Winter Travels

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I don’t usually do much traveling between the Christmas holidays and spring, but this year my parents needed some help moving my grandmother from her apartment to a room in the main building of her continuing care retirement community.  She’s still in pretty good health for a woman in her 90s, but she doesn’t move around as well as she used to and needs the support of being in the main building and regularly checked on by the nursing staff.

So the husband and I set out from North Carolina to Pennsylvania last Friday and returned home on Monday.  We helped sort through things in my grandmother’s old apartment that wouldn’t fit in her new room, saw my great uncle and his wife, and did what we could to keep Gramma occupied and less morose about the move.  She was disappointed to lose the apartment and the space, but what hit hardest was having to give away her cat.  The pretty ginger tabby was previously owned by one of her friends who passed away, and she’s passed him along to another friend in the community, so at least she’ll be able to go visit him.

It’s always great getting to see family, and I’m glad I could visit to help brighten my grandmother’s weekend.  The long drive was hard though.  I have a lower back issues that pinches my sciatic nerve when I sit.  On a good day, it’s a little achy, uncomfortable, or numb.  On a bad day, it causes sharp shooting pains through my hip and down my leg, sometimes all the way to my heel.  I have physical therapy exercises I’ve been doing daily for almost five years, and some strategies for being in the car with less pain.  It’s only in the last few months that I’ve gotten to the point where I can sit without pain or discomfort for one or two hours instead of for ten or fifteen minutes.  I’ve never been so glad to spend 30-60 minutes a day on exercises before.

This trip lead to my usual habit of taking pictures of various things I find interesting (this is the source of most image prompt pictures).  I thought I’d share a few of the more interesting photos I took during the course of the trip.

From the trip from NC to PA:

Random Objects:

Some from my Great Aunt and Uncle’s place, and some from my grandmother’s (only two of which I ended up taking home with me).

Other interesting images from the trip:

The journey from PA back to NC:

Inspiration

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As I gear up for NaNoWriMo (yes it’s only September, see last week’s post for why that’s not early) I’ve begun thinking about ideas I could work on for this year.  I haven’t settled on anything yet, but I’ve been looking back through things that inspire me as I think through ideas, and I just wanted to share a few of them today. Continue reading

Being Away

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So I’ve been out of town for fourteen days now, and I’ll be out of town for another two.

The first week, was a wonderful vacation with my husband and his family (you can see a little about that in last week’s post).  The second Sunday and Monday were spent hanging out in Louisville, KY before my conference (Tuesday-Friday).  And this coming weekend we’re spending with college friends in Knoxville, TN.

You’d think that this would be a great way to spend two weeks.  For me, not so much.  I’m a bit of a home body, so being away for so long can get a little exhausting. Continue reading

Chilly Adventure in Montreal

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Earlier this month, I got to have a bit of an adventure when work sent me to Montreal for four days for a training.  Granted, it meant spending three and a half of those days in a training room, but that was actually pretty great in its own way, and I got to have some little adventures on the side too.

For this post, I’m going to focus on my extra-curricular adventures.

I had one afternoon to go exploring.  And of course, it was the coldest day while I was there, registering a high of only 18 degrees Fahrenheit.

And I decided to go out for a walk around Old Montreal anyway. Continue reading