Archive for 2010

The Hair On My Toes

December 20th, 2010

I am feeling so good today. So warm and fuzzy. I feel like I am snuggled up in a warm blanket with a nice cup of hot cocoa instead of spending my day at work. I have escaped from these mental doldrums all thanks to the hair on my toes. Sadly, it must be removed for the hair on my feet is not my own. It was stolen from the backs of babies. Kids to be precise.

When we were working at Caverns of Sonora this summer, a woman from Canada came in to talk to one of the owners. She was very sweet and personable. She Glorious cloud socksraved about her tour through the cave and her trip down to Texas. And then something unexpected happened. She gave everyone socks. Glorious socks made from her kids! As some of you may know I knit socks from time to time, but I have never made anything as soft and cozy as these little clouds that are gracing my feet right now. Clouds. Yes, that is accurate. I feel like someone wrapped clouds around my feet just as I was putting my work boots on this morning.

I feel kinda silly writing about socks (ones that I didn’t make, anyway), but honest to goodness that’s how good they are. I feel whimsical. So very uncharacteristic of me. It’s all because of the hair on my feet.

Thermohair is a brand of sock that is made from the wool of baby mohair goats. (cue adorable goat photos…)
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The following description was taken from their website:
Thermohair Inc. is a fully Canadian company that originally developed, manufactures, and markets THERMOHAIR socks across North America. The first socks were sold in NovemberThermohair Logo 1992 and the business has expanded since then mostly through word of mouth of satisfied customers. THERMOHAIR socks have now been worn to both poles, across the Himalayas, to the top of Mt Everest, Mt McKinley, Mt Logan, and in 2000 Kilimanjaro. Lonnie Dupre of Grand Marais, Minnesota wore them to circumnavigate Greenland, a trek that lasted from January to June 2000. THERMOHAIR is now worn by active outdoor types as well as people with Raynaud’s disease, heart disease and diabetes. Their comfort and durability is unsurpassed. There’s no other sock like them!

While I cannot attest to their effectiveness in the Antarctic, they sure have been a luxury while enduring continuous subfreezing temperatures here in Kentucky. Also, I have never seen or talked to the woman who gave me the socks, again. I have absolutely no affiliation with the company (but will accept socks for the post if you run across it someday and are so inclined! ;)) There are no affiliate links on the page. I just love this hair on my feet and wanted to share. Johnny loves his, too.

Evicted

December 18th, 2010

While I don’t see us settling down anytime soon, I do want to have a few (20+) acres to call my own when we find that perfect spot that we never want to leave. When that happens, I want to live the way that I see fit. I don’t want anyone trying to tell me where I can and cannot poop (humanure anyone?) or that I have to be tied to the electric grid. As long as I am not hurting anyone, anything or myself, it’s no ones business or right to interfere with my choices.

I ran across this News clip today about a 72 year old man who is being forced off of his own 36 acres for not having electricity and plumbing. I don’t know all of the details. I don’t know if the ordinances were in place when he purchased the land or how long he has been there, but I can only assume that this is happening because someone wants to develop on his land. You be the judge.



Our Home Office

November 22nd, 2010

Our White Board

Our food cache/whiteboard

*secret stuff blurred

Well, I have a little free time now, so I finally did the modification to the camper we’ve been talking about for ages. This morning, I went to Lowe’s and picked up a piece of ‘marker board’ or ‘shower board’ paneling. For $10, I got almost three times what I needed, but maybe I’ll find a use for the leftover bits before we leave Campbellsville.

Our refrigerator came with paneling that has wood grained wallpaper to match the interior of the camper. So, my quickie project of the day was to remove that paneling and replace it with hideous, white shower board. Why? Now we have a white board in our camper! Well, two actually. One on the fridge door and one on the freezer door.

I also grabbed a pack of dry erase markers with built in magnets and erasers that stick to the range hood above the stove. In theory, we can now make a grocery list as we run out of things without having to keep track of a notepad. Also, we can use it to scribble down ideas for FreeCampsites.net and not lose the darn notepad before we get around to implementing them.

A whiteboard is one of the things I miss the most from a career in IT. In my first management position, we had an 8’x4′ whiteboard that was our main organizational tool.  I’ve always needed to draw ugly pictures with incorrect labels when designing a new project whether it was software or something more hands on.

I know… there should be pictures. Before I got around to taking any, we had already covered it in scribblings regarding freecampsites.net. As such, if we had an IP lawyer, I’m sure he’d have a fit were we to post images of our plans. Actually, I’m just lazy.
Update: Picture added – super secret plans have been blurred!

Wonder if having a whiteboard in the kitchen will convince the IRS that it’s really a home office?

Rolling On

November 22nd, 2010

We’re still alive and in Kentucky. I am working and feel completely wiped at the end of the day. I will try to post an update soon.

Johnny and Rain @ GSP

High tech TV on a low tech budget

October 4th, 2010

We’ve mentioned our USB HDTV dongle a few times. One of my big annoyances with the loss of analog stations is the new complication in trying to point the directional antenna in our camper without an analog station to home in on.

Now, we don’t watch all that much TV, so it took me a while to figure this out and even longer to get around to posting it. Antennaweb.org has a great interface for telling you which direction and distance the nearby television stations are. Simply plug in your location and it gives you a listing of channels that might be strong enough to receive and what compass direction they are.

The next bit is just as easy. Get a permanent marker and draw a line on your antenna crank that lines up with the direction your antenna is pointing when raised so that you can tell where you’re pointing while you swivel it. Finally, get a cheapo compass and learn to use it. You can then easily point your antenna whatever direction is required.

If you have satellite TV, please move along. Nothing to see here.

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