The Ambiguous Benefits of Vacations

The Guadalupe River, Starksville, Texas

We had a terrific time last week, lounging by the river, shopping, watching old movies. Between Mom’s illness and my book debut, MSB has been neglected lately. We needed this time away.

This particular country get-away is one of our favorites.  We usually go in the fall, but since we missed it last year in favor of a conference trip to Indiana, we decided to hit it this spring–early enough to avoid the summer vacationers, but late enough to miss the spring breakers. The river wasn’t as empty of fishermen and tube-floaters, but they weren’t around our area. (By the way, we tried to fish the river this year. Not so good. I wonder if those who were fly-fishing did better.)

As always, one of our favorite activities on the Guadalupe is feeding the ducks and geese. This year, there weren’t as many as usual, but they’re still as aggressive and fearless as always. One in particular seemed more interested in defending his territory than eating leftover white bread. But not this guy. This goose couldn’t eat fast enough! It’s funny that with all the ducks we have here, we still get a kick out of feeding the ones on the river. MSB calls for them, and they fly or swim as fast as their wings/webbed feet will go to see what these annual visitors brought them. Same ol’ thing. Cheap white bread.

Shopping is always on the list when we’re out around Starksville. The tiny town is near the Tanger Outlet Mall in San Marcos and the Cabela’s in Buda, and we spend a day hitting each. Don’t go assuming that the outlet mall is for me and Cabela’s is for him. I can easily spend as much money at Cabela’s as he can, and he can (and sometimes does) spend as much money at the mall as I do.

But look what was at our favorite outlet mall this year! I didn’t even realize this thing was still around. It was surrounded by mall security and picture-snappers, but I managed to get a couple of shots. Of course, after seeing this–and craving hotdogs–we were totally unable to get the Oscar Meyer Weiner song out of our minds and mouths for quite some time. In fact–“Oh, I wish I were an Oscar Meyer weeeeeener! That is what I’d truly like to be-e-e . . . ”

Like I said, we had a great time, some “alone” time together. The only on-line connection I had was through the Blackberry. Not my favorite way because the connection is more cantankerous than here on my computer, but it’s good enough to keep up. And I did try to keep up, but it wasn’t high on my priority list.

We came back broke, rested, happy, reconnected with each other, and generally refreshed. So why did I name this post “The Ambiguous Benefits of Vacation”?

Because one of the downsides is getting myself back into the swing of things. I have work to do! A house to clean. Marketing and promotions to work on. Blog posts to write. Manuscripts to edit. A contest to coordinate/judge. I don’t have time to be this discombobulated!

Oh well. I’ll get the rhythm before long.

Sheila Hollinghead at Eternal Springs has her review of Give the Lady a Ride up and running, but K. Dawn Byrd‘s posts don’t go up until evening, so it’ll be awhile before my interview shows up there. Meanwhile, you can find me on Peevish Penman. Visit these sites, okay? I really appreciate the people who are willing to help debut authors promote their work.

Michael Scott won the $10 B&N gift certificate drawing for joining my Facebook Fan Page. You can still join, of course. Just search for Give the Lady a Ride. If you’re ready for another drawing, I extended the Amazon Author Page contest another week. Leave a comment to enter the drawing for a $10 gift certificate.

Now that it’s after noon, and this Monday post is about six hours later than usual, I guess I’d better get to work. Gotta do something productive today!

Ohhhhh, I wish I were an Oscar Meyer weeeeee-ner!

That is what I’d truly like to be-e-e!

‘Cause If I were an Oscar Meyer weeeeee-ner,

Ev’reee-one would be in love with me!

About Linda W. Yezak

Author/Freelance Editor/Speaker (writing and editing topics).
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4 Responses to The Ambiguous Benefits of Vacations

  1. K.M. Weiland says:

    Ain’t that the truth? Vacations are a double-edged sword to be sure. But I’m glad you had a good time. Pass the hot dogs!


  2. Oh great! I woke up with “My God Saves” playing in my head. Now I’ll be singing, “If I were an Oscar Meyer Weiner, everyone would be in love with me.”

    Your fault.

    So glad you had such a great time of rest and reconnecting. My family doesn’t quite get yet why I run around cleaning before we leave to go anywhere.


    • Linda Yezak says:

      You come home to a clean house? Wow! I’ve discovered that even if I clean before we leave, by the time we make multiple trips back and forth to the truck to unload our stuff, it’s not clean anymore!

      Sorry about the song switch. “My God Saves” is a considerably better song!


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