Pre-holiday weekend has begun…Two days until Tom’s birthday celebration!…

On the way to Nelspruit with our driver Okee Dokee, she stopped to buy lychee nuts from this adorable girl, who was selling them on the side of the road with her mom. For more photos from this date in 2013, please click here.

It’s disappointing not being able to buy Tom a gift for his upcoming birthday. In our old lives, we always had gifts for one another for birthdays, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, and other special days throughout the year.

Our lifestyle prohibits buying anything that goes into our single piece of luggage. His bag is packed to the brim with recent purchases I made for him while in Minnesota. He has everything he needs and wants. 

After Christmas, he’ll need to purchase a leather belt that he wears daily to hold up his pants Christmas. I guess that’s an “old man” thing. (He won’t mind my saying this). 

Also, we’ll need to buy some of those short white socks that most people wear these days instead of the older-style socks that come part-way up one’s calf.

We both prefer long socks, but we’ve adapted to the more “fashionable” style.

We prefer not to stand out as seniors who don’t know what is in style and what is not. Also, by “going with the flow,” we stand out less as typical senior tourists as we travel the world.

This morning I headed back to the Safeway Market for a few more of their spectacular deals, such as roasted chickens at $5.95 each and bacon at $.99 for a 12-ounce pack. 

We’ve begun thinking about the tasks we must tackle before we leave the US in 39 days. Gosh, the time is coming up quickly. After the holidays end, I’ll start trimming down the contents in my clothing suitcase and the “supplies” suitcase. Tom will do the same in his clothing suitcase.

Also, I am making a list of toiletries and other items to add to the “supplies” suitcase. I doubt we’ll replace many items we frequently use while in India, some of which we may find in other countries. 

Constantly making lists is a relevant aspect of our world travels. I use a few apps on my phone, including “Bring,” a grocery and shopping app I’ve been using for years, and “Google Keep,” where I can make lists for absolutely anything. 

These two apps help us stay organized, especially when we know we may not have access to shopping. We’ll be eating out all meals while in India but will forego bringing any food items.

Tom’s a little concerned about the spices in Indian food, and I’m worried that I won’t be able to get proper low-carb meals for my way of eating when so many foods are starchy. However, after doing some research, it appears most hotels have eggs, chicken, fish, and vegetables for chicken and me and rice for Tom. 

Today, Tom is watching football all day while I continue to work on financial matters. There isn’t much I can do to stay occupied in this small space, but somehow I manage to entertain myself.

Have a great start to the holidays this weekend!

Photo from one year ago today, December 21, 2018:

Last year on this date, I made Rice Crispy bars for Tom’s birthday. The humidity in Marloth Park made it difficult to harden, so I trimmed the edges, placing them in the red bowl as shown.  Tom snacked on the edges after they firmed up in the refrigerator. For more details, please click here.

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