Those of you with animals, yards, gardens and kids know how difficult it is to get ready for vacation. My kids aren't little any more, yet it doesn't seem any easier. Our critter/house sitter was here last year, and is a vet tech student with horse experience, so you would think I would be less anal. Plus our chihuahua goes with us ($75.00 extra for the beach house), but the two big dogs, three horses and two cats stay home, and already they are sighing gloomily.
I am taking to the beach two swimsuits, five books, and six boxes of peaches. I won the fight with the bugs and now my peach tree runneth over. There's no way I'm leaving town without those peaches! Not only are they gorgeous (even with the dings and rotten spots), they are sweet and juicy. My family loves peach jam, and using the new pectin that doesn't need ten pounds of sugar per peach (okay that's an exaggeration), I can make jam that is incredibly peachy.
I would love to find out how other folks manage to leave town with sanity intact. But since I'll be at the beach with no e-mail, I won't get to read the fun responses. But I will happily blog when I get back whether the horses, dogs, cats, flowers, and garden survived without my constant worrying over them (since I do most of the animal and plant wrangling) and post a photo of a jar of jam so ya'll can enjoy vicariously!