"…By what stretch of arrogance do you think a life form that looks like you is more important than a life form that doesn’t?”Joel Salatin

Nothing is more beneficial to your wellbeing than to look for and acknowledge those parts of everyday life that you enjoy.

"If you are happy where you are now, why does it matter how painful it was to get there?" -- Abraham

"It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life." -- Bilbo Baggins a.k.a. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

"And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet, and the winds long to play in your hair." -- Kahill Gibran

“And forget not

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

To Vacation or Not To Vacation -- That Is the Question

Deidre and Seth on top of Mt. Scott

My bosses are closing the shop for a week in September.  My friend and co-worker, Dawn and her husband are probably going down toward the Texas coast.  Randy is still trying, with little success, to get Johnny to commit to traveling at least 50 miles from Wichita Falls that week.

With all the discussion about going here and going there, I got caught up in the momentum and decided Deidre and I should take Sethie Pie and go on a vacation.  She says, "wherever you want to go."  So, with Dawn,  I discussed Branson, and staying in a cabin at Table Rock Lake.  She's been there and thoroughly enjoyed it.  It would be cooler.  It's a 7 hour drive with Seth in the car.

Pagosa Springs, Colorado sounds wonderful. My nieces, Kellie and Donna have been posting pictures from there all week.  They say it's down right cold at night, made me feel really envious. That's about a nine hour drive -- with Seth in the car.

Next I thought about venturing out further and going up to Wyoming, checking in with Ronnie's brother, Bruce, who is working in that area.  It's much cooler in Wyoming. That's fifteen hours -- with Seth immobilized in his car seat.

Then I had the bright idea to go out to Seattle.  I'd love to see Seattle and the west coast.  We have several friends who live out there now and could reconnect with some of them.  It's cooler in Seattle and it rains. That's a 32 hour trip -- with you-know-who in the car.

But then Deidre asked, "What are you going to do about the birds?  What about the dogs?"

I hadn't even thought about that.  How could I forget about all my critters?

"I'll stay here and you can go with a friend if you want to get away for a while," she offered.  All of a sudden, I realized that she never really wanted to go.  She'd go for me but if given a choice, she'd rather stay home.

Well, crap.  I don't want to go without her and Seth.  I'd miss them.  I like them.  They make me laugh.

Then with a big sigh of relief, I realized -- I have eleven days off and no commitments.  Woo hoo!  And it's cooler today -- and it might rain!  And we don't have to torture Sethie Pie by strapping him in!  Good times ahead. Staycation -- here come the Brunos!


  1. Well, yes, you should go on a vacation. Cloudcroft is amazing. I'm sure you can find someone to go with you. I'd volunteer myself if money wasn't so darn tight. My vacation will be lunch with you. Do something for yourself, Paula.

  2. Thanks, Winona! Actually I do have a few short trips planned, but they are before the shop closes for a week. Lol!