It will actually most likely be for the next 6 or 7 months.
From now until August or September.
I’ve packed for 3 seasons: winter, spring and summer.
It’s a bit of a challenge really! Right now I’m enjoying the sunshine. It’s a beautiful, sunny day with temperatures ranging from the high 60s to low 70s down here on the coast of Georgia. It’s actually not a humid day (there’s a shocker for you)! The sky is a brilliant blue and the clouds dance in the breeze.
Hard to imagine that on Monday I shall find myself in below freezing weather with snow. Not that I hate snow. But I guess I was hoping for milder weather.
Monday I leave for Colorado where I’ll be working in the Rockies until my contract ends in June. I came home for the holidays back in December to spend time with family and friends and it’s already time to fly back out west.
I was looking at the weather for where I’ll be staying in Colorado and springtime has not arrived yet. It’s not necessarily a bad thing; it just means that I won’t really be able to wear my tank tops for a while.
So I’ve been trying to enjoy this weather as much as I can before I freeze over. Just yesterday I went to the park with my mom and walked around enjoying the breeze and sun and waterfront. As I reflected looking out towards the ocean, I thought to myself how it was going to be a very long time before I saw the ocean again like this. Instead, I will see mountains everywhere. Forests instead of sand. Clouds that hang low. A climate that’s close to that of a desert: warm in the day, freezing at night. (Well…at least in the summer it’ll be that way.)
It always happens to me – this feeling that I shall miss everyone so much and I start to grow a little sad the last days before I fly out anywhere; whether I’m leaving home or leaving to return home. It’s a mixed feeling. It’s like I wish I could go back in time to relive the past few weeks again because I don’t feel ready to move forward.
So much will change by the time I come back. I must savor every moment I have here. For it will be quite some time before I return.
My mom and I enjoyed out walk around the lake and through the park and waterfront. I suddenly had a craving for donuts and coffee but I quickly squashed this idea for I’ve been trying my darndest to stay away from sugar! Every once in while though I get these sudden cravings and I swear if these particular temptations were to stand before me whenever I wanted them, I would weigh 50lbs more than I should.
On our way back to the car we passed the fountain and I noticed a small ‘free library’ box with books in it. The sign explained that you may take book as long as you leave a book in its place. I thought it was a cool idea and scanned the titles I saw.
None of them interested me.
And then: “The Loire Castles” caught my eye. Well, to be honest, it was just the word “Castles”. I opened the box and pulled the book out to find that it was a book full of the most beautiful castles in Loire, France. We both wanted to take it. “I don’t have a book to replace.”
“Well, I’ll bring back a book later. Let’s take it home. It’s beautiful.”
We actually ended up stopping by another small lake that also had a fountain in the midst of it and sat underneath a huge oak tree that stood beside it. There was picnic table that stood below the oak tree and we got out and spent some time looking through the enchanting pictures of the French castles, dreaming of the day when we would both travel to France together and visit all the Loire castles. One day, we’d love to visit Paris together and this is just one more activity to add to our bucket list of things to do.
So fast forward to the next day (today) and I’ve been packing and repacking. I think I’ve finally decided on what I’m exactly going to be taking in my suitcase(s). I say suitcases to include the little carry-on I’m taking. I never do big time traveling without a little carry-on.
I’m not exactly what you would call a ‘backpacker’ that can just wear a few outfits out of the whole year … or 18 months … in a backpack. Not yet anyway. Maybe one day but it ain’t today.
So here’s what I am taking with me this time:
And of course, as a journaler, I have to bring these guys:
And as I care about my health and tend to wear makeup and take particular care of my hair, I bring more products. Here’s just a few:
But still, I think it’s pretty good for traveling as long as I will be doing. Another thing that I’ll be taking along with me are my art supplies. Because I have an Etsy shop where I sell art, I have to take some of my paintings and supplies in order to keep up the store.
I think I can manage it 😉