For the past several years, my wife and I have been intentionally trying to simplify our life. It started when we sold our house outside of Cloverdale, CA and moved into town. We continued to downsize while in town, and then when we move to Georgia in December 2011, we downsized some more. When we moved back to CA in late summer of 2011, we downsized yet again. And, we have continued downsizing in spurts ever since.
Let me say this: I have really enjoying simplifying life! We don’t have as many things as we once did (but we had far more than we needed or could use!) and that’s just fine by me. It is true that the more things you have, the more things own you. They break, or are replaced be newer models leaving you wish you had the latest and greatest.
Not only do we not have as much “stuff” as we once did, I no longer have to do yard work – which I always hated with a passion anyway. We have been living for the past 2+ years in our fifth wheel RV and have been able to go back and forth as needed (or wanted) in order to be with family – something we’d not have been able to do while tied to a house that we either owned or rented.
Bottom line: I love the simple life!!!!
During the first year that we were in the RV, my wife saw another full-time RV’er in the park where we stayed in California who made engraved wooden signs. She ordered one made for us and it is the subject of the picture today. I took this shot on Saturday morning after some very light snow had fallen during the night. We’d just returned from walking the dog and I noticed the sign sitting on one of the chairs we put outside the RV. I thought it looked interesting with the pine needles that had fallen and the snow that had accumulated. I didn’t touch a thing – just went inside, grabbed the camera and took this shot.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 2006 in the early morning hours, a gang of at least six men, some of them armed, stole 53 million pounds from the Securitas bank depot in Kent, Great Britain. It was the largest such theft in British history.
The plot was well planned. On the evening before, two men, dressed as police officers, pulled the depot manager, Colin Dixon, over as he was driving in nearby Stockbury. They convinced him to get out of his car, and forced him into their vehicle. At about the same time, two more men visited Dixon’s home and picked up Dixon’s wife and eight-year-old son; eventually all three Dixons were taken to a farm in West Kent, where the gang threatened their lives if Colin refused to cooperate with the robbery.
The Dixons were then forced to go with the gang to the Securitas depot, where Colin helped them evade the building’s security system. The gang proceeded to tie up 14 depot staff members, load the £53 million into a truck and, at about 2:15 a.m. on February 22, drive away. No one was injured in the robbery. Eventually, one depot worker was able to contact police, who launched a massive search for the culprits. As the stolen money was all in used bills, it was difficult to trace. Securitas and its insurers posted a £2 million reward for information leading to the arrests of the robbers and return of the money.
The next day, three people, one man and two women, were arrested in connection with the case; one had attempted to deposit £6,000 into a local bank that was bound in Securitas depot tape. However, all three were later released without being charged. Police continue to investigate the case, and more than 30 people have been arrested, though there have been no convictions. Police are also said to have recovered nearly £20 million of the stolen money.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: Leonardo da Vinci proposed that houses be built with spiral staircases so people couldn’t urinate in the corners.