When the leaves start turning I get the urge to get in my car and take a road trip. Not far, maybe to Hardy or to Tennessee just for a night or two to view the fall foliage. We are still pretty green here, but it will not be long before all of the leaves will be on the ground.
Our cotton harvest is well underway and much of the white fields have been picked and are in colorful rolls throughout the fields or on gin lots.
When I plan a "real" vacation, I get so focused on the destination, I completely miss the trip.
If I get to take a day or two just for the purpose of enjoying the beautiful fall foliage, then I can focus on the scenery as we travel along.
It has always been hard for me to just relax and take what comes one minute at a time. I seem to need a plan, a list, an itinerary or a filled-in daily planner. If I don't have a plan, it is hard for me to get motivated.
I blame my compulsion of lists on working 45 years on a job with deadlines.
I know I drive my family crazy sometimes with my details. You would think I would learn after all of these years just to be a little less in control and a little more spontaneous.
I think I am getting a little better in my golden years. I don't do my yearly household budget in January any more. I don't have to do laundry on Monday (I do it every day). I don't do a two-week menu of evening meals. At one time I would plan my meals two weeks at a time, go to the grocery store and buy the food items for each day. My two grown children can probably tell you Thursday night was spaghetti night, Monday was chicken night and cookies were baked on Wednesdays (my day off). I can't remember the other nights, but in winter we would have a chili night and in the summer we would have a hamburger night.
Those days were before we got busy with ball games and other activities four or five nights a week. The menu planning went out the window and it was hot dogs at the ball games, sandwiches on the way or McDonalds after the games.
Life changes. I cannot even decide today what I want to eat tomorrow so my menu planning went by the wayside.
Like most people, I did enjoy those carefree days when we were home every evening for a family dinner. Those are the baby and lower elementary days. We came home from work, I cooked dinner while my husband helped the kids with their homework. We did not eat out unless it was a special occasion.
We did not need a daily planner, we did not have cell phones, we took time to go to the park for a picnic once in a while during the summer, and we tried to work in a three day camping trip once each year.
The young families today have busier schedules than we did. I am amazed at how they have time to get it all done.
As I said before, times change and not always for the better or for the worse. It is just different.
I do hope I get to pick a destination, take a couple of days and just go and enjoy before winter arrives.