Thursday, March 24, 2016

#LivingCheap and Living Fun


In everything there is a season, and a time to every our latest season, with only a vague plan and a touch of creativity, we're off on another adventure. Half of this twosome is retired; my half will probably never know what that means. I promise to share.
Yard art at the RV Park

I like to give pointers on living cheap…living cheap and having fun. Recycling has taken on a broader meaning in recent years. Stores specializing in used items are springing up everywhere. They’re getting really classy, too. Have you been to Goodwill lately? Sure not the same stores I rummaged through as a teen. There’s a St. Vincent in Payson
More in the rose garden
that is really upscale. There are three lovely wood cabins around a little courtyard. One cabin is two stories and filled with house wares, including furniture. They have it laid out beautifully. I think if I were to set up house from scratch, I’d hit the used stores first.

There are a few ladies in the RV Park that have gotten into glass art. Big Time. They’ve collected so much used glass, they could open their own glass shop. They make frequent trips to yard sales and stores like Goodwill. They make beautiful yard art—everything from angels to birdbaths to pieces of decoration.

My birdfeeder
I don’t have time for a hobby since writing takes up my days, but I decided to try my hand at making a glass work of art. I wanted to make a bird feeder. I had a couple of pieces of glass, and a trip into town with Patty and Vickie got me the rest. For a couple of bucks, I now have a gorgeous birdfeeder.

So today’s tip…think used before new and save a bundle.

Trippin’ to California was this last week’s trip. My son’s in-laws rented a beach house and we were invited to spend a few days. What
Running on the beach with Sadi
a great time lazing on the beach, walking to the pier, and breaking bread with a crazy bunch of people.

Money tip on this trip: buy as little gasoline in California as possible.
Making sand angels


  1. I live in CA - the gas is no cheap. Love the photos. Cali may have high gas prices but it offers a lot of diversity, beach and a quick hour drive and you're up in the mountains on a snowboard.

  2. We're coming to CA in the RV next summer. Thanks for the gas tip.

    1. You're welcome. It's at least a dollar higher than in AZ.

  3. The glass outdoor art is a great idea. I've got a couple of Japanese float balls (from fishing) in my yard...I like the look. Glad you had fun at the beach...I'm all into renting a big house for lots of family members...we all like to stay together, but none of us has a home big enough for that to happen. Love VRBO's!