Travel

For those of you interested Only in TRAVEL, I (Jack) wrote the blog between March 2010 and October 2010 during our travels west. We saw the most beautiful places and had the best time in our big truck and little trailer. See Blog Archive below.

Jun 11, 2017

The Day After

I'll start with the good news. Susan is enjoying a vacation in Canada. Glass of wine in beautiful afternoon weather.

I went over to Michael and Laura's for a lovely Father's Day BBQ in as much as he is going to be gone next weekend. I saw my too lovely granddaughters, Keely and Peyton (sorry no pix, girls). Always good to see them. They're all grown up!!
I hate taking pictures with my phone. They don't post as well as the ones taken with my camera.
Bogey is enjoying his vacation with them, he'll be back next week.

John and Lisa went to a baseball game in the new stadium, yesterday.


I am babysitting for the sweetest boy, Toby. His Mom went to Chicago for a few days. She had a sitter lined up, but got her days mixed up so she called me. I've been hiding his pills in pumpkin and he doesn't even know he's getting his meds. In fact, a little while ago I went upstairs for something and was startled when I turned around and saw that he followed me. I was afraid he wouldn't be able to get down, but he did very well. I think the meds are helping him! He's not limping any more. Living with an old person seems to help him, too--quiet. I have been sleeping downstairs because I didn't want him to be alone. Now, he's looking like he wants to get up on the couch! Good thing he's headed home tomorrow or he'd be spoiled for sure. He's very cuddly and a very, very sweet boy.

Okay. The trailer is gone. I feel old and empty. I had decided (if you read the last post, to sell), but thought maybe I could do it one more year; especially if I could get another ablation on my back that lasts. Then, my complete heating and air conditioning system crapped out on me. Knowing that I was facing some really big financial decisions I decided that since I didn't want to touch my retirement money--I'd have to sell the trailer. Fate had stepped in. Susan says I need to find things to do during the day, but my mind is blank. I have no interests and no desire to do much of anything. I've become a night owl (my best time) and sleep during the day.

A lovely man who was interested in the trailer had called the day before this took place. He couldn't have been nicer and asked me whether I would call him if I changed my mind. Well, I did. And he happened to be sitting in the same model but he decided he wanted to buy mine (I priced it right, I think, and there were a lot of extra things that went with it and the extras like the awning over the slide out and the hitch. Those who have camped with me know I bring everything "just in case". He and his lovely wife came up, yesterday morning. I'm not mentioning their names because I didn't ask permission. I was delighted to hear that they were completely new to owning any kind of RV. So it was perfect that all they needed were pillows. We spent most of the day going over everything in the RV and his hitch ball wasn't the right height so he had to figure that out. I think he was probably having second thoughts because it was very frustrating trying to figure out how to make it the right. He persevered and got the job done. So, I told him once he had it the proper height that he'd find hitching with the Equalizer hitch would be a breeze, and it was. They seemed to love everything about the RV. Even the little scrape on the side and the little hole in the back didn't seem to bother them. I was crippled by the time I got back inside. My back just can't handle the standing. They texted that they got home (apparently without incident), and were very excited about the traveling they were hoping to do in the future. They are going to send me pictures when they camp.

So, I go back and forth thinking--what good is a trailer if I can't walk the trails and do the things that everyone does when camping. That and the fact that the buyers were not only nice but happy takes the sting away a bit. I just have to find a solution to my back pain and something that interests me. Right now, I can't think of a thing. That may change.

I didn't know if I'd blog again. I'm going to try to read a few - I certainly haven't kept up so I'm anxious to see how everyone is doing.

11 comments:

  1. That may be thee end of an era but that doesn't mean you can't drop a line to let us know how you are doing.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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    1. You are sweet. Thank you for continuing to read.

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  2. Hi this is Betty. After Joe died I was going to quit blogging but some of my friends encouraged me to keep it up. So here I am seven months later. I encourage you to keep blogging too. I'll be interested in any new hobbies you find to keep you busy and how your back is doing. Sounds like you were a great puppy sitter.

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    1. I think of you often, Betty. I know these are difficult times but somehow we manage to put one foot in front of the other. Thank you for your encouragement--I hope I can return it to you.

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  3. I'm happy to hear the couple who bought the rig love it so much and that you really enjoyed them too. Maybe if you can get your back to a place where you can go away again maybe a small motor home might work better. Class B that you can get around in and park anywhere.

    I sure understand about the A/C furnace thing. My furnace quit right at the beginning of winter and it was cold. It's always something. Please keep blogging it doesn't have to be everyday I don't even do that to often anymore. As you start to feel better something might strike you as a hobby. Take care

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    1. Class B's are so expensive, Jo. Maybe if I were younger. Between my back and the expense of the HVAC system, I really didn't have much choice. Pats and hugs to Fred.

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    2. You mentioned on my blog you sent me and e -mail I didn't get it having lots of yahoo problems try this want2go60@gmail.com.
      I understand about the big price tag of a B. And the HVAC system I'm hoping to get through the summer with the a/c I know I have to replace the furnace but want to do a complete system. Just the thought gives me shivers

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  4. It is a very sad day when we have to give up a dream and try to find a new one. Those are the realities as we get older and I hate them. There are so many things you can do once you feel up to it - how about working with a local dog shelter, volunteering at the hosputal, or the library. Or dog sitting. I'd sure hire you for that with our barker. Lol. And continue to check in once in awhile. Once a month is good. We just want to know what you're up to. Or what kind of trouble you've gotten yourself into now. Love you.

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    1. I will, Sandie and hope if you and Jim come east, you and the pups will plan a few days in Atlanta. Bogey is good with other dogs--I was not sure in the beginning and separated him from a friend's dog because I wasn't sure. Turns out he likes nothing better than to play with others who want to play.

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  5. It's always good to hear from you when you post and when you comment. At least for me, the hardest part of getting old is having to give up this dream but I know it's coming. I guess I need to find the good things about getting old. I can't think of many or even any. Well being retired is great but then you get so old you can't do anything and you might as well go back to work and sit in a chair all day. I'm real cheery aren't I.

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    1. You'll be young forever as active as you are, Sherry.

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