Best Laid Plans…

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You know what they say about the best laid plans don’t you?

After two days of driving, we were finally below the storms range… we could finally relax and enjoy the drive… with one more day of driving, we would be in South Carolina visiting with family…

However, things didn’t go as planned!

Mom and I had researched everything… especially the costs of staying for a months time at each campground we were planning to stay in…

However, when we arrived at our first destination, we found that the prices were $200-$300 higher than expected… We were devastated!

What were we going to do?!?

Able to stay at our family’s home for a few days allowed us time to make some necessary phone calls… however, it wasn’t long before the HOA informed us that we needed to move…

Frantically we called every RV park within 50 miles. There was nothing in our price range…

It was at this time that my cousin called her pastor… he would allow us to park our camper in their church parking lot! What a God send! That would give us a week to find something… anything!

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Alas, even this extra time given us would prove to be fruitless!

Since our camper was not provided with a generator, our battery was wearing down, and even our lights were going dim… although we had propane for the refrigerator, we’d run out and were about to lose all the food that we had just purchased!

However, once again, we were blessed!

One of the parishioners of the church allowed us to plug in and use their electricity….

What planned on being only a few days stay, turned into several months…

Our plans to head farther south… postponed

With expenses much higher than planned, our future was uncertain…

Till next time,

~ Sheri

New Places, New Adventures…

 

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been four months since we left our little homestead in the country!

I remember the night we left, like it was yesterday…

Nightfall would come before we could set out on our maiden voyage… but, depart we must… a severe snow storm was headed our way…

We’d spent the morning and most of the afternoon waiting for our permanent tags. We’d waited for over 3 months! Another delay was not an option! We would freeze to death if we stayed on the farm…

With items still needed for our trip, we couldn’t hitch up the camper just yet! Once the tags arrived, we attached them, and made one final trip into town!

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Darkness had fallen by the time we could finally hitch up the trailer! A neighbor came to help, but warned that we should wait till morning to leave!

We did not heed his warning!

With plans to be in Fredericksburg, VA before we stopped for the night, we made one final stop for fuel and munchies! We were finally on our way!

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After a long day, road weary, we pulled into a Walmart Parking lot around 2:30 am… somewhere in Virginia…

After asking permission, we found a spot on the outer perimeter of the parking lot.

Thinking we would get to sleep in our new camper for the very first time, we climbed inside only to find our newest little homestead in disarray!

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Too tired to clean up the mess we grabbed our blankets and slept in the truck!

A mere 3 hours later, I woke to find a number of other RVers had stopped for the night…

With a check on the weather, I informed my traveling companions that we needed to keep heading south!

I only had plans to drive a total of 5 hours that day… however, the weather had other ideas!

Each time we stopped for a break, I would find the weather rapidly keeping us with us! It would be another 10 hours before we stopped for the night!

Upon waking that morning in North Carolina, I found that we had finally beaten the storm!

I am so very glad that we did not head our neighbors warning! After checking in with friends and family back home, we found we would have been stuck under 2 feet of snow!

With the threat of the storm gone, we were able to relax… One more day, and we would be in South Carolina visiting family! But things were not to be as expected…

Until tomorrow,

~ Sheri

 

 

Choosing a ‘Roadworthy’ Income

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Money does not grow on trees! Nor does it grow in our garden!

The harsh reality is that when we leave our homestead, my income dries up!

I’m left with the question, ‘How will I make an income while living in an RV?’

After doing some research, and talking with full-time RVers, I’ve learned you can find part-time, seasonal, and even full-time positions through Workamper.

I thought, this could be the answer to my income concerns…

One drawback… most campgrounds require you to stay put at least three months… some up to six!

That’s all well and good. But, if we’re only doing this RV thing for a year, we won’t cover much territory!

Some work from their RVs making and selling crafts… others find odd jobs along the way… and still others write blogs…

I like the idea of working from our camper.

But what to do?

It needs to be a ‘good fit’ and, it needs to be something I enjoy!

I’d thought about my jewelry making supplies. Then, the thought crossed my mind… do we have space?

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Our camper’s a cosy 21 foot travel trailer, with little storage!

And, what about the weight of all my supplies? There is only so much allowed!!!

Lest I forget... I’d also be needing my tools!!!

So, the question remains… What to do for income on the road???

It was at this point, I thought about my focus for this trip — eating healthy.

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And thus, I have decided to work my direct sales food business, and write about my travels!

Not only will I prepare healthy meals for myself, I’ll offer a healthier choice in pantry staples for others. Plus, I get to share about our RV adventures — it’s a win-win!

Choosing a ‘roadworthy’ income? Done!

~ Sheri

 

An Uncertain Future

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As I lay awake on this early foggy morning, I find myself wondering about my future.

With our original plans to leave our little homestead on November 1st, we’d bought a camper. Nothing fancy… Just a small, 21 foot camper with enough room to eat, sleep and bathe…

Yet, even now, it sits in our driveway… waiting for us to hitch it up and head out on the open road…

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We’d found homes for all our chickens…

It’s been more than a month since we’ve had delicious, farm fresh eggs!

I miss our chickens!!!

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But, delay after delay keeps up on the homestead.

There must be a reason…

My niece, who had originally planned to come with us, found herself pregnant and decided to stay behind.

Having made arrangements, that did not go as planned, she now finds herself in a quandry… and now, both she and her estranged husband want to ‘tag along’ when we go…

I honestly don’t know how I feel about this latest development…

Do we let them tag along?

If we don’t, choices they’ve made will mean they are homeless within the week…

Have our continued delays kept us here for this purpose?

