Pursue !!

From my site toward the CARE CenterSomeone you know has moved to Livingston, Texas to pursue a new lifestyle. On August 14, 2013 I wrote “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”  Perhaps it is too soon to make an accurate evaluation BUT life seems quite pleasant right now. The odor of extremely carcinogenic moth balls in the adjoining front and back yard forced me to tackle downsizing, packing and this move. I was so sick with headaches and nausea!! I was so-o-o-o sick and nobody seemed to care!!!! While “downsizing,” and depressed, and extremely tired, I prayed that I would find the CARE Center lived up to its name. Without exaggeration, these people “care”!!

Menu

All you can eat pancakes

Chalkboard Menu

Coffee cup

Serving counter

Lasagna

Lunch tray with lasagna

Cold drink

Menu chalk board

Frito pie

Nobody goes hungry around here!! This morning all-you-can-eat pancakes; lasagna, cooked vegetable , salad and dessert for lunch (I didn’t take dessert). Personally, I wish there were more veggies and salads but I’m told there’s a certain routine “they” must follow–so lots of meat. For supper: “Frito Pie” is on the menu. ~~ There are several salaried “cooks” that supervise and/or prepare the meals. “Volunteers” do much of the preparation, serving, clean-up and wash dishes. There are outdoor tasks for the husbands in the “husband and wife” volunteers (and most rigs arrive with a couple). Right now there is the unusual situation where eight single women are volunteering during October.Question mark

(Dear Reader: I’m having fun using rhyming words for the title of blogs. Did you notice?? What else rhymes with whew, phew, askew and menu??)

Phew !!

I took a very long walk because a very beautiful afternoon. I saw an interesting variety of things that are uniquely important to me.

I saw another T@B trailer. It has a bathroom with (in my humble opinion) a major problem. “Phew” (definition 2). I saw a Scamp or Casita–and a Class B mini-motorhome. So I’m not the only small unit in the Resort. (Note: I doubt there will be an odor with my composting toilet but “just in case” I have a vanilla candle in a small crock pot.) ~~ There are places (on the Resort) with dense neglected vegetation. I saw unknown berries and flowers. ~~ I thought you’d appreciate that we have a nice pool. ~~ Back at CARE, I enjoyed a Bluegrass group entertaining the residents. I’m told they are here every week. One volunteer was “dancing” (in place) with one of the residents.

Bad odor

Little Guy T@B

Little Guy T@B

Little Guy T@B

Vanilla candle in crock pot

Scamp or Casita

Class B mini-motorhome

Lots of vegetation

Lots of vegetation

Pretty unknown berries

Pretty unknown flowers

Unknown flowers

We have a nice pool

Bluegrass music

Sam dancing with Frances

Livingston Bluegrass

Whew !!

WhewMy first full day as a volunteer in the Escapee’s CARE Center kitchen. Boy am I tired!! Just a comment; I’m not complaining. There was food preparation, serving, wash dishes, put away dishes, etc. Tomorrow there will be a different set of tasks. There are usually five (to seven) “teams” (of two) and their activities change each day.

You agree that I take a lot of pictures?? Well today I casually threw my faithful old porta-potty in the trash. I didn’t think to photograph its departure. Several weeks ago I took pictures of planters, and blooming plants, leaving my yard for a new home. “Old faithful” had been with me since 2008(?), we traveled over 10,000 miles, but I callously discarded it.

Excuse me, I think I’ll go to bed early.

For your amusement !!

Today is the “Marketplace” at the October Fun Fest. Lots of vendors!! I fell in love with a toilet. Seriously!! Smile!!

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The salesman, the toilet, and LorraineIt is called Nature’s Head and I returned to my computer to do further research regarding this new love. ~~ I’m capable of dumping my old-fashioned porta-potty but this toilet will limit the number of times I need to approach the disagreeable task. If I’m going to “live” in my tiny trailer for an extended period of time, this would be wonderful!!

Two-thirty PM and that very awesome item is in a conspicuous corner of the T@B (discretely covered with an orange-color towel). For years I have given tours of “that cute little trailer.” Now I’ll be giving a tour of “that new style camping toilet.”

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Peat moss

Dampening the peat moss

Before the peat moss

Peat moss in place

Fits perfectFour-thirty PM and my fancy toilet is ready for use. I made a fifteen mile round trip to Lowe’s for peat moss. (Gratefully, I didn’t have to buy a bale!!) That was my first trip away from the Resort and–having a one-track-mind–made no other purchases during the trip. Back “home” I mixed the peat moss with a small amount of water (in the orange pail). Look how perfectly my purchase fits between the bench (left) and cupboards (right). I have it covered with a bright orange-color towel.

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For comparison: Read about the porta-potty I used for many years.