Saturday, March 28, 2009

Queen Mine RV Park - Bisbee, AZ

The good news for those looking for photo's of the
Queen Mine RV Park is that I have some.

The bad news is ... well they are not the best.

We did a quick drive through for future reference.

If you are looking for a place with in walking distance of Bisbee
this works...and next to the mine tour.
A great viewpoint of Bisbee too.
It's one big wagon wheel parking.

Have you stayed here? We would love to hear from you!

Please add a comment below.

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From fellow Blogger Judy... The perfect link to more information.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Bisbee, Arizona

Hello Bloggers!

Do you have time for a one day road trip? We did so we headed out to one of our favorite towns to visit from last April.. Bisbee, Arizona. Please join us. Last year when we cruised Arizona looking for a place to nest this area caught our eye. We felt the pull of it's charm, progressive energy, creativity and hillside wonder!


Bisbee's waterfalls. They are everywhere!
It's easy to pass the day wandering off of the main street.
Up to the hilly heavens and back down again.

Thoughts of humanitarian aid welcomed us all around the town!

Peek a Boo!

A house for Phil

Bisbee Coop
Yummie fruits, veggies and some gluten free food.

It's always good to find peace in an alley.

Anguis House

Belleza Gallery
An amazing gallery with heart and art!
From their website:
Belleza is owned and operated by the Renaissance House (fka WTP),
a non-profit organization that provides its residents
the opportunity to make the changes needed to
become healthy and self-reliant.

R. John Ichter
With my new venture into pastals...ahhhhhh
Colors to sooth my soul.

Another artists gifts to my heart.

Another day to smile.

PS Look what I just learned:

Monday, March 23, 2009

Obama - Geithner Plan for Banks?

One of the benefits of not working is having time to do some reading on the Economic Train Wreck and how we are going to get back on track. I spent the last couple of hours today trying to understand Geithner's latest bank plan. After many a brain hiccup trying to read different sites I came across a blog post that referred me to Deborah Solomon in the Wall Street Journal.

I managed to read this in it's entirety. Only time will tell how it all rolls out but I was glad to see a positive response on Wall Street.

If you are looking for more financial reading that gives more insight then the main stream media you may want to check out this blog too for more brain food. Link here>> Grasping Reality with Both Hands
The Semi-Daily Journal of Economist Brad DeLong: A Fair, Balanced, Reality-Based, and More than Two-Handed Look at the World

Speaking of train wrecks... "I think we can / I think we can / I think we can"


Want to help my train wreck / RV bump in the road?
Please consider my whimsical store when shopping for gifts and goods.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Solar Inspired

Since I started a web information site on Solar RV Stuff I have been inspired to try my hand at a whimsical solar graphic. Here are the two I have come up with.

I am trying to decide if I should ditch the top two graphics and just keep the bottom two. ... or visa versa... or start from scratch. What do you think?

I am also working a list of inspired text like these:
  • Solar Powered or Solar Power (preference anyone?)
  • Let the sunshine solar
  • Solar makes me hot
  • The answers in the sunrise
  • Go Solar
I would love ideas, suggestions and/or thumbs up for any you like them. How would you tweak them to make them better?

Also do you use solar energy now? If so what?

As most of you know I need all the help I can get! ;)

Peace and hugs, Marie

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Solar RV Stuff on Squidoo

Turns out I am multifaceted!
Not only am I learning to do Whimsical Graphics

I have built another squidoo lens!

Whoo Whoo

If you have time and an interest in solar for RVs and/or small houses please check out my lens

See those five star ratings at the top?
It would give me great pleasure (and an internet shove) to give me a score.

There is so much to learn every day! See what you think!

Whimsical Store for Poor Full Time RVer ;)
Can be found here
Filled with love and good cheer!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Learning a Frugal Lifestyle in a RV

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Are you thinking about stretching your dollar? So is Jacob who writes passionately and intelligently on the subject. He often shows his genius by explaining the long term results mathematically of making smart choices now. If you are serious about changing your life I highly recommend his blog. It's worth the effort to dig through it.

Jacob's Blog
Early Retirement Extreme
Financial independence, frugality, self-sufficiency, ecology,
capitalism, and voluntary simplicity

One of the challenges Phil and I experience as we learn to live frugally in an RV
an emotional struggle between gratefulness for time / freedom benefits vs. feeling trapped in our 'poverty' by our so called wants and needs. It's clear in this time of economic chaos that consumerism (at any cost) is core to our culture. The ghost of consumerism often can be found whispering in my ear. It can even be sneaky and subtle confusing me in my needs vs wants.

Trapped or Blessed?

We have often talked / brainstormed / arm wrestled with these opposing frames of thought. My mind is my own worse enemy.
Can I lean into change and own the choices I make as a key to my solution and the quality of my life?

Back to Jacob and his post Find a FREE Hobby from his series The Extreme Retirement 30 Day Make Over.

I found IT!
The frame/words I had been looking for!

"FREE HOBBIES" or frugal spare time recreational pursuits

I believe an enriched frugal lifestyle means a significantly shift from a monetary foundation to one that finds joy, peace, rejuvenation, cha cha cha etc in a very different cadences in life. If you are lucky it comes naturally but for others a conscious effort is required. The question becomes can I/we do it? Can I uncover 'free hobbies' and embrace a differenct cadence to my life?

Good News

We had a great time in February! We continue to discover the magic of southern Arizona. Madera Canyon, the Sanoran Desert, free art classes here at the park, bird watching in our back yard, morning exercise, reading... whittling away at my store and more. We were tempted to take 'a road trip' but decided on staying close to home.

Even with the need to implement a tighter budget we were able to find ways to enjoy our time off. Our expenses were $1141 (not including $276/mo for rent/insurance previously paid.) Our best month ever. That includes our health insurance too! Whoo whoo!

Our spirits are up as we begin to reap the reward for identifying and nurturing our FREE Hobbies.
It's good to see the result of our efforts on our pocket books and spirit. How about you? What do you think of the idea of 'free hobbies'? Do you have some already? What free passions would you like to grow?

I would love you to add a comment below!

Now let us dance!

(gifts from the heart)

Sanoran Desert Spring

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Spring comes to the desert.
Renewal surrounds us.
May it be contagious!

“Nature often holds up a mirror so we can see more clearly the ongoing processes of growth, renewal, and transformation in our lives.”
~ Mary Ann Brussat

"Hold on, hold fast, hold out
patience is genius"
-George-Louis Leclerc de Buffon

Follow this link to my favorite soul soothing internet experience.
A time to rest and reflect...
To replace the noise and visual pollution of our hectic life
with a blanket of peace and hope.

We have angels at Desert Trails RV Park that
provide trail side seating in a few spots behind our park.
Look at the Desert Diva's we found!

And from the North!

Spring comes to Washington State
A sister's glow!

More spring in the desert...
Arizona State Parks Ranger Cam here
DesertUSA- Wildflower Reports here
Links brought to you by my favorite Tucson Blog here