27 April 2008

blah, blah, blah...

For a second day in a row, I’ve done nothing on Goldie. I was so exhausted yesterday & felt no sorrow at not doing any work. Today, however, I have no excuse. I mean, I thought it was going to rain, so I tarped her up. I could have gone in there & done some super-fine-detailed-cleaning, but didn’t. I could have used the wire brush attachment on the drill to clean up the frame, but I haven’t.

There is no excuse, I’m lackadaisical today.

That’s no reflection of my want to finish the trailer, though. It’s hard to put my finger on because I so desperately want to enjoy her. I want to sit in her dinette & work on my computer or scrap or whatever…

I still don’t really have a theme.

26 April 2008

Ahhh, rest

I worked from 5:30am until 11:30pm, with a "break" in the morning from 9:30-12:30. During that time, I worked on Goldie or cleaned my house. Some break!

I got home at about ten of midnight last night. I worked about 57 hours this week & I'm glad it's all done. Fifty-seven hours might not sound all that exhausting, there are almost 3 hours each work day that I do not get paid for. One and three-quarters hours in the morning after my AM route, and one hour after my midday route that are unpaid. There are pro's & con's to every job I guess. I also feel lucky that I can work that many hours in a week to make up for the weeks that school is out. I signed up to work this Saturday. Yippee.

I was woken up several times this morning by my littlest daughter for bathroom trips & food. I was able to drift back to dream land each time, thankfully. I finally did have to get up at 11:45 because the mail came & I had to run out to the bank before it closed. I made it!! Yay!

Today, I didn't even do anything Goldie related. I did scan Craigslist.org for canned-ham Shasta's... so, I did do at least something trailer related. LOL

Maybe tomorrow!

25 April 2008

25 April 2008, 7:00pm

I have exciting (for me) non-Shasta news! My Grammy is coming to visit in October for 11 days. She lives in Georgia with one of my aunts, so I rarely, if ever, get to see her. My Mom & her husband are coming, too! I’ll have a full house for almost two weeks. The reason I'm going have all these visitors is because I’m going on a 5-day scrapbooking Bermuda Cruise! I can’t imagine actually doing any scrapping on a cruise ship, but hey… who’ll notice??

I’m at work right now earning more money… It’s expensive restoring a vintage trailer, flying your family up from Florida (it’s the least I could do for “free” babysitting!), & Cruising all in the same year. It’s 65 hour work weeks for a while.

But, I digress.

It’s very cool being a part of the Sisters on the Fly. I’ve gotten more email from fellow Sisters welcoming me, telling me it’s the best thing I could do for myself, how much fun I’ll have, inquiring about my camper, & offering free advice. It’s so awesome!

It’s already the best decision I’ve made in a LONG time. I’m over the moon!

I’ve learned there’s some sort of Festival in Maine. I’m not sure of the details, but it might not be an exclusive Sister outing. I’m going to have limited funds for outings, so I want to limit my first few excursions to Sister activities. At least till I become a more “experience” Travel Trailer camper.

I just found out one of my co-workers wrote me into his screenplay. HA! That’s pretty cool. My characters name is “Madame Molly Meselle” LOL Madame Meselle. Cute. He wants to shoot parts in my trailer, EVEN COOLER!!! This guy is very funny & creative. I’m just dying to read this screenplay. And yes, I was dying to read it before I was a character.

Oooh, I finished a (not-so) mini album for my mom. She loved it. Here are some pics of that:

Front Cover
The right side page is my favorite page!

Actually, I love all the pages & I think it's some of my best work! It's surprisingly easy to work without pics for me. It's almost freeing, like I don't have to worry about matching backgrounds with pictures, picking super matchy-match things. I really like it.

I hope to get some good work done this weekend on Goldie. We shall see, I'm awfully pooped.

20 April 2008

Angry Gorilla

Today I tore apart that Shasta like an angry Gorilla! It's 90% gutted. Go me! I still itch from the fiberglass. My nose & lungs are filled with splinters and mouse shit. I do have a small section of paneling above the back dinette windows left to remove. But I was so exhausted & my hands could hold no longer.

All that said, it was another gorgeous day today. It hasn't rained in over a week. That's practically unheard of, especially in the Spring.

