I spent a few days at my uncle's place near Portland. He's out in the boonies. I didn't have Internet or phone reception for a few days. It was wonderful practice for the village. I did stress a bit about the unseen incoming emails which may have been about speaking engagements and things, but I was grateful for a "vacation." His camper is parked on his girlfriend's property, and he's transformed the place into a spectacular garden. This incredible uncle of mine is a Vietnam Vet and has been battling skin cancer for over 20 years. He does genealogy and landscaping in his spare time to keep active. I learned a great deal these past few days. He's got the family line all the way back to 1140!! Our family is NOT related to Robert E. Lee after all. Oh, and I've got some French. Would've thunk?
I had a wonderful time going to the Oregon coast, seeing Tilamook Cheese factory, and hanging with family.