There’s no place like home but there’s also no place like being with the granddaughter. After twelve nights in a hotel, you can bet my bed will feel fantastic tonight. I do miss “normal” when I’m gone – miss my bathroom, my chair, my dark nights, the quietness. We were in a suite so the bedroom was away from the hallway but the first night after Addie’s accident, she still wanted to stay with me, so Nicole came and stayed at the hotel. Nicole and Addie slept in the bed and I slept on the sofa and I heard every door close on the entire floor all night.
There were some kind of flashing lights outside and we could close the darkening shades almost enough to keep the light out but a little bit of flashing light goes a long way when you’re used to sleeping out in the middle of nowhere with no streetlights or security lights . . no lights except the stars.
I was so lucky going through Oklahoma City and Tulsa today. There were chances of rain and thunderstorms but I didn’t drive through any storms. I had a few raindrops on my windshield before Tulsa and a bit more rain after Oklahoma City but made it through the heavy traffic areas with no wet streets.
When people don’t understand why I dislike driving in traffic . . this picture explains it all. Texas roads! 75 mph speed limits, rarely any traffic, nice wide shoulders where people will drive onto the shoulders to let you pass.
I’m glad to be home but I miss Addie, Nicole and Chad already. Ten hours in the car coming home seems like a whole lot longer than 10 hours in the car going to Missouri. I’m always so excited to see them on the going trip and so tired on the coming home trip.
But, I’m home . . til the next trip, which I think Addie and I decided last night is in 42 days! I can wait 42 days.
Nelle Coursey says
So glad you made it home safely! We only got drops of rain but Comanche got an inch today!! But talk about cool! Just think 105 yesterday and 71 today!! And the cool breeze! I went home after knitting and opened all the doors and turned off the A/C. Kept the fans going but it was so nice!! The dogs loved it too!
Welcome Home! 42 days isn’t too long — hopefully you’ll have a rental then (fingers crossed)!
Vince’s retirement seems to be really great for your relationship with Addie. It must be nice to get to see her so often and be a real part of her life now. There’s nothing better than having a Grandma around who loves you! Hope you sleep well!
Glad to know you are home safely. 42 days is just enough time to take care of everything you want to do. What’s happening in mid-October in Addie’s world?
I know exactly what you mean about the 10-hour trip there is always a lot shorter than the 10-hour trip home. Here we call that the “Rogers Effect.” We make a trip to Rogers, OH a few Fridays a year. The 30-minute trip seems like forever going, but on the way home it feels more like 15. I guess it’s all about the anticipation of what’s at the other end that decides which way feels longer….
Marilyn Smith says
Judy, you are so lucky to see her so often. We live 2 hours away from our 2 grands. Our grandson is now 22 and has moved to San Luis Obispo to finish college. He is currently home as he fell skateboarding and rebroke his elbow and needed surgery again. Classed don’t start until mid Sept. We are going to go down to Encinitas this weekend. Over $500 for a hotel room for two nights on a holiday weekend. They do not have an extra bedroom for us. We used to go all the time when Tyler was small or he would be here. When they had Kaitlin, they started going everywhere together. Kaitlin is now starting high school. She also plays alot of soccer and we go for a few of those each year. Love seeing them!