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When Cold water is Hot — Live Laugh RV

Thanks to Ingrid for spotlighting a common Arizona summer problem.  Hot water.  Friday our high was 117 degrees.  Let me tell you there is no such thing as cold water this week.  Even our commodes are steaming.  Nothing like a sauna on your rear.  I am not complaining because you never have to shovel the sunshine and most of the time we spend outside with wonderful weather.  We treat summer like northerners treat winter.

Thanks, Ingrid.  

Living a minimalist mobile lifestyle can be enlightening, fun, and rewarding but it can also present challenges. Last summer, Al and I meandered around Idaho, Wyoming, and Colorado and although we had a fantastic time, the transient way of life can be stressful at times. Wanting to keep our schedule flexible, we didn’t make any […]

via When Cold water is Hot — Live Laugh RV

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CAISSON HORSES ~ Military Funeral

Today I spent a little time learning about the Cassion horses which are housed at Fort Myer Caisson Barn.  They perform a somber and revered part of military funerals at Arlington National Cemetary.  If you have never been it is more than 600 acres of hallowed ground.  The Caisson horses are cared for by the U.S. Army’s 3d Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard).

I stumbled upon some photos taken by LIFE MAGAZINE while they visited the Old Guard stables.


A Caisson horse is one of the 6 horses that is hooked to the caisson which is the cart that holds the casket of a fallen and ranked soldier.  You’ve probably seen the image of a Caisson.


What is a caisson or how did the name come into play?  Here is an explanation:

“The caissons were built in 1918, and used for 75mm cannons. They were originally equipped with ammunition chests, spare wheels, and tools used for the cannons. Today these have been removed and replaced with the flat deck on which the casket rests.”

The silence of the procession is broken only by the rhythmic clip-clop of the seven handsome horses. Astride four of the horses, Soldiers sit ramrod straight. The horses, head erect, bodies taut and controlled, seem to imitate the solemn military bearing of the men and women who sit quietly in the saddles.

Six of the horses pull a flag draped casket on a black artillery caisson. Both Soldiers and horses are conscious that this is no ordinary ride through a cool, shady country lane. They have the honor of carrying a comrade for his last ride to Arlington National Cemetery, where he will rest in peace with other honored dead.

I found this article from Stars and Stripes by MEREDITH TIBBETTS.  This just an excerpt and I recommend you go to this site and read the article in its entirety.

Headstones and Horses: 

That ritual starts with these soldiers, up at 4 a.m. to prep the horses and equipment. There are 61 horses in the team, with some on rest at Fort Belvoir and some at work at Fort Myer. The horses rotate between forts, working one week and off the next. There are currently 49 soldiers who care for them, but there are positions for 56.

Saddles must be cleaned, horses too — whether they like it or not. Like their human counterparts, some are rather grumpy as they get hosed down. After the showers, the horses are dried off and brushed down. Shoes are checked and horses are dressed.

Special funerals have a caparisoned, or “cap” horse, where empty boots are positioned backward in the stirrups. This horse would follow the caisson with the casket and was usually led by a single foot soldier. At Arlington, that happens when an Army or Marine Corps officer was ranked a colonel or above. The most famous cap horse at Fort Myer is Sgt. York — named after the World War I soldier Alvin C. York — who walked behind President Ronald Reagan’s caisson.

According to the small museum in the stables at Fort Myer, one of the earliest examples of a cap horse in the United States was the funeral of George Washington. His horse, carrying his saddle, holsters, and pistols, was led behind the procession. Abraham Lincoln, however, was the first president to be honored with a caparisoned horse in a state funeral.

This is not my normal type of post but I was so moved by the Caisson Platoon and Arlington I had to share it with you.  I hope you enjoyed it.  Come back for tips to help you get and stay organized.

Thanks Pamela

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Simplify your life

via Letting Go — MakeItUltra™

Is it expectations?

Relationships that are not healthy?

How about worry about what other people think?

Maybe it’s stuff?   Do you have so much stuff you can’t find your stuff?  Do you rent a storage unit for your stuff?  Have extra rooms in your house for your stuff?  Are your closets, cabinets, and drawers stuffed to overflowing?

So my question to you is what is the one thing you can let go of to simplify your life?

Have a great day!

Thanks Pamela

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#simple #kiss #stuff #simplify

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10 Facts Every Woman Should Know:

I did not come up with these facts but I agree and belive you all should know them.

1. Everyone has rolls when they bend over.women 2 daryn-bartlett-40739.jpg

2. When someone tells you that you’re beautiful, believe them. They aren’t lying.

3. Sometimes we all wake up with breath that could kill a goat.

4. For every woman unhappy with her stretch marks is another woman who wishes she had them. mom to be arteida-mjeshtri-151140

5. You should DEFINITELY have more confidence. And if you saw yourself the way that others see you, you would.

6. Don’t look for a man to save you. Be able to save yourself.

7. It’s okay to not love every part of your body…but you should. woman 1 brooke-cagle-211284

8. We all have that one friend who seems to have it all together. That woman with the seemingly perfect life. Well, you might be that woman to someone else.

