Hi Y’all!

We have been really busy as usual. Brian has been helping our neighbor Derek on building his huge garage. I have been doing quite a lot of painting.

We got our waterline fixed a buried back in the ground. However we still want to figure out how we can keep the erosion from eating away at our property.

Yesterday a lady from University of Arizona “extension program” for Cochise County came to take a look at our land and talk about ways to slow down the erosion. She said it was a very interesting piece of land and she wants to try to help us. I’m not exactly sure what that entails as of yet. We are going to try different things though. One of the things we will try will be check dams. We will also be doing water harvesting. Setting up cisterns and water tank catchments.

We had planned on our next project being a large carport with additional solar panels. It is starting to get cooler now so our solar hasn’t been a problem. Of course with the monsoon season being over we probably won’t have to worry about the erosion until next year but we need to get started on things because it’s going to be a slow process.

I know I have been bad about keeping up with the blog. I feel like no one reads it because no one ever leaves comments. I will continue to update it. Just in case people are reading it and don’t feel like commenting that is ok. Thank you for your continued support. Hopefully we will have some more videos soon. Bye!

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Fire!

This was another fun and interesting weekend. We went to Brian’s sister and fiancé (Shari and Scott’s) house in Phoenix. Friday night we played cards then on Saturday morning Brian and Scott went to get wood for a project that Scott is building. I did laundry while they were gone since we don’t have our washer out of storage yet.

On Saturday evening we went over to Sam Riley‘s house and made pizza with his family. Sam is a 21-year-old that Brian used to work with at Arizona lighting. I show them how to make a pizza dough and sauce. Everything turned out really good. We played some cards with his family. It was fun.

We came home Sunday morning. Decided to stop by Sams Club and pick up a few groceries since we don’t have one close to us. We had just spent about 30 minutes picking everything out and we’re almost done when workers came yelling “there’s a fire, everyone needs to evacuate!” They said they did not know when we would be able to go back in and the fire department was on the way. Apparently there was a small fire in the back of the store. It was unbelievable. I really needed those things and I wasn’t happy. Lol. Oh well. It also sucked because we had gone out of our way to go to that store. Sometimes things just don’t go your way and you have to accept! Haha

When we got home that day, we discovered that the gas on the propane tank was turned off. It ran out and tried to switch over and the other tank was in the off position so everything in the freezer had melted and everything in the refrigerator was warm. Luckily we didn’t really lose anything. Just had a watery mess to clean up. On the bright side the freezer got defrosted. 😊

Also, we finally got our building permit! We officially have an address so that is very exciting. Hopefully we can figure out exactly what kind of building we will do and actually start the process. The next thing to be done will be to install our new solar panels/carport. Brian has been helping Derek with his giant garage. Hopefully Derek will help us in the future if we need it. He has really been helpful in helping us with his tractor when our road was a mess. He has come over and made it drivable again for us which we really really appreciate. It’s nice being a good neighbor and having good neighbors.

Kartchner Caverns

Saturday Brian’s sister Shari came to visit along with her fiancé Scott. This was the first time they had been here. We met them at Kartchner Caverns since we hadn’t been there before. They won’t let you take anything in there at all which is understandable because people can drop things and they have to protect the cavern. It was really cool and very interesting.

Afterwards we came back here and played some cards. It was a really fun time.

Felt like we didn’t get a whole lot accomplished this week. I guess there was one thing that we did that I forgot about. Spiders were coming in in the middle of the night and we would wake up and find them on the ceiling. It was very terrifying. LOL Brian would get a cup and a piece of cardboard and capture them and then we would turn them loose outside the next day. We thought they were getting in through the vents so we removed the vents (since we don’t use them because we have a new heating and cooling unit)and Brian cut out pieces of wood to seal the holes. I took each piece and painted a little ocean scene on it. It was fun. Plus it makes it look a little less plain.

