The travel trailer is put away. It’s back at the storage yard, all winterized and prepped to, hopefully, keep the dreaded mice away. It will be a while before the trailer travels again. Starting with the day we got home from our last trip until we can head out in the spring, it will be five long months.
Now, I don’t want to wish away my life. Nor do I want to spend my time repeatedly reading on Facebook how people in the South don’t have to winterize their trailers. Yea, that’s really great. Instead, I will focus on the good and making good of this time.
One nice thing is I can spend the time visiting my mom. Whenever we do go on a trip, I always worry a bit about her while we are gone even though I have three other siblings in town. I want to be around if she goes through a rough patch and needs help. Even though she is in assisted living, it takes all of us to keep her fortified on all fronts. Since I am here for five months, I don’t have to worry about being gone.
Here are some other benefits to being home:
- I can work on my dollhouse. I enjoy this so much, and it certainly can’t be done in our travel trailer.
- I can work on my other projects. So far, I have redone those wicker chairs for Karen, and I have successfully made an apple pie. Oh my heavens, it was so delicious! I currently have a list of five Christmas projects, and even though I keep getting ideas, I am cutting the list off at five. Now, I’m not saying I will get all five projects done.
- I can organize my home. I love to be organized, but somehow, clutter has started to creep in around the place. Could be all those projects I have going. I recently gathered items to donate – including a couple of how-to books, “Quilt Your Favorite Photos” and “Paint Your Own Floor Cloth.” Yea, that stuff’s not gonna to happen.
- I have a couple of cast iron skillets I inherited from my uncle. I would like to clean them up and find a couple cast iron skillet recipes to try. Please feel free to put any suggestions below in comments. Thanks in advance.
- I would like to try a few more recipes with my Kitchen Aid mixer. So far, I’ve made cookies (several times), pretzel bites, two pies, and garlic sticks. “Big Red” stays home when we travel, so now is the time to take her out and get her motor going.
- I would like to improve my blogging skills. For example, I just don’t get what reusable blocks are, and there may be other features which could add interest and variety. I also think my titles could be improved; although, I do not want to resort to click bait. Well, okay, maybe just one time I’d like to have a little fun with it.
- I can plan our trips. As you likely know, this takes a ton of time. Specifically, we are going to Colorado in June for my son’s wedding. The wedding is near Boulder, and we have decided to take our travel trailer and make a trip of it. So, please feel free to put any suggestions in the comments below. Note: We like full hook-ups; we are well past the point of any desire to “rough it” or to “be one with nature.” Because you know what that entails.
- Of course, there’s everything else to enjoy during this time. Like walking, reading, blogging, enjoying our home, and spending the holidays with our small circle of kids.
- And lastly, I can go to Dollar Tree. Yesterday was a three-Dollar Tree day, and you just don’t get to do that when traveling. At least not with my Dan. Just in case you’re wondering why anyone would go to three Dollar Trees in one day: The first was my local store. The second was a new store. The third was a really big store. Chances are, if you’re a woman, you “get it.” If you’re a man, just wait in the car, please.
That brings me to my final thoughts on this post. With the holidays on the horizon, it’s that time of year to add giving to the list. These days when I check out at Dollar Tree, I’m asked if I’d like to purchase a toy for a child in need. A couple of times, I’ve said yes, but then I felt disappointed when the cashier picked up something which I thought was a bit “junky” and added it to the bin. As much as I love Dollar Tree, I have to say some items are just better than others.
So, what I do now, is pick out my own toy to donate while I am shopping. I give it to the cashier, and inform him or her of my intentions. It works out great, and I feel the child is getting a better gift. So far, I picked out a Sesame Street board book about opposites and a child’s pair of “Batman” socks. Picking out something myself was much more fun and satisfying. I kind of want to go back to Dollar Tree, so I can do it again, even though I just went to three Dollar Trees yesterday.
Life is like that, don’t you think? Whether it’s an amount of time, like 5 months, or an amount of money, like a dollar, it’s all the same finite amount. However, with a little bit of thoughtful effort, the value can be so much more.