Well, thanks to my two new friends here, I am about to have my very own "Solar Array of Power" AND thanks to their amazing skills of explaining things to me, I have a little better idea of how many pancakes will fit on my roof and why aliens don't wear hats - the rest is still a bit fuzzy yet. I also plan to conquer the properties of electricity and bend them to my will and desires so that I can run an electric space heater on high as often and long as I want and use an induction cooktop inside my trailer on my 200 watts of pure golden energy! My friend doesn't believe I have such powers and just walks away saying "I can't hear you!".
The other project we have been working on is a minivan modification. One of the main reasons I wanted a minivan over an SUV was so I could use it as my office / work space when I couldn't work outside. Problem is, it turned into an overflowing storage shed nightmare inside and has been totally unusable for a work space without my having to unload half of my stuff. Yes, I do still have too much stuff, but even with getting rid of a lot of things, I found that it still wouldn't be very conducive as a work space the way I imagined using it. So, it has to be reconfigured and modified into what I hope will be a fabulous office. We are almost done with both the van mod and the Solar Array of Power so very soon I will have light, computer usage anytime I want (meaning more blog posts!), an office to work in, and if I am successful with my extraordinary cosmic powers, heat anytime I want it!!!! Bwahahahaha!! I know, "You can't hear me!"
But seriously, I can't even begin to think how I could ever express my overwhelming gratitude for their tremendous help, kindness and generosity towards making my dream of being a successful road warrior possible. Sometimes I wondered why my departure was delayed so long, now I know why - so that our paths would cross. It is amazing that when you make the right decision for yourself, the right situations and people often find their way to you. I will never understand the reason(s) why I would be so deserving of such incredible friends, but I am grateful beyond words. Thank you!
In other news, can you guess what the weather has been like out here? I'll give you one guess! (Trust me, your odds of guessing correctly are pretty good - much better than your odds of winning the Powerball Jackpot!). If you guessed cold and rainy, you'd be correct! We haven't had a warm day since before Christmas! I have to admit, this relentless cold weather is taking a toll on my spirits lately, and it really isn't much warmer anywhere else in this region for me to head to. Quartzsite, about 85 miles south and where I am trying to get to, is actually COLDER than where I am now! What's up with that!? And this next week doesn't look like it's going to be much warmer. It is distressing and no fun to be cold all the time and having it get dark so early doesn't help. I can’t wait for it to warm up and stay light till at least 7 p.m. It is like the scene in "When Harry Met Sally" where Sally is putting letters in the mail box one at a time then checking to see if they went down as Harry is waiting impatiently for her, then when he can't take it any longer he stuffs them all in. I am ready to stuff these short, cold days into a mailbox and mail them to Guam! I wonder how long it would take me to drive to Costa Rica? Hmmmm, may have to look into that!
Well, as soon as we have some of the projects a little further along, I will take some pictures and post them so you can see what we've been working on. I am so excited to have them done so I can use my office and have lights in Zelda! I know I shouldn't complain about the cold and not having power for things like lights and computer when there are so many people who have so much less than I do. I really am grateful for all that I do have. I have a roof over my head, some food in my cooler, transportation, and amazing friends and family who are always there for me should I need a place to crash, a listening ear, love and support. or wisdom that I lack. Really, what else do I need?
"Surround yourself with people who make you a better person."
- Zig Ziglar