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Christmas in Dixie

Hello everyone. Margo here.

Christmas finds us still in Nashville. Today is the official start of winter but we have been battening down the hatches. We are expecting some bad weather—lots of rain and potential for tornadoes–due to a weather system coming through. We will keep the weather radio tuned in for sure.

Stormy weather brewing....

Stormy weather brewing….

We took cover in the campground shelter when this came through.  Tornado warning was sounded.

We took cover in the campground shelter when this came through. Tornado warning was sounded.

While it is rather balmy and unseasonably warm as I write this, I have been busy bringing a little ” Christmas cheer”into our little LuLu home.

DSCN1682 I had Kevin get the holiday bin out of the “storage shed” ( Hank’s cargo bed) and proceeded to decorate away! In the past it would have taken me days and days to accomplish that but I had it all done, start to finish, in about 30 minutes…more time to enjoy another glass of eggnog I say.

...the stockings were hung with care

…the stockings were hung with care

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...with visions of sugared Milk-Bones dancing in their heads

…with visions of sugared Milk-Bones dancing in their heads

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...in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there

…in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there

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New LED  "accent lighting"

New LED “accent lighting”

Earlier in the week when it was cold and dreary outside, I thought I should warm things up inside by doing a little baking. So in the spirit of making merry, I fired up LuLu’s “Easy Bake Oven” ( just kidding, it’s almost full-sized), put on some Christmas carols, tied the apron on and proceeded to measure, mix, chop and pour. I made several dozen Oatmeal Raisin cookies and Peanut Butter Blossom cookies, as well as my mom’s Cranberry Orange Bread. I have to say it was  challenging with such limited counter space but the end result was worth the effort. Even though  Kevin wanted  to keep all the cookies for himself, I thought he should take some to share with the guys at work. He told me it was like throwing a handful of corn out to a barnyard full of chickens.  I think the lure of homemade cookies might have had something to do with the extra quick response by the crew when Kevin found some hazardous leaks too.

My workspace

My workspace

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Cranberry Orange loaves cooling under "The Tree"

Cranberry Orange loaves cooling under “The Tree”

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Cookies for the crew

The cookie monsters

I did finish the monk’s cloth afghan I was making for Kevin–just in time for Christmas. I really enjoyed making it and will start on another one soon, this one will be for me.

Monk's cloth afghan - Kevin's Christmas gift - Shhhh....

Monk’s cloth afghan – Kevin’s Christmas gift – Shhhh….

It is 72°  right now which is more like a Florida Christmas than what you might expect to find in Tennessee at this time of year.  We have had some roller coaster winter type weather though. Earlier in the week it was 18° and icy.  We are managing to stay warm with extra sweaters, scarves and jackets and I have to say I am enjoying the colder temperatures…just seems more like holiday weather to me.

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Kevin and I hope all of you will be making happy Christmas memories with family and friends and I’ll close this post with a little help from one of Nashville’s favorite groups, Alabama….

“By now in New York City, there’s snow on the ground

 And out in California, the sunshine’s falling down
And, maybe down in Memphis, Graceland’s all in lights
And in Atlanta, Georgia, there’s peace on earth tonight

Christmas in Dixie, it’s snowin’ in the pines
Merry Christmas from Dixie, to everyone tonight

It’s windy in Chicago the kids are out of school
There’s magic in Motown the city’s on the move
In Jackson, Mississippi, to Charlotte, Caroline
And all across the nation, it’s the peaceful Christmas time

And from Nashville,Tennessee
God bless y’all, we love ya
Happy New Year, good night
Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas tonight

In-Joy,

Margo

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December 22, 2013 Posted by | Margo's posts | 4 Comments

First Mate On Board

Hello Everyone!  Margo here…aka First Mate.IMGP4136

January 01, 2013 was officially Move In Day for me and Shiloh, my 14 year- old Cocker Spaniel (perhaps more familiar to you as ½ of “The Boys” seen in previous posts). For those of you who don’t know, April 2011 (Kevin and I had been together for just over 3 years by then) found me living in my own two bedroom, two bath spacious apartment near my office where I worked as a dental hygienist. In March 2012 I retired after 23 years and began to downsize via many garage sales and put my most treasured belongings into a 5’ x 10’ climate controlled storage unit. I then moved into my dear friend Nancy’s house and began a new career as a bank teller until her house sold in December 2012. Kevin had already been living in LuLu since March 2012. The plan was for me to move into LuLu once Nancy’s house was sold. So here we are!  New Year… New Life (style)!

