WHAT’S NEXT: We have a month-long road trip planned that will first take us up to Los Gatos, California for my nephew’s wedding! That will be followed up with a week driving through Oregon and Washington en route to my sister and brother-in-law’s home on Whidbey Island. They have chartered a boat for a week so the four of us can explore the San Juan Islands, crossing the border up into Canada for a few days.
GETTING HEALTHY: We arrived back in Los Angeles on August 5th, and the past three weeks have been a bit of a challenge in the health department. I returned home with a rotten respiratory infection that was deep in my chest causing bouts of coughing.
Tim made it home healthy, but unfortunately I shared my nasty germs with him and he decided to out-do me and his bug turned into pneumonia.
And then his asthma kicked it…
We have had a dickens of a time getting him well enough to be able to set off on our next trip. But with the help of two doctors plus a Pulmonologist, some strong antibiotics, steroids, inhalers, lots of liquids, a bit of TLC and rest, he is now about 90% recovered and getting better every day.
What a packing dilemma this time around. After bragging that we were able to travel throughout Europe and drive cross-country for seven months with only carry-on luggage, I totally blew it for this trip.
We would be driving, so I knew I could take more “stuff” with me. Needing nice clothing for the wedding, casual warm weather clothing for the following week, then clothing for cooler weather and possibly some rain showers in Washington, as well as appropriate shoes, etc. for on the boat, etc., etc.
Long story short, we hung a metal pole in the back seat of the car and I ended up loading almost my entire closet.
Plus two small suitcases.
Plus two backpacks.
Plus several other random bags with snacks, other shoes, a pillow, and on and on.
I can’t find anything.
I have never felt this unorganized in my entire life!!! I think I need to go back to “carry-on” only. At least I knew where everything was.
Thursday, August 27th ~ Los Gatos, California
We have arrived in Los Gatos, and are all checked-in at the Toll House Hotel. Last night Tim used Trip Adviser to find a recommendation for dinner. Just a few blocks from the hotel is a fabulous place called Nick’s Next Door. Highly, highly recommend it, in fact we are hoping to be able to have another meal there before leaving town.
Tomorrow afternoon my brilliant (and handsome) nephew, Ian, is getting married to the effervescent (and beautiful and brilliant) Nadia.
Can you tell that I think these two are really special?
Weddings are always happy events, but I will guarantee that I will shed a few tears watching two people I love dearly make this commitment to each other.
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful that I am once again feeling like myself, and that Tim is almost totally recovered. I’ll still need to keep my eye on him and make sure he gets good sleep along the way to continue to get well and avoid any set-backs.
Hope you will follow along…