Spring Clean

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Monday is April 1st.  Many of us like to feel a fresh new start for the upcoming warmer months.  So that often translates into a good spring cleaning.  Clear out the clutter and cob webs, and make your home fresh and new.

Last autumn we did the 8 week home cure, found in the book: Apartment Therapy: The Eight-Step Home Cure.  This 8 week home make-over is the perfect guideline for a good deep clean.

Use these posts as general suggestions, or as a step-by-step recipe for the perfect spring clean:

Week/Part 1

Week/Part 2

Week/Part 3

Week/Part 4

Week/Part 5

Week/Part 6

Week/Part 7

Week/Part 8

Happy cleaning/organizing/purging.  🙂


Home Sweet Home – These great contemporary handmade cards are available at modernoptic’s Etsy store. Click on the photo to see more!

Rebecca Knabe



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Yesterday was the first day of spring, even though the weather in many places around North America and Europe was not cooperating.  Spring is a great time of year for those of us who live in small spaces.

The warming temperatures allow closed-up-for-the-season windows to be opened wide, replacing the stale winter air in our tiny house with wonderful fresh air.

The on-set of warm evenings mean dinner parties can be moved outside and more friends can be accommodated.

Heavy throws and blankets can be taken off of beds, couches, and chairs, allowing a room to feel lighter and more spacious.

Fragrant fresh-picked flowers are likely to find themselves in little vases here and there throughout the house, bringing new life and color to your home.

Ahhhhhhh, spring!  Can you feel it?  It’s here!


Rebecca Knabe

The Anatomy of a 10 Mile Run, According to Me

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I ran 10 miles last Saturday.  No, not for fun.  I’m a week away from my next half marathon, so I have to run whether I like it or not.  Mostly not.

Here’s a little look into what is going on inside my head during a long run….

Mile 0 – Ok, I can do this.  It’s beautiful out, not too hot.  I have water and snacks.  The scenery is perfect, I have music, and there are lots of barnyard animals to keep me company.  I’ve done this before, I can do it again.

Mile 0.5 – I can’t believe I’m only 1/20th of the way done.

Mile 1 – Oh my gosh!  This is the WORST day of my life!  Everything hurts.

Mile 1.5 – Why am I doing this?  What has my life come to?  I should be at home, eating breakfast and watching TV like a normal person!

Mile 2 – Ok, I’m starting to feel better.  Good pace, good music.  I got this.

Mile 3 – Hey, Mr. Peacock.  What’s up, little lamb?  Oh hey, other runners.  Hi there, cyclist.  I love all these people out here with me.  We may not know each other, but it sure feels good to have all these other people trying their best today too.  I love everyone!

Mile 4 – In the zone.  Almost half way.  The miles are passing quickly.  This is not as bad as I expected.

Mile 5 – Half way!  And I feel great!  I got this!  I really should run a full marathon with my brother.  It would be fun, we could do it somewhere like Disneyland or Hawaii or New York City.  That would be great.  I mean, if I can run a half I can definitely run a full!

Mile 6 – “You down with OPP – Yeah you know me,
Who’s down with OPP – Every last homie.”  (singing in my head, or maybe out loud, it’s hard to say….)

Mile 7 – Ok, maybe a full marathon would be a bit too much.  But I could definitely do another half.  I should do one in a few months.  I’m already training.  I could just keep going.  Yeah, that’s what I’ll do….  My hips hurt.

Mile 8 – My legs hurt.  (start texting friends to distract myself from the fact that I still have 2 stupid miles to go – FYI texting and running is a dumb idea) 

Mile 9 – Me:  Did that stupid cow just look at me?  Stop looking at me you dumb cow!!  You are such an ugly stupid cow!!  I hate you so much!!
Cow:  Moo.  (swats flies with tail)

Mile 9.25 – My feet hurt.  I can’t believe some people are sitting at home, just eating breakfast and watching TV while I’m out here doing this stupid run!  Did that cyclist just wave at me?  What a douche!

Mile 9.5 – Oh my gosh!  This is the WORST day of my life!  Everything hurts.

Mile 9.75 – What am I doing with my life?  What has gotten me to this point??  How can the car still be so far away???

