Now I am scrambling to get the suitcases packed and the house cleaned. I always clean house before we go on vacation because I love the feeling of coming back to a beautifully clean and organized house.
And now as I put the final touches down, I am reminiscing about when we lived in Madison, Indiana. We moved there in 2002 and lived there for 15 months before moving to our home in Florida.
The time in Madison was an adventure unlike any before that. We rented the first floor of a house built in 1846. It was located on Main Street, within walking distance of the grocery, theater, restaurants and all kinds of shops. And, if you drove to the top of the hill, you would find Walmart, the big Kroger store, Staples, Dairy Queen and all the new stuff that was coming to Madison. But down on Main street, where we lived, all the buildings were from the 1800's. We were a block from the Ohio River, and Jim and I use to take our morning walks at 5:15 in the morning for a mile east along the river, and then a mile back. That was the only time that Jim joined me for my morning walks. And, we had some good times there.
We will be seeing our wonderful friends, Jim and Margo. (Actually staying in their guest house which is also from the 1800's) They are the ones who introduced us to "good" red wine and taught us to enjoy a glass to love songs by Sinatra, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Sam Cooke and others. Jazz and blues to the sound of St Germain, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, BB King and so many more. (When Jim and I cook together - with a glass of wine in hand, love songs on the iPod - we ALWAYS think of Madison and our good friends Jim and Margo!) We use to take trips with them into Louisville shopping, discovering fabulous wine stores and restaurants. But they also showed us the fun of living in a small town like Madison. And we have missed them and the quaint little town.
This is going to be a great weekend. Life is good with good friends!
Here's to the Journey!