Vacation mode

After a 2-day drive broken up by a glorious 5 hour nap and shower at Candlewood suites (clean, convenient and dog friendly) we made it to Vermont. Our little slice of rural Vermont life at our AirBNB has us in full vacation mode and it will be a bit before it clicks that we are here in New England to stay. At least for a while.

Our Airbnb is great, has a 10 acre meadow on one side, another expansive meadow on the other side and tons of trails surrounding it; our dog is in leash-free heaven. He chases the robins, explores endlessly and samples various nap locales. Surprisingly, he joined us willingly for a car ride in search of covered bridges and exploring some nearby towns today—the epic drive in his car prison long forgotten.

It’s a little warm (it IS August) but not as warm as home and we have a nice respite at night and in the mornings. The views are worth it and almost make me forget that we don’t have A/C—but we do have ice cream. and fans. Again…..vacation. Should we have a clear night we will drag our quilt onto the meadow for some star gazing—fingers crossed!!

We will continue to do the hard work of resting and relaxing a few more days, for now we are pinching ourselves and giving thanks for this gift of time and opportunity and see what God has in store for us along the way.

Enjoy a few pics—-it doesn’t even come close tho….you’ll have to come visit and see for yourself!

Our Meadow view from our bathroom (you can see one of three windows)
Our backyard view and Bandit’s romping grounds
Mountain View coming in from the trails behind the property
Town center
When you just don’t know what to do with those old bikes…..
Our Lady of the Snows
Public library in Woodstock, VT
Woodstock Inn and Resort
Our first covered bridge (of many to come)

The mountains are calling

Wrapping up another assignment and tonight is my LAST Night Shift for awhile. Never say never and all that…..

This assignment has been a local treat. Home each day, good people to work with and the opportunity to get in a lot of “last things” before we head north. “Last” for a little bit anyway: visiting friends, family, enjoying the beach, paddle boarding, our favorite restaurants, my fave wine bar, etc. Soaking it up.

I had to fight to get past the break a little more than I expected but it was a nice start to our day, I even caught an awesome wave on my way in—on my belly, so fun!

As I wind down my work commitment, the excitement is building and overcoming the nerves. I am sad to be so far from our family and friends—the ONE downside that I see. Technology is a wonderful thing when it allows us to FaceTime our kids and share our daily adventures. Air travel is relatively inexpensive on the no-frills airline and we have space to share. To be bound by the what-ifs and worries about life is to let fear drive our decisions—I don’t want to live like that. Life is too short.

A little over 5 days to get prepared and packed and squeeze in a few more dinners, beach time and hugs with family and friends and off we go. Stay tuned……who knows what lies ahead??

Summer is HERE

Three months since my last blog post….so much for “more time” to blog with this traveling gig. Honestly, though, I have the time, but haven’t had the inspiration. Thoughts come in through the day and then….POOF….gone when I sit to blog. but here I am today, so let me catch you up real quick like!

Hammock spot on a recent overnight camping trip

My assignment in Gainesville finished up and it was a great foray into travel. I definitely brushed off any rust on my clinical skills and felt overall good. My current assignment is a local travel and Night Shift. The good news: The main facility I work at is 7 minutes door-to-door. The bad news: nights. Nights are a double edged sword, generally GREAT people and none of the drama of day shift, but as I get older, the swap from days to nights and back again is far different than it was in my 20s. Overall though……I’m handling it and it’s a pretty decent shift, location and ER team, so truly no complaints.

Birthday pizza from my company sent to my work!

My next assignment is bringing us to New Hampshire in August to a small town, and somewhat rural facility so this should be interesting. I did have a great conversation and interview with the manager so the vibe is a positive start. Housing proved challenging, however, we were able to secure a SWEET location and townhouse through October. Hoping future housing will be easier since we will have “boots on the ground” and can search in person.

With a month to go until we scoot north, we are doing our best to check a lot of boxes off:

1. Moving our son home from college to finish his remaining classes online and settled at home. Gives him time to transition as well as become familiar with the expectations of home maintenance with the girls while we are gone. Wish us luck.

2. Buttoning down the house to be as little maintenance as possible while we are gone. Thank you Hubby! This has been ALL him! As well as trying to infuse all our “house” knowledge to the kids so that they can keep the house up and troubleshoot any issues when they arise. Most recently a plumbing issue. sigh

3. Visiting with friends and fam as often as possible until we go. We took a trip to North Florida last weekend to meet up with several friends and it was a fantastic time visiting and catching up—-well worth the drive time!! Bridge walks, sunrise beach walks, hanging by the pool, beach and dinners are all taking place in the weeks ahead! Friendships are so important in life and like anything else, need nurturing and attention. The benefits to your heart, soul and mental health are priceless and I will gladly make that effort every time!

