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Ah, yes, life moves on. And so do we, or else we get caught up in a never-ending spiral of sameness.

At least, that’s my take on things, and looking over the past couple of weeks or so, I’d say we can all attest to things changing – in our lives, in our country (whatever country we live in), in our world. Change can be “scary” for some people, even though change is really the only constant.

Didn’t someone else say that? Oh yes, they did: Heraclitus (535 BC – 475 BC), a Greek philosopher, is quoted as saying “change is the only constant in life.” This saying has also been translated to “the only constant is change.”

But what’s really scary about change? If we’ve lived with it all our lives, shouldn’t we be used to it by now?

I don’t know the answer to that, but I can tell you that I’ve always had change in my life and I’ve usually welcomed it with open arms. Sometimes I get a little butterfly in my stomach but I think that’s just to remind me that one in a while, change can be as dramatic as what a caterpillar experiences transforming into that butterfly. Talk about change! From a sluggy kind of crawling thing to a beautiful winged flying thing!

So I’ve been pretty secretive about the recent changes happening in my life. Not because I don’t want anyone to know about them but because it’s taken me so long to get these changes taking place and happening! I want change – and I want it now! I’m not a particularly patient person when it comes to change and having to be methodical about getting these changes to happen has been a relatively new experience for me. yayMost of you know that two months ago, I badly sprained my ankle in a fall out at Lake Mead in Nevada and it’s taking its sweet time about healing. Of course, it’s taking about as much time as sprains do, and if I’d broken it, it would be healed by now, but it seems like it’s taking f-o-r-e-v-e-r! So, yes, it’s healing but it has slowed me down considerably. Everything takes longer because of the pain and lack of mobility; what I once could do in a day, now takes me a couple of weeks because I can only work an hour or two at a time before I have to quit. And these super high temperatures in Southern Nevada haven’t helped a thing. Not a thing. When it’s over 100 degrees by 10 o’clock in the morning, well, it can slow a body down. Yes, high temps are normal here, but not this early in the year! It’s very unusual. And if you’ve been following the weather reports, you know that the entire west coast seems to be extra hot right now. Even the Pacific Northwest is experiencing unseasonal high temperatures. Crazy weather!

So, here it is. Are you ready? Oh wait. Am *I* ready?

Li’l Homey is going to a new home. Yup. I’m selling this little tiny trailer. It’s time for my little Home Sweet Home to become someone else’s plaything, and maybe get all glamped up and go out on a trip with a bunch of other vintage trailers. Li'l HomeyIn any event, Li’l Homey is being sold and I’m moving on. That’s my big news. I’ve spent the last month cleaning it up, putting new carpeting in the closet, washing windows and mirrors, scrubbing walls, wiping out drawers, polishing the floor, washing and ironing the curtains. It’s all ready to be hooked up and taken away to the forest or beach, to have fun in the sun with someone else. It’s ready! Yes, it is!

CLICK HERE to go to the craigslist ad. Maybe you know someone looking for a cute little vintage trailer and can pass this link on. I’d certainly appreciate it!

This represents a huge change for me. When I became homeless eight years ago, I didn’t know what I was going to do. I eventually bought a 19′ trailer that I lived in with my big ol’ Golden Retriever, Dinah, and my three cats, Max, Thelma and Louise. I sold that trailer after a few years and bought Li’l Homey, a 13′ vintage trailer. The cats and Dinah Dog have all moved on to the Rainbow Bridge, and now it’s time for me to do some moving on of my own. Not to the Rainbow Bridge (although I wouldn’t mind seeing all my friends!) but on to other adventures. So now I’m back to being homeless – no house, no trailer – but I’m excited about what comes next. I’m going to cruise the world. Yes, I am!

I want to walk the Caminho Portugués from Lisbon, Portugal to Santiago, Spain, walking north along the Atlantic coast to Santiago. I want to see Lake Atitlan in Guatemala and visit some friends who live there. I want to eat bun in Vietnam. I want to see the Dalmation coast in Croatia. I want to ride the night train from Prague to Krakow, Poland. This is just a few of the things I want to do; there are so many more things and it’s time to go do some of them.

Little side note: I’ve already completed so many things on my long-standing to-do list that when I read about other people doing stuff from their “bucket lists,” it’s often things I’ve already done, and I came to realize that I need to move on and complete my own list. (I hate that term “bucket list” – my list is things I want to do now, not things I want to do before I die. If I called it a “bucket list,” it feels like it gives me permission to procrastinate and I might never get the things done; hence my term: to-do list.)

