Are They Goals or Resolutions?

Are They Goals or Resolutions?

As I switch out the calendar hanging on my wall, I’m saddened by the thought that 2019 has come to an end. I had a fantastic year, a year filled with good health, mingling with friends old and new, lots of time connecting with family, and traveling in a relaxing sort of way. So, as I reflect on the passing of yet another year, I look toward the future.

Not only is it a new year but a new decade. 2020 sounds so George Jetson like, doesn’t it? And although we may not have a Rosie in our lives, we do have Alexa, Siri, Roomba, self-driving cars, smartphones, and all the other gadgets out there that supposedly make our lives easier. I’d say, we’ve come a long way in the past decade and it’ll be interesting to see where this new decade takes us.

spreading your wings. a sculpture with wings out stretched
Spreading our wings in 2020

Resolutions are made up of goals.

Yeah, 2019 was a good year for me, an excellent year, but there’s always something refreshing about changing out that calendar. With a new year and a new decade in front of me, I feel a sense of a blank slate that needs to be filled with hopes, dreams, and goals. I don’t usually do the whole New Years Resolution thing per se, but I do think about loosely set goals. However, goal setting, in general, is something I consider regularly and not just yearly.

Hmm, I wonder what’s the difference between resolutions and goals?

While there is a difference between goals and resolutions, they are intertwinded. Resolution: a firm decision to do or not to do something. Goal: the object of a person’s amibition or effort; an aim for a desired result.

Goals provide a direction to follow to achieve a desired outcome. Goals involve planning, preparing, and taking action. Ah, I do have goals indeed and perhaps even a resolution thrown in the mix just for fun.

My top five goals for 2020

  1. Eat healthier and hopefully lose a few pounds (isn’t this on everyone’s list?)
  2. Exercise more – get more physically fit (again, popular)
  3. Save more, spend less money (this should be on everyone’s list)
  4. Blog consistently – for fun and to provide helpful information
  5. Embrace cooking and try new recipes regularly.
blueberry coffee cake baked in a cast iron skillet
I wonder, will I be baking as much in 2020?

Ah, I’m sure those top three goals aka resolutions are on most peoples list and usually are every year. Guess I’m not being too original, but I’m ok with that. However, seeing these goals down on paper (or rather computer screen) seems like a lot to be working on all at once. I know I’ll have good days and bad days achieving these goals, but I’m hoping by writing things down via a daily journal that I’ll have more successes than failures. I assure you my computer’s cookies are loaded with how-to “bullet point journal”. Did someone say cookies? ūüć™ūüć©ūüć™

It also helps that Al, darling husband, shares these same goals … well, except for #4 and #5. First, he doesn’t blog, and second, he doesn’t cook, but rather encourages me to cook and him to suffer through the taste testing. Don’t you feel sorry for him? Actually, he can cook when he has to, but not the kind of dishes I’d eat … very bachelor/guy kind of stuff. Between you and me, I don’t think even he likes his own cooking. He much prefers encouraging me in the kitchen and he’ll even run to the grocery store to help me out. Awe, isn’t he sweet? Did someone say, Sweets? (Diets suck!)

So now that you know my goals for 2020, I’m relying on you to help keep me accountable ūüėÜ

a mysterious path in the forest
What does your path look like in 2020?

2020 Travel Plans

Having lived and traveled in our RV fulltime since 2013, we’ve slowed down the last couple of years … not that we ever crisscrossed the country like some RVers or had any specific travel goals in mind like visiting all 50 states. No, we’ve always planned our travels more on a whim and keeping visits with our children in mind.

Now that both kids live in Phoenix, Arizona, it makes travel planning super easy, at least the winter plans. We enjoy spending the winters in Phoenix and the rest of the year is determined by the direction we point the RV.

