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Mother’s Day 2019

Mom holding me the day she brought me home after having me.

Today is another first without Mom. The first Mother’s Day. It’s still hard. It’s still impossible to understand that she’s not here, that I can’t just pick up the phone and call her.

Grief work is hard. Still. But I do know God is good and His GRACE will see me through this. I know that eventually I will smile instead of cry when I remember.

Happy Mother’s Day in heaven, Mom. I love and miss you.

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Freedom Update

A couple of months ago I shared that Daniel and I plan to significantly downsize, sell our home, and buy an RV to live in full time in a few years. We are both super excited about this plan. We’ve moved up the date to 7/25/22, but hope to be able to make the move before then.

We’ve done some RV shopping, changed our minds a couple of times, but our current first choice is the 2019 Jayco Alante 31V. It’s a smallish gas powered class A. I’m posting some pictures from the Dunlap Family RV website. We met a salesman there who we really liked, so plan to buy from him when the time comes.

We’re so excited about this adventure. Three years seems like such a long time, although we both know it isn’t.

What we’re focused on right now is how to make a little money while on the road and going through all our belongings to downsize. Both of these take serious consideration.

Part of my plan for money on the road is to take my writing more seriously than I ever have. I’m writing every day, at least a couple hundred words. I’m dedicated to my dream of writing.

The downsizing, y’all. Wow!! Where did all this stuff come from? LOL There’s just so much!!

I’ll update on our freedom plan next week.

Have a great weekend.

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Surface Laptop 2

I did a thing yesterday. I bought a new laptop. I have a good desktop. I also have an inexpensive Chromebook. The Chromebook is good. I is great for surfing and checking email. But the Office apps are less than…well, just less than. The office apps on my iPhone are better than the Office apps on the Chromebook. I believe that in order to seriously write and submit, I need fully functioning MS Word. Not the crappy version on the Chromebook.

After an hour browsing Best Buy, I decided on the Surface Laptop 2. I looked at MacBooks. I’ve had one before and loved it. But the Surface Laptop 2 gave me a much more zippy response compared to the MacBook and cost several hundred dollars less.

I looked at the new HP super charged laptop, but it is several hundred dollars more than the Surface Laptop 2. While it has the i7 chip vs the i5 of the Surface, I just couldn’t justify the price difference. And, honestly, I’ve never owned an HP computer that I liked. Love their printers, not their computers.

I also sprung for the Surface Pen. It’s a fabulous little piece of hardware that I think I’m really going to like, especially when I get used to all the functionality. It’s much more useful than the Apple Pencil I used with my iPad last year. The Apple Pencil is basically just an expensive stylus.

I’ll update this review after a few weeks of using my new Surface Laptop 2, but for now, I’m loving it!

What kind of laptop/computer do you use to write? What do you love about it that makes it better for you than anything else? What would you change to make it better?

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The Deepest Grief

I know I mentioned earlier this year I planned to create, and stick to, a blogging schedule. Well, the best laid plans…yada, yada, yada.

On February 24th my mother died suddenly. She was buried at Arlington National Cemetery April 8th.

Blogging seemed not so important for the past few weeks. Honestly, I couldn’t even write in my journal for the first week after she died. I’m slowly getting back in the swing of words.

So, I’m participating in Camp NanoWriMo this month. My goal is 10,000 words. The writing stinks. Seriously. But I’ve got to make myself do it.

I’m learning that grief is not a single event. It’s not even a single emotion. I think it’s going to take some time to sort it out. I think writing may be a big part of that.

So, hang with me. I really will create and stick to a blogging schedule this year. Maybe not this month, but soon.

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Five Things We Learned at the RV Show Sunday

Sunday afternoon we spent a couple of hours at the Middle Tennessee RV Dealers Association RV show. Rain pelted us from the free parking area to the building. Cold February rain. Yuck! I really felt back for the folks who had to clean the RVs after all of us traipsing through the rigs with our wet, muddy feet. I felt even worse for the salespeople who had to stay out in the rain with all the rigs that were set up outside. Double Yuck!

I also felt a little disappointed there weren’t more motorhomes, specifically Class C. If you wanted to look at Travel Trailers or Fifth Wheels the number of options could overwhelm. In the spirit of due diligence, we toured a couple of Travel Trailers and Fifth Wheels. Nope.

We learned five things for sure while we were there:

  1. We want a motorhome, not a trailer.
  2. I really, really do not like Travel Trailers.
  3. Fifth Wheels are beasts.
  4. Class A motorhomes intimidate me. Not sure why. Maybe the huge windshields?
  5. We both LOVE Jayco Greyhawk 29MV motorhome. We have named it “The One To Beat.”

I’m glad we went. I hope we get the opportunity to attend several more over the next couple of years. We both love the Jayco, but we want to make sure that’s what we want.

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When a Dream is Just Crazy

Have you ever had a dream that is just so crazy it scares you? But you can’t get it out of your mind. You research it. How do other people make it work? Is it even really feasible? You keep it a secret because it’s JUST CRAZY.

But finally, one day you just can’t stand it. You’re about to burst. So you tell your spouse. You hold your breath, bracing for laughter, or a shake of the head as the spouse says, “Yeah, that would be great, if only…”

Only, your spouse doesn’t laugh.

Your spouse doesn’t shake his head.

He says, “That would be so cool. Let’s figure out a way to do it.”

What?

So now what?

Gulp. Big deep gulp. Can this be for real? It has to be a God thing because this dream is too crazy for the spouse to agree.

This has been my past couple of days. What is the dream? Full time RVing. Yep, you read that right. I want to sell our stuff, buy an RV, and live on the road. Crazy, right? But I’ve been thinking about it for years. It just won’t go away.

Now to the research. Lots and lots and lots and lots of research. Number one issue will be making a living while learning to be nomads.

Do you have a crazy dream that you’ve hesitated to share with anyone? How do you approach it? Do you research and try to find a way, or just daydream about it?

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2019

Here we are two and a half weeks into 2019. How does time go so fast? Working on personal goals and development this year. More about that in another post.

I just wanted to say that I’m still here. LOL! I had honestly planned to just let blogging go for good since I’m clearly not good at it. But there’s a little prickle in the back of my mind telling me not to give up, but to come at it differently. More about that in another post.

How’s your 2019 so far? What are your plans for the year?