Monday, March 27, 2017

When You Look More Deeply....

Hello Luvs,

Thought I would throw some poetry at ya! I hope you enjoy.



When You Look More Deeply......
                                         

When you look you see three

Separate yet knowing

Keeping you 'Less Likely' to see

The joy, the hurt, and the pain

Taken away from this day

No equal to others before

I know.....there will be more

Thoughts, gains, and then curses

The first being thoughts of what was

Given up while remembering to still focus

Never-mind the gains that dissipate with the new day

Tide gently washed it away

Last comes the curses that are aimed toward the clouds

Why is the SIMPLE request

When you look more deeply you see

It's just this moment of 

Dreams

Admiration

Family

Energy

Wishes

Calamity

All wrapped around two harnesses, two pairs of boots

Crocs, and some missing slip on vans

                                                              ~Kat L. Wilson, 2017

Til next time,

Kat

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

What We Have Learned Recently While Towing the Prius

Hello Luvs,

If you haven't read it lately on the blog I want to say it again. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the fact that the family is riding together. It gives us time to have full conversations, point out different things during our ride which would have been missed previously, and the ability to simply be together. Before doing so I knew that it would change our experience and it has.

I wanted to share how it's been going in regard to towing the Prius. The first few days have gone like clockwork. After the first nights fiasco we learned and adjusted. One thing being that a new tow dolly sticks and needs to loosen. We have been checking the straps after 10 minutes then at gas fill up stops as directed.


Look at this cutie parasol hung at the
Medford Library!
There has been one significant take away I would like to share. In a video I uploaded onto YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt-rqxxOylbvEUMDGYlM2tQ/videos?view_as=publictoday I mention the fact that it has been raining screaming baby cheetahs and I did not exaggerate. It is definitely been taking some getting used to. The one thing it placed a damper on? Hooking up the Prius!

Of course we have yet to pick up rain ponchos. If we had them Josh and I would not have been soaked through while trying to hook it on. Wet....yes, but soaked through...no. What did we learn from the experience?

1- buy ponchos
2- park under shelter (even a gas station overhang would work)
3- if rain is expected load it the night before
4- we DO NOT like doing this while it is raining (so follow 1-3 above!)
5- make sure that the tires are still straight (and not just the straps) if you do load in the rain. Our tires seemed to slip a bit and it messed with the Prius.

What did it do? Well, when we checked just before our destination Josh noticed the wheels being a bit cockeyed. We should have taken the car off and redid it, but we didn't. Instead we drove another 30-35 miles with it like that. So, when it was backed off of the dolly warning lights lit up. All three had to do with the brake system. The brake was not on, but the wheels were not aligned properly. This would be like us trying to ride a bike with the front wheel slightly turned. We would immediately crash or stop. Since the Prius cannot do that it is up to us to make sure we check for it.

With these lights on both Josh and I thought that we damaged it. It was not a good feeling since we just put money into both vehicles. The steering wheel seemed locked up and was difficult to turn. I was getting ready to leave and grocery shop but of course I didn't. I had Josh come out and look at it. While he was there I decided to drive the car for a little bit around the parking lot. While doing this the steering wheel eased, the lights went off, and it started to drive like normal (well as much as it has been since we took it into Toyota-later blog!). We think that maybe the computer system was confused?

Is it fixed? Not sure, but right not it seems to be good. It was a lesson that taught us not to repeat anything close to it. Not sure what we did wrong if anything. We just know that water is such a powerful thing...even when sitting on top of a tow dolly.

Til next time,

Kat


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Disconnected.....

Hello Luvs,
A mosaic art piece from outside the
Salem Public Library

Different things I have experienced recently during our travels have made me feel this way. The longing to shake a few people and ask them what pushed that stick of hatred right up their bottoms. The need to pull your child or handbag close and stare me down as if I did more than simply walk by. Have I been in a true state of denial and it has always....ALWAYS been this way. Many would say yes, and others will read my words and ponder the idiocy of their race. These words may not resonate, but they will HOPEFULLY alleviate some of my heartache. Let's see where this troubled heart leads us... shall we?



