Saturday, April 4, 2015

Back in the Nest

Three busy days on the road and we are back at 124. Funny thing but we drove one more mile the second day than the first, something that we could never plan or execute. It just happened. We stayed last night in Portland ME and did the early departure as per usual. It was raining when we left, began to snow between Bangor and Houlton and eventually in Northern NB, the snow stopped and we had a fair day of driving. I got to stop in Bangor and picked up the Rotel tomatoes, some chocolate and a few spices I can't find here. Thirty seconds at the border, and we were back. Pretty seamless. We were OK anyway; we never use our full entitlement and I had receipts for everything but there is always some apprehension when someone puts your feet to the fire. Home by four-thirty or five. We never end up checking the clock exactly. There is lots of snow, which we expected, but the car is unloaded, most of the 'things' are dealt with in one way or another,  and the next step is a bit of laundry. We are watching some curling tonight. It doesn't look good for the Canadian team. A miracle may be on order.

We have been in quite a few states in the past two weeks and in every one of them, road construction is going on. Holy Crow!! High speed travel between barriers is unnerving. The economy must be on the upswing because the road work is in full bloom. Huge projects. Unbelievable how they can squeeze the workers and equipment into tight spaces and achieve a great project but they are doing it. I hope it's done for next year but some of the projects are just too big for a quick finish.


Mike is probably going to be retired by this time next week.

Bridge games to get played to finish the Marathon.

Quilt show in two months. Projects to get finished for then.

Big workshop coming up the end of the month.

Time on the road gave me the opportunity to make some plans for 124. Lots of projects to get underway,

The list goes on. We had a fabulous vacation. WEather was outstanding and we had a great visit in St Louis. That is a busy household. Laura is 35 weeks along in this pregnancy, they are packing up the house to move, and life goes on around those two important significant events. Good thing they are young.

HOpe everyone is well. Thanks for taking time to check in now and then. One more post in a few days and that will be it for this season. Back in a bit.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Trucks trucks and more trucks

An early departure from 2014 and off we went. No problems getting avross the Miss and into Illinois. Moderate traffic in the early morning and into Indiana and around Indianapolis. A bit hairy now and then and into Ohio. Thats where the trucks showed up in droves.Who knew that America ran on trucks and all of them were where we were going. Made it yhrough a tiny bit of West Virginia and here we are in Somerset PA. Pennsylvnia is one of those giant states that includes parts of two mountain ranges plus the Lairel Higlands.. Road construction appears to be the major activity of the last three states mentioned and its scary roaring throug these narrowed lanes sandwiched between five foot high cement dividers with massive trucks on all sides. for miles and miles. But we are here safely and thats what matters.

We are planning another early start in the morning and probably another eleven hour day. I find it tiring. I will try to check in tomorrow nigjt to five a brief account of thw day.  Hope everyone is well, be good to each other, till then.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

One More Teabag

One more teabag and its time to go home. I brought  a  box of KingCole tea with me and since theres only one left, I had better get going. It's like spring here in O'Fallon so tinking abour an imminent return to winter is not that exciting but we wre ready to be home. Not ready to leave tis sweet family but they are busy and their routine is a bit disrupted by two more asults in the house. We are going out for supper and after that, I will put away my shorts and put out a pait of long pants to wear in the morning.

Monday morning we dtove north to Hannibal MO to visit a wonderful quilt shop. The Hickory Stick is in the historic section of Hannibal and is probably one of the two most beautiful shops I have visited. We were in a store called The Enchanted Garden in Glendive Montana and it was amazing and of course Rainbows End in Dunedin FL is not to be missed but the HS is really something. Occupying tree storefronts, its a series of rooms each filled with stunningly beautiful fabrics and samples and patterns and finished pieces to buy.  My purpose was to buy fabric in a kit or to complete a project I saw on display in tje fabric they used. Ended up with a pattern and fabric to make, of all things, an apron, and then two fabrics for my stash and another pattern for a purse.:I would have bought a quilt kit had there been one that I couldn't resist but there wasn't a sample that particularly appealed to me for our house. Lots of lovely items though.

Wednesday we started packing the house, or parts of the house that Chris and Laura can do without for six months. I did the china cabinet, then we did pictures and wall decor, continuing today with more kitchen shelves  and  items and bedroom things and Chris worked on his office. Moving is a huge job. The realtor wants the house depersonalized so all of those family items have to be packed away. Their new house won't be ready for almost six months but this house has to be ready for the market next week. Laura is 35 weeks into this pregnancy so her energy is finite and the tasks are gigantic. Timing is terrible on this one but it is what it is. Moving on.

So tomorrow we head out on Hwy 70 and will be on that straight line till Carlyle PA, close to Harrisberg for those of you who know the standard drive to Florida from NS. We should or could be home on Sunday. Easter. I don't know how far we will get tomorrow and will have to check my book for the exaxt location but knowing my driving buddy, it will be a long,day to start. We lose an hour the first day, moving from Central into Eastern and will be good for anoter day before losing another when we move into Atlantic. It's fun to GAIN that hour but not so great to lose it.

Time to make a few breakfast sandwiches for the road. I should be back tomorrow evening to locate us on the map. Have a lovely day or evening, till ten.