It’s been a busy few weeks. I’m not even sure what went before, but this week has been centered around family. My uncle passed away late last week; my mom and cousins flew up from FL and other cousins drove in from New York. Some of us haven’t seen each other in at least three years. It’s always bittersweet to get together on such a sad occasion. Laughter mixed with tears as we shared memories of Uncle Lou. We promised to see each other more often.
Bill and I are leaving early Saturday morning for our two-week trip to South Africa. We’ll spend a day of sight-seeing in Johannesburg, six days in Zulu Nyala on a photo safari and five days in Cape Town. Included in the safari are two excursions a day on the game reserve, we don’t have any firm plans beyond that. We know what we’d like to see, plan on seeing it all, but didn’t want to lock ourselves into a rigid schedule. I’ll probably be offline the two weeks I’m away.
I bought a car, picked it up Monday. I haven’t owned a brand new car since I was in my twenties, this one had 7 miles on it when I pulled out of the dealer’s lot. My preference has been pre-owned but I got a good deal so I went with it. I’m still fooling around with the positioning of the seat and steering wheel but it’s a heck of a nice ride compared to the 2002 with 161,000 miles I’d been driving.
The feedback I received on the essay I submitted about learning of my ex-husband’s death was positive. I edited it quite a bit and re-submitted it; I’m waiting to hear back. I’m grateful for the input whether they choose to publish my piece or not. It was scary sending off something I’d written that was so personal. It was a little easier sending out the revision but I had the feeling it wasn’t any good, same as the first time. Practice for, hopefully, many more submissions.
I’ll be back in a couple of weeks. And, I’m betting I’ll post a few photos from our vacation.
photo credit: freedigitalphotos.net