Thursday, June 30, 2016

Almost Ready to Show off the Dirndle Progress

I need to get some snaps (or excavate the storage unit) and sew them on and dress up Arita for the photos.  I still need the jewelry findings to make the silver latch things for her bodice, though.  And I know my camera is in the truck, but is it charged?

I hope the Social Sec office doesn't screw up again tomorrow.  Bad enough they divorced us and sent the hubby to live with his deceased parents (we wrote a letter telling them correct it!) but will they correct it?  Seems like they live for this sort of terrorizing.

I find I get a LOT more sewing done now with out all the distractions of the house to deal with.  Now that we have a daily routine worked out, it is getting more relaxing than not.  The only problem now is that I have to find a way to cut out tiny fabric pieces without the winds immediately whipping them out of reach!  We have gotten used to having everything blown about (I seriously am considering cutting my hair! I hate trying to eat with the wind blowing it in my mouth!) and have perfected the quick slap down, but it does get insane sometimes.  

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Etsy Email re Canadian Postal Strike

Just a heads up I found in my email today:

"We are reaching out to inform you of the possibility of delayed shipments to Canada beginning on July 2 as a result of a service disruption caused by an ongoing labour dispute at Canada Post. The disruption will affect all shipments to, within, and from Canada that are handled by Canada Post. This includes shipments into Canada from other national carriers like USPS and Royal Mail."  

Thank goodness it is not going to be as hot this weekend as predicted.  I guess the ashes from the fire did cool things down a bit, because it was back to flannel shirts yesterday afternoon.

I am a little displeased with our post locally.  I asked if they would put our usual 'junk mail' in the PO Box.  Nope.  No third class mail.  Darn it!  At least we got the Yohshinoya coupons before we moved out.  If you have not tried the sweet walnut shrimp, you should.  Or just stir fry walnuts with shrimp and veg and toss some sweet and sour sauce on.  Walnuts go great with shrimp.  I always thought almonds were the fish nut, but the walnuts really make a different taste that enhances the shrimp even more.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Tama is Adjusting in His Own Way

Hot days during the full moon, and this coming weekend almost as hot.  We wanted to keep Tama cool so we put the blanket in the shade at the park and were basically cool enough except for the few very hot hours when we hugged the ground and enjoyed the breeze.  Agoraphobic cat found the solution to HIS problem.

Because the ground was fairly cool and moist, we let him have
his way when he crawled under the blanket.
About 2 or so, we started to notice something odd.  It got odder, then bloomed into the big fire in Azuza and Duarte, now I find was called the San Gabriel Complex Fire.  This is why we warned people on the camping face book about California's tendency to go up in flames.  You need to be on the forestry email list for updates and so forth around here.  They have been doing it a lot longer than school campuses for crimes, fires, emergencies and lost kids (oddly, usually boy scouts.)  

By evening the mountains were behind a black cloud.  It lingered for days. 
A few days later, Tama was getting a little more bold about running back to the truck.  This time he jumped up on the hood and tried to get in through the windsheild.  We didn't managed to catch him pawing frantically at it, but we stopped laughing in time to hope in and take 'wild animal park' photos.  

We have just about got things organized, but the battery driven fan that was supposed to last a month on one set of batteries barely makes it three nights.  So today I bought Eveready, then we will try Energizer and then Duracell. 

One thing about sewing in the park, the winds knock my sewing thread all around when I am trying to sew, and I have to watch my sewing basked because it has some weird aerodynamic quality that makes it go flying.  I also feel really awkward about having the doll in the truck and stripping her to fit her outfit.  

Friday, June 17, 2016

Back to Sewing!

I took my life in my hands this morning and climbed up through the piles of stuff and got out Arita to get back to her dirndle, the embroidery of which was finished just before we bugged out, photos here and here  We decided today that since we had nothing better to do, we would make it to Octoberfest this year! Always before, Hubby was on call and could not go anywhere for special occasions. Now we can plan on buying tickets to the fireworks show.

