A Moment of “Oh No” Turned Around

I decided to start taking horseback riding lessons.  Last Saturday the girls had a make up lesson so I was able to get back into the saddle after 9 months of not riding.  I had forgotten some of the saddling details, but felt more comfortable in the saddle than I had previously.

Monday was a regular lesson day for the girls and because hubby happened to be home that day, I was able to ride with them again.  Two lessons within 3 days!

When I first started riding I thought all I would need to do was give the horse a little kick , say giddy-up and off we’d go.  Pull the reins right, the horse goes right.  Pull the reins left, the horse goes left.

Those of you who have ridden are probably chuckling about now :-)

It’s much more of a work-out than a little kick and a pull of the reins.  My legs need to do a lot of work guiding the horse.  My core works hard keeping me balanced and in the saddle.  If I’m not using my core appropriately, I will end up out of the saddle and laying on the ground.  The reins are used, but not nearly as much as I originally thought.

My first day back in the saddle was spent getting used to riding again.  My second day I was able to do a lot of trotting, which I really do enjoy.  Trotting requires more of the legs and core though, so by the end of the lesson I was feeling it.

The next day I was in physical therapy.  I have arthritis in my knees and am trying to do everything I can do to get some improvement in my knees.  My PT session requires more and more leg work and during this week’s session, I could really feel it in my back as well.  I knew I would feel it even more within the next couple of days and yesterday morning I woke up feeling it in my back.

I got up and started my day as usual and while bending over to pull clothes out of the dryer, I felt something pop in my back.  It was then that I said, “Oh no”!  I could barely stand up as pain shot across my lower back.

All day yesterday I was in pain.  Sitting down hurt.  Standing up hurt.  Walking hurt.  Laying down hurt.  There wasn’t anything I could do to alleviate the pain.  All I could do was try to find the most comfortable position and go about my day as best I could.

Sleep was minimal at best last night.  Every turn caused pain and I couldn’t find a position that was totally pain-free.

Unfortunately, I could barely get out of bed this morning.  My back was in so much pain that I was on the verge of tears, wondering how I was going to manage getting thru the day with 4 kids.  FS2 was especially concerning as he requires a lot of lifting and carrying throughout the day.

Now let me brag on my girls for a moment.

Knowing that mommy’s back was not good, Naomi came downstairs before I did this morning.  She turned on lights, let the dogs out and cued up Sesame Street for FS2 to watch.

Lili has helped me change diapers, put FS2 in his high chair and has done the majority of the heavy lifting and even did most of the work making lunch today.

Naomi helped serve lunch and cleared off the table after lunch.

They have really stepped in to help and I’m so proud of my little girls.  They are showing me a level of responsibility I wasn’t sure existed yet.

My back problems have caused me to think about the future in some very different ways.  Hubby’s back problems were a primary reason we put homesteading on the back burner  and yesterday I was a bit sad to realize that my back could be the reason homesteading never happens for us.  How can we run a farm of any size if we are down in the back?

But today is a new day and as the day has gone on I’ve become more and more determined to do what I need to do to get my back in better health.  The girls have reminded me that homesteading is a family affair.  It will take all of us working together and I believe we can somehow get there.  My moment of “Oh no” has turned around.  As I sit here in pain, I feel a level of optimism that things will work out in the end.

Until then, we will make plans, enjoy our RV travels and camping.  It will be an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors as we work hard to build strength and stamina that will one day be needed on the homestead.

The physical problems we are dealing with now don’t have to be an obstacle that stands in the way of achieving our future goals.  As long as we have the right attitude, we can take the challenges before us, work hard, and turn these difficult moments in great opportunities.




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It’s Time to Get the Garden Started

While still trying to think of the perfect RV name, I’m also thinking about our garden this year.  I have our tomatoes and peppers started and they are doing well.  The girls also started some herb and flower seedlings, which are also doing well.  Today I ordered two mini sweet plum trees

four blueberry bushes

Polaris (Arctic Hardy Blueberries)

and six raspberry bushes.


I wanted to put in some apple trees, but as I researched them more, I decided it would be better to wait until this fall.

