The blue sky holds promise.
Like many people and canines across our country these days, the crew and I have been coping with cold temperatures and wind. Our propane heater keeps us warm inside, which is where we stay except for quick walks in close proximity of the Best Little Trailer.
This morning the wind is gone and the sun is shining. It’s still colder than I like.
Friday makes fourteen days at Juniper Hill Camp.
As I mentioned previously, I’ve set my sights on Monument Valley and surrounds for this spring. However, it’s too early to go there now. Lows in the twenties and teens are likely and all that flat landscape means wind — not fun to live in and certainly not fun to drive in. The best way I can see to wait out the lingering cold of April is to backtrack southward. We may not find a warmer place to boondock, but at least chances are it won’t be colder.
This is our second spring full-timing.
I’m convinced that April is the most difficult month of all. It takes patience not to rush northward into cold and possible snow. Campgrounds in this area tend to be at higher elevations, so they aren’t good options this time of year. I prefer to avoid RV parks if I can, no matter how beautiful or how many amenities. That’s just the way I am — nothing against those who like RV parks. So that leaves boondocking or dispersed camping, whatever you want to call it.
Every year my skill will improve.
I figure I’m making progress as a boondocker if I manage to avoid an April snowstorm this year.
Amazon made the first deposit to my checking account!
You may remember that I began posting links to Amazon some time around January 13th. Payments to Amazon Associates are made two months after sales. At the risk of being considered extremely tacky, I’m pleased to report the deposit for the two-and-a-half weeks of late January is $92.79!
February earning are expected to be $694.59 and March’s are expected to be $622.42 (maybe slightly less due to returns). Outstanding!
I’m overwhelmed by this great response. What fantastic readers my blog has!
Thank you very much for your support.
I anticipate large expenses lie ahead for us — things like new tires, maybe a new transmission or other major repair. It is reassuring having this extra income to set aside for those eventualities.
Filing income taxes used up my ambition for financial figures.
I’m late putting together the budget for March (See previous months under “Money” above.) When I get around to working on it, I’ll post Amazon earnings separately.
Here’s why . . .
I make my personal budget public on this blog in order to help people (especially people with limited retirement income like me) who wonder if it’s financially feasible for them to full-time, too. I remember wanting that kind of information when I was considering a life on the road, and I couldn’t find it. I plunged ahead anyway, mostly because once I got a vision of full-timing, any other way of life was unthinkable. Since income from blog ads shouldn’t be relied upon, I won’t include it in my budget.
I realize that posting my Amazon earnings will encourage other RVing bloggers to monetize their blogs, possibly bringing my earnings down. That’s okay with me. I think all bloggers deserve some reward for their work, and I’m happy to see that happen!
Please do not do anything extraordinary to increase my sales.
I appreciate you wanting to help me and the crew. Amazon’s robots pick up on any action that they perceive as a “scheme” to increase an Associate’s earnings, such as posting my links on another site, for example. That’s a big no-no!
Again, thank you for your kindness in shopping Amazon through my blog. I’ll be glad when warm weather comes, so the crew and I can search for exciting travel adventures to share with you!