Last summer, we spent three months camped on Al’s sister’s property near Hayward, Wisconsin … lakefront property I might add. We had a great time, so much so, that we’ll be doing a repeat this summer. We do have a few out and back trips into Minnesota and the Upper Penisula of Michigan planned, but we’ll have to see how that all plays out. Ya know how that goes … plans written in jello with lots of wiggle room.

The main difference between last year’s travels and this year will be the journey between Phoenix and Hayward. Last summer we took almost four weeks to drive the nearly 2,000 miles. This year we don’t plan on meandering but rather focus on the destination and hightailing it in about four days. Our route will be determined by spring storms and the avoidance of running into Dorthy and Toto aka tornados. Yeah, the month of May can be a dicey month crossing the Great Plains¬†and keeping an eye on weather conditions is paramount.

reflections in water
reflecting on life

Happening around our RV

Even though we’re only five days into the New Year, I’m down a pound. My meal planning has been successful and my legs are feeling the activity. So far, so good! And things on the blogging plan front? Well, that still needs a ton of attention. I’m still suffering from a creative block. That’s a real thing, isn’t it? I haven’t been out with the camera much and I certainly haven’t been writing. Perhaps I just need a nudge and if that means staring at a blank computer screen for thirty minutes or just taking random photos of something, that’s what I plan on doing to try and get myself back into a creative mood … ya know, get those creative juices flowing again. After all, that’s when I’m at my happiest; when I’m creating.

I’m excited about the possibilities, goals, and plans for 2020. Whether I’m exploring new places or revisiting some old favorites, my hope is to start the new decade on a positive note and keep it going throughout the new year and beyond.

How about you? What are you looking forward to the most in the new year?

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Where do we go from here?

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Acknowledgements & Sharing

Now that we are comfortably parked at our sticks n bricks home in Southern Colorado, it’s time to catch up on things.¬† Time to catch up on paperwork, yard work, and blogging business….. the latter being the most fun.¬†So does it feel good to be ‘home’?¬† All I can say right now¬†is “No” and change is in the air……Quail

While we were on our little four-month adventure some fellow bloggers nominated me for awards, and as most of you know, my internet data and connections were presenting quite the challenge during our travels.  Thus, acknowledging the awards had to be put on the back burner.  In all truthfulness, I had contemplated not participating.

However after giving it further thought, I¬†acknowledge¬†the interaction with fellow bloggers is a major component¬†to my blogging enjoyment¬† That said, how could I not¬†do a post about fellow bloggers.¬† That is after all what these awards are all about….. sharing.¬† Sharing with one another blogs with similar interests, blogs that inspire us with words or photos, blogs that transport us to another¬†country, blogs that take¬†us on an adventure.¬† So share, I shall……liebster blog award

Back in December, Kathy at Hiking to Healthy¬†nominated me for the Liebster Award.¬† Kathy is not only brave to share her tale of weight loss, but her information on hiking trails in the Denver area is a very useful tool.¬† Her information is detailed,¬†helpful, and informative, but what I really enjoy is her honesty; whether it’s the altitude, weather, or a head cold, she’ll share¬†her challenges.¬† I look forward to hearing about her accomplishing a Fourteener…..

blog awardNEXT:¬† Rene over at Craves Adventure tagged me¬†for a series¬†of¬†Travel Confessions.¬† Hmmm, the rules include tweeting.¬† I don’t tweet, so count me out.¬† I could share some confessions anyway, but that would require¬†me to think way too much and it would also make this post longer than any of us would like.¬† So I’ll just say thank you Rene and encourage¬†you to check out¬†her blog.¬† Who knows, you might find her writing as thought-provoking as I do.

NEXT:¬† Karen at The Earth Beneath My Feet nominated me for the “Shine On” award.¬† And guess what’s so cool about this award?¬† I don’t have to answer any questions.¬† The rules; nominate eight blogs that………¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† “Shine, make you feel good and are inspiring to the reader”.

