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Monday, June 13, 2016

Summer vacation at home

Sometimes a thing just isn't meant to be. The trip that I'd been looking forward to and was so disappointed to have to cancel is a prime example.

The trouble I had after some dental work was the main problem, of course. I still need to have a more permanent filling put in the tooth that had the root canal, but that issue is slowly resolving itself. But then some other things happened that made not going seem like the best thing that could have happened. First, Gregg got an unexpected call from the hospital on Saturday morning informing him that he had been scheduled for a CT scan today (Monday). He couldn't put the scan off, because he has a 6 month follow up appointment with the oncologist next week. Once a year they do a CT scan with contrast to check for any recurrence of cancer. They schedule the scan a week before one of his regular follow up visits, and we had forgotten it was time. So had we gone on our vacation, we would have had to cut it short and drive the 6 hours back home after only one night! It would have been a shame and a waste.

The weather hasn't been so good, either. Yesterday was the hottest day of the year so far, and it set some records up and down the East Coast. I think the temperature topped out at 103F with ridiculously high humidity. Being outside, even at the beach, wouldn't have been fun. Some of the things I'd hoped to do up at the OBX, like going to the Lost Colony outdoor drama, and visiting the Elizabethan Gardens, would have been awful in such heat. Our plan to reschedule in the fall is looking better and better!

So what did we do instead? Well, we stayed home to celebrate our anniversary. We slept in, ate bacon and eggs for an early afternoon breakfast, looked at houses for sale on the Internet (we're going to look at a couple of them later this week!) played with the dogs, let Marco hang with us (out of his cage) most of the day, ate some delicious grilled pork loin with wild rice, and along with the dogs took a nice long walk after dark when it finally cooled off a little outside. We watched a movie on Netflix, I drank strawberry-vodka-lemonade, and it was a nice day. Oh! And I wore my new skirt which is cool and comfortable in the summer heat. When Gregg saw it, he said, "Hey! That's pretty!" which made me very happy. Meike asked to see the skirt, so I snapped a photo of it sitting under one of the walnut trees in our backyard.


I don't wear skirts or dresses very often. I liked it.

Today is going to be a relaxing kind of day. Gregg is taking a nap, which is something he hardly ever does, but he got up really early to go for the scan. I'm headed outside with a book for my 15 minutes of vitamin D sunshine therapy. I'll probably be dripping sweat when I come back in, which isn't a bad thing. I've been drinking a lot of water lately (tracking it, even) which is my other self prescribed summer therapy. A good sweat and some sun followed by a nice cool shower feels great this time of year. Maybe I'll even take a nap of my own later. We have the whole week free, still stretching before us, and that's the best feeling of all!


15 comments:

  1. This all sounds very lovely to me.
    Happy Ten Years !

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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  2. Oh, God bless you. I'm sorry you had to give up your vacation, but it seems as if the Lord had better plans for you. Your skirt is very pretty. I wear dresses and skirts a lot since I moved to Florida. They're more comfortable. It's good to stay hydrated. It's 97 degrees here with terrible humidity. I sent my son a text asking if he's okay. He works without air conditioning. Franklin and Penelope go out and do what needs to be done and come right back in.

    Love,
    Janie

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  3. 103F? Damn, that's hot! In England, only men sweat. Women just glow.

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    2. That's what I meant to say. I "glowed" like a waterfall after 20 minutes outdoors. ;)

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  4. It sounds like the timing was good for you two to relax at home and to take your vacation in September. I like the floral print of your skirt.

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  5. You can also be very grateful that your holiday is not being taken over on this side of the pond; the weather is foul. Rain, rain, rain.

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    1. We actually could use a little rain. The insanely high temperatures here is making everything wilt.

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  6. Good to know you have overcome the disappointment and are now enjoying some lovely time off together, and well deserved rest!
    The skirt looks pretty - what I can see of it... ;-) You know I meant a picture of you wearing the skirt, so that the pattern and the cut would be really visible.
    I can not imagine NOT wearing dresses and skirts, summer and winter. I just think they are so comfortable, and especially in hot weather a definite advantage men in our culture do not have.
    Enjoy the continuation of your week off, and I hope the tooth-induced pain will leave you well alone now!

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    1. "a definite advantage men in our culture do not have"? Not if you are a cross dresser like me. My Hawaiian pineapple pattern dress is so nice to wear at this time of year.

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    2. Sorry, Meike, I'm self conscious about full body shots. We're not all slim and gorgeous like you! :) haha!

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  7. I'm like Librarian - I love dresses and skirts, especially longer ones in the summer. My winter uniform is a short skirt and tights. Enjoy your staycation! Naps are recommended.

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  8. Sounds like you both enjoyed the outcome, when delt lemons we make lemonade!

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  9. Vacation at home with your best freind in the world is wonderful.

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