Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Valentine’s Day can be a little tricky when you’re single. I choose to see it as a day when I’m grateful for all the love that surrounds me….and like every beautiful day, I have gotten lots of hugs and kisses. That’s one of the blessings when you’re surrounded by little kids. There’s always lots of love in the air ❤

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Yours,

Maria

Winter Wonderland

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After all the hard work getting the new-old RV in shape last week, it was awesome to go for a little road trip this weekend, one fun night in Reno, and a day of snowboarding in Lake Tahoe. It was the first time I went snowboarding after my daughter’s birth 4 years ago. When I lived in Sweden my goal was to get at least 100 days/year of snowboarding, and I usually managed to get that. It was exhilarating to be on a board again! The best thing of all is that my daughter now shares my love for snow.

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I am so proud of her! It was snowing A LOT, and the wind was blowing hard. The kid slope was closed, so she got to go up on the big slope, on her second day of snowboarding ever. She did great!

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We will be back soon for sure!

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I don’t have any snowboard equipment here in the US, so I rented some. My first thought was, this board don’t have any edges! However, I soon realized that the kind of sharp edges required for good snowboarding in my hometown Åre, wasn’t as important in this abundance of snow. I’m used to rock hard slopes, usually with generous amounts of ice. This was a completely different kind of snowboarding, that I am totally inexperienced with. I will not have any problems adjusting to these quantities of snow! LOL. I’m stoked that it looks like snowboarding is going to be a part of my life again, since it is now obvious that the love of snowboarding is in my daughter’s blood as well.

 

I hope YOU had an awesome weekend!

Yours,

Maria

Project: A Place To Call Home

So I have been away from the blogging world for about a week. I mentioned in my last post that I had to find other living arrangements. Several of my friends immediately offered me a room in their house. I’m very grateful for that, I am blessed to have many wonderful, amazing friends, but if possible I like having a place of my own. I’ve lived by myself for almost 20 years now, I kind of like it. I looked at a few rental properties. After some thinking, and considering that I have to be out of the house ASAP (before the end of this weekend,) I had to get started on something. I decided to buy an old RV, and make it nice.

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It looked horrible on the inside when I got it, full of crap, everything from diapers to broken furniture etc. I bought it because the frame was good, the electric, stove, fridge, freezer, water, sewer etc works, and it was very affordable. After all this was an unexpected expense.

I threw everything out, and took it to the dump. I scrubbed the inside, from roof to floor, 8 times, with a very strong chem. (I got it from a trucker friend of mine. He uses it for cleaning his truck.) After some much needed ventilation, I did some light carpentry, and fixing of things, and started to paint. I finished painting today. I painted everything on the inside three times, including inside the cabinets, and the roof.

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I cleaned all the carpets thoroughly, but decided to get new carpet for the bedroom anyways.

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I’m not completely finished. I’m going to give the kitchen cabinets some blue color tomorrow morning, and clean the mess I created while painting. I am planning to move in tomorrow, and finish some smaller projects while living there. My daughter have been staying with her father for a week, I’m picking her up Monday. It should be decent by then. I might have some decorating left to do, but it should feel warm and welcoming to her. I’m making a separate play area (see photo,) for her, where it used to be bunkbeds, (I took them out.) I’m going to decorate it tomorrow, and bring her toys there.

I am lucky to be able to park the RV at some friends property, on the countryside. I already moved it. I even have my container garden of fruit trees with me. This RV is a good learning project for me. I will probably sell it in a few months, and do another project. I know I can do better with more time. I did some things a little faster than I would of liked. For now I am very satisfied. Considering the RV’s age, it’s a 1990 years model, I decided to only dedicate $1000 to this project. I don’t want to lose anything when I sell it, (I’d rather have it the other way around.) I bought the RV for $600, added building material/paint/electrical cords/microwave etc for $400. (I LOVE CRAIGSLIST!) I did put in many hours this week working on this project, getting up at 4am every day. I didn’t listen to music, something I love, but instead used the time of solitude to do some much needed thinking. Painting is almost meditative! I have done a lot of painting, as my step father had a painting business when I was a teenager. Most of the painting work went on autopilot.

I think it’s pretty cool that it is possible to spend as little (compared to most housing alternatives) as $1000, and a weeks worth of work, and get a decent place to live out of it. I understand this isn’t for everyone, but I tried RV living before (a total of 2,5 years,) and loved it. It is true that the RV I lived in then was newer, and more modern. This will be different. I feel lighter inside. It’s kind of an almost home, while working on my dream.

Despite the challenge of getting everything ready on time, it’s been a lot of fun!! I kind of like challenges, as long as I feel that they are somewhat doable. LOL. I will post more pictures as the project makes more progress.

 

Yours,

Maria

New Doors

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When one door closes, another opens. – Alexander Graham Bell

I’ve been living in the same house for almost 1,5 years. It might not sound like a long time for you, but it is a pretty long time for a gypsy soul like me. Last week I got a text from the owner, telling me that he wasn’t going to be able to keep the house. That it was going to be a short sale, or foreclosure. Very soon! I needed to find something else ASAP.

I do feel very sad for the owner of the house. I might be a little crazy, but along with some stress about the timeline, I’ve felt exhilarated. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to turn this into something good. Finding a positive stimulating surrounding, where my daughter can thrive. Something in line with my goals. That is exciting! I’ll keep you posted 😉

So now you know why I have been absent for a few days 🙂 Have an awesome weekend!

Yours,

Maria

 

Graceful Horses

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My second entry to the weekly photo challenge Graceful. A young mustang showing off his Joie De Vivre.

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Art prints in black and white available. Click on the photos, to see available printing sizes, and pricing. The checkout process is made very easy. Worldwide delivery, safely pay with any credit card. I hope your weekend is AWESOME!

Yours,

Maria