Now, to go from a 2000 sq. ft. house and an 1100 sq. ft. apartment before that, to a 180 sq. ft. Airstream takes a huge leap of faith but I didn’t think of it so much as “downsizing” as I did “SIMPLIFYING”. IMGP4126 Of course, having a kind, patient, understanding, supportive and loving man like Kevin as my partner in this amazing adventure made it easier to take that leap….and he has a great sense of humor which helps.. A LOT!

Five years ago when Kevin and I first dreamed of full timing in an Airstream, I have to admit I was thinking more of the new places we would go, the people we would meet, making new friends, having fun and exciting experiences and not so much about the logistics of the daily living and the challenges that may come. Being here in Ocala, in “pre-flight” until June 2013, has actually turned out to be a good thing as it will give us some time to adjust to living together, working out the kinks of limited storage, cooking and let’s face it, living space (I did mention that there are only 180 sq. ft. here in LuLu).

Before I moved in, LuLu was definitely a bachelor pad. …ship shape and clean but strictly utilitarian. The only pillow Kevin thought was necessary was his bed pillow. The kitchen was “complete” with paper plates, one coffee mug, two spoons and a fork. And the fork was plastic. Well, there’s a new sheriff in town…..IMGP4125

Kevin and I came to a consensus early on that inside LuLu would be my domain and he would be responsible for all things outside… round, shiny, greasy, and stinky ( i.e., tires, hitches and anything tank related). My first order of business was to bring more organization, more function and definitely more style! Airstreams are so iconic and stylish to begin with that I had great bones to work with. In a future post, I will take you behind the scenes (read behind doors, cabinets and inside drawers) to show improved organization and function but now I’d like to take you on a tour and show how LuLu has become “Home Sweet Home”.

In-Joy!
Margo

Come on in.

Come on in

Living room

Living Room

Kudos to Monica of "Just 5 More Minutes" (another Airstream blog) for the atomic clock inspiration.

Kudos to Monica of “Just 5 More Minutes” (another Airstream blog) for the atomic clock inspiration.  Kevin made it and had the idea to use a  page from the road atlas for the clock face.  Brilliant!

Dining mode.

Dining mode including my great thrift store find of mid-century multi-color aluminum cups (Steel Masters Inc).  Two of a set of eight

Foot stool multi-tasks as storage.

Foot stool multi-tasks as storage and extra seating – note our “party time” rug

Game time.

R&R

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I made this to compliment the decor.  We use it for shopping lists, notes to each other, etc.

I made this to compliment the decor. We use it for shopping lists, notes to each other, etc.

Memory boards. We each have one of these on the bedroom cabinets for pictures, postcards and other treasures.

Memory boards. We each have one of these on the bedroom cabinets for pictures, postcards and other treasures.

The bedroom.  Yes, twin beds.  This floor plan affords extra storage space under the beds and the nightstand.  Also they are more like daybeds.  This is my living space that I use  while Kevin takes over the living room for his office.

The bedroom. Yes, twin beds. This floor plan gives extra storage under the beds and the nightstand.  Also, when Kevin is working his day job up front this gives me plenty of space to relax, work on my crafts, read or use my laptop.

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We really love our bathroom.  We thought at first we would have issues with the size but really it has plenty of space.  The shower is on the left.  We removed the standard issue sliding shower door and replaced it with this curtain to add color and function.  The under sink cabinets are generous in space and what you can't see in this picture is a very large overhead cabinet.

We really love our bathroom. We thought at first we would have issues with the size but it has plenty of space. The shower is on the left. We removed the standard issue sliding shower door and replaced it with this curtain to add color and function. The under sink cabinets provide plenty of storage and what you can’t see in this picture is a very large mirrored overhead cabinet.

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March 1, 2013 Posted by | Margo's posts | 5 Comments