Friday, September 2, 2011

Starting to Pack

We left for Cairns at 4:00 a.m.  John is not feeling very well, but he managed to do what he had to do.  He's leaving for the U.K. on Sunday so there are things that had to be done.

We went to Rusty's Market, but didn't buy much since we will both be gone for a month.  He got some avocados, star apples, mandarins, and tomatoes.  I got to see Carol for a minute.  She said she has banana trees at home, and she has bananas everywhere.  John has lots of bananas, too.  He left a bag full with the ladies at the laundry.

I finally found my husband when he answered an email.  He was on his way to Bryant for Zac's football game.

I got cash out of the ATM for my big Australian walk-about.  We'll see how long it will last.  I decided to try and do it on $800.00.    John says I can do it on $600.00.  26 days?

I'm told it will be cold and rainy when I get down south.  I went in the Ops Shop (second-hand) store to see if they had a rain coat in my size.  Nothing.  So after getting my sugar cane drink, I left John in the car while I ran to the mall to see what I could find.  I had a picture in my mind of a smart London Fog 3/4 length coat.  Nothing.  I ended up buying a blue plastic emergency rain poncho for $2.00 at Target.  I also got a black belt and Fructis Moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.

I told John I finished the Pearl Buck book and how I learned that she had met Scott and Helen Nearing.  John had corresponded with Helen Nearing for years before she died.  He said she died in her 90's after venturing out into a snowstorm.  I traded in the Pearl Buck book for his copy of Living the Good Life by Helen and Scott Nearing.

For lunch I had papaya, sapadilla, yellow sapote and coconut.  I spent the afternoon doing hand laundry and packing my suitcase.  I'm planning on getting by with two small suitcases if possible.

Supper was salad dressing, lettuces, arugula, cucumber and sauerkraut.

After due consideration, I have decided to take my heaviest jacket with me.  It's nylon so should serve as a rain jacket to some extent, too.

I practiced my flute and then read in the Helen and Scott Nearing book.  I have their recipe book at home.  I like the way they eat, because they eat fresh produce all year...what's in season...and they eat POPCORN.  They eat lots of raw foods and also some cooked foods but no animal products.  They ate healthy, organic vegetarian foods.  They were much opposed to food processing, poisoning, and drugging.

To health and happiness.

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