One thing about camping (besides the early mornings, sunrises, sunsets and beautiful still moments in the parks with the cat lolling between us on the quilt on the tailgate) is learning to be methodical.  For years, it was get up, coffee on, dishes in, run run run, until I was too tired to do anything but make lunch and collapse.  Now we find ourselves having to be patient with time and do things one at a time (very Buddhist) and oddly, having more time because of it.  So yeah, time to get back to sewing.  The Dirndle project is all hand from here on.  She needs the white blouse, the jumper dress, the little black hat with flowers, the chain jewelry and the stockings are somewhere already so we might have to skip them (buried near the ceiling!)  I am hoping to find her a proportionate mug of beer somewhere.  I have my camera in a box of electronics in the truck, I need to get it out and charge it up along with everything else.

In the mean time, my cheap new tracfon has a camera I am pretty happy with.

The beautiful new military memorial at Upland Library.

"I do not like the park. Remove it from under me."

Tama is just so excited to be out in the fresh air.  Not.  He is fine under trees, but under open sky,
he does this belly crawl thing.  At night, he's fine, but during the day, nope. 

There is this really weird braided root system on this one tree, none of the others
have it, so I had to photograph it. 

Tama is still not impressed.  

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Almost Sane Again

We got about one third of our deposit back from the apartment, and I was shocked that they expedited it, but we left the place so nice I guess they cut us some slack.  What bothers me is that they only charged us for cleaning the carpet.  That means the next tenant is going to be paying 1250 a month for our two year old carpet.  Um....that's not very nice, when the law is NEW carpet every tenant, now is it?

We are waiting for an information packet on moving to the middle of Nevada in the old silver and gold mining country.  I must day the answer to our query was very enthusiastic!  But we will not be going to have a look until later in Fall when we have saved up some money.  We finalized the argument with the government offices yesterday and will now await them screwing things up again.  I do not understand why the Social Security office could not give us ANY information on how a move to Nevada would affect our situation.  "We aren't supposed to do that, that would be making it easier for you to move to a state where your income would be increased."  Um...yeeeaaahhhh, could you at least tell me if the income would be commiserate with the cost of living in that county?
Clerk: Blink blink.  "It should be".   Me: That was all I was asking.  Would we be able to afford to live there is all I wanted to know.

Gees!  What a pack of maroons!  You would think they were there to help people, being part of the so called security net.

So now we have gas money and a better budget for the rest of the month just in time with the returned deposit money, and fixed the inside of the truck up a bit more with storage organization.  A so called 3 day cooler replaced the 2 lunch box coolers.  It had better work.  Ice is eating us alive and melting so that everything gets soaked, despite being in plastic baggies.  I don't remember it being this complicated when my Dad and Uncle used to take us kids camping.

As soon as I get used to the routine we seem to be establishing I will haul out my sewing packets I have sorted out.  Naturally the fact that I am outside means it has attempted to rain more than it should, and the nights are freezing and it is just weird weather for this time of year.  The wind blows like crazy, and the sun is hot and the shade cold so we are quite a lot more comfortable than we would be in the ex-apartment, and I still can not get over how nice it is to be 'homeless'.  There are always park restrooms, or Walmart, and we have no problem with sanitation and keeping clean.  The only real problem is dry bleach.  I need to buy something to put the stuff in because no matter what, it manages to spill in the bag and get all over.  And bungee cords are wonderful things.

Tama has started to recognize parks and parking lots and seems to want to go for walks at night (no visible sky, you see) than in day time when he just wants to get under the truck before the sky falls on him.  He goes nuts when we park too close to chicken restaurants.  I will have to get him some non spiced or sauced cooked chicken since he is so used to having it.  He is starting to like to sit on our laps like a small dog will when I am driving and look out the window.  This morning at the 7-11 he had it out with a miniature doberman in the next truck.  The owner was having hysterics because the dog was determined to win the argument, and Tama kept growling back at him through his gap in the window.  We all had a hard time stopping laughing to start our cars and go on our way.

One thing I have realized is that all the stuff I put in storage and thought we could not live without, half of it can go.  We have to start thinking about the long haul to Nevada and how much it will cost and what we really do want to take with us.  10 ft truck, 15, 20?  And we will need a tow dolly for the pick up, because the hubby can not drive.  Lots to think about, but at least now we can save up for it.  We would have been in serious trouble without everyone's help.  I have been paying it forward when ever I see someone who needs it now that we have a bit of lee way.  So many people are just toughing it out, there are ques at the parks to get washed up and you would never know they are 'homeless' except for the back packs and packed cars.