Boat time with friends

4. Work on finishing compliance items for the new assignment, doctor’s appointments, car maintenance and vet and nail appointments for the pupper to prep us all as much as possible for our trip.

5. We’ve purchased a few things such as hiking shoes, boots, and winter coats and we will see how much we can cram in the car and if we will need to ship anything up. It’s going to be interesting……and all part of the adventure. YIKES! I hate packing though.

Hopefully it won’t be another 3 months before I blog again—we know I go in spurts! So stay tuned as we head north!

Getting lots of beach time in before we swap this view for the mountains

Summer is HERE

Three months since my last blog post….so much for “more time” to blog with this traveling gig. Honestly, though, I have the time, but haven’t had the inspiration. Thoughts come in through the day and then….POOF….gone when I sit to blog. but here I am today, so let me catch you up real quick like!

Hammock spot on a recent overnight camping trip

My assignment in Gainesville finished up and it was a great foray into travel. I definitely brushed off any rust on my clinical skills and felt overall good. My current assignment is a local travel and Night Shift. The good news: The main facility I work at is 7 minutes door-to-door. The bad news: nights. Nights are a double edged sword, generally GREAT people and none of the drama of day shift, but as I get older, the swap from days to nights and back again is far different than it was in my 20s. Overall though……I’m handling it and it’s a pretty decent shift, location and ER team, so truly no complaints.

Birthday pizza from my company sent to my work!

My next assignment is bringing us to New Hampshire in August to a small town, and somewhat rural facility so this should be interesting. I did have a great conversation and interview with the manager so the vibe is a positive start. Housing proved challenging, however, we were able to secure a SWEET location and townhouse through November. Hoping future housing will be easier since we will have “boots on the ground” and can search in person.

With a month to go until we scoot north, we are doing our best to check a lot of boxes off:

1. Moving our son home from college to finish his remaining classes online and settled at home. Gives him time to transition as well as become familiar with the expectations of home maintenance with the girls while we are gone. Wish us luck.

2. Buttoning down the house to be as little maintenance as possible while we are gone. Thank you Hubby! This has been ALL him! As well as trying to infuse all our “house” knowledge to the kids so that they can keep the house up and troubleshoot any issues when they arise. Most recently a plumbing issue. sigh

3. Visiting with friends and fam as often as possible until we go. We took a trip to North Florida last weekend to meet up with several friends and it was a fantastic time visiting and catching up—-well worth the drive time!! Bridge walks, sunrise beach walks, hanging by the pool, beach and dinners are all taking place in the weeks ahead! Friendships are so important in life and like anything else, need nurturing and attention. The benefits to your heart, soul and mental health are priceless and I will gladly make that effort every time!

Boat time with friends

4. Work on finishing compliance items for the new assignment, doctor’s appointments, car maintenance and vet and nail appointments for the pupper to prep us all as much as possible for our trip.

5. We’ve purchased a few things such as hiking shoes, boots, and winter coats and we will see how much we can cram in the car and if we will need to ship anything up. It’s going to be interesting……and all part of the adventure. YIKES! I hate packing though.

Hopefully it won’t be another 3 months before I blog again—we know I go in spurts! So stay tuned as we head north!

Getting lots of beach time in before we swap this view for the mountains

On-call

As part of my assignment, I take call twice a month. This week, my call was during the day—which is great, because if I get called in I can still rest at night. Also, not so great because this means I have to drive in a day early. I decided to make the most of it and plan my day as an adventure and sight seeing around town with my scrubs/shoes and backpack in the car “just-in-case”.

Here’s my day in pictures.

Spring is springing here in Florida. I miss the azaleas in Tallahassee and this walk gifted me with many—-both pink and white and in all their glory!
A quite little neighborhood right on the edge of campus. Hardly any traffic which is great since there were plenty of puddles and mud on the side from recent rain (reminding me it’s not just the university, but the state that is “The Swamp”
Interesting yard art
Devil’s Millhopper. A geological sink that has multiple waterfalls feeding it. The sink itself is brown and gross, but interesting. And a whole. Lot of steps down…..which sadly meant a whole lot of steps back up.
The first time I’ve paid less than $4/gal in two weeks and somehow this feels like a bargain??? Sigh…..back to more exciting stuff….
Paynes Prairie—closed on 441, but was able to stop and grab a few pics
No gators this visit but it could not have been a more spectacular day
Local cattle stomping through flooded prairie
Observation tower overlooking the prairie
Wild horses—you’ll have to trust me
View from the “uncrowded” 2nd level of the deck. Too muddy to hike in my flip flops, so I settled for this. Not too shabby

Glad I went with my gut and “killed time” exploring Gainesville this beautiful day instead of waiting in my apartment for a call that never came!