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02 July 2011 @ 09:14 pm
Getting ready to go to Maine  
On the 11th, Bob and I leave for Maine in two cars, the dorkmobile (97 Towncar) and the 1990 Miata (bright yellow). We are driving to a motel in SC that takes pets the first night then staying with a friend in Raleigh the second night and with Lois (my best friend in college) in Shiremanstown, PA on the next night. Then I drive to Albany NY in the dorkmobile by myself and Bob takes Maggie, the lab, and Missy, the cat, on up to Maine in the Miata. I offered to let him take the big car, but he wants me to take it. I'll be in Albany till Sunday with my best friends from High School, Jan and Nancy, for our 50th high school reunion. I can't BELIEVE it!!! 50 years.
So far this year, in June I saw my best friends from 6th, 7th, and 8th grades at Brooklyn Friends School's 50th reunion for the Class of 61. That was really neat, as that was my favorite school I ever went to... I also found out that the first boy I kissed in 6th grade, Claude Pines, was dead and his brother had written a book about him, which I got (My Brother's Madness by Paul Pines, who's a poet, too.)
The Milne School, my high school, was part of Albany State Teachers College, so we had lots of student teachers. There were about 60 kids in each class. I was totally out of it, reading a book a day under my desk (SF) and being sarcastic and cynical, but not noticing the cliques, etc.
It should be interesting to see the rest of the class. I did like a lot of them.
So part of my mind is going off and thinking about everything that can go wrong, starting with the car not starting and a tree falling on it before I get out of the driveway...you get the idea. Part of me is laffing at that. Part of me is deciding what books to take and part is saying NONE because I have lots of books up there and Maine has friends of the library books sales to die for... I always get bunches of books up there. Part of me is packing... Part of me is freaking. It is ridiculous!
Anyhow, other than that, I am happy as a clam. My son stopped smoking. Bob is less depressed and more fun, and soon I will be in Maine, swimming over to the big rock with my dog, and paddling up the lake in my kayak, and walking up the hill with my dog, picking flowers and looking for acorn caps and strange seed pods to make my bugs with. Lois is coming up for a couple of weeks and we will hit the Goodwills and the Salvation Armies and she will make bread and cookies and stuff like that.
Oh, and I am dotted with tiny little itchy poison ivy spots... since I mowed the lawn in my shorts. What fun. I found this poison ivy scrub which helped my feet and ankles which were covered with PI but it doesn't help that much with widely spaced spots, so far any how.
I haven't been writing on LJ at all, but I am trying to get back to making a habit of it. I am also reading the introduction to Scrivener, because although I write in it, I have no idea how it is supposed to work. I just got the upgrade and it suddenly occurred to me that knowing how it can help me would probably help me!! Insight city.
I want to take the poetry writing book from susanwrites Write after Reading, and try to do some of the exercises I missed. I want to take two books on PTSD and some marvelous articles I downloaded by Janina Fisher, PhD, a woman with the right attitude! Last year I took a ton of stuff with me and only read one of the books.This year I hope for more balance: a few books I actually use... a few clothes I actually wear, and more fun, and actually meeting some LJ friends. Two cars, wooo hooo! I can go off and do things, although mostly all I want to do is sit by the lake and roll into the lake and sit by the lake and roll into the lake...

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Rose Greenolmue on July 3rd, 2011 03:33 am (UTC)
So sorry about the poison ivy--but have a fun trip! Time goes so fast. I can't believe how long it's been since I graduated from high school, either--even though I don't FEEL any older!
patty1943patty1943 on July 6th, 2011 10:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I can't believe I am this old...
jeannineatkinsjeannineatkins on July 3rd, 2011 01:07 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a wonderful vacation! I hope you get good weather -- though glad you'll have books if not. Enjoy lovely Maine!
patty1943patty1943 on July 6th, 2011 10:35 pm (UTC)
I will enjoy it a lot. I've been going to the same place since I was a baby.
Voodoocatcindeefirst on July 3rd, 2011 03:03 pm (UTC)
I'm like you with the books... I have a short trip planned and am angsting over which books to take with me. (only several thousand to choose from... LOL)

Have a wonderful trip!! Post a picture or two when you get back, please?
patty1943patty1943 on July 6th, 2011 10:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I have no idea how to post pictures. Do you have to have a paid account?
ericavdg: cadeuceusericavdg on July 6th, 2011 03:53 am (UTC)
Watch out for that poison ivy! My husband, Karl, is very allergic to it and it came very close to becoming systemic once before we eradicated it in our yard. (I now pull the occasional sprouts that come from seeds spread by birds, using two thicknesses of plastic bag over my hand and arm and then turning it inside out over the ivy.) A couple of years ago, he got it from a tiny brush against what must have been a dormant vine when he and Lydia went on an early spring river clean-up trip. It was near his eye and almost spread *into* his eye before it was stopped by oral steroids. Karl had to call our doctor and get a prescription faxed to a pharmacy in the city he was in for business travel; yet another reason we love our doctor, because he'll do things like that for us!

Have a wonderful time in Maine! It sounds like you'll have a great escape accentuated with shopping fun. Bon voyage!
patty1943patty1943 on July 6th, 2011 10:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the good wishes. I am actually not that allergic to poison ivy, thank God. I just get tiny hard little blisters the size of pinheads that itch like crazy. I have found a poison ivy scrub, and am changing sheets and clothes a lot.