I must admit, I am not the best of traveling. While I like seeing other places and meeting new people, I find that prior to travelling I begin to feel rather anxious. After all, I like my home a great deal and I like the comfort of my daily ‘routine’ and the thought of changing that is rather unsettling.
As we are preparing for our trip to Saratoga Springs, NY for the NWA Showcase I find that I do so with mixed feelings. While I am anxious to see my friends and share my love of woodworking with those at the show, I worry about leaving my kitties, as I am sure that they will miss us and wonder what is up.
I know . . . I am getting old. :/
Yesterday we had what I will refer to as a ‘snow squall’ in the afternoon. That didn’t help either. Neither Keith or I are thrilled about the thought of driving in the snow, and on Wednesday (the day before we are to leave) we are supposed to get anywhere from 15 – 20 cm of additional snow. (That’s 6-8”).
I should know better than to worry about it now, as that is several days away, but as I check the weather today, the forecast for Halifax (which we have to pass through) is 10-14” of snow on Wednesday, with no snow the days prior or after and the temperatures immediately rising afterward. It seems that the storm will pass through on Wednesday, and by Thursday the entire area will be done with it. I am thinking that we stick with the plan of leaving on Thursday, as things should be pretty much cleaned up by then, as leaving earlier on Wednesday would mean travelling in the brunt of it. Two days should be plenty of time to reach our destination, as we have made it there in one before. But it still worries me.
Last week I ordered new tires for the Mustang, which is the vehicle we intended to drive. As per tradition, there was a variety of delays that occurred in getting the tires we wanted. One brand we chose our mechanic was unable to purchase anymore. The next choice had a several week delay in delivery. Add to that our mechanic was going away for the week and is now gone. We wound up ordering the tires we wanted from a larger chain store in Yarmouth, and they are due to arrive on Monday. It is a bit close for me, but if all goes well they should be mounted on Monday or Tuesday.
We considered taking Keith’s Sunfire for the trip, as it is front wheel drive and much better in the snow than the Mustang, but it is showing its age and not as reliable as it used to be, and it is manual transmission, which I do not drive. (No lectures please, I just never had the opportunity and now isn’t the time to learn) It is also much smaller than the Mustang as far as carrying things, and we need to take the stuff for the class. We will take it if absolutely necessary, but I would rather have a car that I could drive.
So there is my internal dilemma at work. As far as the class materials and such, we are doing fine. Everything is prepared and we are finishing up the printed material and all should be ready to go. I am sure once we are on the road we will do OK. I just have to not think about it.
I have been working on some personal projects here this weekend. They are for gifts and I can’t share them here yet. I will try to remember to take pictures prior to wrapping them up when they are done.
It is calm here now, and most of the snow from yesterday is once again gone. I need to focus on something good and not worry myself about things that can’t be changed. I know once we get to the show and see our fellow woodworkers and friends, all will be fine.
Thanks for hearing me out today. I realize that this isn’t my usual type of post. I need to dig deep today to put my positive attitude face on and believe that all will work out well. Worrying does no good at all.
Have a wonderful Sunday. I am going to look to do some things that will keep my mind busy and away from worrisome thoughts.
Drag your thoughts away from your troubles…
by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it. ― Mark Twain
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