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Initially I thought this would be super easy….. pick eight blogs that make me feel good.¬† Gosh, I follow lots of blogs that I can’t wait to read.¬† How do I choose?¬† Do I nominate bloggers whom I know don’t participate¬†in the awards even though they rank high on my list?¬† Do I nominate blogs that I’ve nominated in the past?¬† Decisions, decisions!!!¬† Yep, this was tough.¬† I decided to go with blogs I recently started following. ¬†Check’m out……

I still have a bunch of others I hope¬†to share with you.¬† Blogs that¬†I find¬†fun, inspiring, and make me smile,¬†but¬†it’ll have to¬†wait for another post.¬† However, since this blog post is all about sharing,¬†I do feel compelled to list a few¬†additional¬†blogs.

These blogs are not hosted on WordPress and thus are not eligible for the awards.¬† Too bad……….¬†¬†¬† they are still worth checking out!

  • Rick and JoAnne’s RV Travels¬†¬† We were meandering around Arizona the same
  • Metamorphosis Road¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† time as these two couples.¬† Although we didn’t meet in person then, I’m hoping once they hit Colorado (they’re following our footsteps) that will change and we’ll exchange travel tales over a glass of wine.
  • CR8ING the Life¬† This gutsy couple having never RV’d, sold everything and went full-time.¬†¬†They share the good, the bad, and the ugly of the RV lifestyle.
  • Live Work Dream¬† This is one of the first blogs I started following.¬† Rene and Jim post a lot of great info on living the RV lifestyle.¬† I also had the pleasure of meeting Rene while we were camped in Quartzsite.
  • It’s a Cozy Life¬† I just started following this couples journey.¬† Adventure awaits! (she just¬†changed¬†over to WordPress)
  • Adventures of a 50 Year Old¬† We spent New Year’s¬†Eve visiting and sharing a bottle of wine¬†while camped at Cave Creek Reg Park.¬† Small world…we had been following each others blogs and there we were camped next door to each other!
  • Life in a Canned Ham¬†¬†These were our neighbors in Quartzsite.¬† Drinks, food, and Bocce Ball…..need I say more ūüôā
  • Cave Dwellings¬† Small world, indeed.¬† Donna somehow found my blog and we’ve been commenting¬†ever since.¬† She and Al knew each other¬†in high school.¬† Donna still lives in that small town in Illinois and she and¬†her hubby try and get out in the 5th wheel as much as possible.¬† Ah….there’s always more to a story, isn’t there?

I hope you enjoy meeting some of my¬†blogging buddies,¬†and I look forward to you sharing some of yours.¬† Happy Trails…….

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Monument Valley

The Joy of Blogging

When I decided to start a blog ten months ago, I wasn’t sure who or IF anyone would have interest in¬†reading it.¬† I have never been one to journal, although I have been vigilant in archiving family photos via scrapbooking.¬† These albums are lacking in stories – stories behind the photos – the tale of why, where, and¬†when.Blog

Hot Air BalloonMy mom kept journals¬†documenting mom and dad’s travel adventures in their motorhome, but the photos are in boxes and the journals not easily legible.¬† I would love to retrace some of my parents trips…..thus, began my blog – photos with a story!

Just like so many other bloggers, I started this blog to keep family up to date on our travels.¬† Much to my surprise, blogging has turned into so much more than keeping family updated.¬† I feel I’ve become part of a community….this community of bloggers.

Along the way, I have had the pleasure of interacting with people from around the world.¬† I love this new-found hobby and the friends I’ve made.¬† I have even had the sincere pleasure of meeting a couple of blogging buddies face to face….how fun!

Back in September a couple of followers nominated me for awards.  Well, life happens and I apologize to NMNPHX and Front Range Scribbles for not acknowledging sooner.

