Thursday, October 14, 2021

Updating A Motorhome

 From Outdated to Cozy and Cool.

In two days we are leaving on a 4-6 week excursion from our home in Anacortes, Washington, to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee. Our plan is to traverse the northern part of our beautiful country as weather permits. Our stops include Spokane, Washington, Livingston, Montana, Sheridan Wyoming and Rapid City, South Dakota. Then we will drive south to visit family in Topeka, Kansas before a big push to St. Louis. We plan to stall out in St. Louis for at least a week while we visit dear friends. As you probably know, we lived in Chesterfield, Missouri for 17 years and raised our only child there. I LOVE the Midwest, and I am super excited to hit the road.

Because we are going to be living in the RV for such an extended period, I thought you might enjoy seeing all the updates we've accomplished. This group of snapshots will help you see where were headquartered as we post travel photos and travel tales.

We have affectionately referred to the motorhome as Cozy Lodge since beginning the remodel. We value the lodge theme we've created. It reminds us of our honeymoon 40 years ago in Kenya. The coach is 30 feet overall, just enough room for the two of us plus Dallas. My favorite thing to say about Cozy Lodge is this~ It wines 6, it dines 4, and it sleeps 2. We love visitors but we can't accommodate overnighters.

However, Cozy Lodge doubles as guest quarters when we're at home. We have a small cottage and only 1.5 bathrooms, so Cozy Lodge is a perfect guest house.

Have a look inside~

This is my kitchen. I love it. I prepare many, many meals here because we don't eat out very much when we are taking these trips. Except for the lack of garbage disposal, our tiny kitchen functions exceedingly well. I laugh hwhen I think about how Cozy Lodge got a big kitchen upgrade before we redid our house kitchen!

Although we have a propane stove, we more often use a toaster oven, air fryer, or our Instant Pot.

These pictures show our dinette. We removed one-half of the seating to achieve a more open concept in our lodge. Instead of having booth-style seating on both sides, I bought some vintage folding chairs that we can use when we have guests. I painted them and had them upholstered to match. I also craft here.

Look at all the signs I have painted while traveling in the RV! I try to use our downtime constructively and productively by making Christmas and/or hostess gifts. So I stow a few large bins of crafting supplies in our tow vehicle, along with my sewing machine and sometimes my Cricut. I also spend a lot of time reading or knitting at night and if we have internet, I have been known to stream an English crime drama or two.

I enjoy collecting coffee sleeves and other memorabilia from each new coffee house we visit. Here they are on display.

We have very comfortable bedding on our queen size bed and we sleep really well. We have installed a new forced air heater and a new air conditioner so we are ready for any climate.

The bathroom has rustic touches that add to the lodge feel. We also have a nice shower.

And finally, here is the seating in the living area~

This is the only original chair that we opted not to reupholster because it's neutral and it is in great shape.

However, we removed the sleeper sofa altogether. The upholstery was so, so outdated. And as I mentioned anyway, we only need the RV to sleep two. 

The driver and passenger seats need to be redone, and actually we may go to Tucson at the end of our trip and have the work done there. I have picked out some faux-ostrich (simulated leather) in a dark brown color, and if we do get the work done I will post photos.

If you would like to follow our journey, please sign up on the home page. You are also invited to follow us on Instagram too. Now I need to get back to loading Cozy Lodge.

Just for fun, I'm leaving with you a few snapshots of the work in progress~ Larry, my hero, has done absolutely all the work on the remodel. Larry will tackle anything; plumbing, wiring, trim, you name it.

I want to say thank you again for reading along, and for allowing me to share our life adventures!

Until next time~


Sunday, October 10, 2021

5 Ideas For Using White In Fall Decor

 Beyond Pumpkin and Orange.

Hey friends! Are you tired of traditional fall colors? Do you feel like deep shades of green and pumpkin are just not right for your autumn home decor? Today I thought it would be fun to consider using neutrals and naturals around your fall house, with an emphasis on white. 

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

How To Make A Dried Hydrangea Centerpiece~ Part 2

 A Centerpiece For A Friend.

Hello again! In my most recent post, I promised to write a supplement explaining the basic mechanics of crafting a dried flower arrangement, so today we are going to discuss what supplies you need and what you need to do.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

How To Make A Dried Hydrangea Centerpiece~ Part 1

 Dried Flowers In Fall Decor.

Fall is upon us. Whether you live in Southern California, where it's always hot, it seems to me anyway, or in a state that is truly 4 seasons, the calendar tells us it's time to pull out autumn decor. 

Monday, August 2, 2021

Tips For Planning A Great Day Trip

No Particular Place To Go.

In 1964, the recording artist, Chuck Berry, released a single entitled, "No Particular Place To Go".  For those of you unfamiliar with 60's music, this is an uptempo melody with lyrics describing a young Chuck Berry on a seemingly random drive-about with his date, with no real destination in mind. The date goes humorously awry when he decides to stop and he can't get his seatbelt unfastened.

I often think of this song when I'm longing for a get out and go~ a day trip with no restrictions (except for seatbelts).

Although the notion of roaming around with no particular stops in mind sounds fun, that kind of drive rarely meets my expectations. In all actuality, most successful excursions require a modicum of preplanning. And just as an aside, most men do not do at all well with purposeless ambling, so keep that in mind too.

Today I'm sharing some pictures of a recent outing I planned for my good friend's birthday, and a few tips for crafting a successful day-journey.

  1. Consider having a theme for your outing. My friend loves farming, flowers and local food. These categories helped me figure out our stops. I spent a lot of time on the internet researching farms and farm stands, flower carts and handcrafted food venues. I checked days and hours carefully.
  2. Every good drive trip starts with great coffee. But first coffee~ that's our motto.
  3. Take a picture at every stop. Good memories need to be preserved.
  4. Figure out in advance where you plan to have a meal, and try not to arrive during the busiest time.
  5. Carry cash. Not all vendors accept card payments.
  6. Make sure you have a full tank of gas before embarking. (Imperative if you're companion is male). Nothing ruins a fun time more than the worry of running out of gas. Or in my case it would be Larry searching for the best gas prices.

We really had a delightful time. This is mostly because the two of us are so companionable, but it really did help that I had a sort of blueprint for the day. 

We traveled north to south through our picturesque county, Skagit, which is considered to be an agricultural corridor within Washington State. Skagit has a very diverse terrain indeed. We have saltwater shores, fertile farmland, numerous sloughs that rise and fall with the tides, and dense forests. In addition, there is so much great local food to be experienced. And as if these things aren't enough to lure visitors, our eastern county boundary stops just shy of North Cascades National Park. Wow! 

I hope I've inspired you to plan an outing. From time to time we all need that breath of fresh air that only a little time away from life's responsibilities can provide. 

Where will you go?



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