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Monday, November 27, 2017

It took a village.

I was afraid to say it out loud before the weekend, but I managed to get away for two days.  That's right.  I feel the same way.  But, as in all things in my life, it was NOT straightforward.


Before I can leave my crew for even an overnighter, certain things must fall into place.  My sister, Auntie Con is my steadfast (and adored) house/farm sitter.  She cannot come to me unless my other sister, Auntie Baby, can cover the nonagenarian parental front, which Auntie Con covers with great skill, patience and compassion - it's like two full time jobs.  Auntie Baby must come from her home (and full-time teaching job) three plus hours away.


Then, I must have someplace to go - someplace that I can reach by car within the time restraints.  I drive a ten-year-old car with occasional (okay, constant) issues.  It must be on a weekend because I have almost no vacation days left and I am reserving those I do have because, you know, veterinary issues often arise.  I am lucky to have such a BFF as Sylvie, who did not blink when I invited myself for Thanksgiving.


Since Thanksgiving is a holiday and Auntie Baby was planning on coming up anyway, one piece of the village was in place.  Auntie Con was more than ready to hand over parental care duties for a brief respite and she loves my crew.  Two down, one to go.  I go in to have my oil changed and....iffy ball joint and transmission issues.  At this point, I sat myself down and had a heart-to-heart with me.  I decided to rent a car - damn the expense, full gas tank ahead! - because I was going to see Sylvie, no matter if retirement is starting to fade into the future...


In an email exchange with my friend, Marianne, I asked her if I could park my car at her farm so that the rental place could pick me up.  I did not want to impose on my elderly neighbor, who would have to drive in the dark.  Without batting an eyelash, she offered her car so I wouldn't have to rent one.  Let me interject here that I covet her car - a Mini Cooper Countryman.
I didn't have a chance to take a picture of hers - but
you get the drift.  Cute, ain't it?
When Wednesday morning came around, I was hardly believing that my village was still intact and that I would be going to see Sylvie.  Then I trotted out to dump the compost, slipped on the frosty grass and twisted both knee and ankle.  As I sat on the ground, checking for broken anything, I decided that, as long as I was able to walk, I was going.


And I went.
I didn't sleep ALL the time... I got
chauffeured around.

We saw the ocean.

One of my favorite SoPo parks.

Their new guest quarters that are so
completely cozy and comfortable.
It shows what a good friend Sylvie is, when someone horns in on a family dinner, then spends most of the time sleeping.  Not only did she take me in and feed me well, but she clothed me, too!  I didn't have to raid my favorite Goodwill in South Portland because she handed on to me such a splendid array of garments that I am set for the year!  She is a peach.  She also inspires me to bring order to my life, so I also came home with some ideas on how to whip myself (and house) into shape.


I almost didn't mind that Monday came so fast...almost.
Someone was very happy I was
home.

19 comments:

Kristina said...

Woohoo! Glad you got a few days away, as you so greatly deserve it.

Theresa Young said...

Sounds like a well fought for lovely holiday.

Susan said...

Thanks, Kristina - It was just long enough to recharge the batteries!

Susan said...

Aptly put, Theresa. It felt like a battle right up to take-off.

Toni said...

I am so happy for you! So glad you took some time to nurture yourself!

jaz@octoberfarm said...

oh wow....glad that all worked out. what a nice thing to do to lend someone a car!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

How wonderful that you got a weekend away! I hope you feel recharged and rested now.

Susan said...

Thank you, Toni! It's amazing what just two days away can do to lift your spirits!

Susan said...

Marianne is incredibly generous. Plus, she knows I have a spotless driving record...

Theresa said...

So did you get the cold shoulder from anyone to match that sore knee and ankle. Good friends just can't be beat can they? We all need that "missing time" to realize how much we love the little pains in the butts day to day.

Ed said...

It's nice to have a village in your back pocket when the need arises!

Susan said...

I do - let's see how long I can make it last...

Susan said...

No, thank goodness. At least, not that I noticed. I was thinking just that, as I tried to separate PB from his giant fleece blanket to put him back in stir. There was much growling and carrying on.

Susan said...

Yes, indeed!

Michelle said...

Good for you! Good for Sylvie!!! Good for Marianne!!! Thank-you for shoring up my faith in humankind (at least womenkind)!

Susan said...

I think you can pretty much always count on womenkind. My life would be so much less without the women in my life.

Rain said...

That's great Susan...although your vacation times seems just as busy as your daily life!! You have a good friend and I'm happy you enjoyed your Thanksgiving! I hope your knee and ankle are better though. That car is pretty sweet! :)

Sandy said...

Susan,

You deserved time away to just RELAX!!! I'm so happy you finally got away. You have amazing neighbors and friends willing and ready to help (can I steal them). How's your knee and ankle doing?

I'm sure your 4 legged critters were happily welcoming your home.
Hugs and love to you.
Sandy

Leigh said...

What a happy post! I love it when everything falls into place like that.