Nicole over at NMNPHX nominated me for the Beautiful Blogger Award and most recently nominated me for her Spotlight Award.  Thank you Nicole.  Be sure and check out her blog.  I particularly enjoy her take on SPAM.spotlight-award

Now you all know by now, there are rules to accepting these awards……ah, the real reason it’s taken me so long to acknowledge.¬† Thank goodness Nicole’s Spotlight Award comes with no rules attached.¬† Did I already say, “Thank you, Nicole?”

beautiful blogger award

The rules for the Beautiful Blogger Award……

  • copy the award logo and place it in your post
  • thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog
  • tell seven things about yourself
  • nominate 7 other bloggers for their own award and comment on their blogs to let them know.

I’ve nominated the following blogs for the Beautiful Blogger AwardBunny rabbit

  1. TBN Ranch
  2. Images by T. Dashfield
  3. Photos from the Loonybin
  4. Small House/ BIG GARDEN
  5. Joy in the Moments
  6. Through My Lens
  7. The Photographic Journey of bulldog

As to the seven things about myself, keep reading……

Front Range Scribbles nominated me for the Sunshine Award.  This fellow Coloradoan shares photos, information, and stories about life in Colorado.  Be sure and stop by his blog.

The rules are similar……..

  • Copy the award logo and paste it in your post
  • thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog
  • nominate 14 other bloggers for their own award
  • Answer the following ten questions – things about yourself
  1. Who is your favorite philosopher?¬† Umm, I’ll have to think about that!
  2. What is your favorite number?¬† Can’t say that I have a favorite number!
  3. What is your favorite animal?  Aside from dogs, I like cotton tail bunnies!
  4. What are your Facebook and Twitter?¬† Don’t participate…..really!
  5. What is your favorite time of day?  I love mornings Рlove watching the sunrise!
  6. What was your favorite vacation?¬† I’m very fortunate to be able to travel extensively, thus there is no way I can¬†pick a favorite vacation.
  7. What is your favorite physical activity?  Obviously Рhiking!
  8. What is your favorite non-alcholic drink?¬† Coffee….love a cup of hot black coffee while watching the sunrise!
  9. What is your favorite flower?  Tulips Рthe tulip festival in Holland, Michigan is a must for any tulip lover Рamazing fields of colorful tulips as far as one can see!
  10. What is your passion?¬† Well that’s obvious – travel

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So here are the¬†fourteen blogs I’ve nominated for the Sunshine Award……

  1. The Lowe’s RV Adventure
  2. Hiking to Healthy
  3. Traveling Marla
  4. Movin’ On
  5. Living Loving Laughing
  6. Lilly Sue Bites and Brews
  7. Two Scamps
  8. Paint Your Landscape
  9. Cindy Knoke
  10. Thinking Cow Girl
  11. Travel Garden Eat
  12. The Adventures of Elatlbay
  13. Serenity Game
  14. Craves AdventureDonkey

Thank you to everyone who follows my blog and comments or likes my posts.¬† AND thank you for the nominations.¬†¬†While working on this post,¬†I received a comment nominating me for another award.¬† Wow!¬† I’ll post on that later.¬† Happy blogging…..

Procrastination or Forgetfulness?

I never realized how dependant on technology I have become until I had to take my laptop into the Geek Squad.¬† During¬†my laptops¬†absence, I felt lost, something was¬†missing.¬† Now granted, I had Al’s desktop¬†as a backup….not the same.

My laptop is back, I’m back in business,¬†and I’m feeling whole again.¬† I need to make some adjustments to settings, desktop icons, etc.¬† This is also the perfect opportunity to clear and¬†review files, check my blog postings, stats, comments, etc.

Oops….call it procrastination or forgetfulness, I was nominated for a couple of awards awhile ago and failed to acknowledge or accept. ¬†Although I recently did a posting on awards and didn’t intend to do award postings this close to one another, I feel compelled to not hold off.¬†¬†So here goes……

I was nominated for this award by lovelivingincolorado.¬† This blog is about “all things Colorado”.¬†¬† As a recent transplant,¬†she shares¬†her and her husbands¬†adventures as they explore the beautiful state of Colorado.¬† She posts information on festivals,¬†restaurants, scenic drives, parks, and general musings¬†about life in Colorado.¬† Definitely check out¬†lovelivingincolorado.¬† Thank you for the nomination.