So there you have it, my Big News. Perfect timing, don’t you think, what with a gorgeous full moon happening a couple days ago, along with the “Star of Bethlehem” converging of Venus and Jupiter visible in the night sky. I’m ready to move on. Ready for new adventures. Ready for anything!

See you out there in the world somewhere!

The Times, They Are A-Changing…
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24 thoughts on “The Times, They Are A-Changing…

  • July 2, 2015 at 2:43 pm
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    YAAAY! Good for you! I know what you mean about changes, I’ve had some myself recently. I wish you a lot of fun adventures!

    • July 2, 2015 at 4:52 pm
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      Thank you, Maria! I think changes are what keep us alive, don’t you think? Gotta have something to keep us on our life-toes 😀

      Thanks for reading!

  • July 2, 2015 at 3:00 pm
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    Wow Lois, some news I’ll say! Please keep me in your hip pocket so I can experience it with you.
    Really, that sounds like an adventure! Where do you start first?
    Xo
    ✈️ ⛵️
    Love deb

    • July 2, 2015 at 4:54 pm
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      Hi Debbie! I don’t know where I’ll start first. Li’l Homey needs a new home before I can make a decision on where to go. I also am making a run back to Washington to take care of some business (after Li’l Homey moves on) and then I’ll figure it out. Stay tuned! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

  • July 2, 2015 at 3:03 pm
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    Yes!
    Yes and yes!
    I’ve completed three different ‘Life Lists’ since I turned 40. I don’t like the term Bucket List either though it did make an entertaining movie.
    I’m so happy and excited for you.
    Bring on the adventures and the change…be a bit gentle with me I’m not a young-en!
    Simply
    Lesa

    Shhh considering Green Tortoise Tours….

    • July 2, 2015 at 4:56 pm
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      Oooooo!!!! I know someone else who did Green Tortoise and loved it! Maybe I’d do one with you if the timing, etc. was right! Not that I’m inviting myself along or anything 😀

      I’m excited, too. And I agree, I’m not as young as I used to be, but then neither is anyone else. Haha!

      Thanks for reading and commenting!!

  • July 2, 2015 at 6:35 pm
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    Lois! It’s Steph from Java House. I just have to say first, I am so excited for you! Second, I am in love with Li’l Homie. It needs to be in my life! Excited to hear more about your adventures. And, I’ll let you know if I can find $$ for Li’l Homie.

    ~Steph

    • July 2, 2015 at 7:46 pm
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      Stephanie!!!!! Wow! How the heck are you!!! What a hoot finding you here 😀

      I’ll send you my phone number by email so you can call me directly if you can find the $$$.

      Take care, my friend! Big hugs to you!

  • July 2, 2015 at 8:17 pm
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    dang I wish you lots of happiness on your new travels. Wish that home had a bathroom. I would snap it up but I wanta shower.

    • July 2, 2015 at 9:08 pm
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      Hi Linda! Thank you!

      My last trailer was fully self-contained with a shower, toilet, and black and grey water holding tanks, and was quite a bit longer and heavier (cost a lot more in gas to tow it). These little old vintage trailers don’t have any of that – no room for them 😀 I built my own shower out of a hula hoop, 2 shower curtains and a pump sprayer from Home Depot – worked fine for me. I’m sure you can find a larger trailer that has everything you’re looking for!

      Big hugs to you!

  • July 5, 2015 at 7:52 pm
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    Good luck my friend. Enjoy all your new adventures!
    Blessings to you Lois

    • July 5, 2015 at 8:33 pm
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      Thanks, Lynn! I look forward to the next time our paths cross 😀

      Big hugs to you!

  • July 6, 2015 at 10:33 am
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    I am so excited for you I was tearing up while reading this…happiness stuff ya know! But I am sad I won’t see you this winter (or will I?) but so happy for you that you are doing exactly what you want to do and are able to do it! Praying your ankle heals up 100% for all your adventures. I love you woman…so excited I know about this blog now too! mwah

    • July 6, 2015 at 1:40 pm
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      Hi Kyndal!

      I have no idea what I’ll be doing come winter; as of right now, I have all the makings of regular camping (you know, tent, stove, sleeping bag, tent cot, etc.) so I can always tent it at RTR and out in the desert. But I may not be back from wherever I am by then so I might just have to come find you wherever you guys go afterwards. Of course, I also might have my “new” rig by then, too. One never knows! 😀

      Thanks for the good-wishes! I’m looking forward to doing some things that most other people get to do in their 20s/30s when they’re young (I was taking my kid to kindergarten when I was 22 🙂 ) so as long as this old body holds up, I’m adventuring!

