The Luna Journals. We’ve been busy.

We’re making the best of the COVID-19 pandemic.  We watch only a little bit of news, just enough to get some of the science and medicine recommendations, avoiding the rest.  We’ve kicked into isolation and distancing.  A few friends have come by our campsite, we make our own colloidal silver, so they come by and pick up a quart.  Everyone knows the drill, set your jar down on the ground, and stay 10 feet away.  So we haven’t been completely isolated, but the few friends who do come by, come and go without our usual hug.  Yah, we’re the hugging kind, because we love people.  A lot.  We run to town about once a week to pick up our mail and packages from two different places.  Christina stays in the van while I open and clean all the arrivals.  Our groceries are delivered to the park entrance now so we don’t have to go to stores.  We really miss the road.  Traveling and meeting new people.  So we stay busy and out of each other’s way.  Christina is a nester.  She likes a quiet, comfy place near a nice view and her dog.  She’s been baking a lot.  Which is pretty cool since we live off-grid on a solar system.  I never thought we’d be able to bake bread all day and sleep on a heated mattress pad at night, all on solar.  So she bakes.  Whole wheat bread, English muffins, and cinnamon rolls.  Initially, I was afraid we’d both plump out eating so much homemade bread, but that’s not happening.  She gives most of it away.  Especially to the park rangers and manager.  I’d like to say they love us, but they don’t.  They love Christina, I’m just the guy married to the cute girl cooking all the bread.  She also has taken up felting, creating little figures of leopards, bears, and anime characters, she sits for hours jabbing the felt or fleece with needles to create the perfect felt finish.  I often imagine her mumbling my name while jabbing away.  Christina is also a jigsaw puzzle fan.  I don’t know how she does it, sitting for hours collecting pieces of what was once a perfectly printed picture, cut into 1000 pieces.  She loves them.  I’ve done quite a bit of jogging.  It clears my mind and gets me in a place of meditation.  I’ve regained some distances I thought were long in my past, so I’m happy to imagine I’m reversing my age.  That lasts just long enough to get up the next day and try to walk.  Indie and I cut firewood a couple of times a week.  It gets us out in the woods and in the tick zone.  We cut a bag full, bring it back, and split it.  I’ve also been going to the archery range.  Kind of like running it’s a little bit of exercise and meditation at the same time.  Keeps the crazies away.  To spend time together, the three of us walk the campground, always wary of others, and keeping our distance.  We hike the trails, once after a rainy night with no shoes on.  A few days ago we rode our bikes over to the other closed campground and picked out our sites for May and June.  We’ve always enjoyed cooking together, which means I chat or mix drinks while Christina cooks.  Then I wash all the dishes, while she doesn’t.  That’s cooking together, right?  We read in the evenings or surf the net, but mostly we like to watch movies.  We watched every Avengers movie, in story order.  On some evenings we join Zoom dinners or groups, together or on our own.  We are witnessing a historic time together.  Watching carefully and with balance and discernment.  We’ll be glad to get back on the road, but in the meantime, we have bread to bake and calories to burn. 

We’re staying positive and busy. We focus on calm voices and thoughtful replies. Sometimes we miss the mark, but we love the journey together and are happy for what the universe has handed us.

Breakfast for Two

You will hear both of us say often that we are “mostly” vegan. We use that term because it became obvious that if you said you were vegan, you were fair game at any brunch or dinner party if you happen to pick up something made with egg, or butter. So yes, we eat mostly vegan and cook vegan in our home. We also will gladly share a meal that someone has made for us that might have something we wouldn’t normally eat, and we will be grateful for the time and food. A favorite phrase I like is “Mostly Better”.. as in, we are always trying to eat and do mostly better, but it isn’t going to be perfect. And that’s cool with us.

A Breakfast Banana Split! So good.

I always notice on Facebook and Instagram, the posts that get the most attention are our dog, Indiana Jonas Adventure Dog.. and my food. It feels natural to share food that we love and how we prepare it, so I hope that you enjoy it, and will share it with someone else.

Butternut Squash Soup with Quinoa… delicious and super easy.

I am NOT a chef, but I am a pretty darn good cook, or as my son says ~ I’m a Feeder. I want to feed everyone, which makes learning to cook for two a little challenge for me. When we first moved into the camper, I was still cooking in my mind for us, our kids, our friends, and anyone else who looked like they needed to be fed. I’m getting “mostly better” at this now.

This week I will share on our YouTube channel some of the ways we share breakfast, and some ideas you might enjoy! Until then, I’ll share some photos of things you might look forward to learning about cooking. My cooking style is definitely – make it easy on yourself, so you will continue to do it. Not extra fancy, but definitely extra tasty.

Let us know if there are specific vegan foods you are interested in, or questions you have about eating “mostly vegan”. If we have answers for you, we’ll be happy to share. If not, we’ll be curious with you and try to help you find answers.

Welcome to our kitchen in Luna!