9. You should be a priority. Not an option, a last resort, or a backup plan.

10. You’re a woman. And that alone makes you pretty damn remarkable.

~ Austin Blood 


You are a remarkable woman.  Give yourself credit!

Pass this on to another remarkable woman.  I love your comments!!



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That’s using your noodle

Today we are talking about the versitility of a pool noodle.  Who knew how many ways they can used. They are cheap and can be easily located.  So even if you don’t have a pool you may be able to use a noodle.


  1. Pool Noodle to organize fishing rods.
  2. Card holder – to hold playing cards.
  3. Tot bed rail – bumper – place a pool noodle on the side of the bed under the sheet to keep tots from rolling off the bed.
  4. Boot filler – cut them and place in your boots to keep them upright. See Angie’s Look Book –
  5. Child proof for little fingers. Keep toddlers from slamming doors by placing a part of a noodle on the edge of the door.
  6. Plant stakes for your flowers. Perfect for sunflowers.
  7. Bumpers – to keep you from bumping your car doors into the wall.
  8. No more stubbed toes by using part of a pool noodle to keep your toes safe. Use them on your bed frame to prevent those late night toe kicks.
  9. Use pool noodles over tent support ropes for safety.
  10. Use a pool noodle to keep your puppy from pushing her balls under the couch. (Wish I had this earlier!)
  11. Pool noodle roof pad on your roof rack to cushion and protect.
  12. Did you know you can use noodles to make toys not for just the pool?  (Thank you Pinterest!)
  13. Jumbo Lincoln Logs.
  14. Marble Race Track.
  15. Marshmallow shooters.
  16. Lightsabers – May the force be with you! Just add duct tape!
  17. Noodle Stick horses – Directions and more info click here
  18. Kid car wash – for their cars, scooters and bike great on a hot summer day!
  19. Birthday Lawn Candles – Pool Noodle and a battery tea light.
  20. Trampoline safety cover for the springs.

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How do you use your noodle?

Thanks Pamela




#tips #hacks #poolnoodle

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Want a yummy reward?

You have been so good and you are de-cluttering your space, getting organized.  Reward yourself with a slice of povititza and a hot cup of tea or coffee.
I spent a wonderful day yesterday with a dear friend baking povititiza.  You know it is so relaxing to make a yeast bread.   If you are so inclined I will share the recipe. Thanks Lynnda!


Step 1
   Grind 2 pounds walnuts.
    I use a food processor and do this ahead of time, usually the day before & store in refrigerator.


    Stir together and set aside:
        2 cakes yeast (5t)
        1 t sugar
        1/2  warm half & half
    In large bowl cream:
        1/2 c sugar
        6 egg yolks (save whites for later)
        1 c butter
    Prepare dry ingredients:
        5 c flour
        1 t salt
     Measure 1 1/3 half and half and warm slightly.
    Add half and half  to sugar, egg yolk, butter mixture first.
    Add yeast mixture to above.
    Mix together.
    Add dry ingredients and mix until ready to be turned out onto floured board.  Knead well,  adding extra flour if needed for good consistency of bread dough.
Separate dough into 5 parts.  Let rise in separately sprayed bowls, spraying a bit on top and covering with tea cloth.  Dough should double in size.  I usually let it rise at least an hour but have done less if rushed and it seems to work.

While dough is rising prepare filling.


    Heat the following but don’t bring to boil:
        1/2 c butter
        1 1/2 c half and half
        1 1/2 c brown sugar
        1/2 c honey
    Add ground walnuts to the above. Mix together until all is incorporated and sugar has melted.
    Allow above mixture to cool.
    Beat 6 egg whites until stiff.
    To the cool mixture add:
        1/2 t lemon juice
        1 t vanilla
        1 t cinnamon
    Mix the above and fold in egg whites carefully.  Don’t over mix.
Divide filling into 5 parts.
Roll dough thinly on floured tea towel, stretching and pulling to desired thinness.  I don’t get mine nearly as thin as my mother-in-law Anne did but it’s still tasty.  Spread 1/5 of filling onto bread.  Roll up by lifting one end of tea towel and letting it roll together.  Place into angel food cake pan and cover with tea towel and let rise about 45  minutes.  Repeat this for other 4 loaves.
Bake at 325 degrees 30-35 minutes.
Cool & enjoy.
This freezes well.  I usually use a plastic wrap and then put it into a freezer zip lock bag.
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#coffeebreak #yeastbread #reward #takeabreak #bakebread
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Lighten up! Tips to pack for travel

Is the your year to take a vacation?  Do it.  Don’t let vacation days go unused.  Don’t say “I’ll do that sometime.”  Make this your sometime!

Decide where you are going,  decide when you will go and now decide what are you are going to take with you.

