I’ve made reservations for places to stay for the next few months. 
September 20th I’m moving to Fort Payne AL.
On September 27th I’m moving to Childersburg AL.   
I’ll stay there until the end of November. 

You know how plans are.  We will have to wait and see what actually happens.

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Annual Review 2014


What went well

Scary as it was, leaving my career really brightened up my life.
The process and logistics of downsizing my possessions was difficult but it was accomplished and it was worth every bit of the effort. I never realized what a burden things could be.
Reducing my bills is mostly completed.
Selling my house. This was stressful but finally came together on Halloween.
Plumbing repairs completed.
Address changes were time consuming but easy. I think I got them all.
Purchasing the RV was easy. Taking ownership of the RV and moving into it turned into an almost two month adventure in staying with family and repairs that had to be made before I would accept delivery. I’m in it now though.

What didn’t go well and have to wait until 2015 (I guess that makes them new year goals.)

Leaving town is more difficult than I thought it would be. It’s some strange form of stuckness. It could be mental, emotional, situational, spiritual, a mixture, or something else entirely.
Of course plain logistics get in the way.
I’m still trying to get the towing package completed and trying to get a tag.
Visiting my daughter. I really wanted to take the RV up there for a month before it was cold weather. That didn’t come together.
I also wanted to be in New Orleans the last half of December. It wasn’t in the cards.
Repairing the rental property has been and is still a long, slow process. Curlee and Moe are doing a good job but they are slow. The floor is a mystery looking for the right detective. Or, it sure is hard to find someone knowledgable to fix this problem.
Applying for social security is a work in progress. It’s been frustrating so far. The government tries to make it easy, but it’s still an ordeal.

What I’ve learned

Walking by faith rather than by sight has been reinforced. It seems I forget and have to relearn that periodically.
Related to this is my mindfulness practice and remembering to live in the illusive now. That too has been reinforced.
I’ve learned I am better off with less stuff. As I emptied that big house, the empty space became creative space. As I emptied my life of the responsibility for stuff, that empty space became creative space.
I’ve been reminded of the importance of friends and family. Loving and being loved is so important. We are social animals.
My gratitude practice has really paid off in increased happiness.
I had many opportunities to practice grooving with the changes during 2014. I feel sure 2015 will be filled with change practice too.

2015 Plans

I plan to spend the first part of 2015 on the gulf coast roaming from New Orleans to Florida. When the weather warms up I’ll be back in Alabama to take care of routine doctor stuff and car tags. Then it’s up to Memphis and across to Oak Ridge. It will be fun to spend a month with my daughter. After that there are some vague notions of exploring the east coast floating around in my head.

Redoing the CrackingMyEgg site is a strong possibility. It’s a new year in a rolling home it’s seems time for a site update.

You can look forward to travel/photo blogs of my adventures. I will be devoting a lot of time to photography and hopefully blogging.

There is some talk of a video project. I’ll keep you posted.

You know plans are always subject to change.

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Adventure Ahead


It’s not long now.  NOLA bound in 13 days!
Train ticket…..done!
Reservation at 905 Royal…..done!
I’ll be gone a week.  Two days travel time and the rest playing and some impromptu street photography.  w00t! w00t!
I don’t have any firm things planned.  Here is the really short list of possibilities:

Dirty Linen Night on Royal Street
This will be easy to do.  The place I am staying is located right where this festival is being held.  I can just go outside and be at the festival.  lol Easy Peasy.

Swamp Tour 
There are several options for this tour.
Grayline Tours This tour begins within walking distance of the hotel.  That is a plus.  On the downside, this hour and a half tour isn’t going to get too far out into a swamp.  It may wind up being a tour of the drainage canals.
Jean Lafitte Swamp Tour This tour boat has a restroom on board.
Cajun Critters Swamp Tour
I have to make sure they can accommodate Jesse which means they probably need a restroom on the boat.  The tour boats are covered so I won’t be riding in the hot August sun.  The air boat tours I checked out didn’t take children under five.
COOLinary New Orleans is another happy coincidence.
Oh wait.  There are no coincidences.

