Because I wake up in a different day when I fly from New York to Rome, the “tomorrow” of yesterday’s blog is really tomorrow today. But before I board the plane and wake up in another time and place, I must finish packing.
Besides a novel-in-progress, clothing, and a computer, here are some other useful things I’ve hauled in my carefully weighed suitcases on previous trips:
A solar electric fence charger and battery
A ten-pound sledgehammer
Every manner of carpenter’s tool
5 lb. bags of iron sulfate and copper sulfate
Heirloom tomato seeds
A six-man tent
80 feet of garden hose
Every manner of gardening tool
A sculptor’s axe
Every manner of mechanic’s tool
A heavy-duty bench vice
A hydraulic jack
A refractometer (to measure ripeness of grapes)
A hunting bow and arrows
A giant bottle of generic Ibuprofen
A posthole digger
A mandolin (for chopping food)
A meat cleaver
Today, I will continue cleaning out my basement storage area by taking:
A 200-foot spool of anchor rope and chain
A pair of hip waders
A box of hospital bed legs
Every manner of nail and screw
An $800 bolt of silk we bought in Thailand years ago.
And a luggage scale.
50 pounds max!