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Tossing Pebbles in the Stream

This blog is my place to sit and toss pebbles into the stream. The stream of Life relentlessly passing before us. We can affect it little. For the most part I just watch it passing and follow the flow. Occasionally, I need to comment on its passing, tossing a pebble at it to enjoy the ripple affect upon Life's surface.

Monday, November 23, 2009

I Must Be Old

It must be a sure sign of growing old when a new adventure, appears more as a disruption in your life than an exciting possibility. It seems I have been trying to arrange to get away for a few days for a romantic weekend with a new lady friend for a week now. There is still another few days before I have to leave and with problems yet to sort out. Is it more trouble than it is worth? Slap me! so that thought will pass.

It is never easy for me to leave home for any length of time. The days of just jumping in the truck and going are over. I don't own a vehicle anymore. If I did I would not fuss over my biggest concern. I would take Heidi, with me although taking a dog as big as her to the city makes me shutter at the thought of the "poop and scoop" laws.

So my first decision is whether I will leave Heidi with June, my tenant, who doesn't really like her and has three little dogs of her own to care for, or board her with my son. For three days, I decided to leave her home with June. (An executive descision I continue to feel guilty about.)

Of course, Heidi is not the only creature I have to worry about. There are my 12 cats, 2 pigs, 4 rabbits, a flock of chickens and June. I guess June can manage the care and feeding of my beasts and I will do what I can to make things easy for June.

But first there are the things I need to do so June can get by. A trip to the feed store is required before I leave. I will have to see that she has enough fire wood, in the house, for the stove and water in the house for cooking and cleaning. I will lift in wood for her, to keep the wood stove going. The water is another matter. I have already spent two days working of getting my faulty water system going, with only partial luck so far. If I do not get it working right I will have to haul enough water for her to get by for three days. Today, with any luck the pump will catch and water will flow. If not I will be down in the river retrieving the jet and foot valve to give them a good cleaning and the last two days will all be for naught and I will be starting over.
Oh, how I miss town water sometimes!

And then there is the transportation. I have had the word out for a month that I am looking for a ride to Toronto. No luck. It seem I have no family or friends heading that way on American Thanksgiving weekend. So I am exploring my options. Hitchhiking is definitely out. My days of thumbing a ride are over. So that leaves the plane, train, airport limo or bus. The plane is too expensive and I am a "white knuckle flyer" so it was easy to scratch it off the list. It turns out the airport limosene service is more expensive than I thought. I actually thought it was cheaper that the bus but it isn't. It is fast though but I will be dropped at the airport in Toronto and have to work our the final leg of transportion from there. I like the train but it is slow, so very slow. (The state of Canada's passenger rail system is a national tragedy!) It is almost as slow as the bus if I end up taking the "milk run" which stops at every little town and hamlet between North Bay and Toronto. Fortunately, my travel day has a rare express run added so it is certainly my fastest option and cheapest. When I reach Toronto, there will still be a short subway ride to Union Station and then the GO train to Mississauga, my destination, which adds to the cost. (I must marvel I could figure all this out over the Internet and not have to make a lot of telephone calls.)

Oh, yes. I will arrange with a neighour to check in with June and make sure she is managing and hasn't burned the house down with the wood stove.

All the while I am a repeating the mantra "I will have a lovely time. I will have a lovely time".

I actually am looking forward to wonderful romantic time with my friend Lynne. She has just finished a vacation in China and I expect to hear all the wonderful details of her adventure. I hope to be a good listener. . . . I promise I will. And be cheerful as well as charming. She may be the only person I know who might actually be pleased to see me.

Oh, yes.! I think I have arranged an easy and direct ride home.

I really must get away more often.

43 Comments:

At 9:54 AM, Blogger Anvilcloud said...

Although we don't have to go through such an ordeal in order to get away, it's still beginning to seem like more and more of a hassle. I am finding that what seems like a good idea when it crosses your mind, doesn't seem so great when I actually have to get ready. Still, in the end, I'm usually glad I went to the bother.

 
At 9:56 AM, Blogger possum said...

Oh how I can identify with the chaos of trying to get away, and I have only 4 cats to worry about. I seldom go anywhere overnight, let alone for several days - it is just too much trouble. ANd I am getting too old to bother...

 
At 10:05 AM, Blogger Navigator said...

Did you consider the option of renting a car?

 
At 10:09 AM, Blogger Peggy said...

Go, have a wonderful time. Don't worry about home and June. Worrying won't change anything. Just have fun and deal with everything else when you get back. You might be pleasantly surprised to see that June handled everything well while you were gone.

 
At 3:24 PM, Blogger KGMom said...

What to say? I wish you a wonderful time. It is complicated, isn't it, when one does not have a car.
What happened to your car, anyway? I seem to recall photos of it covered in snow last year.
And how do you get about otherwise? Since I gather you don't live "in town."
Were I closer by, I would offer you a ride--in exchange for all the news, of course.

 
At 5:55 PM, Blogger judie said...

"Slap!"
You will have a wonderful time.
You will have a wonderful time!!!
It will all be worth it.

 
At 9:21 PM, Blogger Climenheise said...

Have a wonderful trip. As I know you will!

 
At 9:28 PM, Blogger Loretta said...

Have fun! Don't worry! A romantic get away sounds nice, something to think about this long, cold winter.

 
At 9:28 AM, Blogger Clare said...

You will be surrounded by light, love, protection and healing energy. All will be well in your world, Philip. Your romantic visit will unfold as it should.

Blessings!

p.s. I'm curious about your car story too! And, I can totally relate to the forethought it takes to "get away". Don't be too exhausted to have a good time!

 
At 9:42 AM, Blogger edifice rex said...

You WILL have a lovely time! It will be great! I'm sure June will do fine for a few days so enjoy your self and enjoy getting out and spending time with this woman!! wooo!

 
At 2:14 PM, Blogger Ginnie said...

Well, Phillip, you have listed lots of the things that I've eliminated from my life ... precisely so that I can be free to take off on an adventure whenever it occurs. I don't know which is better...but I hope you have a wonderful time. Romance at our age is great!!

 
At 7:35 PM, Blogger Veronica said...

Have a wonderful trip and take lots of photos. Blessings, Veronica

 
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