In February, we drove to Panama City Beach,
Florida, with my parents.
The weather was heavenly. It's the first time
since we started visiting there, that I didn't
have to wear my winter coat on the beach!
Despite a few little inconveniences (like
the false fire alarm at 12:30 am at night)
we had a wonderful time.
I never tire of looking at the waves,
hearing their splash onto the beach,
and watching the sandpipers scurry
away from the beach walkers.
Road construction in front of the condo
made things interesting, but since we
were able to drop off my parents (in their 80's)
at the door and then park in the garage,
it worked out just fine.
I am fascinated by the shapes of the palm
trees, but never really got a chance to do
any detailed sketches this year. Doodles
had to suffice...
A safe trip home at the end of the month,
but our homecoming was a rude
awakening. Water in our basement!
Lots of it.
So we spent several days drying out the
basement. And it was full of stuff. That smelled.
(At least it was all ground water, no sewage)
So a dumpster was in order to remove and
dispose of as much as possible.
It's sad throwing away baby clothes and toys.
Really, it would have been better to donate
them as soon as the kids outgrew them,
but I tend to hang onto things long after
I need them. So, I tell myself this is a
blessing in disguise. The basement looks a
lot better now, insurance covered new
appliances and a sump pump with battery
back-up. What a big job, though...
I got a lot of exercise going up and down
the steps, and there has been some sunshine!
Hmmm...while I'm in the sort, clean, recycle
mode, I should do the rest of the closets/house!
Joining my T-Tuesday buddies over at
Altered Book Lover's blog for a
beverage and a chat. Join us!
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