This is Friday evening as I write. In 48 hours I should be relaxing in my first camping spot!
Oh what a day it’s been. I backed the truck up to my front door and started loading this morning. Just the ‘necessities’ right? Then why did it take me ALL DAY to do it and why is the back of my truck full to overflowing? How willI I ever find anything, ever again? What am I going to do with all those extra cloths? How many tee shirts can one person wear? Why do I have 15 bags of dog treats?
Oh my goodness…there are no answers to these mysteries…I’m just rambling. I suppose as time goes on it will all work itself out. I’ll donate some of the tee shirts and the dog treats will eventually be eaten. (by the dogs). I’ll discover that I really don’t need two brooms, 7 jackets, 6 pair of jeans, and 12 cartons of soy milk. Thankfully some friends stopped by for a visit throughout the day…Tess and Terese, Jo and then Phil. That gave me a chance to catch my breath and have a few laughs.
Over the past week I had 4 Retirement/Good-Bye parties. Each one was precious in it’s own way. The Grande Finale was given by the girls I work with. Excuse me….workED with 🙂 ….the best nurses you could ever hope to meet up with if you are going to have a baby. Besides being great nurses and knowing their stuff, they are kind, caring, generous, creative and sweet friends. I’ve been so honored to work with them over the past 17 years….hope some of their attributes rubbed off on me!
Had a warm and loving gathering with some friends I met through The VegHeads of Monterey Bay. That is a group I joined when I went vegan a few years back, and was looking for like minded folks. I’ve received so much help and guidance from these people, and in return, I’ve been able to pay it forward a little bit.
A friend here where I live arranged a little party with neighbors….some of which I’ve known for many years. We shared laughs and memories….
Last but not least….you may not know (but you’re about to find out:-), I’m an ‘out of control’ Rolling Stones fan, and yes, there’s a gathering place for the likes of us, too. I’ve belonged to an internet group called “Undercover”, with Stones fans from around the world, since about 1996. Some of the local folks got together and wished me Bon Voyage to the tune of non stop Stones music and we had a vegan birthday cake for Mick Jagger’s 71st birthday….wow. (He’s not getting older, he’s getting better! 🙂
SO….the parties are passed (but will never be forgotten)….the packing is almost done, and Sunday Joy, Shiloh and I will be on our way!