Musings & Whatnot

December Is Half Over Already!? Exhaustion Sets In

December is half over already and I really have no clue where the first half of it went. I've been exhausted lately and it's not easy taking care of Dad when I feel like I can't take another step (no kidding - it's that bad!). I can barely get my booty out of bed in… Continue reading December Is Half Over Already!? Exhaustion Sets In

Musings & Whatnot · Van Life

5 Perceptions About Van Life That Drive Me Crazy

Winter decided to show up way too early and it's rendered the outside air too cold to be enjoyable. So... I sit here (indoors) reminiscing about my first couple years on the road (before becoming Dad's Caregiver). I look forward to hitting the road again someday but, as I ponder my life on the road, I… Continue reading 5 Perceptions About Van Life That Drive Me Crazy

Musings & Whatnot · Van Life

How I Earn Money On The Road – Fails and Successes

I've been recovering from a simple gallbladder removal surgery that turned out to be more complicated than expected. I'm doing well, it's just taking longer than I wanted to get to my new (pain-free) normal. During my recovery there hasn't been much in terms of my usual adventures so I thought I'd share a bit… Continue reading How I Earn Money On The Road – Fails and Successes

Musings & Whatnot · Poodle Adventures

Cookie Has A Lump – I Have Gallbladder Surgery

Cookie Goes Back To The Vet... Cookie has cysts and lumps on his body. The Vet always told me not to worry about them and to just keep an eye on them. Mid-last week (August 7), seemingly out of nowhere, the lump on the back of Cookie's neck started growing. This happened the same day I… Continue reading Cookie Has A Lump – I Have Gallbladder Surgery

Illinois Adventures · Musings & Whatnot

The Lazy Dayz Of Summer – A Mini-Adventure In Northwest Illinois

Sometimes life tries to get the better of me and I've been finding that a low-stress adventure is helpful. Adventure is a great way to take a mini-break from life and that's exactly what I did recently while out running errands. I Seriously Need To Chill Out... Admittedly, I've been a bit stressed out lately… Continue reading The Lazy Dayz Of Summer – A Mini-Adventure In Northwest Illinois

Musings & Whatnot · Van Life

Why I’m Glad I Didn’t Wait For The Perfect Time To Go Nomad

Waiting for the perfect time to make a change in our lives is something many (if not all) of us do. Naturally, we need to plan and be sensible about the choices we make but obsessing over or waiting for perfect conditions before making a life change can halt us in our tracks. In this… Continue reading Why I’m Glad I Didn’t Wait For The Perfect Time To Go Nomad

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity · Musings & Whatnot

Carbon Monoxide, Hotel Life and An Unexpected Adventure

It was a typical Sunday in early February... The day started out like any normal weekend day. As the day progressed I got downright lazy and let a few tasks slip. I figured I’d just wrap those tasks up on Monday. Wouldn't ya know... it was the ONE time I shouldn't have slacked off! Around… Continue reading Carbon Monoxide, Hotel Life and An Unexpected Adventure

Illinois Adventures · Musings & Whatnot

Winter Adventures In Northwest Illinois 2018-2019

These past 3 years I've spent the winter along the east coast of Florida. You'd typically find me somewhere between St Augustine FL and Key West FL. Once in a while, for a change of pace, I'd head up the Georgia coastline for a bit. This year (the 2018-2019 winter season) I’m spending winter in… Continue reading Winter Adventures In Northwest Illinois 2018-2019

Musings & Whatnot · Van Life

Life Changes 2018 – The End Of Nomad Life?

It's autumn already! The leaves are changing to vibrant, iridescent colors and the landscape will soon morph into winter. This post is to catch you up on what's been happening on the Simply Connie home front this year. 2018 Has Been A Bit Crazy I started 2018 out in Homestead Florida visiting Nikki. We had… Continue reading Life Changes 2018 – The End Of Nomad Life?

Musings & Whatnot · Year In Review

A 2017 Year In Review Video

I started blogging on SimplyConnie.com in June 2017. Along the way I’ve shared lots of pictures as I revealed the details of my adventures. Recently, while going through my 2017 pictures, I decided to pull out some pictures that I haven’t yet shared (and probably a few I have) and somehow compile them in to… Continue reading A 2017 Year In Review Video