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    Oldtimer Says "Howdy" from the Road

    Hey everyone, just wanted to say how great it is to be back!

    I had drifted away a couple of years ago (has it been that long?) when the Forums relocated here but a totally random meeting in the California desert with another SLer, Simplygib, has inspired me to return to this community that made such a huge impact on my life for so many years. I am SO impressed with how well the Forums run and the super duper features.

    Just a quick re-introduction .... many years ago DH and I ran a rural, home-based business that worked out so well it just about killed us. During that time I also learned so much from the great people here. From gardening to crafting to coping with my family who thinks DH and I are freaks, my life would be very different if it wasn't for the support I received here.

    When our dog Jerry was diagnosed with terminal bone cancer in 2006, we decided enough was enough, and sold the farm. Got rid of the house, the business and most of our stuff, then hit the road to give Jerry our final gift: one year off doing nothing but traveling in our RV and seeing North America. When a year was up, we decided to keep on as fulltime RVers and continued traveling.

    Jerry beat the odds and lived two years, until October 2008. Even after he left us, DH and I decided that a nomadic lifestyle was our preferred way of living, and today we continue traveling and working from the road out of our 24' fifth wheel trailer. We love this very simple, minimalist, debt-free lifestyle so much we have no plans to quit!

    I just want to say to anyone contemplating a major life shift into something simpler, and more fulfilling....do it! Don't give up, don't listen to critics! Follow your heart, seek as much advice and input as you can here, and pretty soon you'll be living your dream life.

    Anyhow, thanks for having me back, I look forward to contributing and paying it forward!

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    Welcome back - good to hear from you! - and glad to hear you had longer with Jerry than expected. What a wonderful gift of love for your dog-friend.

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    Welcome back! Jerry was a good soul. I'm glad you found each other! Hope to see you around here lots!

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    Welcome back, I do remember your name from the old forum!
    "Like a bird on the wire, like a drunk in the midnight choir, I have tried in my way to be free." Leonard Cohen

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    Oh good! You're back!

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    Glad to see you back. And another full-timer with an RV - always good to have different perspectives on lots of things here in the forums!

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    I loved your posts on the old forum (I mostly lurked there and under another name) and I've stalked your blog/website from time to time. So glad you are back to the forums!
    Float On: My "Happy Place" is on my little kayak in the coves of Table Rock Lake.

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    I'm blushing! It's so nice to be remembered, thank you so much!

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    Hi and welcome back Humbolt gurl! Glad to hear you are doing well and still "livin' the life"! Gary e-mailed me about meeting you and I may try to meet up with him in a couple of weeks if I'm in the area. Hope you can make it too! Lindi (formnerly She-Rah) - once a mother of a tripaw cat and two "buggy-dogs" (not tripaws but disabled who rode in bike trailers)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spartana View Post
    Hi and welcome back Humbolt gurl! Glad to hear you are doing well and still "livin' the life"! Gary e-mailed me about meeting you and I may try to meet up with him in a couple of weeks if I'm in the area. Hope you can make it too! Lindi (formnerly She-Rah) - once a mother of a tripaw cat and two "buggy-dogs" (not tripaws but disabled who rode in bike trailers)
    Hi Spartana! I hope you come this way, we'll be out here for another couple of weeks, it would be great to see you two!

    You are an amazing human for making your "special needs" animals a part of your family. Isn't it funny how once you get to know them though, they aren't really special needs at all?!

    I like your new user name. I debated changing mine to something new but couldn't figure out what so I stuck with it..it's like my favorite pair of old Levis!

    Thanks for the welcome.

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