Three weeks from today...off we go again! We've only just begun...A typical Saturday morning in Kenya with animals in the yard...

 
Look at those "bedroom eyes!"  This was shot without zoom when I visited the goats in the backyard this morning.  I was afraid to move in order to get a better shot. Sudden movements cause them to skitter off.
This morning this song was running through my head.  When I mentioned it to Tom, he immediately found the YouTube video while I researched the lyrics.  Tom, with his cup of hot coffee (yes, we have power) and me with my hot tea, sitting at the big glass table in our outdoor living room, are loving the sunny day after another night of pouring rain.

Each day as I write the post for the day, Tom is only a few feet from me.  We share the process, me...writing, him...researching, us...talking, during the entire process. Never am I alone in a corner, typing away.  It's a tremendously enjoyable shared experience. 

The babies were most curious about me. Most of the others, not so much.
Once completed and posted, Tom, proofreads from the perspective of a reader looking for possible errors.  He usually finds several which I promptly correct. We easily miss other errors as well, mostly those that spellcheck interprets as acceptable, some a result of our simply missing it. We don't worry about it.  We have a story to tell, photos to share and writing everyday means we're going to miss some.

So, today, our story reminds us of this song, released in the summer of 1970, 43 years ago, a busy year for Tom, the year he graduated high school, the year he started working on the railroad, the year daughter Tammy was born.

Dad or utter?  I say Dad. Tom says utter.  Any input?
We didn't meet until 21 years later, in 1991, each divorced with grown kids, ready to embark on a new life together.  This song rung true for us in 1991 and is befitting again in our lives today.  We're sure many of our readers will remember and relate to this song as well.

 

We've Only Just Begun (video link)

 

Carpenters We've Only Just Begun Lyrics


Songwriters: NICHOLS, ROGER S. / WILLIAMS, PAUL H.
We've only just begun to live

White lace and promises

A kiss for luck and we're on our way

We've only begun



Before the rising sun we fly

So many roads to choose

We start out walking

And learn to run

And yes! We've just begun



Sharin' horizons that are new to us

Watchin' the signs along the way

Talkin' it over just the two of us

Workin' together day to day, together


And when the evening comes we smile

So much of life ahead

We'll find a place where there's room to grow

And yes! We've just begun



Sharin' horizons that are new to us

Watchin' the signs along the way

Talkin' it over just the two of us

Workin' together day to day, together, together


And when the evening comes we smile

So much of life ahead

We'll find a place where there's room to grow

And yes! We've just begun

In a perfect world, a few days before departing we'd start packing.  Although the world is quite amazing, it's not perfect.  This is about the time we start thinking "packing." 

One might think it's no big deal.  Fold the clothes, throw in the shoes and miscellaneous items and be done.  Not so fast!  Virtually, every physical item we own is in our possession!

Determined not to pay excess baggage fees this time, we've made a plan.  When grocery shopping at the local Nakumatt the customer's items are packed into cardboard boxes which we've been saving these past several trips.

When we grocery shopped yesterday, Alfred pointed out the local post office which we'll use to ship the packed cardboard boxes to our new home in South Africa, which will be a huge portion of our stuff, to ensure we don't get slapped with excess baggage fees this time. 

This goat was definitely not camera shy, practically stepping on my foot as she approached.
The risk of our belongings being confiscated or stolen is high.  We'll insure it and let the chips fall where they may.  By primarily packing clothing and shoes, if it is "lost" it won't be anything we can't live without.  The cost of shipping within Africa will be considerably less than excess baggage fees between continents.  Of course, we'll send it the slowest possible way which we speculate we'll receive the boxes within a month of our arrival.

All of our safari clothing, hats and boots, everyday clothing, shoes, electronics, prescriptions, everyday toiletries will be in our possession.  Our goal is to ship everything else to South Africa a week before we leave Kenya, in the event it arrives quicker than anticipated.  We're able to receive packages at our new home much too our delight.

Mother and kid.
In the past I've started sorting and packing at about this point.  But, I've changed my mind, preferring to continue to enjoy our time here, to begin the process a few days prior to the trip to the post office. 

This is one more example in my own mind of "letting go," of always working hard to be done with tasks way before it is necessary.  Chill.  The new me.  It's this same "freedom" mentality that allows us to not necessarily have everything booked more than a year in advance.

Many laughed at our pre-planning two plus years in advance, imagining we were limiting ourselves by committing out that far.  But, leaving our home, our family, our friends and everything we knew and loved behind was a monumental undertaking. 


After days of rain the flowers are blooming.
Many embarking on years of world travel have a storage facility or condo somewhere for peace of mind.  Not us. 

Planning the first few years gave us a sense of comfort and peace of mind.  Now, with a number of holes in our itinerary over the next 18 months (as far out as we're booked so far) we no longer need the reassurance that we have a "home" in place for every single day of our travels. 

At this point, our motivation to book travel arrangements well in advance is predicated by how fast properties, flights and cruises are booking up.  At that point, we don't hesitate in locking in locations and times.

Beyond, May, 2015 when we leave Kauai, Hawaii, after having spent time visiting many of the Hawaiian Islands with hopefully lots of whale watching, our upcoming time is free. 

We're considering many options that appeal to us in order to take us on our chosen path for our love of nature and wildlife.  With continued good health, we have no desire or plans to stop.  After all, we have only just begun. 

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