Tuesday, May 18, 2010

News ... what's been happening with me?

Well, there have been big changes going on in my life.

I guess the biggest news is that I will be leaving Houston - a month from today, actually! - and relocating to New Hampshire, where I will be re-joining my daughter and her family.

[They're still here and will be heading north a week (for one) and two weeks (for the others) after me. My daughter has been here every day so far this week - and the next three days will be more of the same - to help me sort through this gawdawful mess I created for myself .. .. over 30 years in the same place. I don't think you can even begin to imagine the mess. Seriously!]

I'm planning to drive - and, hopefully, visit with Butch (you might remember my mentioning him in some of my previous posts) in Memphis ... ... Beth (Butch's sister) is planning on making that trip with me, some 500+ miles. We'll spend a couple of days or so in Memphis and then drive together on over to Nashville, where she will fly back to Houston the next day - Monday, June 21st - my birthday. "Why Nashville?" you might well ask. $100 cheaper airfare is the answer. Those fares will drive you absolutely crazy if you let them, won't they?

We'll probably visit with Butch some more Sunday morning, then head on over to Nashville, where I'll be spending the night with Beth before continuing on my journey north.

From Nashville, I'll be traveling alone to Cincinnati, Ohio, where I'm hoping to have a face-to-face meeting with "Bug", one of the regular readers and commentors (my sp.) on this blog. I have something I want to give her. We'll probably talk a bunch about baseball. Right now her Reds are leading the National League's Central Division by one full game over the Cardinals. They just beat the Brewers, who have lost eight in a row. Go, Reds!

[The Brewers are the only team in our division that I could - albeit remotely - even suggest suck worse than my Astros, who have now lost four in a row .. this after a very brief (but certainly satisfying) stay in St. Louis.]

I won't give you the rest of my planned itinerary right now, but I thought you should know that I'm leaving Houston and going north.

As most of you know, I am not fond of the cold. Just the opposite, as a matter of fact. Many factors went into this decision and I'll disclose some of them in future posts. But for today, all you know for sure is that I'm "outa here"!

[In going through stack after stack of loose papers, I have found a lot of little tidbits I'd like to include in future "Goldenrod's thoughts". My next post, just for a little teaser, will have some "Dave Barryisms" in it. LOL]


Chuck said...

Wow -- a big change for you. You'll miss the nicer southern weather in winter perhaps, but I bet you'll enjoy the cooler summers, magnificent scenery, and reduced traffic congestion. I love NH and hope you do, too! Good luck with the packing and all the decision making (what should I take and what should I leave behind!)

The Bug said...

Woo hoo! Can't wait to meet face to face. As a person who moved last year I can sympathise. We were in our apartment for 12 years & it was REALLY small, so we probably didn't have as much stuff, but it was still a chore.

Tammy said...

Holy moly! Wow!

Well it will be nice for you to be near your daughter and her family. Happy for you.

By the way, I have to tell you the girls made your fudge the other day. It was to die for. ;)

whalechaser said...

Talk about a change! Wow, you sure know how to do it! Hope you have fun in your new digs!

Goldenrod said...

Thanks, Chuck and Whale, for your comments. Yes, a huMONgous change! There'll be more info later, in the next few weeks, as to whatall went into this decision. I'm only sorry that I will not get to the northwest burbs of Chicago to visit with you guys. I realize you might both still be in Arkansas at that time, but I won't be getting there, either. That first day of travel will be a long one, just getting to Memphis from here.

Tammy, I can almost taste that fudge from here! :) I have all of the ingredients. Just need to make it up. It's a wonderful recipe. It's Beth's. Did I tell everyone that? I'll be sure to pass along your compliments.

And Bug? Hope you signed up for follow-up comments to this post. Did you? I had a date wrong. I've decided not to push myself in an attempt to get to Cincinnati (much less Xenia) in just one driving day from Memphis. 500-some miles. I'll have company to Nashville, but from there (300 or so more miles) I'll be on my own.

SO, I have decided to spend Sunday night in Nashville with Beth, continuing on to the Cincinnati area on my birthday - Monday, the 21st. I figure (perhaps, give or take) six hours' worth of driving. Depending on what time I get away from Nashville, I should be in Cincinnati sometime early to mid-afternoon, wouldn't you think?

Would you prefer that I stop off where you work in Cincinnati for a few minutes on my way to Indpls, or did you plan to have already thoroughly cleaned the house and would be really ticked at me if I didn't go on out to Xenia and spend some quality time with you and "Dr. M"? Your choice, Bug. Just let me know.

Tammy said...

It figures Idaho is completely in the other direction, lol. ;)

Tammy said...

By the way, will you have internet access anywhere along the way so you can update us?

Goldenrod said...

Tammy, theoretically I'm going to have internet access. Will be doing a "practice run" in New Hampshire this week.