The Happy Singleton nominated me for the Reader Appreciation Award…..

This single gal writes from the heart as she shares stories of life, adventure, and picking out a great bottle of wine.¬† Check her out here and a big shout out to her for nominating me…..thank you!

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Onto the Rules;¬† Since I recently did a similar posting, I’ll keep this one as simple as possible and try not to duplicate.¬† Therefore, I’ve bunched these two awards together!

  1. Thank and link back to the blogger that nominated you
  2. List seven facts/tidbits about yourself
  3. Recommend and nominate 15 blogs that I follow

Seven things about myself…..

  1. I’m addicted to coffee.¬† When I was sixteen I spent my summer in Germany visiting relatives.¬† The German’s have a tradition similar to the English, but instead
    English: A photo of a cup of coffee. Esperanto...
    English: A photo of a cup of coffee. Esperanto: Taso¬†de kafo. Fran√ßais¬†: Photo d’une¬†tasse¬†de caff√©¬†Espa√Īol: Taza de caf√© (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    of Tea Time it’s Coffee Time.¬† Every afternoon around 2 or 3 it’s time for coffee and pastry.¬† Thus started my relationship with a nice strong cup of hot, black coffee……love of pastry started long before.

  2. Still trying to figure out Social Media.¬† Have never tweeted.¬† Don’t understand Pinterest.¬† Have a Facebook account but don’t use it much.¬† Will attempt to focus on understanding these platforms better!
  3. Love photography but have never taken a class or even read a ‘how to book’.¬† Hope to improve and therefore¬†have two books currently on the way from Amazon. ¬†I admire¬†Rick’s talent¬†over at The Great American Landscape.¬† His photos are inspiring.
  4. Flowers…..flowers of any kind make me happy
  5. I gravitate toward people with a sense of humor. I watch Chelsea Lately every night.
  6. I love camping near water. At one point in life, I dreamt about owning lakefront property.  Now I seek out lakeside RV spots and enjoy the change of scenery.
  7. I¬†look forward to watching my favorite vampires in action on True Blood, but as an animal lover, I’d love to be a ‘shifter’.

Thanks to everyone who stops by and reads my musings¬† ūüôā

Awards

Blogging?¬† A year ago I wasn’t even sure what this word meant.¬† As I was doing research on RV’s, campgrounds, and destinations, I stumbled across some travel blogs.¬† It didn’t take long and I was hooked.¬† I was drawn into the stories, the photos, the adventures, and the talent.

When Al and I embarked on¬†a six-week¬†road trip, I wanted to document our travels¬†and did so via a blog.¬† I thought once the trip was over my blogging would be over.¬† I didn’t realize how fun and therapeutic blogging can be.¬† So here I am, still writing and still following.

I follow blogs that inspire me via photography, blogs that encourage me with adventures and travels, and blogs that are just plan entertaining and make me smile.¬† Jamie over at Grandmother Musings¬†is just such a blogger….she makes me smile as she writes about her experiences, mistakes, and knowledge.¬† She shares slices of life with her readers with humor.¬† In the past month, Jamie has nominated me for two blogger awards.¬† I’d like to thank her and I encourage you to visit her blog and¬†have her¬†put a smile on your face too……. visit her here

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The Rules:

