Experiences, thoughts, and musings…

💭 Dave has taken back the driving duties! I was surprised he let me be the driver as long as he did after his knee replacement surgery, but I’m really glad he’s feeling well enough to drive again. (I’d rather be the passenger!)

💭 Raynaud’s syndrome has really hit me hard this winter. My fingers get so cold they feel numb/tingly. The muff a friend made me a few years ago has been very helpful – WHEN I remember to bring it with me. (Thanks again, Pat!) Sometimes my toes/feet get quite chilly and my nose has been affected for the first time this winter also. Weird to see bluish purplish colors in the affected areas! Looking forward to warmer weather.

💭 I recently read that some people want the entire country to stick with daylight savings time year round. This would mean that sunrise here in RI wouldn’t be until 8am or later during most of December/January, but sunset would be after 5pm. I think I’d rather have the extra daylight in the mornings! How about you?

💭 Last month I celebrated 1 year of healthier for me eating, which meant excluding animal products from my diet. I did make a few exceptions during that year, but overall I can honestly say I can’t think of anything much that I really miss. And I’m still having lots of fun trying new recipes. Most importantly, I just feel so much better!!

💭 I am hoping the airlines stop messing around with the flights we are scheduled to take to Seattle in June. Flight cancellations already meant we missed a visit from my sister, Ellen. Enough already!

💭 Beware the ads on social media! I see lots of them on Facebook lately claiming their clothing is made in USA – in South Carolina, to be exact. BUT all those websites seem to use the same graphics as the website I fell for… and when the clothing arrived, the labels all said “Made in China.” The items I bought were very much smaller than the sizing chart on the website stated, so I am very thankful I was able to get a refund.

💭 “Come From Away” was the best show I’ve seen at PPAC so far this season.

💭 I’m trying really hard to adjust to this shorter hair, but so far it’s just annoying because it seems to always be in my face! I’m thinking maybe a little bit shorter might work, but I’m still just thinking about it. 🤔

💭 My St. Patrick’s Day tree makes me 😊 Next up will be the Easter theme.

💭 I am very thankful to have a good statewide library system to support my reading habit. The DOD MWR library system online is wonderful too!

💭 Did you know you can make crispy potato chips in the microwave? Slice them really thin, season with whatever you like, put on some parchment paper and microwave for about 3 minutes 30 seconds (up to about 5 minutes, if the potatoes are large.) YUM!

💭 There is a saying about how you can pick your friends, but you can’t pick your family. I disagree! I think we carefully chose all those who we come in contact with in our lives, and for different reasons. Recently we experienced a tragedy and the resulting shock and sadness within our extended family, but we also experienced family coming together with so much love and emotional support. For that I am so very grateful.

💭 I so enjoy the moments when I look up and spot something that reminds me of a special person sharing this lifetime with me. The rainbows on the wall remind me of a friend in Jacksonville. Hope you are well, Candace.

💭 It also makes me smile when friends/family post pictures of hearts and tag me on Facebook.

💭 And when friends/family share recipes or books or movies they think I’ll enjoy.

💭 Some years we receive so many calendars – pocket calendars and wall calendars – so many that we don’t know what to do with them all. This year we received exactly the number of wall calendars we needed, plus one to share with Paul (who got none!) But we didn’t receive a single pocket/purse sized calendar! Maybe you all just use the calendar on your phone? I still like the paper ones best.

💭 Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we came up with exactly the words someone experiencing sadness/grief needed to hear? I never know what to say and what I do say seems so inadequate. I want words that make the person feel like they have been embraced by a hug full of compassion and empathy.

💭 I realized today that we play so many games where the directions state scores should be kept, but we’ve never kept score. We’ve always just counted how many hands/rounds each person won. Racko is one of those games and I’m thinking we’ll give scoring a try. It’s certainly made Mexican Train dominoes much more interesting!

💭 It’s been a windy winter! And that has made walking outside a no go for me most of the time because my cheeks get so windburned/chapped. Ouch!

💭 We saw a sign reminding us to purchase our beach parking pass. While I am very much looking forward to Spring with its milder temperatures, this sign reminded me of how nice it is to spend the day at the beach – reading a good book after taking a walk.

Well, that’s it for now. My deepest thoughts right here in black and white. Now that Dave is feeling better, perhaps we’ll get out and about more. 🤣😂😅

Wishing you all peace, love and much joy in your lives.


Published by kccan2

Dave and I have been living full time in our Grand Design Reflection 27RL since December 3, 2017. We share our space with our cat, Audrey, and grand dog, Samson. UPDATE: So much has changed in our lives during Autumn 2020! Samson is very happy to be back living with Paul, Audrey crossed the Rainbow Bridge, and we moved into an apartment. We plan to use the camper as a summer getaway going forward. . . no more traveling (with the camper, anyway!) As always, looking forward to new adventures!

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