Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Betty The Best, by Kimberly Valzania

This Description of Vintage Camper Heaven is No Joke.

Via Kimberly Valzania
on May 29, 2017

A vintage camper is my own private Idaho.

What is it about a vintage camper that gets me all hot and bothered? Do I want to run away? Do I pine to live the life of a vagabond, a nomad, exploring the many secret (and not so secret) pit stops and places that this great, wide, open, and wondrous country has to offer me?
Yes, that must be it.
I imagine myself relaxing inside, (or outside, or on top), reading a book by myself in the middle of Red Rock, Sedona, or Bluegrass, Kentucky, or Big Sky, Montana, while a tea kettle begins to whistle on my little mini stove, and the wind chimes (the ones I bought when I went to see the Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico), gently lull my senses.
Is that too much to ask?
I am seduced by these thoughts. These thoughts of vintage campers and wanderlust. They have become a bit of an obsession. Is it possible for you to understand my yearning? And if it isn’t possible, can you at least indulge me for a bit?
I love traveling. Let me rephrase that: I love traveling inexpensively.  A camper provides a way to do it! No hotels. I could easily don a pair of shorts, and live this way for three straight summer months every year.
What’s not to love about that?
There is something to be said for all the activity surrounding the “set up” of a camper as well. Unrolling the canopy, putting out the lawn chairs, building a little campfire. I’m the type of cutesy person who would insist on a darling welcome mat for the doorstep. And I would more than likely pin up little solar lights for simple, twinkling, evenings of enchantment. I would heat up some chicken noodle soup to have in a mug with crackers on the side, after my rugged hike and quick dip in a pristine lake on a glorious day—a day without  worries.
That sounds exactly like what I want.
Also, the thought of campers and wandering sure beats the heck out of scrolling and trolling through my Facebook news feed.
I guess it’s the sort of retirement I dream about. A benign 55+ “community” (shudder) where a perky activities director tries like hell to get me all worked up about going to bingo once a week? Sorry, but no, thanks. I don’t want to go to “mixers”  where they play music from my generation. Honestly, what would that be like? A bunch of gray-haired people, post knee-replacement, dancing around to Jay-Z, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Pearl Jam? (Cue the second shudder).
I don’t want another house. I want a camper. Seriously. I want my own private Idaho. 
Did you know that the word “Idaho” derives from the Shoshone language and means, “the sun comes from the mountains”? I didn’t either, but I love it.
I want to check things out firsthand, go to flea markets, and eat in greasy spoon diners (sometimes). It would be appealing to visit friends around the country, take in a few flea markets, or enjoy our nation’s parks, recreation, and landmarks. I want to camp by the ocean and walk to a coffee shop. I want to sleep in a cramped, but comfortable corner inside four sturdy walls with just a light, six-point Hudson’s Bay blanket to keep me warm, a cool breeze gently lifting the sheer curtains through an open window.
At night, I want to stare at the moon and swim. In the morning, I want to rise with the sun and listen to Earth wake up. I want to wash my damn clothes in a creek. No joke. 
I want to live frugally and respectfully and meaningfully and adventurously. For at least three months a year.

And any vintage camper will do, because I simply love them all.

How about this bright yellow 1964 Thunderbird?
I could live in it, cultivate my succulents, and read novels.
Maybe I could wear bright, busty, apron dresses with retro cherry clusters or birds on them while eating sliced and salted avocados and buffalo mozzarella on a French baguette for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Perhaps I would enjoy a few chilled Moscow Mules right around happy hour. For three whole months I could run in the canyons, float in the surf, and ride my bike through the Redwood Forest.
And my trailer would be tricked-out like a complete bad-ass.
A girl can dream, can’t she?
In my dream, her name is Betty. Betty The Best. 
Author: Kimberly Valzania

Sunday, June 11, 2017

A Memory from 2014

Camptown Girls at Big River Campground

Here I am. Hooked up, stocked up....and ready for the trip. I only wish my friend was on time....I had to wait a half hour. The drive was great, a Thursday morning, and little traffic. It took about 1 1/2 hours to reach our destination....Big River Campground.

Here is the campsite, a lovely place in the Ponderosa Pines along the river.

