Trying out Luggage, 2

LL Bean Duffle, small
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This bag is a true carry on size.  It could easily fit under the seat (along with a purse) or in the overhead bin.  While this bag seems much smaller than the medium bag, I was amazed when the exact same packing list almost fit in this bag.  The only things that didn’t fit were the Turkish Towel and either one sweater or one pair of pants. The towel could be squeezed into my purse though.

What I fit into the bag: (Cool/Warm weather)

LL Bean fitness dress x3
undershort x3
cardigan (light)
shoes: flats
shoes: sport sandals
UV hat
swimsuit
pjs
LL Bean perfect pant/capri x2
tshirt x3
socks x3
underwear x5
bra x2
LL Bean small organizer/toiletry bag
3-1-1 bag
I also had a purse with:

IPhone, charger, stand
solar battery pack
kindle  paperwhite
Klean Kanteen insulated bottle
Snack: apple slices and nutrition bar
normal purse stuff

Wearing: LL Bean perfect pant Capri, t-shirt, cardigan, and trainers

Trying out Luggage, 1

LL Bean, medium rolling duffle
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This bag is technically too big to be a carry-on which is such a shame. Although it is less than 45 inches, it won’t fit in the 21x14x9 guidelines. Hopefully LL Bean will trim a few inches off and they’d have a great bag.

What I fit into the bag: (Cool/warm weather)

  • LL Bean fitness dress x3
  • undershort x3
  • cardigan (light) x3
  • shoes: flats
  • shoes: sport sandals
  • UV hat
  • swimsuit
  • pjs x2
  • LL Bean perfect pant x2
  • tshirt x3
  • socks x3
  • underwear x5
  • bra x2
  • Turkish towel
  • LL Bean small organizer/toiletry bag
  • 3-1-1 bag

I also had a purse with

  • IPhone, charger, stand
  • solar battery pack
  • kindle paperwhite
  • Klean Kanteen insulated bottle
  •  Snack: apple slices and nutrition bar
  • normal purse stuff

 

Week 11-13

It’s been a very quiet few weeks.  We reached that point where everything we’re doing to prepare for our journey is little steps.  Each of us has a few areas of our personal stuff where we just aren’t willing to let go until the time is nearer.

The yard work is now taking enough time that we aren’t getting house repair projects started, completed, or even thought about.  Although I must say, the outside looks amazing! The garden is mostly planted and we’ve had some great salads and tasty strawberries.  The blackberries are really flowering, so we should have an abundance of fruit soon.

We’ve signed our home up for 100% wind energy.  To help lower the bill and be better keepers of the planet, we’ve been working on making some changes.  These changes will also help us when we take the next step of our journey.

Here’s our week 11-13 list:

  • solar chargers for iPhones, iPads, Kindles, and other “microUSB” type things.
  • solar lights (two so far, adding a couple each month) for each person and room.
  • KM continuing language lessons
  • analyzing our water consumption and attempting to get it within sustainable levels for our primary goal
  • We had a bit of a financial set-back, so our numbers look about the same as the last check-in.
  • Trying new natural personal care products.  Akamai so far is the winner!  They have a 3-in-1 bar (soap, shampoo, shaving), a toothpaste, and a skin fuel (mix of oils) that are amazing, priced well, and minimal packaging.  My lip balm is from Hurraw.  That leaves me only using regular mascara, SPF tinted lip balm, and contact solution.
  • Making plans to travel a bit:  Scotland and Eastern Africa are my goals. If we sell the house and have enough saved, I’d like to see both places before settling into a new life. So now our “A Family’s Journey . . . will include some bit-time dreaming about travel.

Week 10

This has been a very quiet week concerning our journey. There has been much to do in other parts of our daily life.

Family

  • Medical bill 2:  75% paid
  • Truck repair– 25% paid
  • More movies to Buy-Backs
  • caulk windows

Kim

  • language lessons continue

Kelly

  • Sort through old notebooks and folders
  • Garden work

Michael

  • continue sorting through movies
  • begin comic book sorting
  • yard work, paint part of sidewalk
  • poster in kitchen for language

Hannah

  • poster in kitchen for language
  • extra work hours
  • writing

Week 9

 

Family

  • paint deck
  • fix under deck access
  • MA iTunes card with some tax refund money
  • Medical bill 2: 70% paid off
  • Truck repair bill: 25% paid off

Kim

  • Complete 2 more language lessons
  • Begin more formal grammar study
  • rethink packing lists (still)
  • repot plants, toss out plastic garden pots

Kelly

  •  language app for practice
  • garden work and help with yard work
  • general tidying of room, initial inventory but no purging

Michael

  • Room: trophies, closet, more books, more movies, took apart platform bed, put down new floor (tax refund money), continue sorting.
  • Yard work:  grass, garden
  • Language app and poster in kitchen for practice

Hannah

  • Language: ongoing lessons using app
  • Extra work hours

Ohio, hiking

Clifton Gorge was one of our favorite hiking spots in Ohio. We started taking Michael at least once a month starting when he was about 5 months old.  He loved to go: it was quiet, peaceful, he actually slept best when strapped to Kelly’s back.

