Have you been to Washington state? I got to visit Seattle a couple of years ago, so I know how beautiful the area is. And this week I get to visit another part of Washington. I’ll be visiting my daughter who is staying along the southern border not too far from Portland, OR.
I spent much of my weekend trying to figure out what to pack for this trip. Here in South Texas it’s in the 90s every afternoon and all I ever wear is short sleeved cotton. Even when it does eventually get a little colder, all I ever need is a light sweater. So I tried to figure out some things I have that could be layered. It wasn’t easy.
Actually, I do own some warm weather clothes. I went out last week and bought myself a few warm weather things. That’s because next week I get to go on a once in a lifetime trip. I get to go to Northern Idaho to participate in Young Living’s winter harvest at their blue spruce farm. I mean….I couldn’t be more excited. BUT when I got the list of suggested clothing I got overwhelmed. Waterproof work boots and two pair of waterproof work gloves? I scrambled around trying to find what I could. What it comes down to is that I will basically have one outfit to wear. I wasn’t going to buy more since it is doubtful I will wear any of it again for years. I just don’t have much use for winter gloves here.
Although now that I am equipped, maybe I’ll take up snow skiing.
The one thing I got that I am super excited about and will wear to both places (Washington and Idaho) is my new Joey Travel Jacket. This jacket is amazing! It’s got so many pockets, all with zip closures, that it will make my airplane time so much easier! I can have all of my necessary things right in my seat with me. No digging around in the bag under the seat in front of me. Don’t you hate that? It’s like trying to move in a sardine can.
Usually I grip my phone while I try to sleep because I am listening to an audiobook and there’s nowhere to set it down, but with this jacket I can relax. The phone can be inside a little pocket over my chest. My jacket has a liner that is removable, so I will wear it without the liner this week and with the liner next week. Perfecto!
Yesterday before church I had an extra half hour so I got it in my head to organize all of my essential oils. I was trying to decide which ones to travel with and was struggling to find what I needed. I have 2 cases, several shelves and a drawer all with oil bottles. Every time I want one that’s not one of my daily oils I have to go searching for it.
I’d had enough of that and I took out every opened bottle of oil I own and spread them across my bathroom counter and began alphabetizing them. Then I added 5 more shelves and started putting the bottles on the shelves. Hopefully now I will be able to find anything any time.
The shelves on the wall on the left were already there; I just reorganized them. The little white shelf immediately to the left of the mirror will have only what I use every day so those will be quick to grab (Endoflex, Abundance, Myrtle, Envision, Joy, frankincense, White Angelica, Valor). The shelves on the right are what I hung yesterday. The bottom shelf is all of the oils my younger boys are allowed to use without my permission. It’s the KidScents and some that I diluted and put in roller bottles.
All unopened bottles went into my cabinet and all duplicates went into the drawer. In theory, this should make it simple to find what we need., But of course, this system requires people putting them back in order. I usually do, but the kids….we shall see.
When I have a sec I will write some things on the chalkboard backs of the shelves. I didn’t have time yesterday. That “I’ll do this while I have an spare half hour” turned into an all day project as it was. I finally had to stop and get back to packing.
When I am getting ready for a trip I make a list on my phone of things that pop into my mind as I do other things. Like I will be making lunch for the kids and…”GPS!” will pop into my head. I’ll panic right then that I will forget my GPS so I will add it to my phone list. Right now it says, “GPS, pillow case, Bandaids, extra cord, almonds.” You know, important stuff.
I have gotten pretty good at prepping for travel. I have a drawer with my travel stuff and I can just pull it out when I am packing. This keeps me from looking all over the place for my foam travel pillow or my little fan. It’s all together. It’s just the clothes that I struggle with
I’ll be back home later in the week, this is just a quick trip. Then a several days to rest and catch up with school before I leave again. I don’t like to leave the kids this much, but, honestly, they’ll be fine. When Mom is gone they get to play more wii so they don’t complain. And I call them every day to go over their school work.
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Have a great week!
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