July 2, 2022. Greetings from hot and humid Q! I imagine you have figured out that there will be no summer travel this year. Here we DON’T go again. Like many, gas prices are keeping our wheels from turning, and honestly it’s a bit depressing, but it is what it is so we’re making the best of it. Lots of hours spent by the cooler working on office-type stuff for me, lots of naps for The Chiweenie Brothers. They are already the most bored doggies in town.
The routine has become to be up very early before Mr. Sunshine even appears and get chores done. Once that sun is up and the day gets hotter (mid-80s and above are the night time lows) it’s impossible to do anything physical without becoming drenched in sweat. Icky!!
After the chores I have a cup or two of coffee then get by the cooler for the rest of the day. I’m not working on just one thing; going back and forth with a couple hours here, a couple hours there, then on to something else has worked out best. I tend to keep my head down and elbows up until something is finished, but these projects are too large and I think I will actually enjoy the process if I don’t work on each individual job straight through from start to finish. That’s the reasoning anyway.
One thing that has been sorely needed is time spent going through my files on the laptop and doing some housecleaning and organizing. I’ve ignored that mess for far too long.
Another project in progress is removing the blog posts from 2DogsTravel. Nope, not giving up the blog—we’ll eventually get back out there I hope–but it was getting too large and was going to cost me several hundred dollars to buy additional space. I still refuse to monitize it, so I figured by removing old posts I could basically just start all over with the amount of space and continue on.
The search feature on the blog doesn’t appear to have been used much, and with the ease of pulling up information on the internet kind of makes my search feature redundant. Of course, if you do have questions that are on a more personal experience basis, just give us a shout. I’d be happy to give you my opinions, experience, views on any place The Chiweenie Brothers and I have visited.
Our individual blog posts will be printed out, the coordinating photos found and prints made, and I will eventually have a nice printed record of our travels. I do have to say, the ones that have been completed have been so much fun to do. I am currently working on 2019, our New Mexico State Park circuit and it’s been like living it all over again. It has sure shown me how numerous the grammatical mistakes were when trying to get those posts on the blog when tired or whatever —- Editing one’s own work is not a good thing!
The other big project, or I should say a continuing project, is my family genealogy. I bought a six month subscription to Ancestry when they had a sale, and hit the jackpot after the first couple of days. One little piece of info got me past a brick wall, and I ended up being able to take my paternal grandmother’s line back six more generations. I’m going through printer ink like’s it a margarita printing out all those citations! LOL.
Back to the old blog posts. As I pull each post off the blog and place it in a word document I read it, of course, and fix all the errors. Then I go into my photo program and find the corresponding pictures to go with that particular blog post. The blog post is then printed, the photos needed to go with it are placed in a folder so I can order prints all at once when I get a half or the full year finished. The blog post and copies of the photos are then removed from my laptop and stored on a thumb drive. The only reason I am telling you all this boring stuff is that during this process I found the lost photos of the Aztec Ruins, Dawson Cemetery, Mesa Verde National Park, and our stay at El Vado and Navajo Lakes. They were tucked in a folder with the name El Vado and Black Eared Jack Rabbit. I can’t tell you how excited I was to find those photos. All this time I thought I had accidentally put them in the “trash” and they were gone forever. Soooooo…….
I am thinking this summer I am going to do re-posts of those trips that will include the photos and leave them on the blog until we get back to traveling then we’ll start anew.
Hope you have a fun, safe and sane Fourth of July. Let freedom ring!! Woof, woof from The Chiweenie Brothers and hugs from me.