We did clean and dust and vacuum everything and Brian sprayed bug spray around. We have not seen any spiders in here since then. Now he is out cleaning everything out of the shed and going to spray in there too.

Our next order of business is to try to make a carport and get our other solar panels going. Plus we want to get our things out of storage so we are discussing whether or not to get a shipping container out here to use as a shed. I thought we could buy one and then later on if we decide we want to build something else, then we can sell the shipping container. They are pretty popular so I don’t think we would have a problem.

Now I have to go to the store because we always seem to run out of fruits and vegetables very quickly. I was feeling pretty crappy after our two week vacation of not eating very well. For the past two weeks I have been eating and exercising regularly and I feel really great!

Thank you to everyone who is reading this. I can’t believe it has already been about six months since we moved here. Things seem to be moving very slowly but the wheels are in motion. 😃

A Fun Weekend

Went to Tucson to Craig and Nicki‘s over the weekenD. Spend Friday night there and Billy and Jodi came over and we played games. Next morning went to the Garden Kitchen in Tucson where they have free classes the first Saturday of every month. They have a small room where they did Zumba dance class, then a cooking demo, then gardening tips. Craig and Brian didn’t do Zumba. They were looking around the place and looked at the big garden in the back.

The Zumba class was really fun. I was really having a great time until a man showed up and decided to dance about 2 inches away from me. This always seems to happen to me in every exercise class. Am I invisible? Or magnetic? Lol

For the cooking demo they made a broccoli Mac and cheese and also some sliders made from a fruit called jack fruit And also some sort of apple dessert. It was good! They use healthy ingredients.

From there we went to Mesa to visit the kids. This was the first time we had seen Tim and Taylor’s new place. We had a fun time. Then it was onto Shari’s and Scott’s house. Came home on Sunday.

Today we got up and went to the permit office in Bisbee. We should get back an approval in a week and have an official address. Hallelujah! 😃

I Apologize Y’all!

Hey y’all! Just want to let you know that I sincerely apologize that I have fallen behind on my blogging. We have done so much since the last time I have blogged that I can’t remember it all. I’m going to do my best though.

I will try to work backwards. We went on a two-week RV trip with our friends Billy and Jodi Roberts. We went to California to Pizmo beach then to Monterey. Through the redwood forests to Oregon. Oregon has a lot of fires right now and we had planned on going to Yosemite and to crater lake but both of those were not visible because of smoke. We had a really fun time anyway. Was glad to be back home though after two weeks away. I missed our little place here.

The winds and rain had made a mess of our wash. Luckily Derek came over with his tractor and made it drivable. We are so very thankful to him for that.

So we have had some issues with our solar not being enough to keeps our air running. We have 6 panels. We have ordered six more panels and batteries. Derek has not received the batteries yet. He has ordered himself some too and ours are with his. Once we get everything set up it will be a lot better and we are hoping to build a carport two and another shed so we can take the rest of our things out of storage.

The main focus has been to get our house building permit which has been a very long and tedious process. I think we finally have it completed and are going to take it to the permit office probably tomorrow. We aren’t certain yet which kind of building material we will go with. Maybe earthship, possibly earth bag, or cob. We are going to start to try to make a decision. I am pretty anxious to get started because living in an RV can be challenging. Not for everyone I can assure ya!

There have been a few nights where we have found big spiders crawling on the ceiling. Brian gets a solo cup and a piece of cardboard and then put a rock on top of It. The next morning I take it outside far away and release it unharmed. LOL. I seriously can’t even kill a fly. Every now and then I do and I just can’t stand it. ha ha

So right now we are trying to make another compost bin because we’ve already filled up one.

I’m going to try really hard to keep on top of the blog and post every week. Thanks everyone who is reading!❤️🙏😊

Been Awhile

So it has been quite a while since I have blogged. Today I felt compelled to write about a certain topic: Veganism.