Disconnected

What is it you are thinking 
Trampling on another's dream
Of a time when we are more
Than the color of skin we bare
What is there left to do
Treasure the times when you just being you
Placed that mask upon your face
When you...in your heart....hate my race
What shaped the person you are
Where you wear that heart of scars
Refusing to let it heal
Giving into another's will
Of the simple yet complicated beliefs
We are not smart
Carry anger in our hearts
Will try to rob you blind
Then leave cockroaches in your mind
Turn your neighborhood bad
Lower house prices you had
Lesson most of your will
To recognize just how we feel
The looks
The stares
The words under angered breath
The gasps
The jumps
The roundabout way you judge
The hurt
The pain
Of what these thoughts gain
What is it you are thinking
I am more than what I seem
I share many aspirations
Like your daughters and sons
Yet my words seems disconnected
From the harm of the people YOU'VE affected....
                            
                        ~Kat L. Wilson, 2017

Til next time,

Kat

Friday, March 17, 2017

Where Is YOUR Warrior Level Strength?

Hello Luvs,

AHHHH the world without wifi! Now that I have access I am doing a lot of listing on etsy (https://www.etsy.com/shop/ParasolWillTravel?ref=hdr_shop_menu) and ebay (http://www.ebay.com/usr/haveparasolwilltravel). Those are the two spots to go to in order to find out what goodies/bags/wallets/travel accessories I've come across on our travels. Got a moment? Pop on and take a peek!
Whiting & Davis goodie being added!

One thing I have been stewing on a lot is the proposed budget. Haven't really written any political posts lately, but hearing about what is being offered up as a budget versus what it really is (an attempt to rid of of anything good and instead program us like robots-taking the presidents and his minions word as gospel). Just thinking of it makes the back of my eyes have piercing throbs just thinking about it.

As an artist/musician/writer I know not only what access to the arts in school and the ability to turn on public radio listening (and getting lost) to classical music have affected the person I am today. The idea of turning on the radio and hearing either silence or programming that is different (administration approved) scares me. This family sits together and listens to the short stories broadcasted during the evening. Some are heartbreaking while others make us laugh out loud. What they ALL represent are ways for us to connect with others realizing that there is a commonality hidden within. There are people who've found success when their circumstance they were born into threatened to have them going down the same darkened road. They found their hope and refuge in the Arts. To realize that many may not have that option should madden even the most mild tempered individuals.

Add on top of that the fact that the want to close access to many...MANY (if not all- until they carve a trump one out of orange rock native to New Mexico) of our National Monuments and change or start to mine National Parks (remember the fear I mentioned in a previous blog?). We use them to bring our classroom outside and enjoy the natural beauty this country has to offer. As it is, the cost can be high at some places unless you have a National Park Pass which we do. It doesn't just affect vacationers, but it also affects schools who take field trips and students who are studying our affect on the wildlife's habitat. We knew it was coming because he said he would. Anyone who thought, "How or why would he do that?" should take a step back and REALLY listen to what he said/says.
Pop onto Nuime to find out what I
thought of this Trader Joe's salad.
https://niume.com/post/284729

One more thing that people who voted for him and supported his lunacy will realize is that even though he said that he would not get rid of YOUR/OUR healthcare (instead replace it with something better) will see that YES...HE LIED AGAIN! The whole insurance credit will do nothing to lesson the cost of what you pay out of pocket. It will go fast and leave you will bills that don't just go away with a wish.....no matter how many you say out loud! Those who were only able to AFFORD insurance through the ACA will no longer be able to do so. They have added the removal of treatment for substance abuse funding. What do you think will happen when this goes away? The people who have substance abuse problems will turn to dangerous ways of getting the money for their fix. It just might include mugging someone's sister, wife, husband, daughter, father, husband, cousin, child, and the list goes on. Oh, and there has been a reduction of abortions on record because of access to birth control. What happens then? Back alley or bathroom abortions were the way before...going back to that is not an option. You might think that it won't happen...no way on earth...well.... 

