I forgot to mention that when I was at Jeannie’s house on Sunday, I challenged her to insert the batteries into the flashlight that gave me so many problems. There were two flashlights left in the pack, and Donald suggested getting both out for a contest. The minute he said “contest” I could see the look on Jeannie’s face that indicated she would win, and she did. (She is one of the most competitive people I have ever known, but is a good, kind, and empathetic person as well, which sort of softens the competitiveness.) But when Ara finally came into the room and we showed her the flashlight plus the meagre instructions on the packaging, she figured it out immediately. I was nearly blown over at how fast she went to it!
I gave Jeannie one flashlight to keep in her car, and Ara one to take back to school. I also had an extra compass for her since I know she and some of her friends at school like to explore and have gotten lost at least once. They like to camp down by the river and the surrounding area. A grandmother could go crazy with worry, but she has shown herself to be capable, as well as to stay cool and confident in a difficult situation.
I saw my 5th wheel online this morning at the dealer’s website. Wow, it looks so clean! If only the right person would come along and fall in love with it.
Tomorrow is my long-awaited trip to the eye surgeon. I don’t know if I will get much sleep tonight as I’ve been waiting so long, it seems.
Just for the heck of it, in case I can’t drive to NY in September, I looked up the Amtrak schedules and rates. I rode the train round trip from NC to Sacramento for my son’s wedding in 2008, and the fares have gone up by about $200. It would be a total of approx. $1660, plus tax (and tips). That is for the roomette sleeper which includes all meals and, depending on the car attendant, a bit of pampering. But I’m not going to spend that kind of money, so if no alternative exists I will consider flying (UGH, YUK, HORRORS). I’m still going ahead with my planned road trip, though it is a good idea to consider alternatives.