Dear Helen Hartman
In just a few days I am about to leave something very familiar and launch into the unknown. I hope. Or maybe I will founder and sink. I don’t know for sure.
Would love some encouraging advice about taking the road less traveled.
Dear Loved-and-Leaving One,
Helen is torn between two responses: “What an exciting time! Scary, yes, but also wrought with possibilities.” And “What? In THIS economy/time of life/phase of the moon? Are you out of your ever lovin’ mind?”.
Since Helen can't decide how about: What an exciting time to be out of one’s ever lovin’ mind! Works for ME!
Helen is getting new floors in her kitchen and great room (which between us isn’t all that great) so life is out of whack, correction, more out of whack this week. Still, there must be something somewhere that will help… ahhh, a nifty Estate Sale find from last week:
Ever heard of this magazine? I hadn’t but now I own 8 perfect copies from 1941 - '61 filled with amazing info on travel holidays! This one is from July 1949.
So here we go:
Helen Hartman's Rules For Starting on a New Adventure Based on a Random Magazine She Bought for A Dollar
1) Don't go into it with your eyes closed!
| "That's right, dear, just put your finger riiiiiight there."|
And if possible, manipulate others into going along with your wishes by making them think it was their idea all along!
2)Find people who can help and will tell you the truth.
"Y'all see them itty bitty weird colored cows out there too, don't you? I can't be sure, I'm riding high... and by the way, hi yourself, handsome."
3) Be Prepared for the unexpected.
|"I don't care how safe they say flying is, Doris, if this tin can goes down I am hopping on this bike and peddling like hell."|
|"Okay, Sarge, I can see my house from here. Just point me that-a-way and fire!|
5) Don't Haul A long All Your Old Baggage
|The ad actually says: "It's portable!" Unlike that other luggage that's nailed to the floor.|
5) Know What Makes You Happy and Don't Care What Others Think
| "Oh, look Honey, now you can drown this meal in ketchup just like you do at home." |
"I won't have to, YOU didn't cook this meal!"
"Hahahaha. Hope you think that's still clever when you sleep on the couch tonight."
6) Have Fun, Keep Hydrated and Let Others Do the Work for You!
|Is it just me or does Mr. Orient Vacation look like he'd rather be traveling with the waiter?|
Remember - a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step – but that doesn't mean you shouldn't step out in style!
|What do you think? The perfect hat for cousin Pat?|