Back Home in Tennessee!

What a long one! Two days of travel but we are home again. Thanks for all your prayers over this long awaited and quickly fleeting trip to meet our Grandson. We made it. And here is a very tired ME, consoling Roger for the last few miles as we headed for the last 40 minutes to home.

Hoping George picked Nashville and not Jackson, MS LOL!

It was a pretty quick day. But the last few miles always the longest. We played “What am I thinking of?” And it lasted many miles! It takes a while to guess things like: Dust, Catholicism, Boppy, Cell Phone Tower, and Brewery. We had quite a few laughs.

At home we unloaded of course, which seemed to take forever in the cold wind. And I fixed spaghetti, which I’d been craving. Called my neighbor/house sitter/Little Bit looker-after and gave her a few surprises (and payment) for taking care of things, and got the remote back to the house/garage so I can get back in/out of the house tomorrow. It’s so nice to have someone to take care of these things.

We watched Below Deck and I went to bed at 8:00. I feel somewhat rested this morning and ready to tackle the things ahead. I had a bad dream though. I dreamed that the person in the position before me in my job, came back and fired me saying I was making too many mistakes. I kept saying “what mistakes?” They couldn’t tell me what they were as there were not that many other than just human ones that everyone does (+ or – 3%, lol). I realized I was being cast out because they liked someone else better than me. And came home and told George and we went to call our lawyer. Then I woke up and realized it was just a dream, LOL. Thank goodness. I like my job and want to keep it. I guess we dream of our fears. I’ve feared that I would lose the job because my grandson was born during the most critical time of the year. Of course, my company has been very kind to me through this. I’ve worried about this for some time because I am a responsible person and want to meet my obligations. And I’m happy to say that everyone realized family responsibility does indeed come first and my horribly timed vacation was approved. I was prepared to lose my job over it if I had to. But of course I’ll also be expected to pick up the pieces and get the quarter and the year closed as if nothing ever happened. I will try to do just that as best as I can. I will do what is humanly possible and will give it a few extra hours. And as George says, “You will do what a reasonable salaried person would do in this situation”. So yeah I won’t be living there but I’ll be trying to get the boxes ticked off the best I can. The first order of business though is getting the next payroll done and making up for being off last week. Then I can move forward to the rest.

Also there is a LOT of stuff to be done at home. Big things and little things. But we have a lot of time to work on it and through it. Plenty to keep me busy for a while. Most of it fun things. I will come up for air about March! lol

Anyway, glad to be home but I miss my Little Roo. Katy sent this to me yesterday of Findlay watching him in his swing.

So I better be off to work. Gotta shower and get ready first so as not to scare anyone. I’ve not even had coffee yet. I came to let you all know I was home while it was brewing and kept typing as usual!

Hot Springs and Working our Way Back Home

We headed out east from the ranch near Breckenridge about 9 a.m. or so yesterday. The dust was still settling over the area.

We headed to Arlington, TX and stopped at Total Wines, Sam Moon, and In/Out Burger.

It was a rough start with Roger being unsettled but he finally slept.

We stopped for a Starbucks (thanks Auntie M and Uncle K for the Starbucks cards). This gave us a morale boost on one of our stops. They gave us a pet pup cup of whip cream but Roger had settled and faced against us and we didn’t have room to set it so George ate it! lol We got in a huge traffic jam and WAZE to ok us around it. It cost about an hour of extra time.

I played my game some but read a lot in my book that I chose for this trip. It’s really good, seeing what the crew does working for yachts. I am not sure what my life’s connection is to boats, yachts, sailing, and all things nautical but there’s always been an interest there.

Roger sleepytime above. It took forever but about 6 pm we arrived in Hot Springs at our hotel, had our arrival cold beer from the cooler while Roger ate, then headed for dinner to Capos Tacos where Roger stayed in the car.

Many Tacos to choose from. We had to ask our waiter for the favorites. And they were very filling!

Their margaritas were good and hit the spot. When we got to the car Roger was stuck in the floor board with a pillow over his head and howling.

We slept good last night. Roger needed to be up and down a lot. He had a diaper on. So no trips outside in middle of night. And he held it. Good bit it is concerning a bit. George said he’s not peeing as often as he should. When we get home we will watch his habits with and without a diaper.

A text this morning revealed that Little Roo had a great night last night. He slept! Except for feeding times. I was happy to hear that. As I woke up a couple of times and worried that were not getting enough sleep to function.

Amazing that I got in all rings of activity being that we were in the car most all day but we shopped and my day started at 3 a.m. hour.

We just past Memphis and will be home in 3 hours or so! Can’t wait to be home! Might be a couple of days before the next post while I catch up to life!

Saying Goodbye and Heading Toward Home

How do you say good bye? Well ya just do the best you can, give pats and blow kisses, and promises that “it will get better” in reference to sleep!

I hate we are so far away and cannot help. But we are not yet cleared for retirement so back to work we go! I got to hold him for a long time this morning and rock him while looking on to the ranch property there. The ranch cat Ford was stalking something. The birds scurried about in the early morning sun, flitting from mesquite trees to ranch fencing posts. I love the peaceful place there. And I knew I was within an hour or two of leaving. It is what it is. Somehow I braved the morning with no tears. Perhaps the tiredness and thoughts of sleeping in a bed again had some appeal. A special time it was, this week. Never to be forgotten. A tough week, yet a pleasant week.

Roger did good. Thank goodness for the diapers which gave some confidence and peace of mind.

I took a few pics to remind me of being there.

This is on the kitchen counter
Unless there is a newborn in the house….

We opened our gifts yesterday from them. (We has shipped ours before Christmas knowing they would be too tired to open this week). I’ll show more pics later. But here is one gift that was so thoughtful! I loved it! A mug with me and Tugie and Maisy!

And another gift above! A kitchen towel.

We let Findlay say hello. She’s so curious. And River (Little Roo) actually noticed her! Sweet!

I took this so you could see how small Little Roo is!

Got a sweet pic of Roger snoozing last night!

And the wind of the last two days was crazy. No storm clouds just wind- and dust. Wind sustained 30 -40 mph with gusts to 50! The house popped and cracked at times. And at sunset you could hardly see the sun. I was afraid there were fires around and kept checking radar and weather notifications. Cody and Katy reassured it was just haze/dust.

I coughed anytime I went outside as that stuff got in my lungs.

As I type this we are almost to Hot Springs! I’ll save today’s journey for tomorrow’s blog post.

We are hoping for Tacos tonight, and our ready to reach our Hot Spings destination! Prayers for safe travels requested for the rest of our trip!