This weekend I am heading out-of-state to my kid sister’s house, which is just over the state line actually. But it is still taking me out of my home state and is usually a five and a 1/2 hour drive to get there. It is a trip that is long over due and I’m getting excited seeing her, her husband and their 3 sons.
If the weather is nice, and it is supposed to be a good one, I am sure we will be spending a good amount of time outside enjoying their spectacular backyard that they have worked so hard on since moving there 6 years. I’m sure the boys would rather be outside since we all have been cooped up all winter long. They have all ready been grilling and eating on the patio for the last couple of weeks. Her husband is a good cook, especially outside on the grill.
The playsets virginia beach have arrived that they ordered online so I’m sure I’ll be helping them get assembled and ready to use by the boys and their friends. So it will be a good productive visit and I’ll be properly fed and entertained. Let’s hope the weatherman’s forecast will be accurate and let the games begin.
It is hard to believe that the month of March is quickly approaching us. March is a busy month, besides the beginning of spring and all that goes along with that. If the groundhog was right we are to expect an early spring which I don’t know of anyone that isn’t happy to hear that.
The month of March brings a ton of birthdays to friends and family. I always know that I will be broke in the month March because of all the birthdays. And I’m still trying to recover from Christmas just a few months ago. Right now I am looking at various electric guitars for sale online to give to my nephew on Easter which is in March this year, along with Daylight Savings Time, Saint Patrick’s Day and if I remember correctly Palm Sunday.
I will be seeing my nephew at the family Easter dinner and since I didn’t get to hook up with him over the Christmas holiday season I figured I’d make it up to him on Easter. He is a good kid, the oldest and the one that seems like he just might make a contribution in this world some day. Guess he is really my favorite. I was there when he was born and baby sat him up until they up and moved away to Colorado a few years ago. It will be good to see them all again. I will pull him aside of course and present him with it in private, so as not to draw a lot of attention from all the others that will be there that day.
If I have the chance to travel to the DC area next week for an interview I hope to have a couple extra days to drive around the area and do some spring sightseeing. One thing I’ve always wanted to do is book a “boat and breakfast” package to sleep aboard one of the sailboats in the Annapolis Harbor. The Windward is a 74 foot sailing schooner that takes people on 2 hour tours during the day. On Saturday nights they allow up to four couples to book their special “boat and breakfast” package which includes a 2 hour sunset sail on the Chesapeake, docking in Annapolis for you to have dinner downtown, and then return to the ship around 11pm to sleep aboard the schooner in one of the 4 staterooms. In the morning you are served breakfast on deck and you have until 11:00 am to re pack your duffel bag and head out. It sounds like great fun, and with the right mix of other couples could be a magical evening for everyone.
There are three areas in Maryland that I love and would certainly consider living there if I had a good employment offer. Frederick, Baltimore, and Annapolis. To be honest, I love Annapolis, the state capital, and have spent dozens of weekends there on sailboats and in bed and breakfasts for summer weekends. I’m sure that UMT Marine, with their website of http://www.umtmarine.com does a lot of work for people and plenty of businesses in that area.They would expect nothing less than the best and UMT Marine is knows for their commitment to old world, custom crafted marine technology. You really should check out their website, it’s pretty impressive and full of interesting information in the manufacturing of Custom Marine equipment.
If I get the job offer I’m expecting, I won’t hesitate to call a broker to get started looking for a house. Spending some time tonight on various websites to get a feel for prime real estate in the Baltimore area and also checked out the Annapolis area so that when I have my job interview next week I’ll know what I can handle for housing and relocation expenses.
This year might be the year for me to focus on camping trips and fly fishing. With the bad economy still making life harder and harder, a lot of people are not going to be able to travel as extensively as they had been five years ago. I’m sure that a lot of the more exotic locations, like Las Vegas and Orlando, will once again have a huge drop in tourism this year. But people are accustomed to getting away while having fun and recreation on their weekends and their vacations. So I suspect there will be a lot more camping and day trips for American families again this summer.
Some of my summer plans include at least a one week-long fly fishing trip out west. I have enough frequent flier miles saved up that flying is not an issue for me which saves me a huge chunk of money. I can still fly to Washington State, Oregon and Northern California on free flights until this coming September. In fact, I’m planning a long weekend trip to Oregon next month. I’ll miss the Klamath Falls Spring Trout Derby, but the area is great for fly fishing well beyond that time.
I am going to head out to Home Depot and Lowe’s this morning and try to beat the crowds. I’m sure the place will be packed with people who just realized that Spring is really close at hand and their yards and gardens need some work to get ready for the spring, summer, and fall growing season. I’m sure the danger of frost is not gone yet, it is only the middle of February. I wouldn’t even think of planing anything as of yet, but there is a lot of work that needs to get done before even thinking of putting anything in the ground yet.
I have to buy some weed and seed, plus a spreader as mine has left my garage for some reason. I want to buy some bags of topsoil and spread it around the yard to fill in a few holes and trenches created by moles, digging dogs and water runoff. I need a new rake and some leather work gloves.I might splurge and buy a new chainsaw if they have something for a good price. And, of course, the seed packets are all out on the shelves that I will take a gander at. I think I will try to do some green beans and pumpkins this year, in addition to the green peppers and jalapeno that grew well last year.