Taking a break from taking a break

This is my destination (close enough). Image from Pixabay.

On Sunday, I’m off to visit the old folks (older than me anyway) in the Colorado high desert.

My parents haven’t acquired any of those new-fangled gadgets like wireless “internets” and email is still on par with magic. Their town is devoid of coffee shops because those places attract liberal, tree-hugging, Bernie supporters (like me). Needless to say, I will be offline for a couple weeks.

I’ll probably be engaged in manual labor, which is my father’s idea of family fun. Last summer he had my brother and me trekking into the hills and hauling rocks for his stone wall. I think we made 30 trips with the old Subaru and transported 200 rocks before dad attempted to jump a gulch and ripped off the back end of the car.

My brother won’t be making this trip as the volcano in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands has him grounded. So, I’m on my own. Think of me while I’m dragging dead branches out of federally-owned land, piling them on top of the same Subaru, hauling them home, and cutting them up for firewood. (The trees are that little fringe of dark stuff on the top of the mountain in the photo).

My mom is legally blind, so the rest of the time will be spent talking about their eventual move to Oregon over my dad’s dead body, and I’ll be cleaning the house. She does an amazing job considering, but she needs help, and these stubborn proud people refuse to allow help in the house. Actually, they do hire help, and then my mom says she can do a better job herself and chases them out asks them to leave.

My dad is hard at hearing, and since only old people wear hearing aids, he clearly doesn’t need them (he’s 87). The television volume is set on nuclear, and he’ll be ranting about Trump, while my mother and I shout at each other over the noise. We’ll be sharing the sofa with nine cats. It will be so relaxing.

I will be completely absent from blogland and anything resembling a normal life for the duration of the visit. Wish me luck. I’ll be back in two weeks.

P.S. For the sake of family peace, it is my daughterly duty to advise you that this post is the pure unadulterated truth grossly exaggerated. 🙂

239 thoughts on “Taking a break from taking a break

  1. staceywilk says:

    Best of luck! You might a get a good story out of the visit. Who really knows what’s living in federally-owned land?

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  2. I think I’d like your parents and the town they live in. I bet you have fun, despite all that annoying physical exercise (which I try to avoid). I’ll miss you.

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    • It’s fun for a while, Jacqui, and geologically it’s a fascinating part of the country. But it’s isolated. Great for an outdoor explorer and reader, bad if you want to eat out or catch a movie! Have a great couple weeks. I’m going to miss everyone too!

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  3. Nurse Kelly says:

    Hope you have a safe, happy trip! Say hi to your folks from everyone in blog land! 😊

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  4. Almost Iowa says:

    It sounds like heaven.

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  5. Hilarious – long live stubborn and proud old folks. At least you won’t have to go around filed shovelling horse manure for the vegetable patch, Diana (my father’s allocated job for us on our visits). Have a good break from all the new-fangled gadgets.

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    • Oh no no. Shoveling cow manure into the garden is a given, Judith. Ha ha. We did it as kids too. My dad would get a truckload dumped in the yard every spring. The smell still reminds me of spring and I get all nostalgic. LOL. So glad I evoked some memories for you too!

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  6. hiren says:

    hi very good article.

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  7. Bwahahaha! Diana, this post is so funny. Both my parents live with me, albeit, in a separate cottage, so I can relate to this so well. I hope you have a wonderful time, it looks so different and beautiful!

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  8. arlene says:

    Enjoy the break!

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  9. Jennie says:

    To laugh or to cry, that is the question. Diana, it’s what we do. Think of the stories you will have to tell us and write about when you return. Safe travels!

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  10. No wonder you developed a place you can call home: Fantasy. I’m glad your parents are still with us. 🙂

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    • Hi Frank. Sorry for the late reply – I found your comment in spam this morning. Yes, the old folks are still around but slowing down considerably. We had a peaceful time without any dangerous adventures! Have a great weekend, my friend. 😀

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  11. Anonymous says:

    No wonder you developed a place you can call home: Fantasy. I’m glad your parents are still with us. 🙂

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    • Me too. They’re quirky and they love me. I’ll take that any day, even with all the challenges that come with age (theirs and mine). 😀

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      • Erik says:

        Funny how that relationship, be it mother-daughter or father-daughter, always carries elements of what it always has since childhood. Strange to be a grandparent or great-uncle or whatever … and still have “mum” looking in to make sure you’re eating properly.

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  12. I love this post. And it may be hard work when you visit, but just think of the extra muscles you’ll develop.

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  13. Val Boyko says:

    I loved every word Diana! My heart goes out to you … Enjoy every moment of their quirkiness … and remember that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree 😉

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    • Ha ha. I do enjoy it, Val, and I just laugh at the antics. The folks won’t be around forever, and despite how much as they drive me crazy, these visits are precious. I have lots of great stories and memories to share. ❤

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  14. Sheron says:

    You are a hoot!
    Enjoy the cleaning, cutting, and chopping wood. And you call that a vacation? You’ll be ready to escape into make- believe stories when you get back.

