The suitcases sit on the bedroom floor, with door closed to keep the sight from kitty eyes. Shirts and socks. Shoes and hats with adventure predicted by Wednesday.

I sit at the screen thinking there is so much to do, but not enough time to do it.  Thinking has switched from “what to do before,” to “what to do when I return.”  It such a long way from the screen to adventure.  Such a long journey from here to there.

And I sit here thinking of the comforts of hearth and home – of the joys of family and the warmth of a cat sleeping on my lap.

And yet, I know that when I am back safe in my shop, slowly cutting wood, I’ll wish I’d spent more time there – somewhere else adventuring.

Sometimes you just need to fly beyond comfort and routine.

Sometimes, the world calls and we need to see beyond our walls.

I’ll be away for a while, breathing in new places and new thoughts.

This afternoon as I sit to write I am reminded of the song, “Leaving on a Jet Plane.”  Here’s Peter, Paul and Mary’s version:


I’m not saying where Heather and I are off to – more about the adventure when we return.  Likely I won’t be responding much to this blog, but there are a number of posts scheduled while I’m away.  Ah, the joys of automation.  Talk among yourselves while I gone.

The wind is blowing outside my window and it’s time to be “Leaving on a Jet Plane.”



About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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43 Responses to Leaving

  1. Connie T says:

    I don’t get on planes, too many germs, long lines, getting patted down like you are a friggin criminal. Have a great trip Andrew. I know you don’t want to tell but now I want to know.

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  2. Hubby and I have been off on an adventure of our own, so I’m just now back home and reading your post. Happy Adventuring to you!

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  3. JoHanna Massey says:

    A safe and inspiring adventure to you both.

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  4. Oooh. Mystery. So exciting. Can’t wait for you to get back and tell us all about it. And by “it” I of course mean, what you did with the cats while you were away.

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  5. mitchteemley says:

    Have fun, and remember, “Wherever you go, there you are.” ~Buckaroo Banzai

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  6. I hope your adventure offers lots of delightful surprises and no unpleasant ones. Happy trails to you and Heather, and safe travels!

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  7. Baydreamer says:

    Wishing you a safe and fun adventure, and that song takes me back…🎵😊

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  8. Now you’re talking my language! Have a wonderful trip!

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  9. Bon Voyage, Andrew! I have a sneaking feeling you’ll be in Russia in time for the World Cup. You could have borrowed my England shirt! Never mind.

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  10. Have a wonderful trip, Andrew. I admire your sense of adventure!

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  11. CJ Hartwell says:

    Happy trails and safe travels! I’m on the road too, just for a few days while we look for new digs in our future locale. Catch ya on the other side!

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  12. jfwknifton says:

    Enjoy yourself! Don’t go anywhere the president would disapprove of, and don’t attempt to smuggle any steel back in your luggage.

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    • Not going to smuggle iron in my luggage. no, but I will have maps for my contacts with the best pirate coves in California for landing “alternate” cargos … 😉


  13. Pied Type says:

    Have a wonderful trip!

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  14. pommepal says:

    Safe travels to you both. Look forward to hearing all about it when you return

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  15. Ron says:

    Do what??? On a plane for what???
    Did you get my permission to go????
    You just wait till you get back!!
    What is this right-winger supposed to do when his favorite writer just ups and takes a vacation??!!*#+[]{}
    No respect…no respect!!😂😎

    Looking forward to your next post


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  16. Blue skies for you both. Have a safe journey.

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  17. lorieb says:

    have fun!!

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  18. dorannrule says:

    Have a grand adventure.

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  19. Ray V. says:

    Happy Trails.

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