The river, so known as the Deschutes River, in Central Oregon.

My picnic table, with floral tablecloth and solar candlestick.

Prairie Flower with the "trimmings", all ready for the weekend.

My friend Connie playing her violin beside the river. I snuck up behind her to get this pic. Her playing is very lovely, and I enjoyed the music very much.

The Big River Campground is very close to Sunriver Resort, and Bend Oregon. 

Happy Trailering...until next time. Have a nice campfire, and roast your favorite treat!!  Sharon

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Waiting for ?

Dear Ready Girl,
One of the worst mistakes we can ever make is to wait and wait and wait for there to be the "right amount" or the "right people" or the "right person" or the "right circumstances" to start living the life that is calling to us. No matter where we are or what we have, there is always a way to get headed in the right direction...and to just begin.
So, dear friend, begin today. Begin with something big or begin with something small, but begin. Begin with one step. And then just take another and another and another and another.
If you are waiting for the perfect time to start, the perfect time is now. If you think the time has passed and it's too late, it is not. Begin today.
We really just have to decide that we are going to make something happen, and somehow we will be able to pull together what we need to do it.
As the old Chinese proverb goes, "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago -- the second best time is today."
Do what you can with what you have right now, today. Begin.
You are so very very very loved.
(...pass it on...)

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Let others own their own words...

Dear Beautiful Soul,

Boy oh boy...relationships can be complicated, can't they? 

If you find yourself being on the other side of behavior that feels mean or vindictive or harsh or defensive or argumentative, try to remember to let others own their actions and their words. 

Sometimes things we do or say are triggers to other's unhealed wounds...wounds that have nothing to do with us but are simply unhealed. And often people will try to punish us for wounds that were there long before we were, just because we may have innocently and unknowingly triggered those old wounds.

So don't get sucked into all of that, and instead just lovingly let others own their own stuff. Make sure you own yours too.

The key to soul freedom is to own your behavior, your reactions and your thoughts....and to let others own theirs. 

It'll bring you more really will.

This is a daily message from Brave Girls Club.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Imagine Great Succulent Displays

I was out and about today. I stopped by a small rural roadside store, cafe, post office, and vintage junk place. All in one stop, shop. I took these two photos, because I thought that they are nice. Have a great day!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Vintage Beauty

''I think midlife is when the universe gently places her hands upon your shoulders, pulls you close, and whispers in your ear:
I’m not screwing around. It’s time. All of this pretending and performing – these coping mechanisms that you’ve developed to protect yourself from feeling inadequate and getting hurt – has to go.
Your armor is preventing you from growing into your gifts. I understand that you needed these protections when you were small. I understand that you believed your armor could help you secure all of the things you needed to feel worthy of love and belonging, but you’re still searching and you’re more lost than ever.
Time is growing short. There are unexplored adventures ahead of you. You can’t live the rest of your life worried about what other people think. You were born worthy of love and belonging. Courage and daring are coursing through you. You were made to live and love with your whole heart. It’s time to show up and be seen.''
Brené Brown

Here is a quick question? For anyone who has known me for a long time. Do you think that these two vintage photos of unknown beauties look like a younger age?

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Daily Brave Girls Club Message

Your daily truth from the Brave Girls Club...
Dear Influential Girl,

It's so important to surround yourself with the right kinds of people when you are striving to live a meaningful life. 

We can't always choose those we will walk with on our paths in life, but whenever we can, it makes everything easier, more joyful, and so much more productive when we choose to spend our days with people who bring out the best in us, see the best in us, and believe the best about us.

Seek out people who make you want to become a better person, the kinds of people who are focused on positive and good things in life.

It will inevitably rub off on you and before you know it, YOU will be the one that others are seeking out because YOU are leaving everyone better, happier, and more hopeful than they were before you found them.

You have SO MUCH more influence than you know. Thank you for using it in such wonderful ways.

You are loved.

{pass it on...}

Friday, June 2, 2017

My Search for a Tenor Ukulele

I started thinking about getting a larger Ukulele last fall. I do own a very nice Soprano Ukulele, that is wonderful, and sounds great. I have arthritis in some joints in my fingers, and I have trouble with the small size of a Soprano. 

