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!

It’s Our Last Day in Texas!

This has been my bed and even though it’s a sofa, it’s been comfortable. We leave tomorrow to head toward home via Hot Springs.

George came and got me yesterday and we went out for Breakfast at Adrianas Taqueria. We got the bacon and egg burrito which is my favorite over the kolaches that George prefers.

Then we went to swap out my dirty clothes for clean clothes from my big suitcase at his lodge. I’ve just had an overnight bag packed for two days. But I got enough for the remaining time here and our overnight in Hot Springs. Also did some of our laundry here.

Then we went to some boutique shops. I bought a couple of things. The hunt is always fun. We headed back to Katy’s house. They had been to the Pediatrician in Abilene. Our Little Roo (I am shortening his name as Buckaroo is too long to type on here on the phone- but I kinda like it!- our Little Roo’s numbers are going in the right direction on the bilirubin. They told her to keep doing what she was doing.

We bought a few more grocery items for the kids and replacement coffee as we’ve lived on coffee-all but Katy who tries not to have caffeine.

We brought home lunch from the Pit Stop!

Chopped beef, sausages, and my request was for some potato salad. And it hit the spot! Here’s The Pit Stop.

It was a really windy day yesterday 25-30 sustained winds and gusts to 40. The lake by George’s lodge was like an angry ocean with white caps. We got a good video coverage of it. I had hoped for another walk but it was too windy for an enjoyable stroll. We did get to see Cody go over the house in a helicopter 🚁. They have to count deer and pigs once per quarter. He texted when he was close to the house. We waved.

Our Little Buckaroo is wearing his Little Buckaroo onesie. My phone is remembering and suggesting “Buckaroo” now.

He’s had a few spurts of alertness here and there which should continue as time goes on.

And I believe here he is telling George he is hungry. lol Meanwhile Findlay was in my lap! She’s not getting her normal attention from her Momma and Daddy right now but she knows her Nonni (MommaSoni) will take care of her. We’ve explained how much fun Little Buckaroo will be. But we have also talked about her sneaking and coming home with us! lol

I will miss them all when we leave. Even Ford, the cat, who is much bigger now and comes around at night and early morning for the most part.

I’ve been eyeing what I believe is our Christmas/Birthday gifts. Not sure “when” Christmas opening time is. Maybe next time when we come back when everyone is awake.

George has kept the humor going of course. Even Findlay is entertained! And Katy felt better yesterday and wanted to do a few things in the house, cleaning the nursery and such. She mostly slept as she should have when the baby slept. The baby doing quite nicely now in bassinet. Everyone is getting more sleep now that the routine is working out.

We ate a pizza casserole last night and I believe we will have to recreate this dish! It was great! A friend brought it over. Along with bread and salad kit, and iced tea. I made garlic toast out of it with butter, garlic salt and onion powder, and parsley flakes.

So today is our last full day here and we set out tomorrow. I’m sad to leave but I do miss our home, my bed, my routine, and will even be ok to go back to work and continue checking the boxes off for quarter end/year end. I am also looking forward to ordering some things online and working toward some goals, working on a study/reading/watching corner of my office, making more videos and doing some writing.

I know Katy and Cody were glad we were here. It was crucial times here until mid week when Little Roo finally took to the bassinet. Every thing has to be figured out. But now I think it’s time we go so they can take it from here. The dishes and laundry will pile up and quick meals eaten but it’s ok until strength and time lengthens themselves. They’ve got this. I’m happy we got to help for a short time. Not happy I can’t see him again until later in the year. But we will figure it out with FaceTime and photos. And will hold him again one day. We still have today and in the morning! I feel like our new year will start when we get home. Going to make hair and Pedi appointments too.

Better go eat my breakfast. Poppy arrived with a bacon egg croissant!