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Oh NO! My wedding ring is gone!

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Yesterday morning we left Alomogordo to make the drive to Albuquerque. As we drove along I saw a sigh for pistachio's -- and I asked DH if we could stop. The way I figured is they should be much cheaper than in the store, because they had cut out the middleman. So before long, there it was in a little building alongside the road! I went inside and saw they also sold them in various flavors, and even made up into various flavors of pistachio brittle. But my good humor went down the drain when I saw the price! About $2.00 per pound more than I pay in our local grocery stores back home! To me these pistachio's were no better than the ones I had been buying -- so why pay more? Needless to say, we left empty handed.

So as we drove along observing the various changes in the scenery, I fiddled around filing my fingernails and applying lotion. As usual I took off my wedding band and stuck it between my legs, so I wouldn't get any lotion on it. New Mexico is mostly quite flat and boring, and the scenery today was no exception. As noon time came and went, I sat, wondering if I wanted a cookie or maybe one of my snack bars. I came to the conclusion that one of the blue plums I had bought would be good, mentioned it to DH and almost immediately he pulled to the side of the road so I could retrieve it from the lift-gate in the back of our SUV. So I ate that and also nibbled away on a cookie that he had gotten out for me.

The sun had been hot on our outing he day before, and quite some time later I was holding my arms out in front of me, observing (and admiring) how it had deepened my suntan. It was about that time that I noticed my wedding band was missing! My hand went between my legs and then I looked down on the floor in front of me. NO RING! I turned to George and told him my ring was gone. I said it must have fallen out when I got out to get the blue plum. So it was gone for good! Who would possibly know where we had stopped about an hour ago, and it was back some 65 miles or so.

But DH said, we'll turn around and go look. I looked at him and said, "But how can you know where we pulled over next to the road? How would anyone know?" But he said he knew. And we started back. I looked at the clock and it was 1:45, so that meant we had stopped at about 12:45. No use even starting to look until about 2:30 or later. However, he did drive just a bit faster going back than he had coming, and at around 2:30 or so we began remembering little things about where we stopped. I knew there was a large bush or tree along the road about 1/4 oF a mile down the road. His memory was even better as he was driving. He said we had gone through an area that had lava (black) covering the entire area. And we both remembered it was on a downhill stretch of the highway. Another good clue was that when I opened the ice chest for the plum, I noticed the bananas were overly ripe -- and I threw them out so small animals or birds could eat them. And as I had tossed them in the ditch we also noticed a dark bottle laying next to where they landed. We made a U-turn and made our first inspection of the side of the road all the way down -- I was looking out the window and he was driving slow. NOTHING! Then he turned around and said we would try again. I told him to let me out and I would walk along the side and could spot it easier. After all -- it was MY FAULT the ring was gone! I did not spot the bottle or the bananas along the road. And by now I had met up with my DH, driving slowly over the same area again. But he wanted to look again. I had about given up, but not George. He said - never give up. So I said I would drive and he could look. We went all the way to the top again. Closer and closer we drove toward the tree, until finally I said, "NO, I'm sure we were not this close to the tree -- it's gone, we are never going to find it." But George kept looking. A few minutes later he said "I see the bananas!" I hadn't spotted them as they were now completely brown -- I was looking for something much more yellow! So I walked the carlength ahead of the bananas and began searching the grass along the pavement. Knowing we were in the right spot, but my ring was awfully small and I still kind of had doubts about finding it. But suddenly I saw it laying about 3 feet from the edge of the pavement, laying on some gravel. With a big smile I bent over, picked it up, and placed it on my finger.

After thanking God -- I turned to my hubby and said I would have to be extra good to him for even agreeing to drive all that distance back! Miracles do still happen! Believe me, seeing that ring was the highlight of my day!

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MOMELA79 10/11/2011 11:56PM

    I love happy endings!!!!

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OLDERDANDRT 10/11/2011 6:15PM

    emoticon Whew!!! Glad your ring was found!!! emoticon

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KAYWEB555 10/9/2011 11:40AM

    Unto the Faithful will the Father give His many blessings!
Your DH was Faithful and you both received the blessing of our wedding vows ! How totally awesome !

