A New Toy Arrived Today!

The new to me Nook!

The new to me Nook!

A few days ago I was telling my friend Peggy what a pain it was to lug all the books that Ron and I take with us when we go camping.  I added, “Someday I’m going to have to break down and buy a Kindle.”

Peggy is getting ready to move and is trying to get rid of as much stuff as she can so she won’t have to pack it and take it with her.  So she said, “I’ve got a Nook that I’m no longer using.  Would you like me to mail it to you?”

I said, “YES!!!”  So today my Nook arrived!

What an awesome gift!

I downloaded my first apps today.  I feel so COOL!  :D

I downloaded my first apps today. I feel so COOL! 😀

As soon as I opened the package, I had to email her and ask her how to make it work.  The power would turn on, but it wouldn’t DO anything!  She wrote back telling me how to unlock it by swiping over the little lock icon….  and then I was on my way!

She sent me two books to see if she had formatted them correctly and if I could load them on the Nook… and it worked!

I am ecstatic!

The book I just started!  :)

The book I just started! 🙂

Now this would be no biggie to a lot of people, but when you consider that I am still using a flip phone, this is a giant step out of the Stone Age for me!  😀

So as soon as I finish this post, I will be burying myself in a good book for the rest of the evening.

THANK YOU, PEGGY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

On the low carbing front, my scale is not budging.  But the doctor prescribed replacement thyroid hormones for me, and my fasting blood sugar was 82 today!  As soon as the thyroid meds kick in, I should feel more like exercising.  And if I never lose another pound, I am REALLY making progress on the health front!

I had one commenter tell me what an awful, unhealthy diet I was on and what I should be eating.  It really fried me as she has no clue about my particular health concerns, and I got pretty defensive.  But then I decided that my results speak for themselves, and that’s all that really matters!

heartMy low carb gluten-free results so far: Normal blood glucose, normal blood pressure, fewer COPD meds and doing great, arthritis pain gone, ENERGY, allergies much less bothersome, improved mood……

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Custom Coffee Shelf for the Casita!

Custom coffee shelf for the Casita

No more knocked over coffee cups!

After knocking a cup of coffee over in bed the last time we were out in the Casita, I decided I really needed a little window mounted coffee shelf.

So I posted on the Casita Forum asking Rob (who is known for his superb Casita mods) for ideas on how to build a small, stable window shelf.

Instead of answering me, he wrote me that he would build one for me, and asked how I envisioned the shelf and what dimensions I wanted it to be.

Casita Mod -- small coffee table

The shelf couldn't possibly be more perfect for me!!!

Since I wasn’t sure how to draw or describe the shelf, I told Rob that it needed to hold a coffee cup and a ballpoint pen, and to use his best judgment on how to build it.

Today I got the shelf in the mail, and it is beyond my wildest expectations.  A truly thoughtful touch is that the surface where the cup sets is white Formica, so I won’t even have to use a coaster on it.

Despite his expert instructions on how to install it, I screwed up the first time.  But Rob very patiently told me how to realign the shelf and angle the screws to make it a perfect fit.

Custom shelf Casita mod

Perfect little bedroom!

I truly don’t have words to describe how much I love and appreciate this little shelf.  I think it is probably the most wonderful gift I’ve ever received….  it was designed for the little Casita that I love by a master craftsman with his own hands… solely because he wanted to do it!!!

I wanted to do something special for Rob and Linda to show my appreciation, but they said no.  They said do something special for someone who is not expecting it…. Pay It Forward.

I have the blinds down for cleaning, but when they are re-installed they will cover the shelf mount when the shelf is removed for storage.

I’m stumbling for words right now and they won’t come.  So I’ll just sign off and post the pictures for you to enjoy!  🙂

This shows the latch on the bottom that holds the pegs into the base.

The pegs slide into the holes in the base, then the base is locked to the shelf

The shelf base is mounted to the window frame

When I reinstall the blinds, they will cover the shelf mount during the day when the shelf is not in use.

The shelf is stored in an overhead cabinet when not in use.

 

 

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