Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Van Kitchen

How handy would this be to have.... ran across the photo... not sure if its a photoshop something or if it really exsist... the search is on tho...


or this.... I need to find someone to help me build this one!

Brasslite backpacking stove... $35 on ebay



Friday, December 27, 2013

Gettin Crafty

I want to learn to make these....... 

these were made my JessiLynn and you can get them off her FaceBook page  
I hope I can make some cool ones soon too! ;) 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Work from Home or the Road

Get into the Music Biz without any musical talent!  Go to as many shows as you want to FREE! Work from where ever you are... that you have internet & phone! FREEDOM! 

If you have the love of music, gift of gab, time on your hands, the desire to be self employeed, then you might as well give this a shot.  Its not a get rich quick thing at all, the more you work at it the more you get out of it.

Well, I've been working this full time for over a year now, & I've been asked alot and have spent hours teaching this or that person how it all works.  So decided it's time to just write it all out 
Now I've writen a How to Be a Booking Agent Booklet.  And it is up for SALE!  
{we all need to make a living} 

I do not mind answering questions but if your serious about getting it going yourself buy the Booklet.  
It's step by step how to work it.  

After you read it, which will take you all of about 15 minutes, you will realize how simple the process is.  And as long as you can stay organized and be persistant, you got it made.


Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Fat Man is coming....

Hello... it's the Saturday before Christmas and I woke up in a REALLY good mood.... got lots of rain here in East TX overnight and was about 75 at 6am.... forecast says 64 by lunchtime and 45 by dinnertime.  Gotta Lub TX weather ♥

Have Dish here at the house and it goes off alot during bad weather so hopin I get this post done before it goes off again.

Nothing really to say... just wanted to pop in and spread some cheer....  seems everyone I know is baking Holiday cookies lately, I've sent my addy to many in hopes they will drop some int he mail to me... I can't bake cookies to save my life. ☺


So Merry Christmas Happy Holiday... Have a great season!
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OK I changed my mind.... I do have something to say...
last nite I was talking with a friend who lives in his RV (5th wheel) on his own land, we were talking about RV living, when I said "I have a van and will never be homeless"... last winter, before I had the van I lived in my Firebird for 5 days/nights, not by choice.  That 5 days changed my way of thinking, or validified (if thats even a word) many things I was already thinking about the way I live.  The things I really need.

I've wanted a small RV for a long time and have been talking to people about it alot over the last few years so this path should be no surprise to anyone.  I thought I would make something, not sure what, something that would pack up small maybe in 1 plastic storage bin, and go from market to market peddling my wares for income.  Since making this plan I've dove in full time to peddling my bands, booking tours, confirming gigs in clubs, etc.  BookYou! This endeavor is VERY slow growing, so still thinking of something I can make and peddle at markets on the weekends and between them maybe make a decent living.

So since I said that... I have a van I'll never be homeless... I have thought of little else.  It's a choice, some neccessity, but still a choice.  I'm content, even happy with the thought of adventures to come.  My gypsie Soul is waking up the last few years. ♥

Now making a list of markets... and will peddle my way around the country... how many people get to see the country, meet the people, have these adventures?  Not many at all.


Monday, December 16, 2013

More December in East Texas

Well I arrived back here in East Texas the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  I've got to figure out that vent thingy at my feet when I drive... its soooooo cold.  Since my return the van will not start.  Found one mechanic to come over and look at it, he even brought me farm fresh eggs and sweet potatos... gotta lub country living sometimes ;) So anyway we put a new distributor cap on and he tore up the coil wire while tryin to get a better connection.... haven't seen him since.... so Today Dec 16th I found another mechanic on Craigslist that is willing to come over and look at it.  I love the country but it sure is not good when something goes wrong you don't know how to fix and $$ is extra tight.  Repairs are never in the budget.


So I sit in the house ... peddling my bands all over the place... 12ish hour days in front of my PC virtually poking every venue I can find to book my bands, then poking them again.   Dec has been rough, everyone wants off to spend time with family and if no one is working, I'm not making any dough.  So looking forward to Jan and things gettin somewhat back to normal in the music world.  Or my music world anyway.

I did manage to make a Holiday Greeting Video... I wish you all the Holiday Joy in the world!

video


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Dec in East Texas

House Sitting... this is "home"
 

acres and acres of piney woods, wild hogs, deers, big ole pond, birds.... peace & quiet ♥

 
... and the van won't turn over... it tries... just won't kick in... friend thinks is the ballast resistor which is a $10ish part... and looks easy enough to change out. Hopin he comes over soon and verifies then takes me to town to get the part.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Conroe for Thanksgiving

Parked in Angel's drive, watching the munchkins for 2 weeks, enjoying Thanksgiving then heading to East TX on the 30th YEAH!
Cruisen the net for my mini kitchen ideas... something that I'd like to redo eventually
My current mini kitchen in the Beast
Mon-Tues nuttin but rain and I discovered I have a leak... I believe from the vent, soaked half my bed Mon nite... Today Wed the sun is shining and I got it all open and drying out.
YEAH Clean bedding!!!!

bed is 46"x67" give or take and looking for a freebie futon mattress near that size... the hole in the middle of the bed is drivin me nutz-o ;)






Saturday, November 16, 2013

1st Weeks Expenses ... TOTAL!

