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Back in the Saddle Again

Our motorhome has been unpacked, sorted, cleaned and returned to her storage garage.

It takes quite a bit of getting-used-to moving from a 45-foot motorhome to a large home in the country. It is so quiet at our house. No one stops by to chat or have a glass of wine. Our house is on the way to no where. No place. No one, ever, has said "let's stop by Terry & Dave's"... where at the Motorcoach Country Club, this was an everyday occurrence. Outside the Bubble, life is quiet.

Instead of the gorgeous view in Indio - along the canal to Joshua Tree National Park - I wake to a vista of blooming Rhododendrons and a forest.

Our forest.

Every winter, while in Indio, we discuss selling this monster of a house. Every summer, when we return to Oregon, we swear we will never sell this house. It is a dilemma. A dilemma I am sure many of My Readers are facing as well. To complicate matters, our long-time housesitter (liviing in the nanny/mother-in-law apartment over our garage), had found himself a bride, has purchased a home and is leaving us in August. How rude!

Kids these days.

The "stay or sell" decision does not concern our 20+ year old furnaces and water heaters. They need to be replaced, either way. These two upgrades are my number 2 & 3 tasks for the summer. Number one is a new tow car.

Tasks four-through-four-hundred will be tackled on a day-to-day basis.

After saying goodbye to our beautiful RV and getting fresh provisions from our localNew Seasons Market, we enjoyed a home-cooked meal.

A simple salad with fresh arugula, sliced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, diced roasted peppers, olive oil, salt, pepper and fresh basil.

Tortellini en Brodo. Sounds so fancy. It is not. Boil some tortellini from the grocer. Pour hot broth over. Garnish. Okay, so maybe it is better with artisan fresh tortellini. Maybe it better with homemade organic turkey broth from the freezer. Whichever way it arrives to the table, this is one of my favorite meals and the ingredients can come from a freezer or pantry (tortellini is also available dried and ready-to-boil) and prepared very quickly.

Without a 54,000 pound motorhome parked in our driveway, our life will return to "normal" slowly over the next few days.

Oh, wait. Did I say "normal"? Just kidding.

Until my next update, I remain, your light-weight correspondent.