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LIS193 10/9/2011 12:53AM

    So happy you found your ring!! your DH is a treasure for not giving up.

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SUGARSMOM2 10/8/2011 7:06PM

  oh love is never ending . he proved it with his act to help you find it again. be happy honey he is one in a million . a keeper so to speak . have a great time .

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WHYCANTIDOTHIS 10/8/2011 10:55AM

  Thank God you found it, and what a wonderfully sensitive man you have for a husband.
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LYNETTEMOM 10/8/2011 10:31AM

    There is a valuable lesson here: it was worth the efffort, as are most things in life!

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CATLADY52 10/7/2011 12:46PM

    That was so nice of him to turn around and go back. And then to get out and walk until he found the bananas! He is a real gem. So glad it all turned out okay. emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/6/2011 2:44PM

    Wow, how wonderful is that!

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AJINMN 10/6/2011 2:39PM

    I'm so glad you found it! I'd be lost without my ring.

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4_MY_LIFE 10/6/2011 10:15AM

    Glad you found your ring!

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PSMITH3841 10/6/2011 9:35AM

    Whew! That was a close one, but don't you just love happy endings! I'm so glad DH is persistent.... emoticon emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 10/6/2011 8:25AM

    emoticonnews so glad you found it and glad hubby was willing to go back
Prayers sometimes do work



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KAITLANDSDREAM 10/6/2011 7:48AM

    That is one amazing story! And you are right, Eve, that was God! Talk about finding a needle in a haystack. emoticon

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TRISTAROSE 10/6/2011 6:45AM

    I love stories with a happy ending....now enjoy the rest of your vacation!

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ARTJAC 10/5/2011 11:06PM

    great story as we would say you have the luck of the irish emoticon

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CARYA52 10/5/2011 9:16PM

    What a wonderful story! Good for you, perseverance paid off!

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TICKLEBEE 10/5/2011 7:25PM

    i couldn't wait to read to the end to see if you found it!! yay!!! good for you!

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Today makes 1 week of vacation

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Today is Day 7 so that puts up at a full week. Leaving Alamogordo (that's a mouthfull) and will be heading to Alburquerque (another mouthful). I believe a couple of the things DH has planned for us is a botanical garden and also the zoo. I like that sort of thing, so perhaps I am just a country girl at heart.

This type of trip suits me much better than the "get on an airplane and fly somewhere, then have every minute of your day planned out so you never get to relax." We go when we please and get up when we please. Of course we have made reservations ahead of time, so we do need to get to certain cities on certain days, but other than that we are free as the birds in the sky! What a beautiful sky too -- so blue and filled with fluffy white clouds. As that brings to mind that after all of our sightseeing was done yesterday, we got a brief, but hard, shower on our way back to the hotel. Perfect time for rain in my book.

Now I'm waiting for our clothes to dry in the guest laundry. In fact, with that in mind it gives me time to get on the treadmill or elliptical for a nice 1-mile jaunt. See you all later!

  
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PSMITH3841 10/5/2011 4:19PM

    What a fun time you two are having....I'm jealous!

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ARTJAC 10/4/2011 11:40PM

    thats what we do when we go away but our dog comes with us have fun jacque emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 10/4/2011 5:24PM

    Wish I was with you on this trip like so much fun and I too love to take my time and enjoy it
Have a good time
Vicki

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OLDERDANDRT 10/4/2011 11:38AM

    Sounds like a truely wonderful vacation!! Enjoy!! emoticon

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End of Day 4: Still Terrific Weather

Saturday, October 01, 2011

emoticon Hi Spark Friends! Wonderful weather, interesting sights to see, good food and no mishaps! What more could a person ask for out of a vacation? To top it all off my weight is staying right in line and I certainly have not been denying myself anything. The hotel chain we are using, Holiday Inn, has wonderful homemade chocolate chip cookies out in the breakfast room if you happen to get there in time. So far we've been lucky! I know these little luxuries are probably a "no-no" but as long as my scale says I'm staying right at my usual weigh-in amount, I'm enjoying my nightly cookie.

