to see a doctor. I still wanna get checked out.
Sugar though, has been up and down for me. One minute I am doing great with minimal sugar and other times…
I fall off the wagon….
Either way, this year isn’t over yet.
Life the last few months has been fairly amazing. We are living the country dream. -smiles-
But is this life for us?
I wake up every morning about 6 am to take the puppies out, feed and water them. Feed and water the chickens, let them out of their coop. Loop around the house to the garden.
Awe! The Garden!
Loaded with Onions, Garlic, Corn, Peas, Green Beans, Tomatoes, Watermelons, Pumpkins, Cantaloupes, Strawberries, Broccoli, Spinach, Lettuce, Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Cucumber, Lima Beans, Soy Beans, Basil, Rosemary, Parsley, Mint, Peppers…
85 feet by 45 feet.
What a master piece and a cluster f#ck! -laughs-
I also walk the yard for wild flowers. Check on the figs, and the pears…
It’s a very simple life.
The kids are about to complete their 1st year of homeschooling. 8 more days… Man, what an experience! We did most the year with straight homeschooling, the last few months completely an online public school. That was INTENSE!
I found so many holes in my teachings and yet some things; they knew like the back of their hands, a full grade early. Both kids would like to return to regular public school next year. Due to lack of a social life. Part of me is so Happy. -smiles- But the other part of me really enjoyed it. I believe that I have collected enough materials to home school the babies. So I have started pre-school with the younger 2 while finishing up the last 8 days of the older 2 online school.
So… Big news…
True to our ever Gypsy ways we have decided that we did this all wrong and we must come full circle. As of June 19th we are moving back to Connecticut.
Now I know what you must be thinking!
-laughs- Well, it’s complicated. It’s all about money if you must know the truth. Minimal wage here in South Carolina is well, just too minimal. And we have to crack down and really save right for an RV. We traveled for the last 10 months but we didn’t really do it right. So we are going home to hang with our friends while we try this again.
It has been a long time since I have sat down and typed, especially an update.
Life has been so crazy and amazing, that time just got away.
So, I believe the last place that I left off… we were in Florida.
After bouncing around for about 4-5 months we were invited to visit some friends in South Carolina and as a twist of fate we ended up settling here…
Who could have ever predicted that we would end up on 35 acres in South Carolina?
We went from a mid-sized 3 bedroom, 1 bath, 3rd floor apartment paying $950 a month to a huge 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 story house on 35 acres for only $600…
I mean this place is amazing… 5 Pecan Trees, 3 Pear Trees, 2 Fig Trees, Wild Blackberries and a Eucalyptus Tree. This place is truly amazing.
We are in the process of planting a huge garden.
With watermelons, pumpkins, onions, radish, strawberries, lettuce, garlic, cucumber, brussels sprouts, white and yellow corn, zuchinni, broccoli, sweet snow peas, rosemary, basil, parsley, chives, lima beans, sweet potatoes, potatoes, cabbage… Did I mention… This is our 1st Garden?
Not only that… but, we got two new Puppies!
Sierra and Meatball.
True Pound Puppies. Aren’t they so cute?
And a cat (to chase mice)
Mr. Spaz kitty…
All rescued from the Darlington Animal Shelter. We have been volunteering at the shelter as a part of homeschooling.
We are also raising baby Dominique Chickens!
And considering bunny rabbits as another renewable food source. Apparently they can produce up to some 800 babies a year. That’s pretty amazing.
We said we wanted to get back to basic’s… -laughs-
I guess that is exactly what has happened.
Now we still are planning our trip but we have decided to be smarter about it. 6 months was not enough prep time. At this point I wonder if another year will be enough time. I wish we could get our hands on some solar panels…
Oh well… at this rate it looks as though we’ll have plenty to keep us busy this summer.
I cant wait to get our pups Meatball and Sierra. I also excited that dad made a tire swing and he got a 45 inch tv + a 55. I’m also glad that I have my own room because I get privacy from the girls. I can’t wait for all our toys from Connecticut. I love that dad lets me shoot his new gun. also I love that we have a big yard.
Oh man, what a life here S.C.! I can not believe that we rented a mini farm!!!!! I love it here!! Oh that reminds me we are getting 2 little cute puppies. Were getting a boy & a girl.Their names are Sierra & Meat ball. Last weekend we visited the shelter. There were so many animals like cats, dogs & even a couple birds! After a couple hours we left.The soonest we can get them is next weekend!!!!! I CAN NOT WAIT!! Well I have to go. Peace out peeps.