To think of medical care as a privilege versus a right suggests  me that the person saying it CHOSE the family they were born into. They sent their wishes (even BEFORE conception) down and said....only a family with money, acceptable race, no mental issues, and educationally (insisting on what they should do instead of them choosing) focused were an acceptable family unit. Well, folks.....it doesn't work that way. Some are born into a family where there is an endless circle of substance/physical abuse, parents received a middle school education, live where the racism threatens to kill them on a daily basis, and hence their life dealt them a bum hand. Whether they like it or not. Some break the cycle but we have to be honest and say that many don't. We could set up a chart for these folks and show them what they are ok with against early death that would have been prevented with preventative check-ups. The truth us that they were LUCKY in one way or another. They might have worked hard for it...but many work hard yet it seems as if they are trying to ride an escalator that is going the opposite direction.
Another day...another lovely
LIBRARY!

Man could I go on, but I won't. Hopefully I got most of my points across. It was not me simply rambling on. I know people whose lives will change for the worse if these things (and many other items on the chopping block) lose funding. I cry tears of frustration, disbelief, anger, and sadness. This country will betray us unless we speak out. Will you ride the wave of denial then gasp in surprise THEN stand up when something YOU LOVE is going to be attacked. Or, will you be part of this village of Humanity and have empathy, compassion, and warrior level strength for those who cannot do it themselves?

Til next time,

Kat




Tuesday, March 14, 2017

How Did Our First Few Hours with the Tow Dolly Go?

Hello Luvs,

Picked up the tow dolly and set sail on land in Eartha all together for the first time! So, how did it go? Watch the video and find out.
My happy silly face!


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Til next time,

Kat

Monday, March 13, 2017

When Looking Around Reminds You of Days LONG Gone...

My view from the Easy Bay....


Hello Luvs,

From me to you on this Moody Monday!



Living Within

When simply breathing is not enough
To stamp out this feeling of mistrust
Did that person sense to be
Reflected in the water just below me
Flash back to the day
When the wishes I made could be formed in clay
Whispered in a hush out in front of me
Beginning to realize that TRULY broke me
Broke the person simply guided by thoughts
Of rainbow and unicorns just round that corner
Humbled once again at how big it is
This place which taught me just how I could live
Expressing my dreams and longing each day
For the spirit buried way down inside...hidden away
Shaded by pretense then heartbreaking ambition
Of the person I knew I had living within

                                                                        ~Kat L. Wilson, 2017

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Was The Bay Area All That We Remembered?

Hello Luvs,

This week has been a whirlwind of the wildest kind. As we get a few things done to Eartha we have definitely made the most of the time. Unfortunately, I have not had the chance to visit with my two friends I mentioned in an earlier post. With our lives being full of things to do in such little time (definitely DO NOT miss the commutes-not that I didn't mostly take Muni, Bart, or walk). 
Dreamy architecture!

Yesterday was a day that passed with the speed of lightning. We knew all the areas we wanted to visit. There were our previous rentals and haunts, and then there were the food places. Because of the excitement we felt none of us realized that we did not eat breakfast. I did pack a bag with bars, fruit, nuts, sparking waters, etc.  that we nibbled on to tide us over til lunch.  

Photo slideshow- https://goo.gl/photos/mkHMx6rbVsN6Jzcu8

We grabbed lunch at Taqueria Cancun (https://foursquare.com/v/taqueria-cancun/49e4f160f964a52074631fe3) in the Mission. The burritos were great, however we still agree that Gordos (http://gordotaqueria.co/) in the East Bay has become our favorite.  Both are tasty and you really can't go wrong with either.

After grabbing our burritos we walked around the Mission with Gold and Pippie. Eating while strolling brings the best of all things together. You get to people watch while making your tum happy. Jalen and I popped in to the Community Thrift Store (http://www.communitythriftsf.org/) which is a non-profit. The outside of the building is as colorful as they come. Once inside one of the first things I noticed was the floor. The sound of my boots clacking and echoing was wild. Then you notice the exposed beams above your head. I had a conversation with the gentleman who rung us up (bought two shirts for Jalen and an 'M' patch/sticker for Myles) and he thinks that there's a possibility that it was a carriage house. In any case it is a wonder to behold. 
Have to stay hydrated.

While I was being rung up Josh and the kids came across an alley full of murals and graffiti. I was blown away but the talent of the artist and the detail they added lovingly to each piece. I could literally feel what many where trying to convey. There was definitely a political theme to it, and I applaud them for being brave and unapologetic for using their medium to affect people. Below is a link to the video I filmed while walking down. I might be just a bit giddy and/or ramble on. You can mute me if you feel so inclined. That way you can digest the images without my voice intruding.

