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Yesterday was our travel day, from Wisconsin to Oahu.  It was a long and tiring day, with a 5 hour time difference at the end.  While in Chicago, waiting to board a flight to LA, the airline offered us a deal if we’d give up our seats.  They put us on a non stop to Honolulu, gave us each a $200.00 travel voucher, and when we boarded the new flight we found they had upgraded us to Economy Plus.  It was a very long, 9 hour flight and we were pretty sore and tired by the time we reached Honolulu.  Our luggage had gone on the previous flight so we had to wait for it, and then finally got to the rental place to get our car.  Weather on our arrival was hot and humid, but the ever present breeze was a big help.  After a few wrong turns we were on our way.  JD had grilled steaks waiting for us.  We had a great dinner and then had to crash.  The day of travel wore us out!

These are early morning photos of the view from the deck off our bedroom.

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Kentucky or Bust!

It isn’t easy for Lee and I to get away from the farm together.  It’s a major production.  We start planning months in advance, lining up our helpers and caretakers, making sure they put us on their calendars.

I have family in northern KY, people we’ve been wanting to visit for quite a while now.  I have fond memories of summers in Kentucky when I was a child.   My family members there probably remember our visits less fondly because I had terrible asthma attacks caused by all the farm animals, every time we visited.  Obviously I outgrew the asthma, at least the worst of it, because here I am, living on a farm.

My cousin Ron and his SO, Nita, are driving to our place from Michigan and they’ll be making the pilgrimage to Kentucky with us.  They’ll get here a couple of days in advance.  More of the family (at least 1 of my brothers) will meet us in Kentucky for a very short family gathering.  This is going to be fun!

My life for the next few days will be spent making and checking lists, and executing the work on my own personal TO-DO list.  We’re only going to be gone for 4 days, so you’d think most of these lists aren’t really necessary, but let me tell you, bad things will happen without these lists.

We have 3 people doing animal care for us.  One will be the sheep and hog caretaker.  One will be the horse caretaker.  the 3rd person is my grandson who will be taking care of Charlie and house sitting.  That’s 3 lists right there!

Then we have the grocery list and the food list (for the trip). The packing list, which for me is a list of what I need to pack for myself and for Lee.  Lee doesn’t pack.  The gift list  will be the items we Wisconsinites always bring to family and friends when we visit.  Mostly cheese curds 🙂

Of course all the lists have to be printed, along with the Mapquest map and driving directions.

We’re busy getting organized for our chore helpers.  It’s been so oppressively hot and humid with temps in the 90’s and dew points in the 70’s.  We’re just getting as much done as we need to, hoping for a break in the weather so we can work longer and harder.

We’re busy, but it’s a good busy in anticipation of a good time with family.  I’ll let you know how it went when we get back.

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