Over the last couple of years, we’ve removed 4 trees from our property for one reason or another.  We also cut down 5 forsythia bushes to make room for RV parking.  I want to replace all those plants in our yard and replacing them with something that produces food for our family is a huge bonus.

Now I’m getting really excited and anxious to start planting.

This weekend I’m going to plant some root vegetables.  I tried to plant some last fall, but put them in too late.  Hopefully, they will produce for me this time.

I’m also going to spend some time laying out the garden and deciding exacting where the plum trees will be planted and where I’m going to put the blueberry and raspberry bushes.

With homesteading sitting quietly on the back burner, it’s more important than ever for us to grow where we are planted.  We need to grow enough food to preserve for the winter and I really want to pack the RV with fresh garden produce to take on our camping trips.

It’s time to get the garden started!!!!!

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What’s In a Name


My girls really like stuffed animals and every time they get a new one, it must be given a name.  They like to give them names that mean something to them.

For example, Naomi got a stuffed tiger from Bass Pro Shop a couple of years ago and named it Bassy.  About a year before Bassy, she got a little stuffed bear that she named Lightbald, because the first thing she looked at when she was trying to come up with a name was the lightbulb in her ceiling fan.  She couldn’t pronounce lightbulb and thus was born, Lightbald.  Still, it was a connection :-)

When hubby returned from a recent fishing trip down near New Orleans, he gave Lili a stuffed alligator which she has name Neo – short for New Orleans.  The stuffed bear he brought back from Seattle she calls Seawa, short for Seattle, WA.

Boat owners are notorious for naming their boats, some people name their cars, and RV owners like to name their RVs.

Hubby and I have been trying to come up with a good name for our RV.  We want a name that has some meaning and connects us to our 2nd home.

A few days ago, hubby shared this name with me . . . . .

The connection is our continued desire to homestead and our desire to travel in our RV.

Homestead On Wheels In Essence = HOWIE!!!

Personally, I think the RV needs a female name, but I do like the connection between homesteading and RVing.  Maybe this?!!!!!

Hoping Our Plan Emerges = HOPE!!!!

Or maybe this one which means homestead traveler . . . . . .

Treva Beatrix

Then my research into names lead me to this name . . . . .

Liridona (lear-a-dona)

It means, longing for freedom, which is a wonderful description of hubby and me.

We long for the freedom to hit the open road, visit new places and see what adventures await us.  We also long for the homestead lifestyle that can provide us the freedom to raise our own food and live a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

It’s a strange combination of longing, but it lead me on a search to find a name meaning longing.


Or maybe . . . . .

Desideria Fernanda

These two names mean longing and adventure.

I am probably spending way too much time trying to come up with the perfect name, but it is fun to try to come up with potential RV names.

Do you like any of the names we’ve come up with so far?













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This morning the electricians came out and got our 50 amp service installed for the RV.

We need to get the driveway done and then we are ready to park the RV.

Speaking of the RV, we think she needs a name.   As a reminder, we have ordered a Georgetown 364TS and so far Georgia is the only name we’ve come up with.  Of course this always make me sing.

What do you think we should name our Georgetown?




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A Child’s View As We Get Ready


We are inching closer to RV ownership and the excitement grows.  Apparently, Naomi is more excited that I knew.

A few days ago she said,  “I love RV’s.  I love sleeping in them and camping.”

Funny thing is, she has never slept in an RV and she’s never been camping.  Somehow she just knows she’s going to love it and I’m sure she will.

The boys really don’t get what’s happening.  FS1 pretty much lives day-to-day and FS2 is only 15 months old.  The girls, on-the-other-hand, are excited about getting the RV, setting it up and camping.  We’ve told them we will take a couple of trial runs in our yard before venturing out.  If we can get all the work done to get our RV parking spot finished in time, maybe we can actually do just that.

So far I’ve gotten estimates on getting the electrical set up and have talked to a tree service about grinding the tree and shrub stumps.  Hubby’s schedule isn’t allowing him a lot of time to get everything cut though, so not sure when we can get that part done.  I’ve also been waiting on a call from a company that does driveway work.  Today I reached out to another driveway company.  While I’m making some progress, there isn’t a lot of work being done.  Fortunately though, the weather has been improving and we don’t have any more snow in the forecast over the next week.  That’s a plus.

