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Mini Reno

Back in 2003 when we purchased Lizzie, our motor home, she came with a TV in the bedroom. I’m sure if I searched through my photo archives I might find an actual photograph of that TV, but since I want to get to bed sometime tonight – here is a picture from the original brochure (that was surprisingly easy to find!) –
We enjoyed that TV for several years, but with the advent of digital TV and the need for a converter (or a new TV) we gradually just stopped using it all together. Eventually, we removed the TV and gained some storage. Ah, new storage space – a treasure indeed in our little 300 sq ft home. Since it was located in my sewing storage corner (and thus belonged to me, right?), I began to slowly but surely fill it up.
And as often is the case (in my world anyway), it soon became quite the collection of stuff. Messy stuff.
Oy. Keeping it tidy was certainly an option (and did happen occasionally), but that big (messy) cavern in the corner really began to bug me and I began to think up ways to cover it, but still have it accessible. A wall hanging, maybe? A curtain? Since it was easiest to just let it be (and avert my eyes if I needed to), it continued ‘as is’ for a good bit.
Meanwhile…..over two years ago I was gifted some original artwork of the cabin done by the talented daughter of one of our project hosts.  Here’s a screenshot excerpt from a blog entry back in January of 2019 –

As much as I loved that painting, there was absolutely nowhere (as in no wall space) to hang it in Lizzie. I tucked it safely away thinking it would have to wait until the ‘next chapter’ of our life when we would perhaps  once again have more walls.
But then…..as I lay in bed one night, eyeing that cavern in the corner, I realized that the opening was not that much bigger than that cabin painting. Maybe, just maybe, we (as in Gary) could figure out some way to incorporate the painting into a panel/door and we could kill two birds with one stone – find a spot for the custom artwork AND disguise a messy storage area.
I can’t tell you it happened overnight (does anything at our age?), but we eventually got a cabinet door  made, Gary stained and sealed it to match the existing cabinets, and after some discussion about types of hinges and which side should it open up, he completed the installation.
I found a simple frame for that lovely cabin painting, and voila! Problem solved!
To say that this girl is one happy camper about this small, but heartwarming, renovation would be quite the understatement!

I sure do love catching a glimpse of The Cabin each night before I turn out the lights!

Aging Gracefully

Many people are surprised when I tell them we are in our seventeenth year of living  (and traveling) in our motorhome. (Trust me, I’m surprised too!) But what really seems to be the biggest surprise is that we are still in the rig that we started out in, our 2003 Beaver Santiam that we affectionately call Lizzie (after my adventurous grandmother!).

Cobourg September 2004

We (Gary) did a lot of research before we bought our home, and we’re very pleased that she has held up so well. We’ve done some renovations (new flooring, removing the sofa and putting in a desk and upgrading to a residential refrigerator back in Oct ’15) and Gary’s been really good about engine maintenance, massive oil changes, etc., etc., etc. She does have a couple of dings and ouchies, but after all, she’s travels many good miles and parked in countless unusual parking spots! But, every now and again, just like in your house, something just plain wears out. Recently we had that happen to the latch on our front door. Did I mention that it’s our only door? It had been sticking for a while, but we were finding that if you stood to the side, held your tongue in just the right way and asked nicely, it would eventually open. So I guess we weren’t drop dead surprised when the day came that it just plain wouldn’t engage with the mechanism and open. Thankfully, the bedroom window is usually not latched (shhhh – don’t tell the riff-raff), so Gary got out the ladder, climbed in through that window (it’s also the egress window so it actually hinges open from the top), and let us in. He then began the deconstruction of the door to try and diagnose the problem.
Oy – so many screws, so many levers!
Sure enough, it needed a whole new handle/latch assembly. And of course, trying to find that for a 17 year old motorhome was no easy task. He eventually found one he thought would work, and got it on order. The trick of course was that while we waited we couldn’t shut the door all the way unless we were inside.  Well, we could close it just fine.  There just was no way to open it.
There may or may not have been a couple of times that the egress window was used during those days…..

