‘Que sera, sera,
Whatever will be, will be
As old slides and logs slither out to sea
Will a future log be written by me?
What will be, will be.
‘Que sera, sera
The holidays are over. My oldest kids, Janet and Bill, did so many jobs for me and now they have gone home. The leftovers are almost gone. (There will be some in the freezer until the day I leave earth or this area, whichever comes first.) The Christmas and birthday cards have been re-read, cried over, and the faces torn off, put in a plastic bag, and put on the White Elephant Table in case some enterprising artist wants to use them in special projects.
Janet scanned hundreds of important and sentimental papers, announcements, special holiday cards, and articles I didn’t already have in my computer. Since they left I have gone through hundreds, if not thousands of slides, most of which were put on the computer a long time ago. Still, it was fun perusing them once again before shifting them off the viewer and into the wastebasket. It was fun reminiscing places where I have traveled. I also dumped a 4 inch-thick, double-sided set of logs that were from living in Baja on the beach and a couple of years after that. Those made for extremely interesting reading…for me.
For the past three months, I have been downsizing Wal-Mart containers, stackable office storage cases, and file cabinets by scanning, condensing, or tossing. I donated roughly one hundred non-fiction or photo books bought in areas I visited, to our church library, Habitat, and friends. I didn’t realize I had accumulated so much. I used to have everything I owned in a 27’ X 8’ space with wheels. How did this happen? With many trips down to Habitat with an accumulation of odds and ends and a long list of good things I don’t want to bother to try to sell, the good news is that this job is almost complete. The house has to be kept in near perfect condition for a Real Estate visit so that leaves me with no excuses, it is time to write.
The day is magnificent and a phone call early this morning from a friend who lives next to Lake Michigan and all that lake-effect snow, I feel blessed. Now if I could just figure out how to program the new TV remote control that is supposed to be so simple. Ah well. 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.”