It's been a while, gentle reader, but as I've just renewed my subscription to this website, I thought it an opportune moment to put down a few lines.
It still being February, Towed Haul is languishing in a snow covered field about 60 miles away. Camping in Ontario in the winter is a fools game, so we put the old girl into hibernation and she probably won't be waking up for a few months yet. It does get a wee bit galling reading about people running around the southern United States, enjoying the sun and sand, while me and Mrs Toad work our pretty little butts off to pay the bills. Retirement can't come soon enough, but more of that later.
The thing is, camping this year may never happen (yes, yes, you can put away your tiny violins). We are waiting on a new addition to the Toad household, mid-June, and we're expecting the patter of tiny feet to be a serious limiter to our camping expectations this summer. Before any of you get too carried away, I should mention that the nipper is a grand-baby, a first for us and a first Mrs T's youngest. The newest tadpole will be living with us and, I suspect, we'll be more mother and father to him than most Grandparents. Still, even without the camping, it's all good; the new baby will be as welcome as he will be loved.
That leads on to another issue; we had contemplated selling Towed Haul prior to finding out about the new arrival. We have barely camped this past few years and we thought maybe should liquidate the (paid for) asset. Well, the little one will probably enjoy camping with his old Grandpeople, so we decided to hang onto our little aluminum palace. It'll mean replacing the Toadmobile at some point as it's getting a little long in the tooth now, but while we're still working, that should be OK.
Then comes the retirement plans. We're both fed up with the daily grind of work; Mrs T getting ever less relevant to her students and me wondering why I put in so much work for so little salary. Current plans will have us both joining the old age jamboree in June 2021 and we're both hoping that nothing happens between now and then to change that date, or least move it further away. Camping here we come!
So, new family, new life and old Airstream; things are looking rosy.
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