The only way to stay sane is to count my blessings every day. Be grateful for what I have.
At this point, my blessings are pretty simple:
- I am grateful GiGi is still very much herself and is active. I will write another time about GiGi's condition.
- I am grateful GiGi is well-behaved enough to be laying at my feet as my "service dog" while I am using the electricity and wifi in this cafe.
- I am VERY grateful it is not raining.
- I am grateful that this campground is nice... it has a rolling lawn next to us and redwood trees.
- I am grateful the campground rents space by the month. State campgrounds do not and have very strict rules about how long you can stay... only 7 consecutive nights in any one campground.
- I am VERY grateful that we are not living in the car or camping illegally.
- I am grateful to have a co-camper who has cooking utensils.
- I am also VERY grateful that my co-camper is a great camp wife and he makes coffee in the morning.
- I am grateful to have a co-camper to share the cost with or GiGi and I would be living in the car.
- I am grateful to have been able to borrow a tent, sleeping bags, and the most comfortable inflatable mattress. We are quite cozy at night.
I have a love/hate with the tent. It is not tall enough to stand up in and, so far, I have not found a graceful way of exiting the tent. I feel like it either belches me out or gives birth to me. Sometimes I crawl out into the dirt and then stand up. Sometimes I attempt to stand up and then exit. Either way...
- I am grateful when there is no one around to watch me exit the tent. I am never sure how much of my body parts are on display as I fight with the tent that I am grateful to have. I am sure the German tourist children camping next to us would be scarred for life if one of my boobs decided to make an appearance... giggle.
- I am grateful for a real bathroom with hot showers.
- I would be even more grateful if the bathroom would magically move closer to my tent at 2:30am when I have to get up to pee.
- I am grateful to have reached a point in my life where a blow dryer, curling iron, and cosmetics are not necessities and I don't feel the need to stay in the bathroom until I look "perfect".
- I am grateful to wake up some mornings to Vinnie (one of the permanent residents) playing the dulcimer. I will try to record a bit of him at some point.
- I am grateful the campground has an ever-changing cast of characters. Last week, German tourists. This week, a guy who flat picks his guitar like a pro. Wish I could get him and the dulcimer guy together.
- I am grateful that we are camped next to a rolling lawn for GiGi to frolick. She scoots all over the place, chasing sticks and a resident campground cat. One day, there was a little girl with a battery-operated Barbie Jeep. GiGi hated that thing and scoot/chased her all over trying to bite the tires.
- I am grateful to have found a campground with wifi... I would be even more grateful if it worked reliably.
- I am grateful that the strangled screaming I hear is an albino peacock and not the tourists being murdered in their beds.
- I am VERY grateful to people for donating enough funds for us to buy an RV... now if we could find one.
- I am becoming grateful for the experience of becoming homeless.