Finally, a quiet moment to muse… Lets enjoy a cuppa and some almond butter crunch.
My mom and our friend Norma turned back into road warriors and rode off into the Chicago Sunrise. They are on their way to a dog show in Oklahoma. First stop: Reuters — a Chicago Bakery not far from my house. I mean, why travel anywhere without quality baked goods and fresh coffee in your to-go cup?
One Honda Odyssey, packed with my mother and Norma, a Doberman, Border Collie, crates, leashes, collars, dog food, grooming dryers, scent articles (used in the show ring), maps, books, snacks, coolers, books on tape, suitcases (they will have traveled for a month before they return to Albuquerque) and a wardrobe bar that hangs across the back of the van that holds freshly ironed clothes. God Forbid, either of them should ever arrive any place wrinkled.
Someone asked me if I worried about their safety–after all, they both have been card-carrying AARP members for a while. I cannot even imagine a bad guy approaching them or their car, but if one did, my mom would shoot him. Don’t mess with the Road Warriors and nobody will get hurt. So–no, I don’t worry about my Mom and Norma…..
Have a some almond butter crunch, while I muse about our visit.
While Cole and I were in Ireland, my mom and Norma took care of my pups. They also managed to take care of a few things around my house while we were gone.
First, they hung privacy wallpaper on the front window. I have already shared about my problems with my front window…but if you missed the post–click here. In any case, my mom told me that after the wallpaper was in place–my dogs raced to the window to engage in their normal outrageous and deafening barking routine as a passerby strolled by and “WHOA!” They thought they had gone blind. Do you know how nice it was to come home and not be driven from my living room by barking dogs?
This mirror was on Joe’s list to repair and hang. Because of his habit of procrastination and his untimely death, it remained unhung until my mother and Norma visited. My mother is a little shorter than I am, so I can only see myself from the neck down, but the fact that it is hung exactly where I want it and it looks fabulous is all that matters!
And my big freezer was defrosted. You don’t need a picture, do you? Fine–here’s a picture of the freezer.
After we returned from Ireland, my Mom and Norma could stay another week…so…I showed my mom the dining room hutch I had found at a garage sale. I don’t normally garage sale these days, but I saw this piece and screeched to a halt–I knew it had such potential. I bought it for $15.00 and Cole and I lugged it home. Mom looked at the want-to-be hutch and she looked at me…I did not ask her to clean it, sand it, or paint it…I mean, it could just sit in my garage–unfinished. Someday, who knows…I might learn to paint, sand, and trim. Did I know that “someday” is not a part of my mom’s vocabulary? Maybe.
Did I cry when they left?
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