A New Heart Hideout

Cheers Peppers and loyal followers and new followers. It’s day 4 of Nano Poblano. Today’s post is about one of my favorite things. Camping, camping, camping.

We were recently able to upgrade from a pop up tent trailer to a regular travel trailer.  The benefits of this are many, and the joys of a travel trailer are too numerous to count. 🙂  Don’t get me wrong the tent trailer was a lot of fun too and definitely served it’s purpose.  Lots of great memories were had.  We’re on to new memories now.

Esmee with rainbow light bling and a very happy Noelle
Esmee with rainbow light bling and a very happy Noelle

We took our maiden voyage to our favorite camping spot Lake Casitas, just to get our feet wet. Then we went again the very next weekend.  We plan to make many fun trips and broaden our camping adventures.  It was a very relaxing couple of weekends that provided some much needed rejuvenation.  We played fun camping games.

Our custom Aggravation board game
Our custom Aggravation board game

We ate wonderful camping food.

Gilled Tri-tip & veggies
Gilled Tri-tip & veggies

We drank celebratory Chardonnay for our 15th Anniversary

Camping glasses filled with Chardonnay
Camping glasses filled with Chardonnay

We howled at the spooky moon on Halloween.

Spooky Moon
Spooky Moon

And our dog got spoiled rotten and didn’t have to eat dog food the whole weekend.

Noelle and Bandit
Noelle and Bandit

Now it’s back to the grind for a bit, but soon we will be off to a new adventure who knows where.  So what about you?  What are some of your favorite things to do? Have you realized any new dreams lately?

10 Things I’m grateful for

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I tend to get nostalgic this time of year and I like to reflect.  This particular year I am turning 50 so there’s some added nostalgia and reflection there. Wow. What a ride it’s been.  I just want to take a moment to acknowledge some of the many things I am grateful for. I would love to know in your comments or link to posts what you are grateful for also.  I will try not to just state all the obvious ones but there are some that simply must be stated regardless.

1) I am grateful to be ALIVE, reasonably healthy, happy.  I know it seems like an obvious one but I don’t know that everyone is grateful to simply be alive, and there was a time when I wasn’t as grateful or healthy in mind, body and spirit as I am today..so I must state this obvious one because for me it’s a positive progression.

2) I am grateful for my wife. Her love and support has been invaluable. Also.. she’s pretty HOT!

3) I am grateful for nature. Not everyone loves nature, but I need it so. The wind in the trees, the cold in the air, a body of water running nearby, are as necessary to me as the air that I breathe.  It’s what sustains me.

4) following number three… lol I am grateful for CAMPING! It always gives me my groove back.  When my groove is lacking it’s time to go camping.

5) My talents. I am so grateful that I have so many mediums to express my energy and share it with others. I have poetry, blogging, crafts, card making, painting, photography.  It’s good to be alive.

6) I am grateful for my friends and loved ones (some family included). I think the things that matter in this life are the connections that we make with others and the relationships that ensue as a result. Love is the only thing that transcends this… so grateful to be loved and to be able to love others.

7) I am grateful for COFFEE! My one remaining vice.

8) I am grateful for ROADS paved, and unpaved that take me to places I have and have not been.

9) I am grateful for The Habit Hamburger Grill that serves reasonably priced food, pretty fast, that meets my dietary restrictions. Yay!

10) I am grateful for my Kindle and ebook platforms that allow me to READ even with diminished vision. WoooHooo!

Of course, there is much more than this…but this will do for now. I hope you will share too in your responses.