A hearty Season’s Greetings to you! This next year is likely to be another year of change for us, so we want to let you know what we’ve been doing and what we’re expecting to do. We have been living in Birmingham since Christmas 2011. Although Dan & Pat are both officially on Social Security, Dan has been working almost full-time as a Multi-Media Designer at the newly reorganized Birmingham News/al.com, now heavily digital. And Pat has been working part-time sewing for local businesses and for her self & family. Mostly, she’s been a more than full-time home business manager/tutor/chef and housekeeper. We have been living in a big house on top of a mountain in Birmingham with our daughter Briana and our 2 grand-daughters, Julia (8) & Lilah (5), plus three dogs and a cat…and life is always (exhausting) exciting.
Pat has been creating a lot of craft and sewing projects that she has wanted to do for a long time. Building up an inventory of interesting pieces she hopes to market & sell.
Dan has returned to the drawing board after many years of ad-making and graphic-design for other people. Early this past year he started drawing and painting, exploring ideas & projects he has wanted to do for a long time…and is so into it!
Our sweet grand daughters go to elementary school in the neighborhood, and Briana is in the middle of school at the Paul Mitchell Beauty School here in Birmingham. She’s been doing hair for several years, but now she will be super-qualified and certified and is expecting to get out there and get a wonderful new job. She should finish by the beginning of the summer.
So this spring Briana will be looking for opportunities outside of Alabama, and so will Dan & Pat.
Yep, it’s back on the trail for us again. The fact is, we spent two years living in our little “Starpod” RV around the country, and as primitive and cramped as it may have been, we really loved the gypsy life. The thing about living out there on the road (which we really have been doing all our lives) is that you are living in the moment, every day is an adventure. And we discovered towns like Remote, Oregon; Simplicity, Virginia; New Freedom, Pennsylvania; New Hope, Tennessee; Why, Arizona; Whynot, Mississippi.
The author William Least Heat-Moon writes in Blue Highways: A Journey into America: “When you’re traveling, you are what you are, right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.”
Dan really wants to spend a lot more time drawing & painting, as much as Pat wants more time to create her own personal work. We are thinking about maybe getting our work into shops or galleries, or maybe hitting the Art & Craft Fairs circuit. Big plans, big dreams, limited resources, but we’ll see what comes. Things seem to have a way of working themselves out. There are no right or wrong choices. Cause when you make a choice, it is the best choice for you at the time.
And we call it creative living.
So we plan on putting ourselves back out there, we’ll start looking for a spot as Inn-keepers or hopefully, in our own RV (a bit larger) as “Workampers”. We discovered while out on the road that Workamping is a whole subculture of people that work and live in the best destinations in the country, while enjoying the RV lifestyle. It’s a new way to live, work and play at the same time. Workamping provides a way to travel and make money, and offers a way to experience new people, places and opportunities while still being able to support yourself and live comfortably.
We wish to best to you & yours in this Season and throughout 2014!