Mile 10 – I!   AM!   AWESOME!
(try to jump up and down for joy, but just drool on myself instead)


Rebecca Knabe

P.S. I know, I know – this is supposed to be a trailer blog.  But I’ve been a little distracted lately with this running thing.  If you have any ideas, questions, suggestions, or requests for trailer posts, please feel free to email them to me at rebeccanmpa@yahoo.com.

The Wine Walk

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On the third Saturday of every month in Reno, the Riverwalk District hosts the Wine Walk.  If you’ve never been, it’s a must-do Reno activity.  $20 buys you a glass and a map (don’t lose your map!), and each participating location on the map provides wine and sometimes even a little snack.  It’s just a sample of wine, but with more than 20 businesses pouring each month, you get more than your money’s worth as you peruse the destinations along the streets and alleys near the Truckee River.

I like to inform my friends that have never been before that it’s not a ‘wine tasting’ event, more of a ‘wine guzzling’ event.  Some places offer pretty good wine, and others offer pretty cheap wine; but all places have friendly staff, and it’s a fantastic opportunity to get to know the local businesses in downtown Reno.  Restaurants, lounges and bars, boutiques, flower shops, salons, and even a live performance theater are all regular stops on the monthly event.

I usually start the Wine Walk at Reno eNVy, my favorite trailer boutique and souvenir shop, where each glass is decorated with a trailer wine charm at no extra charge.  And while you’re there, you can start the afternoon with a cheesy group photo in the shop’s Airstream.



Click here for more event info, and plan to spend an afternoon Wine Walking very soon!

Rebecca Knabe

Trailer Pick of the Day – Red

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My friend, Carice, sent me a photo the other day, of this great little camper bopping down the freeway.  I love the color, and I would love to spend summer evenings by the lake in that thing!


Do you ever come across great trailer-photo-opportunities?  If you do, snap the picture and email it to me.  I’d love to feature your photo on the blog.  Send them to rebeccanmpa@yahoo.com.

Rebecca Knabe

Run, Baby, Run

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My brother and I are running our first “together” race in a few weeks.  It’s a half marathon in California, which I have been really excited about.  Well, until this week….

Turns out my brother recently ran a 10k in West Vancouver, Canada.  He came in second.  His pace was under 6 minutes per mile.  My pace hovers around 14 minutes per mile.  Just when I thought he was only twice as fast as me, I discover it’s even worse than that.  Ugh.

Kidding!  I’m super proud of him, and still excited about our race.  Training this time of year has been a new thing for me – running in the cold and dark winter mornings, instead of the bright and balmy summer and autumn.  But it really hasn’t been as bad as I expected.

However, I’m not a natural runner.  Every run is a challenge for me.  I don’t have a runner’s body, as I was primarily built for comfort, not speed.  But I do feel really good when the run is over, and my heart and lungs are thanking me.  And so I carry on.

My favorite part of running is the opportunity it gives me to see the neighborhood with different eyes.  Since I’m not zooming by in my car I notice the details of the homes, interesting features in the gardens, the slopes and angles of the streets, the scents of the neighborhoods….

Here are some photos I’ve taken during the 65 miles I’ve run so far this year:







Rebecca Knabe

Trailer Inspiration

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I recently had a great link sent to me by my sweet fella (my friends think it sounds ridiculous when I call him that.  I tried “gentleman caller” for a while, but they said that made me sound like an escort; and “boyfriend” sounds way too silly for someone my age.  Anyway….).

Houzz is a renovation inspiration website that allows you to browse rooms and save photos for your own projects.  A recent post featured Airstream Trailers as an idea, because “in this increasingly urban and budget-conscious world, one of the greatest design challenges homeowners and designers face is figuring out how to live comfortably and stylishly in increasingly smaller spaces.”

And although the design and photos were Airstream-specific, the post reminded us, “Even if you don’t own an Airstream… think of these spaces as test-bunny methods you can use in your home’s smaller spaces. After all, a little goes a long-haul way.”

So click on this link and check out the fantastic and diverse trailer designs.  My favorites are photos #3 and #4, and I love the mod chandelier in photo #7.  Which ones are your favorites?


Here’s one of me and my fella, the gentleman caller, my boyfriend….  Let’s just call him John.

Rebecca Knabe