I am happy to report that the new latch is in place and once again all is right with the (door) world. Well, except sometimes, since it wasn’t an exact replacement, it doesn’t actually stay closed. But hey, I used to live in a house built in the 1860’s so I can deal with little quirky stuff like that!

She’s a good ol’ girl, our Lizzie is. She’ll be 18 in March, and while I’m not so sure what that equates to in “RV Years”, we think she doing just fine. We try to treat her with respect, and give her lots of praise when we make it safely to each new destination.  And as you can see in the post header, we even upgraded her outside lights to LED!  Lord willing, she’ll see us through several more years of adventures!

Thanks for stopping by,


It’ll be a Quick One

First of all – it’s late.  Well, maybe not so late to some of you folks, but for us travelers who just spent a day and half on the road followed by wild and crazy (and beautiful) chaos at our son’s house (5 kids ages 6-17 will do that), it’s be a long day. So – before I crash all together…

WWW – I had some good guesses on my Where in the World Wednesday location. Lake Superior and Lake Erie were two of them. It was actually was Prince Edward Island. Perhaps if I’d used this picture of Green Gables-
Green Gables-10
or maybe this one that highlighted the red clay the island is famous for
PEI Wednesday-10
it might’ve been easier!
If you ever get the chance to visit PEI – do it! It was a delight on so many levels!

The rest of the trip….
Our RV maintenance stop this morning went well. They checked a couple of items and did some filter maintenance and pronounced us Good-to-go so it was a good start to the day!

We were only a hour or so from the kids, so I just followed along behind the rig (and took a careful moment to snap a picture!)as we traveled through the beautiful Ohio farmland.

With hands carefully washed, we were able to give hugs (while holding our breaths) to the 5 grands that belong to our son Toby and his lovely wife.

You probably can’t tell from this photo but the youngest in the front chose not to climb into the tree because he wanted to show off the toad that was on his hand. Ah, the life of a six year old!
We also hugged the adults. Shhhhhh)

Games were played, a delicious meal was shared and a very short rendition of Romeo and Juliet was performed. Now it is long past the time I should be in bed!

Sleep well, dear friends!! Stay safe – and keep washing those hands!

Changing the direction for the day

When I woke up this morning I had a plan. Enjoy my coffee while putting together an episode of  the “Sisters’ Winter Getaway”, then move to the sewing machine and work on a little table runner I’m trying to finish up. However, my hardworking, oil-changing husband announced that he needed me to empty out the closet so he could access the engine.
Wait. Empty out the closet?
Well, there was nothing to do but get started!
Oy! To say that cleaning/organizing closet was a chore that was well overdue is an understatement.
Can you see the hatch to the engine compartment? That’s where he was headed!
Putting the closet back together was the perfect opportunity to sort through those clothes, check out just what was in those bins, and fill up a bag for the thrift shop!
(I’m still working on the perfect shoe organization, but at least I’m down three pairs!)
One thing I did find (it wasn’t really lost – just forgotten about!) was our travel map.
North Dakota and Delaware (we’ve been to DE, just not in the RV! And we’re still waiting for the bridge to Hawaii) look kinda lonely. Guess we still have some traveling to do!

Thanks for stopping by – and have a great weekend!Steph

Love Language

Valentine’s Day at my house is a little atypical I believe. We don’t buy expensive cards for each other (though we have been known to look at cards, each pick one, show them to each other, react appropriately (ahhhh), and put them back. Sorry Hallmark.), flowers rarely appear, and if an occasional gift of dark chocolate appears, it is usually just because I.NEED.CHOCOLATE.
Instead, Valentine’s love around here is shown by Gary starting the laundry before I’m even out of bed, and then getting started on the Really Big Event of the day –
Changing the oil and filters on Lizzie.
Now that’s Love!
“Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with action and in truth.” I John 3:18