Minus 9 days!

This is the spot where our Casita lives, back left corner, and it’s been vacant for two weeks!  She’s still at the shop waiting for the brake inspection and bearings grease.  Who would have thought that it would be over a two week wait for something as simple as this?
The Casita’s maintenance has not been the main thing stopping our departure.  Our wonderful cat sitting lady has been away  and we have had her two critters for the past 9 days!  CiCi, the shih tzu, and Bertie, a Maine Coon mix, joined our three felines creating a bedlam, stopping all trip preparations!

We are back to three cats and I’m trying to pick up where we left off.  It’s beautiful today, a little cool, a perfect day to wax the truck.  At least it’s on the to-do list!
David has successfully attached two of the three solar panels, thanks to our Casita friends, Todd and Maureen….thanks, guys!   Todd gave us a plastic hinge and suggested we attach them with VHB tape, very high bond, a 3M product.

We did not want to go to the expense of buying another solar panel system.  This one works great….just a pain to store and set up.  The plan is to simplify the set up by eliminating this huge box.

It would be so much easier if we were full-timing!  Although we have been on two trips of a two month duration, this 3 1/2 month sojourn is pushing our limits.   It’s all the responsibilities of the house, dealing with the mail, the yard maintenance and farming out two cats in one direction and the new cat in another place… thank you, sister!
But every little thing that can be remembered will get done.  Our dreams of Alaska will come true.  The trip becomes more real everyday thanks to some great blogging by John,  and the information supplied by our Escape friends, Duke and Beverlee and Marv and Vicki.
The goal is to be on the road next weekend! 
Precious rosebush handed down from mom.


  1. So much to do and so much has to be done at last minute. Love hand me down rose bushes. Be waiting to see if you get off next weekend. Wish I was getting ready too.

    1. Wish you were heading off to some great adventure...but it sounds like things are going great at your home. Lots of creative projects and quality family time!

  2. I am envious...and all will work out!!!.....I wish I was part of the caravan heading to Canada and Alaska with you Guys....You do know that the policy is that you will send all your "Faithful Blog Followers" some Alaskan Salmon...or those Great Crab Legs..take care, enjoy, and Have a Great Memorial weekend...remember our Troops...Horst sends

    1. Things will work one way or another! I'll send you some cyber salmon!!!

      And glad that you mentioned our military. I am proud to be the daughter of a former WWII serviceman. My dad is gone now but I believe that he felt his greatest accomplishment was serving in the military.

  3. Lynn, I wrote a long comment and when I tried to post it, I got a message that I don't own my identity--and the comment disappeared!

    This time I'll just say that I am hoping that your trip will be everything you are dreaming of. And I'm looking forward to reading about it.

  4. That is soooo very frustrating...I know cause it's happened more than once to me!

    I'm enjoying the peace and quiet tonight. Hoping everyone is well at your house.

  5. So excited to follow your Alaskan trip...maybe one day we'll try that! I'll just be excited to cross the Mississippi :O)

  6. Carla, keeping my fingers crossed for you that your dreams become reality soon.

    Glad to have you riding along with us!

    1. I am so excited for you, Lynne. I bet it is crazy hectic for you right now. Just wanted to let you know you are in my thoughts and prayers. :)

  7. Thank you! Prayers are most definitely appreciated!