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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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I've been enjoying the weather. Hot days punctuated with stormy showers, a bit 'o lightnin' and cool nights have made me happy and helps my garden grow. DD2 is with me for a night. She helped me shore up the tomato plants that got pushed over by the latest stormy wind. We saved the plants with minimal damage; there must be 40 pounds of tomatoes!
In return I took her to the mall (1 mile done in no time!) to find her work shoes and we got matching pajamas-pink flamingos on the pants and sparkles on the shirts. Hot pink and navy.
She or her husband help us when they can. It's not as frequent as we would like but they spend some quality time with us. They call this the "Oasis". From SIL2 I get a pool boy and heavy lifter for those projects I've saved and an obsessive cleaner in DD2. It takes almost 2 hours travel by foot, bus and trains (2) for them to get here including my drive to the station to get them.

City living with no car presents some challenges and I like to help when I can. On the infrequent occasions I can leave DH alone for hours I'll take them shopping at the "big box" store, we'll split items and I'll drive the 90 mile round trip to take them home. It's not easy since they are a stone's throw from NYC! Whatever you've heard about the Jersey Turnpike is true. Off peak it's a 2 hour round trip. At peak sometimes it's taken me 4!

Oasis indeed!
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    Random, disconnected thoughts...

    Hmmm I was just thinking I could use some new comfy jammies...

    Not being a big city person myself, I can still relate to your travel tales. My DS lived in Boston - sans car - for years. We used to bring her canned tomatoes by the case and bushels of apples. An interesting way of life!

    Glad you are catching some of this scattered rain. My poor yard has received barely 1/4" in weeks. Selective watering in my garden does burn a few extra calories though!

    emoticon your challenge - Enjoy Summer! - I'm in!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

    1447 days ago
    Love the photo of you two in the jammies. Too cute

    1448 days ago
    Love the PJs. Hate NJ traffic. Cool kids.
    1448 days ago
    You are an awesome Mom to adult kids! That drive sounds beastly... I seem to remember trying to drive from Baltimore to Trenton and being Parked on the turnpike for about an hour... yep.
    1448 days ago
    OH oh . . . I'll take a pool boy! LOL
    1448 days ago
    So good of them to make the journey to come and help out when they can and good to spend time together even if it's sitting in traffic.

    1448 days ago
    It's as if you're speaking a foreign language - "life in the big city without a car" is an almost unimaginable concept here in TX where public transportation SUCKS (although it is getting better, very SLOWLY)... Cute PJ's!!!
    1448 days ago
    I'm not enjoying the heat and storms as much as you. Probably due to my lack of power for hours on end. LOL. I'm picking lots of cucumbers though.

    The new pajamas sound great. I love pink flamingos.

    The commuting times on the Jersey turnpike would exhaust me!! I don't like city life for this reason.
    1448 days ago
    Your pj's sound cute.
    There is always a HUGE line on 95 north in Delaware just to get over the NJ bridge. Everyday. I feel so bad for those that have to travel it constantly.
    1448 days ago
    Matching flamingo jammies?! I am in...how fun! Pretty powerful stuff that you are the oasis, I certainly understand what. Turnpike driving? No thank you...girl, you are such a rock star!
    1448 days ago
    Wow, that's commitment on the driving . . . and commitment to cultivating great family relationships too. Love the matching PJs!!
    1448 days ago
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