Well, if I was worried about being bored after leaving my job, this week certainly proved that would not be the case! The bulk of the week was spent finalizing numerous aspects of our businesses, culminating in Lee publishing his website for Open Road Video and our ordering business cards and signs. Lee’s videos are his resume, so it was a much larger venture pulling together everything he would need for the website. If you have been curious about his work, take a look. One of the things that has been difficult for us in all of our businesses is finding a way to communicate that we are a truly mobile workforce,without coming across as less professional in any way. It really adds a layer of difficulty to marketing our services as most people look for a company in the area the business is located. That is changing as people are more mobile, but the bias is still to hire locally. So we understand this could be an uphill climb, but we are hoping that between the three businesses, Open Road Video, Open Road RV Repair, and TSPerkins Consulting we will be able to make enough to cover our relatively low budget. I know we have a lot of support out there, so I would ask if you know of anyone who you think could benefit from our services, please pass our information along. Since you understand the lifestyle, you could explain that we are mobile workers, which is actually a benefit, because we can take our skill sets to where they are needed.
Along with working on the businesses I spent quite a bit of time on my blog this week. We are coming up on our one year full timing anniversary (!) and I wanted to do the milestone some justice. I ended up completing two posts, one strictly about the facts and figures, and another about the emotions. In addition, I will be adding a financial review at the end of the calendar year which will slice and dice our costs in detail. I also have been reviewing all of my recipes, adding small pictures on the page and removing the ones that at second glance I felt did not make the cut. This work is still in progress as I will need to remake some of the dishes to get better pictures for the site. Lee was pretty excited to hear that! I’ve also been trying out many new recipes, almost all of which Lee liked but I am so-so about. The dish has to be delicious and worth the effort to make my cut and I have pretty high standards. Lee’s been very happy to be my guinea pig though, and even if a recipe doesn’t hit a home run I am learning some new cooking techniques which has been a lot of fun. I will say that on occasion I have been missing having a dishwasher. New recipes often require extra pans on the first go round and my hands are getting a little “pruney” from all that washing. Yes, Lee does dishes, actually better than me, (Better than pretty much anyone. – Lee) but since I am often making a huge mess I feel I should at least clean up some of the cooking dishes. Oh, and I forgot to mention that they had a local library sale and for $25 I bought a HUGE box of cookbooks. I can’t tell you how happy that makes me as I had gone through all of my other ones. Although I am not generally a fan of cutting up books, storage is of course an issue, so I look at the recipes and cut out the ones I am interested in, and put them in a file folder. (I don’t think she should feel guilty. In almost every case, the cookbooks she’s going through are old, and have had a good long life, and probably been passed from person to person. She ends up getting them at garage sales, flea markets, and library sales. So she’s giving them their last big hurrah, and plus, they get to see the country before they’re slaughtered. – Lee) In general these recipes can’t be found online as they are often family recipes from non-profit fund raisers or local restaurants. I was thrilled that I saw so many different ones since I was in California and when I paid for them the librarian said how great it was to see someone so happy about books at the library. So when you are in an area, check out the local library and see if they are having a sale. Not only does the money go to a good cause, but these are some of the cheapest books you will ever find!
Along with all of that we also got to do something really rewarding. Each fall, Stan does senior tours of the Bizz Johnson trail and we both volunteered to help. Stan gets golf carts from the local city golf course and then works with two different nursing homes to take seniors on an 8 mile ride up the trail. We did this on Thursday and it was a great example of something I would not have been able to do if I was still working my corporate job. Although it was very chilly, it was a clear day and we took one group up the Bizz, and at Devil’s Corral we dropped them off and brought another group down. My first passenger, Inez, was a very sweet lady who was a fellow rock lover and my second passenger Jack seemed to enjoy all the beautiful color still on the trees. They were very bundled up and really seemed to enjoy themselves and I certainly enjoyed getting an opportunity to share nature with them. Lee’s first passenger was Ray, a 96 year old WWII Navy veteran who retired from being a principle at the local high school. His second passenger, Dave, was a chatty octogenarian who really kept Lee on his toes through the whole trip. We stopped at several places along the way and Stan talked about the history of the trail which was very informative and even though I was super cold by the time it was done I am so glad we went. I always wanted to volunteer more in my old life and I am so glad to have this experience be a part of my new one.
It was a very beautiful day and a lovely experience. When Jack, who had difficulty speaking because he had suffered a stroke, thanked me for driving him, it really touched me. Lee had a wonderful time as well and we were both so glad to be able to give back a little. Our time here at Susanville is coming to an end, and it really has been a great experience. Look for my yearly recap posts which should be coming out later this week and as always, thanks for reading!
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