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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A typical day as a vandweller

I'm in a town for at least another month or two while I deal with medical/dental issues. So...here's a day in my life.

Parked last night in a quiet cul-de-sac. It's legal here to sleep in your vehicles.

Woke up to a nice sunny morning. Of course Mona has to potty immediately...Then where's her breakfast. Dog Pottied, Fed, fresh water and then she's off for her morning nap.

I put the backpacking Coleman stove out beside the van, heated water, made coffee, washed the few dishes.

The stainless steel cup was easily cleaned, a wet paper towel and a tablespoon of baking soda. Swipe, wipe, and hang it on its hook.

My two small phone solar chargers are busy charging auxiliary phone battery chargers. They are both propped up inside the van on/near the steering wheel so no looking like a homeless person.

I'm enjoying my morning coffee in a glass mug instead of the travel cup. Breakfast will be muesli cakes with peanut butter and jam.

Hair is brushed and in a pony tail.

The passenger side faces a canal and a cemetery so I'm able to open side barn doors for fresh air and a breeze.

Two vehicles have used the cul-de-sac to turn around, I smile and lightly wave

One blog published, another about to be, and then just a product review or two and it's relaxation time.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Just Musing On A Cloudy Windy Day

i have to laugh. I'm not that unusual or unique.

There are quite a few of us who grew up during the sixties and the seventies. We were very much influenced by the rebellion & protests of the sixties. We watched the fight for civil rights unfold before our very eyes.

We loved words like antidisestablishmentarism.

We watched the moon landing on TV. We saw people changing the world, Martin Luther King, Bobby Kennedy, The American Indian Movement.

We smoked cigarettes in the bathroom at school. Most of us went on, got jobs, became the establishment.

Let us hear one of our songs from the seventies and all the memories come flooding back. It was a time of hope & change, George Carlin and Cheech & Chong. It was a good time to grow up.

Now, I feel as if I've gone full circle. I'm an environmentally conscious person living and traveling in my van. My youthful dreams are now my reality.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Let's Talk Vandwelling

When you say vandwelling, most people get really crazy ideas about your lifestyle.

I have MS. Living in a van makes me self sufficient and I'm able to do everything I need to do to take care of myself.

I generally travel at the pace of an arthritic turtle. Rarely do I do long trips. I meander here and there. Sometimes I'll actually visit what most consider a tourist attraction.

Usually I prefer to boondock on public lands such as national forest or BLM land. I've stayed in New Mexico state parks, both with and without hookups.

I have an older Chevy Mark III conversion van. A conversion van has a rear seat that makes into a bed..a camper van has a stove, sink, and a bed. Cargo vans are usually empty inside and have no insulation.

I use an Ozark Trails two burner propane stove for cooking. I also own a Coleman dual fuel 2 burner stove. That uses either Coleman fuel or unleaded gasoline.

Yes, I have a potty in the van. I can recommend a lugable loo toilet.

I have pretty much the same things you'd have in a tiny studio apartment.

Having an apt quickly wore me out. It was too much keeping up with cleaning. Smaller space means better organization and less cleaning.

My Chihuahua Mona also prefers a van to an apt. She can see all around her, enjoys traveling, and right now she's gone back to the bedroom to take a nap.

The lower stress life makes it easier to manage my MS resulting in lower medical costs. Yes I have Medicare but that doesn't mean I need to spend lots of times at the doctor or hospital. Actually the Dr at the last emergency room visit was pleased to know that I planned to go out to my van and go to bed. He released me rather than keep me in the ER for observation. We simply informed security I'd be spending the night in my van. Security walked me out and helped me in the door. I locked the van and went to bed.

I'm the girl who when I leave the spot I was parked in is absolutely clear.

I have a blog devoted to teaching those new to the van life how to be respectful responsible travelers.

I absolutely respect other's property rights. I own land myself. Yes, I'm low income. I get a minimum social security disability check. My vehicle is always legal, plated, registered, insured. I pay pretty much all my bills online or through automatic deduction.

So the next time you see someone sleeping in their vehicle, not all of us are homeless, drink, or do drugs. I rarely drink and don't even like taking aspirin.

I love watching videos, reading books (both paperback and on my kindle). I make and sell jewelry. I enjoy watching nature.

I'm not homeless, I'm houseless by choice.