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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Spooling Up

One theme that's been pretty consistent in our "retired" RV lifestyle is we seem to be moving at the speed of light instead of slowing down.  Maybe we need to learn how to keep so many things from ending up on our plate?

Even though our granddaughters Anabelle and Lizzie went on vacation with their parents to the North Carolina shore, we've been busy and it's only getting ready for us to hit Warp Speed.

My dad still lives in his house and he takes pretty good care of it, but some things are beyond what he can do at 93, so Marti and I spent another couple of days working on a few maintenance projects for him, Marti inside and me outside.  I installed an additional gutter downspout for him to help alleviate some drainage problems while Marti helped him get his computer problems resolved.

Back at our RV, we've been watering the flowers at our son's house and taking in the mail, all the while getting geared up for our next cruise, leaving NYC on Saturday, 5 Sept for 7 days.  Marti's sister Gail is flying in to go with us, so we have an airport pickup for her on Tuesday.  Friday I drive out to my dad's again to pick him up for the cruise.  He's not too excited, he's already been packed for a week.  He thinks this cruise should be more fun, the last one he was on was in 1944 across the Pacific Ocean on his way to Saipan with thousands of other soldiers.  Yes, I think this one will be much more enjoyable.  The food might even be better...



I have to make some medical appointments for routine checkups at the VA for October, plus we've already been contacted by the Army Corps of Engineers as to when we're arriving there at the J. Strom Thurmond Project in South Carolina, where we volunteer over the fall and winter months.  The COE already has some jobs lined up for us, yep some even require a paintbrush.  23 Sept is our arrival date there.

I have to book a U-Haul trailer to take my motorcycle with us, Marti will follow in the car.  To make it more interesting, we also have an appointment on 21 Sept at the Gaffney Freightliner Service Center to have some routine maintenance done on the Journey.  So to make all this come together, we plan on departing New Jersey on or about 16 Sept.

There are many other little odds and ends involved, too, to make all this happen on schedule. The devil is in the details.

 So much for a lazy, retired life.  Maybe we need to go back to work so we can rest!   :c)

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17 comments:

  1. Just hope they don't serve any C rations on the cruise. ;)

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  2. It's great you are all going on a family cruise and to take your dad is even better. We took our 91 year old mother on a 7 night cruise to the Caribbean in January. And it was one of our best times. Good for you!

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  3. You are right about the time going fast. In just over a month the calendar says I will have been on the road for 8 years. It seems more like about four months it has gone so quickly. Have fun.

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  4. Thats why we take advantage of our down time when we can, just never know whats gonna crop up next.
    Enjoy all you busy times and try to relax a bit too.

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  5. Whew, you are even worse than us. I don't see how we ever had time to work. But I know we must have done even more than we do now with full time jobs and a house and a family. What just can't figure out how. a great time you are going to have on this cruise.

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  6. I am pretty sure your dad will like this cruise better than the last one:)

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  7. Have a great time on your cruise with your Dad and SIL. Your driving time has slowed down. Now you need to work on your schedule. LOL

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  8. Another cruise?! What a fun thing to do? I'm sure you'll have a good time enjoying each other too. Don't eat too much food or you'll have to go shopping when you get back.

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  9. Awesome your Dad is still perking along at 93 AND going on a cruise. Mike's Dad came home from the Pacific in 1945 and has had absolutely no desire to travel ever again--I've tried to convince him many times to head to AZ with us in winter--but nope, not going. It's wonderful your Dad uses a computer, my FIL loves his iPad. Have a great time on this cruise!

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  10. The only sure thing is that among RV’ers the only reason we’re rushed is that we do it to ourselves. No one to blame but Numero Uno.

    Good to help out your dad. My mom passed 5 years before my dad and in those last five years he never made it past 3 months without being back in hospital. Time spent with him during those 5 years were the best in our life and always to be treasured.

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  11. Wow!!! Your right get back to work so you can rest....lol

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  12. We often comment that we don't know how we ever had time to work. Cool that your dad is joining you on the cruise. My father wouldn't do that if you paid him. I don't know if it has anything to do with his trip across the ocean on the Queen Mary during the war.

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  13. We often comment that we don't know how we ever had time to work. Cool that your dad is joining you on the cruise. My father wouldn't do that if you paid him. I don't know if it has anything to do with his trip across the ocean on the Queen Mary during the war.

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  14. We often comment that we don't know how we ever had time to work. Cool that your dad is joining you on the cruise. My father wouldn't do that if you paid him. I don't know if it has anything to do with his trip across the ocean on the Queen Mary during the war.

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  15. Now go have fun on that cruise...you have earned it. You two just need to find the chill button. I think there might be one on the cruise;o))

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  16. It's all about enjoying life, though, right? Some people enjoy chilling and relaxing, others hiking, and others spending family time :) Have fun on that cruise!

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  17. Whoever said retirement was boring got it all wrong. Like you, we're busier than ever ... need to retire from retirement to slow down I guess ;-))

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