Last evening I prepared our 'First Supper' in Floribunda Flair. The kids and I ate, then I drove to Raley's to pick up some Haagen-Dazs to top off the day. What freedom to have my own wheels to manage life while Floribunda is parked! We turned in early - or as my military dad would have said, "Hit the sack," for some reading and cuddling - two kitties and me - Lacy prefers the beginning of her sleep cycle on the floor! Woke up this AM after almost 10 hours of sleep - maybe I was more stressed than I was conscious of during the first leg. Hmmm.
As was my custom in Daphne Dolphin, I vacuumed this morning, while the coffee was brewing - a good 4 minutes of work. Now I'm beginning a day of relaxation, MP style. I get into one thing, then another - one interest, then the next. The day flows by. If somebody had told me ten years ago that I would relish this kind of day, I'd have thought that person looney.
I'm re-reading John Steinbeck's Travels with Charley and find myself remembering the first time I read it and how longingly I viewed his freedom to make that trip. At the time I was a very young wife and mother spending my time in the loving service of husband and family, 60s style. I knew what I was doing was important, the most important job in the world, but, I was envious of Steinbeck's adventure with his dog, Charley. Now, upon rereading, I find that his trip was something like 8K miles - in 3-4 months! Yikes, he was moving fast, way faster than is my intention. Alas, I'm not only living the dream I once had, I'm improving on it.
To give an idea of how my brain works, I read the comments about the 'fedora' hat I bought and they triggered lots of memories and interest in knowing more, so off to surfing I went ....
FEDORA - a hat that was first designed and worn by the actress, Sarah Bernhardt, when she played the part of Princess Fédora, in a stage production, "Fédora," in 1882 in Europe. The play came to the US in 1889 and the hat became a feminine fashion. Later, it was worn by the male set - especially during the Prohibition and Gangster era. My dad had a hatbox that held three or four on the shelf of his closet when I was a child. From time to time I was allowed to try on his hats, as well as those of my mother - you know, with the veils, sequins and velvet ribbons, etc. When Jeff was a toddler, my dad gifted him with of one of his fedoras and he wore it literally ALL THE TIME .... even in bed and in the bathtub! I could surely dig up some old photos of Jeff in his 'fashion statement' if I had access to them! It's interesting, what goes around, comes around .... the fedora was originally a women's style, later only men wore it; now it's worn by both. You gotta' love history.
Although my time here is not all fun and games - I do have to move things from Daphne Dolphin to Floribunda and get Daphne ready to sell - I plan to start the process by relaxing, as I said in the beginning of this post. Maybe some good photo ops later - Happy Monday.