“Arriving at each new city,
the traveler finds again a past of his
that he did now know he had:
the foreignness of what you no longer are
or no longer possess
lies in wait for you in foreign,
– Italo Calvino
The roadway across the Grenada dam is 2.6 miles long but the drive across it is as if you have travelled back in time. I’m not talking about living without amenities. I’m talking about the way new cities, new places can at times do more to center you — put you back in touch with who you are — than coming back to your own home town. We’ve been traveling for a while; now is a good time to catch our breath. No visitors on the horizon, no rush of scheduled departures, we’re sort of treading water here and it’s nice.
So the question comes to mind…. can a plan be ‘just living?’
The Winter is Decided Upon
Whenever we finally leave this place our next 5+ months are decided upon. We’ll spend a week in and around Galveston/Houston, another week at the Matagorda Bay Nature Park, and then 4 months home-basing from Palmdale RV park in San Benito, TX. Before our reservation in Galveston on Nov 17th we have almost a month and we’re going to spend most of it here at North Abutment Campground.
We are going to tackle a myriad of little projects I’ve put off for months; little things like shredding papers we no longer need, catching up on budgets and spreadsheets, you know — those things that we all do in our lives that aren’t all that interesting to anyone — including ourselves. I’ve been putting them off — I hate routine chores — but I’m finally going to force myself to get around to them while we are parked in a nice, relaxing place.
I’ll do some reading. I might tackle a couple RV DIY projects. But mostly I want to get caught up with those little insignificant things that make life easier and ‘normal.’
I have gotten back to baking bread again. Our friend Debbie had brought a loaf of what she called 5 Minute Artisan Bread when we were in Shelbyville. She sent along the recipe this weekend and it’s almost the same as the recipe I use in our Zojirushi bread machine. This thing gives us the best bread of any bread machine we’ve had and I love it. I had gotten lazy while on the Forest and just bought bread but I am so happy to have the time to be making our own all over again.
I also want to take time to re-sanitize our water system while we are here. You know, drain it, add chlorine bleach to a proscribed concentration, allow the water to set several hours, and then flush and re-fill.
And of course there is that job of getting out and scrubbing off the bugs that we’ve accumulated. And replacing those wiper blades that I have been procrastinating about. All those little chores that go with RV’ing and don’t get talked about very much.
I may not be talking about earth shattering things but that’s the nice part about an Unscripted Life — life doesn’t have to be exciting. It can simply be LIFE.
Thanks for stopping by and I’ll talk with you tomorrow.