Video of S.F.- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAHOpyM5yJw&list=PLlJ0faiqVE_XGstYiOF7s90vrAMqEmicn

After this we hit up the Mission, Haight St., the Castro, the Panhandle, Golden Gate Park (where my new profile picture was taken by Jalen and where we also took in the bliss of a Keith Haring Piece), the Presidio, Lombard St. (had never visited it before), SOMA, and the Tenderloin. We got out at a few places. Most notably were Haight St. where I sold a few things, the Presidio where we took pics of the Golden Gate Bridge and had fun on the cool structures they have on the grassy area next to the Visitor's Office (video of silliness below). Then South of Market where we grabbed a few Its'- It ice cream sandwiches (locally made!). I managed to get a decent pic of the moon there.
A message to all....


Going back to selling items, I started at Wasteland where I noticed how much it has changed. No longer were they buying much vintage, but it appeared more like a store that you can find anywhere in any city. They used to be distinctive and full of life. The colors and fun showed with not only displays but with the vibrancy of their employees which is no longer there. Don't get me wrong....the employees that I met were quite lovely people. One actually directed me to a place to try my vintage items. It just seemed so washed out and simply fell in line with the masses. It most likely was financial which makes sense. Now...the store that she directed me to was the opposite! She sent me to Decades of Fashion (http://decadesoffashionsf.com/). When you walk in the store you notice just how much it vibrates. Being surrounded by so much vintage goodness was overwhelming. I am pretty sure that the owner (Cicely Hansen-a fashion designer) wondered what was wrong with me. I found it hard to speak. Trying not to look up and get lost inside. While she was cutting me a check I gave in and looked up. There I spied a cape that instantly made my think of a far away magical place where fabulousness is a daily occurrence. It would just be the way you lived. If you are going to check out any store while on Haight St. you NEED to go there! Yes, you will be there for a bit, more than likely buy something, and most of all ALLOW YOUR IMAGINATION to take you back to where you are an Icon, Vamp, Trailblazer, Magician, Explorer, or whatever else your heart desires. Just sayin'.....LET THE MAGIC ROCK YOU!
Cubs, pups, and
Keith Haring!

I know that it has taken a moment to get to whether or not the city has changed. Yes, it has both in good and bad ways. Going through the Tenderloin you notice that crimes and elements that were once part of the landscape have been replaced. There is a Tesla Dealership there now. Young professionals wait in line a half block long to eat at a tiny Japanese restaurant, and many social media outlets now call the city home. There you notice Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook, Uber, and others. There was also a sense of homogenized change throughout the city. The only area where it seemed to not affect as much was the Castro. It still has a halo of goodness around it where you know your special type of passion, flair, fierceness, and sense of uniqueness will not only be accepted but embraced! 
LUV my mixed patterns!

I guess the main thing that changed from before was the fact that many of my friends have moves away. The friends I made there are my forever family that really gets me. No matter what time has passed we love, respect, and appreciate each other simply for ourselves. Who doesn't need that!

Long blog....I know! Hope you enjoyed the share and I appreciate you visiting.

Til next time,

Kat

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Where Did the Past Three Days Go?

Hello Luvs,
Yes, Myles is pretending to stop
the bike with his foot!

Holy Moly! I cannot believe that we've been here going on four days. There has been sooo much that we have accomplished yet still so much left to do. Let me catch you up with what we were up to for the last two days. 

On our second day we settled in at a local library and did some serious schoolin'. They had one large room in which groups could speak freely. Pretty good set-up. If you are wondering which library to visit in the Dublin, CA, area consider this one (http://www.aclibrary.org/dublin).
Come on...

We then found a surreal dog park named Cubby's (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cubbys-Dog-Park/1111560655560172?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE). Pretty sure that it is fairly new. The gates are in excellent condition and the mulch seems solely affected by the past rain. What really blew us away was the surrounding typography. The pictures do not do it justice. The trees that cover the bright green mountains scream movie set. Add a cool bridge to the left and you have an 'What the?' moment. The yellow of the wild flowers along with the perfectly tall reed grass (is that a thing?) and you could easily spend hours lost in thought and contemplation. Is a dog park supposed to be like that? Why not I say!

My did the color of these
speak to me!