I'm so excited that I'm almost completely done with the de-construction. I just have to hold on for a few more hours & my dream will start to materialize.

I was offered a 1961 Airflyte (with her wings!) in pretty good condition today, for $2000. It's only the exact Shasta that I want... or a 16-SC. I'm going to ask my dad if he'll buy it for me, however... I'm just doing it to see the look on his face. I know better. But, I'm an eternal optimist.

I also saw another Shasta on Craigslist last night... I emailed them to see if it was still available, and it was. It's a 1962 Airflyte in super poor condition, no wings. There are missing windows and it's rotted & missing parts. The person is asking $2350. I'll eat my shorts if they get anything close to $500 for it. I wish them luck!! I would offer $300, but don't want to offend!

I have to go back to work tomorrow. I'm extremely grateful for my job, but sometimes the negative energy of the place really pulls me in. I wish I weren't such a sponge that way. I'll work on that.

Enjoy the full "wind" moon tonight!

17 April 2008


What a great feeling of accomplishment today! What a wonderful day. The weather was amazing! Today, the weather was the kind that makes you really feel alive.

I felt like I got more accomplished today while working on Goldie (yes, the name is official) than I’ve gotten accomplished all month! I have that great feeling of exhaustion after a job well done.
For the first time in a very long time I feel so good about this refurbish. I feel like I can get it done. It feels like a fun project again.

My father gave me some guidance. I was really struggling with getting the paneling out. I started to use a Dremel with a mini grinding wheel, but that was creating a smoldering situation, and obviously wasn’t safe. I was going to use a circular saw, but even with that, I couldn’t get close enough to the edge to wiggle it out of the channel. Good ol’ Dad suggested that I use a utility knife to cut through it. I never thought I could do it like that, but with a little muscle it worked like a charm! YAY!!

Using that technique, I got a lot of the paneling out today, not all, but a LOT. My older daughter got a ton of disassembly done in the dinette area. That’s almost all complete. I believe that the front will be a lot easier than the back. I don’t know why I think that is so, but let’s just go with it, k?

As far as being able to reuse the metal channels in the roof, it’s so far so good. My older daughter
has also done an awesome job taking up the metal stripping on the floor, it’s all reusable & in very good condition.

I’ve joined Sisters on the Fly. I’m beyond excited. I’ve mailed in my dues & I’m waiting for my 2008 patch, my Sister number, and a login & password so I can join the website discussions. What every woman needs is Sisters & time away from it all!

14 April 2008

Spring Break

Yay! It’s Spring Break. I have all this coming week off. At this time of the day, I would be in my final hour of sleep. But, the great news is, I don’t have to go into work at all this week! Yippee Skippy!

I spent this weekend working in my neglected home. I will spend this coming week working on my Shasta.

If I can complete my demo work & some the framing work done, I’ll be a happy camper. I have received all the paneling for Goldie. Hopefully the 15 sheets that I purchased will be enough. I just feel like if I can complete the framing work, all the rest will be easier on me, because I will start to physically see the work being completed, instead of just seeing more work I create for myself. Basically, I can’t wait to clean up the mess I’ve made!

I still have to grab some solid insulation. I also want to another couple of boxes of the Newport checked tile because I’m so paranoid that they won’t be around when I want to restore my pre-’65 “when I find it". Someone who works at Home Depot told me that they’re discontinuing the tiles I’ve already purchased for Goldie. So, if I want to do the next trailer in these tiles also, I’ll need to stock up now.

I need some primer for the flooring, as recommended by the tile manufacturer. I guess if you don’t primer the floor, there’s a possibility that the sub floor could, over time, absorb all the adhesive thus rendering the tiles free agents.

Shellac was used originally on the birch in the earlier Shasta’s, but I want a more “blonde” look that was original to my Shasta year, so some experimentation is in my future with regards to finish. I’m sure I’ll have some scrap pieces that will be suitable for that purpose. Hopefully, at $32/sheet, not too much “scrap” will be left.

I’ve purchased some leather work gloves, so I really hope to blaze through the demo tomorrow. If I could only get to sleep… my mind is going in a hundred different directions because I haven’t written in a while & I haven’t been out in my trailer in two weeks!!

