Good bye old life, hello new life

Today I’m saying good-bye to my old life and welcoming my new one.

We arrived at our new home-town safely on Friday evening.  We have spent the weekend trying to keep cool – the temps have been around 115 (give or take a few degrees) and because it’s the desert, hardly any humidity.  This is such a change from the last several years where we lived in places where the humidity was much higher.  Tomorrow I re-join the work force.  Mixed feelings for sure!

The day we left Illinois was a bit sad.  Before leaving I did a walk around and it seemed like the garden was in bloom just to say “good bye”.

My pretty white zinnias,

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the luscious tomatoes,

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my favorite, raspberries (which were not supposed to fruit until next year),

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the wonderful black currants,

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delicious zucchinis,

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the bright glads and

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my beautiful, little roses.

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But it was time to go.  Truck was loaded and trailer was packed, so off we went.  It only took the first night at the hotel for me to learn to park where I could get myself out!

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And this is my friend’s house.  She has graciously opened up her home for us to stay in until we can find our own place.  It’s good to have friends!

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And it’s off to work in the morning!

San Antonio

We arrived at our friends’ place near Houston the night before last.  What a gorgeous home they have, filled with treasures large and small collected from all over the world.  It was wonderful seeing remembered tokens and looking at new ones.  B and F treated us like royalty and it was wonderful to be pampered after the last week.  Yesterday we spent the day catching up on news, relaxing and enjoying wonderful conversation and food.  What a great time.  THANK YOU B AND F!!!!

We have arrived in San Antonio, hot and tired.  Chelsea has a friend over and I’m going to enjoy chilling out and watching TV and reading.  Tomorrow is a long, long day — about a 11 hour drive.

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Well, Day Two of the Trip was interesting – to say the least.  But we arrived safe and sound at our friends’ place.

We got up early yesterday and loaded the trailer and truck of our suitcases and so forth.  I climbed in and started the car, and with Chelsea’s help from the outside, began to back up.  I did really well for about 3 feet and then ran into the curb.  No problem, I thought, and proceeded to carefully straighten the wheel and pull back into the parking place.  Try number two.  Same result.  After about ten attempts I realized that I was not going to be able to get out of the parking lot.  So I march back into the hotel to locate some kind, knowledgeable soul to back up the vehicle.  Guy number one informs me he is a city boy and has no clue, but he’d be happy to stand outside and watch and provide helpful hints.  I declined.  The hotel clerk just shook his head no before I could even ask the question.  The only other person was a lady who was riding a bike – but what the heck.  I asked her too.  She laughed and said she knew how in theory but had never done it.  So I went back to the truck and sat down.  Hum.  We waited and soon two guys with bikes came out and loaded them into the back of a really big pick up truck.  I jumped out and asked if either of them could get me out of my parking place and yippee! one could.  He got in the truck and in just seconds had me ready to go.  RELIEF!!!!

Now Oklahoma.  I’ve driven through Oklahoma before and perhaps it was because I was in a car, or perhaps I just do not remember, but Oklahoma has horrid roads!  Full of pot holes and uneven pavement.  Bumpy is a gross understatement.  And apparently I really made Lee Garmin (my GPS Australian man) really angry because he took me on all back roads, mostly two lane, and I swear they were the worst roads on the planet!  Anyway we bumped along for hours and in McAlister I pulled in for gas.  The trailer ended up on an incline so I put on the parking brake.  I filled the car and paid for the gas.  We used the facilities, and hit the road again.

Just after I got back on the road I noticed that the truck was really “jumpy”, but then figured that this stretch of road was just really, really bumpy.  I’d gone about 3 miles when we noticed an awful burning smell.  Really bad.  I looked in the rear view mirrors (to change lanes) and smoke was pouring out of the two rear wheel wells!

I pull over and we get out of the car – and with shaking hands I call the auto club.  They transfer me to a local branch who sends out a tow truck.  The driver gets out and starts laughing!  I wasn’t quiet believing this whole thing, and the laughter just added that extra touch of surreal.  Anyway he came up to me and said not to worry, he thought he knew exactly what was wrong and if he was right I’d be on the road again without going for any repairs.  Asked me if the emergency brake was on.  Duh!  Head slap and eye roll.  Yes!  I’d put it on at the gas station and hadn’t taken it off!  We took it off, and he sent me on a test drive to a truck repair place 5 miles down the road.  The truck drove great, no more smoke or jumpiness and the brakes (regular ones) worked fine.  Back on the road.

The rest of the day, although long, was blissfully uneventful.  We arrived at our friends place and are enjoying wonderful hospitality.  Today is a rest day and we’re catching up on several years worth of “stuff”.

Yep, that was me smokin’ down highway  US69!

Humbled

I have received a wonderful honor.  Evita, from Evolving Scenes, has bestowed on me a wonderful award –

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If you have not visited her site, please do.  She usually posts a beautiful picture each day accompanied with an inspirational message that she composes.  She also has tabs to her “Evolving Beings” and “Evolving Wellness”.  She is a gifted and talented blogger and I am so honored that she has found me worthy of this award.

Now about the award.  You can read all about it on her site, here, but basically seven (7) steps to the award.  They are:

1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link to the person who nominated you for this award.
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
5. Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers.
6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on each of the seven blogs letting them know they have been nominated.

Now for 7 things which you may (or may not) find interesting about me:

1.  I love the ocean and living on small islands, but I can’t swim!

2.  After a year of being retired and living close to nature I’m selling and moving to California.

3.  I will only be bringing what fits in the back of my pickup truck and a few things I’ll mail.  Minimal living will become my mantra.

4.  The longest I’ve lived in one place at one time (that is place, not a structure) in my entire life is 4 years.

5.  I want to go on a round-the-world cruise, although I’ve never been on any cruise so far.

6.  I have eaten my last meat meal.  I am now a vegetarian.

7.  I long to have a daily meditation and yoga practice, but I’m too lazy!  🙂

I am sending this Kreativ Blogger Award to:

1.  Kate from Inspired

2. Linda from Frenchless in France

3. Cate from Serendipity

4.  Rima from The Hermitage

5.  Patti from Welcome to My Universe

6.  Heather from Not All Who Wander Are Lost

7.  Steph from Paths of Lorien