Wow. Where did May go?
Summer is usually busy but the busyness started a month early! So much to catch you up on! I don’t think I ever have gone so long without blogging! The upside is there is plenty of fodder for several posts. Where to start?
T1 AND E MOVE IN?
T1 and E moved into their new house, sort of. I mentioned before their new place is about 3 hours or so away from his old place (and us). His job has an office they are allowing him to relocate to that is just under an hour commute from his new place — but they didn’t want him switching offices until after Memorial Day – and their old house sold already. The result? — They kind of moved in with us!
They moved a lot of things to their new place but since a 3 hour commute is just too much, they spent their weekdays with us and the weekends at their new place.
WEEKENDS AT THEIR PLACE
We spent almost every weekend at their new place, helping them with various repair and remodeling that they began in earnest. Mike even took a few extra days off and spent time their during the week. They are doing a big part of it DYI, but will also be hiring a contractor for some of it. In any event, it meant big changes in my normal routine.
A WEEKEND WITH MATT
Matt invited me to go to the coast with him. We came up with a cover story that I wasn’t feeling well and wanted to rest. So while Mike, Kayla, and J spent a weekend at T1’s, I spent it with Matt. I actually wasn’t keen on the idea as I didn’t want to miss a weekend helping at T1’s. Not that I am that handy of a DYI’er, but I can paint a wall or at least cook and clean up or just socialize. Great family bonding time — and I love being around E’s cousin’s. I am hooked on nudism! But… I left it up to Mike and he wanted me to spend the weekend with Matt at the coast. I’ll get back to that in my next post.
FAMILY (NAKED) CARAVAN
Some of my nieces and nephews wanted to check out their cousin’s new digs and help out. My side of the family was made aware of T1 adopting E’s naturist lifestyle, but participating in it is another thing. And, until they asked if they could help out they weren’t really aware that E’s next-door-neighbor cousin’s family were all nudists as well.
Until E “came out” as a nudist to us and our subsequent embracing of it, T1 and E kept it to themselves. No more. The expectation is that anyone visiting them will at least be a witness to their natural state, but no one is expected to partake if they don’t want to.
Most of my nieces and nephews are adults ranging from their early 20’s to early 30’s but one niece is 17 (about six months younger than J). When told of what to expect, most of them were unfazed. My sisters weren’t planning to come and said if their kids wanted to help out, it was up to them. Same for whether or not they wanted to be naked. And, my eldest sister’s husband was coming. So yeah, no one objected.
It surprised me. I assumed at least one person may have had an issue – not to say there weren’t some concerns and questions to address, especially with my sister regarding her 17 year old daughter. My sister surprised me the most with allowing her daughter to come. With all the people that would be there, including her husband, and with assurances that I would “keep an eye out,” she was fine leaving it up to her daughter to decide. My niece was very excited about it.
Funny aside – she said she was more nervous and “weirded out” from the prospects of being naked in front of her dad, and in seeing her dad naked, than she was from anyone else seeing her or being nude. I think that is understandable.
SEE IMAGE ABOVE
Okay, so we weren’t quite as crammed together as those in that image, but, it was pretty close to that. There was a caravan of us that spent the weekend at T1’s. 5of my nieces and nephews including two spouses, along with a brother-in-law, plus me, Mike, Kayla and J, plus T1 and E, E’s cousin, cousin’s husband, 3 kids, AND E’s brother, her brother’s partner and their 2 kids, AND one other of E’s cousins and their two kids. And there were times E’s cousin’s kids had friends over — so there were around 30 people going between the two houses. And just about everyone was naked the entire time!
A few didn’t partake right away but eventually did, and a couple never did. But whether they were clothes free, partially nude, or totally naked, no one was made to feel bad about their decision.
I found that I become oblivious to the nudity after awhile. However, even without a conscious awareness of there being “nakedness” everywhere, I always remained conscious of the “beauty-ness, purity-ness, fun-ness, carefree-ness, loving-ness” that was in the air.
It was amazing and I am tempted to go on and on and start another nudism rant if not for being so behind in posting. Perhaps another post! But if our “naked caravan” is any indication of what I am in for at the nudist resort, I am only that much more excited about that trip! Our trip to the nudist resort is coming up – June 7!
Oh – and we got so much done at their new place! Overgrowth cleared (the land was very overgrown), large section of the house gutted, reframed, re-wired, etc. It’s great having E’s cousin next door, not only pitching in, but they have a lot of heavy equipment like a backhoe. They ended up putting in a back road of sorts that connects their two houses without having to drive on the public road.
And it was so nice of T1’s cousins to give up a weekend and help out. They don’t always see as much of each other as they use to as everyone is so busy with their lives. Of course, they got to see an awful lot of each other this time. Ha!!
So two weeks of T1 and E living with us during the week, weekends spent at their place, and some other “routine life stuff” kept me away from blogging the last several weeks. In my next post, I’ll share more details about what my weekend with Matt was like, as well as what that weekend at T1’s was like without me.
12 thoughts on “252. Still there? The Naked Caravan”
Ok, here’s a thought/question.
(Imagining I’m in that group.)
I most certainly would not be in my birthday suit there. With that comes the caveat of my experience and skills. A lot of the work that I would have tackled requires certain apparel from a safety/protection standpoint. I would want anyone assisting me dressed as needed for the same reason. Do you think asking such of someone there would have been seen as infringing on their freedom to pick their state of dress.
I ask because I typically wouldn’t care but, in this example, allowing it of those around me would be to knowingly lead them into possible harm. As a leader I would feel irresponsible were the request not made. Make sense?
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Great points. Makes sense, and depending on what someone was doing they might put on knee pads, elbow pads and even gloves. And believe me, “foreman Mike” made sure of it, especially for the younger help. Funny aside, but E’s cousin’s had a large supply of those things – perhaps normal for nudists? Anyway — at times people might stop and put on a shirt. As it was pretty hot, some people liked to have a light shirt on to catch perspiration versus just dripping freely. Oh, and eye protection too… all the normal precautions of doing work with or without clothes. But wearing a shirt or pants or not wearing them had no impact on safety – just comfort. And if someone felt more comfortable or safe with something on, they wore it. No questions or comments by anyone. Frankly, things like painting are actually better done in the nude…no clothes to ruin! Oh – and everyone always wore shoes, especially around construction area, but even just walking around. It is about comfort, not total nudity for nudity sake. Bottom line – Safety doesn’t go out the window just because of a preference to be naked.
Thank you for the answer.
Didn’t want to seem prudish but at the same time I’ve loaded enough ambulances to learn what not to do!
Hope you have a good day ma’am.
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I wouldn’t assume anyone reading my blog to be prudish. Her hee. Safety first!! Even when naked…make that, ESPECIALLY when naked!
Like when dangly bits are flipping about near the chop saw?
Something like that!
Been awhile. Some cool stuff happening in your lives.