Not great but not as bad as I thought it would be.... I'm calling the first week in the van a SUCCESS !!

Expenses this week... 11/11/2013-11/17/2013

Monday   -0-  (spent nite in Austin in Jimi's driveway)
Tues        $10 fuel in Toyota to go to day job
                $2.15 donut&milk
                $30 fuel in van (spent nite at Billys on the couch)
Wed        $4.08 wipes and crackers from HEB
                $2.15 b'fast at McD's
                $7.77 facial wipes, 10pk juice boxes, peanut butter, lighter
               $8.01 bungee cord, hooks, therometer, 3 bananas
               $40.00 gift card for fuel
                $14.00 fuel at Volero (drove 130 miles & slept at Loves parking lot near Tomball)
Thurs       (slept in Staceys driveway thur-sat nites)
                $17.70 fuel
                $6.50 lunch with Stacey at Chic-fil-a
               $2.65 caramel mocha at McD's while using free wifi
                $12.99 fleece throw blanket, 20 ft extension cord, socks at Big Lots
Fri          $55.00 cell phone
               $3.33 Taco Bell lunch
               $1.08 Tea at McD's
Sat          $2.18 b'fast at McD's
                $2.18 chicken sandwich at McD's
Sun         $2.18 b'fast at McD's

Total so far $223..... THAT definately needs to go way down!
*$55 monthly expense (cell)
*$25 in food
*$117 in fuel and drove from Austin to The Woodlands (No Houston) which is about 170 miles.  Then3 miles each way from campin spot to mcD's office Thu-Fri-Sat
*The rest has been stuff thats needed... don't feel like I've wasted $$ on frivilous things but it does add up quick

Friday, November 15, 2013

Workin it!

Ha I won't always post daily!  AIN'T NO BODY GOT TIME FO DAT!

I slept soooo goood last nite, not worried about a knock on the windows waking me up, which hasn't happened yet.  No big trucks driving by every 5 seconds... was incredibly nice... I slept till 8am which I rarely ever do.  I feel GREAT!

 The Woodlands TX
The Froggy in the window when I woke up said it was 65ish in the van... maybe thats why I slept so well...
Nuttin else really to "report" ... I'm going to clean a friends small apt today for a few bucks. then back to McD's free WiFi to bedrock some more gigs...

So later gater! Keep Smilin...Bethy ;)


Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Woodlands

Hello folks... I tried to spend my first Walmart boondocking nite last nite in Austin but the lot was just too busy, people kept honking at each other so after about 2 hours of tryin to get to sleep I got up and started driving towards Houston.  Was dark, and cooooollldddddd out.  There was outside air blowing in at my feet and up right in my face like a window was open under there.... I was going to check it out today but ended up running around with Stacy all day and never got to it but I will in the morning.

I drove till about midnite last nite and then crashed at a Loves till early this morning and drove on into the Woodlands to Staceys place where I'm parking the next few nites.   Met her boys who are totally cool teenagers and they are a CHEERLEADING family, she coaches and the boys coach and participate in competitions.  I might get to go to a contest this saturday with them.  She's checking to see if she can get me a pass.  We ran around town alil and now I'm at McD's on 45 posting this and going to get alil work done then go back to my parking spot at her house and crash.

So there ya go... a days update... I'm enjoyin this adventure... its much different than any others adventure I've had so far.  So see you down the road, Bethy

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Pics this afternoon and thoughts or plans....
theres my bed, it turns into a U shaped seating area with table but no pole to hole the table up, will eventually get a pipe for that.  Also still on list of To-Do's is to cover the back windows.  I'm thinkin I'll put velcro around windows and on some kind of cloth so I can put it up and take it down easy.  Unless someone else comes up with a better idea.

OK the clothes basket in front of the mini fridge is all stuff to be donated as soon as I come across a place to drop it off.  It's takin up alot of space so hope to be rid of that before the weekend is over.  the white bag with blue and red on it is my dirty clothes.  The chair where the suitcase is I want to remove and build/install a closet/cubbard of some kind.  thats right behind the drivers seat.

the tub under my flannel shirt there I want to build a box, and put a portapotty in where I can slide it out to use and slide back in when not used, and the top be a bedside table.

that 2x6 is bolted to where a 4th capt chair once was.  Got the board off and now going to work on gettin rid of the mounting station there as I'll never put in a 4th chair.

