Apologies for ignoring blog posts, time has slipped away and challenges have been knocking on my front door relentlessly.
Firstly, the gig here at Catalina State Park rocks!
Our co-volunteers, fellow rangers & park managers are an awesome bunch of folks. Not being responsible for a fee/check-in booth is wonderful to say the least. Cleaning bathrooms, trash pick-up, landscaping and general manual labor duties are a welcome relief after a summer of up-front-and-center public interface. Lovin’ it!
We’re totally digging the miles and miles of hiking trails, sunshine, 70-80 degree weather and all the benefits living in the desert in the winter has to offer. Yay us….
Along with the “good” a little “bad” must always come. Since arriving my laptop has died, my flip-flop broke while exiting the motorhome resulting in a fall that left me with a sprained foot and pulled calf muscle, Willy and a desert sticker of some sort found each other which resulted in a visit to the vet to lance an infected area on the top of his right front paw. My internet job is becoming increasingly demanding & I’m not sure I can meet the rigid expectations that are surfacing.
As much as I don’t like it…..the good, the bad and the ugly must surface from time to time and what I’m learning from all of the above is…
- After hobbling around on a sprained foot & pulled muscle for a few weeks, I’m thankful for the ability to walk and walk and walk without pain, something I take for granted most, well maybe ALL, of the time.
- I’m thankful that I’m computer savvy enough to muddle through exiting an old computer and beginning a new relationship with Windows 8 and for a 0% interest for a year credit card offer.
- At almost 14-years-old my faithful canine companion is ridiculously healthy and even though I detest shelling out hard-earned $$ for a vet I’m extremely thankful the vet visits have been few and far between. Plus, we found a great vet 5 minutes down the road!
- My internet employment has been a financial savior the past 3 ½ yrs & as I struggle to maintain the increasingly high demands they impose I’m thankful for the freedom and flexibility. If in the worst case scenario that it “goes away” another financial door will open.
All in all, I have MUCH more to be thankful for than to whine about and that’s all I have to say about that.
As I settle into this new RV desert dweller home that graces us with blue skies and sunshine, warm temps, explosive star-shine night skies & offers endless opportunities to re-connect with my AZ family and friends as well as begin new life-long friendships with others, I once again must say how blessed I feel and how extremely grateful I am.