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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Holidays and Vandwelling

To the rest of the United States, it's Thanksgiving. It's just another Thursday to me. Several places are offering a free turkey dinner.

Many people suffer from depression or emotions on holidays. A couple of years ago I sat down and thought about this.

Quite a few of the secular holidays are based in the Christian religion. Valentine's day...actually a day to celebrate St. Valentine. Easter, a religious day along with good Friday and Mardi Gras. In fact, except for Memorial Day, Veteran's Day, and  Independence Day, I think all the holidays we celebrate are Christian based. Even Halloween is based on a religious holiday...hallowed eve, the evening before All Saints Day.

I'm not anti Christian, anymore than I'm anti Jewish or anti any religious group. So, since I don't make a big deal about celebrating the Jewish holidays (I'm not Jewish) why should I feel the need to celebrate the Christian ones?

Why do I feel a need to celebrate Christmas any more than the other religious holidays at that time of year. That makes no sense to me.

Once I did some research and looked at the reason these holidays came into existence, I stopped feeling deprived, lonely, or left out. I decided for me that I'd enjoy relaxing and letting others celebrate their holidays any way they wished. I even wish them happy turkey day or Merry Christmas.

I enjoy just having a quiet day to myself while the rest of the world is preoccupied with their holidays and celebrations. Most people don't even notice I'm not celebrating the day.

I'll enjoy a turkey dinner today. Why not. I enjoy the foods traditionally associated with Autumn. I love sweet potatoes any time of the year. Pumpkin is another favorite. I'm not much on cranberry sauce anytime of the year...unless I'm using it to bake into a meat or enjoying a muffin.

The rest of the day will be spent pretty much as normal. A little cleaning, a lot of rest (I'm still recovering from a nasty  coldŷ flu), some reading, watching some videos. And I need to sort out laundry, getting it ready for a laundromat trip. I really hate doing laundry but it has to be done.

Today, as every day, enjoy family, the weather, your fur family, and friends.

Good Coffee To You

See ya down the road
Lou

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Sick While Full-Time In A Van

You wake up fuzzy headed and not feeling good. Every bone aches and you've got a headache. You think about coffee and your stomach goes round and round. You've got a common flu.

A flu in an apt or house isn't fun. It's actually a little easier in a van.

First...find a parking spot you can sit at for a couple of days. Two important features will be a place with a flush toilet and a trash dumpster.

You'll want a good sleeping bag and a nice big fleece or micro fiber blanket. Put the zipper of the sleeping bag in top center...you avoid drafts on your side that way. The big microfiber blanket..will be a good serapé.   I also tent myself in the micro fiber blanket at night, over the sleeping bag, making sure to leave an air tunnel for fresh air.

A small bathroom waste basket or a plastic coffee can with lid will be handy for nausea. A squirt of any cheap dishsoap and water will easily keep it clean.

Get a case of bottled water. It's much easier than gallons or the big Reliance 7 gal water container.

This is when you'll especially appreciate ramen noodles and augason freeze dried foods. And a 12v water heating element. Soup and more soup. Light and often. I am eating half a cup to a cup of soup and waiting a half hour to an hour before eating more.

If you are congested (either head or chest congestion) put lots of dehydrated onions in your soup. For a cough, use either a can of pineapple (Drink the syrup and eat the pineapple) or a teaspoon of raw honey with quarter teaspoon of cinnamon. There is a 2T limit of cinnamon a day. I get real cinnamon bark organic at a local flea market. Using a small grater or the old method of mortar and pestle. You can find the small mortar and pestle in many shops. If you get the Mexican stone style, you'll need to season it by grinding corn in it.

Plain old generic aspirin will easily manage fever and aches. Use as directed. 2-325mg tablets up to 4 times a day for no more than 1 week. Aspirin truly is a miracle drug and often underestimated. The active ingredient in aspirin is found in white willow bark tea.

You will be a bit grouchy and cranky. It's best to avoid human interaction in person and online.

Unless you're unable to keep fluids and some food down, there's no reason to rush to the doctor or emergency room. A flu is a serious illness but as long as you follow good care fur it, It generally resolves in a week to ten days.

A 24 hour bug is not the flu. It's generally mild did poisoning (bad food or dirty utensils, dishes). The two most often causes of this are onions or improperly rinsed dishes. It's much safer to use a spray bottle of vinegar and water to clean dishes than the traditional dish soap method.

Good Coffee To You

See ya down the road
Lou

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Cold Weather...In The Desert Southwest

When you're in southern New Mexico you don't automatically think of cold weather. It was 35 degrees this morning.

I'm originally from Michigan. I've vandweller in sub zero temperatures safely two winters in a row. It's not my favorite thing to do, but I am one of the experts on winter weather Vandwelling while not hooked up to any power sources.

In the morning, move van so that you're either parked facing due east or due South, or any spot in that range. Passive solar heat (the sun) will quickly have the van warm enough to crack windows for comfort.

Dressing for the weather (remember I'm a woman and my experience reflects that)...I love layers. Tank shirt, t shirt, then a sweatshirt or sweater or long sleeved shirt. Flannel shirts rank high on my list. Warm socks, leggings, a skirt over that. Fingerless gloves and stocking hats are definitely part of my wardrope. And I really love those $1 stretch gloves. As the day warms, I peel layers off.

It's now time to open my back door and get my soft boots that smush into a little spot. Warm head, hands, and feet mean I stay warm.

Sheets are nice...in a house or a fancy rv. I prefer a fleece or micro fiber plush blanket...inside my sleeping bag (which I actually zip up in cold weather). A small $3 fleece blanket lightly covers my face to warm the air I breathe.

Yes, I have a buddy heater. I've actually stored it away in my travel trailer that's currently in a safe paid storage lot.

I go to bed early and get up when Sun is up. I'm retired so generally I can choose my own hours. No clocks or watch necessary most days.

Learning how to adjust and adapt to life rather than forcing life and climate to adapt to me.

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Lou


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