Part of the reason I am spending an entire month here in VA was not only to spend time with the family, but I offered to stay with the Grand Dog and Grand Cats for vacation time so the animals wouldn’t have to go into a kennel.
Although my kids grew up with dogs, cats, and a miserable pony, they lived outside. Living inside with them is a whole new ball of wax. This required cleaning both upstairs and basement litter boxes plus filling the basement watering and feeding stations for all three critters. My house in AZ has only five steps leading outdoors so the stairs, too, was a new experience but I also knew I was getting more exercise than usual.
I took care of a friend’s cats one summer for two weeks and that made me realize I didn’t want to ever again own animals. After cleaning the cat boxes, feeding, watering them and wiping up the barf, this vacation-time taking care of the animals, too, as much I love all of them, once again renewed my resolve to never again own animals.
When I wasn’t letting Rex out and petting this very needy and lovable dog, I spent most of the time watching re-runs of the Waltons, Little House, and Anne of Green Gables. I actually saw some footage I had not seen before. At home I get only local stations so this was a treat.
It seemed a little strange to have the house all to myself but I locked all the doors including my bedroom door. Each time I opened it, Rex was outside waiting for me, wanting to be petted. He was so forlorn for a couple of days after the family left until he got used to the idea
I didn’t have to do much watering of plants because we managed to have at least two vicious storms and several rainstorms that took care of watering. The mail needed to be collected and one day my son-in-law’s precious Cabela’s catalogue came. It didn’t fit into the mail box so it was jammed along side of it and got soaked in the rain before I found it. I hope it will dry out as he will never speak to me again if it doesn’t.
The fresh produce from their organic garden is nice. I couldn’t possibly eat it all so I share it with the two Sue’s. I found out many years ago that produce always ripens when you go on vacation.
This is a peaceful, pleasant way to spend a month on the Blue Ridge. I’ll have another full week with the kids when they get back. Hope you are having a great summer, too. God Bless until next time.
Winter in the Wilderness, the first e-book novel published by Minshall, is offered through Amazon and most Internet book sites. A print edition may be obtained from Amazon or you can order an autographed copy from the author at Box 1040, Congress, AZ for $7.95 plus $3.50 for postage and handling. The fourth edition of RVing Alaska and Canada is available through Amazon.com.
At 45, Widow Minshall began 20 years of solo full-time RVing throughout Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Sharlene canoed the Yukon, mushed sled dogs, worked a dude ranch, visited Hudson Bay polar bears, and lived six months on a Mexican beach. She lectured at Life on Wheels, published six RV-related books and wrote a novel, “Winter in the Wilderness.”