Posted by Kate on May 7, 2013
Posted in family and friends • my life • travel and vacation | Tagged With: home, summer, vacation
Mom was telling me that she has an appointment next week with someone at Nags head realty at thedeanagency.com to look at a summer vacation home. That really surprised me – I know that she has spent several vacations at Nags Head before, but I did not realize that she liked it that much! I’ve never been there before myself, so I have no idea why she would decide that she would want to buy a place down there. I’m thinking that maybe I should invite myself along to go with her to that appointment and see what all of the excitement is about.
I can remember several years ago when I was trying to book a flight for my under-age niece to fly from her parents home to my place, about seven hundred miles apart. Although I had Internet Access, and tried to book the flight online the entire process was a huge problem because I was the one doing the booking I had to actually drive to the airport two weeks before her flight. I had to go to the ticket counter of the airline that she was going to be flying with to show my identification and to pay for the ticket. I was shocked about that requirement, because the ticket was being paid by credit card!
When I talked to the airline representatives on the telephone about that, they gave me some kind of song and dance (I don’t remember exactly what it was now) that seemed extremely unreasonable at the time. They told me that I didn’t have to drive all of the way to the airport (which was a ninety minute drive for me) to show my identification, I just had to go to their nearest booking agency. Well, the nearest travel agency to me was the triple A agency, so I tried going there to do that. Going to triple A was only a thirty minute drive, so that wasn’t quite as bad. However the people there told me that they could not do what needed to be done, so I ended up driving all of the way to the airport, just to show them my doggone identification!
When I was online earlier today, reading about the unaccompanied minor services and medical services at the kuwait airways online booking website, I was reminded of the incident about my niece several years ago. Not that I was actually planning to BOOK a flight for my niece on that airline, but I did find myself wondering if they required the same type of thing how in the world would I be able to take care of that situation!
Maggie sent me an email asking me how I would write a Manhattan Saddlery Review if someone offered to pay me to write one. Maggie is a copy writer, and she is always asking me for my opinion on how I would write things. So I went and looked at their website, and boy did it bring back some great, old memories of years gone by!
I can still remember the summers that I spent at my cousin Betty’s farm when I was an kid. I was crazy about horses, and she had plenty of them. She ran a boarding and training stable, and she even had a grandson of the famous race horse “Man of War” in her stables. I was awestruck. I still have the old hand-me-down riding boots that no longer fit and the now too-small horse riding helmet that she let me keep. Her daughter BJ competed in horse events that I never did get to go see, but I do remember one summer that I stayed with them she was off with some friends on a dream trip Horseback Riding in Italy that they had given her as a college graduation present.
I sure wish my folks had given me such a great gift like that!
Now that it’s finally, if people haven’t made their summer vacation plans, they sure are thinking about it now. One thing that could be stopping them from making those plans could be credit card debt or other debt. There are a lot of people in need of debt consolidation right now and just don’t know who to turn to or who to trust. That’s the hardest part, who to trust with so many of them out there now. Well a dear friend of mine used Consolidatedcredit.org and was thoroughly pleased with them. They not only offer debt consolidation but they also offer services like debt management and help with credit card debt too.
One of the things that really impressed me about them is the fact that they offer family vacation budgeting which is through their debt learning center. You would be surprised just how many people have no idea of how to plan for a family vacation by budgeting their money. I personally have a plastic coffee can that I put all of my change in every day and when it’s about vacation time, I get it all out, roll it up and that determines how good of a vacation I’ll have. Not totally but it can mean the difference between staying at my grandmothers at the beach or renting a motel room somewhere else.
Mom was telling me that she finally heard from Keith, after six long and tense months of silence. Seems that he decided to leave his life behind and hitch-hiked out to California with a friend of his. Breaking up with your spouse can sure mess up your head! After bumming around for a while Keith finally got his act together and started working for a moving company as a helper. Mom was so happy to hear from him; you could just see her eyes light up. Seems that he had made friends with some other men that worked for the same moving company and they helped him to get hired.
Keith has such a strong work ethic that whatever company of movers were lucky enough to get him will certainly get their money’s worth out of him! I can remember one time when Mom wanted our refrigerator moved out from the wall so she could clean behind it and Keith just picked it up and said “where do you want it Mom?” My jaw hit the floor when that happened!
I certainly wish Keith well, and all of the good things in life that can happen to a person, but I sure do wish that he had not moved quite that far away! Living here on the East Coast, with family on the West Coast, makes it difficult to get together and stay as close as we’d like to be. Sure, telephones and Skype are great, but there is nothing as great as a big old bear hug!