JoDo Chasing Rainbows

Started a new job

We have not worked back to back jobs since we started full time RVing. We choose to find a part time job this winter so that we could stay in one spot just in case there is a surge in COVID cases. We choose a work camping job in Mission, TX. We had about 5 weeks from the moment we left Yellowstone until we started our new position.

This was a comfortable amount of time to get to Texas and take care of some personal business such as getting our vehicles inspected and take care of dental appointments. We choose a job in Texas because we wanted to be close to our doctors. It is still very warm down here. The temperatures have been in the middle 90s each day except for two days. The average temperature in the winter is around 70 degrees. I know it will cool down soon. I am loving the humidity though. My naturally curly hair stays wonderfully curly in humid air.

We have not had much time to get the lay of the land yet. I can say there are butterflies and bird everywhere. We have been informed that the butterfly migration has yet to start. I can only hope that I can capture a few good pictures when this happens. We have found a hike/bike trail not far from our RV park. I can see that I will be spending time hiking and biking on this trail.

Back to the job. We are Park Model Cleaners. We clean units getting them ready for Winter Texans. We do this job in exchange for site and full hookups (water, sewer, trash and electricity up to $100 per month). We are enjoying this job. The folks we work with are helpful and nice. More folks are showing up every day. There are agave and grapefruit groves near this RV Park.

I understood that this is a popular place for snowbirds to come but I didn’t know that there are so many resources for Winter Texans to use. There are three popular newsletters to keep you informed on activities around the Rio Grande Valley area. I will place those links to the bottom of this page. I cannot wait to see what this Winter will hold for us.

Finding calm while traveling in 2020

All of us are trying to find our way in 2020, it has caused us to rethink the way we think, move and breath. I want to share some of the things I do to find some peace in an unsettled world.

I will put these in no particular order because it depends on the day as to how I find calm.

  1. Focus on what you can control. Control is an illusion, but what we can do is understand what really is in our span of influence. We can learn to control our breathing, what we read and listen to, who we interact with and what messages we let into our minds. Limit news, social media and types of music. I start each morning with a positive affirmation and prayer. I listen to old school music because it puts me in a happier frame of mind.
  2. Find what does and doesn’t work for you. We have had more alone time in the past 7 months than we have ever had or wanted. However, we can use this time to find out what works for each of us. We are not influenced by friends, peers, co-workers or family. We can find who we are and what books we like, what really makes us smile, what veggies we dislike and just how many licks it takes to get to the Tootsie roll center of a Tootsie Pop.
  3. Find the Facts. Facts and truths calm the mind. They do this by giving us a starting place for our actions. They allow us to know that whatever we are doing starts with a solid foundation.
  4. Find your healthy. What works for your mental, emotional and physical health probably won’t work the same for me. Do you need veggies more than protein, a 5-mile walk to shake off worry, or a phone call to a friend or family to get past the loneliness? Get to know your body.
  5. Find rest/sleep. This is the hard one for me. I have a set of things that I do that allow be to sleep. Your routine is what you need to find to slow the mind and body down enough to sleep. Sleep allows us to dream, recuperate and heal from our day. Warm milk, dark room or soft raindrops, find what gets you there and keeps you there.

These are a few of the things that help me keep calm and sane in a world I often don’t recognize or understand. They help keep me hopeful.