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  15. dgkaye says:

    Lol Diana, you had me loling through this post. It sounds like you have your work cut out for you and I’m willing to bet all that fresh air might give you some new book ideas. I think we could all use a vacation where we are forced to step away from the computer! Oh, and I loved the part about your dad and his rebel against hearing aids and TVs on nuclear levels, lol. My hub is in need of one of those gadgets, but of course he stands firm that he doesn’t need one. LOL ❤ Enjoy!

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  16. A.P. says:

    I appreciate the impact of your disclaimer that this account of the pure and unadulterated truth was grossly exaggerated. 😉

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    • Actually… this is all pretty much the truth, Andy. I’ll never forget the sight of my brother dragging parts of the car out of the gulch. The bottom panel that protects the underside of the car was completely scraped off along with the rear fender and wheel wells. We were about 30 miles from the nearest help. Lots of crazy stories out there and more to come, I’m sure. Thanks for the visit!

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  17. Bright side : manual labor = great forearms 😀
    Hope you have a great time at your parents!

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  18. Sending lots of love your way… ❤ xo

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  19. Hedgehogsbiscuitscats says:

    This made me chuckle….so so funny. Have fun 😉

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  20. All the best for this trip… 😉 Safe journey!

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  21. kimwrtr says:

    I remember visits back home to my husband’s grandfather’s house. Every time we went to visit, his grandfather had him cut down a couple of trees and me picking up limbs. That ended after one of the trees crashed onto the corner of his back porch. This caused a little damage, and Papa had to hire someone to fix it. He never put us to work again. 😀

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    • Ha ha ha. That’s so funny and what a great idea. Hmmm. Unfortunately there aren’t any trees around the house. I’ll have to be more creative. Actually, I don’t mind the chores – they break up the inside time with the TV blaring. 😀

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  22. C.E.Robinson says:

    Diana, laughing out loud at the strikeouts! Yep, you’ll need a break to recover from taking a break from your break! You are definitely a good daughter! 💛Christine

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    • I just try to see the humor in the craziness, Christine. And the visits make for good stories. They really are this wild and the poor car takes the brunt of it. I’m sure we’ll be doing something reckless and daring during my visit. 😀

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  23. balroop2013 says:

    Ha ha! You are blessed Diana…you are off to the island of love…such summers are rare in the lives of many people. Have a wonderful break dear friend. Stay blessed 🙂

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    • I complain, Balroop, but it’s all in fun. My parents are a bit nutty, but they won’t be around forever, and we have to fill ourselves up with good memories and laughs. Thanks for wishing me off with your blessings 🙂

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  24. Lol! Good luck! 😃

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  25. Joanne Sisco says:

    I accept every word as truth because I had parents that weren’t so far off your description.
    By the way, my dad called it ‘playing settlers’. It never amused us :/

    Safe travels and I hope you enjoy this precious time with your parents.

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  26. Diane Tibert says:

    Diana, it sounds as though you’ve had wonderful adventures on your breaks. These are my favourite types. Your father sounds like a few men I take breaks with. Life is an adventure; it’s best to live it.

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    • No shortage of adventures, Diane, and fortunately no one has ever been seriously hurt (except the poor car). I have no idea what’s on the plan for this visit – something sweaty no doubt. 😀 It’s all good.

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  27. Annika Perry says:

    Diana, any chance you can sabotage the car (slightly) before the 30th round trip for dead branches…this might ultimately save the Subaru from being wrecked and save your sanity! 😀 Have a lovely trip – they’ll be overjoyed to see you although a pity your brother can’t make it. Good luck with your persuasion…seems all your literary and creative skills be needed to convince them to move! 😀❤️

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    • I think they’re going to stay there until they’re forced to move. And for now, that’s okay. They’re doing fine. I’m sure I’ll go along with whatever craziness is planned, otherwise my dad will go alone and that is definitely not safe. The adventures never end, Annika. 😀

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  28. davidprosser says:

    Wishing you a safe journey both ways and a secure time in the middle. Don’t have any trees fall on you for instance.
    xxx Massive Hugs Diana xxx

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    • Ha ha ha. Thanks, David. The most dangerous thing would be getting stuck on an old road somewhere and having to walk out for a couple days without getting lost. But that’s unlikely. It will be a fun visit, and no doubt, I’ll be pampered too. 😀

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  29. bpsenapati says:

    Enjoy your visit, have fun!

