Packing the easy way
No, I haven’t disappeared from the universe. I’m just deep into packing for a trip to visit our daughter and her husband. Sherry took the photo above. The magnolia came from a tree in their yard.
Here’s my old normal way of getting ready for a trip:
- Update my trip checklist so I don’t get all frazzled
- Start panicking about getting everything done before we leave
- Keep doing whatever I normally do
- Reassure myself that the checklist is really half the work
- Stay up most of the night before the trip — frazzled
- Sleep several hours and then get up in panic mode
- Stuff the last thing in at the last moment
- Holler for D to sit on the suitcase and help get it closed
- Leave the house frantic about what I might have forgotten to do or pack
No, I am not one of those frequent travelers who always has a small, compact carry-on and a plan for minimal packing. There are reasons, of course, for my lack of this gift, but I won’t bore you with the details.
So my new normal (assuming I have other opportunities for travel) kicked in the day after my birthday. So far, so good, even though it’s taking a lot of discipline to stay away from my computer and you!
The upside is that I’m not yet freaking out, and might even make it to the front door with time to spare.
I’m taking my laptop (of course!), and won’t make any promises about posting while we’re away. However, photos might be fun to put up. So we’ll see what happens.
Thanksgiving was bitter-sweet for us. We had dinner with our son, daughter-in-law, granddaughters and grandson. Plus their two big dogs and two small cats. They’re planning to move in the coming year. Not sure when, but it was our last Thanksgiving dinner in the old house they moved into shortly after the girls were born.
Thank you for your many good wishes and notes about my birthday. We had a quiet day at home. Neither of us is what you’d call a party animal. Instead, we love quiet days at home, which this time included playing the piano and going for a walk. Plus reading pertinent and impertinent birthday cards. Actually, more than one of them gave me happy tears.
© Elouise Renich Fraser, 27 November 2018
Photo taken by Sherry Fraser Seckington, June 2015