- Tucson in late May, to get a root canal and a crown in Nogales, Mexico.
- Road trip to Oregon in late June for a family gathering.
- Muskoka, Ontario, in mid July, to visit a friend.
- Chautauqua, New York for a week of culture and education in early August.
- Oinofyta, Greece, in late August, to volunteer for six days at a refugee camp.
- Rockland, Maine, for a six-day schooner cruise in September.
- Vashon Island, Washington in early October for a five-day writing retreat.
- Oinofyta, Greece again, for two weeks of volunteering, in late October.
That was a lot of travel!
This year I spent a month in the spring again at the refugee camp in Oinofyta. Since then, no travel other than one trip to Tucson to close up our winter place and bring Larisa, our Designer Cat, home to Seattle.
Now it is summer and I am having a normal life. It feels oddly quiet. Not exactly dull, but different. Here's the kind of activity I'm doing:
- Picking strawberries from our yard and freezing them.
- Wrapping the cat in a towel so my husband Art can trim her toenails.
- Reading magazines as they come in the mail rather than letting them stack up.
- Being the driver and advocate for Art as he has surgery for a kidney stone, the removal of a stent, and two cataracts.
- Hiring a new teenage yard person now that our grandson Kyle has outgrown the job.
- Going through cupboards and drawers and closets for Goodwill runs. Today I took a bunch of toys outgrown by my grandchildren. I have fond memories of the Fisher-Price garage. And an umbrella stroller, which Goodwill won't take because of "safety issues". I'll wait until my teenage granddaughters visit to go through the dress-up boxes.
- Keeping track of my eating and exercise as I head into week six of Weight Watchers.
- Walking the two-mile route in my neighborhood several times a week.
- Signing up for a yoga class for the first time in ten years.
- Meditating for at least 20 minutes every day using the Insight Timer app on my iPhone.
I'm spending my days in such an ordinary way! I have absolutely no inclination to travel again this year. I probably need the rest.
And now the sun is out in Seattle. And the days are long. And there are two Adirondack chairs under my grape arbor, just right for a talk with a friend.
I get to be normal for a while. I like it.