Gypsy Life

Our adventure has begun...we are now officially nomadic!  We've embarked on an off the hook - life on the road expedition.

If you wondered where I've been lately and why there's been no new postings to this blog, I've been downsizing/packing up our joint household accumulation of too many years.  OMG and OW!!   Never, never again, do I want to have to wade through this several months long task! 

We've donated to charity, given to likely needfuls, shared with friends, gifted our lovely helpful neighbors, thrown out and finally successfully downsized the collected debris of our life.   Into storage have gone the keepers and our daily lifestyle has become a lightly balanced, streamlined zen existance.  The most amazing observation?  To date, we don't miss even one shred of what has been saved to storage (well....except maybe my baby grand piano).  However, le grand babe cannot come along on our present travels.  There will plenty of time for her when we are no longer road warrior travelers.   ...and we miss our dishwasher - even with only two plates, two cups and so on - dishwashing is still a blah chore.   

Tired of the stagnant status quo, disillusioned by the damage to our smalltown arts community, executed by self important local politicos (whom, of course, when they read this will turn our words into one more useful diatribe of verbal garbage).   .....and ready for personal change, we made the decision to accomplish a major lifestyle overhaul.

For years, we've casually wondered if we could make a life on the road as full-time RV-ers, combining our mutual wanderlusties with our professions of art making and classic car love.   I'm delighted to report that we've leveraged Brad's biz (classic auto restoration) into an over the road - on site with his clients undertaking and of course, our online arts biz can travel anywhere - as long as we have access to the internets and shipping points.  

Our first stopping place is the southland of ancient magnolias, crepe myrtle, rampant kudzu and fresh foods farmer's markets found along roadsides and in almost every little town.  Local culture and dialect are beginning to work their magic on us.  "Yessir" and "Yes'm" are beginning to fall like honeyed buttercakes out of our mouths.   What a refreshing change to experience the genteel southern society we've heard about all our lives.  Their legendary southern hospitality and good manners are alive and well!

Today brings week number two of a Studebaker Avanti teardown - the first phase in a complete body off - frame up restoration job.  In between attending to the tasks of our online businesses, I run car parts, hold and hand off tools where needed, bring drinking fluids and arrange lunches as Brad disassembles the car.   

Now that we've landed for awhile and are mostly settled in, I'm beginning to mentally restructure the future face and shape of our online selling presence.  Just over the horizon, a new line of be-jeweled silver jewelry is winking at and beckoning to me and a luscious line of new couture apparel/accessories are waiting in the wings to take shape.  

Stay tuned to our travel saga, as we bring new art work and news of our adventures to you from our various ports of call across the country!


ellen abbott said...

Oh how exciting! Lucky you. I think that would be so much fun. We couldn't do it though as our income source needs too much equipment.

PattyMara Gourley said...

I am in such awe for both of you. May the blessings of the road fill you with joy. May you travel in safety and find home in your inner roots. I look forward to hearing more about your new life.

Mary Ellen Golden said...

It was quite warm this weekend. We had a great family reunion in Cairo complete with watermelon! Did not manage to run across fresh peaches, but it is time for those in the Peach state!

Looking forward to seeing the new work..yours and Brad's!

delightw said...

My dream has been for the silver airstream nomadic artist/gypsy life.I am so freakin' jealous.Onward Ho!!

fatal said...

Life on the road presents an interesting set of challenges such as the first couple of weeks of settling into a new temp' stay spot. Arranging for mail, re-arranging financial accesses, getting strong enough internet connection, finding the best shopping spots - just not getting lost on the drive to and from shopping and beginning to recognize local landmarks.
Nothing insurmountable - just busy work. Now that this is all done - onto to the packed studio bins! YAY

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