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.

Life in the back of a truck (part 4)

April 9th, 2009

This is part of an ongoing series on what it’s like to live in a truck camper fulltime. You may read other articles here:

  1. Part One – The fulltime lifestyle
  2. Part Two – Why a truck camper?
  3. Part Three – Weights & Dealing with them
  4. Part Four – Boondocking resource conservation

Gordon recently posed a question over at the Truck Camper Magazine blog that seemed like a great idea for the next part of our Life in the back of a truck series. He’s curious just how long his readers can boondock and what tricks they use to manage it. I got a bit long winded, but here’s my response.

The resources we have to work with are:

  • 46 gallons of fresh water
  • ~300 amp hours of battery in 2 Trojan T-1275 12V batteries
  • 60 pounds of propane in 2 30# tanks
  • A Honda eu2000i generator
  • ~4.5 gallons of gasoline plus whatever is in the scooter and generator (up to around 2 gallons if both are full)

Doesn’t sound like much, does it? Still, we manage to do fairly well when we find a place we want to stay for a while. It takes a little effort to conserve resources, but we manage to live quite comfortably for up to a two week stretch without running out of anything or breaking out a military desert survival handbook. Just how do we make these resources last and what sacrifices does it take, you ask? Well, read on to get a taste of the Hitek Homeless lifestyle!

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Update

January 4th, 2009

Well, we have been sitting in the same place so long I think I have a root or two starting. We need start moving before that root makes contact with the soil. The two main reasons  we have been here so long are my new web page and the fabulous hospitality of my Aunt and Uncle. And, well a little lack of motivation on my part compounded with being sick.

Being with family has been great. It was nice to be able to spend the holidays with loved ones. What is Christmas w/o excited little children ripping open presents? My relatives provided that and much more. Roasted lamb, spiced eggnog, rum cake, holiday cheer, and much more. We have had some nice times while we have been here and really appreciate their concern and hospitality. We will miss them for sure. But, now its time to ramble.

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