Man, what a month. Everything seems to be swirling around in my head. So many things still to be done and the clock ticks closer. We are down to the wire… I’ll estimate 6-10 weeks and we’ll be full-time on the road. Soon it will be time to create a survival backpack with the kids. They need to understand why each piece is there and how to properly use it. Bill and Lilie need a new pair of gym shoes. Plus along with the purchase of the RV, will include a new PUPPY and KITTEN! Bill says whatever the puppy is, its name is Chainsaw. -laughs- He has been begging for years to name something Chainsaw. He even asked to name Nathan it and joking around asked with Gabbie… At least I hope he was joking. Let’s see other than that, I guess I got my 1st Teaching high recently. We were studying a unit about Roman Mythology and Greek Gods. It was a ton of information that I gave to them over the course of 2 weeks. They damn near Aced their test. It wasn’t a simple test either… We studied 9 stories and 11 Gods and Goddesses. I was so Proud!
Happy New Year everyone.
It’s that time of year where you are supposed to analyze your life and self then decide what needs resolved for the new year…
Does anyone do this? Are you able to keep your resolution?
I don’t usually make resolutions… But after doing so much research for this site, this year I think I am.
I have this weird spot on my back that I discovered about 4 years ago… For a long time I had no idea what it could possibly have been. I was thinking ringworm, some sort of fungus and everyone (except a Doctor) said it looked like a mole. Now I know it’s NOT a mole. In fact, in the past 2 months it started changing… Hmm,.. That’s not a good sign. Started doing some research and that “mole” matches the signs of Skin Cancer.
So given what I have recently learned, cancer needs Beef and Sugar in order to survive & grow. Vitamin C tricks cancer into thinking it’s being feed when it’s really not…
The idea is to feed it Vitamin C instead of beef & sugar. Thus hopefully, keeping the cancer in remission.
For me this will be no easy task. I am a junk food junkie. I have been since a very young age. I had always pictured myself as a plump old lady who always smelled of freshly baked cookies.
These days I am looking at my future a little differently. Okay so maybe a little is not the right word…
So my resolution for this year is to stop eating beef completely and begin a low sugar diet immediately… Hopefully by the end of the year I’ll be off sugar completely.
At any rate, I’d love to hear what your resolution is and how you plan on achieving it .
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Well, I hope everyone had a Wonderful Christmas.
Though it was the warmest Christmas I have experienced in a very long time. Almost record-breaking highs at 83 degrees.
The kids were blessed with more than I could have ever hoped for this year. The best part about the whole day was watching the kids get to visit their Great Grandfather.
Well it’s a tie between that and watching the never-ending smile on my own Father’s face as he got spend the first Christmas with Nathan and Gabbie.
At any rate, I am already starting to think about with my goals for next year are going to be. I think I am gonna do my best to live a low sugar diet and increase my vitamin C intake… A long side with eating my fruits and veggies in their raw form and juicing the rest.
I love juicing. It’s a great way to get the nutrition you need in a nice refreshing drink. The key to juicing however, is drinking the juice within the first 10 minutes. After that the juice starts losing its nutrients.
The sugar intake is gonna be tricky… I love ice cream, chocolate, coffee, breads, pies, pizza, candy… Ugh…
Anyways, Merry Christmas!!!
Have a Safe and Happy New Year!
You know, I just had a thought in relation to the cancer conversation I started the other day. In India they believe the cow is a sacred animal and you should never eat them…
Which just had me wondering:
What did their ancestors know, that ours did not…?
Could their ancestors have known that, that animal would cause long-term health problems to their people and band it by branding it a sacred creature that should never be eaten?
I’m just wondering…
Bill and my Father made a trade yesterday. -laughs- We needed help putting in a hot water heater where we are currently staying. Bill is handy with many things but electricity is not one of them (he is partly color blind). So, we have been trying to find someone who could help us out… with very little luck. Finally I asked my Dad if he could help, he lives 45 minutes from where we are staying. I was in luck, he did have knowledge on how to change out a hot water heater and increase a 110 line to a 220. My Dad was doing some side job around his area and needed help removing a toilet (my Dad 58 hurt his back about 3 years back). So they made a trade.
Bill went out to help him yesterday and met the nicest Greek family of Scientists. She was a lead researcher of colon cancer and her husband did research in the radiation field for NASA. Apparently her research proved that in order for curtain types of cancer like colon cancer to grow, it needs something (as far as meats go) that is found only in beef. Bill said, that she must have said a hundred times that “Beef gives the cancer a Home, and Sugars Feed it.” Also it should be noted that the grease found in pizza will coat existing colon cancer(s), giving it a perfect breeding ground.
