At 10:00 this morning, I divorced Facebook.
I will go into my reasons why at a later date, but I had expected the absence of social media to create a lovely void, one that could be filled with positivity and purpose. Instead, I was met with just a void.
I was tired, lacking direction, still peeking over at my laptop, as I tried to get motivated to clean our “house” (pictured above). I cleaned out my email inbox, and excitedly checked, everytime a new message appeared. Somehow, it lacked the excitement of Messenger and its “woop-ding!” notification sound.
Before I had left Facebook, I had notified the friends and family I wished to stay in touch with, and many of them said they would miss seeing my photos. I had planned on doing an email mailing list, when my husband suggested that I write a blog once again.
I had written a semi-successful minimalist blog, Our Journey to Ithaca, for four years. It had been a great experience for me, and I had found a lot of joy in writing and connecting with the minimalist blogging community. But as the friends I had connected with began to end their blogs, it seemed that the time was right for me to wrap mine up as well.
And now the time seems right for me to jump back in.
So Who Are We?
We are the Rosselit family, the crew of the m/v Loco Lobo, the Chris Craft Commander 47 that we call home. We have lived aboard for nearly 4 years, and we have lived in the comfort of our floating mobile home for almost 1 year. Our cat, Popcorn, joins us on the boat and likes to board other vessels in the marina, especially if cat food, catnip, or other treats are provided.
Here is a little about the 3 of us…
My name is Bethany, although my husband calls me “Frog” and sometimes “Pirate.” I love vintage recipes, thrift store shopping, yoga, and Weight Watchers….and wine! I taught special education for 15 years, but took leave from my job back in March. I plan on substitute teaching in the fall. The shedding of my identity as a teacher has been an unusual but kind of exciting experience!
This is Miss Iliana, the self-appointed captain of Loco Lobo. Iliana is 11 and has done it all! She has been a flyer on a special needs competitive cheer team, a princess in the Miss Amazing beauty pageant, and a bronze medalist in Special Olympics track and field. Iliana owns a boat of her own: an Opti sailboat. She attends sailing camp every summer.
I asked Iliana what she would like me to include in this post, and she wanted me to mention that she is raising money to pay for a trip to Washington, D.C. with her fifth grade class next year. Ili will have the opportunity to fly there with her class and chaperones (not me!), stay in a hotel room with other kids, and visit a lot of historical sites, which she is very excited about. If you would like to help Ili fund her trip, she is selling Puffin Pastries in the Houston/Galveston area. Please contact me, using the form, if you are interested in buying some. She also has a Go Fund Me site.
I should also mention that Iliana has autism, but that is not the most interesting or most important thing about her.
This handsome devil is none other than my husband, Rob. Yes, that mustache is real, and yes, he spends more time primping in the morning than I do! And yes, that is a penny farthing! Rob is the harbor master of the marina where we live, and he can be seen riding his bike to the food trucks, running an amazing 5k time, and walking the docks. He is so dedicated to his marina that he didn’t let a little water deter him from his duties, during Hurricane Harvey!
So Welcome Aboard!
This is an old-fashioned lifestyle blog, plain and simple. I will be sharing our stories, recipes, thoughts, or whatever else comes to mind. I am not out to monetize. I am hoping to build a small community, a positive corner of the Internet, where we can all share stories and support one another. This is my writing, in my voice, without regard for SEO or increasing page views.
I will not be posting on a schedule. I will share whenever something comes to mind. I plan to enable email subscriptions as my next task, so feel free to subscribe if you would like to see our updates in your inbox!
I look forward to sharing our adventures with all of you!