Tuesday, February 15, 2011


I didn’t realize that it had been so long since I last posted to this blog. A lot has happened in those two weeks.

The Great Blizzard of 2011
First, there was the Great Blizzard of 2011. I went to bed late the night of February 1, it was snowing but there was only an inch or so on the ground. When I got up six hours later, at 6:00 a.m., there was over a foot! The plows got the road cleared by the end of the day. Then the winds (30 mph) started, and by the next morning there were a couple of six-foot high drifts blocking the road. But storms like this are exciting, especially when you’re in a warm house. I remember only two others of comparable intensity in my lifetime, in back-to-back years, ’78 and ’79.

Then I spent a couple of days helping my younger son Joe clean up his apartment in Kalamazoo and move back to Grand Haven. He plans to work through next fall at the blueberry farm where he’s worked the past two summers, then hopes to go WWOOFing (?? – I didn’t know what it meant either when he first mentioned it to me).

The next day the winds began

And I’ve been taking care of some of the details of departure. I found a buyer for my car. We’re going to close the deal on March 10. He’s then going to drive me to Grand Rapids to my older son Robin’s home, where I’ll be staying the last few days before departure.

And this week there’s been a buildup in preparations from the Peace Corps. We’ve had several emails with questionnaires relating to language learning, personal information for host families, and program developments. That culminated today with “Staging” instructions. I just got off the phone making my plane reservations. I’m still scheduled to leave in mid-March.

I’m excited. But I won’t let myself get too excited. I’m not on that plane yet.


  1. I have been reading your postings because I am another 'seasoned' nominee awaiting an invitation and it is interesting reading about changes in assignments for sectors and countries. It helps me to not get too worked up trying to imagine what I'll be doing and where.
    Best wishes to you.

  2. Hey best of luck with the final wait before staging! Are you staging in Philly? That seems to be the go to spot for Peace Corps events stateside. I'll be in Rabat about two weeks before the arrival or your stage but back in the Atlas by the time you all touch down. However, I will get a chance to meet you all at the end of your pre-service training when we hold elections for the Volunteer Action Committee. Do you have any idea where your PST is based? The last Health/Environment stage, mine, was in the Ouarzazate area. Best of luck, and enjoy your remaining time in the states!

  3. I don't know where PST will be. Depends on which language they assign me to, doesn't it?

  4. Hi Jim ~ Julie has been in touch and mentioned you. I'm going to give her your blog address. Are you going to keep this up overseas? I hope so -I'll enjoy hearing of your adventures. A friend of mine landed in Cairo the very day that the demonstrations began. She's safely home now, but it was worrisome for one long week.

    Scott and I are fine, and we both wish you well in your Peace Corp work. ~ Sue Schenone

  5. Hi, Sue, I definitely will be keeping this up overseas. Send me your email address, okay. Good to hear from you.

  6. I'm happy to see you are blogging. I want to wish you well on your work, and I'll pray you'll be safe and sound on your journey.
    Let me know if you head north before your trip!
    Mary Jane