It’s good to go, and it’s good to come home. That’s what my mom would always say whenever we went on vacation.
This trip will have lasted three and one half weeks – 24 days. That’s the longest we’ve ever been gone. And I know once we are home, I’ll be ready to go again before long at all. I love to travel. But, I thought I’d capture these current feelings. Why? I don’t know. Because they are there. Kind of like why people climb Mt. Everest.
So, why do I want to go home?
My mom. My mom is 99 years old, and I miss her. When we are home, I visit her usually twice a week. This is the first trip we’ve taken where I can’t call her. She stopped answering her phone several months ago, so we took out her land line.
I can look in on her with Echo, but she doesn’t seem to be able to hear me or notice me. At least I can tell she is okay. I do have three siblings who are there, so it’s not like she is alone. They visit often. I’ll be glad to see her again, but at 99, you never know what can happen. I’ll keep my fingers crossed and say my prayers until I see her again.
New clothes. In our neighborhood Facebook group, a lady posted that she had lots of really nice clothes from her mother, and she was offering them to anyone in our neighborhood who might be interested. People do that a lot where we live – post things for free. She posted the sizes, and guess what, it was my size! I do not buy clothes for myself hardly ever, so the idea of a free wardrobe refresh sounded very exciting.
I messaged her that I was interested, but we were gone. So, she put all the boxes on our front porch, and Dennis brought them into the house for us. More about Dennis later. It will be like Christmas when I get home. I told my daughter all about it, and she asked if I even knew what style the clothes were. Nope, I said. The next time you see me, I might be wearing cheetah leggings and a snakeskin jacket! You know, there’s gotta be a post coming out of this one.
Sammy. Our cat. I miss her little head peering out the door every time we come home. I miss her sitting on my lap each evening when we watch a little tv. While we have the automatic feeder, water bowl and litter box, it is not good to leave a cat without any human interaction. So, every couple of days, Dennis and his grandson, come over and play with Sammy for a bit. As you can tell, we have lots of nice folks where we live.
E-bike Rack. A couple months ago, we bought a new e-bike rack for our Ford Expedition. This will allow us to ride our e-bikes at some new trails. We have ridden 165+ miles on this trip, and we greatly enjoyed it. I am looking forward to more e-bike riding near our home on some new trails. The Missouri Department of Conservation recently opened up the roads in 300 of its conservation areas to e-bikes. I have other trails in mind, too.
Pickle Ball. This is a new frontier for the Chambers. Our neighborhood recently started pickle ball leagues after adding some lines to the seldom used tennis courts. We had to skip the first session as we were gone too much. However, we could make 7 of the 10 nights in the second session, so we signed up. Stay tuned here. I’m sure there’s gonna be some posts coming out of this adventure, too.
Our Scrabble friends. We love our Scrabble, and there is, what I call, a “Scrabble community” in St. Louis area. Believe it or not, you can often find Dan and I at a bar, sometimes at 11 am on Monday morning. What are we doing? We’re playing Scrabble.
Two of our frequent opponents are Kenton and David. Both have brains that somehow are hard-wired for Scrabble Bingoes. Kenton is a genius with a wild sense of humor. David is the kind of person who is just so nice and pleasant, and even though I usually lose, I just enjoy being around him. I enjoy our conversations, too.
My plants. This past winter, I started some seedlings. Well, let’s just say, next year, I am going to buy bedding plants. I never did get the impatiens to grow as seedlings, except for one which was thinner than a strand of the finest hair around. I did get some marigolds and zinnias to sprout. Either that or there were tiny white worms in the peat pots.
Before we left our weather didn’t get warm enough to plant my seedlings outside. So, the day before we left, I stuck the marigolds and zinnias in the sponge rock planter, and I threw the rest of the impatiens seeds in two green planters on our porch. Some people say, plants want to grow – and will grow without much human help. We’ll see how true this is when we get home. I do hope Lowe’s will still have some bedding plants.
I am also looking forward to my great niece’s one year old birthday party the day after we get home. We always enjoy our family parties, and it seems we treasure these times even more after living through well, you know what.
June is a great weather month in St. Charles. It’s warm, but not too humid. It’s a good time to be home. Now, not to worry, all my fellow travelers. We’ll be going again before too long. Our travel itch isn’t going away anytime soon. As a matter of fact, 2022 is all planned with lots of adventures still ahead, and we just made reservations for April 2023. And if everything goes just right, I just might be wearing some new-to-me Cheetah leggings as we hit the road once again.