Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Best Laid Plans

Well, not that I had any plans at all for the day, but I did expect to start here much earlier than now. My email this morning had a message from a friend with whom I'm in fairly regular touch already--and who I know visits this hallowed space but rarely, if it all--asking me to be her "friend" on Facebook. Just to be snarky I decided I'd join for the sole purpose of propositioning her: I'll follow your Facebook page if you'll follow my blog. Well. It took me an hour to get around to it. I was swarmed! My sister's kids and their in-laws all have pages and they all, at once, jumped onto my page. Then came long-lost neighbors. Old work colleagues. Who will be next? My elementary school teachers from the beyond? (Now that would be fun!) I guess I'll play along, at least as far as answering messages. But I figure I'm already public enough here in blogspot. (Kat, I note you have a Facebook page and your picture's there! Not to create a rush of business for you or anything.....)

I'm on my own until Friday, while Steve is on a work trip. A few days like this, as long as they are far-between, are OK, especially when their weather is as gray and unpleasant as today's. I feel no guilt in taking a day completely off and doing not very much. It's kind of nice, actually, after all the frenetic running around we've been doing. (Of course, Steve's still in frenetic mode, but his day will come soon enough.) On Friday, Steve gets back, and his sister and brother-in-law also arrive for a weekend visit as they pass through town. Having weekend visitors means yet another weekend that the kitchen repair and painting are not started--the last indoor project before we can put the house on the market--but it can't be avoided. They're good company and like good food, so we might as well just roll with the flow. We'll get it all done eventually.

10 comments:

Linda - SE PA said...

It is good to take a break - gives one a different perspective and time to reflect on the busy times in life.

Good food, good company - much,much better than stirring up the paint and brushes. Did what you had to - deserve a little rest and playtime.

What's on the menu?

Cuidado said...

Oh, two songs now. I checked in earlier when there was one and loved it. Very beautiful.

Ralph said...

Hi, Linda. that baked ziti was such a hit last time I think I'll do it again. Plus a salad and something for dessert...

Ralph said...

I promised, Cuidado!

Kemp said...

Ralph,
I've been following you regularly and am so excited that something wonderful may yet work out. As a native North Carolinian, I'm delighted to know you guys are considering that neck of the woods--literally. Jim and I are dying to know the name of the waterway the lot is on. And what does it lead to? Best of luck as this all unfolds......

Ralph said...

Kemp! You guys will have no excuse for not visiting us! It's a development called Deep Creek Shores and it's to the south midway between Edenton and Hertford. I want to say the Deep Creek is off the Yeopim River. Whichever river it is, it gives on Albemarle Sound. (I should know this, but we crossed a lot of gargantuan rivers in our two days there!) Sixty miles from Manteo via US 64.

Jenny said...

Ralph, we made many trips to North Carolina while our daughter was in college in Greensboro. It's a great state. In fact we're making a trip next week to the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC--we'll also be visiting friends and family in Kentucky. We're not too familiar with the area where the NC property is, but it looks like a good choice to me. The photo on your blog reminds me of the path into our wooded property in Kentucky--we'll be visiting it as well since it now is owned by my brother in law. We miss Kentucky in many ways, but we're glad our timing was right on so many aspects of our move to BC--with the economy taking such a turn, we might not have done it at all--what a difference a few months makes! Good luck with whatever your future holds.

Ralph said...

Hello to you in the north, Jenny! I had to look up Brasstown on the map. Makes sense a folk school would be located in that gorgeous area. Yes, I can imagine North Carolina is a nice to place to live, (the legacy of Jesse Helms notwithstanding!). In a way, we, too are lucky with our timing. As long as we have a regular income, there couldn't be a better time to be looking at things like property and real estate. Our credit rating is golden so we are having no trouble seeking financing. Against my better judgement, I'm stating to feel optimistic about everything. We should know in a couple of days...

Jeff said...

Hey Ralph - oh, we must be Friends now. Then after we do that I can update my LinkedIn account but please Twitter me to let me know when you get that done. I'll post that to my blog then I can SMS text my group and get them to add that to their RSS feeds. If you get hung up you can always leave me a quick voice mail on my cell, home, or work phone.
Dang - is that the doorbell or my Outlook?
:)
- J.

Ralph said...

Jeff: Big LOL!! I saw you there but didn't bother...didn't need to!