*Toonces taking in the last nice fall day before things turned cold. If you look to your right you can see Baby cat hunting the mulch as she likes to do. I went to Jackson's soccer tournament last night and it was so cold I had to leave at half time for fear of getting sick. Plus Ben, who has also been sick, was ready to get home to his warm house.
*It is hard to believe the time for the Mediterranean cruise is here. When mom asked me back in December of last year I had no idea it would roll around so quickly.
Here are a few of the sights mom and I will be seeing:
We fly out of Charlotte into Germany. Then on to Barcelona. I hate we don't really get to explore Spain but I hope to go back there one day.
Our first visit is to St. Remy. I think this place looks fascinating. I love the Van Gogh part.
We will be seeing Nice and Monte Carlo. We will see Pisa and Florence, Rome...a trip to Sorrento by the Amalfi Coast and then to explore Pompeii. I am very excited about that.
While I hope to get back to Rome and Florence with Toonces in a few years I know I will never again see Sidi Bou Said. I doubt I ever get back Here. It all looks so beautiful. I think my camera and I will be in heaven.
Then we return to Barcelona and fly home.
Mom has the patch and I just refilled my normal vertigo pills just in case I get sick on the boat. They make me very sleepy so I can just take one at bed time while we are actually moving and sleep hopefully without getting motion sickness. At least most days we will be on land.
I can't believe I am going to be gone on election day. Maybe it is a good thing because I am about as nervous about that as I am the trip itself. I know I said I wouldn't talk politics .....I still have to try and I thought this was just THE BEST.
I used to depend on my mother for EVERYTHING. She managed my bank accounts. Bailed me out of financial crisis when I was just getting my wings. She did my laundry way into my 30s I am ashamed to say. I'd take it to their house instead of doing in myself. She did such a good job. But I started coming into my own finally. Then my mom started having real health problems. And she wasn't there like she used to be. It took a whole lot of getting used to shifting from the child that was totally cared for and babied by their mom to seeing her as someone I might have to care for.
I think this trip is a nice adventure for a mother and daughter relationship that has matured and changed. I no longer whine to her and expect her to take care of everything for me. I plan on looking out more for her on this trip. I agreed to go with her because I think this is a once in a life time opportunity for us.
I was very anxious about this trip. I don't really like the thoughts of leaving Martin for so long and Earl and Eudora. I will be homesick no doubt. I have no need to "get away" or a need of relaxation because my life is already pretty darn good. But when I stopped thinking about myself and what a gift this was to have this time with my mother...something my brother and sister will probably never have...how I can learn more about my mom as an adult. How I hope she enjoys herself. Well I stopped being so anxious. I figure I owe her plenty and 2 weeks out of my life as a companion isn't so bad after all the years she gave me.
THIS is first on my list for Christmas. I had thought I'd wait until next year to upgrade but this is one of the most anticipated camera releases ever. I can hardly stand to look at it I get so excited. I don't need it but I want it. AND I would need it if I do indeed open a studio to put all my stuff in!
AND THIS sucker I keep saving for and then spending the money before I can get it. So this is my second Christmas choice.
For my parents and from the kids this year:
I love This. I got addicted to the samples and my skin looks so much better but I didn't know how expensive it was until I went to order it. THAT is how they get you....those blasted great samples!
We are becoming a Wii bunch. I got the kids that for their Christmas and they are snug and safe in the house in case something happens to me. I shopped early this year.
So that is it.....I hope you will come over and check on us while we travel. I'll have short posts and pics up or our adventures. Take care and I'll see you in a couple of weeks!
And yeah, I think Martin and my dad have a party planned for next week.