Sunday Morning…Eight days and counting…

The air is smokey from the prepared street food on a typical evening in the Medina in Marrakesh.

We received our final grocery order from Smith’s Marketplace by Instacart this morning. I canceled our monthly delivery plan of $7.98, which more than paid for itself with special coupons and discounts on groceries we received over the months. Carefully, as always, I calculated how much food we’d need to get us through the next seven dinners since we are dining out next Saturday.

With Easter on the horizon, we didn’t make any special plans for next Sunday since we’ll be packing and preparing to leave the following day, April 1. On Sunday, Tom will take an Uber to the airport to pick up the rental car and return it here while we start packing. Since we can park in the secure parking ramp, we won’t be concerned about leaving bags in the car overnight.

So far this morning, I’ve done over half of the walking required for the day. Going back and forth down the long corridor helps me accumulate many more steps. Everything is prepped for tonight’s dinner: two small sirloin steaks and one leftover hamburger patty left in the freezer that we’ll add to the meal.

Also, I am washing two more loads to hang up on the indoor rack this morning, which will keep me busy. Before too long, I will set up Tom’s favorite news show, Sunday Morning, on the TV using the HDMI cord, which we’ll watch while I hang the wet laundry. Overall, it’s a busy day, but not so much so that I feel rushed. That will come next weekend when we pack, but we don’t experience any stress about packing and unpacking.

But even so, since we’re not flying, it will be a lot easier to pack this time when we’re driving. It only takes about five hours to drive to Apache Junction, Arizona. We’ll only be there for about seven weeks. By next Monday night or Tuesday, we’ll be unpacked and ready to enjoy our time with Tom’s three sisters, who will be there most of the time we’ll be staying at Robert’s Resort.

Not being concerned about the weight of our luggage is a nice bonus when driving to our following several locations over the next few months. That won’t be a concern until we return to Africa on June 17 or 18. We’ve yet to book our flight and will do so sometime next month.

We finished drying the bedding and jeans in the laundry room, a long walk down the corridor. Tom made the bed with the clean, dried bedding while I continued to hang the remainder of the wet clothes from the washer. It’s a bit weird that there’s a washer in this condo but no dryer. There is room in the laundry closet for a stacking washer/dryer combo.

Where we are headed next, Apache Junction, our unit won’t have a washer or dryer. Instead, we’ll have to drive to the resort’s laundry room since it’s too far to walk. It is a minor inconvenience, but in this case, we’ll wash everything only once a week instead of every three or four days.

Otherwise, everything else will be convenient while there. We know exactly what to expect this time when we stayed at Robert’s Resort in December 2019 and January 2020 before we left for India. Little did we know that Covid-19 would immobilize the world while we were there, resulting in us being in a hotel room for ten months in lockdown. Wow! What an experience that was!

That’s it for today, folks. We wish you a lovely Sunday!

Be well.

Photo from ten years ago today, March 24, 2014:

We’ve yet to take one of these horses and buggies when we prefer walking in the Medina. Also, we feel uncomfortable with these poor horses working for hours in the hot sun, often without water. For more photos, please click here.