Services Interupted

Nathaniel’s 16th Birthday

 “Before Leaving” Camping Checklist:

Order Then Wait

Ask Nathaniel to show you his “almost driver’s license”.  We’ll be driving out of the country to CA again, eh?  So we did a bit of research and found that only kids 15 and under can cross the boarder with a birth certificate these days.  A month or so ago, we ordered him an “enhanced” state ID from the MI driver’s license bureau.  No big deal, but it took three weeks to get it in the mail.  Mike and I ordered our enhanced driver’s licenses years ago.

Last week I called in a couple of prescription refills.  Of course one of the allergy medications “has a problem that requires action from your Dr.”.  Today I’ll follow-up and get that resolved. . .

Pets and Plants

Our little Shih-tzu dog, Lacey, has been hiked off to “Camp Grandma’s” for the month.  She’ll have a great time growling at the squirrels, and weigh a pound more when we pick her up.   This year I learned that I need to call the vet’s office to have my parents and in-laws put on her records as people they can talk to about my dog’s health.  Were she to need veterinarian care “up north”, HIPA applies (really?!?).  One call and they made a note in her permanent file.

The fish need week feeders and a teenager hired to add them.  She’ll also water the outdoor/indoor plants as needed.

This is how the kids imagine she’ll spend much of her time.
This AM I’m stopping our daily services.  Ugh.  US postal service mail is quickly put on hold at via their website.  South Bend Tribune newspaper has a vacation hold available on-line, too.  Our hometown newspaper required a telephone call.  You can also save a few pennies by putting Netflix on hold, if I remember right.  We’ve decided to just cancel the mail-order service today, scaling back to the basic instant package.
Our credit union, where we have a visa/debit card, is on my list of stops today.  A block automatically goes onto an account when lots of out of state charges start popping up.  That’s a pretty important place to make aware of our travel dates.   The kids will use their free coin sorter and cash-in our vacation change jar while we’re there.
Happy Travels!