I needed to find my perfect Tenor Ukulele, as opposed to the experts...

I started my adventure in testing Tenor Ukulele's in nearby Shops. I think that I tried at least 25 different ukulele's. I tried every one that was in stock. I tried them form $100 to $2400. Yes, the more expensive ones were best. But...are they worth the price? I met some knowledgeable people along the way. I found what I wanted but...Collings Ukulele stopped making theirs, and expanded their guitar line. It was a bummer. I could not get one. I put the idea on hold for several months, thinking that one might be found. No luck.

I visited the local shops recently... to see what they had. One still had a vintage Martin, priced at $ sounds really terrible when played. The Bulgarian import was much better...and $600. 2 tenor ukes, I was unimpressed.

I was thinking that maybe I should call pawn shops to see if there were any ukulele's that might interest me. 

I drove several blocks to another music store. Last fall they had many high end ukulele's there. They had a entire high-end collection on estate consignment, very expensive, hand-made instruments. I didn't want to spend $1500+ for my Tenor Ukulele.  I was surprised that all those consignment items were gone. There were many less instruments there. OK, I thought, I would try out all the Tenor's that they had in stock, about 15. There were all kinds. My idea was ...   1. Great Sound, 2. Play-ability and feel to me, 3. Pretty (why buy an ugly thing). A Tenor Ukulele must meet my desires and not be outrageously priced. I don't want to have one that is worry-some to take camping. Theft is a possible problem too.

To Be Continued...

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Stand Up Tall Girl

Dear Steadfast Girl,

One of the most powerful things we can do it is to stand in our very own skin and proclaim out loud what we will and will not allow...what we will and will not believe in...what we will and will not fight for, or fight about....what we will and will not accept as truth for our life or ourselves.

Sometimes we think things...but we never claim those things powerfully, or proclaim them. 

Sometimes we know something is not right...or we know something is very very right.....but we never stand in our own power and make it real.

Beautiful's something to try. Try to stand up tall....get your big beautiful soul into your own skin...and say some things out loud that you believe....that you may have been afraid to say out loud before. You will find that it will be incredibly amazing to hear your own beautiful self say things with such power and conviction...and you will find that your actions will follow your proclamations....come on, just try it.

You have the right, you have the even have the responsibility to live big in your own skin and to take charge of what you will and will not do..will and will not believe...will and will not allow.......Let yourself hear it from your own mouth.....miracles will happen.

Come brave.

You are so very very very loved.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day Tribute

Normandy Graves

My grandfather's brother, Archie Hawley went fervently, naively, and bravely to fight in WWI. He was with some of the first troops in France.

I read the last letter his newly wedded wife wrote to him, but never sent. I had a great curiosity when reading the contents. They were planning the life that they were going to lead when he returned. I thought....why would he volunteer for serving in the war? Things were very different 100 years ago.

She received the notice that he was killed in action in France...a young man from the small farming town of Moscow, Idaho. Everything changed in an instant, the planned life was never to happen.

A first hand account from one of his fellow soldiers said that "one minute Archie was beside him, and in an instant, Archie was gone when the bomb went off".
He had a huge soldiers funeral...I saw photos of the funeral...he was the first hometown hero of WWI.

My own Dad was in the Air Force in WWII. He flew the very dangerous bombing missions over Europe. His silk scarf with the map of Europe is still is the family.

My family history in the USA goes back to the 1660's, and am certain that the men fought the Revolutionary War, and the Civil War,

This is just a few words of tribute to everyone who has served this country, and made and kept this wonderful county free.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Catmint - a new plant to try

I just purchased 2 new Catmint plants. These plants are purported to be effective against Deer.

This is a review I found. It seems that deer detest this pretty blue flower.

Catmint is a super-hardy perennial that’s not only deer resistant but drought resistant as well. It’s a standout in containers, beds, or borders. Cut it back hard after that first flush of brilliant purple flowers, and you’ll be rewarded with another bloom before the end of the season.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Time for a Break

I think that is high time to take my vintage trailer out of storage for the first 2017 Girl Camp Oregon. I would go after the Memorial Day Weekend. I think that the campgrounds will have room for some gals to stay a couple of nights.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Live Your Truth!