Got a text from the Hubster asking if we wanted to go the movies right after. We have been planning to see 'Get Out' and it was playing at a theater about seven minutes away from the park. Since I am a Regal Club member I was able to receive a free small popcorn for my upcoming birthday (versus 1,500 points). We upgraded to a large for $2.00. I grabbed candy, miniature sodas, and pistachio meat from the RV (shhhhhh! don't tell anyone I do that!). Since the movie cost $40 (even for a matinee showing) this helped us avoid sticker shock. The movie? Well, all four of us loved it. Josh is pretty picky and falls asleep during many of the movies we go to, but he did not for this one. It got us with some jump scares (which is easy for the kids but not us brave adults :-)...) We also found ourselves cracking up! The best friend who worked for the TSA was a CraZy. I won't tell ya what he says that really got us just in case you're planning to see it, which is something that I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

So on to yesterday. We got a little bit of a late start and the first thing on our list was burritos at Gordos Taqueria (http://gordotaqueria.co/) in Berkeley. All four of us ordered them with a spinach tortilla but with different ingredients. The main part of the process that made the burritos out of this world was that they steam the cheese and burrito together before adding the ingredients. This allows each to be filled it to capacity without it ripping because it makes the tortilla stretchy. Being foodies, and ones who love their Mexican, trust me when I say that you MUST visit them when you have the chance. The link above lets you know where their different locations are. One word....YUMMERS! Just sayin'. There are some wonderful places to shop that surround the Taqueria, so take some time to explore before or after.
Some genius wrote GO VEGAN  on this
LIVING cactus....

We then drove down to Albany Bulb. It is an area where there was previously a homeless camp. They decided to revitalize it with seeding and clean up. Not sure where the folks went. That is definitely something I wondered about. When I research it I will share. In the place of this camp are yellow flowers, succulents, and cacti. There is also an insane amount of grafitti art that surround you on the first half of the walk. At the end there is a large garden of metal work statues. The one that greets you resembles what some would call 'Jesus' with his hands to the sky. From the side it looks more feminine to me. Why don't you explore and let me know what you think? If you have been before I would love to know hear your thoughts. Below is a slideshow link which gives you a more complete picture of what we came across. This is another place I highly recommend.
Very small section of the
bookstore.

Day 2 & 3- https://goo.gl/photos/Eyz23rocgR5bC4aMA

One thing that we really wanted to accomplish while in the area was the selling and/or donating of items that we took out of storage. Wait...I didn't tell you about that! When we visited our storage we decided to donate a lot more things and get rid of the items we were holding on to but not planning to use. If you are finding yourself bogged down with items gathering dust. If it's not thought of for a year ya need to let go! Donate or sell them so another person can enjoy their goodness. For us it was freeing and necessary. The thought of storing items for six months ( while in Canada) and not sure if we would use them made no sense. We got rid of tons of things and decided to bring some boxes up with us and see if we could sell them. We had two boxes of books and a container full of comics. We got that down to less than one by selling them (I recommend family run Half Priced Books https://www.hpb.com/037). The rest was donated to a local Dublin charity. We donated some children's clothes, toys, and additional items there also. Now we only have four boxes on the RV that will be stored under our bed once we have our solar done. 
My lovely friend Melissa.

The last two things that made the day memorable were...running into a friend/past co-worked Melissa Stamberger (was Castillo) while selling at Crossroads Trading Co. on College Ave. (https://crossroadstrading.com/location/oakland-college-ave/ ). I walked in, signed up, and turned around to see her lovely face looking through the clothes. I gasped and called her name. It was as if it was yesterday that I last saw her. She is still as beautiful and spunky as ever. Such a joy to run into someone who is a free spirit with a open heart and whip smart memory! Hopefully we will have the chance to spend time together before we leave. Because there have been problems finding a place to dump and fill (details coming in another blog about the difficulties we experienced in the Bay Area) we probably won't today. 

The last thing is the fact that Josh and the kids picked up See's Candies for me! It is in walking distance of Crossroads, and they surprised me with it. Anyone who knows me knows just how much I love that there candy and the memories of joy it brings back! I was a VERY NICE girl and shared!

There ya have it! Two days of rapid fire fun....can't wait to share more!