Thank and link back to the blogger that nominated you

List 7 things about yourself

Pass it on to 15 bloggers that inspire you

Seven things about myself:¬†¬† 1.¬† My computer skills are basic.¬† Thus, I get frustrated when I can’t figure out how to do simple things like add the awards to my side bar.¬† Help, anyone?¬† 2.¬† I’m a tad on the reserved and¬†quiet side.¬† Hubby’s the out going and gregarious one.¬† 3.¬† I make a mean homemade pizza.¬† Come on, I’m from Chicago after all.¬† 4.¬† Writing does not come easily to me.¬† I’m more of a visual¬†sort of person.¬† 5.¬† I love tulips.¬† When Al and I purchased our first home in Illinois, that October I planted over 100 bulbs.¬† I had the prettiest yard the following spring.¬† 6. I have a rebellious nature.¬† Don’t tell me I can’t do something, I’ll just prove I can.¬† 7.¬† I hate and fear the wind.¬† I’m on my third patio table.¬† After watching two tables literally fly off¬†our deck, we replaced them with a granite table that¬†won’t move.

Thanks to all who visit my blog and leave comments.¬† There’s several others I love equally, but had to narrow the list somehow¬† ūüėȬ†¬† Copy and paste the award(s) to your blog and follow the rules…..happy blogging !!!!!

Education Questioned…

As I admire my handy work, I also question my writing abilities.  You see, I just spent the last five days working on a scrapbook.  A scrapbook about our six-week journey.  A scrapbook on this blog.  By printing out or retyping my posts, it required me to reread all postings.  Eek!

I’ve never felt I had exceptional writing skills, and after reading these posts, not only have my feelings been confirmed, I now question my education.¬† I am appalled, embarrassed, mortified…..shall I continue…..¬† I detect typos, misspellings, improper sentence structure, overuse of punctuation, etc. etc.¬† I always read and reread prior to publishing.¬† Perhaps I should¬†sleep on a posting before publishing.¬† Perhaps, the next day I’ll catch the error of my way.

I wonder…. should I go back,correct all mistakes, and update each posting?¬† I ask Al.¬† His response, “Why did you start a blog to begin with?”¬† Hum, why did I start this blog?¬† I started this blog as a form of journal, documenting our travels for our children.¬† My mom journaled, but her handwriting¬†was almost illegible and in another language.¬† Therefore, we (her children) are unable to read them.¬† Oh, how I wish they were more legible.¬† Al and I visited several areas my folks stayed at during their RVing¬†days.¬†I would love to know more details of their travels.¬† I would love to visit the very spots they visited.¬†And their photos?¬† Well most are in boxes.¬† I wish the photos were with¬†a corresponding journal entry.¬† Thus, my blog was born!

So since my motivation is for personal reasons and not for monetary or notoriety reasons, I’ll leave the mistakes.¬† Yes, a flawed individual capable of butchering the English language.¬† We won’t mention my Chicago accent¬† …..da bears!

The embarrassment has passed.¬† I’ll continue to blog.¬† I’ll write as I speak, as improper as that may be.¬† It is what it is….flaws and all!

Running From the Wind…

In an effort to escape the winds, we’re off to North Ranch RV Park in Congress just north of Wickenburg.¬† This is an Escapees RV Park, and as members, our overnight fee for full hook-ups is less than $15.

The park is clean. The staff and guests are friendly.¬† It’s perfect for a night

North Ranch entrance

or two.¬† When leaving the park the next day, we pass (going in opposite directions) a white van pulling¬†a casita.¬† I tell my husband, “I think we just drove by rvsueandhercaninecrew“.¬† I’m a follower of her blog.¬† Al has heard me speak of rv sue previously, but thought it unlikely it was her.¬† What are the chances?¬† Once at our new location at Lake Pleasant just north of Phoenix, I log onto the internet and confirm rv sue is indeed in that area.¬† I missed running into her by a day.¬† I look forward to the day I actually meet some of these fellow bloggers.¬† I not only enjoy the writings of numerous bloggers, the information posted has been tremendously helpful.

Here at Lake Pleasant, we find a great dry camping location.¬† We pay for one night before committing to a longer time frame.¬† So far the weather is great.¬† Sunny, 78 degrees and light breezes.¬† This I like¬† ūüôā

Boondocking at Lake Pleasant