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Times flies when you’re having fun and driving over hundreds of miles. I think next year I’ll head north where it’s cooler. I also think I’ll find a place to stay for a few days instead of going hither and yon. Still, I saw quite bit on my vacation; packed it in one can say.
I saw everything I wanted to see, but not as in depth as I would want.
I went to Arkansas, which was a ten hour trip. When I reached my first campground and wandered to the lake (Lake Chicot), I thought, this is it; I can feel the stress fade away. It was so nice. Okay, so it was a bit muggy and I’d just come through a horrific thunderstorm, but it was so nice to be in nature again.
Most of the trip incorporated massive amounts of driving, which is why I want to change it for next year. I did stay two nights in two places, Hot Springs National Park and Petit Jean State Park, both worth their while. Pawnee Kitty and Angus will write more later on. As will I.

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Dear Hamish,
Thank you for last letter. It brightened me day considerably to hear about the pasture. There are times I truly get homesick for it. I am sorry to hear you were poisoned by the twins. Again. I don’t know why Mum teaches them cooking and is certain they’ll grow into homemakers and potential sweeties (shudder). I have always thought that after they leave school they’ll go rouge and wild in the highlands where they’ll waylay any poor sheep who happens upon them. I picture them fluffy from years of unshorn wool, ragged hooves, and mad gleams in their eyes. If they turn out otherwise, I shall be greatly in error.
To answer your question, no, I had nea to do with the parcel. And yes, I agree ’tis unfair to tell the twins they can go on holiday, then dash it by then saying no because me Mum feared they’ll get skin cancer due to their just shorn bodies. When the twins are miserable and upset, everyone feels it.
Twas no doubt Pawnee Kitty who eavesdrops shamelessly on me mobile conversations. She actually thinks me sisters are ‘cool’. From the photo you took I can see it does look like me own sunshirt except for the heather and the peatmoss drawing on the bottom.
Me Da told me how it all played out, with them having to drag the two over to me Grandparents house and how at the end of dinner, me Grandma told the twins to close their eyes and raise their hooves over their heads. I bet they thought they’d be frisked. Instead a shirt get dropped over each heads and they hollered for joy. They already used Ian’s mobile to text me all the details about their plans. They canna wait to get to the Antonius Wall. I’ll be sure to hear more later after Grandda takes them.
I must go now. Will talk to you soon.
Your friend, in the colonies
Angus. McSheep.

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Spontaneous Holidays

I like to tell myself I am spontaneous when it comes to my travel plans.
Hah.
I plan the heck out of my vacations to maximize what I can see. This year the goal is to visit Arkansas. It’s one of the nine states I haven’t seen yet and if I’m lucky, i.e. stick to my map and schedule, I can even venture into Oklahoma, another non-visited state I can check off.
Arkansas, as it turns out, is loaded with sights to see. Now I like nature and historical places so if one likes amusement things and cities, there’s more. There are seven National Park places: Arkansas Post, Little Rock Central High School, Hot Springs, Hope (where President Clinton was born), Fort Smith, Pea Ridge, and Buffalo National River. They have great state parks too. On my list are Toltec Mounds, Old Washington, Crater of Diamonds, Petit Jean, and a few more that I can’t recall right now. Then I want to visit a cave, see if I go horseback riding, rent a bike and go bike riding…
All in one week, 8 days that is and two and half of those will be taken up by driving there and back.
You can see why I have to make a plan and chart a route. Thank goodness for Google Maps. Also, the state of Arkansas has a fantastic website and a great State Park website. Their visitor pack, which I sent for, gave me pretty much everything I needed including the knowledge that one week is not enough.
I still plan to add some spontaneity. If I see something I’d rather do or a place I’d rather visit, I’ll stop and have a look see. After all, what’s the fun if you don’t have fun?

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I had a good thing and I didn’t appreciate it. Frustration crept over me, I got impatient. Curse you netbook for not communicating with the mouse! A hard slap on the keyboard.
Your hard drive couldn’t take the rejection. It could not take the violence. I killed you. I feel horrible. I may need to take anger management courses. I most certainly learned my lesson. Hit something soft, but not Pawnee Kitty. A pillow. The sofa. The couch. Anything, but the electronics.
Geez, was I ever stupid.
I now am looking for a new netbook/laptop. I did have a flash of inspiration and thought of replacing the hard drive, but who knows what other damage I did?
Because of my rash act, not only did I kill my netbook, but I lost some of my writing. I lost ten pages of a story. It doesn’t matter that I’d started muddling through it. I lost eight pages of a story I’d started rewriting. Thank goodness I didn’t throw the paper pages away. I lost my idea page with a really good idea in it. I can recreate all those pretty well even the file where I’d started putting my mom’s stories in, but still. Sigh. Double sigh.

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Spontaneity

I will start writing my blogs, some of them, or most, on the fly. It will teach me to think and write fast.
I just noticed this keyboard is strange with little music buttons. Weird. And completely off topic. As another aside note, this is how I write letters – one thought comes in my head and I write it down.
Back to the topic.
I think writing off the cuff will be good for me. It’ll grease my brain. Actually I’m doing this because the little local library I go to to post my blogs doesn’t like my netbook and I can’t connect. I decided to turn it into an opportunity. So, when I’m at my little local library I will blog whatever and when I connect with my netbook there will be posts I’ve written earlier and edited and polished.
It’ll be interesting to see how this goes.
Another aside, the library, this larger library where I take my mom, doesn’t have that many magazines anymore on the racks. That’s sad for those you don’t have kindles and whatnot and don’t want them or can’t afford them.

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