      Love you, too! <3

  • July 6, 2015 at 5:03 pm
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    Does Lil Homey’s new owners have access to your Blog so they can gain a true sense for their new trailer? I’m excited for you, Lois. You are way braver (more confident) than I would be venturing out on my own. Although, I did move to the East Coast alone and stayed here ! Can’t wait to hear more. Let me know if you plan to be anywhere near Richmond . . . deal ?!

    • July 6, 2015 at 10:27 pm
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      Hi Nancy,

      No, Li’l Homey’s new peeps don’t even know her name. I wanted to give them a chance to make her their own; when they asked what I thought they should do next on her, I said I couldn’t think of anything, just make it their own. I even kept the gender thing out of the conversation. I’ve never really called her a her, it’s always been an “it” to me but I find myself throwing out a “her” here and there. Weird.

      I’ve moved all over the west coast by myself with a move here and there with some man, but mostly on my own, with my son. This past 8 years of being houseless and homeless has been an interesting adventure all on its own. I’m not brave; I just know I can’t stay down when I fall down; I have to get back up. I HAVE to! There’s something in me that jumps right back up and moves on. I don’t know what it is but it’s the way I’m wired.

      I promise if I’m anywhere near the east coast, you’ll be the first to know! Promise!

  • July 6, 2015 at 7:24 pm
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    Hey Lois,

    Oh my gosh…. I’m so excited for you. I know we have never met and I was really hoping you would be coming up my way so we could have coffee. Your travels have inspired me. People tell me all the time that I can’t travel alone when I retire and I always thought “why not”… I have no fear! Anyway so getting to know you through all you have done has been a great inspiration to know that… I can do it too! But wow… travel the world??? I only wish I could do that … but financially I don’t think I could. As always I will be cheering you on and will love to hear from you, hopefully you will still have internet so you can stay in touch.

    You take care Lois
    Pj

    • July 6, 2015 at 10:34 pm
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      Pj, we can still meet up! I’m heading north soon (don’t know how long it’ll take me to get to WA but that’s where I’m headed) so we just might have to make a date and keep it! Even if we have to meet half way between where you are and Vancouver, WA, we can do it!

      I know lots of single older women who are traveling on their own: around the world with a backpack or a suitcase, living in a van conversion with their dog or cat (or alone!), living in RVs, snow-birding between two residences. You can do it! Some of these women are living on less than $1000 a month, way less. Some of them supplement their incomes with camp-hosting or other work-camping temporary jobs. There are so many ways to do what you want to do – I hope you stop listening to those people telling you that you can’t do it, whether it’s because you’re single, older, less money, whatever. It is possible! And traveling the world is not as expensive as we think it is. We need to talk about going to other countries – yes, there are some that are prohibitive in costs, and I probably won’t be visiting those, but there are soooo many places where it’s a lot cheaper to be than it is here in the States! We need to talk!

      I will always have an internet connection wherever I go. The world is more connected than we are here in the States and makes it much easier to get online for email and VOIP calling like Skype. You’ll always be hearing from me no matter where I am. That I can promise you!

      I’m looking forward to meeting you – soon! Thanks for reading and leaving a comment. Big hugs to you!

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  • July 7, 2015 at 10:08 am
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    FANTASTIC! Good for you, Lois. Live the dream! No do overs in this life and no dress rehearsals. Just one live performance. My son was smart enough to start doing what you’re doing when he was in his mid 20’s. I used to do workshops on life mapping and creating “Life Lists,” my name for what other people call bucket lists and you call your to do list. Bucket list is too negative, but I still love Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. One woman who took my workshop listed 12 countries she wanted to visit on her list of 50 things she wanted to do. We’ve remained friends and keep in touch regularly. To date she’s crossed off well more than half her list that she’s accomplished and she added a lot more countries and is at about 45 countries she’s visited. She’s in her mid 70s and still going strong. So, I don’t care what you call yoru list – YOU GO, GIRL!

    • July 7, 2015 at 5:56 pm
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      Thanks, Ed! And thanks for following my blog!

      I love the Bucket List movie, too, but I sure don’t like the negative-ness of the term 😀

      How cool that your workshop attendee is following her dream. It’s people, and especially women, like her who are my inspiration. I hope to be still going when I’m as old as she is. It’s people like her who give the rest of us motivation and encouragement to do what we dream of doing, no matter when we start doing it.

      Thanks for your encouragement, too, Ed. I appreciate it!

  • July 7, 2015 at 10:55 am
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    Congrats on your life changes. I’ll be happy to read of all your adventures.

    • July 7, 2015 at 5:57 pm
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      Thank you, Blaize! I hope my adventures continue to be entertaining, not only to me, but to the people who read my blog. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! 😀

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