Wednesday, June 29, 2011

"60 Square Feet of Wisdom"

For those of you into simplicity, frugality, and low-impacticality (no, it's not a word but it should be), you might enjoy this article by Carol Venolia in Natural Home & Garden

She travels in a 13-foot Casita and says it's "just enough".

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Goods From China

好运 (Good fortune)

好东西的拖车 (Good stuff for the trailer

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Horatio's Drive

I recently watched a 2003 documentary by Ken Burns - Horatio’s Drive: America's First Road Trip.  I think you might like it. 

It’s a captivating account of the first U.S. coast-to-coast automobile trip. Undertaken on a lark, a $50 bet, and minimal preparation, the hearty Horatio Jackson and a co-pilot (to say nothing of the dog) depart from San Francisco in 1903 with all of 150 miles of paved road before them.

This documentary will give modern travelers a look at a past that wasn't that long ago. 

It’s available on Netflix via DVD or Instant Watch.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Things 'N Stuff

First I’m just thrilled to have so many supportive followers – and some new folks have checked in too. JerryC, his wife, and dog Sally have a wonderful blog about their Casita travels. They are living my kind of retirement i.e. currently traveling up the west coast, stopping at wineries, and pounding down the crabmeat. Heaven! (Disclaimer: I’ve never actually witnessed their eating styles. Admittedly, I’m projecting because that’s how I would do it).

OK. Now that the trailer is ordered, I can turn my attention to the fun stuff – trip planning! And shopping!

Actually, I’m not much for shopping. Browsing can be amusing though. But contemplating the future décor of my cute ‘little house’ is just plain fun. But as rvsue said on her blog, it’s hard to outfit a trailer you don’t yet possess.

Penny Wise

However, this sudden flurry of shopping activity has awakened the ill-tempered little miser who lives inside me and likes to yell. I'm pretty sure the accent is Scottish. The little skin-flint that, oddly enough, lets me spend thousands for a trailer and tow vehicle yet balks at buying a collapsible colander for $14.99.


I’ve got several lists. One contains things I need to take to Rice when I go to pick-up the trailer. Must-haves such as wheel chocks, an inverter, and a corkscrew. Another lists items that can wait till I get back like placemats and a portable grill. The third list, which I carry at all times, has items I am likely to see on the shelf but forget that I need e.g. a small whistling teapot, a can opener, a teeny tiny blow dryer, and decent cocktail shaker. (I may forget to take my hormone pills before dinner but I have never once forgotten to make a Manhattan).

I went to 3 stores and 1 thrift shop today and didn’t come home with a single thing.  Because now I’m thinking – wait - I have a good cocktail shaker. Do I really need a hair dryer just for the trailer? If I don’t duplicate, will I forget stuff? Stuff I really need? Is that even a consideration with a Wal-Mart at every exit?

The Casita appeals to me for the same reason I always liked backpacking and why I live in a 1400 sq. ft. home – it forces one to strip down to the essentials.  Simplicity.  So I'll probably stay minimalist for now. 

Oh well, back to the trip-planning.

Now there’s a satisfying - and cheap! – endeavor.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Trailer On Order!

Need I say it? I’m pretty excited.

I finished up a crucial step in my dissertation today. Afterwards, I went to my office, shut my door, and dialed the Casita factory. Carla, the salesperson, was just great. She said they just sold the last of the 2011 models and mine would be a 2012. There was a minimal base price increase of about $480. The price for options increased a tad as well but I still feel the price is fair considering both the quality and longevity of these great fiberglass eggs.

A few months ago, once I decided to go with the Casita, I went back-and-forth on new versus used.  The problem buying used is that 1) they really hold their value so there’s not much discount for a several year-old model 2) they are usually farther away than I can get to right now and, 3) you have to move fast and almost buy sight-unseen as the demand for used units is high.

Oh and, 4) I don’t have a tow vehicle yet.  Is that putting the cart before the horse or what?  But I have plenty of time to get a TV – about 6 months in fact because that’s how long the wait-list is for the factory.

