My Beloved held up pretty well In the arctic climes of Up North. I did get a little tired of hearing about the "cold" (insensitive of me, I know!) and had to limit him to five complaints per day by the end of our stay.
Minnesotans were thrilled with the balmy temperatures. Anything above zero is a bonus at Christmas time!
I offered to get him some Minnesota winter clothes like this popular buffalo plaid wool Elmer Fudd hat with ear flaps. He decided to pass but did get the sunglasses for the glare on the snow.
We rented a sixteen foot truck to move all my worldly possessions to South Carolina. We didn't begin to fill it up, but it's still a lot of stuff.
My sweet daughters came over to help pack the boxes and load the truck. Of course, Mason was a big help, too. The job he chose was to carry a TV remote around for two days, periodically hiding it and "finding" it, and offering it to whoever was near.
On the last night we went to a Mexican restaurant with the family where Mason charmed the server into giving him candy.
Who could resist these charms, especially the green tongue?
There was a massive winter storm on the way so we rushed to leave18 hours ahead of schedule. We drove through an ice and snow storm all through Iowa with cars and trucks spinning out and landing in the ditch.
Next we drove through the floods in Missouri. Unbelievable. Twenty some people have died in the areas we went through and bridges and overpasses on the Interstate closed behind us. Fields, woods, everywhere you looked, flooded. And we endured a two and a half hour traffic jam in Georgia.
Tennessee has some interesting town names. Here is our favorite --
I wish we had had time to explore it!
Georgia gets our vote for Worst Restrooms, including a couple I refused to use at all. This one was stuck in the back of a yucky storeroom but I'm glad I persevered in finding it because I have not seen one of these since I was a kid! You put a quarter in, step on the platform, and it gives you your weight, fortune, and lucky numbers for the day!
So they can sell you a lottery card on your way out the door?
You need to win the lottery when you are driving a 16 foot truck that gets 8 miles to the gallon of gas.
Yesterday we had a young, strong helper to help us unload the truck and today we returned it to the Penske people. It will be days before all the stuff is sorted and put away.
And I will begin the new year as a South Carolinian!
A year ago I couldn't have dreamed that all these changes would occur in the life I had carefully planned out for my retirement. I wouldn't have believed anyone if they had told me!
Happy New Year, Friends!