Monday, September 19, 2016

T-10 days

We got the rv buttoned up and it's ready for its long winter sleep, and are now in a residential hotel.  Living in the RV was very enjoyable even with the teeny living space.  Now that I have access to fast internet, here's the long awaited pictures of our wee trailer.  I adored living in it, and if it wasn't for having 3 storage units filled with furniture, books, pictures, dishes and mementos that we can't bear to part with we'd be happy to live in one full time.  I never really understood the allure before, but I sure do now.  Living as a turtle does, carrying one's house along on life's journey is a wonderful thing indeed.





We fly out of here for Hawaii on the 29th, for 2 days in the sun. Then on October 1st, we zoom into the unknown world of tackling a foreign country, one where we don't speak the language!  We have a phrase book on my phone, and have a few well practiced phrases.  Please, thank you, yes, so sorry, hello, good day and good bye.  We can order brown tea, " chiro ocha kudasai", so if I do indeed get brave enough to eat out we have my allergy cards printed out and ready to go.  While traveling on trains and subways holds no fears for me, the buses scare me to pieces.  When we were their before I would just write the kanji for the street or town on my hand and used that to navigate, but buses seem trickier one must know the bus route and when to transfer....sigh   But hopefully we will quickly get that sorted as we need to ride a bus from our house into Kyoto.  Luckily the Japanese are very organized with their mass transit and the buses, trains and subways all share the same station, so moving between transit modes is easy.

  There seems to be so much to do between now and then, and yet not much left to do.  As the days creep closer to T-day, [travel day] I'm beginning to feel a mite anxious and worried about the entire trip.

After spending hours trying out blog names for our travel blog, all the "good" ones were taken.  But then just as I was getting tired of that game an idea popped into my head and it wasn't taken!  w00t!

Here is our new blog addy, it is still blank at this time, I need to sit down and write the first post.

http://wanderingsourdoughs.blogspot.com/

Ok, and now we come to the tricky part of my post.  I'd love for y'all to travel Japan with us, and would love hearing your comments, however....  Anyone who reads my blog knows I'm closeted and don't see that changing anytime soon.  We are giving the blog addy to the kids and that's where my worry begins.  If they follow the commenters back they will find out who I am, and truly am not wanting to deal with that.  I'll leave anonymous commenting available, and thats really the only way I can see how to keep my secret identity safe and allow my friends here to comment.


Friday, September 9, 2016

Stolen!

Read this over at ravager619.wordpress.com, who stole it from Anne Marie, who stole it from......

1. ARE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?  Well, sorta kinda?  If we had of had a daughter, TH wanted her middle name to be Renee, but a daughter wasn't in our cards, thankfully.  When I changed my name I decided to pick Renee to be my middle name.

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?   Last week, when 2nd son told us he didn't want us to move, and wanted us to buy the property down the street from him so we could be close.

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? Yeah, its spiky and sloppy and totally me.

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? Pastrami!

5. DO YOU HAVE ANY KIDS? Yep, 4.

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS?  Well why wouldn't I be?  We like to do the same things!

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM?  It's hard for me to not be sarcastic.

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?   Yep!

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?   F**k NO!

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?  Before the celiac diagnosis Captain Crunch.  Yes really!  I no longer eat cereal, unless rice krispie treats count?

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?  No.

12. DO YOU THINK YOU’RE STRONG?  Physically? No.  Emotionally, hellz yeah.

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR?   Strawberry, but it has to be actually made with strawberries.

4. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?  It depends, sometimes it's their shoes, for others it could be their hair, or face or their demeanor.

5. RED OR PINK?   I'd rather not wear either, but if need be, red.

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING YOU LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF?  My wrong gender.

17. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING RIGHT NOW?   Black with teal socks.

18. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?  Black bean and corn salad, bbq ribs and potatoes.

19. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?   I'm not at the moment, as TH is reading.

20. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?  Orange

21. FAVORITE SMELL?  Babies!

22. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO?  TH

23. FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH?  NFL

24. HAIR COLOR THAT’S REAL?  My hair started going grey at 23, and I've been coloring it ever since.  I have zero idea what color it is under the dye.

25. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?  No.

26. FAVORITE FOOD?  Toast!

27. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?  Never EVER scary movies!  EVER!!!

28. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?  Star Trek Beyond.  And loved every single moment!

29. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?  Black

30. SUMMER OR WINTER?  Summer!!!

31. HUGS OR KISSES?  Both!

32. FAVORITE SWEET FOOD?  Carmel popcorn!!!

33. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?  "Assault with a Deadly Lie: A Nick Hoffman Novel of Suspense"  by Lev Raphael


34. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?  Mouse pad??

35. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST?  A few episodes of Darkwing Duck

36. FAVORITE SOUND?  Its a toss up between wind ruffling leaves with birds singing.....or a finely tuned muscle car.

37. ROLLING STONES or BEATLES?  Beatles!!! 

38. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE TRAVELED?  Antigua

39. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?  Connecting with children, but especially babies.

40. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?  Indianapolis Indiana













Friday, September 2, 2016

Indecision

This summer has been fantastic!  We are about 1/2 mile from one of our sons.  We live between his work and his home, and he has dropped by quite often on his way home from work!!!  We see the grand son, and have watched him many times.  The son with the evil being wife has come around and we go over and visit with him and girls while she's at work.  And the other Alaskan son has had us over for dinner and have gone camping with TH andwe have just hung out together.

