There are a number of things that have changed since we swapped our full time lifestyle for a house and travel as the urge hits. One of those things is spending more time with our granddaughter. We enjoy taking care of her for a day whenever the need arises, but have discovered that she has a lot more energy than we do. This requires that we have an agenda when she comes over to keep her busy without wearing us to a frazzle. This time we were also working on our departure plans for a trip to LA for a Cajun rally.
First Victoria became fully engaged in one of our new projects, which is to try to get away from all these commercial dog treats, which are really not very healthy. Someday I may tackle the topic of the current rage of feeding dogs only dog food under the theory that it is better than real food, even though it is full of fillers and chemicals, not to mention the unwanted chemical poisons the manufacturers find it convenient to get rid of via their products. I always figure when something does not make sense, you just have to follow the money. Using a recipe given to us by an RVing friend, Anneke decided to let Victoria help make dog cookies. If she does well, she may advance to the human food station. Victoria really enjoyed doing this and we spent a lot more time than we thought she could handle. She had a blast!
Anneke collected a lot of Lake Superior Agates from the south shore of the lake during our tour of Michigan three years ago or so. While I thought carrying these around was a bit much, we finally got to use them at the house. Victoria helped properly place them in our front yard. She even watered them to bring out the bright color The neighbors might think what we are doing ...watering rocks?
As we get ready for another anytime travel event, the preparations remind me of all those years we had sailboats for our main hobby. It seemed like we were always packing and unpacking, loading and unloading. It is a tiring process, and we are at it again. We were spoiled for those five plus years, where our life and travels were all contained in that small 39 foot vehicle. Never a need to move stuff from one place to another, never think about start up of water systems, and all the other small stuff that any timers have to think about. It was just part of the everyday routine. I think I may have to go back to checklists.