Day 1 of Our Great Adventure!

This is it – the weeks/months of planning are over and the drive begins. We are really, very excited.

As I write this we haven’t finished packing the car. Heck, we haven’t finished packing the suitcases. Fingers are crossed that everything goes in the car without Moffett thinking I’m nuts.

This box and some more of Chris’s stuff is traveling with us… It’s time…
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There’s a “Road Trip! Playlist”
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There’s our Garmin GPS. Yes, there’s one in the car. We like this one better.
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There’s a Frio. A what?
FRIO Insulin Cooling Cases keep insulin cool and safe for a minimum of 45 hours – then simply re-activate with water! Learn more at the Frio website.
Insulin is good for 30 days after opening but – parking in a sunny parking lot, staying in a hotel with an unreliable fridge – cooked and/or frozen insulin is not a good thing.
And of course, there is extra – for an emergency – insulin.
Having Type 1 Diabetes is a PIA – Pain in the Ass.
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And – no kids in the back seat – Thank God!!!
But Roady wants to know…
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First stop – Albany, NY. We’ve never been there.
On Sunday, we’ll find Rt. 20 and head west.
(PS – the dental issue is not an issue – Yippee!)

Click on the map to see/learn more. It’s fun!
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Will Rogers said…

My first day of traveling t-shirt…

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A few more from Will…

There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.

We are all here for a spell, get all the good laughs you can.

We can’t all be heroes, because somebody has to sit on the curb and applaud when they go by.

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And the answer is…

Naming a toy moose. I thought it would be easy.

Tonight I announced to Moffett that I’d made my choice.

His name will be Roady!

Moffett said, “You can’t. His name is Jesse.”

So – the moose will henceforth be known as RJ. I can’t do JR cuz then I’d be humming the Dallas theme song and I don’t want to do that and – I don’t want him shot…

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Thank you to my pals Linda H. and Gail for choosing the names. I’ll be sure to find the tackiest souvenirs that I can, to award you when we return.

Meanwhile – I have a dental issue. I’m not happy. I went to the dentist today. I have to see an endodontist on Monday.  I’m not happy. I really do NOT like going to the dentist. I’m not happy. I have to get this checked out before I end up in the middle of Iowa looking for a dentist. I’m not happy.

A pedicure helped…

But – I’m humming the damn Dallas song…

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10 More Days – Woo Hoo!

The planning is getting more serious.

The excitement is getting more fun.

The “OMG – are we nuts? are getting more frequent.

I may go blind staring at maps. I’m a big fan of Google Maps but… Many years ago when we first moved to NH, Moffett discovered the Gazetteers printed by the DeLorme Company. He’s the primo navigator when he has a map in front of him. (Some friends will remember the trip made with no map and the conversations about that – in Nags Head – where an Atlas was ordered – and overnighted…) GPS is nifty but – it’s hard to see what else might be around. So, we’re fuddy duddies and like our maps. Chris & Lindsay gave Moffett the Idaho one for Christmas.

We also belong to AAA. They’ve gotten us into locked cars. They’ve changed a tire or two but that’s about it. Until we plan a new trip. I love the old TripTiks. The new ones are nice but the old flip up and open a new page ones were cooler. We have a TripTik for the trip! I ordered it at the website and held my breath as – we’re trying to stay OFF interstates on our way west. And they actually read what I wrote and have us on Rt 20 on our way to Twin Falls.

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Did you know there’s a Jell-O Museum in NY just north of US Rt 20? It’s on our list.

IMG_0159 (2) copyI haven’t named our trip moose yet. Got some great suggestions but – still not “just right.”

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192 Years

IMG_9950Our Arkwright Road group was here – and now they’re gone. We had such a wonderful time! Our group photo shows 192 years of marriage. I think we all look pretty damn good! thumb_IMG_0122_1024

We did the Lakes Region tourist stuff from riding around Lake Winnipesaukee on the Sophie C mailboat to visiting the Moultonboro Country Store and dinner at Hart’s. The guys spent a morning purchasing and then installing a new toilet in our downstair’s bathroom. We were going to get a plumber in to do it and they said, “Nah, we can do that.” And they did. It’s wonderful. In between there was food and dominoes – Mexican Train Wreck – and more food – and lots and lots of talking!

IMG_0031Trip planning continues – _________ the Moose will accompany us and be featured in our photos as we drive across the country (and back) to Twin Falls, Idaho. Name ideas for our cute moose would be appreciated!

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43 Years Ago

Oh good grief! We’ve been married 43 years on Thursday. What a hoot.

Our story – Packing up the suitcases to drive to Alexandria from Richmond on the 8th. First – we’re trying to keep up with the news as Nixon is resigning while we pack. There was no “pause” or “replay” back in the old days. Somewhere, we still have the Richmond Times Dispatch with the headline on August 9.

