Sunday, June 17, 2007

Changes in plans

This seems to be the year of changed plans.

First there was our annual reunion, sometime around July 4, with Cliff's siblings, their kids and grandkids, and our two children and their families.  Our son has come up from Georgia each July for the past few years, and we've planned the festivities around his visit.  This year my daughter had a professional photographer coming to take pictures of family groups.

But Cliff's brother's wife sabotaged the reunion by scheduling other things on the weekend we had specifically arranged to conform with her original plans, so that particular brother couldn't come.  (In case you wondered, they don't have Internet; if they did, I wouldn't blog about this.)

Then a couple of weeks ago, our son had a motorcycle incident that left him with assorted bolts and pins in his left leg.  Of course he won't be doing much of anything in July.

The daughter's two girls are scheduled to be at camp with their Grammy during July 4th week.

Cliff's sister is still coming to the area from Wisconsin, but there'll be no big shindig here.  I will admit it got me out of quite a bit of hassle, worry and work.

Another change-in-plans occurred this weekend, being culminated this morning after Cliff and I discussed things reasonably.

We've planned since winter to go to Colorado with the motorcycles, with Cliff's sister Charlene and her husband.  Originally, we were going to take the bikes on a trailer so we wouldn't have that long, long ride across Kansas; but turns out our car doesn't do well ,even with the trailer empty.  It surely wouldn't like to pull 1,500 pounds of motorcycles. 

So we decided to ride the bikes all the way to the Rockies. 

Yesterday Cliff and I rode some three hours, all told, in scorching temperatures, to the tractor show and back.  We've noticed before, three or four hours is really all we like to lump into one ride.  We're in our sixties, folks!  Yesterday was no exception.  It wears us out.

Bear with me here. 

Last week our old relic of a lawn mower started gasping for breath.  We'll have to have a riding mower.  We had already decided some time ago to get a used John Deere of some sort for our next rider, because a twenty-year-old John Deere will outlast any of those brand new  Walmart cheapies that cost $1,000.  We found exactly the right John Deere, pretty close to home.

Our son has made himself an expert on John Deere lawn tractors, and Cliff has called him several times for advice and counsel. 

The mower we'll be getting costs a lot more than $1,000.  In fact, as luck would have it, it costs exactly the amount we have saved up for our trip. 

And truth be told, we don't want to go across Kansas
on a motorcycle with the never-ending wind and bearing-down sun and temperatures nearing 100 degrees; Cliff did it once when he was in his twenties, and it wasn't enjoyable even then.  The trip is off.

So he will now take his remaining seven vacation days one-at-a-time, mostly on Fridays.

We'll go, perhaps, on a shorter motorcycle jaunt with Charlene and Pat over some extended weekend.  Maybe to Arkansas.  We have yet to talk to them about this change, but their finances were becoming stretched too.  They had to get new tires for the Harley, and the transmission in their car gave it up to the tune of $1,600.  They might even be relieved.

I feel as though a load has been lifted from my shoulders.  So we must be doing the right thing.

By the way, our decision to cancel the Colorado trip truly had nothing to do with the fact our son was injured on his motorcycle. 

We just don't want Cliff in a situation where he'd perhaps like to stop for the day, but wouldn't , for fear of being a party-pooper because others are involved.

I'll continue to have mini-vacations on many early summer mornings, riding my horse.  Or back at the cabin stoking a campfire and listening to Indian music and woodsy sounds.

There's another big change we're working on, but that will be another entry.  It'll be two years before it takes place anyhow.


ktkamanski said...

It sounds as though you might be a little relieved with these changes? I ride (both horse and bike) and they both take their tolls.  I think what you have planned instead sounds just as nice and a whole lot cheaper! Hope your enjoying your day! Tell your hubby, wishes for a "Happy Fathers Day" were sent his way! Take care of you and yours!

ksquester said...

Sounds like a good plan. Sometimes mini vacations are the best. Swing on over to Overland Park. Doc is actually thinking about getting a motorcycle. I,of course, am talking him out of it!   Anne

madcobug said...

I 'm sorry that your vacation got called off. I can imagine how releaved you will be not to have a hugh crowd at a reunion though. Ken and I haven't been anywhere on vacation in several years and I don't see one in the foreseeable future either. Helen

lanurseprn said...

I think your plans sound much better! I wouldn't want to ride that far on a bike either.  If you feel relieved, than you KNOW it was the right decision.
Short mini vacations are supposed to be better for you anyway. Less stress. And that's what a vacation is all about, right?
Have a good Father's Day.

bnanajm said...

Must be the year for vacation plans to change, huh. I know you wanted to go, but I must say that is one less thing I won't worry about.  :o)

Chiquita Bnana

toonguykc said...

I prefer mini-vacations big plans and no stress to what SHOULD be relaxation time.


tendernoggle said...

I have found that te older I get, the more I like to keep close to home anyway...and having to sit up all the way to the Rockies on a motorcycle seems like a back ache just waiting to happen...not to mention, storms etc...I would want at least one vehicle along just in case. I am sorry about your 4th  of July being messed up...wonder why she went and did that???
Take care ,
love ya,

rooster1614 said...

Sometimes changes in plans are for the best...I don't think I would want to ride a bike all that way either.....any way sounds like in a way you are relieved....Sorry though about the changes

marainey1 said...

Life is all about changes and it sounds like you are very flexible and that is great.  We can never stop making changes I guess.  Life is good and what happens is often for the best.  'On Ya'- ma

geocachelinda66 said...

Yup sometimes you have to make sacrifices to get things you want or need.  Linda

lmitc89854 said...

I am a big fan of mini vacations. You just lucked out!

woodmotorsports said...

You probably don't need to ask which I'd pick....Colorado or a JD 322. Yeah, that one is easy for me. Of course, if I was there I'd have to figure a way to hang my leg off the thing to try it out. I haven't been able to get one mine, but the Walker mower seems to be made for one legged problem using it! Hell, that's the only fun I've had in three weeks.

sangrialel said...

That's alot of changes!!!  I hope it all works out for the best.  Linda

luvmort said...

I am in awe of your stamina and your insanity, lol!  
Traveling around on motorbikes is quite exciting but, I couldn't imagine going all the way across a square state on one!  

csandhollow said...

3-4 hours is allwe like too.

helmswondermom said...

Sometimes planning those long weekends instead of one long trip work out better and are more enjoyable anyway.

mutualaide said...

Still catching up on alerts Donna ... I think you have a great plan.  I myself usually just take Fridays off for the summer which gives me a nice long weekend every week.  I love to ride too, but a long hot day on a bike is not all that much fun once you're over, um, 16?!  LOL