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Friday, June 9, 2017

Nine days!


I'm on vacation! I have nine whole days off work starting today! I don't have big plans, and will probably spend most of it at home, but I'm just glad to have a break.





Monday is our wedding anniversary so Gregg is taking the day off with me. I'm not sure yet what we're going to do, though. We've decided to postpone a trip until September or October when the weather is cooler and the rates are cheaper, since we will probably go somewhere on the coast. One year we went to the mountains in southwest Virginia in June. It was pretty up there, and naturally not so hot, but mountains don't really do much for me--I'd much rather be at the beach.

I do plan to go visit my grandmother and aunt next week, and stay overnight. They live across the state in Aiken, SC. It's almost a 3 hour drive so I don't go nearly as often as I should. Grandma recently sold her house and moved in with her daughter, my dad's sister. She'll be 90 years old this August and is finally beginning to have some minor issues with living alone. She saved two sets of "good" dishes for me when she packed up her house that I'll be picking up, and I've also asked for copies of family photographs. I have absolutely none from my dad's side of the family, and that's a shame. If I don't do something about that while grandma's still around, I won't have the chance. And it will be good to spend time with her, too.

For the rest of my nine days off, I plan to relax, spend time with the puppies, go for some bike rides, and maybe do a few things around the house that I never get around to at normal times--like clean out closets and donate things we no longer use to Goodwill. My friend Marian has talked about having me and a couple of other friends over for a pool day at some point, and another old friend (that I haven't seen in forever) has invited me over to see her new house and to catch up next weekend. I seem to have plenty of options for enjoying myself. I'm kicking it all off today with lunch at Tubbs with one of the Karens from book club.

Have a great weekend, everyone!



26 comments:

  1. Enjoy! And happy anniversary!

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  2. I think what you are describing can be a super vacation, catching up with friends and grandma, and leisure time in general in our so busy world. Happy Anniversary.

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    1. I'm so lucky; several friends have asked to spend time with me. I feel very loved.

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  3. I'm glad you can see your grandmother. It's important to get family photos, and how cool is it that she has dishes she kept for you?

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. My grandmother has been very, very good to us in the last several years. We weren't close when I was growing up, and I'm glad we've had time to remedy that now that I'm an adult.

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  4. Enjoy your days off. Vacations at home can be great and more relaxing than going away.

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    1. Thanks Sue! It's just too hot outside to do much this time of year. The fall will be much nicer for traveling.

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  5. Enjoy every minute. I like the mountains but only when I'm living on the beach.

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    1. Mountains are okay, but not too exciting. The ones in North Carolina are an easy drive away, but we've never been terribly interested. The beach is my idea of a real vacation! I love being near the sea!

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  6. Well you have a great weekend as well and enjoy those 9 days off. Take care.

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  7. Happy anniversary and happy vacation to you.

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    1. Eleven years already! How time flies.

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  8. This sounds like a great vacation. Puppy time, family and friends !
    Happy Anniversary !
    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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    1. Thank you Gayle! How is Hamish today? I hope he's feeling better.

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  9. Your break is well deserved. Use it well (forget clearing out those cupboards).

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    1. The way things are shaping up, I don't think I'll have time to clear cupboards. Thank you Cro!

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  10. Have a great break. No getting up for work for 9 days. Turn off the tv and be free.

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    1. I love sleeping in! And we don't watch much tv, so I should probably turn off the internet instead!

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  11. Sounds like a wonderful 9 days ahead to me! Just don't try to squeeze too much into them, or you'll arrive at the end of your break all exhausted instead of relaxed.

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    1. You're right, Meike. It's easy to overdo it with plans.

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  12. Crikey. ... 9 whole days!! I bet Ginger and George have grins from ear to ear. Have a great holiday and happy anniversary!

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    1. Ginger and George are usually just as thrilled as me when I don't have to go to work. They obviously think that the pack should be together all day, every day. So do I!

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  13. It will be lovely to see your grandmother. At ninety I am afraid that any visit you make could be the last one. Get her to talk about the photos and perhaps write little notes on the backs of them in case you forget in the future. Meantime I am jealous that you had another lunch at Tubbs!

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    1. Yes, grandma is definitely getting up there in age. Thankfully her mind is still sharp and her health is reasonably good for a ninety year old! Great idea about the notes for the back of the photos. She and my grandfather lived in Chicago with his family early in their married life with my Polish great-grandparents and I never tire of hearing tidbits about the family I didn't get to meet.

      The Tubbs lunch was wonderful! I had the fried flounder again. And since I wasn't driving (Tubbs is so close that I rode my bike there) I had two beers to go along with my food. All in all, yesterday was a great day!

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