Monday, August 12, 2013

A Brief Lament


I just realized I have 12 days until I go on vacation.

I leave August 24th to go to the Cape and stay with my friend Susan. 

Susan with the beautiful house, the most comfortable guestroom bed, so comfortable I have been known to sleep till 9:00am, the 3 little dogs, one of whom I am madly in love with, the big sunny kitchen from which she produces delicious meals and an airplane or two in her hangar.

What's in your hangar?

Then I have a few surprises up my sleeve.

They might include Boston and New York.

More will be revealed.

I'm a combination of excited and sad.

Excited to go and spend some time with friends.

Sad because this is the first time I've vacationed without GG since 2005.

We've been to so many beaches, from Massachusetts to California. I loved our road trips with lots of lattes, containers full of cherries and bags of nuts to snack on,  GG behind the wheel, the Lab in the back seat ready for adventure and me in charge of the music.

Those days are done and I feel their loss.


There I said it.

Better out than in.

So a quick count my blessing time: a fabulous roommate who will take care of the cats and house, a wonderful friend, Margo, with whom I'l be roadtripping up to Falmouth, laughing and talk, talk, talking all the way, lobster rolls to eat, books to read, beaches to loll on, shells to find and long deep sleeps.

Better now?

 Better.



41 comments:

  1. It's nice you can leave and know the house and cats are okay. That's always a source of angst for me.

    No need to be sad. It will be different but new memories will be made and they will be just as fond one day.

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    1. Of course I'm so codependeant with the cats I'm still worries about them. And I haven't even left yet.

      Will they still love me when I come home?

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  2. It's really shitty. A breakup is really shitty.

    Urban Cottage is correct. You are making new memories to look back on to replace the past years. Healing the heart is a long process. Talking about it is good. Good Job Jane!

    xx00

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    1. Thank you Chandra, too true. And well said. xo

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  3. It is bound to be a bit 'heart tugging' at times, but just as Urban Cottage said, there will be new memories made...and those will be all yours forever. xo

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    1. Yes, it's a great thought to hold on to.

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  4. Take care and just knowing that your cats are well taken care of is huge...
    limelight hydrangeas rock!

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    1. I will and don't worry. I'll have a lot more to say before I leave!

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  5. Bittersweet. Sounds like a fab trip though. Take care x

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  6. I'm not saying what's in my hangar till I see the photos of Susan's airplane or two. Have a lovely, lovely time. Whenever your heart tugs, turn round and head for the sun.

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    1. Good advice. Better nor be raining!

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  7. Have a wonderful time. Love wouldn't be what it is if we didn't mourn its loss.

    xoxox

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  8. What's the saying...better to have loved and lost than not loved at all....

    Keep those good memories close but be open to making new ones. Sounds like you are surrounded by lots of friends who love you. Have an awesome time!! XO

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    1. I will be following your adventures as well as enjoying my own:-)

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  9. My hangar contains dozens of empty flower pots, a bicycle with a float tire, ancient lawn chairs, and rusty horse shoes.

    Oh, there is an ache. I hope you find small wonders and things that make you happy. I didn't see ice cream on your list. I recommend taking along Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness.

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    1. Ordered and should be here on the 16th. Now I just have to stop myself from reading it and Denise's suggestion as soon as they get here!#norestraint


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  10. New Memories. Coming Soon. Enjoy your planning. I know you'll be toting a good book selection. I have one book suggestion for you. Frances and Bernard by Carlene Bauer, a story placed in the 1950s-1960s, told through good old fashioned letters.

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    1. Just ordered on Amazon, thanks for the suggestion!

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  11. I echo Steve, new memories, new experiences, seeing through new eyes and a new perspective. Have a wonderful adventure which is what life is. And boy did you luck out on that roomy, guess the colonel deserves some credit for posting the vacancy.

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    1. The Colonel made it all happen. Guess I owe her a text.

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  12. Jane.. We are all sending you "Good Vibrations" for wonderful beach days, lovely times with friends, and a heartful of new memories. Your babies will be fine. Of course you may receive the kitty snub upon return.. Run a bit of catnip behind your ears. Your Susan definitely has an interesting hangar... This "old" Susan has a very hot car in her hangar... Red, convertible Mustang... Guaranteed to cure whatever ails ya! Safe travels... Susan

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    1. I love Mustangs! Now I need my own hangar.

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  13. making new memories on our own, hard but sweet. hang in there.

    Can't wait to hear the Boston details!

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  14. "The end of one journey may be the beginning of a great adventure." I wish I knew who to credit the quotation to. I am not even for sure I have quoted it correctly, but it is one of my favorites. Enjoy! Bonnie

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  15. Your vacation is going to be wonderful!
    Please think of me when you eat a lobster roll. I've been dying for one lately and lobsters are kind of hard to come by in my part of the world xo

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  16. Everyone has said it already: new memories.... And you are going to be so well looked after! Of course the cats will still love you when you get home. They may well demonstrate it by ignoring you, just to let you know how they suffered, you understand, but suddenly you'll find them sticking to you like burrs, and (if they're my cats) trying to tell you that they haven't eaten since you went away.....

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    1. After this morning's awakening at 4:44, a little time away seems lovely.

      I take heart in your words though.

      I just don't want them to feel abandoned.

      Jeeze, listen to me.

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  17. My jealousy antenna has just gone into overdrive. Why do I think there might be a Sept 6 stop in the Big Apple? Are you doing "that"? I truly hope so.

    All will be better... someday. xoxo

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  18. I am so happy for you Jane! Hope you will have a fab time with your friend!!!!

    Madelief x

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  19. This is YOUR vacation with YOUR friends. Here's to end of summer vacations! An exclamation point to the summer. The grand finale. Go and have a blast. Do things you haven't before. Just my advice... If you are looking for any.
    Ray

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    1. I'm always looking for advice. Yours I like. I may take it!

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  20. Sounds like a great trip, any room for me, I'll go anywhere for a decent lobster roll! X

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  21. Send us a postcard from Wellfleet, please! And be sure to have at least one omelette or sandwich with Brasilian-
    Portuguese Linguica. Not to mention ...
    lots and LOTS of Lobstah!
    Can you tell I miss the Cape of Cod?
    Diane from Denver

    p.s. the solid gold Coreopsis are going into 3rd bloom
    & the pink and purple coneflowers are out in abundance here.

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  22. have a fabulous trip Jane xoxo

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  23. I think the Frenchman should make friends with Susan, too, so he can play in her, uh...hangar. He misses wings.

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