This is the view from inside my cozy camper. It’s kind of like being in an igloo. The layers of ice and snow help insulate and retain the heat inside, which is a good thing, because my propane tank only holds 8 gallons and it’s gotta last till next week, or till I can get out of here, whichever comes first.
Thankfully we still have electricity in the campground, which means I can run my electric heater and save the propane for when the ice takes the power out. I’m pretty sure it’s going to be “when,” not “if.” The governor of NC is pretty sure, too, because s/he (I don’t keep up on politics) has invited 500 Floridian power company workers to join ours. I like that. Hope Florida has enough left, because they had tornadoes again last night in the Panhandle.
Atina the awesome Malinois had a blast romping in the snow this morning. Glad I got her out before it started sleeting. I took a blast of sleet in the face (the only part of me that was exposed–mask, next time I emerge). The Doggess stretched out and ran like a deer through the snow-blanketed field.
Now it’s howling and spitting icicles, to paraphrase Carl Sandburg. Miss Dog is lying on my foot, sulking. She wants to go out.
That won’t happen until it decides to snow again, or even give us a precipitation break. Till then, we stay cozy and warm in our igloo.
I have a lot to do this afternoon. I can’t decide whether to proceed with my project of going through everything and finding stuff I don’t need, in order to lighten my load a bit; or to start a new project making covers for all the windows and skylights out of Reflectix, a marvelous material resembling bubble wrap covered with Mylar. It repels both heat and cold, so it’s good for both summer and winter climate control.
It’s clear that I need to start a new blog dedicated to my Roadtrek travels. If the power stays on, I hope to embark upon that project this weekend. Themes, themes, themes. I need to find a really good photography theme, because I need to start seriously marketing my photos in order to finance my travels. I haven’t even posted my “real” photography on this site, because I want to mostly stay on topic. Anybody got good photog theme ideas?
Spoke with The Boy couple days ago. Sheesh. He is not at all sorry that he threw his mother out at Thanksgiving. At least I got a better sense of where he’s at, and why he did it.
He’s angry that I am a nomad by nature, that I don’t have a house with a front porch with a swing and the aroma of baking chocolate chip cookies wafting on the air.
He wants me to have a place where he can come and visit me, and have a cozy bed to sleep in, and not have to camp on a deck and pee over a cliff and crap in an incinerating toilet.
I reminded him that this was only the case because I returned to the States to take care of his grandfather, and was living in his Grandpa’s studio.
And before that I lived in Jerusalem, in a three story house, had a full-time acupuncture practice, was a leader in my community…HAD a community, fer krissake.
And despite many invitations and offers to pay tickets he wouldn’t visit me there.
“No, I WOULDN’T,” he said emphatically.
I didn’t need to ask why not.
He didn’t approve of me doing such a radical thing, moving so far away (as if he visits me that often anyway), putting myself in danger…God in heaven, what did I do to merit having a child who has judged me and disapproved of my life choices since he was a baby, and expressed his displeasure by refusing to participate, refusing to enjoy the various adventures that could have been so much fun if only he had made the leap and decided to be a mentsch instead of a lead weight to drag around?
(A mentsch, for those who aren’t familiar, is Yiddish for “man,” literally, but in common usage means “a regular guy,” “a good person”.)
Hell’s bells, one time I schlepped (dragged) him out to Antelope Island, which sits in the middle of the Great Salt Lake in Utah, with his horse and my horse and the Corgi.
I unloaded the horses from the trailer.
“Saddle up,” I sang out happily. I was looking forward to the four-hour ride on the island trail, where a herd of American Bison roam, as well as marmots, jackrabbits, coyotes, hawks, eagles, and many other interesting things.
He was about eleven, and much larger than me. He crossed his arms and scowled.
“Saddle up,” I instructed. No response.
So I saddled his mare for him. Mine was already stamping impatiently, ready to hit the trail.
“Mount up,” I sang, ignoring the fact that I had saddled up for him.
“Well, I’m damned if I’m going to miss my ride just because you’ve stubbed up. If you refuse to come, you can damn well spend four hours in the trailer with the dog. And don’t you dare go near the lake!”
I unsaddled his mare, got the dog dish and water bottles out of the cab of the truck, tied his mare to the trailer, mounted up, and had a very pleasant four hour ride around the island.
When I got back to the truck he was sitting in the shade with the dog inside the trailer. The mare was munching at her hay bag. Without a word, he climbed up into the cab while I loaded the horses. When we got home (to the real house) he took himself to his room and was not seen till dinner.
That’s been my life since he was a baby. There have been times when I really wanted to give him away.
He got somewhat better after wilderness therapy and therapeutic boarding school. In fact, I really thought the values he learned there had stuck, but I guess they’ve worn off.
Well, now that he’s 30, there’s nothing I can do but live my life on my own terms. As they say in New England, “If he don’t like it, he can lump it.”