Think of a time when you knew FOR SURE, for sure for sure, for SURE that you were experiencing truth. Think of that feeling, that peace, that knowing

What does truth feel like? 

Truth feels good and peaceful and warm, even with the truth is a hard reality. 

Truth is peace, and truth is light being shed on darkness. 

Truth eliminates confusion and loves the beauty of life, in all of its forms.

Live your truth. Speak your truth. Embrace your truth. CARRY YOUR TRUTH with you and try your VERY HARDEST to never let anything or anyone sway you away from your truth. If your tr
uth is hard to find, seek it out. Do whatever it takes to hold hands with your truth.

Your truth is one of the only things that is truly yours. You have your truth, you have your story, and you have choice. Please use them all wisely.

You are incredibly brave and absolutely beautiful. And you are so very loved. Don't ever forget it.

From Brave Girls Club

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Be a Smart Woman

Yes, I made this deal with myself long ago, and I stick with it. A former friend was very unkind to me. She is now unfriended and blocked.

I will not put up with anyone talking trash to me about me...the end. Oh, and BTW, I hope that you read this Deana Wolfe.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Don't Quit

Dear Healing Girl,

Keep trying. Keep at it. Keep believing. Keep showing up. (especially when you don't want to)

When it gets tough....give yourself a little break while telling yourself that as soon as the break is's time to keep trying, keep at it, keep believing and keep showing up.

There is not really an easy solution or fast road to the deepest work of is just all about showing up day after day and doing what you can with each day and then letting the rest go. It's about making every day a brand new day and continuously sorting sorting sorting what is good from what is best....and only choosing what is best.

Don't you dare quit, sweet friend. You have come too far and done too much work to quit now. Stop and have some fun, stop and take a break...notice the goodness along the way......but just don't quit.

It's going to be worth it. You will see.

You are so very loved.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


"One of the most powerful things we can do it is to stand in our very own skin and proclaim out loud what we will and will not allow...what we will and will not believe in...what we will and will not fight for, or fight about....what we will and will not accept as truth for our life or ourselves."   Brave Girls Club

Shut Out All Outside Voices

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Monday, May 15, 2017

You are going to be okay

I listen to this when I need a friend to talk to...she is Melody Ross.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day!! I love u and miss u so much!!:

To all my readers, who are a Mother, enjoy this vintage card. Sweet...

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Rosemary in the Garden

My Rosemary plants did not fare well over the winter. There just was too much deep snow, cold, and rain. Most of plants died, and I am left with brown and dead plants. These things happen to all gardeners at times.

I looked at new starts at a nursery. Tiny, 4" stems in a pot for $3-4. I am not purchasing a tiny start! 

I have rooted Rosemary cuttings in water a few years ago. OK, so it is back to the frugal method. Today, I got 10 new cuttings from a friend's beautiful plant...that I have admired. It has really nice blooms!

I removed all the leaves from the bottom 2" of the cuttings, and put only the bottoms into fresh water to root. They should start roots in about 2 weeks. 

A generous friend with a nice plant and some gardening skill is all that I need.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Sparkling Girl - Brave Girls Club Daily Message

Dear Sparkling Girl,

Not everyone is going to understand you, or understand your ways. Not everyone is going to understand your heart, your tenderness, your intentions. Not everyone is going to "get" you. Not everyone is going to appreciate you. Not everyone is going to see you, notice you and recognize you. Not everyone is going support you.

Beautiful friend, don't let ANY of that stop you.

We have to do the things we know to do, the things our hearts ache to do. We have to do those things in the ways that only WE can do them, in the ways that are most authentic & most truth-filled for each of us.

When we do things from a soul-deep place, we must find our validation from the Source of those things -- not from what others on the outside think about what we are doing or how we are doing it.

People who do things from their souls SPARKLE and will attract other SPARKLING people. Let it go if there are those who can't stand the brightness of your sparkle. Shine on. And then shine and shine and shine.

You were BORN to shine, you were born to sparkle.

You are so very loved.


From Brave Girls Club

Friday, May 5, 2017

Free Class from Kelly Rae Roberts

Kelly Rae Roberts is offering one of her great online class for FREE nest week. I am signed up, and really looking forward to the class. Here is the link to sign up for the class Wear Your Joy.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Princess in Disneyland

Girls weekend....go to Disneyland!

