Menoportable [men-oh-port-able]; the condition of adaptability

Have had to be pretty menoportable since Christmas. Having spent the 2.5 weeks for the seasonal happenings, it was back here to Dunoon for an all too brief 10 days and off again, back to Edinburgh. That again turned into a longer than planned stay of a little over two weeks.

Was back barely the full two weeks in Dunoon when the call came to return to Edinburgh a third time, as the father was in need of care and upliftment.

Since leaving to go over East for Christmas, I have been pretty much living out of suitcases. Being here only permitted changing contents of said receptacles. Washing and hanging of other items. Those paying attention will know that I returned, again, to Dunoon in the middle of last week.  The suitcases remained open and at the ready... though this time I took the measure of leaving a drawerful of basics at the father's. There was scheduled to be another medical procedure which would have required a fourth and imminent trip.

On Monday evening, however, it was revealed that the procedure is not going ahead after all. No urgency from my end then.

Yet still the two small roller-bags lie yawning on the spare bed, some items in, some items out.
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Given there is a supply of 'foundationals' now established in the end room over yonder, it seems pertinent to have at least one of these bags packed with outer change-wear and perhaps a couple of decorative items so that one can simply take off with minimum organising... you know... just 'in case'...

The freedom of movement quite suits me. Yet I note something in recent times; as happy as I am to hoof around hither and thither, as much as it is almost always instigated by myself, whenever a return to base is made, it takes longer to 'land'. Reinstating disciplines and routines which have necessarily been compromised in other surroundings. It could be a menopolyxinaemic thing. Or it could be that am becoming a bit me-NO-portable after all.

...what? Are you new round here? Check the menoctionary page...

There is something to be said for being prepared, so the ready-packed case and the pre-stocked drawer would certainly count as that.

What would seem portable also, is the writing. My days are pretty much dedicated to the spiritual studies and practices and then the writing arising therefrom, as well as the blogs. Reading 'Riting and Research pretty much sums me up. It can be done anywhere, right?

To some extent yes. However, meditational practice has been almost demolished by recent sojourns; not that one could not make the practice in Edinburgh, but that the circumstances were such that it would have proved inconvenient to others; there is a long way to go to build understanding of such matters. For short stays it would not make a difference. These longer forays, however, have broken the rhythm and getting that back is proving a little harder than anticipated.

As to the creative writing; almost none has been done.  Maintaining the blogs alone and keeping up personal research takes up sufficient time in any day when another requires attention. It was good for family to see that my writing intent is serious, but, like the spiritual practices, it is not seen as a genuine pursuit when there is soup to be made or buns to bake!

Therefore one adapted. The issue I am having and rambling on about here - now there is no immediate need to roll the Little Ren's wheels anytime soon - is in re-adapting.

Am I sorry to be on the road so much?  Absolutely not. Do I need to shake myself down, straighten myself out and get on with the key purpose of my life now? Absolutely do.

Jus' sayin'...




20 comments:

  1. Just think if you had a pet. Well, it probably would be in the passenger seat.

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    1. Hari OM
      ....heheheheheh, yup, you're getting to know me!!! Yxx

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  2. My niece is a travelling man, she is always going somewhere or just come back sounds like you two would get on well but I'm a homebody or maybe I'm just lazy.
    Merle..................

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    1. Hari OM
      Lazy you are not Merle; you take us on wonderful journeys right round your neighbourhood;;;; it's just a matter of scale &*>

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  3. Travelling's great but coming home's pawfect. I'm a homebody
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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    1. Hari OM
      I've always worked on the principal that "I" am my home - which is pretty much the same as wherever I lay my shawl...Doesn't mean I don't appreciate the mattress under and the roof over! Yxx

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  4. Being Pawpared to go .... Someplace... fast and Easy is a very good thingy.... a constant state of READYNESS.
    Our mom says she can be ready to go ANYWHERE... that does NOT require a PassPort... In 15 mins.. and we believe her... we have seen her Whirlwind Packing...
    Fur US we just take Water and Snacks and a Stuffie or so... and WE are ready.

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    1. Hari OM
      Yup, with the case all ready, the only thing left for me to pack would be little YAMSPETOO here, plus the perishable contents of the refrigerator... and maybe a stuffie or two &*>

      Oh.... and the FUDGE of course!!! Yxx

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  5. traveling around is nice...and I do have itchy feet :)...but after a while, home will always be the best place :)

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  6. Crikey Aunty ...... how do you fit everything in? My Mum's a home body but she's been travelling around most of her life. Dad is ALWAYS on the move. She reckons it's harder now that she's older. They take half the house with 'em but when they try to find anything they can't! Too funny!! Best of luck getting back to normal!!

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    1. Hari OM
      Charlie mate, you may well ask... and I may not have an answer! Yxx

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  7. I would be lost... my "just in case" always contains the wrong things :o) Think I'm more a couch potatoe than Marco Polo :o)
    easy rider

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    1. Hari Om
      hmmm yes, there is an element of that too... though these days it is rare to find oneself in places where things cannot be obtained... one way or another! Yxx

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  8. I can most certainly empathise with this issue just at the moment. Having Bertie with me helps me feel at home even when I am away, but basically I miss my usual routines and am looking forward to getting back to 'normal life' in Scotland soon!
    Cheers, Gail.

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    1. Hari OM
      Oh yes Bertie lad, if anyone understands this one today, it is you and Miss Gail!!! Yxx

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  9. Mom said she used to like to go a lot of places but in her old age she is more content to stay home. We will make a copy of your advice for packing. Mom could REALLY use this as she uses 5 suitcases for an overnight!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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    1. Hari OM
      Well yes doods, I think it is the menosoupal state which causes one to slow down - physically - doesn't stop the want or need to up and go though! .... I have always been a light traveller, in fact; I noticed that having Little Ren has tempted me to break the habit of a lifetime!!! Yxx

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  10. So long since we have travelled anywhere and the mere thought of it now terrifies me. Used to love to drive long distances and enjoy our beautiful southwest (some of which got so badly burnt earlier this year...hundred of hectares). I am fortunate though to have wonderful memories of those days and also the days we spent in New Zealand finding so many treasures. If my memory ever left me I would indeed be lost. xx

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    1. Hari OM
      Yes, there is no doubt that travelling does become more daunting as the years progress - if only because the old bones now need a certain type of mattress!!! Gone are the days of sleeping under the stars and making do with a grass patch. But oh those memories, eh? &*> xx

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  11. I admire you for being able to do that much! I have been 'free' to do as I please for the last six weeks and have not knitted a single sock, let alone the cardigan my sister wanted me to finish or anything else!

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