Most people, if you’re like JoDee, my wonderful assistant for many years, take days to pack for a trip like the one Honey and I are about to take. I remember the time she took 3 days off before her week off, to pack for a trip to New York. WHAT?!?
Just checked the weather, it’s going to be hot, sunny, rainy and chilly. Got to love London! Which makes it tough as we’ll be at track events, the Ambassador’s reception (where I’ll meet the First Lady!!), fancy dinners and various venues involving horses. Of course Adidas makes Track super easy, it’s all the rest of it.
Okay so I’ve put aside a few things I know I don’t want to forget, like the universal adaptor which we got from some forum in Dubai; it’s in a little case and it’s awesome, there is no plug you can’t plug into an outlet anywhere in the world. I bring a lightweight backpack, critical for long days. We also got a CostCo size box of granola bars and some trail mix, which is very handy when you leave the hotel at 9 AM and might not be back until midnight so those are all sitting down in the living room.
But mostly the job of getting ready involves putting the ranch in order: the horses, the water, the dogs, the bills, the second cutting, etc etc etc.
My great son, Mike, will be the caretaker. He’s terrific and he is very conscientious but still, he’s got a day job, he likes to leave on the weekends and we need to leave things fairly shipshape.
What about that haystack, can’t have anybody climbing up there as this year it’s extra precarious, more than usual, and we need to make sure there’s enough bales down for three weeks. Then, is there anything that will die if it’s not watered, so I need to walk around and make a list for Mike. Actually “Water flowers on Deck” needs to be on the top of that list. I put almost everything in the ground and mostly the garden is on autopilot, but there’s always something. We had a head go bad and the trees over near the birdhouse need some extra water now and again. I really need to replace the dripline right at the porch, there’s a big spray out of a crack in the 1/2″ line. So, instead of trying on shoes I think I better get out there and get that drip line repaired… maybe I’ll replace that bad head too.
Of course, I needed to empty the boxes from the storage out of the horse trailer so that I can take Duchay over to Mary’s while I’m gone. That entailed re-organizing in Dick’s trailer, and also getting the Airstream tidied up for the catalog boxes. Man there was a lot of pretty big rat droppings, so I better get out the rat zapper as I’m not sure if they’re left from the last packrat or if we’ve got a new one. Drat, gotta put ‘get batteries’ on the list too. Anyway, it was a good thing I got all that done yesterday. Duchay needs to be loaded up and taken over to Mary’s. He’s going to be Mary’s school horse while I’m gone, that will be super good for him so later this afternoon I’ll run him over there.
We need to figure out the water, is there going to be enough for a second cutting or do we cut it off now? Mike does move the lines but he gets things kinked up so we’ll have to do a lesson when he gets home from work tonight. We’ll probably just ask him to move lines on the top alfalfa field, and maybe a couple down below where we put in a new alfalfa seeding. Meanwhile Dick is out moving lines, so that’s a discussion for later.
Thank goodness we got dog food last week, and we did a CostCo run. Gotta pay bills, make sure Sandie has a deposit slip for the rent check from Webb… oh and water all the indoor plants. We got new suitcases in Bend last weekend, which means I don’t have to go out to the shed and find the ones I want to take. Plus I have ONE so I can’t take too much. Cosmetics, hair crap are already packed in a never-unpacked bag and I have a pretty good idea of what easy-to-rinse dresses and such I will need.
Which gives me time to run over to Barbara’s for a little touch up on my hair. Hmmm should I do that before or after I take Duchay and get the batteries?
Pack? We don’t leave until noon tomorrow so I’ve got plenty of time!