Congress AZ Part Two

March 25th. The boys and I take several longs walks a day. I read, they nap. I enjoy the early evening listening to the birds and watching the clouds, they nap. I cook dinner, they’re sitting at my feet. *smile*

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As much as the days are seemingly the same, each one brings something different, as does our walks.

There are many spots along the winding dirt roads where houses once sat when this old area of Congress was a bustling gold mining town. There is broken glass everywhere, probably every house had a dump site nearby. I can see where people have dug into the earth searching for old bottles and relics of Congress’ early era.
There is also evidence of much target practice or just mischief here. The old glass bottles, what are left of them, are broken further into shards and little pieces that litter the ground and make it sparkle in the sunlight. Not much of that beautiful lavender colored glass can be found, but there is a lot of the light sea foam green. This is the biggest chunk I found.

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The majority of the glass is beer bottle brown and Gallo green. There is also evidence of where locals have been dumping trash, but it’s not much.
Jack rabbits are everywhere. There are lots of quail and small ground squirrels of a type I believe are Hamilton squirrels, but with the dogs I haven’t been able to get a photo of them. I spied this bird in a nearby greasewood bush that I believe is a female cardinal.DSC_0015
It’s a terrible shot that I had to enlarge in an attempt to identify it, and I somehow double exposed it.  I learned that Northern Cardinals actually inhabit the southwest and was surprised to find this out. Have yet to see the male, but I am keeping my eyes open.

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Anyone know what kind of hawk this is?

The Chiweenie Brothers thank you for coming along on our adventure.

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WHEREVER YOU GO, GO WITH ALL YOUR HEART

Just a Little Thing

Yes, just a little thing, but it’s progress, right?  Any little thing is progress.  I find the need to do a little something in Freedom at quite regular intervals, or I become antsy that my dream may never happen.  Kind of “keeping it alive” thinking.  Oh, I know I will do this vandwelling traveling thing at some point, but working on something in Freedom keeps me in the frame of mind that it will happen sooner rather than later.  I would prefer sooner, but it may have to be later.  So be it.  I will keep on keepin’ on until that perfect moment when it all comes together and the dogs and I say adios to our mountain home and head off into whatever adventure comes our way.  Hey!  That’s a line from “Born to be Wild”.   Born to be wiiiiiild.  I don’t know about wild, but born to travel, yes.  🙂 

I won’t drag this out too long because I know you are dying to see what that little project is, so here are the shots.  Bet you can’t figure out what this is (other than a basket, 🙂

Aw, you’re too smart!  If you guessed it’s the hole where the old TV was installed, you are exactly right.  I am not sure this will be a permanent installation of this basket, but it’s staying there for now.  And I didn’t want it to look all temporary forever so I sewed up a little curtain to cover the hole and it’s resident basket.  The curtain rod is just resting on the wood frame inside the hole. 


 So that’s it for this little project.  Have a great week!  Thanks for stopping by Two Dogs!
Hugs, Shawna

LOVE This Blue

Howdy.  Hope all is well with you. 

Today I wanted to show you the curtains I made to cover Freedom’s skylight windows.  Our 1998 Ford Conversion van has long, narrow windows in the high top portion of the roof and they are set at an angle.  Boy do they let in a lot of heat. And that can be useful or brutal; I needed a way to regulate it. 

The solution was a long narrow strip of Reflectix for each of those strips of windows along both sides.  Reflectix is so useful, but it’s so ugly; some curtains were in order.  I also wanted a way to let the sun shine into those skylight windows should we be caught in a cold spell somewhere. Reflectix fixes both problems. 

If the sun is shining and it’s cold out, the Reflectix comes down along with the curtains. Lots of warming is on its way. If it’s warm outside, the Reflectix goes up as well as the curtains and that brutal heat is tamed.  Put ’em up, take ’em down….   Rawwhhhhhhide!!!!  OOPS!  Sorry go carried away.  But hey, do you  remember Clint Eastwood playing Rowdy Yates?  Oh my….    Where was I?  Oh yes, Freedom’s  curtains.

