On the day of our departure from
If it hadn’t been for some very helpful friends (one to help me pack more efficiently late into the night and another to offer to keep a few boxes and take us to the airport with all of our other baggage), we probably would have missed our flight! When we do this again, we’ll have to remember not to fill our time with so many visits with friends (how?), last minute sight-seeing trips (really?) and to hire out the cleaning. I’m not the young packer/cleaner I used to be!
Speaking of visits and trips, we enjoyed quite a few in the last three weeks of our time in
Busy as we were, I was grateful for an afternoon flight. Phil and Hunter gave me the window seat. It was the best seat I’ve ever had on an airplane. The only passenger I had to climb over was Hunter and the bathroom was immediately behind us. Our chairs still reclined. It was easy to get up and walk around awhile. However, I mostly studied the beauty of the Northern hemisphere as we passed over it.
I wondered when the green islands of
Something in me wanted to walk on many of those places, but another part of me was content to drink in the beauty and wonder from the air.
Most strange and wonderful of all was approaching the
It was overcast and cool in
Our flight from
Upon entering our own home, the sense of how much work was ahead compounded our weariness. Though the house was clean and in fairly good order, the aftermath (not so tidy piles) of my daughter moving out, two sets of renters moving out and the things we had left undone was a powerful blow. We’d had it fairly easy in
The next morning we busily packed again, Phil collected the held mail and Hunter ran around the neighborhood catching up with his little neighborhood friends. After this, we left for a long drive (nearly as long as our flight the day before) to
We’ve mowed the lawn three times in an effort to get it under control. There is more to do, but it has been raining. Phil got the garden tilled and planted. Yesterday and today we have finally returned to our jobs and not just to the work around the house.
My body likes being back in the
Funny, people are talking about their vacations. We just want to be home where the lakes are great for skiing and swimming, the amusement park is putting up a new roller coaster, yard sales are abundant, we have access to camping supplies, we’re back at our own church, and the neighbors over the fence have been so warmly welcoming!