I'm having so much fun the idea of moving back to Arizona has lost its shine. 

However,  it was 39 this morning, fall is here and winter wont be far behind.

All my fabulous friends live in Arizona. 

Volunteering at the library has really made me feel useful again, and every day is a delight to go to "work".

It gets DARK in the winter.  Think winter twilight for the day "light".  If it's a clear day, there will often be an hour of sunny sunshine.  But by December and January, that is only a memory...

Sigh. 

TH has left it up to me if we move or stay.  The only thing he has to say on the subject is how much healthier I am in Arizona.

Damn, damn, damn.  I nver do get the easy decisions to make, do I?

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

YIPPEEEE!!!!

Our neighbor came home from her trip, and while deadheading her flowers by her driveway she

           FOUND OUR KEYS!!!!

And then suddenly like a light bulb turning on, we remembered how our keys came to be at the end of the driveway.  There is an absolutely adorable Akita puppy just a few RV's past us, and she was being walked and every time we see her we dart over like rabid fans to pat and coo over her... 

Whew!  And that will teach us to keep our wits about us when we are being total fan boys of this puppy.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Where is Sherlock Holmes when we need him?

Two days ago, we took a late night run into town to rent some videos and pick up a few odds and ends at the grocery.  Have you seen "Bridge of Spies"?  If not, I highly recommend it.

TH plucked the keys to the RV trailer from my hand and opened the door, letting me in, and then going back to the truck to carry in the odds and ends.  We had a snack and and settled down to watch video.  Next morning we get up, eat breakfast, take our showers and are ready to start the day of appointments and work on Sister's home.
 
EXCEPT for the fact the keys to the truck AND the rv are missing.  Our rv is all of 27 feet long with one pop out, not a lot of space to loose two sets of keys!  Feeling confident that we will have them soon, we start to look, and as the time passes we become more frantic, tearing thru our belongings and looking in the most obscure and silly places.  Like where?  Try the microwave....the freezer, and the washer. 

Then we began to become more methodical and went room by room, going thru every nook, every cranny every box, bin and drawer.  Youngest came over, and helped looked.  We tore the truck apart looking. 

Those keys have yet to turn up!  And we have zero idea where they disappeared to.  The truck had to be towed to the dealer to get re-keyed, and luckily we had copies of the rv keys. 

But still the mystery is where those keys got off to!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Damn, its been a month!?

Hey, so I just realized yesterday that it had been a month since I last blogged.  We have been busier than a male escort at the GOP convention...

TH is slowly but surely digging through his sister's house.   It has been an emotional journey for him, that often leaves him depressed and guilt ridden, only to have to get up and begin again each day.  Every nook and cranny of her house was filled to the brim, add to this tsunami of belongs an ocean of paperwork to sift through.  I've gone over with him a few times, but the inches thick dust sparks an allergy attack that lasts for days, so I've not been much physical help to him.

While he is digging thru the layers of his sister's life, I've been going thru the random boxes of items we have plucked from our storage units.  Trying to pare down our belongings into one storage unit, and we have finally realized that is an unrealistic idea.  So we are just going to straighten them up enough to put the family pieces of furniture we inherited from his sister.

Life in the RV trailer has been surprisingly easy!  Due to its tiny size, 26 feet long, its super easy to keep tidy.  However, just a pair of shoes and a few books and my knitting sitting out make it look as though it's pig pen messy.  There are things I keep moving about trying to find the "perfect" place for them, which for some things doesn't happen.

The internet here is at times dial-up slow, driving me totally crazy!  At the first of the month when I paid our bills, nearly all of which are paperless and web based I had to use my phone "hot spot" killing my allowed 3 gigs.  I'm up at 5:30 am to get this written, TH is asleep or I'd attempt to post a few photos of our trailer.  My phone is in the bedroom.  If I get up again in the middle of the night, I'll post some pics.

I'm sorry I haven't managed to keep up with everyone's blog, but between sifting thru his sister's life and ours and the crappy internet I just don't have the energy.

The bright spot of this entire summer was the fabulous week of taking care of our grandson while he was between day care centers.  And!!!  We have managed to visit with eldest and his two girls, so life on the grandparent front is blooming wonderful.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Boxes!

It's the last day here in this apartment, am totally going to miss this apartment.  After endless days of packing and tossing things out, am nearing the finish line.  Movers are supposed to be here between 1-6 today, and all I have left to pack is the dishes and a bit of loose odds and ends.  Ya know the flotsam and jetsam that seems to fill drawers and cupboards.

Yesterday I put TH on a plane for Provo to spend some time with his lifelong friend to get out of the heat.  TH is an Alaskan thru and thru and the heat is killing him.  We had 120 on Father's Day and hubby came close to heat stroke.

Tonight its a hotel for me, and a very extremely early wake up call, 4am.  I am afraid of driving on the freeway during rush hour and it makes me very nervous.  Because I'm afraid to change lanes at 75 mph, I keep "falling" off the highway.  How does one fall off?  Well, ya know how the outer two lanes are usually tied to the off-ramps?  When one travels the off-ramp lanes, one falls off.  So rush hour starts mighty early here so as to beat the rush am going to leave at 5 am so I'll be thru Phoenix before the rush begins.  My goal is Henderson NV tonight, and Provo tomorrow.  Then we catch a plane to Alaska on Sunday.

I'm thinking about sleeping for a week once we get home!