Once on the road there may be need of adjustments.  Or the curtains may get an overhaul at some point but for now they are working and I like how they look  (I LOVE that blue!). 

This is Reflectix, being used here in the windows of the side doors to reflect heat. I used this photo because Freedom is in storage and basically I am too lazy to go over there and get a different photo 🙂   If you look closely you can see the skylight windows at the top left corner. 

If you remember from a previous post the other side of the Reflextic is covered with black, tightly woven fabric.  That side will be used at night if we need to be in stealth mode.  That post is here https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=3720370496126944301#editor/target=post;postID=916008398565535451;onPublishedMenu=posts;onClosedMenu=posts;postNum=7;src=postnameERE.

Below are the curtains I made for the skylight windows.  It’s just a long, long strip of fabric (did I mention I LOVE this blue?) with a casing sewn along each long edge, top and bottom.  Florist wire was used in the casings to hold the curtains’ shape and position; I didn’t want them hanging straight down, but rather held in place up against the angle of those windows. The florist wire along the bottom edge does the trick by helping to keep the bottom resting on the ledge just below the windows.  I used small drapery hooks to hang them up.  I attached a safety pin to the curtain from the back, going in behind the florist wire and then back through the fabric and then closed the safety pin.  The pin was then hooked over the pointy, straight, open hook part of the drapery hook.  (EW, too many hooks in that sentence, but I don’t know how else to explain it.) Then the part of the hook that would normally attach to the drapery rod attachment is hung over the strip of wood trim that runs along the top of those long, narrow windows.  It’s a bit saggy, and I need to adjust where the hook is attached to the fabric and/or add more hooks so it will hang just along the top edge of the wood trim like it does ion the right side of this photo. These hooks will make the curtain easy to take down and put up.

 
Thanks for stopping by Two Dogs today.  We appreciate your interest in reading about the process of getting Freedom ready to roll and our planned future of adventure. 
 
The Chiweenie Brothers, Burger,  and I wish you a lovely day.
 
Hugs, Shawna

Blind Spot No More

Hello there!  Thanks for stopping by Two Dogs.  I appreciate that you take the time to read my blog(s). 

Today I wanted to show you that I got the little mirrors  I bought for Freedom’s side mirrors installed to help with keeping track of anyone that may be cruising in or around her blind spot.  These, along with positioning the mirrors according to the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwzUE6PHk4U  should help significantly in keeping me and the boys safe a little safer on the road.  Please forgive the terribly dirty van.  It’s still a bit too cold overnight to give me enough confidence that the faucets won’t freeze, so the vehicles are a mess.  Such is life.  SPRING is officially here, but another week or two before I drag the hoses out and get the faucets turned back on.  Then the old girl– the VAN, not me!! 🙂 — is getting a good washing and a new roof coating; more on that roof coating at a later date.

Patton is telling her teddy all about grandma’s van and what’s been happening to get Freedom ready to roll.  🙂 

For a Tiny Kitchen

More little things for Freedom.  It is so satisfying to get even the smallest thing done for our future “we-are-on-the-road-and-living-the-life” day. 

The small colander, enough to drain a can of vegetables or fruit or enough pasta for one person, [No boys (AKA The Chiweenie Brothers) you do not get any pasta]  caught my eye because it is “my” color and I just had to have it.  The grater–in paddle form– was a no brainer.  I prefer a box grater, but it would take up too much room, so this was a good purchase I think.  The tiny spatula was already in my sticks and brick’s kitchen as was the paring knife. 

I also bought these “blind spot” mirrors and this little pouch to store flash drives and extra  SD cards. 



These items are all over the place in relation to each other, but what I buy is dictated by how much in household goods I have sold, so it depends on what my ‘budget” for the week can handle.  I am putting the biggest chunk of dollars earned by selling items from the S/B (sticks and bricks house) into my solar fund, you know, so we can be off-grid and have a way to run all the electronics, etc. 🙂

That is what has been happening this week for the great escape plan.  Thanks for stopping by Two Dogs.  Have a good one.  Hugs, Shawna