Beach or the MountainsWhere do you love to spend your summers? I love the beach and Mike loves the mountains so we spend time doing both. To me there is nothing more relaxing than listening to the waves crash up on the beach. To Mike the smell of clean, fresh air and no people are his ‘go to’ place. Do you and your traveling companion have a favorite place to relax and renew?
August brings hot days to much of the country including the Northwest. We have ‘heat warnings’ this week which is unusual for this area. Once August rolls around, many of us are starting to plan and making reservations on where we will spend the winter. Sadly it also brings fire dangers across the west.. According to the USDA Forest Service as of today there are 32 uncontained large fires in the west. https://fsapps.nwcg.gov/ So be very careful out there and be sure to check out any area you plan to visit.
Important Tip: With all the crazy weather happening all across the country, now is a good time to review your emergency plan. And if you don’t have one promise yourself you will make one today! Also do you have your ‘bug-out’ or ‘ditch’ bag made and ready to grab in a moments notice? We have discussed this in many seminars and I hope you downloaded a copy from the website for reference. I have read several times that you need to be able to evacuate within 10 minutes…could you do it? What is most important to grab IF you have time to grab anything? In my book Keep Your Small Space from Bulging at the Seams there are a couple of great articles written by readers Danise and Kathryn on Emergency procedures and plans so if you don’t have your copy, you should order it today. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=177. Another great tip from Danise.
A Great Beach Tip: Here are some great ideas to enjoy a day at the beach. A few things prepared ahead will make it more enjoyable and cleanup much easier. 1) Line the trunk of the car with an old sheet, a shower curtain or plastic table cloth that you’ve picked up at the Dollar Store. When you get home just grab all four corners and lift out of the trunk and the mess is gone. 2) Put another shower curtain or table cloth under your beach blanket which will keep the sand from getting embedded in the blanket or towel. 3) Take lots of sunscreen and apply it often. 4) Wear a hat that covers your face, ears and neck. 5) Use a mesh beach bag so the sand falls through. 6) Invest in a pair of beach shoes so if the beach is rocky, you can still wade in the water. 7) If you are a shell collector like I am, take a mesh produce bag to put your finds in so the sand sifts out…when you get them home, rinse the sand off and soak them in a mixture of bleach and water for several hours or cover with toothpaste and let them sit several hours or over night. Then take an old soft toothbrush to clean them off, rinse well and let dry. Next rub them with a little mineral oil to give them a shine. A fun and small memento of your day at the beach and the best part of it all…none of these things take up much room in your RV. I have Mike drill a hole in them and hang them on our little tree at Christmas.
Easy and time saving TIP: Don’t have anywhere to hang those clothes as they come out of the dryer? Purchase a flange at the hardware store along with a 12 inch piece of pipe that will screw into the flange and a rubber end for the flange. Hang the flange in a handy place close to the dryer and when doing laundry screw the pipe into the flange for a great place to hang those shirts, etc as they come out of the dryer and to cool down. When finished with the laundry, be sure to unscrew the pipe and store beside the washer/dryer. *Taken from a post by Deedee Pearce on Facebook.
As I told you last week, I am starting a redecorating project in our motor home. I decided to start first in the bathroom but want a continuous look throughout so colors, fabrics and styles will all compliment each other. This is a before photo. I have now removed the old border, installed Smart Tiles from Home Depot and primed with the Gardz primer I told you about last week. I am now waiting for the fabric samples to finalize my paint color. Eventually the cabinets will be painted white but that will come as I have time. Our vintage, 2004 has gold and brass metal and rather then replace what can be (lights and towel bars) and what can’t (the shower surround) I am opting to use a product called Rub ‘n Buff in silver. It is easy to use and I did the light fixture yesterday. I still need to buff it to a shine but we put the bulbs back in as it got dark so will finish it up today. As I continue with the process i will keep you posted and if you have any questions, please email me at email@example.com.
When in San Francisco we had some amazing food. I gave you one of them in last week’s newsletter and here is another that is super and healthy besides. Fried Brussel Sprouts/Cauliflower/Bacon.
I used the Safety paring knives https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=69 to slice the sprouts in half and cube the bacon. I used the slicer/mandolin to slice the cauliflower. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=175 Saute the bacon first in a frying pan until crisp. Remove and reserve. In the drippings saute the sprouts and cauliflower until slightly brown then cover to steam until al dente. Season with sea salt and toss with the bacon using the fiskie. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=150 Serve immediately. They served it with ground aleppo pepper which we chose to leave off. OMG a yummy quick and easy side dish.
And the item I use the very most this time of year during produce season in the Northwest are the four (yes 4) Collapsible Produce Keepers https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=63 They are all full of yummy fresh produce from Farmers Markets. One with my favorite berries…tayberries, one with small cucumbers that I love to just eat fresh, one with Romaine lettuce and the 4th one with snap peas but I vary what might be in any of them from time to time. It is so amazing how long things last in the keepers.
Great Places to Visit: Wings Over Washington…on the Seattle waterfront. A fun ride that is pretty new to the waterfront. My kids have done it and say it is better than “Soaring” the Disneyland ride. http://www.wingsoverwa.com/ And while you’re downtown be sure to drive just north to the Ballard area and shop at the Purple Store! I haven’t been yet but sounds like a fun place to visit! https://www.thepurplestore.com/seattle.shtml. And a must along the way is the Chihuly Gardens next to the Space Needle. https://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/.
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I thought this was a fun quote about those of us who travel in an RV because we all love the journey and where it takes us. And our beautiful United States is filled with breathtaking scenery, things to do and people to meet. Our wish is that someday we meet you in our travels. I love to meet people who say “Oh I took your seminar in X” or we met in “Y” at a rally or at a potluck in “anywhere USA.”
Until next time travel safe. Gail and Mike