Meanwhile...I am home alone taking care of the farm. The surprise heatwave 90 F is killing me. I can't take the heat and there is so much work to do outdoors. My sunscreen is working well, but the old body is hurting, feet, neck, and my eyes. I have had so many things go wrong, like I think that the tomato plants fried today.....and the dog barfed inside....need I say more? Ugh!

And....I don't even want to talk about the riding lawnmower!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse

The news media (in this area) is starting to get everyone excited about the total solar eclipse coming in August. My farm is about 75 miles south of the best viewing area, shown in yellow on this map of the USA. The Oregon Tourism Commission is expecting many thousands of visitors coming to Oregon for this unusual event. I have heard reports that accommodations are high priced and mostly sold out already. The Oregon State Parks are sold out in that area also.

The last one over the USA was about 40 yrs ago. I don't remember it in the late 1970's. Maybe it was raining...I don't know.

Well, I decided to order some of the viewing in the first photo. I plan on viewing the eclipse this time!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

I could use a friend.

Love, Love, Love this. Yes, I could use a friend.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Bees are in the Hives

Look at the closeup of flying bees!

Update on the new Bees. They are doing very well, the Queens have been released from the tiny cages and all the bees are working hard on their new hives. We looked inside today to see how they were doing. There was a good amount of new comb cells made and the Queens are busy laying eggs.

The fruit trees are just about ready to flower, and will need is good to have bees again. We have many wild varieties of bees also.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

A Hive of Busy Bees

Today, the new bees were ready for pick-up in town. The nice, sunny weather was wonderful...and a great day for new bees. The bees are shipped from California, inside a refrigerator trailer to our supplier in Oregon, Glory Bee. They are kept in the dark in coolness, to keep them alive and quiet. This photo shows the back of the trailer, and boxes of bees inside. The bees come in these wood and screen boxes.

This photo shows my boxes of bees, up close. There are 3 lbs of bees and a Queen bee in each box. There are many loose bees flying around. These bees are not aggressive and not guarding a rarely will anyone be stung. Only the truck workers wear bee jackets. The bees did not bother us at all.

Next post - the bees come home.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Garden and Good Weather

Saturday was the very best sunny day! I have had it with this non-stop rain. Of course it is going to rain again for several days....  I had a plan for how to use this nice day, with plenty of sunscreen on my face. Getting some starts into the raised beds was at the top of my list. This raised bed is just planted with Brociflower, we love it and I freeze all the extra for later. 

This raised bed is newly planted with Snow Crown Cauliflower. They grow very well in this bed that gets a little shade and is a little cooler for them.

This garlic was planted last October and is doing well. I have been working on a variety that grows well here. Now that I have screen under this area...the gophers cannot eat it all. Note the rhubarb growing in the top right in the pic, it is coming up, and I am hoping for a good crop. The grass and weeds are growing very well.

I worked hard all day. This winter has made me soft with all the lazy days indoors. My feet were killing me! 

I did many other outdoor things as well......

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Sinker Mountain View

This is the new view from my front door. Well, it was there all along...but we could not see it. There was a stand of many large Douglas Fir trees growing across the road from us. The trees have been cut and removed over the last 3 weeks. I am not unhappy or upset about the logging...that is what is happening all around us.  I do love this view. The mountain in the far background is Sinker Mountain, and the elevation is 4700'. The distance is 10 1/2 air miles. I am enjoying the view! I can easily see the snow level now.

Sunday, April 9, 2017


Brave Girls Club
Writing blog posts has been uninspired for me for awhile now. I hope to get out of this funk, and get interested in posting more soon. Take care.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Growing Oregon Sugar Pod Peas

The weather is still frightful, cold rain and high winds today...with small hints of spring. Gardening marches on, and it is time to plant some things. Snow Peas are on my schedule to be planted. I just want to share this tip with you, pre-sprout the seeds. A few years ago I learned this method, and my germination and success is very good. My pea seeds have sprouted inside the house and it is time to plant them. I cover them with floating row cover, or mini portable cold frames. This protects the tiny plants and improves the growth of the plants for several weeks.