Til next time,

Kat

Monday, March 6, 2017

What Place Is Our First Stop & Why Did We Choose To Stop Here?

Hello Luvs,

Though we had some nervous energy a couple of days before we departed Nevada when the actual day came we became electrified from our excitement. As we drove to our first quick stop we (I know I did and Josh told me later that he did) felt as if our chests became lighter and the furrowed brows relaxed. 
Believe it or not...this sky became
even MORE beautiful!


Don't get me wrong....there are many things about the area we were staying that we liked. However, just like other cities, the energy can tell you it is time to go...even for a bit. The amount of allergy symptoms all of us were exhibiting were another reason to leave for a spell. Have you ever felt that way? Where the place you are living or visiting seems to be speaking to you. First in hushed tones then with a shout with no middle ground. We felt that way in New Mexico (stayed about four years too long) and North Carolina (we probably should have visited and not lived there). We are trying to be more aware of this when it happens. That is one definite plus about our current lifestyle. We own the RV and it is not anchored. If we feel the need to leave anywhere we CAN go. The only reason for being in Nevada too long was our doctor visits. 


See what I mean!
So, where are we now? We are in the Bay Area not far from San Francisco. Of course this morning one of our first stops is a local library. Not only to do school work, but to check out what books they offer. We are currently in their large study room. You can sit at one of the tables with your group. This allows for being able to talk to each other freely. One thing we could not do was check out books while we are here. Some libraries have an option were you pay either a family or an individual fee that is temporary. This one does not. In fact many do not. I wish more would consider it. I'm sure that many homeschool families that decide to stay in an area for a few weeks would love to be able to check out books while there. 

Now we get closer to the why of this destination. Well, both Josh and I lived in the Bay Area for a time. I believe that for both of us it was a five year period. We actually lived a couple of blocks away from each other at one point. He believes that he went into one of the places I worked and met me. Funny how things happen...we were not set to meet each other then. It transpired when it should. We both have great memories of the area. Not just the food, but the people who live without judgement of others (for the most part). The area is one that will hold a place in our hearts forever.  


I also have a couple of my girlfriends who live in the area. Hopefully we will get a chance to see both of them. I have already laid out plans for meeting up with Vanessa. I am going to pop into the childcare center she directs and play some guitar, sing, and read to the kiddos. Boy have I missed doing that! Then we will flutter around, hug, catch up, and simply be in each other's company. I have been tremendously lucky to have found several friends with whom time never passes. When you see each other it is as if it was just yesterday (and not close to ten years!) one of those friends is Vanessa! Just LUV my Girls! 

There are the above things, but the major one is to have Eartha worked on a bit. There are a few changes we would like to make and the gentleman who works on GMCs  (but Eartha in particular!) is in this area. Can't get any better than that! Seeing some dear friends while getting Eartha in tip top shape.

As I do all of this I will continue to share moments from our times. In the blog I have placed a short video of our first half day here. The Berkeley Area is alive...and the colors convey so.

Til next time,

Kat

Friday, March 3, 2017

What I Have Learned About Myself As A Full-Time RV Traveller

Hello Luvs,

In the past few months we have experienced all types of reactions to our current lifestyle. It ranges from jealousy, confusion, mislabeling, excitement, to flat out what are you thinking. The level of support varies also. Whether it is family, a friend, fellow RV'er, or a total stranger everyone has their opinion. Some are vocal about their feelings/thoughts while others handle in a passive aggressive way. With all of this I have learned more and reinforced my feeling of self worth and what truly makes me happy.

I have always been an adventurer. Even though I started off as a shy child I still dreamed of far away places. Most of it was brought on by the countless books I read while closed up in my room. Places like Africa, Paris, and a tropical island were within reach in my mind. Once I turned eighteen I started to spread my wings and venture farther and farther away from the comfort at home. Or course my family wondered why I went so far away (even though for the longest it was within a days/hours drive). What I longed for was finding out who I was and what I wanted from life.

In my early years I knew that I was different and that walked a different route than others close to me. Oftentimes there was an open expression of "That is just Kathy." I know that it was not meant in a hurtful way. It was just their way of recognizing that I was different. So, I moved around a bit and embraced even more of my musical side.