Today we got up early to drive to the site of the first Atomic Bomb. Visited the ranch where it was assembled then walked a short distance to Ground Zero where all that was left of the tower was stubs. Granted, it's not a lot to see -- and many of the people who chose to see this attraction seemed to be Senior Citizens. There were a few kids (being it's Saturday) but I would imagine such an attraction would not be of much interest to them.

From there we traveled to the Very Large Arays (I believe there are 27 total) and it was an amazing thing to see -- the sheer size alone made it awesome. Diameter of each aray is 82 feet and they stand at a height of 94 feet. They are telescopes that work from radio waves and when they are stetched out to full capacity they can really view a tremendous area all in one swoop! They first came into existence back in the 1980's, but they are still hard at work today -- giving us further knowledge day in and day out.

By the way, we came close to being abducted by the aliens in Roswell (pictures to follow) but luckily they let us go due to our advanced ages! For once it paid to be a Senior Citizen!

  
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PSMITH3841 10/5/2011 4:17PM

    Advanced age; my Aunt Fanny!!!!! They didn't take you two because they knew they couldn't keep up with you guys! emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 10/3/2011 9:18AM

    Sounds like an interesting, fun trip! Now you know why the aliens didn't take you.....you are WAY too FIT for your age!!!! They wanted somebody who hadn't yet found Spark People!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CATLADY52 10/2/2011 10:45AM

    We'd hate to lose you to the aliens. emoticon Maybe you should just point out Spark People to them. emoticon

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LIS193 10/2/2011 10:45AM

    LOL glad they let you go - you would have been missed here!

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VITCHY-VICKI 10/2/2011 7:30AM

    emoticonGlad they didn't take you for I want to see pictures of your trip glad your having a good time and the scale is being good to you
Vicki

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ARTJAC 10/2/2011 1:11AM

    great keeping up with you on your holiday hope the weather hols out for you

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Day 3: Just starting

Friday, September 30, 2011

emoticon First of all, I love having my scale with me on vacation. When I got up on Day 2 it told me I'd been a bad girl -- which I already knew, very little exercise, mostly we just drove and then Mexican food on top of that! But Day 2 we tramped all over Carlsbad Caverns and it was awesome. By the end of the "Big Room" I was really, really interested in checking out the restrooms - lol, isn't that a typical woman? You had to walk into what looked like a cave to get to those also, guess they have a sense of humor, or maybe it was just easier.

Anyway, I've never seen anything as big and awesome as the Caverns! It was really worth the trip -- I've waited over 50 years to see those! Wasn't too great for taking photo's though, I doubt any of the pictures will come even close to what it's like in person. They did have a video for sale that looked good, but most people aren't interested in looking at them, so I did not buy one.

Weight is down today as I was a very good girl and good lots of exercise. Today we're in Roswell, so unless we're abducted by Aliens -- I'll see you in a day or so!

Hope everyone is doing well -- keep the Spirit!

  
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VITCHY-VICKI 10/2/2011 7:28AM

    emoticonHope No Aliens took you off the Earth and glad your having a good time
Vicki

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ARTJAC 10/1/2011 7:35PM

    sounds like you are having a great time whats the weather like emoticon

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CATLADY52 9/30/2011 12:05PM

    Sounds as if you're having fun and that is what counts when vacationing. Have a blast! emoticon

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LIS193 9/30/2011 11:53AM

    What a fun trip!

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PSMITH3841 9/30/2011 11:29AM

    Sounds like a fun day and you guys seem to be having a wonderful time...

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OLDERDANDRT 9/30/2011 10:43AM

    Hope you get to visit the Little Ali-En (A- lee Inn) A cute play on words near Roswell! Be careful!! Have fun!! emoticon

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Day One of our New Mexico Vacation!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

emoticon First of all I have been drinking water steadily all day -- that means lots of potty stops, but I feel healthy. Couldn't get in as much walking as I wanted, but at least I was healthy with my water consumption.

We reached our destination for Day 1: Las Cruces, New Mexico! We were both pretty tired, and upon finding out that they are 1 hour later than us, we decided to go find a place to eat right away, then we could relax. