January 11, 2014
Christmas 2013 Catchup
I got to go back to Kansas for Christmas; it had been two years since the last time I was there, so I was really glad to get the chance to go back and see everyone! My flights into ICT went well. Of course when you book one of the first flights of the day from Manchester, there is very little that can disrupt the timing. I walked lots of laps at Chicago Midway airport between terminals A and B as I had a several hour layover. Besides that, the only excitement was a medical emergency on my flight between Chicago and ICT. It wasn't a huge deal but the flight attendant did ask if there was a doctor, nurse or paramedic on board. Once we were on the ground, we waited to disboard until paramedics had transported the woman off and hustled her to a medical facility. Never did find out what was going on, but it didn't seem to be a critical emergency.
Cop Car and her HH graciously housed me during my stay, and what hosts they were! we had great conversation, bird watching at the house, watched deer bounding thru their back ard. And of course there was food - plenty of food. And Cop Car outdid herself with the nut rools, almond horseshoes, fudge, date pudding and other treats. I literally gained 5 pounds while I was there! I also broke my no wheat eating plan, but the issues that crop up from that were well worth it!
Christmas day I went to Wichi Dude and Dudette's place and had a great time watching the kids open presents. Fantastic Niece's kids were quite entrhalled with the whole experience and were a joy to watch. I also got to meet FN's SO for the first time in person. We had texted each other and spoken on the phone a coupole of times, but I was glad to finally meet her in person. Cop Car's Elder Brother drove over from Colorado and spent a couple of days there too - I was happy to see and talk to him as that is a rare treat.
Saturday I met up with WS's family. We had a great time and I was glad to see them again, even if WS and I are no longer together. Some of the family had even come up from Oklahoma for the gathering.
All too soon, the time came to leave. The flights home weren't nearly so smooth as the ones to ICT. The flight from Midway to Manchester was boarded on time but then we waited an hour for other planes to land to gather another 35 passengers. It was snowing lightly, so the planes had to be de-iced before takeoff. We were 19th in line, and it takes 10-20 minutes for de-icing. By the time we made it to 2nd in line, we had to go back to the gate to get gas!!!! The flight was supposed to land in Manchester around 12:30 AM. Instead we landed shortly before 5 AM.
I got home around 6 AM to cats who were extrememly happy to see me (Prince stayed at WS's house, so he wasn't there). Tory had apparently given WS the cold shoulder, so he spent a good amount of time crying his woes to me and telling me not to leave him again! Then it was off to an appointment at 8 AM. I finally laid down for a nap about noon and felt much refreshed afterwards.
It was a great Christmas. I was so thankful for all the people that made sure I had a good time and good company. Being the first Christmas in 28 years without WS in my life, being around family was just the thing I needed!
December 22, 2013
First Christmas at New House
Yesterday I went to WS' and picked up more of my stuff. I managed to pack up the last of my books as well as supplies for taking care of the pets (obviously less used supplies). I also picked up my Christmas tree and set it up in the living room.
This will most likely be the last post before Christmas, so will leave you all with
MERRY CHRISTMAS and I hope the NEW YEAR brings fortune to you in all ways!
November 27, 2013
Even though 2013 has been a horrible year for me, what with relatives and pets passing away, my marriage breaking up,and my computer dying (just to name a few), I have much to be thankful for.
First and formost I am thankful for family, both by blood and by marriage. Everyone has been so concerned and supportive it makes me tear up just thinking about the blessing these people are.
Second, I am thankful for the friends who have listened when I needed it, taken me out for a good time when I needed it, and just acted normal when normality was desperately needed. Some of those friends I have never even met (on FB and bloggers), but they have offered their understanding, love, and support never-the-less.
I am thankful for Prince, Fuzzy, Tory and Birdie - all of whom have supported me in their own special way.
I am thankful that an aunt has seemingly had a successful surgery for cancer.
I am thankful that WS and I can keep things civil and friendly; he has been a big help getting my new place ready, picking up stuff that was too big for my vehicle, and checking out my new (to me) snowblower and mower (even picking up a kerosene heater for me when the oportunity arose).
I am extremely thankful for my job, which is not just a way to make a living, but is a place of refuge where I can concentrate on other things outside of my troubles.
I am thankful that I have the means to move on with my life, buying a house and supporting myself. So many people do not have the options that I have when presented with such challenges.
And the last that I will mention, but certainly not the least, I am thankful for the men and women who protect and serve our country - I keep a special place in my heart for them.
I hope everyone out there has a wonderful Thanksgiving!
October 19, 2013
Grass Drags 2013
Last Sunday I had a first experience, going to the Grass Drags. Those are snowmobile races on the grass, held in a farmer's pasture. WS has always gone with Jimmy, and I didn't want to intrude on their "buddy time", so I had never been before.
I went by myself and found a lot to see. There were grass drags, water drags, and exhibition jumping:
There were helicopter rides, which I wanted to go on, but you had to have at least 2 people in your party. They weren't placing seperate parties together, so I just stood and watched the two helicopters do their thing for a while:
Then there was a sign that you don't see very often - at first I thought it was a No Guns Allowed sign, but then I saw I was mistaken and had to smile at the sentiment - so of course I had to go into the establishment:
I had a great time, just wish I could have seen the drag final. Unfortunately I had to get home to take care of Prince, who much appreciated being taken for a walk and being fed, so that was okay with me.
September 12, 2013
Biker 9/11 Rally 2013
Wish I could have seen this and/or participated!
September 11, 2013
August 31, 2013
WS left Thursday morning on the bike - heading for Kansas and his family reunion. That night he spent the night in PA. Last night he had made it to St. Louis for the night. Should make it to the Kansas clan and shindig today.
I am heading out with SIL (she driving and me riding) and we are headed for The Cape. She was gracious enough to invite me for a little fun, sun, relaxation (and forgetting that today is technically WS and my 28th anniversary) - and just plain time away from everything at a time share she has for the week. Work has been a bear too, so I really need this outing. It is only for the weekend (for me), but I will try to make the most of it.
So, no more posting this weekend - I'll catch you on the flip side.
May 25, 2013
Memorial Day 2013
Remember the true meaning of this long weekend.
May 12, 2013
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to Cop Car
April 20, 2013
April: The Month for Family Birthdays
Happy Birthday to Cop Car who is a somewhere around legal drinking age now.
Also, a big Happy Birthday to Fantastic Niece - her birthday was a couple of days ago, but since she rarely (if ever) reads this blog, won't know that the internet BD wishes were a couple of days late. Her card should have arrived in time anyway.