Things that happened along the way.
We were walking the dog around the Red Roof Inn one late afternoon, and happened to see an older woman and her daughter searching through their car. Not an unusual experience in a motel, except the older woman was wearing her slip, knee length full slip. The two grandkids came out to join the search, and started to remove their clothes in the parking lot. The mother looked at them and snorted "keep your clothes on!" Kelly added, "because we've only got room for one kind of crazy here." Sorry, no pictures.
And then when we drove to Clearwater with the trailer: The Sunshine Skybridge is a toll bridge and pulling a trailer makes it a $3.75 charge. But Susan did not want to break a $20, so she fished in her purse and, meticulously counted into Kelly's hand 10 dimes, 3 quarters and 2 dollar bills from of her wallet while the attendant patiently watched. Kelly commented to the toll booth attendant, "We had to break open the piggy bank," who snorted---they see it all in Florida.
Steve and Connie Brown, Susan's brother and sister-in-law, invited us over to Orlando for the weekend. We weren't sure we should go, until Kelly said we really need someone new to talk to...or a referee. Connie offered to put us in separate corners, and to wear striped shirts. We're going!
Now to catch up on our activities. Moving is...so many thoughts, feelings, bad words come to mind. It's hard work. In the past three days: Kelly has driven to Clearwater three times (to clean out our storage unit): once with a trailer in tow, once in the Lincoln needing to get the bike & bike rack, and another with the truck. Our fears that the truck was having problems after all our hauling have been reduced, having found a loose ball hitch. Thank you God! There is a Puerto Vallarta story there. Susan has cleaned, unpacked and filled the bedroom closet, cleaned the bathroom and organized personal items, cleaned and unpacked most of the kitchen and organized it. We met with a mortgage banker and got our per-approvals going, met some of the neighbors and secured a nearby, but very small storage unit and filled it up.
For those worried about it, yes the desk is in there!
So we're off to take a vacation from our retirement because we can, because retirement is tiring and we need a rest and it will be fun to see a highway other than I75 between Ft. Myers & Tampa. Should we do our laundry at the in-laws?