Day 1118 – Slow Day

Some days just seem to move slower than others.  Whether one lives in a “stick and brick” or an RV, a lazy day feels the same.

It is still too cold for my liking, so I did not spend much time outside.  In fact, all three of us seemed to be running in our own little worlds, even though we were sharing a small space.

David has been doing a great deal of research on job opportunities in Maine for this summer.  We very much want to return, and we know now that Hannah is no longer playing soccer for SDSU, we are not required in Southern California in August.  That gives us the opportunity to work for a “season”, something that would help with the bank account, as well as keep us active.  I wish I could share with you some of his finds – they sound fantastic.  Our biggest decision point is whether we want to work for a campsite but no wages, a reduced-priced campsite and wages, or forget the campsite and wages.  More discussions are needed and opportunities will be explored at the upcoming RV Show in Quartzsite, AZ in a couple of weeks.  More on that later.

The handyman David fixed a blind and tilted a solar panel today.  He is also designing a solar water heater that he would like to install.  I swear, he is going to keep us off grid for a whole year if he has his way.  Just an FYI, he is tilting the panel to catch more power, as the winter sun is lower on the horizon and we have not been reaching 100% charge.

Tilted Tiles
Tilted Panel

Of note, in the background of this picture is Castle Dome.  Last year, we tried to find the trail to climb this, but it eluded us.  Hannah would like to try again this year, but her foot still needs to heal before we can attempt that level of a hike.

David and I also did a quick run to the Christian Center, which is down the road a couple of miles from us, and is supposed to have a Post Office and UPS drop that is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday until noon.  Well, apparently today is Fifth Saturday (RV-living day calendar) or something, because they were closed up tight.  My Amazon return and our applications for a job {squeal} will have to go to Yuma to get into the system!

Luckily, the Salt Free Water kiosk was open, and for the second time in three days, we filled our gallon jugs. 5 gallons for 4 quarters! Hannah certainly drinks more water than we do, but I am noticing that this desert air is pretty drying.  I will start drinking more right now!

I get antsy to bake something about every other day, so today I tried the Chocolate Donuts from Happy Herbivore –

This is how they came out:

Chocolate Donut Muffins
Chocolate Donut Muffins

Well, I do not have a donut pan (really not practical when you have one drawer for pots and pans), and I don’t keep confectioner’s sugar in the pantry, so I made muffins instead, and made my own “glaze” from vegan chocolate chips and a little soy milk.   These little babies hit the spot! Now, to find a spot to hide one so that I get one in the morning.

I also got to catch up with my Mom on the phone today.  She is visiting Bonnie, Sam and Sami (my sister and her family) in Austin, TX.  It seems that the flu is visiting each of them, so they are not exactly having the greatest visit.  But, Grannie got to be there for Sami’s 11th birthday, and that is what matters.  How can he be 11 already? Dang.

And, while I am on a roll, I decided to update the blog as well.  Just to get started again. I found a “theme” that I really like, so I think that I will be more apt to post photos and get cooking again.

Hannah kept to herself pretty much, until it was time to run to the showers.  Yes, we could use our own shower, but there is a bathhouse down the road at Squaw Lake that is clean, and for $1 you can get a hot shower and not worry about running out of fresh water or dumping your grey tanks.

Squaw Lake Showers
Squaw Lake Showers

One of the perks of heading down to Squaw Lake is the view. The lake is pretty quiet right now, and the ducks were looking for a handout.  As soon as I walked towards the waters edge, I was greeted by a few of my little buddies –

No, I Don't Have Anything
No, I Don’t Have Anything For You

Getting back home, I decided to treat myself to an episode of “The Good Wife.”  I am still on Season One, and have made it to episode 5.  I really do enjoy Josh Charles, and this is such a good show.  But it is a guilty indulgence.  Thank goodness for Amazon Prime (and a camping spot with great Verizon signal).

One of my favorite things to do is to get a show going on my Kindle or my laptop, put on the headphones, and get cooking!  Tonight, dinner was another Happy Herbivore recipe  – Tempeh Chili Mac. You didn’t ask for it, but here is the recipe.  It is one of my favorite meals, and it is a great “comfort food”.

Tempeh Chili Mac

Serves 3
4 oz whole-wheat elbow macaroni
1 8-oz pkg tempeh
1 c water
1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
2 1 ⁄ 2 tbsp chili powder
1 1 ⁄ 2 tsp ground cumin
1 1 ⁄ 2 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp garlic powder (granulated)
1 1 ⁄ 2 tbsp ketchup
1 1 ⁄ 2 tbsp yellow mustard
1 sweet onion, diced
1 14-oz can diced tomatoes
1 15-oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
hot sauce (optional)

Cook macaroni according to package instructions and set aside. Meanwhile shred tempeh with a cheese grater and set aside. Whisk next nine ingredients together (water through mustard) in a skillet or large pot. Add tempeh and onion and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to low-medium and continue to cook until most of the liquid has absorbed. Add tomatoes with their juice and beans, and cook for another minute or so, until both are warm, but be careful not to let all the liquid cook off. Toss with pasta and serve with hot sauce on the table.

CHEF’S NOTE: Any small-shaped pasta or gluten-free pasta can be substituted here. CHEF’S NOTE: For a one-pot meal, cook macaroni in a large pot first, then use the same pot to cook the tempeh. NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION 362 Calories, 11.1g Fat, 48.8g Carbohydrates, 7.9g Fiber, 5.7g Sugars, 22.8g Protein

Nixon, Lindsay S. (2011-11-29). Everyday Happy Herbivore: Over 175 Quick-and-Easy Fat-Free and Low-Fat Vegan Recipes (Kindle Locations 3890-3925). BenBella Books, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

Since I am about out of fresh fruits and veggies, it looks like a road trip to Yuma is in order.  It’s about 35 minutes away, and I will likely have my favorite redhead as a co-pilot, so it is all good.  Tomorrow is starting to look bright already!

I’m glad that we got to have this chat,


One Reply to “Day 1118 – Slow Day”

  1. Nance, I feel like I am along for the ride. Love your writing and enjoying the recipes, (muffin donuts look fab) keep ’em coming….

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