Last weekend, on our way back from a gospel show, we received some sad news that Michael's father had passed away. Jim was always such a great supporter of our crazy bus-adventure and will be greatly missed. I only wish the kids had had more opportunity to get to know him.
we received the news it has been a bit of a whirlwind of activity while
we tried to figure out how we were going to get Michael out to Colorado
to visit his family and attend any memorial that may be planned. Having
us all go was almost immediately ruled out. Even if we could afford it,
the logistics of where to park the bus so the instruments are secure,
and where to put the cat, just made it impossible. So, a solo trip was
planned. We have some very challenging shows coming up and we headed
into our "week out" for the Thousand Trails parks, meaning we had to
move the bus. I am a rather big wimp over driving the bus. I will now do
it on the highway, but driving through cities or tight county roads
makes me squeamish, so we had to figure around that as well.
decided to give me extra practice in hopes that I could move to the
next RV on Wednesday, without him. I probably could do it, but the added
stress was something I really hoped to avoid. Thankfully, my parents
fly free and have many points available for hotels, so they offered to
come out so my dad could drive the bus and help us get moved. I'll pick
them up Wednesday morning, they will spend the day with us, including
the park change, and then I'll drive them back tot he airport Thursday. I
will pick Michael up on Friday afternoon, then we'll rush back to play a
3 hour show, get to bed, move the bus to the next park, and play
another show the following evening, and the next afternoon. After that
we'll get a very well needed mini-break! We just have to get through
bridge was on a nature trail at the park. We always made Michael walk
across it first to clear off all of the webs that would form across it
daily. Ew, ew, ew. Every pretty, once it is spider web free.
We made most of
our start-up goal for the mifi, despite almost having to throw in the
towel early. Alex was feeling quite sick, likely from the 90+ degree
heat in the heavy humidity, and busking locations that were only
available in the direct sun.We found her a chair, played everything that
didn't require much from the guitarist, and still managed to fill the
jar enough to justify the order. Now to just get enough to pay the
monthly charge. We need a sign and a new motto. Will Busk for Mifi. Or, Will Busk in Reasonable Weather and In the Shade. That's probably a better plan.
is feeling better, so I'm sleeping better, but I have her off of so
many harder to digest, possible allergen related foods, that I do feel
like I'm trying to spice air sometimes. In between learning to do that
and playing single parent, (thankfully one with teenagers), I am going
to start working to justify purchasing that mifi. We have a new song
with a new "style" we're working on and we love, love, love it! (Oh, how
I hope we do find a way to fund the next CD. I sure want to show it to
everyone!) I'm anxious to create more, and I have many articles I want
to write if I can find a quiet moment. That may have to wait until next
week, but it is nice that the difficulties of the last month have
somehow managed to inspire instead of leaving us feeling defeated.
Perhaps we've been given an extra dose of Grace this last month. We sure
could use it this next week and always appreciate the prayers from
others that keep us going.