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Home Again, Home Again

Day 39

IMG_7792I arrived back in North Carolina last night. It was a chilly 40 degrees when I stepped off the plane. We have a bit of a drive from the airport, but luckily hubby brought my jacket so I was cozy warm on the ride home. Quite a shock to the body to go from 74 degrees to 40 in a matter of hours.

Rain Rain Go Away

I guess the theme tonight must be nursery rhymes. Maybe because I’ve just come from such a wonderful visit with my granddaughter. She is at the stage where every hour almost, she learns something new. Such a wonderful time to experience and it makes leaving her so much harder.

Today I slept most of the day — an unfortunate side-effect from the medication I take to prevent motion sickness. I am always relieved when that grogginess is out of my system.

We have had solid rain since last night and it is supposed to rain for most of the next few days. We have had over 87 inches of rain this year. We had draught conditions in 2016 — a far cry from what we have had so far this year and far from our annual average of 61 inches of rainfall.

A Pause in My Blog

I took a short break from writing to do a video chat with our granddaughter. I want to stay in close contact and hope she remembers me from one visit to the next. She loves and shares even over the video. I can see her struggling to understand how I was just there and now I’m on video. But I will take whatever I can get until we are together again.

Then on the heels of that call, we received a video of my almost 6 year old grandson’s first basketball tryout. So cute I cannot stand it. I love that little guy with everything in me. He is so cute and has been so shy it is great to see him coming out of his shell.

My Notes on Air Travel

It isn’t great fun anymore — especially on economy airlines. The seats are small, there are no frills and people are either very reserved or overly boisterous.

We have come a long way in air travel since I first started flying (and not necessarily for the good). I remember free meals and free snacks, pillows and blankets and a host of magazines to choose from as well as movies on most flights of a long enough duration.

Not so much now where everything costs something. Your bag, your seat, your snack….everything!

So my takeaways:

  • Please do not yell at your children for the entire flight.
  • Please do not apply heavily perfumed lotions on the flight.
  • Please do not apply nail polish on the flight.
  • If you must go to the bathroom a lot, perhaps select an aisle seat.
  • If you like to sleep, maybe a window seat would be a good option.
  • Don’t bring carryon’s that obviously do not fit in the overhead bin or under your seat.

On the positive note, I’m so thankful that the stereotypical requirements for flight attendants from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s have gone by the wayside. Those who are much younger may not remember, but Google it and see – it was definitely sexist in a time when much of air travel was dominated by male travelers.

Back to the Old Grind

I did manage my blog while i was gone, but I am woefully behind in my writing for NaNoWriMo. So, tomorrow, I start playing catch up.

With the cold and rainy weather, I am in the mood for some Chorizo soup and I pulled some chili out of the freezer as well. I love cold weather cooking. Soups, breads, and casseroles are all those wonderful cool weather meals.

All in all my trip was good and I’m glad to be home. That does not mean I do not miss my little ones and wish they were all within arms’s reach. Unfortunately,  that is not realistic and just a grandma’s dream. All I really want is for all of them to be happy and healthy.

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” 
Anita Desai


7 thoughts on “Home Again, Home Again”

  1. Welcome home to a rainy WNC!

    I share your thoughts about travel — it’s certainly not “fun” anymore — just a way to get from one place to another faster than driving.

    So, I’m quite glad after traveling so much over the last few years, all that we have ahead of us, at the moment, is driving to Quebec in the winter… that’s an adventure, but car travel seems novel, now,compared to flying — and we’ll be taking our dog Woody with us. So that’s good!


    1. Lisa, when do you leave for Quebec? I would love to know more about how this winter living came to be. The rain has stopped for now, but I believe it will start again soon based on predictions. So thankful, though, seeing the devastation in California. So sad.


  2. I am so glad you had such a sweet visit. I know to well the pleasures of seeing your grandchildren as well as the ache of not seeing them.
    I share your discomfort in flying. I made a trip to AZ every month by plane to visit my mom in her last years. I could no longer make the 8 hour drive each way. But just like you I did what I had to do to be there with her, just as you want to be with your sweet kin.
    I couldn’t agree more with your statement that when you cuddle and hug the little ones your mother is there also.
    Give your body time to recoup and enjoy the winter comfort meals.
    Gentle hugs,


    1. Thank you Lauren. I thought of you when the smells became so intense. I remember you telling me you had allergies to perfume smells. It can be so unpleasant in small quarters. Those grandchildren sure mean a lot, don’t they?

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