Sunday, December 17, 2017

I AM SO DISCOURAGED

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CALM LAKE HURON WATERS AT BAYFIELD’S BEACH THIS MORNING

Not sure where I was but from somewhere out of the fog came Kelly’s words, “the sun’s on your face”.  It was nearly 9 a.m. and I was still in my recliner after having looked out the window a couple hours earlier at another cold gray day.  It was just too depressing and I had slunk back into my chair, closed my eyes and slipped off into a swirl of mist somewhere.  It was those word’s, ‘the sun’s on your face’ that opened up my eyes and sure enough I was looking through our east facing window right at a patch of sunlight peering down through our pine trees.  Twenty minutes later Pheebs and I were rolling out the driveway heading into Bayfield in search of a coffee.  We already had a muffin.  Kelly’s cold is on the mend.

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I WAS SURPRISED TO SEE THE RIVER’S ICE HAD DISAPPEARED AND ONLY ONE OF FOUR FISHING BOATS TIED UP…..GUESS THE OTHER’S WERE OUT ON THE LAKE

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NOT SURE WHAT THESE WATER BIRDS WERE ON THE RIVER NEAR THE FISHING BOAT

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It wasn’t a long Jeep ride again as we plodded along some snowy roads southeast of Bayfield.  Temperatures had come a few degrees but we were still below freezing.  With the heater on Pheebs was again able to have her window down.   My mood on our drive was somber and there was nothing I could do to get myself out of it.  Did manage to gather up a photos though.

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We had planned to put a push on today and get the Motorhome loaded up.  It never happened.  We are totally disorganized and going around in circles trying to decide what to do.  We’ve heard weather predictions of storms coming up along our planned travel route yet when I check the weather maps up to the end of the month I’m seeing mostly sun and cloud with no apparent storms predicted.  Needless to say I am very disheartened with all the indecision we’ve been agonizing through for so long now.  Sometimes I think the easiest thing to do would be to just stay home and forget about going anywhere anymore, sell the RV and forget about any more RV travels.  I am so discouraged………………..

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GROANER’S CORNER:((  Jose and Carlos are panhandlers that panhandle in different areas of town.  Carlos panhandles just as long as Jose but only collects $2-3 every day.  Jose brings home a suitcase FULL of $10 bills every day, drives a Mercedes, lives in a mortgage-free house and has a lot of money to spend.  One day, Carlos asked Jose: “I work just as long and hard as you do, but how do you bring home a suitcase full of $10 bills every day?”  “Look at your sign, what does it say?” replies Jose.  Carlos’ sign reads: “I have no work, a wife and six kids to support.”  Jose says: “no wonder you only get $2-3.”  ‘Carlos says: “So what does your sign say then?”  Jose shows Carlos his sign – it reads: “I only need another $10 to move back to Mexico”

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A lady noticed her husband standing on the bathroom scale, sucking in his stomach.
Thinking he was trying to weigh less with this maneuver, she commented, "I don't think that's going to help."   "Sure it does," he said. "It's the only way I can see the numbers."

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18 comments:

  1. Hang in there Pops. Think of this as a detour and not a road closure. ����

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  2. Just pack up the RV and when you have a sliver of opportunity weather wise put the pedal to the metal. Just make sure that your slides are in now so they aren't frozen.

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  3. Well, I have to agree that I would be depressed as well looking at that grey cold sky. That part of the world is not fit for human habitation at this time of the year! But... only you can do something to change where you are!

    www.travelwithkevinandruth.com

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  4. Like Contessa said get the coach all ready to go and when you get a window, drive right through it looking for warmer sunny places to enjoy the rest of the winter. Get into that adventure mode and away you go.

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  5. Just clean your windows and cross the Border pointing south then when you get near that St Louis hang a right. You'll be able to find a Truck Wash that will get rid of the salt. Keep your chin up Al we're waiting to hear from you down here in the southwest.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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  6. And you just proved that things can change in an instant.
    From sitting in a cloudy slump in the chair to sunshine on your face.
    Just get ready as everyone says and when the sun lights the way, go for it!
    glad to hear Kelly is on the mend.

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  7. Well, given what I've been through the past few days in order to carry on with the life I enjoy, I'm just going to tell you to suck it up and get on with what you enjoy best.

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  8. I know what you are talking about once we got Tom's doctor's okay to leave the weather report I was looking at was snow, snow, and more snow and the predictions seemed to get worse everyday. The one Tom was looking at said pretty much just the opposite. So we just picked a date and packed everything that would not freeze into our motorhome.(Even the packing I can relate to I never felt so disorganized. Now looking back I think because we had packed it earlier in the fall then had to unpack it, re-packing just threw me, especially, for a loop.) We then just got up early and checked the weather and road reports starting on the 13th, then the 14th (it was a little discouraging on the 2nd day) but then on the 15th we had a window. So we finished packing and made it out of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Prayers and fingers crossed you have good luck on the 23rd. I would say Kelly being on the mend is a good sign.

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  9. Glad to hear Kelly is feeling better. I have to agree with the other commenters, take it one day at a time, when you get a clear shot, take it. When leaving Ontario in the late fall I always think that the best direction is as straight south as I can go. After I'm out of the winter weather worries I can head any other direction I like. You may want to think about that. Adding a few miles to your trip by going straight south first may be a better idea than trying to worry about the most direct route.

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  10. All good advice. I would think tucking in behind a highway trailer and following him might be a good idea. Let him break trail and you follow. This assumes that dreaded snow actually falls and you are in it. Drive slow until the roads clear up. Stay safe!

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  11. Al you have red breasted mergansers in your photos, the male with his head hidden and the reddish colored one is the female. Whatever you decide, enjoy!

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  12. These moods will pass with the weather...
    I'm sure you will find a window of opportunity and be glad you didn't sell out just yet.

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  13. We are in MI and leave Jan. 1. Never had trouble finding a window yet.Go to your aunt's place this winter. She has plenty of property and she knows your social issues. Warm, not as far, and who knows how long you have with her. It would be good for you all.

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  14. Back when I lived up north, I always liked the snow and loved taking walks on moon lit nights. It is a rarity down here in the Houston, TX area. I actually live in a small town 30 miles north of that city called Cut & Shoot. And yep, we even have a post office with the zip code of 77306.

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  15. Well Al.. You could just chill out & enjoy a quiet Christmas at home for a change and head out few days afterward. I am 71, hubby, 74. I am an only child responsible for a 96 year old mother with dementia. It is very difficult for us to get away. Our little trailer & me would love to se the Southwest before we get much older. We might try for a 6wk getaway if we are lucky.
    Whatever you decide, have a safe journey
    Merry Christmas and best wishes for the year ahead ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿป๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿป

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  16. Hang in there, and this too will pass. I’m rooting for you to get South, but no matter what I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

    Nina

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  17. The snowy side of a Great Lake is no place for someone with seasonal affective disorder. Head straight south on I-75....by the time you hit Ohio, the sun will be out, Al.

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  18. No offense meant, Al, but try to think about the many less fortunate at this time. It helps me when I do that.

    Pack the RV for when you have to pull over and park in the cold and snow along the way. Make sure that the generator is working. Keep the slides in, the LP and gas and water filled, drive safely, and just do it.

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