On the morning of the 9th, we’re packing the car. Two of the guys who lived in our building asked me if I want to go camping with them that weekend. I said no, couldn’t go – getting married. Next trip out I was carrying the wedding dress. They were surprised. It was fun. (The wedding dress went to a group that makes burial gowns for deceased infants.)

Our Rt. 20 adventure is close! I found a Rt. 20 bumper sticker today for $1.50. Shipping is $7.95. I didn’t buy it. Moffett doesn’t like bumper stickers so I might buy it just because…

 

Six of our very good friends are arriving on Thursday for a long weekend of New Hampshire fun. We all lived on Arkwright Rd. in Richmond, VA. Two of us had kids in 1977 (Chris & Becky). Three of us had kids in 1979 (Kyle, Scott and Matthew). All of them had other kids before that – – – Donald, Amy, Ann, Richard, John and the last but not least was Katie. It’s going to be a fabulous weekend! With lots of pictures to post next week!

I’m still learning Apple computer stuff – I still have a whole lot to learn. Sigh…

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“Our Song”

This week’s tune is: (from 1966 – jeez, a really long time ago…)

And no – lightning did NOT strike again. It’s just one repair/tech person after another. All of whom are delightful to work with but the time to be home, etc… is annoying.

The computer? The mother board (is that two words or one? who knows?) is fried. Eddie called me yesterday and had a sad voice as he explained that it’s gone… They’re going to see what, if anything, can be salvaged from the hard drive. He didn’t call me today so I’m slightly worried. He’ll write a letter stating that the damage was caused by lightning.

Metrocast – our internet provider, was here today. The young man – a recent arrival in the US from Romania, shook his head and said – you have no signal. I wanted to say, “No shit, Sherlock.” but didn’t – so that’s fixed.

The AC repair guy was here tonight. His mom is one of our favorite pharmacy techs at our local drug store. He’s really busy and working very long days. He arrived at 7pm. He could tell that switches had gone bonkers due to lightning but was able to get it restarted after cleaning out the mouse house built in the control box in the shed under the house. No mice were killed but one was definitely running for the hills. He will have the company write a letter stating that the damage was caused by lightning.

He also advised that we have an electrician check our breaker box – just in case. Getting an electrician around here isn’t easy. Ours was here this morning changing out two lights for us. It will be awhile before we can get him back.

The part that was killed in the generator has been ordered and they will also be doing a letter stating that it was lightning damage.

This week’s question… Are we having fun, yet?

Thank You! to the friends who have signed up as blog followers! Hi Cathy, Linda I. and Linda H.

 

 

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Learning to use a Mac

Learning something new! How to use a MacBook Air. It’s the little things that are driving me nuts. But – I’m getting a whole lot better at the touchpad stuff.

There’s a “control” key but what I want is called the “command” key.

There’s no “backspace” key. At least not that I’ve figured out. Ah ha! I just googled it and actually – the mac delete key is a backspace key. There’s no delete key.
Feb 20, 2012 – The one marked Delete is actually a Backspace key, Apple. If you want it to function as a PC Delete key hold down the “fn” key when hitting it.

I could have purchased help – 3 years of technical support and other stuff for about $250. Didn’t do that. I’m totally depending on my Apple computer friends to be available when I’m looking for advice. And of course, Google.

This morning in Meredith? Just delightful!

This morning at church, the visiting priest asked if there was anyone in the congregation who had been in WW II to please stand. Two men stood up. The entire church applauded. Then our visiting priest encouraged any of the high school students to start learning history first hand by visiting with men and women like these two gentleman. That’s our parents. If mom and dad were still alive, they’d be 95 years old.

We’ve been spending time looking at some “off the interstate” ideas for our “Go West” trip. One is Route 20 that goes from Boston to Oregon. We’re going to try that for a big part of the journey to Twin Falls, Idaho to see Chris & Lindsay – with a detour to KC to visit Kyle.

There’s a video! Go check it out!
There’s a song – probably best not to check that out. Oh well.

 

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Fall Road Trip!

We’re planning a month long road trip – all the way to Idaho (or farther) and back.

Lightning hit near our house the other day and knocked out and/or killed: the modem, the router, my desktop computer, a wall/slimline AC unit and the whole house generator. The neighbors also lost some stuff.

Tonight – no need for AC. Doors and windows are open!

Today – bought a MacBook Air computer. It’s our second Apple computer. The first was an Apple 2E a whole lot of years ago. I have a whole lot of learning to do…

Back in 1975, we bought our first house and ended up with the best neighbors and best friends. We all 8 got together in a cabin in Pennsylvania last year and so enjoyed ourselves that we’re meeting up again next month here in Meredith. More photos!

 

So, in knowing we’ll have lots to “show and tell” for our trip, I’m reviving nhmeanderings.

Thanks for visiting!

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Good grief!

December was the last post?

That’s terrible.

For today – it’s not snowing. The sun finally came to visit.

I’ll do an update later.

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