I have GOT to get out of the habit of saying, "Oh, I'll wait to update my blog until I have definite news about..." Because you know what? Nobody ever has definite, final news on anything, and by the time you get something decided, months have passed!
Although, now I finally do have some settled news to report. I am still in the Big Bend, and I have work. I'm doing online editing almost full time, at a respectable rate of pay, so for the next six months or so I can pay the bills.
And the bills are minimal. My parents were down here with their fifth wheel (travel trailer), and they decided that they really didn't want to drive it 1400 miles home if they didn't have to. So (long story greatly shortened) I have moved into it and will stay here at least for the summer. It could get interesting living in what is essentially an aluminum box when it starts hitting 116 degrees, but it does have an air conditioner.
The rent for the space in the RV park is about 2/3 of what I would pay for a studio apartment in any city, and electricity, water, and Wi-Fi are included. I only pay for propane to run my stove (and the trailer has a microwave, so I can keep propane use to a minimum) and my storage unit back in Austin. If the online editing keeps up at the pace it has been running the past three weeks and/or I find a little more work, I should be able to pay off my debts and even have a little saved up by the time Mom and Dad want their trailer back in November or December. I'll probably be itching to move on back to a city and a "real job" by then, but then again, people tend to find things to keep them here.
The food situation will continue to be fairly tough. The up side is that I am within walking distance of the general store now instead of 26 miles away, so I can get most of my absolute necessities there. So far it has just been milk and eggs. The down side is that milk is $2.85 a gallon and I don't even remember what I paid for the eggs-- it was in the neighborhood of $3. And fruit and veggies are pretty much out of reach. The storekeeper (don't you love that word?!) has to drive 300 miles or so, buy them retail, and take losses from spoilage, so he can't sell them cheap.
But the other up side is that I'm starting to learn about edible wild plants. I'm working up the courage to go out and forage. I think the first thing I'll try is cactus paddles. I've eaten them before (they taste like green beans), but I've never prepared them myself.
Exercise has slowed way down, unfortunately. I've been busy with work and the move, and then as I was cleaning out my apartment I stubbed (and maybe broke) a toe. I can walk on it, and in fact my hiking boots are the most comfortable shoes for it, but really serious hiking and any sort of running will have to wait.
And now some pictures!
My stand at the farmer's market I was talking about in an earlier blog
Cholla cactus blooms (This isn't the kind of cactus you eat)
What it looks like after a storm
Home, sweet home!