First Days On The Road


If I walk about a quarter mile or less, the view above is what I have.  I really love this area.  There’s a planetarium I plan to see tomorrow, there’s a great, old bridge that is very scary to drive an RV over, and best of all, there’s absolutely no neighbors. I see a truck drive by now and then and there is a main road right by me, but over all very quiet.



Shhhhh, be vewy vewy quiet. I’m hunting wabbits.


Above is my front yard.

After driving for over 3 hours Monday, this is where I decided to call home for a few days.  I have a couple of repairs to do and the weather is still so cold. Florida is actually supposed to have snow today.

My flight out of Illinois was not a perfect take off. My engine wouldn’t start. Note to anyone trying to escape the cold, if the temp is 7 degrees early in the morning, just sleep in. I was a good 4 hours late leaving, but it allowed my Grams to make me some oatmeal before I hit the road. MMMM my Grandma’s oatmeal.  And yes, I said allowed her to, not because it is such a great privilege for her to do so, but because she can’t stand it when I leave without eating and that was exactly my plan.

Then, when I was about an hour out, my GPS decided to blow the fuse in my cigarette lighter.  How does that even happen? It worked fine before. I will have to do some investigative research  googling to fix it. In the meantime, I have an atlas and some good ol’ fashion map reading skilz.


As I was typing the above I heard a loud pop and subsequent fizz. It seems when I popped a breaker earlier and fixed it, I moved one of my space heaters too close to the water pipe and forgot to move it back. Since I had my pump on, water sprayed everywhere under my bed. Luckily I had the forethought to not only spray the entire sub-floor with Mighty Seal (OK that was my friend’s forethought), but I insisted on laying down a layer of rubber underneath the bed.

After I shut the pump off, I let the water drain out of the pipe and now I will go buy another quick connect fitting and cut the pipe. Easy fix for a bone head move. This is the second or third water leak in a week. I thought one pipe burst from freezing, but a (non-quick connect) fitting came loose under the shower (where we didn’t do anything). Luckily that was an easy fix. I’m still not sure if the third leak is real. I will find that out tomorrow.

On a wild life note, there is an owl currently staking out Lola. He is flying from tree to tree waiting for my baby to leave the RV again. Beasley is having the time of his life and thinks leaves and trails were invented just for him.

I am working on Alyson Stanfield’s class, Organize Your Art Biz. I signed up for it, but didn’t do much at the time. Every day I am doing a lesson. So far I have added a “Leave Me A Message” button on my contact page, where you can actually call my voice mail. This wasn’t in the lesson, but I was looking at my old Google Voice number and trying to decide if I wanted to use that as a business number. I saw they have a widget and that sealed it.  I made a new outgoing message on both voice mails.

I also am in the process of getting a PO Box. Did you know you can do that online? Amazing.

I finally loaded Microsoft office onto my computer, after having it for over a year.

And thanks to my friend Sharon, figured out how to put comments back on my blog. *sigh. Why so complicated Word Press?

I am also working through Brian Tracy’s book Goals! while I organize here and there.

Tomorrow I will paint.

About Elisha

Elisha Dasenbrock is an award winning, international watercolor artist. She paints with a limited palette on claybord. Dasenbrock graduated from the American Academy of Art in 2009 and has been painting professionally ever since.