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Expenses so far...

Monday   -0-  (spent nite in Austin in Jimi's driveway)
Tues        $10 fuel in Toyota
                $2.15 donut&milk
                $30 fuel in van (spent nite at Billys on the couch)
Wed        $4.08 wipes and crackers from HEB
                $2.15 b'fast at McD's
                $7.77 facial wipes, 10pk juice boxes, peanut butter, lighter
               $8.01 bungee cord, hooks, therometer, 3 bananas
               $40.00 gift card for fuel
                $14.00 fuel at Volero (drove 130 miles & slept at Loves parking lot near Tomball)
Thurs      $17.70 fuel
                $6.50 lunch with Stacey at Chic-fil-a
               $2.65 caramel mocha at McD's while using free wifi

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

1st full week VanDwelling

Arrived back to Seymour (the van) in South Austin Monday nite after a pretty cool 2 weeks in South Padre. Was just gettin dark, I rushed to open him up and see what the Austin floods had done.  I had heard the last week that the area was flooded, and people were getting rescued from on top of their houses last week. Well I saw no sign of water gettin inside so I'm guessin I was parked in a good spot... whew!  So was excited/nervous about the cold Monday nite, news said lows were in the 40's.  And I have not worked out all my house power yet.  But I had a thick long robe and 3 blankets and once asleep I slept like a baby till 5am when the alarm went off.

So while waiting I make this lil video.... ( been watching other vandweller road videos LOL)


I had found a temp job "sign spinning" on craigslist for tues-fri 7-11am so Tues am I was up at 5, gettin dressed brushin teeth and such... went to start the van and the battery was dead.  Of course my SoPadre partner would not get out of bed and give me a hand, so I snatched his keys and proceeded to hook up my battery cables.  He has a small Toyota pick up, his battery is half the size of mine... and it would not jump it.  So I go back to his garage apt and ask him if he has any ideas... he won't wake up and says to take his truck to the job.  Well by then its already after 6:30am, so I email the place and tell em I woke to a dead battery but now on my way... put the addy in my GPS and off I go.... 50ish miles in the wrong direction!!!  I finally get back into Austin and find the place at 9:30 and the gal at the counter says the guy that hired me is already gone... so I email him again from my cell cause I don't have his number, I promise him I'm not a flake and would love to come back for the rest of the week.  He writes back that I can come the follow Mon-Tue if I'd like but this week he don't need me anymore.  DANGIT!

So I get back to the lot where Seymour is and my SoPadre partner is still in bed... but... the shop across the road has guys all over it so I walk over and ask if one can come jump the van... they put a charger on the battery and said to let it sit for a bit and charge before startin... so I waited.... long story short at noon the van is running! YEAH!



I was off to visit one of my artist Billy Eli (www.BillyEli.com) had a great meeting, went to leave and DARN the battery was dead!  So he got out his jump start thingy and it was dead so we went back in to plug it in and visited some more.  At 9:30pm the thing was still not fully charged so they made me sleep on the couch. Would not let me go sleep in the van. :) The low was 30 last nite so I guess I can spend a nite on the couch. So this morning we go out and put the jumper cables on his car and the van and VOILA it starts! YEAH....



Drove 25 miles to a McD's and gettin some work done... will sit here much of the afternoon tryin to get work caught up since I haven't done much on it the last 3 days... Not sure what I'll be doing this evening yet, seems every plan I've made so far has been blown away.  There is a Walmart downt he road 2 miles... when I get ready to leave here will have to get a jump.  Goin to look thru Craigslist for a temp 1-2 day job, hopefully raise enough for a new battery... Wish me luck!

Expenses so far...

Monday   -0-
Tues        $10 fuel in Toyota
                $2.15 donut&milk
                $30 fuel in van
Wed        $4.08 wipes and crackers from HEB
                $2.15 b'fast at McD's

Saturday, November 9, 2013

So Padre Island "must see"

Places to stay and check out....

Wanna Wanna Inn  = Facebook Page Live Music / Beach VolleyBall
View from the Bar


Surf Motel - Website
 Beach Bar



Laguna Bob - Facebook Page  LIVE Music Nitely
 
Say Hi to Tom, Penny & Amanda for me!


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

South Padre Beaches

Walking the beach has been sooo peaceful! The photos don't do it justice but sharing anyway...















Sunday, November 3, 2013

What a Weekend!

I've had a great weekend... Just sayin...

 
the resort across the street from our place, stayin in Roadway Events beach house this week

my path to my beach 

Jimi Berg

  NEATO!

at Pier 19 in So Padre TX

 my So Padre hangout so far

me & Two Tons of Steel

me and Matt, the Sam Riggs Tour Mgr

Me & Sam Riggs
The Jimi Berg Band

Sam Riggs & the Night People

Me & My Beach !! ;)