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 22, 2018

Off to Pennsylvania Next Week (and Dogs)

Well, "the dog room" didn't quite work out. Jonah was a little too spunky for Bogey (who looks like two, but is eight years old). So, my house was left with an empty room. Do I want to spend a lot of money furnishing it, again, at my age? No. Would the kids/grandkids want any of the furniture when I am gone? No. So, I bought a cheap cover for the old couch. (It's grey stretchy fabric, the same color as Bogey), and I bought three anti gravity chairs. I brought the TV in and voila I call it the "theater room". Bogey likes to be on the couch with me, and when the kids come over they have comfortable chairs that anyone will want when I no longer need them. It's sparse, but who cares--everything can be used when I don't need it any longer. (Jim, you can relax and watch NASCAR when you are here) I could have at least straightened it up before taking a picture, huh? Susan lives just a mile away so I split my time between Bogey and Jonah on the days and nights that she works.
The other lounge chair is next to the one with the green throw (literally thrown) on the chair.
I tried to get a picture of Bogey on the couch, but every time I got up, he got up so this is one that Laura, my daughter-in-law, took yesterday. Handsome fella, huh? He's become so calm since he first started to stay with me. He's a great dog. I just have to watch that he doesn't catch any wildlife outside.

And, this is Jonah--I believe at 7 months. I think he's 8 months, now. He's almost bigger than Susan, but he is the most laid back puppy I have ever known. He doesn't chew. When I'm with him, he'll play and then spread out on the couch with me. He's turning out to be a great dog, and Susan is so happy to have him.
These are two very loyal dogs. Bogey goes crazy when he sees, Michael. When he takes him for a walk or to his house for a couple of days, he never looks back at me to say, "See ya!" I guess I should be insulted for all I do for him. Jonah is not any different. I do for him all day, too, but when Susan walks in, he could care less about me. I've come to love both of them, but I'm just the dog sitter.

Now, some exciting news. I'm driving up to Pennsylvania next week to meet my sister, Judy, again. I can't wait not just to see her, but to be on the road in some form. I've had my new car since January (I think), took one trip to NC and put 500 miles on it and only have 1200 total miles. Cabin fever, ya think? It's got all the bells and whistles--don't even need a key to start it, but I miss my truck and I miss my trailer. All good things come to an end, and we still have to go forward for those around us. I'll make a note here that one of my favorite people died, yesterday--Charles Krauthammer. He was one of a kind, and there won't be anyone to come close to him in my lifetime.

Judy and I had such a great time the last time we did this trip. We are staying in Lancaster, again, but we'll explore a little further away. I was in Jim Thorpe with Rich many years ago and I want to go back to see if it is as I remember it.

The last time we had a whole week, but this time we only have five days, together. I'm hoping (and so are my kids who adore her) that she will come down for a visit later in the summer. We were so busy having fun the last time that I didn't take very many pictures. I'll try to do better this time. My little camera is on its last legs, and I hate carrying the big one. I don't like taking pictures with my phone, but that's an alternative. Well, I'm starting to waste space for lack of anything to say so that tells me it's time to get off.


  1. Such pretty babies. Rocky Joe treats me the same way. I'm good to have around when Jim isn't available but I truly don't exist the minute Jim enters the room. My sister, Judy, and I spent time together in the Lancaster area. Had so much fun except I looked the keys in the car and we had to find a locksmith to come open it up for us. Such good memories and I know you and your sister will be making more good memories. We're in Idaho for my great niece's wedding - that would be my sister's granddaughter. Lots of family around. I'm trying to avoid all the drama. lol

  2. Kids will be Kids even if they have fur.
    You are talking like you are on your last leg. Heck you've got a lot of living to do.
    Nice to be getting out and exploring with your sister. Looking forward to reading about some of the things you do.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  3. Great to see you in my comments Nancy and hear what all you are doing here. I think your little theater room is just right. You are so nice to think about when you are not here. I don't do that. I'm going to have it the way I want it now and Carrie can give it all to Goodwill when she inherits it if she wants to. Very handsome fellows you dog sit for. Their owners are lucky to have you. Sounds like you'll have a great time with your sister. Safe travels.

  4. Guess I need to clarify my statements or at least rephrase them, Sherry. I am doing what I want now. I have a living room that is fully furnished (I think I've sat in there twice) and a finished carport that is fully furnished--that's where Jack and I hung out. I rarely sit in either any more, so the anti gravity chairs are great for my back and comfortable for company. The floors are wood so less work for mama and I don't have to worry about Bogey making a mess. We're all happy, and everyone will be able to use the big screen TV and lounge chairs if I move to an apartment or assisted living. I'm enjoying it because it's a simple solution and an alternative to going out and buying another room of furniture to sit in. I just bought a brand new car so I'm not depriving myself of anything. All my kid's homes are furnished and so are three of my granddaughter's so it would be a shame to spend money on things that would not be enjoyed or used by anyone, now or in the future.


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