The older I get the less excited I am about birthdays. In fact I’ve begun to dread them, ignore them for the most part, and simply sweep them under a rug. This year it seemed like we had a lot of stuff transpiring on and around my “big” day, and as it happens, people in our neighborhood decided that I got one HUGE present on the commemoration of my 54 years of life. Contrary to popular belief, it wasn’t really a birthday gift. Here is a snap shot of “it”:
It’s our “new to us” Winnebago Journey motor home. This thing looks huge, and it sort of is! We hoped to find one that was 32 to 34 feet long, but ended up with this beauty which is 36. What an adventure we had… or should I say journey … to get it home from Olympia WA. We navigated rush hour traffic through Tacoma and Seattle… trucked on through Everett, and then up the narrow, winding roads to home – where it barely fits in our driveway. We’re not allowed to keep it at home for more than three days (homeowners association rules), so it will be moved to it’s home away from home on Saturday. We are planning our first outing in July – can’t wait!
One of my goals is to get our cat, Jinx acclimated to the motorhome, so he can become a real RV cat! The previous owners had two RV cats that went along with them. One was an indoor/outdoor cat like our Jinx, and we were told that he adapted very well to the RV lifestyle. I’m still not convinced that Jinx will truly adapt, but we are sure going to give it a try. Here’s a picture of Jinx getting comfortable with the new RV.
He actually had a great time exploring every possible nook and cranny! On the counters, the sofa, the dash, the bed, and everywhere in between. I do worry a bit the first time he is inside and we start up the big ol’ diesel engine…. he may go WACKO!! Again, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he will adapt to the sound of the engine, the movement, and also the fact that he will most certainly have to stay INside while we are camping. That’s a lot for a kitty to have to learn to live with, so we shall see.
What I really got for my birthday was this gorgeous bouquet of flowers from my precious husband – the best husband on earth (well, I think so!!). Then we went out to dinner at Anthony’s, a popular seafood restaurant here in the Northwest. I splurged and got the fresh Alaskan King salmon, and ohhh la la, it was delish!
Having a birthday at my age has lost it’s thrill, but there’s still something to be said for just plain happiness and contentment. I’m lucky because I’ve got them both…. and great kids and step kids, the world’s greatest husband (oops, already mentioned him), fabulous neighbors & friends, a great job…. well, you get the point. I’m a lucky girl and I really DO know it.