In the meantime, we’ll continue to plan while I purchase all the things we need for camping.  Eventually we’ll have it all together and my blog posts will be about our camping adventures or misadventures.

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An Upcoming Visit to the Farmy

As we venture out to the world of RV ownership and travel, I still hold onto the hope that  one day things will work out for us to own our own little homestead.   We still strive to live a more self-sufficient lifestyle, by raising our own food.  We are fortunate to have the space for a garden that provides us good food and will be adding some blueberry and raspberry bushes as well as a couple apple trees this spring.  However, we don’t have the space or live in an area that allows us to raise any animals for food.  I am fortunate though, to have connected with a wonderful woman by the name of Cecilia who is living the life I hope to one day live.

I’ve written about Cecilia and her little farm before.  We’ve had the privilege to visit her farmy a couple of times.  She also raised chickens and a pig for us.  Her organic farming methods are exactly what have envisioned doing ourselves one day and I’m lucky to have her living near enough to us that we can visit, experience and learn from her.

Recently, she added to her little farm and I am experiencing a mixture of excitement and jealousy.

She is now raising GOATS!!!!!

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One of Cecilia’s goat kids.

If all goes well, the girls and I will be heading to the farmy in a couple weeks.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate.  We can enjoy the goat kids, visit the pigs, cows, chickens and dogs.  Help out a little bit around the farm and create life-long memories – because as you know, I’m quite fond of finding opportunities to create great memories.  And a side benefit is getting my farm fix.

If you also desire to have your own farm one day and would like to gain some farming experience, Cecilia offers others the opportunity to come stay at the farm for a week of experience.  Just visit her blog here for more details.

The camera will join us on our farm field trip so stay tuned for pictures and our tales from a visit to the farmy.


Aren’t Cecilia’s new goat kids adorable?



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There was a time in my life when I was fairly organized.  Never OCD organized, but there was some organization in my life and my home.  Somewhere along the way, organization flew out the window and I need it to fly right back in.

Lately, all I can think about is how important it is going to be to organize the RV.  Unlike my home with plenty of closets, cupboards and shelf space, the RV won’t have much and there isn’t a lot of room to add more.

Then the thought pops in my head – “If I can’t get this house organized, what makes me think I can get our RV organized”?

So now I’ve challenged myself to get my house cleaned and organized before the RV arrives.  Believe me, that’s a lofty goal folks.

A couple weeks ago, hubby and I got to work in the basement.  I began putting things in boxes to take to Goodwill.  Things that haven’t seen any other part of the house except the basement in years.  I have a table in the basement that if full of Christmas decorations.  Decorations that I haven’t used in years.

Why do I keep this stuff?

Oh yeah, I remember!  I have this tendency to convince myself that someday I may want it or use it again.

That’s crazy talk!!!!!!!!

It’s time to end the crazy and stop being lazy.

It’s time to remove the junk and get out of this funk.

It’s time to stop the mutter and de-clutter.

(The kids and I have been working on rhyming words quite a bit lately.  Can you tell?)

I am going to strive for more simplicity.


The last thing I want to do is continue cluttering up our lives to the point that I need to use all 7 days in the week to keep up with things.  I want to spend my weekends camping with no feelings of guilt about all the stuff there is to do at home.  I want to walk in the door from a fun weekend in the great outdoors to see a home and not all the stuff this home hides behind.

Because I don’t know exactly when the RV will take up residence in our driveway, I am giving myself 21 days.  I’ll call it the 21 Day Reduce and Simplify challenge.   My goal is to remove all those things in our home that are only here collecting dust or hiding in the back of the closet.  We must have a regular use for everything in our house, otherwise it needs to go.  (Don’t worry hubby, I have a regular use for you in our house :-) )

By April 1st, I want my focus to be on organizing the RV and spending our weekends camping and enjoying the great outdoors.

Ready, set, go!!!!



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