Thursday, July 12, 2007

home again, home again....

.... jiggity jig! wednesday evening we returned home from our second road trip to texas (within 3 weeks!). once again we drove (I understand driving is not as contributory to the global warming problem as flying; my conscience is eased a bit even though I cringe thinking of all the gasoline we consumed - unfortunately this is not the country of fast and economical trains and three of us on a greyhound - nah!). we covered 4,800 miles of road with all the driving done in 8 days - is there a car equivalent of a bedsore? (I'm exaggerating it really wasn't that bad!)

over the two trips we listened to a couple good books - which always makes a trip go faster - our 'reads' were: "13 moons" by charles frazier (read by will patton) and "dead watch" by john sandford - although very, very different types of stories both were compelling audiobooks and I don't hesitate recommending either. of course, we had to turn the books off periodically to chat, or switch over to the radio to catch a favorite npr show or to tune into the nashville country stations (when in rome....) and then there was that stretch of road on the bookending the border of tennessee and kentucky tuesday night when it was raining so hard we couldn't hear the book, radio, or each other. wish we could have brought some of that rain back with us! I have never ever seen texas as verdant for this time of year. unfortunately parts of the northeast look like texas typically does this time of year -- all in all, just more evidence of global climate change!

a road trip with my family is always a pleasure even if the purpose is one of sad business. the send-off for my mother-in-law was beautiful, moving, and healing. we thank everyone for their words of support and condolence.

pictures: #1- vigil candles @ st. mary of the assumption, fort worth, texas. #2 -I find billboards an eyesore, but did find exception for the one promoting paris, texas (haven't been there) #3 - a burger shack located near mile marker 144 (eastbound on I-30) right behind an official state rest stop (in the past, I have eaten there andit's not bad!). #4 cattle and cattle egrets - the egrets act like little body guards and seemed to follow their beasts about - we had to pull off the highway for a bit to watch the show.

4 comments:

Polly Jean said...

welcome back. glad you had a nice time even though it wasn't the best of occasions.

mr mustard said...

welcome back, kimi, and many thanks for your nice comment

Julien said...

welcome back Kim. The mouse has turned gray ! Looks good ;)

kimy said...

thanks friends! even though I love being away it's always such a pleasure to come home. julien I keep tweaking the mouse's colors looking for the perfect backdrop - I do like the concept of la souris gris....