I was up early enough to see the sunrise on Friday - our last day at the ranch!
Of course I went back to bed as soon as I snapped the photo!
Later that morning Dean sent a text inviting me to do some Tai Chi with him!!
What an honor to have a private lesson from an internationally known and respected teacher!
I even took a short video of his instructions so I can do them at home.
While we MEANT to start our packing and closing up the camper, that's NOT what we did!
Instead we enjoyed every last moment of being there!
We watched the Bonus DVD of Lost season 2 and we sat by the campfire looking up at the stars.
It was perfect!
Saturday morning Louis Dean woke me up saying it looked like rain and we needed to get going before it arrived. He has a terrible phobia about being stuck in the mud!!
It only takes me two hours from the time I wake up to the time I lock the door to get the camper ready to leave.
This time I even made an inventory of what we were leaving here -
pantry items, what's in the fridge, clothing, jackets, etc.
I always keep a complete set of toiletries including make up in the bathroom.
It was time to take the covers off the little sofa home to wash as well as some curtains and loads and loads of laundry!
I love it when we arrive - it's always so exciting to have days stretching out in front of us! We bring in fresh groceries, light the candles and fluff up the place turning it into HOME.
Leaving is a bit melancholy for me.
Louis Dean had just started to relax and really enjoy himself and now here we were - leaving!
But we'll be BACK!!
This time sooner than the two months it took last time!
Our timing was perfect! It JUST started sprinkling as we pulled up to the gate!
I love seeing all the cute houses in Mart - and even some of the not-so-cute ones, too!
This is one of my favorites!
I'm sure I would be friends with the lady who lives here if we were to meet each other.
I enjoyed the ride home.
We went the 'back roads' way and I got to see some cotton fields!
It was a good ride home since Louis Dean was driving and I kept nodding off to sleep.
I'm glad I got some rest because as soon as we came in I discovered the breaker had tripped to the fridge and everything in it and the freezer was ruined! I didn't even take off my jacket or shoes but went straight to work dumping out the contents and cleaning up the mess!
It could have been worse! The smell wasn't really awful and it hadn't been off so long that it was really hot! I managed to save the mustard and a jar of pickles!
Good thing we brought food home with us from the camper freezer!
I went to bed that night and stayed there for nearly 12 hours.
Same thing last night! I was asleep by 9:15 and didn't get up until 10:15 this morning!
Sunday I spent the entire day (what part was left of it after I finally got up anyway!) working on the den. I took all of Christmas out an cleaned and cleaned.
Before we left for the ranch, my end of the electric sofa had quit working - leaving my seat with the foot rest sticking out. It was quite awkward getting in and out of the chair that way! While I worked, Louis Dean propped the sofa up and investigated, found a broken wire and repaired it!
He is so handy!!!
Our den is back to normal!
I do keep one tree up year round. Leaving it kind of natural for this month with simple white lights and pine cones. It won't be long until it's time to put the birds and birdhouses on for the spring!
Today's project was the living room!
Louis Dean suggests we not decorate so much next year- but by the time it gets here I will have forgotten how much work it was to put it up - and take it down!
We actually got the tree IN the tree bag I bought last year!
As I recall, by the time we got the tree down we were too exhausted to try to truss it up like a turkey and stuff it into that bag - so we just stuffed it in the Christmas storage shed as is! Or as WAS!
We're a bit tidier this year!
I wish I could close with a photo of a beautiful CLEAN living room.
Instead it would be a messy one but the tree is GONE!!!
I'll start the clean up tomorrow.
Now that I've turned over a new leaf - it is past my bedtime!!!!
Not sure how long this early to bed and late to rise will last.
Probably as long as I need!
I'm prepared to spend the rest of the month taking down decorations and cleaning.
I'm just not going at it like a mad woman but taking it a room at a time and not wearing myself out.