What can you fit inside a Chevy Equinox?
-4 8″ potted amaryllis
-3 rolled up area rugs
-1 Frederick Cooper floor lamp
-1 large table lamp
-3 large duffel bags filled with clothing
-2 Ping golf clubs
-3 laptop computers
-2 brief cases
-a large Pottery barn wall mount bathroom cabinet
-a large birds eye maple and black walnut framed mirror
-4 30# antique Italian tile wall planters
-3 smallish stained glass window panels
-a box containing five years of taxes, house closing documents and all the other paperwork necessary to running your life
-another box with computer hard drive, the Christmas cards you had printed at Kodak but never sent, journals, must read books you’ve been waiting to get to, binoculars, yarn and knitting needles
-all of your camera equipment, including tripod
-several pair of shoes and some diving equipment
-a jumbo cat box, cat food, dishes, bottled water
-2 cat beds and a favorite cat blanket
-a 23# very vocal tabby cat hunkered down into the expensive Frederick Cooper lamp shades
-a small silver streak British Blue who hasn’t been seen since crossing the Indiana state line
-an ancient guinea pig sitting in a dishpan lodged onto the front dash, contentedly working her way through 3 heads of romaine
-a sleeping bag laid out so that the driver’s head is on the incline of the folded down back seat and his legs go under the back hatch shelf
-a very patient and determined man, who gets a lot of mileage out of caffeine.
Unfortunately, there was no room for me. You have no idea how sad I felt that I couldn’t go along on this
excursion from hell migration south. So as our personal ark heads south this Friday, I mailed 5 additional boxes, sent the aviary with finches to a Chicago friend for the winter, closed things up here in the windy city and now I’m waiting to board my plane.
Here is a picture of Sophie and McCloud checking out the big city view one last time. For the next four months they will reside in sunny Florida. I kept telling them how much fun it would be to sun on the porch and stalk little lizards but, in this picture, their ears are laid back because they hear the dreaded sounds of packing- and they know what that means.