Arrived Safety Home from Texas

So we are home! We left Hot Springs about 8 and got home about 3:15, with two stops. This is just too far from deep in the heart of Texas to here- that for two days in a row we are on the road from 8 to 3, having to make 2 or sometimes 3 stops. Just. Too. Far.

It seemed like before that the driving was not that hard but this year it seemed hard even with splitting it up. There is no way we can do the 12 to 13 hours straight thru as humans as certainly not with dogs, so I am not sure what the answer is for January when the baby is born. I know we will go but I am not sure how we will endure the driving. We can’t plan flights not knowing for sure the exact delivery date and at this point and then there is COVID and the dogs to consider so we’ll have to drive I guess. And I think we will still have to cut the drive up. It’s just too far.

It makes me sad also knowing I’ll rarely get to see my grand baby. Once or twice a year is just not enough, or at least not what I had pictured or imagined. George mentioned we could get an apartment in Weatherford and take turns going on weekends or one of us go ahead and move the other join later if the kids decide to stay there for the long haul. I doubt that will happen that we get an apartment.

It seemed like once we reached Memphis, we were at least poised in the direction of home. At times the interstate looked like this, but not very often. There was definitely fewer cars on the road. But we still had plenty of folks to skirt around.

We unpacked everything from the car and began unpacking suitcases. But some things remain unpacked. Will finish it all as time allows.

I’ve begun making lists of things to do and getting thoughts together for the next month or so. The next big chunks of things to do are:

What’s Next?

  1. Cleaning the House – Kinda of a fall cleaning of sorts I guess in prep for #2.
  2. Fall Decor, which I’ll put up a few things and transition the house to a fall mood but not until 9/1.
  3. Health/Dental/Eye Appointments – Things like GYN, Mammogram, Eye check, and Dental cleaning remain to be done.
  4. Next Videos – I think I have enough for 2 videos
  5. Flooring Projects – Research and Set in Motion
  6. Car projects – Car fix, oil change, car wash – possibly time to consider trade in?
  7. Then there are all the Personal Projects and Hobbies which are never ending.
  8. And I want to cook some as well – and to do that the kitchen needs some attention.
  9. Need to go through and get rid of things we are not using or don’t need through the house itself. I have to goal to make it more manageable and practical. Everything needs to have it’s spot.

Our Evening at Home

George and I not eaten much all day. Well we did, it was just really early in the day. We had a donut pastry for breakfast yesterday around 6:30 at the hotel that we had bought in Mineral Wells the day before, knowing the hotel breakfast buffet was not happening due to COVID, heck – they didn’t even have a coffee pot in the room – which really ticked me off and is lazy b/c the coffee pots had throw away cups and throw away coffee canisters. Anyway, by 10:30 we had to stop so we stopped at a Love’s and they had Subway. We did not eat anything else until about 7 – other than snacking b/w 3 and then. But above, George threw together a dinner that was pretty good. We watched Below Deck Mediterranean.

I watched a couple of my shows on YouTube also while I did my nails. But apparently they didn’t dry very well and I’ve already messed them up. Just too much to do on our first night home. I’m really struggling here with doing my own nails. I bought some Sally Hansen nail hardener base. It’s helping but to put a polish over it -is not working very well. I may have to just go without polish. I put one color on and it was too much and looked awful. I took it off and put a lighter color on and messed that up so they still look awful. I guess I’ll try again tonight. But at that point I was done last night and not redoing it for a 3rd time. It’ll just look awful today.

I’m tempted to go get my nails done the way I used to, but I’m not. I can do this. Even if I just have to resort to clear polish. They are almost grown out to the point of hardening up again, and all the nail that was under the solar nails finish is about gone. It’s taken months. The fresh nail is healthier.

Anyway, it’s off to work today and I need to get ready and packed for the day. I intend on drinking a lot of water today, having either fruits or greens as I need both. I need to pack my vitamins for today also.

I almost wanted to do cleanse day but I think I need I need a transition week to ease from eating like we have been to a healthier version of eating. It’s been fun eating steak and bbq and fried stuff and desserts and donuts and and and…..but having to reign it back in a bit. I’ll plan a cleanse day for the next Monday from dinner to dinner 24 hours.

Right now I’m going for more coffee. I’m sure there will be two weeks of work to do this week. That said I’m not going to be able to work a lot of hours extra as so much is going on here. But I will do the best I can to get caught up. I have to go to the store tonight also as we are out of everything.

I also have to do another load of laundry tonight.

Thanks for your prayers for our safe travels. I have thanked God for listening and for honoring our requests and keeping us safe and without issues. So much COULD have gone wrong, but we made it. We almost lost Roger out the back window when George left the window open after we’d stopped for gas, but I caught it as we pulled off and Roger of course was on a pillow right by the open window – a few seconds more and making a turn it would have been all over as gravity would have tossed him out. So I shudder to think about that, but how convenient that I noticed it just in time. Since then we always checked the windows before taking off.

Ya’ll have a good Monday.

6 responses to “Arrived Safety Home from Texas”

  1. Welcome home!
    This will be a crazy week for sure.
    Take your time & don’t worry about January now. So much could change between now & then.
    Take it easy =)

  2. So glad. that your home safely. It’s certainly a very long car drive. I thought driving from Edinburgh down to Bath was far enough that used to take me 7/8 hours with a couple of stops. I agree though about not seeing the baby except once a year or twice if we were lucky is very hard. Sarah and John used to come up to us once a year as well though and I expect Cody and Kate will do the same. It might be better now cause you have FaceTime and videos to keep up…and once baby is big enough to know you and recognise you you can even regularly read to him going to bed etc…anyway it’s a long time till January and much can happen in these five months….Hope that today at work is going ok and your not to overwhelmed by it all having piled up whilst you’ve been away. Sleep well tonight… God Bless….

  3. When we were on lockdown, I got the gel off my nails and they were still somewhat strong but not as much as when I first started getting my nails done a couple of years ago. I found a good cuticle oil and use it at least 4 to 5 times a week. Ideally once a daily is good. They will repair as they grow out. I used regular polish at home with a top coat of Revlon Gel Envy top coat that does not require the light to work. Keep it handy to touch up any boo boo on my professional nails.

    getting my things ready for our trip up this next week

  4. Glad you guys made it home ok. I know what you mean about trips being hard when they are that long. The drive has to be exhausting. Four or five hours about kills me when we go to the beach. I would not fly right now with all that is going on. One thing about kids they always come home to visit. I have made quite a few trips as well. The older I get the more tired I get.
    You are going to need your rest for when your little grandson comes to visit. It is a joy and a blessing to have a grandchild though. You can spoil and pet them and then they go home. Unlike when you have kids of your own. It is a bright spot in our life when we get to see ours.
    Maybe Katie and her husband may move closer to the family once he is here. Things have a way of working out.

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