Category Archives: Travel

What a Hug Looks Like

I recently asked a friend who lives in another town what she wanted for her birthday.  She said all she needed was a hug.  What she didn’t know is that I was already making an afghan for her.  I was checking in to find out if there was anything I could do to help celebrate her birthday.

I loved the idea of calling the gift I was working on a hug. So I did and I do.  When I make a gift like this one, I pray as I work. I pray for the good times and bad, guidance, protection and anything else that comes to mind.

Oh and that whenever the item is used, the person using it will feel loved, peace and hope.  Especially when the recipient is far from me and I can’t be there to give a hug in person.

Last Wednesday I traveled to her town to celebrate her birthday.  We were a month late because the weather has kept us from traveling.  Needless to say she cried when I gave it to her.  I’m glad she likes it.

joanns hug

joanns hug


A Long Drive Home

It is good to take a road trip and good to be home.

The part that is hardest for me is the last couple of hours.  That’s when you are so closed to home you

1. get stuck in traffic

2. don’t want to stop no matter what

And not stopping always makes me crabby.  Each trip I think, this time I will stop and take a break, but I don’t.

I didn’t this time either.

So when I got confused by the construction near Ft. Worth and got diverted to 30 and ended up in even more traffic.  I got crabby.

Good thing that getting home and unpacking the car helps me not be crabby any more.

The dog was so happy he took all his toys out of his bed and ran laps around the house.


What I Call a Vacation

I have to tell you that last night was the best way to end the holiday.

We celebrated Tio’s birthday by eating at a Chinese Buffet Restaurant and opened presents.

Then went to the older kid’s open house at school.  I got to see what they had been doing since school started.  Very nice.

Can’t think of a better way to spend time off.

Headed home now and on Monday will have a job interview.

My grandson told me to come back for his birthday in August.  “Be on time, or I’ll start without you.”  I told him I would love to come and hopefully I’ll be able to make it.  I’ll just tell the new job I have plans in August that I can’t change. (if I get it)

Time Keeps Ticking

I’ve been having a blast visiting with my son and his family.  Been watching lots of PBS and catching up on what’s new in educational TV.

The Tortuga on Wild Kratts has created a variation on our Turtle game.  You get tickled if you say turtle but not tortoise nor Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  But beware if you say tortuga!  You’ll get chased and tickled as if you’ve said turtle.

Oh and if I’m not paying attention, you’ll get tickled if you say Torta.

Sorry, Joey, I miss heard you!

And all too soon it’s about time for me to pack my bags and head home.  Where did the time go!?!

Almost As Good As Gpa

Since Gpa hasn’t been here to throw food to the dog, the little dog has been losing weight.  Which is good.  He looked about ready to pop!

But he does pay close attention when the babies eat.  They aren’t throwing food to him but there has been some droppage.

Cagney is ready for when that happens.  He’s also been able to find some other things they have dropped in the past.

So it’s almost as good as Gpa.

I think that by the time the dog gets used to all the chaos, we’ll be going home and have to get used to the quiet at home.

Under The Weather

I was so looking forward to the trip to California.  Last time, I napped a lot because Gpa kept me up all night.

Well, 2 days in and I catch a cold!  And am napping a lot.  Bummer.

And drinking lots of fluids and taking cold meds.  I’m determined to knock this out so I can enjoy the kids.

The girls are supposed to check in on the tomato babies.  I’ve asked for an update, but no reply.


Another Cup

Gpa has to have plastic coffee cups as he bangs them on the table when M T.  There is a small yellow one at the garden that we try to keep up with.  And a small yellow one at my son’s house.

I needed to get him some more clothes.  Gpa is out living his apparel.  So we went to the thrift store.  Got some great finds.  While there, I decided to look for plastic cups.  I found 4!  In sets of 2 for under $2 per set.

I’ll leave the two that Rocio likes at her house and take the other two to the garden.

Amazing how happy a small thing like a coffee cup find can make me.



Just a Little Note to Start the Day

Gpa was up and down all night so I wrote him a note and it helped a lot.  I only wished I had written it earlier.

When he first read it, he said, “That seems reasonable.”

It is good the we got him calmed down.  Because our plans were to go to Disneyland.  He ate his usual then had pancakes with us.  Um I really shouldn’t let him eat as much as I do.  He was all carbed up and slept through most of the day.

About 4pm we went home to eat and rest.  Christian said he’d watch Gpa so we went back and stayed until the park closed. Gpa slept most of the night and got up ready and raring to go.

I’m glad because this is the second time he’s gotten so carbedup and it worries me a bit.The first time he and the dog got into a bag of

We are on Vacation note

We are on Vacation note

pretzels.  Both were lethargic for a day.

Joey got a birthday button as it was his birthday even though we were celebrating everyone’s.  He said he was sorry Gpa didn’t get to come back for the rest of the day.  He also said thank you to everyone at the park that told him happy birthday.

I would have to say that it was a pretty awesome day.  One that we’ll remember for as long as our brains work well.

We Fly to Cancun

This trip has started a bit rocky so I’m glad we only planned a few days. However, some friends I had hoped to see won’t be able to, one is ill and the other is having surgery.  On that note, I am wishing we were staying a day or two longer.

Gpa did well going through the lines at the airport and he enjoyed sitting at the gate. But he got upset when they tried to transfer him to the on plane wheel chair.  He grabbed on to the arms of his chair and they couldn’t pick him up.  So I had to get where he could see me and tell him to let go.  He mouthed, ‘help, me.’  I told him it was OK.

Once we were seated, he told me he was ready to go and even tried to stand up.  I’m so glad I had him in the middle seat.  I asked him if he’d like a cup of coffee, that worked for a bit.   I think this is the first time I’ve ever seen him not finish his coffee!

Then I pulled out the cookies, flash cards, coloring books.  They all worked for a bit.

We flew Virgin Air and they have great little screens so I poked around to see what there was to watch.  In the free section they had videos on places they fly. I picked Dallas/Ft Worth first because I thought he’d be interested in seeing familiar sights.  Not so much.

However, when I picked ‘We Fly to Cancun’, a lady was talking about something so I paused it when she was smiling.  Gpa spent quite a bit of time blowing her kisses and waving to her.

I was able to get a bit of a nap and was awoken to the flight attendant (is that what they are called now, I can’t keep up with all the PC verbiage)  He had called her over. I let her know that he was wanting to get out of  here.

He must of pushed some buttons as the lady from Cancun was no longer on the screen.  So I got her back and was able to finish my nap.

He’s still wanting to go home so I hope we have fun at Disneyland.

Road Trip – Day 5 Homeward Bound

We didn’t have to repeatedly tell Gpa that we were going home.  He was so happy.  He watched out the window until he fell asleep.  At one point he jerked awake and asked what we were doing.  I had to get Vickie to interpret.  I just couldn’t make out what he was saying and drive at the same time.


Gpa we are going home. He smiled real big and looked out the window.

He likes to tell me I’m a good driver.  I tell him, “You are a good passenger.  I am glad you are going.”

The only other thing to report is that Vickie left her pillow in the car when we dropped her off.  It wasn’t until I was down the road when I caught it’s pinkness out of the corner of my eye.  Oops.

Later she said she could pick it up on Sunday.

Oh, here’s some of the chocolate I got in my goody bag.  The man (stress ball thing)that was in the goody bag  is hanging out with Javier at Demetante, the little bar that Gpa made.