We have been here in South Carolina for almost 4.5 months. Some days it feels as if so much more time has passed than that and other days it feels like we have just arrived. Not sure what that says.
This past week was another in a series of the same-old-same-old.
Maggie is on prescription dog food, so I have made an initial appointment with a local vet for this coming Wednesday. A meet-and-greet, if you will. Once I have a prescription, I can order the food online and have it delivered. This will be a huge help given the distance to the vet and our work schedule. I’ll also schedule an appointment for teeth cleaning for her and ask about getting some flea prevention. We didn’t have an issue with fleas (none, zip, zilch) in New Jersey, just an occasional tick which I removed (and she gets the Lyme vaccination), but I have a feeling things may be different in this location. At any rate, I’m hopeful this will be a good vet and that Maggie will not be stressed with them; reviews are quite glowing, the person I spoke with on the phone was very nice and they have emergency services, a rare resource in this area.
Maggie had a spa day today, albeit with yours truly providing the pampering. Gave her a very thorough clip during the wee hours of my shift Sunday morning and then a bath Sunday afternoon. The weather here was quite warm, so we were able to do this outside. Crazy towel time afterwards! Fun!
Taxes are done and dusted for year 2014. Yay! That’s one less thing on my plate.
We certainly are saving money on dining out here, even given the modest number of times we ate out in NJ. About once a month we would treat ourselves to a lazy Sunday breakfast at Perkins or perhaps a Sunday dinner at Applebee’s. Here? We have been out for a meal just once, to IHOP while out and about. Again, our work/life schedule simply is not conducive to venturing off the property for meals or exploring the area. When we do go out, it is to run errands such as refilling propane, to Lowe’s, for groceries, etc. I get my hair cut once a month, and enjoy that wee bit of pampering. Of course, Dave is off on the bike several times a week and I have a couple of hours of time for myself unrelated to errands off the property about once a month.
Yesterday I weeded out a few items – clothing and otherwise – and they went out the door. I’m sort of in a paring-down mood.
It has been windy today . . . again. I swear it’s either raining here or, if not, it is blowing a gale. Rain returns tomorrow. We have not had our awning out once here. Strange, because when we were here for two months in 2010, we had our awning deployed and staked out the entire time.
We have had a couple of unsolicited initial contacts about other jobs; however, there has not yet been anything that has caused us to seriously consider leaving here. Let me rephrase that . . . consider leaving this job, not this location. We receive inquiries now and then, so this is par for the course. Who knows? Perhaps one day we’ll get an offer that will sound wonderful and we’ll be wheels up off to another adventure.
In the meantime, we’re holding our own and hanging in. I feel like we’re in a holding pattern here, but grateful to be employed. We play chess on weekends, and two of the games this weekend were absolutely our best yet. If there had been an audience, they would have been on the edges of their seats. Saturday’s match went for three hours. Sweet. I truly cherish our chess evenings.
Well, it will be time for my part of the night shift to end soon, so I’ll wrap this up for now.
“I am not a child. I can think for myself. No man can think for me.”
– Chief Joseph (Hin-mah-too-yah-lat-kekt), Nez Perce, 1840-1904
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