For the first time in a while now the sun is shining bold and bright. Big blue skies spotted with white cotton ball clouds had been the norm - except for the last two months. Rain, clouds, and even low lying fog has taken over this normally dry and droughted land.
The wet hasn't been confined to the "outside" either.... It's been over two years since I have sealed this trailer up and even longer since previous owners have painted it. After three leaks and counting, well maybe it is time to fix a few things!
So, I did! I am mostly done - big project and not quite over since the rain and wet are preventing me from some of the steps that need extended drying time...
Unfortunately paint doesn't take out the dings and dents...and please don't write me about bondo - tried that and no thank you!
But it sure does look a lot nicer! A white coat of paint is like a white t-shirt. It looks really good for one day and then, well life has a way of leaving its mark... bugs, dirt, drool from the humidity, and more have found their way onto the pristine surface, but thankfully - you just can't see that level of detail!
It always feels good to get a big job done! The roof still waits for its final coats of sealant - but for now the leaks have been fixed as far as I can tell.
It is amazing to me that living in such a tiny space can still feel overwhelming in terms of what all needs to be done. My hope had been that if I reduced my stuff and space load I would have less taking care of it to do. Somehow, I still feel like it is more than I want. But, not enough that I am willing to sleep outside full time by taking homeless to the next level...
As winter is fast approaching it looks like I'll be moving into a mobile home instead of living in the trailer full time. Issues of heating water pipes so I can take a shower, etc. and below zero temps are driving this decision since I'm living at 6500 feet and did not travel to lower elevations this year.
Of course, best laid plans and all that... But for today, I look a little better on the outside - and I'm a lot drier on the inside - yea!
Okay, it is a good thing it has been raining a lot, New Mexico has been in a drought mode for a long time. But as I sit for the fourth? day in my trailer, praying the leaking isn't has bad as I am afraid it might be, I am ready for a break in this weather!
Of course, it could be worse - I could a sheep or goat or even worse, one of the guard dogs.... they are all wet, dirty, and I will project for them - miserable!
This is Frick, the smallest and most gentle of the three dogs. She's clean compared to most of the time. This is from a few nights ago when I was trying to capture the clouds - can you see how low they are? The other morning I could have sworn I was back in Ireland - with green grass, sheep roaming, and a heavy dew filled fog hanging in the air.
Behind the barn is the mountain range - which is clearly blocked by the clouds resting on the ground!
Freedom and Lilith, as usual, have been much more patient with the smallness our life is experiencing since outside is mostly off limits.
I keep imagining how people with no books, radios, ipads, internet, cell phones, computers, tablets, etc. keep sane. I can barely keep sane with a fairly large range of options... Maybe they don't?
Well, the internet keeps going down and my rear end hurts from sitting.... so see you next time!
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I'm inviting you to join me on my journey as I seek to find a new way of being in an old set of systems. It's hard, but worth it!