Frog Spit and Packing

The countdown has begun. Actually, it probably started a while ago, but it is much more manageable now – 2 days left! As I type this, right now in two days I will be boarding a plane to go to Paris and then on to Bamako, Mali. Can’t wait!

The packing hasn’t really started, but it is ready to happen. All that I need is laying around in piles on the floor of what is currently the sewing room (used to be T’s room). About the only thing I think I still need to do is make copies of important documents that I’ll be bringing with me, like yellow fever vaccination card, credit cards and visa. Already have the passport copied. Oh, and make a portable “pocket” to use with the pants that don’t have any.

The hair got cut today, found a converter to go with the adapter that will make charging my camera batteries possible, and counted out all the vitamins, etc. that I will need. Sure wish I didn’t have to take the original bottles for the vitamins and echinecea as they take up space, but, oh well. I do have all my carry-on liquids and gels in a clear zip-lock baggie, ready for inspection.

Speaking of which, our travel agent just informed us that most of her clients come off the Air France flight without their luggage – it isn’t lost but it doesn’t typically surface for up to five days. Better pack that carry-on judiciously.

Good friend GP wished me well and has her lucky frogs spitting in my direction. I’m told that you don’t mess around with frog spit – it works. I’m just glad I don’t have to be within range for it to be effective. Thanks, GP!

If you are interested, the itinerary for the trip is posted at the bottom of the home page of my website.

2 Replies to “Frog Spit and Packing”

  1. I already wrote this, and better! and then it disappeared. It disappeared because I could not be patient or orderly and found myself chicking out some of your categories BEFORE submitting my comment. I’m always doing things like that. sigh.

    Gin tells us that you are off to Mali and as I read of bandannas and basketry and mud and yarns, I can’t help but wish I were one of the Californians going with you.

    But…on to business…that of Frog Spit. Ask not why or how just say thank you. It is dispensed for use in real or possible calamities, to hold planes up in the sky, to make publishers fight over your writing, to heal stressed kidneys or hearts of feelings, to gather respect and attention for your good works and your soul, whether soaring or aching…all manner of things. As for Mali and this wonderful trip, come home bursting with energy and joy!

    here comes frog spit from Costa Mesa, Orange County, California. It’s a bit chillier than usual but that should help it retain freshness throughout your journey.

    Charlie, A loving friend of Gin

  2. Judy,

    Frog spit will protect you. Your job is to have the most fun and learn the most possible in Mali. Best of luck with your adventure.

    Another Pal of Gin’s,


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