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  30. Dawn D says:

    Oh! I can’t say I envy you!
    My environmentalist self ticked at the dragging of dead branches off federal land, but I guess this will be the least of your worries!
    Good luck and big hugs! For when you need them…

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    • Thanks for the hugs, Dawn!! I actually think it’s legal in some areas to remove downed branches as it reduces the risk of wild fire. My dad is a law-follower, despite his daredevil side. The visit will be fine. I take a deep breath and bring my sense of humor along. 🙂

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      • Dawn D says:

        It may be legal. It doesn’t mean it’s any better for the environment 😉
        Wild fires are a part of nature in those places. It also prevents bugs and other worms from finding a home, disrupts the balance of nature…
        but I can think of places around here where it would probably be legal as well. Depending on the proximity to human dwellings for example.
        I’m sure the visit will be fine. And it seems like your sense of humour is never very far, so I’m not worried about that!

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        • I share your concern for the environment and know that leaving the wilderness alone is best. This area has a very low population and most of the people there don’t scavenge for wood. My parents are mountain people and they do things the old way. The biggest issue in Colorado and Utah is natural gas extraction. This beautiful landscape smells and the air quality is poor. It’s a shame.

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          • Dawn D says:

            I didn’t mean to sound judgemental. I hope you didn’t take my comments as such.
            I just know that, too often, humans think that something isn’t necessary in a place, and it doesn’t look tidy with it, so they get rid of it… without realising that nature has its own cycles that we should try and disrupt as little as possible. As far as gas is concerned… that’s just another one of those cycles, that we don’t see because it’s so long, but there too, the least we get involved, the better for everyone… Sigh!
            Enjoy your trip. Think of me when you collect the wood 😉

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  31. Good luck! Colorado always strikes me as a very beautiful and wild land, so I am totally envious you get to spend two weeks there hauling around part of the landcape. I hope you enjoy your offline time and make many hand-written notes which you can turn into humourous anecdotes upon your return! 🙂

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    • I hope to do some story brainstorming with the muse and perhaps a little work on a plot. I do those by hand and I’ll have time here and there. It is lovely landscape though hot and dry. I can feel my skin shriveling. Ha ha. Thanks for the good luck!

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  32. Mick Canning says:

    Have…um…fun, Diana.

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  33. noelleg44 says:

    Ah, Diana, what a fun post! I think you’ll be blessed to have no digital distractions, and I look forward to a thorough report. I am off, too, next Thursday for three weeks in Europe and seven countries. Pray for me!
    Looking forward to your return already!

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  34. Bel says:

    Lol! That seems to be my kind of vacation. It’s nice to take a break from the internet and technology once in a while..I’m excited to hear/read about it when you get back 😊

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  35. I like your father’s idea of family fun. Have a good time. I could feel the love that you feel for your parents and your family. Only love gives us the sense of humor you showed in this post.

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    • Thanks, Bridget. They wouldn’t be offended by this post at all, and I’ll probably read it to them. They have good senses of humor and my dad is actually proud of his adventures despite the repeated car-wreckage. That’s all part of the fun, apparently. 😀

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  36. Dan Antion says:

    Enjoy the visit. Hopefully there will be wine.

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  37. amreade says:

    Sounds like great family bonding time. 🙂 Have fun and be safe!

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    • Thanks, Amy. It’s more fun when my brother is along as I have someone to laugh and commiserate with, but I’ll have a good time with the folks. They’re pretty entertaining in their own way 😀

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  38. Anonymous says:

    Hi Diana, have a great trip – sounds like you’ll be busy, but still! Have a great trip.

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  39. Ah, adult bonding time. Oh boy. And I say that with much enthusiasm. lol. Enjoy your time with mom & dad. Be safe and no puddle jumping!!! ❤️

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  40. Meg Sorick says:

    Oh my word! Hilarious! I’m all for unplugging once in awhile but… LOL! Anyway, I’m sure you’ll have a story to tell upon return. Be careful and don’t get hurt yourself!

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  41. Your folks seems amazing and I really hope your offline days to be amazing.

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  42. Bernadette says:

    HA, safe travels.

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  43. Allie P. says:

    HA! Sounds like an EPIC vacation. I can’t wait to hear all about it.

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  44. Enjoy your visit Diane…this wall you speak of…never
    Mind , hurry back. ❤

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  45. Sounds awesome. Enjoy. 😊

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  46. delphini510 says:

    Diana, I think you will have a wonderful time and some good laughs.
    O.k. , frustrated at times but just imagine how frustrated your father would be sitting in front of a screen tapping all day.:)

    Have a great time in that beautiful landscape and bring some pics home.
    miriam

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  47. Good luck, I hope you have fun 🙂

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  48. Have a great break, Diana. All this sounds like fun. Hope you can convince the charming young couple to move to Oregon. 🙂

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  49. I hope you have a wonderful time. 🙂

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