Closer to home, we took daily walks, sometimes multiple walks a day.  He rode in the stroller when it was just the two of us.  He began to walk to 10 months and from then on he chose whether to walk, ride, or usually a combination of both.

He began to hike on his own at about 2 1/2.  These were just short little hikes, but we did include some elevation and scrambling before he turned 4.

Week 8

Family

  • 8 more bags to Goodwill
  • Movies:  watch movies on “Watch and See” list and decide if we want a digital copy.
  • medical bill 2– still working on, 65% paid off

Kim

  • Complete 2 more language lessons
  • Laundry Room Sort: extra blankets, miscellaneous stuff that ends up in there, and household tool kit
  • rethink packing lists

Kelly

  •  language app for practice
  • garden work and help with yard work

Michael

  • Work continues in his room:  trophies, closet, more movies, more books
  • Yard work, garden work, mow grass.
  • Language app and poster in kitchen for practicE

Hannah

  • Language: ongoing lessons using app

Ohio, 1987-1990

In late November 1987 we arrived in Ohio with a car load of possessions.  Shortly after arrival all our things we’d stored in Evansville (wedding gifts galore) began tricking into our home.  We’d gone from light and clean to slightly cluttered.

Since it wouldn’t all fit, we bought plastic crates and filled a closet with them.  It filled a closet, but with the door shut you never knew and out of sight out of mind!

In late March 1988 I was sick.  Really sick: passing out, throwing up, sleeping a lot, and unable to keep up with life and work.

In mid-May I finally went to the doctor.  That’s when I found out I wasn’t sick, I was pregnant.  Pregnant with serious, long-term morning sickness.

This change in family status necessitated moving from our cheap, old, run down, drafty apartment to something a little nicer.  After several months of looking, we found  a cute little 2 bedroom apartment.  It was adorable and probably my favorite of all our homes.

The thing about this apartment was it was bigger than our efficiency apartment in Texas (350 square feet) but much smaller than our existing apartment (900 square feet).  600 square feet with small closets and no storage space and we were adding a child.  In those days before the move, I began to purge.  I’d open a box in the closet and if I’d never used anything in there, I’d stack it up in a corner.  A couple of days before the move, DAV came with a truck and hauled it all off.

What I learned from this move was if it’s in storage you’ll forget about it and buy it again.

I also learned that a tiny new life could suddenly upend everything I ever thought I knew.  And that was a good thing.

I also learned that babies don’t need 90% of the stuff I was given at multiple baby showers.

 

Week 7

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Family

  • Decided we definitely need a dumpster this winter to clean up the back woods.
  • 4 more bags to Goodwill plus a tote full
  • 1 bag full of movies to sell or give away
  • Movies:  watch movies on “Watch and See” list and decide if we want a digital copy
  • medical bill 2– still working on, 50% paid off
  • Selling a few things . . . most still going to Goodwill.

Kim

  • Complete 2 more language lessons
  • Kitchen sort
    • Klean Kanteen insulated and Keep Cups(Easter gifts for Kelly and Michael) for each person
    • Small white plates to go with pasta bowls ($4), all Fiesta Ware in Freedom box
    • cooking pans, food storage supplies, and cooking utensils
    • Sold dish set–used money for groceries and added extra to medical bill 2.

Kelly

  •  language app for practice
  • garden work and help with yard work

Michael

  • This is the week Michael really started his room: books, movies, photos, scrap books, TKD trophies and boards from belt tests, 2 shelves, and 2 full bags of garbage.
  • Yard work:  grass, garden, finished tearing down old chicken house.
  • Language app and poster in kitchen for practice

Hannah

  • Language: ongoing lessons using app
  • sorted through her
  • *Her room is pretty nearly completed on the sort through.  Repair list started.

Language Lessons 1

Language lessons have been going on for 7 weeks now.  Our vocabularies and understanding of grammar continue to increase, but the pace is a bit slower now.

We’re using DuoLingo for our main practice app.  Posters, poster boards, and little labels are to be found all over the house with words for practice.  We are slowly beginning to put in the S word when we know it, and use English for the rest of the sentence.  It makes for some interesting conversations!

We all learn at different paces, but I’m really please with the progress we’ve made in 7 weeks.

Kim:  183 root words + present tense verb conjugations (for all 6 “persons”) + noun declensions for M/Mi and Ki/Vi + general greetings, people/occupations, chores, and food (so basic “touristy” vocabulary too).