I became vegan about a year ago. I had wanted to be vegan for a long time. I did it mainly for health reasons because I’d seen documentaries about how bad it is for your health. I slowly started cutting out meat and seeing what meals I could make, not using meat. When I realized we would have to cut out all dairy too, then I was like “uh-oh, can I live without cheese?” I have slowly been able to do that and I am very happy that I did.

Last night we watched a movie on Netflix called “Okja”. I had seen it advertised years ago and thought that it was another stupid kid show. We happened to watch a YouTube video titled “Netflix Hidden Gems”. We decided to watch it.

It is a story of a girl and her giant mutant pig. I don’t want to spoil it because everyone should watch this movie.

If you love animals at all you should watch this movie. I’ve never been one to preach to people that they should stop eating meat. However, I feel like if I could possibly get through to just one person, maybe I could be the reason things will start to happen.

I am aware that people don’t want to think about what goes down in a slaughterhouse but it is happening. That animals are suffering every day just so people can have bacon, or hamburger. Not to mention the impact it is having on the planet. This is proven.

If you love your pet, just imagine for one minute if they were in a crate where they couldn’t move. To live day after day in their own filth. With no love or companions, just pain and fear. Then imagine that your pet is lined up and put into a holding pen where a bolt is shot into their head. Then they are hung by their feet to bleed out and chopped up. Then all of your pets body parts are packaged and used to feed people.

Cows, pigs, chickens, goats, sheep, turkeys, and the list goes on and on. People need to educate themselves. Coming from Texas where vegans are scarce, I felt like I didn’t want to tell anyone or try to convince him to stop eating meat. Now I feel like I would like to ask that whoever is reading this, at least consider cutting down on meat. It’s just as bad for you as smoking. It causes cancer and it is polluting the world. Consider what we are leaving for our children and future generations.

I ask that you at least do some research and educate yourself a little bit about how horrible it really is. Check into why more more people are figuring out that you CAN live without meat.

Life’s Ups and Downs

Hi y’all! Been awhile but we have been so busy. Thank goodness we don’t have real jobs because “ain’t nobody got time for that!”

After Brian installed the AC unit, we had a guy come out and check the lines, make sure there were no leaks, and do something called an HVAC. We went on a trip to Texas to visit family and when we came back the AC wouldn’t cool.
It also happened that on the way home from Texas, our car overheated and we got stuck in between here in Texas in the worst possible area. At least we were able to get to a gas station but it was very hot and we had no cold air coming out of the AC. We went to an ace hardware and there were some nice people there that helped us out and got us back on the road again. Luckily we made it home with no other incidents. Then we found out that we had no air-conditioner when we got home. LOL We had to suffer through a couple of days because we couldn’t get anyone to come out here. Finally got someone. He said there was some little valve that the Freon had leaked out of. The valve was not set properly. He got it refilled with freon and adjusted it. Now we have AC again. Brian was very happy that it was not anything that he had done that caused the Freon to leak. It feels so good now. We take our comfort for granted every day. We are so happy to have a comfortable place now.

The next thing we wanted to get done was to get our Tempur-pedic mattress out of storage. We have been sleeping on the mattress that came with our Murphy bed. The original mattress that was in this RV was very uncomfortable. We took the Murphy bed mattress and put it in the RV since we were still living in the house since we had not sold it yet. When we moved we put our bed into storage with the intention of trading them out at a later date. We finally got around to it and it was not easy. The Tempur-pedic mattress is very heavy and bulky. We managed to get it into the back of the truck and got it to the RV. We then took the old mattress out and put the Tempur-pedic mattress in its place. We then put that mattress in the back of the truck and took it to our friends in Tucson who are keeping our Murphy bed until we build our dream house. Their son is using the Murphy bed until he moves out. So he was very happy to have a more comfortable mattress. The poor kid had been sleeping on the original crappy RV mattress. He didn’t seem to mind though. LOL

We have a trip planned to Los Angeles to visit a friend for the Memorial Day weekend. We have never been to that area so we are looking forward to that. It is going to be chilly and cloudy there and that will be a nice break from the heat.