Monday, August 12, 2013

Ahh, Relaxation in Red Bluff

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.


7 comments:

  1. How wonderful that you were able to relax enough to let your body stay asleep for ten hours. You surely needed it. Makes the next day that much easier. May all your days in Floribunda Flair give you this same pleasure! ;->

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  2. I'm glad you're relaxing on your new journey! I'm in Lincoln City, Oregon on the coast. :-)

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    1. So glad to hear from you. Are you having a great time? I'll be heading into Oregon next week and hope to high heaven it's a little cooler. I've never complained about the heat like I am these days. I think having lived in Guatemala for 18 months, then going to Mexico for the winter - returning to California just in time for Summer heat, I'm tired of perspiration!!!

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  3. Did you ever read William Least Heat Moon's, "Blue Highways."?

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    1. I ordered it from amazon, used, and received it last week. I've only read a few pages but intend to read it all. He's a very articulate and expressive writer, don't you agree?

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  4. It took me 1.5 yrs of full timing before I accepted that it was ok to just relax, or as you and I keep falling back to saying, being lazy. Lazy is not a word in the F/T RV'rs vocabulary.
    I too love that because I blog, I am more apt to research something (Fedora) I'm blogging about. My blog is as much for me personally as for friends and family.

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