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Thursday, March 17, 2011

I Can See Clearly Now.......

I had an epiphany today. Epiphany. What a fun word to say. Let's all say it, okay? Epiphany. It is one of those words that's not used much. Originally it had religious significance. describes it as:
A sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience. Before I go any further, let's hear Jimmy Cliff singing about his epiphany, shall we?

What the heck, let's just all sing along. Maybe will all have an epiphany. If you have a guitar or any other musical instrument, go get it.

I can see clearly now the rain is gone
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It's gonna be a bright, bright, bright, bright, sun shiny day (2x)

/ D G D - / D G A - / D G D - / C G D - / /

I think I can make it now the pain is gone
All of the bad feelings have disappeared
Here is that rainbow I've been praying for
It's gonna be a bright, bright, bright, bright, sun shiny day

Look all around, there's nothing but blue skies
Look straight ahead, there's nothing but blue skies

/ F - C - / F - A - C#m G C#m G C Bm A - /

{Repeat first verse}
Now, didn't that feel good? I hope you sang along, I did. Let me tell you about my epiphany. If you've been following my writings, you know that I am in the process of downsizing my home goods. In the past six weeks, I have made considerable progress. It really has been a bittersweet experience, though.

On the one hand, it is very freeing for me to sell, donate, give to friends, or just flat throw away stuff that I don't need. I do struggle with some of my possessions. Somehow I have to strike a happy medium. Some of my artwork, I have given to special friends so that the piece is not lost, I can still enjoy it with them. Anyhow, when I get my house sold, I can become a full-time RV'er. The money experts fill me with woe, when they talk about the housing market situation. They are saying that housing sales are at an all-time low. Hopefully, I should have a pretty easy time.

Why? In my area of West Texas, the landscape is known for being flat, level, and truthfully, mundane. We are called the great High Plains, so imagine ," dust bowl". The little towns around here have some very colorful and descriptive names. Like Plainview, Levelland, Littlefield, Brownfield and Lamesa (Spanish for the table). My house, that I'm trying to sell, is located on the biggest lake in the county. There's actual vertical terrain, it makes one feel they're not living on a great big dirt pool table. I know it  has made my life more bearable , during my tenure here in West Texas. I'm trying to play my cards right and get the maximum that the market will bear. Here's a look at what I'm dealing with.(above on right side. My house is the middle one).

Part of my epiphany today, was that the realization of my dreams are actually within reach. Throughout my life, I have often wondered how I would spend my retirement. I have cooked up many scenarios of how it was going to be.  I feel very fortunate that one of those dreams was to be a full-time RV'er. The truth be known, I'm glad some of them didn't come into fruition.

Remember a few posts back, I was complaining because none of my yard equipment would start? I needed my leaf blower and tried, and tried, to start it. I went next door to borrow my neighbor's leaf blower, then his wouldn't start, either. I found a product at Home Depot called "Guaranteed to Start ". It's a fluid that you add to the gasoline. I was a little leery because it only cost $1.50. Then I read the fine print: guaranteed to start or your money back. If this product does not work, use our other product  " Mechanic in a Bottle ". I poured about 1/5 of a bottle, or 30 cents worth into the little tank. Three pulls later, it started and ran. I was absolutely amazed, so I took it next-door to my neighbor's and ask him to get his leaf blower for me. Before I poured some of this miracle product in, I asked him to look away. He did, but he asked me was I gonna give it an aspirin? This is the same leaf blower that we tried to start three days ago. I know we gave it at least 50 pulls. Tada, it started on the third pull. Absolutely amazing. I asked him did he have anything else that wouldn't run? "Yes I do, this weed eater" he said. We took it and put some in some of the 'miracle lotion' and sure enough, it started on the third pull. He said he had to get him some of that, so I just gave him what was left of the bottle.

I went back home and got the other bottle that I had bought. I have a lawn mower that was fairly new when it quit working. I rolled out from under the outdoor stairs, washed it off with a water hose and filled it up with gasoline. I put in the usual dosage of "Guaranteed to Start". I'll be darned, it started on the fourth pull. I did the same thing to the edger. Same fantastic result. I don't know about you, but I find it very frustrating when yard equipment won't start. You know the routine. You decide do the yard, put on your yard clothes, get the mower and equipment out of the shed, and then your stuff won't work. Right? I am really glad I discovered this.

After I got all the yard machines running, there was no excuse not to do the yard.. It got up to 80° today, so it felt good to work out the sun. I worked up a good sweat. And I was one step closer to having my house ready to put on the market. It's not gonna be easy, but I know I can get it if I really want it. I know where to go for inspiration and motivation. This next one I listen to often. It's Willie paying homage to Jimmy Cliff.

Thanks for stopping by. See you next time.