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Update 7-14: Helpful RVing Links


In my RV research, I’ve found some helpful blogs and websites.
(New items are green)

Diamond RV
DeMontrond RV

Go RVing

Family Motor Coach Association
Good Sam Club 

MotorHome Magazine

Allstays Camp and RV-Tent Camping to RV Parks


Wheeling It

Technomads: Technology Enabled Nomads
Cherie & Chris post a lot of useful information about RVing particularly technology.

Howard and Linda’s site is dedicated to the use of RV’s in the pursuit of a dream lifestyle.

Winnie Views
Lynne and Millie’s adventures on the road.

Living In My Car
Jennifer and her child living out of  a van

The goal of NüRVers.com is to build our tribe in the RVing community. We’re here to share interests and ideas, discuss the benefits and hassles of working on the road, and to try to bring our worlds a little closer by holding spontaneous gatherings on occasion.

RV Lifestyle Experts
Jaimie Hall-Bruzenak and Alice Zyetz’s website provides a wide variety of information on living the RV lifestyle.

Cheap RV Living and the sister site Cheap Green RV Living
Both sites focus on living inexpensively in an RV.

Go one step further with ‘take the road less traveled’ and create your own unique path. I write for those interested in RVing on more than just an occasional basis pre- retirement, and for anyone who dares to dream of a more fulfilling life.

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Travel Tech


What do I take with me when I go on photography road trips?

Here is my basic kit.

Netbook to upload my memory cards
Card reader
Extra memory cards and batteries
UV filters which are usually already mounted on the lenses
Polarizing filters
Can’t forget all the chargers
Monopod and/or a tripod

Cameras and lenses
Sony Alpha 700
Sony 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens
Sony 50mm f/1.8 Lens
Panasonic Lumix G3
Panasonic H-H014 14mm f/2.5
Panasonic H-H020 20mm f/1.7
Pentax W90 – in case it is raining.

Based on where, when, and what I’ll be shooting, I may also take
A star filter if I’ll be doing a lot of street photography at night
A teleconverter
An off camera flash and batteries
A small messenger style camera bag

I got the idea to post this list from Stephanie Todaro’s My travel Tech Essentials.   I probably should have used pictures in my version too. rofl  Maybe I’ll take some and do an updated list.

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Progress Report & Other stuff

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It’s been a busy time here.  I’ve worked in the yard and there is still a world of things to do there.  I’ve also been working in the house.  I’m running out of things to donate from inside.  I need to get busy on the garage and shop next.   I did a repair on the jeep so I can drive it again.  It had been sitting way too long.

It is easy to think there is plenty of time…hahahaha…there isn’t.  I am trying to maintain some balance in my life.    I’m working on a list of the things I think are important to do each day regardless of anything else.

  • Meditate.  Meditation has been my friend for many years. It keeps me focused on NOW.
  • Eat plants.  I’m not a vegetarian but I try to eat from the plant kingdom as much as possible.
  • Do something creative each day.  This usually involves taking and editing photos.
  • Do something directly related to the 500 day project.
  • Learn something.  This is also something I’ve been doing for a long time.  It has become second nature.
  • Spend time with family.  This doesn’t happen every day, but it is important to me to have it on this list.

This is a work in progress and will change.   I think a ‘Not to do’ List would make and interesting exercise.  Stay tuned for that one.

There is another evil plan lurking in the near future.   lol  More on that later.


Progress Report 11.14.12

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Day 14

I got a bit more done on the project.

Boxed up a few items
Worked in the yard
Took things to the donation center
Sorted, tossed, and shredded old papers
Updated this blog
Updated Exobrain chart

Exobrain is a tree based planning tool I’ve been experimenting with while organizing this project.

Exobrain chart

Some branches that were in this diagram a few weeks ago have been pruned and other have been added.  So far I’ve found Exobrain useful and totally different than other planning tools I’ve used in situations like this.  After I’ve used it more I’ll do a short review blog.

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Have an amazing day!

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