The planning continues...As busy as I can be...


On this date in 2015, we were at the Arts Village in Pacific Harbour, Fiji. For more photos, please click here.
At this point, we need to get to work and decide on what we plan to do in India for 54 days beginning on February 8th after the end of the Maharajas Express train from Mumbai to Delhi.

We're deliberating over several options and will definitely share what we're deciding to do when we hopefully come to a decision in the next few days. There is so much to consider.

As far as booking periods of time, this period of time in India is the most challenging. We don't want to be floundering by ourselves jumping from town to town, flight to flight and hotel to hotel without a plan in mind.

Many have asked over the years if we are "backpackers" and if we possibly stay in hostels, making our way through a country without specific bookings in mind. That's not us. 

We have no home. We require the peace of mind of knowing where we'll be staying during our time in any country, whether it's in the US or anywhere else in the world. 

India is not an easy country to visit without plans in mind. We do not want to be trapped for days in a smoggy, over-populated city attempting to figure out what to do next.

A priority for us is also a tiger safari which is a must-do to be included in our almost two-month itinerary. This is not practical in many areas that are not particularly close to wildlife areas or national parks.

Having had literally no experience in India, we have had countless travelers and others making suggestions as to what would our ideal itinerary. We appreciate the input, but we feel we must pursue this considering our own interests and desires, not what may necessarily appeal to others.

Yes, we could make a mistake in the planning process, but as always, we're willing to take the risk. After all, we had the "unthinkable" happen this past February and somehow we managed to make our way through it with careful planning, dignity, and grace.

Right now, we are working with a highly competent agent with a highly rated travel agency in India who booked the train for us. As I write here now, amid stopping every 30 minutes to get back to work on tonight's dinner, Tom is going through all the "paperwork" on some options that may or may not work for us. We shall see.

This morning I went grocery shopping for the last time while here in Nevada. Before doing so, I stopped at a branch of our bank to get some blank checks. 
I am making tonight and tomorrow's dinner and Sunday brunch. On Sunday afternoon, we're going to the Vegas Gold Knight's game at 3:00 pm at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

After the game, we'll go out to dinner on the strip and then on Monday morning we'll pack and leave for Apache Junction, Arizona. Hopefully, Tom will be feeling well enough to drive for five hours. I'd be happy to drive but he doesn't like how I drive and the stress associated with his "backseat driving" isn't worth it.

He's yet to turn the corner with his cough and exhaustion, but when I consider that's where I was a few weeks ago, he still has a way to go. I looked back at the level of activity a few weeks ago in Minnesota and I don't know how I got through it feeling as he does now.

I just finished making enough broccoli salad for all of us, including a batch for my sister Susan, which I'll bring to her tomorrow. Soon, I'll make the low carb hamburger buns, peel potatoes for the first time in over a year for tonight's oven-baked fries (chips), shape the ground beef and ground turkey into patties, make the homemade ketchup, and slice the onions, tomatoes, and lettuce for toppings for the meat. It will be another busy day.

Tonight, we'll grill the meat poolside and enjoy a quiet and restful night in. Thank goodness.

Take care, dear readers.
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Photo from one year ago today, December 6, 2018:
A praying mantis stopped by for a visit this morning.  After it walked on the veranda table, it landed on Tom and then landed on me.  Friendly little fellow. For more photos, please click here.

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