My buddy is retired and he is continually complaining to me about how bored he is. How can that be since I now find my life even more hectic than when I worked.
This week is a perfect example...
Monday: Holiday celebrating Labor Day. It should be a day of relaxing, enjoying the last of the sun fun and even getting a picnic in. NOPE. For me, it was my #1 son and family visiting and telling us about the cars they been looking at for their daughter since she wants a little bigger one with the baby coming. So far, pretty normal. He takes us to a dealership where they have a car that has piqued our curiosity — since my granddaughter doesn't want it and my son thinks it is a great car.
WOW! It's a 2014 Ford Escape - hold on - brand new!! Only 175 miles on it. Seems it came in late last year, got shuffled to the back of the lot and only when somebody questioned the "mistype" on the inventory sheet did they discover it. That's right. The 2016s are already on the display floor and they have a brand new 2014 to sell. They were practically giving it away. My wife liked what she saw.
Step back a moment. Remember me mentioning dealing on a new RV? Yeah, that's never moved another step forward. I'd sent 3 emails to the salesman stating I was interested and I received 3 emails stating that that particular email address didn't exist. Hmm? I went to the website. Yup, I had the correct domain name. I had the salesman's business card. I decided that if a person can't give me the right info, maybe I should step back. Plus, he didn't want to take my old RV in as a trade. No deal at that point on my behalf. Yes, in my magnanimous heart, I gave up my RV for my wife's car.
Tuesday: The dealership opens at 9am, I arrive 9:30am — don't want to look too anxious. A salesman comes out and putters around and finally ambles over to help us. I tell him I'm interested in the 2014 for sale BUT before we go any further, can they apply the Ford family discount since my #4 son works for Ford. He gave me a strange look and ushered into his office so he can find out. The next thing, I'm out test-driving the vehicle. My wife gets behind the wheel. She is in love. We get back, Nick (the salesman) is working out the figures and we decide to "go for it" and see what happens. Just then, a couple I've seen wandering around the lot amble over and start checking it out. A few minutes later, Nick comes in, the deal is done and we are buying a car. He picks up the keys, aims it at the auto and VOILA! The car is locked just as another couple amble towards it. Another guy shows up at the door, Nick gives him the keys and a mere 2 hours later, we are walking out and my wife is driving the new car home. Of course, we have to get something to eat and get the insurance company notified. A quick visit to her brother after supper and the day is about over.
Wednesday: My grandson calls and asks if it is okay for them to start moving things into our house. So, it is official. My grandson and his family will be living with us for a few months to help them out. Uh, that means we have to get the guest room cleaned out for them. I guess I should mention that the big walk-in closet has been a playroom for our #4 son's two oldest daughters (6 and 5) plus a bedroom for whoever wanted to stay over. We got to get it all moved over to the smaller bedroom which was our office and most recently, my wife's mother's room until she went to the nursing home. So stuff had to be moved out of the office so the guest room could be moved. We're talking total chaos and my wife and I have discovered, there has never been a need to do everything in a rush — there was always the next day to get things done. They want to move furniture by Saturday. HUH? So we got hopping on that.
Thursday: The day is mostly spent on moving stuff either to our bedroom or from the guest room to the office (new guest room) or to the basement. Whew! The first boxes start to arrive. The room is basically empty, just a few items remain to be addressed. We decided we needed a break and since we wanted to go camping but with all the work to be done, we didn't go. A little spin out to the campground to see how busy it is. Very surprised by the number of campers. Of course, we stopped and visited some friends and they joined us on the trip to the campground.
Friday: More stuff gets moved in and the first box of my TV order arrives. The wall mount. Sometime in the next 3 days, the 60 inch and 32 inch LED televisions will arrive. My wife needs a little help with the baby shower cake she is decorating. Seems it is bigger than any board she has, so I have to find her a sheet of spare wood for the "owl" cake. This is for my great grandson. My granddaughter likes owls. It just fit in the back of the Escape. Whew!
Saturday: My #4 son and family arrive to visit for the weekend and go to the shower. Yup! I now have 6 adults and 5 children, ages 6 to just over a month old staying at my home. Chaos? Just a little but that's our family. Oh wait, #1 son, his wife and daughter come over and #2 son, his wife and his daughter visit. The only ones missing are #2's eldest son and my #3 son, his wife and 2 daughters. The grandson staying with us is #2's second son. While the ladies are gone to the shower, the boys move the furniture in and then bring over a truckload of wood for a campfire. I take the 2 granddaughters (6 and 5) over to a park for them to play and be out of the way. We also go to the store and I get the makings for tacos. Silly me —I thought 3 lbs of good ground beef would be enough. Wrong! We went through it quickly. Next time, I use 4 lbs or if more family show, even more meat. Fortunately, the garden was willing to offer up fresh tomatoes for the event. LOL. That night a great fire.
Sunday: Ignored the alarm and my wife - didn't get up until 11am so I missed church. Guess it was too much excitement for me the day before. LOL. Usual chaos as #4 and family got ready to head home and everyone else headed out, too. You can only park 4 cars abreast in my driveway — and with my 2 cars, my grandson's 2 vehicles (car and truck), my #2 son coming on his motorcycle, his wife and daughter in their SUV, my #1 son in his truck and their daughter in her car and my #4 son in his SUV... it begins to look more like a car lot than a driveway. Guess I should mention, my RV is up along the house, too, so when somebody decides to leave, it can get to be a tad interesting as to who has to move a vehicle. LOL.
But that's my week, and somehow, during that time, I was able to almost finish the edits on a client's book, get a chapter and a half of a new book written and watch a little television, too.
Until next I ramble on...