Mar 222018

My Silver Girl on South Beach on San Juan Island

Eight years ago I started this little blog and I can tell you, it’s been an incredible experience.  I’ve met many sweet folks through the likings of J5MM and I’ve traveled to some pretty breathtaking destinations all thanks to my beloved Airstream — my sweet Silver Girl.

Eight years. Hard to believe.

It’s with a heavy heart that I am writing this to say goodbye.  Hubby, B, Oliver and I made a huge transition in our lives and sadly we’ve decided our Airstreaming days are over.  Which means, I’ll be putting this site, J5MM to bed, for good.  If you’ve subscribed to my updates here on J5MM, I’ll be sending out one last final email with just a little more detail, if you’re curious.

All the memories made with my silver girl over these last eight years will forever live deep inside my soul and I can’t help but feel, because of her, I wouldn’t have grown as much as I have in so many aspects of my life.  She is truly now, a part of me.

As I sail home across the Salish Sea to my little island, these words from one of my favorite songs will bring comfort in knowing that it’s okay to say goodbye to old dreams and to keep looking over the horizon for the new ones that are yet to come ♥

“Sail on silver girl . . .
Sail on by . . .
Your time has come, to shine . . .
All your dreams are on their way.
See how they shine . . .”

{ Bridge over Troubled Water :: Simon & Garfunkel }


Thank you so very much for following along and commenting over the years.  You have truly brought such happiness into my world.

I wish you all the best, wherever you may be — sending you big {{{HUGS}}}

With love,
Monica ♥


Feb 282018

Over the years a few folks have asked me how I came up with the name for this blog — well, this song pretty much sums it up. 

I’ve never heard of it until a sweet commenter over on GoRVing’s Facebook page mentioned it.  

♥  Warning — get your hankies ready ♥

Mar 162017

I would slow down my pace as I walked Oliver past this sweet Airstream  during our visit to Crystal Mountain a few weeks back.  Just a few sites down from us, this Airstream captured my heart and I was absolutely dying to see the inside.  Fortunately I didn’t have to stalk the Airstream too long before owner Jenn opened up the front door and I was able to introduce myself to her.  She gave me a tour and shared her future vision of the interior with me.  I tell ya, I left completely inspired — and, goodness, does she have great taste!  If you look at the photo below, the front portion of the Airstream where you see the silver insulation — that will be covered with beautiful copper sheets and instead of having one dinette table, Jenn and her hubby Shane plan on installing two tables that can raise/lower to suit different situations — a coffee table and a dinette table both at the same time.  Very clever!  The interior is very light and bright that is complemented with beautiful white enamel pieces and copper accents.

This is not your typical Airstream however, this beautiful trailer’s sole purpose is that of a ski lodge.  Outfitted with a bench to store ski boots and a row of hooks to hang up ski attire (all which dry quickly thanks to the most adorable wood burning stove), this Airstream is an RVing skier’s dream come true.

Jenn was so sweet to send me a list of links to all of her favorite items she has in her trailer — to share with you because she believes in supporting all the local small vendors and local makers, “I’m happy to share,” she wrote.

So without further ado, let’s begin the tour!   Continue reading »

Jan 272017

This wasn’t where I meant to be this weekend.  I meant to be at home dusting off my workbench in order to begin working on some new jewelry designs for my Etsy shop.  But rather, sweet friends of ours phoned us up and invited us to come and visit with them at their cozy cabin in the woods near Crystal Mountain.  Needless to say, a trip to the cabin propelled the idea of silversmithing to the curb-and I was very okay with that.  I was, as a matter of fact, in need of a snow fix and boy, did Miss Mother Nature deliver ♥ Continue reading »