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Now with baggage fees and the chance of lost luggage do you really need all that stuff? What if you are planning a backpacking trip? In our house we have a rule if you can’t carry it you can’t take it. But what if you are going on an extended trip say your dream trip to Europe and you are not a young adult? Rule still applies. If you can’t carry it you can’t take it. You are going to have to do some planning.small car yfblyeynu_g-jace-grandinetti.jpg

Make a list


Pack light! Backpack will be your friend. If you are planning on a trip where there are cobblestone streets pulling your roller bag over cobblestones is not an easy thing to do. Also remember cars in some countries are not a roomy as we have in the US. Trunk space may be very limited and your large bag may not ever fit.backpack-cedzaukbyic-jeremy-bishop

Less is more and think separates that can be worn together.

Tee shirts or tank tops that you can layer. Neural colors that are dark enough not to show stains are best. Learn to layer to change up your basic wardrobe. Wear your most bulky clothing items when on the plane or train.

Downsize your toiletries by not packing anything you can buy once you arrived at your destination. Everywhere you go they sell what you need like shampoo, sunscreen, body wash, concentrated laundry detergent.

When you are thinking about what to take think quick-drying, synthetic clothing and wash everything while you travel.

Compression bags like a Ziploc or space bag will make the most of your space.

Remember your smart phone is more than a phone. It is a camera, currency converter, guidebook, TV, book and map. Don’t pack a guidebook. Download what you need onto your smart phone.


Packing light means taking less stuff. Remember this is a vacation not a lifetime. You don’t need so much stuff.

For men according to my husband his one tip will allow you to travel for months just about anywhere with little more than 2 shirts, 2 pairs of pants, and 3-4 pairs of underwear and socks.

For women same deal: 2 cami/tank tops, 3 tops, I suggest a long sleeve denim or chambray shirt, 1 cardigan to layer, legging, 2 pair capris or shorts (shorts can’t be worn in churches but capris can be) 1 pair of pants, 1 skirt or tee-shirt dress that can be layered over. The tee shirt can be a nightie, extra bra (a sports bra is very packable) and 4 pair of underwear. I personally love Chico’s Travelers collection. I have had an entire glass of sticky juice spilled in my lap on a plane and I was able to rinse it off in the airport bathroom dry it under the hand dryer and not miss my connecting flight.

Your best shoe choice will be one pair of closed toe comfortable walking shoes. Always bring flip-flops!! They will be what you wear in the hotel, in the shower, or with shorts if you go to the beach.

One of my favorite and go to items is to take a pashmina-type scarf. It is so versatile you can drape over your shoulders if it is chilly, or use it as a blanket or rolled up pillow on the plane.

OK ladies lets talk about cosmetics. You probably will not wear as much while traveling as you would a home. Leave your expensive brands at home. Grab a drugstore brand of tinted moisturizer with SPF, mascara, no more than 2 colors of eye shadow, you can add water and make a eyeliner and a bronzer (This will be for your eyes and cheeks or you can use it for lipstick.) This should all fit!travel musfb_f1i4e-toa-heftiba.jpg

Don’t pack for worst-case scenarios. Worst case you can buy what you need. Leave your expensive jewelry at home. Don’t take a fanny pack they are a prime target for pickpockets. Try to fit all your stuff in a backpack. You will not only save on luggage fees but when you are riding a train, grabbing a cab or walking and just lugging your stuff from location to location you will appreciate the lighter load.

Where will you go?   What is your best travel tip?

Thanks Pamela

#travel #lessstuff #noluggage #backpack #justgo

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Happy Birthday Mom!!

cake-6shd7q-l1uq-annie-sprattYes my Mom is a New Year Baby.  Every year she has the day off it is after all a national holiday and there is a huge party starting at midnight.

I am miles and miles away and not able to see her this year so I wanted to invite you all to help me wish her a Very Happy Birthday!!

She is an amazing woman, devoted wife, fabulous mother, outstanding grandmother and be best mother-in-law ever!  She is a friend to many.  She goes out of her way to make you feel welcome and she does not often meet a stranger.  At least they are not strangers for long.

Thanks Mom for being you.  Happy Birthday,  I love you very much!

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Save Money!!

So am I the only one that does not know about Ebates?  If you don’t let me tell you about this.


You shop and you get paid.  What!!! I know Mind blow!!  Just in time for the holidays I found out that if you sign up for Ebates and shop as you normally do you can get rebates, cash back and discount coupons.    If you shop at Amazon, Ebay, Macy’s, Kohls,  Staples, L.L.Bean, Walmart, Nordstrom, Office Max, Neiman Marcus, Gap, Disney, Nike, Shutterfly and so many more you are just leaving money on the table.  They have rebates, discounts and more like free shipping codes.

Nuts right?  I got a $10 Walmart gift card just for signing up.

Click here to sign up!

Also if you sign up via my referral you get $10 and I get $25.  You can be registered to win a 2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid from Ebates.      It’s free.  As they say you already do it why not get paid for it.    It’s quick and easy.  Do it.  I’m sure you can always use the extra money!  I

Thank you and you are welcome!


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