The dogs are confined and very upset about it. The only animals that are not confined are the birds and the cat, because they all have the good sense to stay indoors. I have somewhat adapted to the cold, but I still don’t understand how people are able to live in truly cold environments.
I have spent part of my day planning my only 2018 trip. I have had to accept that my abilities to travel are limited, with the life I have chosen. It’s still important to me to fit some travel in every year, but I try to limit my trips to five days. When I take longer trips, I am mentally turning my focus towards home at about that time.
One of the big positives about this trip is that thanks to the points I have accumulated from business-related travel, all my lodging will be free. I will still have enough points on a different credit card to get a $350 gift card to Home Depot, which will allow me to upgrade the fencing around the garden and add a new gate on the west end.