Monday * February 8th 2016

Doing “Just” What I Need…

I’m so glad the holiday season is over…

No, my friends I’m not a “Scrooge.”  However, holidays always come with “expectations.”  I’m happy to say I survived it all relatively unscathed, and am none the worse for the wear…  😉

Santa no longer visits “Casa de Cheryl,” so I “did” buy myself a Samsung S-2 9.5 inch tablet.

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I wanted something I could travel with in my RV  – light and small, but that could also cover as a book reader.  :-)

My “other” kind of Christmas present was a purchase of a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).  I bit the proverbial bullet and put out some big cash for a Pressure Pro.  However, it IS another layer of safety and I’m sure I’ll feel more secure driving.  :-)

The day after Christmas it SNOWED in Las Cruces…

Organ Mountains Snowfall

The Organ Mountains with Snow

Snowy Buddha

“Backyard Buddha” with a dusting of snow…

Backyard Snowfall

Snowy Cactus…

Red Berries in the Snow

Red Berries in the Snow…

Cali the Snow Dog

Cali the Snow Dog…

In the world of Cheryl I had no plans for New Year’s Eve, and felt “hurt” that there were a few cars at my next door neighbors house.  (They ALWAYS invite me to shindigs.)  So, in my robe and drinking a glass wine, I found that they had planned a last minute gathering and indeed invited me.  So, what the heck, I went next door at 10:00 p.m. in my robe with a bottle of champagne.  😉

I’ve been home since the second week in October and I’m feeling the need to “socialize” again. 

Therefore, I’m “hoping” to leave in a week or so for my winter travels.  I want to visit Algodones for a couple of reasons.  I went to the eye doctor the first part of December and got new glasses.  My RX hasn’t changed significantly, but I’m hoping (I have the RX) to buy another pair for back up.  I’m also hoping to “stock up” on Retin-A “crema.”  I don’t like the generic, and Algodones is the only Mexican place I’ve found the brand Stieva-A.  It’s the “gold standard” for fine lines and wrinkles, and my “no nonsense” dermatologist looks at me like I’m crazy when I ask him to prescribe it.  It’s a fraction of the cost in Mexico so I just cut to the chase and buy it there.

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If you know me at all, you know I have a history of anxiety…

It’s difficult for me to leave the safety and security of home and venture out into the “unknown.”  However, I choose not to be an emotional cripple, and although hard, I “push” myself out into the unknown.

Therefore, I’m planning on leaving in a few days for another “sojourn.”  I’m driving to Tucson, staying the night and then forging on to Yuma where I’ll visit Algodones.  Afterwards, I’m high-tailing it to Quartzsite for the big RV show and to commune with the Escapee SOLO’s.  Afterwards, the SOLO’s are traveling to Organ Pipe National Monument and then onto Puerto Penasco.  I’m planning on staying in Puerto Penasco for at least a couple of months…

So, there you have it…

 

 

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Merry Christmas…

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Merry Christmas!

In many ways, society has taught us that we’re supposed to feel “magical” on Christmas Day.  Some of us will be with family and friends, and others will be alone. 

There’s no snow here in Southern New Mexico (however, supposedly coming tomorrow evening), and the sun is shining brightly.  The blessing of Christmas is that I have memories of wonderment that have shaped my live.  Some of my memories are joyful, others somewhat sad and filled with tears.  Nevertheless, I’m thankful for the companionship of my beloved Cali, and people who love me across the miles.

I have a plan.  People that I didn’t see or talk to today I’m going to tell “Merry Christmas” when I see them – because it will be…

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December…

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It’s not this year my friends…

This photo was taken in 2007.  Obviously, I was not jaded by age and circumstances.  Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not terribly sad – it’s just that this year I’m feeling “nothing.”

I haven’t posted in awhile because I don’t quite know how to say what I’m about to say…

I’m spending Christmas alone…

No neighbors, no RV groups – nothing.  I put up a little Christmas tree, but my “heart” is not into Christmas.  It’s not that I’m denying the virgin birth of “Our Lord Jesus Christ” – it’s just that I don’t have that “Happy Holiday Feeling.”  In some ways, it makes me sad.  The “childlike” spirit in me has finally died, and I feel no joy during the holiday season.  I seriously don’t have lots of “gingerbread feelings” related to past holiday seasons and that’s OK.  No, it’s really not “OK,” but it’s my life and I can’t change the past.

