I used to love to go shopping! I could head into the local mall with friends or by myself – take all day and not feel tired or frustrated!
However, now that I am living out in the middle of nowhere, shopping has not been as much fun!!
I’ve had to start making lists of all our weekly errands long before we make the trek into town! The drive itself takes about 40 minutes one way… so if we forget something, it’s not so easy to turn around and head back into town!
And, inevitably we always forget something – usually not realizing it until we’ve driven all the way back to our campsite!
Deciding to make a list helps eliminate making that second trip back into town, thus saving on our fuel consumption! And not to put too fine a point on the subject, it also helps to reduce my frustration!
However, making lists doesn’t cut out the frustration altogether!
For example, our last trip into town, I had my list all ready to go… the truck was fueled… and, I even double checked with mom to make sure we got everything on the list she needed!
Of course, she assured me there wasn’t anything else… so off we went!
We spent the day picking up all our supplies… even did our laundry… ‘window shopped’ a few homesteads we’ve had our eyes on… and grabbed a bite to eat at our favorite eatery!
Finally, after a long days outing, it was time to make the journey home!
But as it turned out, my day was far from over!
Just as we were turning into the campground, mom told me that she forgot she needed something! And of course, it was something that couldn’t wait! Talk about frustrating!
As I began to bang my head on the steering wheel, I turned the truck around to head back into town!
Consequently, from here on out, I am making that list and checking it twice! If it’s not on my list, it will have to wait until next time – this girl is tired!
Until next time,
Peace, love and safe travels!