Leave Your Baggage On That Mountain

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. Just when you think that you have everything figured out in life…just when you think that you have a plan….well, that is when something usually makes you remember that you don’t have it figured out. Your plan may need to change. And maybe, just maybe, you aren’t as smart as what you thought. I am not talking about me, by the way.

But this last week made us remember that our plans don’t always go as planned. Our biggest worry was the Big Blue Treat Wagon RV breaking down. Or blowing a tire. Or blowing up. A hurricane was never in our mind, or in our plans. And yet, it happened. Just like it happened in many people’s lives over the past week. We were so sorry to hear of all the damage and all of the people that did not make it. Even some of our friends and fans were very bad off. And we know that we were fortunate. Because not only did we manage to stay out of the worst part of the storm, but we also had to make time for ourselves by stopping that we never do. And when you never stop, you can never regroup. You can never look at yourself as long as you need to, like I do. And well, stopping makes you stop. Obviously. And it make you look at things you were ignoring.

For our family, being forced to stop on a wet mountain this week brought with it a set of challenges. When we first got there, we did not want to stay. Because, you see, as beautiful of a forest as it was, and as long as it took to climb the seven miles up, we were not appreciating it.

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We had been moving so much over the past week, we didn’t know what it was like to stop. And because everything had went wrong, and a few of our conveniences were taken away, well, we were over it. And on the side of the road contemplating whether to go back down that mountain. I am glad that we stuck it out. I am glad that our family had time to just sit and talk. I am glad that we made the best out of the situation because, well, we had to. And if we would not have stopped, we would have carried all the negative baggage with us. And who needs more baggage? Certainly not in this RV, we don’t.

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I know that it is really hard to stop for some persons. They don’t want to see the things that they need to. Because it is easier that way. But what they don’t realize is that they start carrying all this stuff around, yet they keep trying to move on. And it gets heavier. And heavier. Heavier than Deputy Digby Pancake at an all you can eat breakfast buffet.

We knew that the Blue Ridge Parkway was still going to be there when this storm was gone. Yet, our minds couldn’t wrap around the fact that it threw off our reservations, our plans, our agenda. And yet, that agenda was the problem in the first place. So now that we left it up there on top of a mountain in Benton, Tennessee, let’s forge on. Let’s make a path day by day. And let’s get back to where we left off. We are on our way.

But we are in no hurry. We are making our way off of this mountain today and we will try to find a campsite closer to the parkway!

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-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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What’s In Your Cabinet? What’s In Your Drawer?

This is Deputy Digby Pancake. They say when it rains, it pours. I say, when you try to outrun the rain, it will still pour on you. Especially when you are stuck up a mountain in Tennessee trying to hide from it.

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If you have ever been worried about something, but have no way to know if you really should worry about it, well, you know how we felt up on that mountain in Tennessee the past few days. We couldn’t really check the weather reports very much, which in actuality had got us to this place anyway! We didn’t know if the rain was from the storm, or what was happening. And the truth was, did it matter so much? It was raining. And after the past week of moving five times, Brickle and I decided to take the opportunity and sleep it off. And sleep it off we did. While Girl Person went cuckoville and decided that everything cabinet and drawer in this RV needed reorganizing.

I am not sure I understand the point of closets. I am not sure I understand the point of clothes. Or pants. But that’s a story for a different day. But let me add, I am not sure I understand the point of shoving stuff where you can’t see it, so that you have to expend energy to open said cabinet. Or drawer. And I am also, also, also not sure why no one can keep stuff organized in there either. It’s like a black hole in there.

When you move and travel as much as we do, you don’t have much time for a lot of cleaning and organizing. But apparently, you have plenty of time to collect junk and shove it in there and forget about it. Girl Person says that if someone came over here, she would be shoving junk everywhere, even the oven, and then she would probably forget about it later. Not such good flavor to bake a shoe.

But with all the rain, and with all the mess outside, Girl Person decided she would try to pull it together. It’s been a long time on the road, and we have let a lot of things go that should have been done. Like making sure that the forks and spoons all point the right way, I suppose. Like making sure that dress that fell on the floor of the closet last year gets put back on a hanger. Like finding that one shoe she lost two years ago that she knew she would never go anywhere to wear. May I suggest the oven?

Watching her complain about how disorganized she was made me exhausted. Seeing her shove paper receipts in a box and then saying she would get to it later made me exhausted. Seeing Girl Person get down on herself for just living life and not worrying so much about these crazy things made me exhausted. Because you know what? I would have rather went for a hike in the rain then watch her from my bed. They call me Dirty Digby for a reason.

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If life was meant to be only rearranging shampoo bottles in a cabinet or moving pants around which are unnecessary anyway, what kind of life would that be? I am sure if you didn’t have tomorrow, you wouldn’t worry about it.

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My question is, does anyone really have all of their stuff in their closets and their cabinets and their drawers neat and organized? Or are we all just trying to get by? None of us have everything together, and if you do, I wonder what you missed by doing it. Probably putting on your pants. A little rain this week has taught us a few things. We are a mess. And also that getting back to basics without TV and without phones and computers was a blessing in disguise. The persons seem to rely on that stuff too much. And if it were all taken away tomorrow, would they have anything else stored in their life’s cabinet like good conversations, good books that they read, or photos or life lived? Or would it be empty? An empty cabinet is a clean cabinet. But if you don’t fill it, you have nothing to take out of it.

So we will be here in the Cherokee National Forest until Wednesday. We are simply too tired to move! And we are happy to be tired and not move.

So stay with us when we try to make our way to Asheville…if they open the campground back up that is…

-Deputy Digby Pancake

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