Mom and I have had a plan from the beginning… To travel these United States… to see those places we’ve only seen in pictures…

We’d also planned to look for a piece of land that has those things we did not know or think to look for when we found our present home… such as a ranch-style home, a creek, and a spring fed well…

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And yet, here we stay… Delay after delay, keeping us here, facing an uncertain future…

There must be a purpose…

I can only trust that God has His reasons for our delays…

He must have some sort of plan…

~ Sheri

A Life In Limbo…

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“I’m not exactly sure what to do…”

With plans of getting a camper and traveling these United States put on hold, I am struggling to find my way…

All packed up and ready to go, we were looking forward to hitting the road!

I couldn’t wait!

A yard sale was had, to sell off any unwanted items… and we started looking for homes for our chickens…

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Mr Wattles moved next door to our neighbors place. He now has two lovely hens all his own! No sharing in that coop! His name is now Harold…

We don’t even have a fall garden… We didn’t plant anything… so there’s no garden to tend… We didn’t expect to be here…

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I could probably plant some garlic and radishes… But the question remains… will we be here for the harvest?

Things are still up in the air as to whether we’re staying or leaving…

I hate not knowing what to do… I like to have a plan and having something to do… But, until I know if we’re going or not, my life is in a state of limbo…

However, I guess its true what they say… ‘All things work together for good…’

Although our plan is to travel, we did expect to stay in the area while my niece got herself sorted.

However, the campground where we planned on staying doesn’t have any openings till November, or later….

So, all in all, even though things aren’t going as planned, I know that I can trust God completely, because He knows what is best for my life.

Since I don’t know what to do… And I do like to have a plan… I’ll just plan to throw some burgers on the grill, make some popcorn and have an unexpected movie night!

Until next time,

~ Sheri

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I’m Not On a Diet

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After a disappointing showing of our home, and spiraling down the rabbit hole of disappointment, I ate my way through a box of doughnuts and a gallon of ice cream!

The result – that old familiar stomach pain!

What was I thinking?

Now its back to the beginning… A fresh start…

What I’m doing is not a quick fix.

Its not even a weight loss program… Although, I could do with losing a few more pounds…

No. What I’m on, is the journey of a lifetime!

It’s an ambitious, all-important transformation in how I think about food… how I view and think about my body… my life… and what I want out of the time I have left on this earth!

Changing the way I think about food is hard.

My relationship with food is an emotional one.

Food is my comfort… my reward… a trusted friend…

I’ve got food habits and traditions that go back to my childhood.

Am I willing to give up foods that for so long have held an emotional bond?

My goal is to improve my health… my sleep… my energy levels… my mood… my body composition…my self confidence… even my quality of life…

Can the foods I eat actually do all these things?

Absolutely!

By eating whole, farm grown and raised foods, a healthy chain reaction is initiated through my entire life. With it comes a sense of control… freedom… stability… and a confidence that inspires me to take on other personal development goals – both big and small.

The theory is, that by eating healthy, whole foods, we will feel better. And, because we feel better, we will want to do more!

I accept this theory, because I have noticed that when I feel bad, I eat junk food. Which makes me feel worse. So, I eat more junk food. Its a vicious cycle!

The journey to good health isn’t easy… I don’t expect to be perfect…

Real change takes time.

As I get myself back on track, I plan to celebrate even the smallest of victories.

I’m doing this one day, one meal, one bite at a time.

Why?

Because I’m doing it for the most important and worthwhile cause on this earth — me!

Here’s to your good health,

~ Sheri

FARM Cooking = Good Medicine

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HOW MY JOURNEY TO HEALTH BEGAN…

I think I’m having a heart attack!

That’s how it felt, as I was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance!

Yet, after a weeks stay in the cardiac unit… various tests – including a heart catheter to see if there were any blockages… I was given a prescription of antacids and sent home.

Diagnosis – a severe form of Reflux!

With medicine in hand, I went home, but continued eating the way I always had – with every bad habit I’d learned since childhood! 

Let me explain…

I grew up in a family that didn’t drink alcohol or smoke, but all food — no matter how unhealthy — was considered okay.

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Most of my childhood memories – both good and bad – centered around food.

When we had something to celebrate, we celebrated by going out to eat.

When we were sad, we consoled ourselves with comfort food.

When I got home from school, milk and cookies, or some other sweet confectionary, was a ‘tide-me-over’ until dinner.

As I got older and moved out on my own, I rarely exercised, and ate junk food constantly. I paid little, if any, attention to my health.

FAST FORWARD TO 2014

After dad passed away, mom decided she wanted to move to the country… to raise chickens, and grow our own food…

But even then, my bad eating habits and my love of sweet confectionery foods continued…

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However, after my third trip to the hospital, and second stay in the cardiac unit – once again told that it was my digestive system, I knew drastic changes were needed!

I began educating myself with different eating plans… Yet I was still having severe pains in my stomach, which now included pain in my gallbladder!

My digestive track was under attack!

In August 2016, I began a severe elimination diet. The purpose – to eliminate the pain!

I was only eating 4 veggies (carrots, zuchinni, spinach and green beans), chicken, and homemade bone broth.

Amazingly, within 24 hours the pain was gone!

The only problem – I quickly became bored with my ‘diet!’

I needed to find a better way to eat. A food plan that would allow me to eat without pain!

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That’s when I stumbled upon an eating plan that helped me understand my relationship with food and how it affected my health.

Unfortunately, as good as the plan was, its wasn’t meant to be a long term eating plan…

I needed something that would carry me through this journey we call life!

That’s when it hit me… The foods I was growing and raising on my little homestead was providing me the nourishment I needed for good health!

Henceforth, ‘Farm Cooking’- eating whole fresh foods from the farm, equals good medicine!

Here’s to good health!

~ Sheri