Then she stressed Vitamin C and lots of it. So you start with 4 tablets of vitamin c chewables with breakfast, 4 with lunch and 4 with dinner. The next day, 5 tablets with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Keep increasing the set by 1 day, until you start having to go to the bathroom within 5-15 minutes after taking it. That means your body is saturated. Then cut back one set of pills a day. Once the bathroom thing happens again, cut back again, one set of tablets a day. So on and so forth. Vitamin C does something interesting, it tricks cancer into feeling like it’s being fed by sugar when it’s really not.
Also, cancer can’t grow in oxygenated tissue. So all you smokers out there, both cigarette and weed smokers alike, you are increasing your chances every time you inhale.
Something else I found interesting was the conversation about Radiation. Apparently when we dropped bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki the radiation fallout from that, has spread world-wide. They spoke a lot about the government not telling the people about the amount of radiation that is pouring into our states… Especially in California. Literally our ground is covered in a layer of radiation. We send our children out to play this… The oceans we play in are radiated, the ground was walk on, and even the plants we eat. Microwaves, gas tube TV’s, cell phones, ceramic floor tiles… These things also cause a large amount of radiation.
That family went as far as asking their child to wear gloves and shoes when he goes out side to play.
I don’t know if I would go as far as wearing gloves when we go outdoors but I don’t know what they know…
Does this make me reconsider a few things about my life style? Because I eat entirely too much sugar and beef and I walk around bare foot all the time.
Finally I am connected again. –laughs- I guess this is something to get used to, both being on and offline. I spent most of November doing research on How to’s and First Aid, that I didn’t give any updates or diary entries. But now that we are reconnected…
It’s been an amazing trip thus far and to think, the real trip hasn’t even begun yet. I believe that every move we have made since we left Connecticut has been preparing us… The 1st jump we made, before we even arrived to our destination, our window motor broke and 2 separate times we ended up with a flat tire. Then we stayed in a 20 ft camper for a month and 100% loved it. The 2nd jump we made, our windshield wiper motor went in the rain… -laughs- Go figure… Then Bill built shelving and different things like that to help out our host. He even helped the neighbor… Old Man Joe, which got me thinking… The 3rd jump we made, has been by far the most challenging… What I mean by that is the host we are staying with now needs the back bedroom and bathroom completely re-done. The walls and floors have termites, the shower was leaking which rotted out the bathroom floor as well as the back bedroom floor, the hot water heater went after being here only a few days. –laughs- That’s when it sort of hit me, maybe we have a different calling then what we first anticipated? At 1st we just thought we were just gonna travel and go where ever the wind took us… But the wind seems to be taking us to those in need. –smiles- And there is nothing that makes us happier than lending a helping hand.
And what an amazing lesson for the children… I see so many young kids with cell phones, computers, iPod’s and iPad’s, DS’s, gaming systems and so much more. These children are completely wrapped up in new age technology, to the point that some kids don’t even go outside to play or interact with other children. I couldn’t say that I completely blame them… especially in this day and age but at the same time, how can that be healthy for them? How can it be both physically or mentally healthy…? Think about it, how can it be healthy to stare at a tiny screen for hours on end? What type of long-term effects are going to occur in the long run. Does a 10-year-old really need a cell phone, an iPad and a laptop? Maybe I am a bit old school? Maybe I was blessed to be raised by my grandparents during my pre-teen and early teen years? I don’t know… but I do know that our children will benefit from learning to put others over themselves and not be wrapped up hours on end with mindless video games or watching hours on end of mind numbingly dumb cartoons. Have you guys watched some of the shows that Cartoon Network airs these days? Like Chowder… or the Adventure Time or Gumball for that matter? OMG! It was one of the main factors for us getting rid of cable.
But what amazes me is Lilie and Little Bill. They have been trying to save some money for a little while in order to buy themselves some things. Together they saved $7, and gave it all to the Salvation Army. I was stunned and yet so proud. Even knowing that they weren’t getting much of a Christmas, they gave all their money away. The thought brings a tear to my eye. When I asked them why they gave it all away, Lilie replied “Maybe someone’s Mommy and Daddy doesn’t have any money and this will give at least one little kid a toy… It’s not much Mom. Do you think we could give them more?” That brought me to my knees on the inside, what a cool kid. Knowing our current finances… I can’t imagine that we will be able to provide them with much of a Christmas… and they know that. They could have spent that money on themselves, they earned it but they didn’t. So now, every time we pass the Salvation Army donation bucket, we can’t help but to pass on the little bit that is in our pockets hoping to make someone else’s season a little brighter.