Not me! I’m not broken down. At least, not now, and haven’t been since the hitch broke in Northern California last November. Knock on wood.
A couple of weeks ago, I left Salton Sea and headed to the Anza Borrego Desert. As I was arriving in the desert, the wind came up, quickly and crazy strong, and I decided it would be a good idea to pull over as quickly as possible and get situated for the night. I passed a county maintenance yard pull-out with piles of road gravel where a couple of large RVs were parked. I made a quickie u-turn and headed back, pulled in, and walked over to ask if they minded if I shared their pull-out for the night. Crazy strong wind and all, you know.
Turns out, the pick-up truck towing the big fifth-wheel had broken down and they were waiting with their friends in the big motor home for a tow truck to show up. We chatted a bit and then I left them to their waiting, and returned to my trailer to settle in for the evening. Crazy wind! It was tossing my Li’l Homey about as if it was a cotton ball on a string in a hurricane-strength gale! I knew I wouldn’t be getting much sleep, that’s for sure.
I heard a knock on my door and opened it to find one of the women from the tow-truck-waiters, Audrey, standing there with her son, Connor, holding a plate of finger foods. The most gorgeous plate of food ever! What a sweetheart! They’re the ones who are broken down and she’s bringing me a “care” plate! The wind was still blowing like crazy so we didn’t talk long but before she left, I commented on her amazingly colorful earrings – gorgeous peacock feather print on what looked like a guitar pick, with some dangly sparkly beads. Well, yes, it was a guitar pick and it turns out her friend, Emilee, makes them and sells them! I gave her my card with my contact information on it and asked her to pass it along to her friend because I really wanted a pair. You know, sometimes we mean well when we exchange contact info but sometimes we never really follow through – the card gets lost, we don’t see the friend, we forget who that person is and what’s their phone number doing in my pocket anyway… that kind of thing. But, guess what, by the time I checked my email the next time, Emilee had already emailed me with her Etsy link where I saw many more examples of the creative earrings she has made out of guitar picks – all kinds of colors, all kinds of charms and beads, a colorful variety of all kinds.
But I’m getting ahead of my story.
If you’re looking at the photo of the plate of food, if you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, I know what you’re probably thinking – you most likely know I’m vegan and gluten-free (99.9% of the time anyway), and it looks like plate is full of cheese and sausage and crackers. Well, yes… yes, it is, and so I made it my once-in-awhile non-vegan non-gluten-free meal, and I can tell you, boy howdy, was it tasty! Yum! Thank you, Audrey and Connor!
Well, it wasn’t too long before the tow truck came and hooked up the pick-up truck, and the two rigs pulled out, along with another friend who came to tow the big fifth wheel back home. I don’t think they saw me but I waved anyway. Boy, was that wind strong or what! The sunset that night sported some interesting cloud formations and sky coloring. I spent a rather sleepless night as the little trailer rocked and rolled in the wind, which didn’t die down until about 4 AM. By then, I was ready to fix a cup of tea and get on the road to a more permanent place.
When I got back to civilization (that place where an internet signal is available), I contacted Emilee and told her which earrings I wanted. And today, I finally ordered them. I can’t wait until they arrive! They’re just like this picture, only different: the guitar picks are purple and the logo is turned to the backside. I can’t wait till they get here!
See you out there on the road somewhere!
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Click here to go to Emilee’s Etsy store – check out her earrings… I love the variety of colors and charms. Maybe you’ll find some you just can’t live without! If you find something similar to what you’d like but with a different color or different charm or bead, contact her – she can probably make it up for you!