How does this relate to what i have learned lately? Well, more so than family and close friends I have experienced judgement from total strangers who label both me and my family because was are doing something different than the 'normal' way of living. We tried the house and yard along with public school thing and it was not working out. Trying to force it did nothing but make us unhappy. My health issues worsened and my kiddos were (on a regular basis) expressing their unhappiness. What we did as parents was think of what might suit both them and us. Then it was a question of just doing it.

In the past (before children) both Josh and I would move along to where the wind guided us. Being free to constantly change our surroundings was lost. At least we thought it was. We knew that parents were taking the road warrior route with their families. At the start we believed it to be primarily in skoolies. The more and more we researched we saw that it was folks in all different types of converted buses, vans, RVs, and yes.....skoolies! Because Josh works online primarily we decided to go for it. 

We started with an Airbnb (about four months) to finish the school year. In July we utilized Airbnbs primarily up until October. I learned how adaptable I can truly be. How I will find a constant that makes the family feel at home no matter where we are. Whether it is making sure we go to Trader Joe's for our comfort foods or taking along (though it did make space challenging!) our espresso maker and coffee thermos (makes sure that our coffee NEVER tastes burnt while keeping it warm for a significant amount of time). Settling the kids in as fast as possible was also among the first things on our list when we hit another area. This proved the saying 'Home is Where the Heart Is'. What place we were staying in was not as important as being together.

Of course I have also learned what my boundaries are. When to stand up for my family and/or myself. We had INTERESTING Airbnb stays along with folks who knew we were traveling in an RV and for some unknown reason held it against us. It was no surprise to learn that hosts have been discriminating against people because of their race. We had one woman who said no to me and yes to Josh not knowing that we are married. I didn't know that Josh had reached out to the very same person til he sent me the listing. I told him what the host said and we both became upset and sent a correspondence to her letting her know what she was doing. Did we tell Airbnb? No, and I wish we had. Pretty sure she did the same to others. After so many stays I realize that it does a disservice to both Airbnb and folks who are affected down the road. Ya never know. She might have been pulled. If you believe in a higher power she just might have.

As we prepare to leave tomorrow I know that this is my way of becoming my butterfly hatched and fluttering.

Til next time,

Kat


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Canada....We're Coming Your Way!!!!

Hello Luvs,


First and FREQUENT meal
St-Hubert (Express)!
Happy Thursday....! I can't believe that our trip to Canada is starting in less than two days. The past few months have flown by. Mainly because of all the things that we've had to do. The kids had everything taken care of and then some. For me.... there is some unfinished business. You would think that I could get it all worked out, however insurance makes scheduling and appointments quite spread out in relation to time. Hopefully I will not find myself racing back to the States because of my issues. One being a bulging disc in my back....hummmm no wonder I was having trouble walking! One of my projects over the next month is finding a way to get my blood pressure medicine while there. Long story....insurance!


The nearby hiking (Mestachibo Trail)
 spot- beautiful, difficult, and
rewarding!.
Our Airbnb in Saint- Ferreol
Les Nieges. @le5367 (instagram)
Anyhow, some of the reasons why we are looking forward to our trip so much is the typography we will see on the way up (will spread it out over a month). It will give the kids another chance to see more of the country. I might also get to meet up with one of my girls who lives in the San Francisco Area. Lastly, getting the chance to explore Canada and it's culture will be healing. Healing for my creative side, heart, and trust toward my fellow Human Beings...many who have shown their discourteous sides toward my family and our lifestyle recently. It is something that not only Josh and I have noticed, but Jalen and Myles have mentioned it to us independently. 


The architecture of the homes!
This worlds made up of many types of people. Not only racially and/or culturally, but in ways that made this country so great. When I say that I know that it might (well does) ring false. This country is too complex to define. There is both the best and worst here. The main thing to work toward is being YOUR best.





Check in on youtube (SUBSCRIBE: New videos will be added regularly! 
Chanceux (Lucky) rescued, nursed
back to health, then to a NO KILL
shelter.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isdSG8d7gPw&list=PLlJ0faiqVE_XGstYiOF7s90vrAMqEmicn


Strawberries from 

Île d'Orléans   











Oh, and throughout the blog are flashback pics from our first few days in Canada!











Wild strawberries picked
on our hikes near the Airbnb!
Til next time,


Kat