No, I’m not feeling sorry for myself…

Actually, quite the otherwise.  In many significant ways, I know that I lead a blessed life.  No, I don’t have everything I want.  Yes, I have “issues.”  (The most recent is that I have a torn meniscus in my knee and a cyst as a result of the tear.)

I have my home, I have an RV, and most importantly I have my fourteen year old terrier-mix that I love dearly.   Some people love me – and I feel their love.  I try to count my blessings…

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A Happy Thanksgiving…

 

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I’m sitting here thinking about the “whirlwind” visit from my Canadian friends Maxine Beattie and her husband Robert Clayton.

They are two of the very “nicest” people I have ever met. We first met last winter in Puerto Penasco at Concha Del Mar Campground. We shared many “happy hours,” breakfasts (Bob makes AMAZING pancakes), and dinners.

I was so very happy when they e-mailed me and told me they were coming through Las Cruces during the Thanksgiving holiday. They stayed near me at the Elk’s Lodge in their RV, and of course we had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner.

I had a turkey in my freezer from a year ago (21.4 pounds!) – and I have to say with a “little help” I cooked a wonderful dinner. We had turkey, dressing (I’m good at that!), roasted root vegetables (sweet potatoes, parsnips, and brussel sprouts with olive oil, maple syrup, and fresh thyme), and Waldorf salad. Maxine has a gluten sensitivity so I made pumpkin custard.

Maxine and I had some “girl time” shopping, and Bob changed my furnace filter, and fixed my “wobbly” faucet in the kitchen that wasn’t installed correctly.

They’re now on their way to Yuma where they’re going to store their RV, and in a few days are flying to Christchurch, New Zealand to visit Maxine’s children for Christmas. We “hope” to meet up again in February in Puerto Penasco.

I’m a little sad at their departure, but I still have the glow from that “gingerbread feeling.” It was one of the very happiest Thanksgiving holidays I’ve ever celebrated…

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A Message from the Heart…

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Rio Grande – Truth or Consequences, NM

It seems that I’ve always limited myself by what I feel that I SHOULD do, as opposed to what is my “heart’s desire.”

After a summer of travel, I’m home again in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  I’m fortunate.  I have a very comfortable town-home, that I’m actually going to pay off the mortgage next Monday after taking out the lump sum from my Indiana Teacher Retirement.  (I’m still vested in the retirement system, and will get a “smallish” pension once I turn sixty-five.  However, for now I’m comfortable with my New Mexico Teacher Retirement and early Social Security.)

I’m not rich, but I’m not poor – I planned well…

However, I digress…

I think if I had a “significant other” to share the joys of the upcoming holidays with, I would be totally content.  However, being alone and single somewhat “pales in comparison” to a homespun holiday experience.  I’m divorced (for about 100 years), my parents are gone, my siblings are spread out all over the United States, and even though I have my beloved Cali I yearn for some sort of “holiday connection.”

Am I a “Little Crazy?”

Just in case you didn’t know, I have an anxiety disorder.  My spin is that I was born with a genetic condition that was hard for me to accept.  Actually, I don’t think I’m the least bit crazy and have been through a tremendous amount of SH*T in my life related to “the disorder.”   (although a little different).  Today I met with my psychiatric nurse practitioner for a bi-yearly med check.  We chat, she fills my meds, and she advises me on what I should do.  (Prozac/Xanax)  She says she’s proud of me, that I take “risks”, and live my life richly.  She told me to…

Get Out of Dodge!

I know I’m happiest when I’m traveling.  Sometimes it’s stressful, but in some strange cosmic manner God/Spirit/Universe always takes care of me.  Hokey as it may sound, I firmly believe it.  Sometimes I meet who are caustic and rude.  Other times, I meet kindred souls who I “almost” believe God has sent to me.  I realize that I “need” the caustic and rude people to grow and trust myself.  It’s not always fun.

I’m on a journey – aren’t we all?

 

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