Our 2018 RV'ing Adventure

I spent most of yesterday morning finalizing plans for our June RV trip to Utah and Colorado, and thought it might be fun for some of you to see what goes into our detail planning for these type of trips, keeping in mind that our trip will focus heavily on hiking in a variety of state and national parks, so your mileage may vary as they say.

What will make this long distance RV trip a bit different from those we've done previously since retiring is that we'll be accompanied by our longtime and best friends, David and Fran, who both retired earlier this year and are therefore finally available to join us in some of our adventuring. We are all very, very compatible in that we not only get along wonderfully, but also share a love of RV'ing, hiking, backpacking, and spending time in our beautiful wilderness parks. We even have the exact same type of travel trailers: these super light, folding hard- sided trailers manufactured by TrailManor.

We've already had a trial run t…

Monday Musings

This past week was been an interesting mix of both very challenging and very interesting. Kind of like life in general in my experience -  things can go along positively swimmingly for a good long while, and then suddenly, without any warning, throw in all kinds of interesting kinks.

And when it does, I always think of this Kelly Clarkson song, What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger!

This Week's Monday Musings

1)  Our backyard landscaper sort of dumped the responsibility for hiring a structural engineer to come out to our home to draw up plans for our new enlarged balcony into my lap, and my learning curve was steep! With the yard completely demolished, including the old balcony, I had visions of being left adrift in my now-dirt backyard. However, after several sleepless nights, and a whole lot of research, I think I'm on top of things once again, and I expect to have a structural engineer hired before the end of this coming week. The need for engineering plans in order …

What We're Eating This Week 4/11 - 4/17

So, I didn't post our menu last week because we were undergoing backyard renovations, plus had a whole lot of evening activities scheduled, meaning we basically lived on leftovers from the freezer or dined out.

It was all good for our pocketbook, however, with just $40 being spent last week on groceries, and $90 this week, including some stock up items (yeah for salmon being on sale!). So this week I'm back on track after a bit of a slow start, and want to give a special shout out to my husband for being such a good sport about what's put in front of him for dinner.

What We're Eating This Week

Wednesday - Vegetarian chili over a baked potato, the last of the ginormous batch I made and then froze in small batches some months ago (or so I thought . . . ), tossed green salad, garlic toast.

Thursday- Leftovers from last night, meaning leftover leftovers!

I had originally planned to at long last make Black Bean Taco Bowls*, but I got carried away working in the backyard trimm…

Wellness Wednesday - April Edition

Welcome to Wellness Wednesday, where me and a group of other like-minded bloggers share our progress on making 2018 our best year yet!

As a review, here are the goals I set for myself for 2018:

My Ten Wellness Goals For 2018

1.  Reduce processed sugar calories to no more than 100 per day.
2.  Increase water intake to 8 glasses per day.
3. Add in 2x a week of strength training.
4. Add in 2x a week of yoga.
5. Train for one long distance biking event.
6. Train for one backpacking event.
7. Limit gluten-containing items to no more than 100 calories per day.
8. Begin meditating 2x daily, five minutes each time to begin.
9. Initiate internet-free Sundays.
10. Lose ten pounds by signing up for an internet support program.

And here's how things are going:

Update On My Ten Wellness Goals For 2018

1.  Reduce processed sugar calories to no more than 100 per day. In progress. Just as I discussed here in my March update, sugar is an ongoing battle for me, so clearly it's important that I ke…

Monday Musings (On A Tuesday!)

Obviously I'm a bit late with this, but life is a wee bit hectic at the moment, so I'm going with better late than not at all!

Between the current chaos and stress generated by our in-process backyard project, coupled with some very long days training for our upcoming metric century bike ride, a few things in my life are sliding, this blog being one of them. Maintaining balance is a never ending challenge for this gal!

So onward to this week's Monday Musings:

1. After a few weeks of cooler spring days, we struck gold starting on Saturday, when daytime temps rose into the 80's. As a result, we've been outdoors almost nonstop trying to soak as much of it in as possible. And as an added bonus, the spring break crowds have pretty much dispersed, so the beaches are once again quiet. For now at least!

2. Speaking of beaches, yesterday we completed our last training ride for our upcoming metric century bicycling event, riding a total of 60 miles out and back through the …

March In A Sentence A Day

Greetings! Today, and each month going forward, I'm documenting how I spent my month in just one sentence per day.
Turns out that the theme for March was Don't Stop Until You Drop! I don't know quite how it happened, but we ended up packing what felt like a year's worth of fun into March's 31 days. We hiked, we biked, we dined, we partied, we hosted, we rocked out, and we almost passed out from exhaustion on more than one occasion.

It was a heck of a good month!

(And P.S. - Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to see who else is participating, and to visit their blogs for additional Sentence A Day inspiration!)
March In A Sentence A Month

1.  Enjoyed a sunny walk to the beach and back with hubby, 6 miles in all, and the last time we'll likely get outside for a bit in that a big storm is rolling in per our local newscasters.

2. Early morning grocery shopping to stay ahead of the rain, a bit of reading by the fire while watching the rain, then off to volunt…