A blog about living outside, first in my car, then in tents.

Thanks to All Shoppers

Since a fair number of local people read this blog, I want to express my gratitude to all who made purchases and the weekend sales I had in August and September. I raised more than $1,100 selling furniture, lamps, jewelry and other items, and also decreased the storage space needed for the remaining furniture. Thanks especially to Kathy O’Brien, who loaned me the empty office space and generously made other arrangements. Thanks to her I have monthly dog food at no cost and saved my journals and other possessions when I was about to lose my old storage unit. Items still available: bicycle (hybrid mountain and street), classy wall fan, uncut countertops, high quality...
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International Visitors to this Blog

International Visitors to this Blog
From the start I have wondered how people in other countries find this blog, but the answer is the same as anyone in this country: Search engines like Google. One visitor stood out today. My readership dropped after recent computer problems prevented me from posting daily. So I was surprised that today I had 194 page loads. Looking at the usage statistics for today I discovered someone in Switzerland had searched www.Google.ch for the keywords “homeless for my health.” I was fifth and sixth in the results. They subsequently spent more than three hours on the blog and had 125 page views. I have to assume that counts one page’s reloading multiple times, because...
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The last of the summer rain

The last of the summer rain
I took this a couple weeks ago (or whatever, sometime in later September). It had just stopped raining, I’d put the window down, and Dwyn was ready to go. In the last week of the monsoons the sky cleared of clouds but it stayed humid a few days. I remember rejoicing the day it was finally both clear and dry. That’s the Arizona weather I love. Especially now, living in my car, with two dogs who track mud into the car — i.e. my bedroom.
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I Do a Car Full of Laundry

I Do a Car Full of Laundry
My friend S and her husband went out of town for her daughter’s wedding, and I stayed at their empty house for three nights. I’ve been doing laundry at a friend’s house, but her outside washing machine has only cold water. The dog bedding especially needed a hot water wash, as the dog smell had been building up over several weeks. I’ve been accumulating clothes as the temperatures drop and I lose weight. I have bought skirts and winter coats at a thrift shop, and a friend has filled out my wardrobe by giving me a few things. I drove an hour to S’s house with the car jam-packed-full of dirty laundry and dirty...
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Dwyn Gets a Haircut

Dwyn Gets a Haircut
Even after eight years of living with Dwyn (which is the name of the Celtic god of love and mischief), I still can not look at him without thinking how CUTE he is! He was overdue for a haircut. He doesn’t like me trimming his facial hair, but the rest of it he puts up with pretty well.
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COMPUTER UP! And online anywhere!

COMPUTER UP! And online anywhere!
With a new battery, motherboard and power cord, my computer is finally charging properly. (The keyboard locates keys differently than my old one, so expect typos!) Tomorrow morning will be the real test, though. If it charges then, I am back in business. PLUS PLUS PLUS: I now have the ability to go online anywhere I have Verizon cell phone coverage. That means I can post to my blog any time, any where within cell range. The combined result: You will likely hear more from me, more regularly. Again. More importantly, I can now get to a couple jobs I have had on hold, that I could not do in the library. Thanks to...
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Arizona is Fourth Poorest State in Nation

From http://azcaa.org/the-growing-economic-gap/: In a new report released by the Working Poor Families Project, a dismal picture is painted of the struggles working families face paying for basic necessities. Arizona ranks 47th nationally with 39% of our families at or below 200% of the federal poverty level, or 1 in every 3 working families earning salaries so low they can’t pay for basic living expenses. To view the report, visit workingpoorfamilies.org
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