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It’s OK

Some of you dear friends have expressed concern about one of our dashboard plants.
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That jade plant does look pretty pitiful, doesn’t it? But fear not – it’s OK!
If you’ve been stopping by here for a bit you know that our jade plant has been riding on our dashboard from the very beginning of our adventure.

And in fact, that little sprig was a cutting from a plant I had purchased the first summer we were married, late last century! As we’ve traveled these last 17 years it’s been transplanted and trimmed and pieces of it have been left all around the country.
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In 2016 it was looking pretty robust! =)
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It made it through the early part of the pandemic pretty well –
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But earlier this summer, it began to look a little leggy and it seemed to need a bit extra attention.
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Now a horticulturist I am not, but with a little bit of help from Google, I whacked away at it while it vacationed with us at The Cabin and repotted all of the little sprigs in some lovely yard sale pots. Here they are on the windowsill of the Cabin porch.
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After the reunion the cuttings (in their new fancy pots) went home with their new families to North Carolina, Vermont, and Pennsylvania. Of course, I brought the ‘mother plant’ back with us (with its own little repotted sprig), and I’m happy to report that although it does look a little rough at the moment, I’m very excited to see some lovely new growth!
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There’s even a little bit poking up from one of those sad stubs!
So thank you for your concern about this staple of our RV adventure, but rest assured I am giving it my best plant care* and am confident it will once again reign supreme on the dashboard in the days to come!

Steph

 

 

*Best Plant Care = loving neglect

The Dashboard Dance

dashboardplantOver the years many of you have asked if we really drive with so much ‘stuff’ on our dashboard. And the answer is a very simple “Yes”. It all started with this little jade plant that was a cutting off a plant that I had purchased in 1972, the summer after we were married. By the time we left on this adventure it was over 3 feet tall, and had about a 3″ diameter trunk. It didn’t seem really practical to bring that along, so we settled for those two sweet cuttings.  Over the years as it grew (and we left more cuttings with friends along the way) it was joined by an Aloe Vera plant from the Florida Keys in 2011 and then this sweet little cactus from Arizona in 2016.
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Other items have joined the party (mostly attached to memories or stuff found in Gary’s pockets)and this is how the dashboard looked as we left Columbus last month, heading east to PA.



Ah yes, complete with mask (good to keep one handy, right?) and a couple of crumpled up tissues. (No staging here. This is a true life still life.)
As I began taking my ‘windshield shots’ to document our drive, I noticed that items were beginning to do a little dance.
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Let’s face it – the roads through Akron had those guys really jumping!
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Gary added the candy wrappers and those tissues just kept moving to the road music.
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The mask was the first to topple over the edge as the dance floor became quite crowded.
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The dove had fallen over, attempting to get closer to the memory stones, and the pink flowers were distancing themselves from the potted plants. As we crossed Pennsylvania on I80 and then headed north up I81, I was keeping a close eye on the breakables that were getting precariously close to the edge. Just as we were coming into Montrose, the inevitable happened.
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Can you tell what took that final leap off the dash?
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One of my little Kenyan hippos! All is well, though – no harm, no foul! He was safely reunited to his mate!

The tissues made it just fine (eewwww), and don’t even ask me why we had a mousetrap on the dash. Somethings are beyond my understanding!

Thanks for coming to the dance!

Steph
And yes, I know that little leaning cactus need to be repotted!! Yikes!

 

The Dashboard Garden

After I wrote my post about the curvy drive we had getting to SW Idaho, several folks commented on the ‘stuff’ that rides along with us on our nice flat dashboard.
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So here’s a little ‘splaining about our dash riders.
First, on the left, is Gary’s computer. No, he’s not playing solitaire as he drives. It’s his mapping program, and the theory is that it tells us where to go. (I often have my phone GPS going too since I can’t see his computer screen.  Those two GPS’s don’t always agree, but we usually come to some type of agreement before we get too far down the road.)
Then there’s the aloe vera plant.
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We picked her up when we were down in the Florida Keys (2011). Literally – from the side of the road. I confess, Vera is looking a little peaked in this picture, and I promise she’s doing better already. Over the 5 years she’s traveled with us, I’ve re-potted her several times, and she’s getting close to needing it again. But she’s handy to have around as a mini-first-aid kit!
Then there’s this little fellow –
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We picked him up when we were in Arizona this past winter. I can’t tell if he’s happy or not on the dashboard. But he seems to be doing OK with my expert level of neglect.
Over in the corner we have two collections – the littler stuff (stones, shells, sea glass, driftwood)
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And then the bigger stuff.
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This is mostly rocks and larger shells that don’t fit in the jar. Some we’ve picked up along the way (there’s one from Lake Superior) and some have been given to us. A couple of favorites are the little crochet covered river rock (thanks, Lynne) and the painted one, given to me by a SOWER friend in Maine. (Thanks, Bunny!).
The zip-lock bag has my latest scavenged treasures – shells and sand dollars from Discovery Bay in Washington.
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I haven’t quite figured out what I’ll be doing with them yet, so they are still in the gathering bag. Christmas ornaments, maybe? (Pintrest, here I come!)
So that leaves the one thing that has been on that dashboard from the very first. The Jade plant.
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When we left Jamison, back in August 2004, we left behind a 4 foot high jade plant tree that I had purchased as a little thing the very first year we were married (1971). While we left the tree behind, we brought along this little cutting.
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(photo from Sept. 2004)
See how tiny it is? (And how uncluttered the dashboard is?)
I put this little collage together in 2007 to show how it had grown-
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Over the years, as it gets too big for Gary to see over when he’s driving, I’ve cut it back, re-potted new cuttings and left jade plants with new friends (and unsuspecting family members) all around the country. Toward the end of last summer, both Jade and Vera had outgrown the dashboard (we never want to compromise the driver’s view, right?) and they were relegated to riding in a milk carton in the shower. I did the most recent re-potting in South Dakota (October 2015) and left the bigger part of both plants with new friends there. By the time we left, our traveling plants had one again found their spots on the dash!
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When we’re parked for a bit I usually pull out a couple of pictures of my favorite things – one of the family and one of the cabin. –

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And like any flat space (in our house anyway), it also collects change, screws, wire nuts, and the occasional out-going mail item! It’s a wonderful clutter catcher!

But when everything is tucked away for the next adventure,  I confess there is always something comforting when I see those little leaves making themselves known as I photograph the road ahead!
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Thanks for stopping by – and have a great weekend!
Steph