( Two steps forward, one step back... )
( Two steps forward, one step back... )
We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary today. With a good old English fry-up, served in the dining room of our RV. Fried eggs, fried toast, streaky bacon (from Broadbent’s, yum!) baked beans… oh, and a bottle of Roederer Estate’s extra dry champagne from our trip to the Anderson Valley earlier in the year.
With the chemo and all, we’re being low key this year. Our fancy celebration will come at the 25.5 year mark in the Florida Keys, once we’re past the medical foofaraw. But I’m still highly amused, thinking that if anyone had told me this is where I’d be after 25 years of marriage, I would never have believed it.
Here’s to 25-plus more years to come.
( October will be patch-up and prep month, November, we roll again! )
I hope everyone is ready for Fall and enjoying some cooler weather wherever you may be!
Today is dedicated to doing stuff around the house; I am taking down the tree and finishing up kitchen cleaning, looking at our route to the Keys and making tentative hotel plans. With the tighter schedule, MIL and I will drive down together in her van and make our overnight stops at hotels. J will take the trailer and the cats and overnight at rest stops. MIL and I may arrive at the Keys a day before the trailer, so that she can have a non-driving day to rest up before the fishing trip.
Tomorrow and Wednesday will be schlepping stuff out to the trailer and packing, checking everything out so that we’re all set to go whenever we get the green light. I will be very happy once we’re actually in Florida. Sometime in all this I need to look at places to stay after the stay on Kings Key, but we should have 8 to 10 days down there and that can be done once we are on site if need be.
Christmas was actually very nice indeed; we exchanged small gifts, talked to relatives on the phone, and generally relaxed. I let the mail pile up at the forwarding service so we got nearly all our cards at once, and spent a pleasant lunchtime going through them. It was like opening presents. A lot of people commented on our change of address, so clearly I owe some followup correspondence.
Now we start ramping up; the lists have come out and been revised. It will all work out!
We’re back out in our fiver, settled into a pleasant wooded campground right next to the highway in Harrisburg, PA. I was a little nervous setting out and setting up (what if we forget something!) The smooth routines of the spring and summer were noticeably rusty, but eventually we got all settled in a site that is unlevel enough front to back that the trailer is so low on the front legs it looks like it’s kneeling. We’re using all the chocks, that’s for sure. We’ve come out early for the Hershey RV Show, America’s Largest, say the promoters (there are three shows that claim the title, but who’s counting.) This week J will have to go back to near-Philly for a day or two to finish up with a customer. I’ll spend that time putting stuff away in the trailer; when we ‘packed’, we just stacked boxes and bags on every available surface. It’s surprising how much stuff moves in and out of the camper as we do. One of the things that I want to look at is stemming that tide, reducing the ebb and flow of things that see more use in the fifthwheel than in the house.
We’ll be out for three weeks this time: this first week will be in Harrisburg/Hershey, going to the RV show and relaxing. My MIL will join us this coming weekend, we’ll all go see the show with some of J’s coworkers who are interested in RVing, and then on Sunday we’ll head to upstate New York near Cooperstown for a week. MIL’s really gung-ho to see the Baseball Hall of Fame, so we’ll do that and other museums in the area, then head over to the Hudson Valley to tour Hyde Park and its environs. If all goes to plan we’ll be back in PA at the beginning of October.
They also informed me that if people come to them via my account, I'll get a small cash payment. Who knew? So, if you've got newer books in good condition to sell, please use this link to get to their website. Thanks in advance!
( More quotidian details.. )
My mother's stuff isn't my mother; I can keep my memories of her without keeping the stuff. I must consider that stuff as mine now; if I'd purchased it in the past would I keep it today?
The goal is to only own things that we love and/or use a lot. Preferably both; I love the bowl that I use for our cats' dry food -- it's a beautiful deep blue. I got rid of the red bowl, which was just 'eh', since I had two bowls and only needed one. The daily goal is to remove at least one bag or box of stuff from the house daily.
Accordingly, there is a ticker (and we'll see how well this works..)