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?
And I went.
|I didn't sleep ALL the time... I got
|We saw the ocean.
|One of my favorite SoPo parks.
|Their new guest quarters that are so
completely cozy and comfortable.
I almost didn't mind that Monday came so fast...almost.
|Someone was very happy I was