At last, in mid-November, the blog is back to real time. Living in the desert full time now, I greatly appreciated and totally snurfed up the beauty of the greens and golds of VA, MI, and WA last summer, along with the machinery that takes care of it. I had forgotten how being on the move awakens me to all that is around me.
Have you noticed how titles and names for things have changed over the years? Instead of speed bumps in VA, their signs announced “Traffic Calming Areas.” That’s a little like the change made a few years ago when housewives became Domestic Engineers.
Church marquees are rarely boring. In the heat and humidity of a VA August, a church announced, “This church is ‘Prayer conditioned.’”
Visiting my kids always makes me wonder what’s going on in their minds. One night I helped prepare dinner (a miracle!) at my daughter’s. I tried to put a belligerent butter container back in the refrigerator, but it fought me. Tracey said, “Walk away from the butter, Mom.” Hmmm.
In WA, I stumbled on to a plot. When Becca left for the summer, she left a pair of grandrats for Janet and Bill to take care of while she was gone. They died a natural death fairly soon. Then Becca went to Peru to be part of the Peace Corps for two years and left her grandfish to be cared for by her parents. Janet informed me that grandfish live much longer than grandrats. I realized a diabolical plot was forming. As she fed them, she quietly whispered to the tune of Hello Dolly, “Hello sushi.”
Tomorrow morning I’m leaving on a Press Trip that will fly me to Las Vegas and then on to the lovely Furnace Creek Resort in Death Valley National Park. In a few weeks, I’ll tell you some of the stories from this fun trip. God Bless until next week.
Winter in the Wilderness, the first e-book novel published by Minshall, is offered at most Internet book sites. A print edition may be obtained from Amazon, or you can order an autographed copy from the author at Box 1040, Congress, AZ for $7.95 plus $3.50 for postage and handling. The fourth edition of RVing Alaska and Canada is available through Amazon.com.
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.”