Vacation Tales: Tea/coffee Date December 2021



Recent vacations — ours & then Mr. Judy’s — provided plenty of fodder for the coffee klatch, although of course I’ll be drinking hot chocolate. Thanks,  Coco and Deborah, for the opportunity to tell some tales from vacations — his & ours.

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you I have been looking for my walking stick for like 6 months. I know one place I saw it in the past, but it’s most definitely not there. I expanded the search to the entire house before we left for our trip. I never did find it, but I did find the Yoga book that had been missing for a while. I found a reasonable pair after Black Friday, but decided to wait until Cyber Monday. It’s not like I’m going to be using them much over the Winter, even though there are plenty of Winter hiking people in these parts.

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you that we had bad (as in not well marked) detours coming and going from our trip to Lake Minnewaska. One had me driving down a very bumpy road, only to have to turn around and backtrack less than half a mile from where we were supposed to turn. 

I know I have a lot of gray hair, but I’m used to people thinking I’m younger than I actually am, not older! And Bandit, seriously, you’re supposed to protect me.


If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you the second day we were at Lake Minnewaska the attendant asked if we were from NY, and said we could get in for free by just using our license. Turns out you had to be 62 (next year — for Mr. Judy). She said how much she loves the “active seniors”. Not sure how I feel about that!

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you Bandit has always had a delicate stomach. Our first day we were going straight to the park, so any food we had with us basically had to be okay for a few hours without refrigeration. Normally one can is three meals for Bandit. I decided I’d just split the can in half.

Which was fine the first morning, but the second morning he ate about three quarters of it and then stopped. Bandit is a mysterious dog.

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you that Mr. Judy’s recent trip out West was the first time I was home alone with just Bandit. I definitely missed Lola, who was more cuddly than Bandit. Plus when Mr. Judy came home very late at night, Bandit never made a sound. Some guard dog he is!

If you have a dog, do you think he would sleep through someone coming into your house at almost midnight? 

Would you happy or a bit disturbed for someone thinking you’re older than you actually are? I might have been okay with it if we actually had gotten in for free!

Tell me something you’re looking forward to in December!

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27 thoughts on “Vacation Tales: Tea/coffee Date December 2021

  1. I constantly get mistaken for being younger than I am (nothing I have done, it’s in the genes, my grandma was the same), I don’t think I’ve ever had it the other way around! Naughty Bandit, not protecting you, though maybe he knows who is who.

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  2. I have two sets of hiking poles. You can borrow if you need. I use them all the time. Even on flat trails.

    Check out the library. There are so many museum passes. Even for the state parks.

    I usually get mistaken for not being over 65. It’s the hair dye. Lol.

    I wish my hubby would go away. He does play tennis often in the evenings. The only thing I worry about is a power outage. My cats are no protection at all. They hide when they hear a noise.

    I am looking forward to the last run 5k/ pot luck and those holiday parties. It’s all about the food.

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  3. I am doing everything I can to hold onto my youth! 🙂 I am used to my husband traveling. No dog here but I do always have our security system on at night so I feel safe alone. However, I always hear weird noises when my husband is not here!

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    1. My husband used to travel a lot but that was pretty-COVID. When we lived in Austin we had a security system but not here. However, I once had kids ringing doorbells & knocking at the door after midnight in Austin — Chester definitely made a ruckus & I’m convinced part of why they didn’t try anything more!


  4. Max thinks he’s 3X his size, and he hears everything…so I’m pretty confident he’d be awake & ready to attack (or bark, at the minimum) if he heard the door open. I don’t have hardly any grey (yet), and my wrinkles are pretty minimal (so far, LOL), so I don’t get mistaken for being older….yet, #knockwood. The hubby is gone overnight, now & then, so I’m not scared to be alone (and kind of like it once in awhile).

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    1. That’s what happened the one time we stayed in a hotel with Bandit. It is the worst! I’m Bandit’s person so he’s ok when Lloyd isn’t there — he’s not as happy when I’m not there, which has happened so much the last 6 months.


  5. Well let’s see… there was the time, several years ago (so I was still in my 40s) where the cashier at TJ Maxx tried to give me the “senior discount”, WHAT??? I was not pleased.
    That’s funny about Bandit. Maybe he just recognized Lloyd and decided not to bark? Either way I would install an alarm system ASAP.

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  6. Scooby goes nuts when the mailman puts mail through the slot but doesn’t lift his head when my husband comes home from work — can he really tell the difference?

    I’m so used to being treated younger than I am, I’m not sure I’d cope well the other way! 😉

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  7. When I worked split shift I would check on my girls when I got home at 3 am, one time i was coming out of their room and my dog was standing there growling at me. I thought, great job Lucy, but where were you when i went in the room?

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  8. I’d probably be kinda disturbed if someone thought I was older (probably because I’m used to the opposite). I was carded a few years back for trying to buy a computer game that was rated as “mature.” ._.

    And oh, Bandit, haha. My cat has dog-like tendencies but she would definitely sleep through/ignore someone in the night.

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  9. I used to have people think I was much younger than I really am, but I don’t hear that so much anymore. LOL

    Until a year ago, Pablo NEVER barked, but started when they moved to a condo without a door he could see out of when someone knocked. Last week when he was staying with us, he was not happy with all of the nighttime FedEx, Amazon, and UPS deliveries. Fortunately, he’d only bark while they were in our cul-de-sac. He heard something and woke us up one night barking – he’d never done that before…

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