Because North Ranch temps have now reached 102 degrees by mid afternoon, everything is done before 9 a.m. or during an hour or so after sundown and even that is too hot. I have been going out at 5 a.m. and putting up “privacy black window material” on four side windows of the van. Have you ever put any of that up by yourself in the wee hours when you aren’t even awake, let alone functioning? A small section wouldn’t be bad but a 36” wide piece…that is beyond imagination.
When the window was cleaned and sprayed with the appropriate liquid, utilizing my teeth for holding one side, I pressed the other side on to the window and pulled the paper off the back (after fighting to get it to separate). Rewetting it where the material was to go (the more spray, the better, so the instructions said) and then on top of it, too, so I could use a dinky little yellow thingie to smooth out all the wrinkles and bubbles. In the meantime, any of the dark material that came within six foot of another section, stuck to it like syrup on pancakes. The stiff white backing paper twisted around my free foot that was bent on the floor.
If I were into drawing cartoons, one of this little old lady with one foot up on the food box and the rest of her body lying on top of the bed trying to accomplish all this, it would be exceedingly funny. It would remind me of that stuff all the e-mailers send to people who don’t bite their heads off like I do. While living it, well, “Tain’t funny, McGee!”
And if you don’t know that “McGee” refers to Fibber McGee and Molly, look it up! That was a radio show that started before I was born and continued until 1959 (I didn’t know that either). Anyway, while looking it up to check the spelling, it brought back a major memory of our family listening to the radio in the little log cabin down by the Dowagiac creek. I smiled and forgot all about being wrapped up in my work.
With broken nails intact, I will breathe a sigh of relief if I actually get on the road by Thursday. God Bless until next time.
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At 45, Widow Minshall began 20 years of solo full-time RVing throughout Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Sharlene canoed the Yukon, mushed sled dogs, worked a dude ranch, visited Hudson Bay polar bears, and lived six months on a Mexican beach. She lectured at Life on Wheels, published six RV-related books and wrote a novel, “Winter in the Wilderness.”