I have just finished several cups of the best coffee I've ever tasted. Ara brought her mom and me some Mother's Day gifts, including each of us a bag of coffee beans from a small company in Philly. They roast the beans in small batches, and I marvel at the flavor of the coffee.
She also gave us big coffee cups which she decorated with a Sharpie and then fired in a kiln. Mine says "Gypsy" on the handle, and there is a lovely pattern around the rim.
In addition, she did a pastel drawing from a photo taken years ago of me holding her mom when she was about 18 months old. I'm taking it to Michael's Crafts today to have it framed. (I just got back from Michael's and it is going to be spectacular when framed, but it's going to cost me!)
Donald began therapy yesterday and according to Jeannie he is really enthusiastic about it. I'm sure it hurts, but he's not going to stay down for long. I feel sorry for him, having to ask for assistance, even for something like a glass of water. He's always so competent, and the one doing for everyone else. His can-do attitude will certainly help his recovery process.
I remember when I traveled in my 5th wheel, never making reservations at a campground. I just relied on something turning up and it always did. I think I will be doing the same with my trip in August. It will no doubt be a lot more difficult to find good camping spots and I sure don't want to be in crowded campgrounds, but will just have to rely on my usual good luck in finding a suitable site. I'd like to rely on disbursed sites on forest service & BLM land, but would no doubt have to drive out of the way to reach them. There is so much country to see and I feel I have so little time left to see it.
One national park that I definitely want to see is Theodore Roosevelt NP in North Dakota. There are two sections of the park, the north and the south sections. I would appreciate any comments and suggestions on which one to see as I doubt I'll have time to see them both. I'm also avoiding Williston, close to the border between Montana and SD. I remember last year's frustration with just getting through that congested place and never finding a motel that would accept my dog.
QUICKLY RETRIEVING MY FROG-CATCHING NET
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