So, new it is. And I’m pleased.  We always buy used cars and existing homes etc…  Most of my wardrobe comes from consignment or thrift shops.  We reduce, reuse, recycle.  We even have a used dog!

But I must admit it will be so nice to have a brand new trailer.  Fresh new cushions, new flooring, new appliances, new toilet (OK, I’ll stop now).  A warranty!!!  And I can justify the cost – this is my big splurge for getting through school.  I have other, back-up rationalizations too just in case I need them.

Six?  People?  Really?

Thursday, June 16, 2011

All Of The Above

When I first realized I needed to get moving again, I thought of covering long distances in a concentrated effort to fill the many holes in my travel resume.  To be become systematically adrift, to attack the map, in constant motion.   

Then I wanted to go somewhere and just hike.  And maybe fish a little bit. 

Now I want to go somewhere and just be.  No work, no school, no house, no yard, no errands, no fill-in-the-blank.  You know what I mean. 

It strikes me that someone whose plans evolve to such a degree needs a house on wheels.   

I think I'll order my trailer tomorrow.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Name That Trailer!

The Hatchery in Rice, TX
Thanks to Arizona Eileen at the Casita Travel Trailer Forum for compiling this list of trailer names submitted by their owners.

This is just a partial list - the most eggscellent ones that crack me up.


Cassie Blanca

Cram-A-Lot Inn

Free Range Egg


Loco Poco Huevo


Mama Cass

Motel One

Casita Bonita

No Yolk


Snuggy Buggy


The Oval Office


I’ve never named an inanimate object before but .... 

How about I-Pod?

I'm open to suggestions.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Thanksgiving in June

At the moment anyway, this blog focuses solely on stuff I don’t have – mainly an RV. And time for road trips. One could define the current tenor of this blog as selfish and somewhat whiny. But this is a misrepresentation.  In my real life, I make a concious effort to focus on what I do have as opposed to what is lacking. Sometimes I forget to do that.

Well, Saturday I decided to take an hour to photograph the things I do have – the nearby stuff.  Inside my front door and right outside. It wasn’t hard to do.  And a great way to spend the day. 

A fully-stocked refrigerator

Fresh produce

Fishin' Gear

A good bottle of wine

A thriving bird habitat

A loyal friend

My grandfather's chairs

Home for a new generation of Cardinals

Hydrangea bloom


Table for two with the best food in town

Triple-Bug parking!  (That's us on the far left).
Turns out, if you search for things to be grateful for, they are all over.  And this doesn't even include people. 

That's another post.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Blogger Comments Bug

For the last week or so, when I try to leave comments on Google blogs, I'm endlessly asked to sign in.  I do so, but it never "takes".

Sometimes I can post as "anonymous" but I prefer not to.  Sometimes it will take my name and URL. 

So for all of you whose blogs I follow, I still am!  I'm just unwillingly silent these days. 

Anybody else having this problem?  (Of course if you are, you might not be able to tell me).

Friday, June 3, 2011

Already Decorating!

Now I just need some walls! 

Because I've finally decided on the Casita, I purchased this signed print today:

"The Road Less Traveled"

The painting is the creation of talented artist Paige Bridges.  That link is to her eBay store. This is the link to her online studio that showcases her vintage trailer art and the stories behind them. 

She emailed me personally to inform me that my print was on the way (within an hour of ordering it!).  I thanked her and told her I looked forward to hanging it in pride of place in the Casita when I pick it up in January.  She asked me why I had to wait so long and remarked how patient I  must be!  I assured her that I am not really patient, but the factory has a 6-month waiting list and I'm just all kinds of committed through mid- December. 

I love the painting.  As a certified vintage travel trailer nut, I like all her work.  It was hard to pick just one!

One tip I've picked up is that Casita owners mount objects d'art on the carpeted walls using old-fashioned drapery hooks.  A very effective solution. 

For those of you unfamiliar with the Casita interior, the walls are covered in carpet.  It's prettier than it sounds and helps gives the trailers a cozy feel.

Like this!