When was the last time you moved? Do you remember that feeling when you started to dig into those boxes to find the things you needed? Stuff that got added to the “have to do” list so you could navigate your life. Today felt more like moving into a new home and office than anything else here in our RV. We had a lot of stuff in our “garage” that needed to be unpacked or setup. This was all precipitated by the persistent reminders to get a fishing license to take a young man fishing. Said fishing license requires a printer, so I unboxed an Officejet MFP that will be filling the role of office copier, scanner, and printer for the coming month (or perhaps longer?). I figure a good sign was when we took a bunch of cardboard to the recycle here at Santee Lakes. Here is some visual proof nestled between our combo washer/dryer and bikes:
Our Little Helper
You are probably expecting to hear more about our son, but actually, I realized today that I had not mentioned our cat – Raisin, traveling with us. She will be keeping the “rig” rodent-free (no freeloaders allowed) and providing entertainment along the way. This is not her first trip with us, but it is her first trip alone with us. She had a sister with her last time that we believe may have met with foul play in the open space behind our old house. This, of course, put a little more of a psychological burden on us all the last few days and the days leading up to our departure. We’ve always tried to balance our quality of life and safety for our cats. When the Coyotes are around, we try to keep them inside; the cats have other ideas. Raisin’s story is pretty extraordinary; the odds she overcame to live are huge. Her mother was hit by a car carrying her and her brothers and sisters. She was taken to the Contra Costa County Animal Shelter; Raisin was the only cat that survived the ordeal. Her mother and all her siblings didn’t make it. She has now outlived two other stepsisters to remain the sole survivor of our pride. Needless to say, Raisin is now a house (RV?) cat and taking really well to being our pet.
Proud of the US World Cup Team
Even though the satisfaction of a victory was torn from their hands, I am incredibly proud of this team’s performance today. They are exceeding the expectations of nearly everyone and becoming more confident with every minute of play. Today the team really seemed to have what it takes to be champions; we could believe it. Portugal’s equalizing goal with so little time left was heartbreaking, but I am hopeful the team will continue to build on this impressive early showing. USA! USA!
Be Grateful for Good, Thoughtful Neighbors
While walking down a trail today, I spotted a couple standing next to the trail a short distance behind our son. Our son cruised by them on his bicycle without event. When we caught up, they told us they had stayed in that spot to ensure our son didn’t get too close to a rattle-snake on the trail. I want to think most people would make an effort in a similar situation, but I am grateful to them for sparing us from a potentially dangerous situation.
Highlights and observations from today
1. Never use wifi for a printer.
2. Never give up.
3. There are unsung heroes all around you.
4. San Diego Weather is as good as you hear it is.
By the time you’re reading this, I am probably in full work mode. It’s going to be a busy week. I did manage to schedule some time with local friends that I am very much looking forward to. We will continue to enjoy what San Diego has to offer for work and play. Thanks for following our developing adventure!