I bought a couple of mouse traps... and they're not the havahart kind. My older daughter is barely speaking to me & thinks I'm a vicious killer. She's gonna have to live with it!

The weather appears to be willing to cooperate this week, as it looks to be mid 50’s today & tomorrow, then mid-to-high-60’s throughout the week. And lots of sun!! The sun’s got a way of making one feel alive & enthusiastic!! That’s got me feeling great. I hope it holds out!

‘Till next time!

06 April 2008

And so it goes

Another weekend has come & gone. This time, however, I did no physiscal work. I was lucky enough to get in touch with a very friendly guy named Gary, the owner of CT River Kitchens. He has located some ¹/8" Birch Plywood for me. It was a little pricier than other paneling I was looking at, but it's real wood, not fiberboard.

In my own defense, I worked a lot this week, including a full day on Saturday. Of course I don't get good sleep during the week, so today (Sunday) I slept. I slept & slept & slept & slept. Now I've got a headache from sleeping too much, I presume.

The absolutely great news is next week, the 12th through the 20th is vacation for me. I don't believe I have to work at all. I'm going to double check this tomorrow, but I believe I have the whole week off.

There was something that happened last night, though. It really conflicted me... I was looking on Craigslist for Shasta's. I still do this because I really want a pre-'65 Shasta canned ham. I found a 1963 ShastaCompact with wings. I emailed the seller & thankfully it was already gone. I didn't have to make any decisions. I certainly could not bring home another trailer.

It really made me think. It made me think about the what-if's. What if I found a canned ham that I could afford to purchase this year? If that were the case, would I still want to use the $500 paneling that I bought or would I want to use the $300 paneling I could easily get at Home Depot or Lowe's? Would I want to spend the money on a nice paint job or just do it myself with my sign making One Shot enamels? Do I want to buy the high density memory foam or just the regular stuff from JoAnn's? What about the upholstery & curtain fabrics?

I mean, I'm really starting to love this ugly little trailer. BUT, it's ugly. It's not a cute canned ham. It's pointy, not round. It would be very easy for me to save the paneling & flooring for the Shasta that I really wanted... I just don't know.

Even though I didn't do any physical work on the Shasta, I did make some wonderful homemade soup. It's a very basic soup & super easy. Here's what I do:

Make a broth, using your preferred method. Or, you could pay the exorbitant prices at the grocery store for some College Inn Broth. My simple broth making is just boiling the "bag of goodies" inside a store bought chicken, plus the carcass after it's been cooked & "plucked" as we like to call it. I also trim the fat, tendons, bones, etc from the chicken breasts & thighs I buy at the store & save those bits in a plastic baggie in the freezer until I'm ready to make the broth. If you have freshly cut your vegetables to use in the soup, you can also use the ends of the carrots, the onion peels, etc. in your broth.

I put all that stuff in a large pot, fill it with water & boil until it's done. If there's a lot of "stuff", you can even boil it more than once to make more than one batch of broth. I don't salt the broth until I add my ingredients. Strain. Skim if needed. You now have broth. Easy, right?

I store the broth in the freezer in the plastic jumbo yogurt containers, and use as needed.

My soup is simple. I use varying amounts of ingredients, depending on how many I need to feed or how long I want the soup to last. To the broth I add carrots, red potatoes, celery, onions, chicken breast, and I salt & pepper to taste. I boil all the ingredients, adding the cooked chicken at the very end so it doesn't get rubbery or dry. It's a very satisfying soup that I use as a main course. We especially love to make home made bread or biscuits to eat with this.

This also works on a small scale in a cast iron dutch oven whilst camping. Can't wait to make it that way again.

05 April 2008

If you can't be with the one you love...

This is an example of what I really wanted:

This is Mike's 1960 Airflyte. He got this from eBay & has worked hard on it. He belongs to the same Yahoo! Group that I belong to. Mike is from gorgeous BC, north of the border. Beautiful trailer!

I've thought of a contender for the name of my Shasta. It's sorta gender nuetral, which is good I think. I was thinking about "Goldie, the Golden Oldie". I would paint the upper portion an antique white, I'd paint the lower contrast stripe & very bottom a metallic flecked gold & have someone stripe in some awesome pinstriping. It's really growing on me! What do you think?