And so…..the slacking continues. It was solid rain most of last week, so I have an excuse for slacking….for about three of many many days (since the last post)!! Actually, I sort of welcomed the rain as I’ve had some inside projects that needed to get done, so was a good time to get a few things accomplished. Greg, on the other hand, has been busy doing solar installs. He had five installs scheduled while we have been back in Pennsylvania and one-by-one, he has been knocking them out. At least one of us is being productive!!
Our return back to Pennsylvania was planned well before we even left the area back in April. We had some specific reasons we needed to come back and spend the amount of time here that we have, which by the time we pull out will be almost two months.
Our first reason was I had surgery scheduled, which I had put off on a couple of occasions. Seemed that work and life got in the way of getting it done and while I still had decent insurance, wanted to get it taken care of. The surgery was fairly routine—hysterectomy—but still required several weeks of laying pretty low, follow up appointments, etc.
The beautiful flowers that Trace sent after surgery.
Sending flowers to a campground didn't prove to be so easy, but she perservered.
Hobie has been stalking the bear.....
Ultimately, I wasn’t so sure about surgery and recovery while living in the RV and it really wasn’t a big deal at all. We had talked about several alternative options, staying at family or friends, but in the end we came to the conclusion that aside from three steps to get in, recouping in an RV is a pretty convenient thing!! Greg was awesome and cooked and chauffeured me around. The nurse came out and checked on things a couple of times; I napped, hung out and recouped. The nurse didn’t seem phased at all about making a visit to the RV park…not even a question or anything!?! And, I’ll also be able to get two of the three follow up appointments in before we leave and the last will have to wait until we fly back for a week during the holidays. Well, I guess if I take surgery into account, maybe I have an excuse for slacking more that a few days….still lame though.
The second reason was our niece, Dani’s wedding. The wedding was held in Sea Bright, New Jersey and not only was the wedding beautiful, Dani was a stunning bride. The wedding was a week after the surgery and while the doctor said I shouldn’t go (okay, she said, “absolutely not”), wouldn’t have missed it for the world. What this did mean was I had to sit still and not get all crazy because I wasn’t going to listen to my doctor say, “I told you so…..”
What’s a wedding without getting all crazy!?! Well, it’s somewhat amusing watching everyone else get all crazy (and yes, by crazy I really mean intoxicated!)…..and a little boring on my end, with a few naps throughout the weekend (not at the wedding) and going to bed right after the reception. On a positive note, I behaved myself and unless my doctor reads the blog, she’ll never know I went!!
Dani and her proud father, Jeff. What a gorgeous bride!!
Is it obvious that Greg may have borrowed his brother's suit jacket!?!
Think it's safe to say Greg has longer arms than his brother Steve!!
Who has room for a suit jacket in an RV!!
As I’ve had a lot of time for naps and reflection, I did have an Ah-Ha moment. You see, several years ago, I attended a training program through work and there was a concept and a slide in the power point presentation that said, “Approach with a beginner’s mind.” I remember thinking at the time, “What kind of new age nonsense was THAT!” and honestly, I thought it was pretty lame.
This is not the slide, but like the quote.
But as I think about our time here in Pennsylvania (along with the rest of our time on the road), I believe the difference between our first week here (and the rest of our other road time) versus the last four or so weeks is that we had a very different perspective with our first week back. We approached it with a beginner’s mind….we searched the internet for things to do, we stayed at a different campground our first week, we ate at a few different restaurants and went to places we’d never been before. We were beginners.
And then....routine set in. Sure, I had to relax a bit more, but we quickly found ourselves dining at the same restaurants we used to eat at when we lived here, not looking for unique, fun or different things to do, and laying on the couch and watching a little more tv. Perhaps there is a degree of routine that is good, as long as complacency doesn’t set in? To what degree, I’m not sure.
And, it’s not that we’ve been void of things to do; we’ve had a lot on our plates and as a matter of fact, we had to get the calendar out to keep track of it all. I can honestly say that our social calendars were never this full when we lived here!! But, when we’ve had that rare “free” time, we’ve not looked to fill it with anything new, different or unusual. Routine.
Routine doesn’t always equate to boring, we’ve had a great time being back so far. And, as I started to recap some of the things that we have done so far (aside from work and stuff) I've also realized our camera hasn’t gotten a workout at all. Probably can be attributed to a little routine….or hopefully not….(gasp!) complacency!!
Here’s a few of our highlights:
Bill and Kelly came over to the campground one night and brought awesome ribs. It was a bummer that our schedules only coordinated for the one night, but it was great nonetheless….no pictures. Unfortunately they had to get to Campbellsville, KY by the end of September as they are working Amazon for the season.
Jo and Craig, friends we met at the RV-Dreams rally, came and stayed in the area for a week. Their rig is in the shop so they came and stayed at a local hotel and just hung out… We broke out the campfires several times, which was awesome and yes, an entire week and no pictures.
We met a few RV-Dreamers at the Hershey RV show for dinner. Jo and Ran and Allen and Kim. Jo and Ran are launching next year and are in the process of buying a HDT and a Mobile Elite Suites. Allen and Kim were there just checking things out and are looking at maybe going full time in a couple of years. Again, no dinner pics. We also met Jo and Ran for dinner a few weeks later…..remembered a pic this time.
For some reason, we seem to remember the camera as Greg licks his way around America. Couldn't pass up a Flo opportunity at the RV show.
Dinner with RV-Dreamers, Ran and Jo and Greg....
we went to a local restaurant since it was raining....
Several dinners and lunches with friends, brunch and birthday celebrations with family….just catching up with family and friends!!
We had Greg's family over to the coach. Hobie's hamming it up with Taylor, Ryan and Sharon. And that's the TV reflecting on the window; not strangers or ghosts lurking...although a little creepy in the picture!!
Oh, and last but not least, we are very sad to report that the drone suffered an unfortunate accident. Seems a tree jumped out right in front of it. Weird how that happened, but it’s in the shop getting put back together and will be flying again soon. As I was looking for drone repair places, one of the websites said, "There are two types of drone owners--those who have crashed and those who haven't crashed....yet." Hopefully we got our crash under our belt!!
We extended our trip a bit just to get a few more things done, so we will be leaving here around hopefully by the 17th or so. We are definitely excited to find our “beginners mind” once again.