I started packing for my Texas road trip this morning. I really hadn't thought much about it until now... but I do believe I'm suddenly in the right frame of mind (shall we say a Texas state of mind?).
Cliff and I will grocery-shop today before he goes to work. I'll get some snack and picnic items for our trip, as well as some frozen, quick-to-fix things for Cliff to eat while I'm gone.
My daughter will be driving all the way, since I don't drive. We're neither one loaded with extra funds, which is hard for me: In the four-plus years I've had my job, a big portion of my salary has been spent on kids, grandkids, and my own travels. Now that I'm down to two- and three-day work-weeks, I'm re-learning the meaning of "budget".
We will have fun, though. My sister will give us free room and board while we're in Mission, and all the oranges and grapefruits we can eat. Rachel found reasonably-priced motels in the Fort Worth area, both going and coming back. We're splitting the cost on that, as well as the gasoline. And we'll do more picnicking than eating out. Breakfast is free at both motels we've chosen. Our trip across the border to Mexico needn't be expensive; we found out last year, you can buy a lot of trinkets down there for very little money.
Yep, I've found my enthusiasm. The only little problem is, I hate to leave my shiny kitchen sink. But Rachel promised she'll let me scrub the sink in the motels where we stay, after the girls have spit toothpaste in it. I'll guarantee there'll be no need to clean sinks at my sister's place: she's a wonderful housekeeper! Here's a shot of her taken last February at her winter home.