Steve and I spent a night at an RV park in Willcox, Arizona, en route to TorC, and then we lived in The Guppy at the Artesian Bath House & Trailer Court in downtown TorC for about two weeks. We weren't sure whether we wanted to rent an apartment this year or not. Last year we both paid a lot of rent and it seemed like it might be a good idea to just stay in my little motorhome and spend our money on gas money to travel around instead of getting tied down with an apartment.
But, after two weeks of close quarters, we were ready to rent a place. We got along great, and we'll definitely use The Guppy for some future travels, but for every day living, we need more space. I like to spread out to to my eBay work and my artwork. Steve likes to have a little space where he can watch a movie, read, or take a nap.
My good friend Gretchen
The apartment is great--two bedrooms, hardwood floors, and tons of old-fashioned character. We have windows and doors that open to a false balcony over Broadway, so we get lots of breeze and can watch the town wake up in the morning and go to sleep at night. I love it!
Sonja is right at home in the new place
I feel really energized here. I've been drawing mandalas like crazy and have gotten the first dozen greeting cards into January's gallery with another dozen almost ready to go. Since getting back to town, I've already joined the local artists' salon and volunteered to help find sponsors for the yearly artists' directory. I've returned to work just a little bit at La Paloma Spa. I have some writing commitments and a couple of business ideas, including making a Truth or Consequences coloring book!
Before I get very settled into my business endeavors here in TorC, I'm heading off to Seattle to visit family and friends for a couple of weeks. Air fares have been a bargain recently, and I couldn't resist the opportunity to go visit my friend Helen who had knee replacement surgery last week, as well as my son Sly. Helen has been working out at the gym for the past couple of years, and she's in such good shape physically that she probably won't really need much help from me in her recovery, but hopefully I can at least drive her to doctor's appointments and physical therapy until she's ready to drive herself. Sly will be busy with a barista job training program most of the time I'm there, but I'm sure we'll get to hang out a few evenings and on weekends. I'll get to see a few other friends while in Seattle, but I'm mostly going to concentrate on Helen, Sly, and my eBay business. Seattle has fabulous thrift stores! And I'll have time while hanging with Helen to iron and photograph scarves and get them listed online. I'll probably write my next blog entry in Seattle.
Andrea, Lynn, Judi and Chris
I can't quit this one until I mention what a great time I had meeting some of the members of my WomenGoSolo RVing group that were all staying out at Elephant Butte State Park, about five miles from TorC. I'm so glad we had the opportunity to get together. Not shown in this picture is my friend Metta, who has been living in her Class A in and around TorC for the past eight months or so and who recently joined the WGS group. Both Metta and Judi are now working as camp hosts at Elephant Butte, so I'll be seeing lots more of them.
And, finally, the real reason I haven't blogged in a while:
"It's not your turn yet. Meow!"