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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

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The busy summer season thus far has come to pass in the following manner. Pre-summer began back in April and May with the planting and tending of the garden – with the Spice occupied with her Mom, first in the hospital – one month – and then moved to a “skilled nursing facility”- six weeks now. Besides mostly taking care of the home front I have been a backup sitter and/or caregiver for MIL.

Then with the garden well on the way and a full schedule of sitters arranged for MIL, we took off the first full week of June for Myrtle Beach. Leaving early afternoon on June 6th, we stopped by to see MIL and then eastward and beach-ward we went. We stopped in Columbia at Fuddrucker’s for a hamburger and to relax a while. Then uneventfully we continued on to the ocean-side condo for some much needed R & R.

We checked in, moved a van full of “stuff” inside and shortly headed out to Wally World to get some groceries. Arriving there it suddenly dawned on me that this might not have been the best plan in the world because it seemed everyone else within many miles had the same idea. But I have learned over the years to go into vacation mode and even wall-to-wall people couldn’t upset my peace of mind.

Back to the condo and just simply relaxation – the Spice had been under much stress caring for her Mom and my main goal was to see to it that she rejuvenated during our time away. It probably didn’t help that our dishwasher “bit the dust” the morning we left. We called and ordered another on the way down to hopefully be delivered when we got back. We had replaced the trash compactor just a short time before this.

We put all that aside and just enjoyed doing nothing for a while – we just vegged out that first night. On Sunday we didn’t leave the condo except to go out on the balcony and once to retrieve something from the van. This seventh floor view was outstanding and very calming with the waves and light breeze. This balcony faced east but try as I might I never could see Europe – probably smog or something.

We arose on Monday morn, took nourishment and headed out for a day of light shopping – not shopping for lights but as opposed to heavy shopping – although any shopping is heavy to me. On one of the few occasions I was able to get on the web, I determined all the places she wanted to go were roughly in the same area. We stopped by McAllister’s for a bite to eat, then to Hamrick’s, Kohl’s and on to the mall for Belk’s and others.

My dislike for shopping comes from the fact that I don’t have a meandering gait – unless it is a place selling hardware and such. I wandered about to find something to interest me and we kept in touch by cell. And though I tried to stay with the Spice in her last place of shopping, it soon became too much for my feet and back. Then just outside this store, what to my wondering should appear but a couple of recliners.

These were left there for advertisement purposes and we had one very similar at home so I found great joy in ensconcing myself in one of these until the return of my dear one. As we made our way back to the condo I could tell that the Spice was starting to unwind. Unwinding is good and God is good in allowing us a time and place to do so. TBC ec

PS – The photos are of the beach and of the fresh water stream that runs beside the condo into the ocean.


Blogger ancient one said...

Sorry to hear about Spice's mom... Glad you got a chance to get away... your photos relaxed me... Great Shots!!

7/08/2009 09:26:00 AM  
Blogger itsboopchile said...

Bless you, you deserved a rest and your MIL does, too.
Hope all is better for all of you now.
Betty G

7/10/2009 09:24:00 PM  
Blogger Using up the words.... said...

YAY!! Not about Spice's mum, but about you getting away and now, being back.
Have been praying.

7/15/2009 11:32:00 PM  
Blogger Kila said...

You are a busy man. So glad you had such a beautiful vacation. Hope the new dishwasher is doing its job well!

7/20/2009 11:33:00 AM  
Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

I am coming to like doing as little as possible--as long as that little isn't boring.

7/27/2009 05:22:00 AM  
Blogger mreddie said...

ancient one - Thanks, it was a great getaway - we have been so busy here with many things, not the least of which is the fact that MIL is back in the hospital.

itsboopchile - The trip was great but things are not so good now with MIL.

UUTW - Thanks for the prayers, we needed them then and now.

Kila - Very busy! Great vacation!! The dishwasher is doing great - it is one of the two drawer kind, each works independent of the other - like having two dishwashers.

SSN - Nothing is a great thing to do - especially after I have done many very strenuous somethings. I very seldom get bored, too much going on here. :) ec

7/29/2009 12:09:00 AM  

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