Anyway, times running out, library only allows one hour a day per card. O_o

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Life on the Road

So far the 'shakedown cruise' has taught us a few lessons.  One: never trust a cooler bag.  We got rid of our cooler because it took up too much room for what little it actually held after the ice was in.  The cooler bag worked great, until I had to smack on the brakes and it tipped out of its slot and the zipper allowed it to piddle melt water all over.  Good thing we had a very hot day, everything dried in hours.

Tama is going through the five stages of grief or something.  First he was in denial.  Very loud denial. He would stay in back until the truck started moving, then shoot through the window into the front like a rocket.  He is now pretending none of it is happening.  When  I find the connector cable from my phone I will put up photos of his first look at the park.  He was okay for a few days, fresh air, sunshine, birds, but now he's like OMG, not this again.  He has a battery driven fan, shade trees and food and water and the windows open a bit all around, and to hell with Nature.  The truck is now his closet (his favorite place to hide).

We got our Time Warner Cable money back, now for the apartment deposit.  Then we will feel a bit more free to go further.  The post office drove me nuts, saying that someone who had the box before us had their check clear just a moment before my online payment went through, and would I give it up.  NOPE.  Grumpy Cat NOPE.  I have battled with the government over non-residential mail and won, I will not call all of them back and change the PO number.

I still hurt all over from the move, but things are getting more organized.  The truck is like a slider puzzle, we've finally had a day where nothing dropped on my foot or got wet from melt water.  I have to go get this mysterious thing recommended on the truck camping face book called a Pool Noodle and use it to make a gasket to keep out rain and mozzies.

I keep thinking about the families that are getting the shaft from the apartment complex.  We are laughing it up in the park, watching little league baseball, finding new ways to cook without getting the pans messed up (wrap everything in tinfoil!) and making do.  There are people so much worse off than we are and if the families that are stuck in the apartments stay there, they are facing eviction.  So many people in our area are facing the same thing, the more people we talk to the more we find out this is happening.  After this month is over and things lighten up a little, we can breath easier, and then the month after the truck will be registered for another year and we will be able to start saving up money to check out Nevada.

Maybe next week I will be able to pull out the dirndle project and get back to sewing again!  

Friday, June 3, 2016


It is a running truck!

But it needs a bit more work.

Does it never end?  As I just told the manager on the phone, we won't be leaving any earlier than agreed, because i need to drive the truck a few days before we are positive it will not go bang again.  It drove the poor guy at the shop nuts because who ever worked on it last was a 'moron'.  Ouch, considering the guy who worked on it last was the guy who we paid a fortune to get it past smog and are planning on taking it back to next month for the smog check.  Ouch.  Anyway, maybe he means the moron who did the other wiring, which we decided not to go back to after November 2013 and every penny of our savings was eaten up just in time to destroy us.

Right now we are waiting on one little cig lighter socket.  When will they stop making those things to heat up and just put in a PLUG IN?  Who uses those things for cigerettes any more anyway?

Hubby is hooked on Green Arrow and we need to take the DVDs back intact to the library, but omg, Capt Jack Harknesss (what ever is that actors name) will need a bit of a tightening to play the chara again if they bring back Torchwood.  Alllllthooooougggh, he did end up as nothing but a huge face in a jar.....Hmm, he might get away with it after all.

So, outside of our vote through the mail paper works not showing up and having to go stand in line for the primary and local votes Tuesday at the primary school (parking, what parking?) everything is rolling along.

Will these bruises never go away?  The entire upper part of my butt is black and blue from shoving the truck out of the garage.  I did not realize until two days later that THAT was why my lower-lower back was hurting.  When did I get so damned fragile? Is it the BP meds?  I will have to ask.

The roses survived the up-rooting, I just need to hug them goodbye and hand them over. (Yes my roses have names...)  When we go look at the place we want on the wait list for, I will ask for a layout schema so I can plot our new home.

I had this post started and forgot about it because so much was snowballing.  O_o