This has always been a tough time of year because RangerSir works weekends during hunting season. He is busy doing what is called hunter patrol. In past years this was a time where we often found ourselves passing in the night. My days off were the traditional Saturday and Sunday and his were whatever he could grab. Many nights he would not be home for the dinner hour. It was not not a near miss either, it was often closer to 8 when he blew in the doors. All he wanted was a hot shower and to relax.
Since I have had my hours cut back and I now have Fridays off as well we have set aside this day to have fun together during hunting season. We have started off our Friday with a Thursday night date.
Date night is tough because we love to eat good food. There is not an over abundance of places to eat out and with the loss in salary we felt eating out was an extravagance we probably should not indulge in. Instead we have been cooking together on Thursday nights. We have had all sorts of special dinners, playing music, drinking wine and dancing a little.
Our Fridays have been like a one day vacation that we have decided to give ourselves. One week we packed up a picnic and took a half-finished bottle of Thursday nights wine up to the high country to watch for wildlife and huddle under the blankets. We have explored some places that we have wanted to explore without the weekend crowds, like a little family owned hot springs that is geographically unfit for most folks to visit. We had the whole place to ourselves. How cool is that to be outside in the hot springs with all the forest all around?
Saturday and Sunday are my days. I spend those days so many different ways enjoying my own company, letting my creative muse run wild or curling up with a book doing nothing at all.
The rest of the week we are like always two ships passing, but it knowing that at least once this week we will both be in the home port at the same time that makes the rest of it all tolerable. Life is full of blessings when you least expect them.