Friday, July 9, 2010

A Great Way to Pass a Summer Afternoon - Friday

Get thee to some water!

So you know the saying about the best laid plans? "The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry." Yup. That one by Robert Burns. Well today it held true.

We were going to go to the lake. We woke early, sucked down coffee and packed a picnic lunch. The canoe and kayak were hoisted atop the car. The kids were loaded and I was literally walking out the door when the phone rang. I almost didn't answer but it was early. I mean no one calls before 8:00 am unless something has gone awry. And indeed it had.

My sister was on the line. Her and her family were driving up to Oregon (we had planned to meet up with them later). Notice I said "were", as in no longer driving. It seems their geriatric suburban had chugged its last mile. They were stranded on the side of the road 100 miles out. And here's the kicker. They had been towing my Grandmother's Trillium camping trailer. A trailer they'd outgrown and were bringing it to us.

A trailer! A trailer! We're getting a trailer!

Needless to say we did not go to the lake. Thanks to AAA the suburban was towed. My brother-in-law went with the truck to attend the dying car. However the trailer, my sister and their five children were left on the side of the road. Left to battle the mosquitos and dust. Clearly a rescue was in order. We must've been a sight for sore eyes!

In the car, on the way home, my sister mentioned they'd stopped by one of their rentals (they own several properties). The renters had moved out and left quite a bit of stuff. In passing she mentioned they'd left a typewriter -- it was mine if I wanted it. A typewriter? What kind? How old? My sister didn't know.

Turns out it was GORGEOUS. A lovely black Corona Silent model. I've been jonesing for a typewriter forever and now two have come into my life in the past week. I mean, seriously, how cool is that?!!

So we didn't go to the lake. We didn't kayak or canoe or galavant in the water. But we inherited a vintage trailer -- a gorgeous egg of our very own, and a new-to-us typewriter to boot. The best laid plans may not have come to fruition but what a day!

I promise -- photos soon. In the meantime -- get thee to some water. That is, unless your plans go awry.

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jacqueline said...

Sorry to hear you didn't get to go to the lake but im so glad everything turns out wonderful in the end. Have a lovely merry happy wekeend and love to you!

Tammie said...

what a day. congrats on the trailer. im so exccited for you.

Jen said...

How very cool that you ended up with a trailer of your very own and another typewriter. Look forward to the photos. Hope you can make it to the lake another day ;)

Kerri said...

alls well that ends well- sound like a great day! :)