Adventures Rarely Happen as Planned

The best laid plans… You know the rest.

I hope you all are having some good holiday cheer with people you care about however you celebrate this season. If that means enjoying some peace and quiet from your normally chaotic life, I get it and totally feel that too is a way to celebrate.

I chose to fly into chaos for my holiday. I am visiting family in Los Angeles and Orange County. I chose to fly in the midst of a Covid surge at one of the busiest times of the year, into one of the busiest airports in the world, and in the middle of winter storm warnings all across the west which has been a most chaotic experience but certainly in no way a bad experience. The flight to LA was not as bad as I was prepared for with my booster shot, and my KN95 masks, and my hand-sanitizer. The visit has been fun and the Christmas chaos is a treat. Good food, good music, good hugs from daughters, son-in-laws, and especially lot’s of hugs from grandchildren, even the 18 and 19 year-old ones. A super treat!

Today is Wednesday and I was supposed to fly back to Oregon last Monday… it did not happen.

As I was waiting for the plane at LAX I got an alert on my phone that my flight was canceled. Not sure if it was weather or Covid that canceled it, but it was, and the soonest flight I could get was Thursday, tomorrow. So after a hectic time retrieving my bag from baggage claim, I am back with my daughter and family in Los Angeles. More Grandchildren time, whee! Certainly not a bad thing. If your plans have to get rerouted this is the best scenario I can think of.

I am a little concerned about what is to come next. The weather is not clearing up, and I am hoping my flight does not cancel again. I am supposed to be preparing to drive back to the desert next week and I have preparations to do for that. I also miss my puppies. They are still in Oregon being well cared for, however I do miss them.

So the Adventure Continues. An Adventure without surprises would not really be much of an adventure right? What matters is how you deal with the surprises and can you pivot and adjust and make the most of the way things unfold. True these are not major surprises yet, but they do alter my plans and they do affect others as well. The best we can all do is make the best of the situation. We are all doing our best to cope. There really isn’t much else we can do. The weather and the pandemic are beyond our control.
So today we will make Salted Brown Butter Crispy Treats and enjoy more L.A. rain.

Happy New Year, let 2022 be the best year ever!


Published by cherylmcdonald

Thank you for taking a little time to get to know me. Making art has been my life, I love to tell stories through words and pictures. I am a multi-media artist working in photography, watercolor, various drawing media, and sometimes digital art.

One thought on “Adventures Rarely Happen as Planned

  1. Thank you so much for this Cheryl – sounds like you are having quite the unexpected, yet wonderful, holiday time ! I like your enthusiasm for 2022….hope I catch some of it !

    LOVE the pics – those sure are 2 cute cuties you have. Love the personality of our adorable Shih Tsu’s !

    Happy New Year and Happy Trails !

    Vicki (Siegel)



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