27 April 2008
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
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
25 April 2008
But, I digress.
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:
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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?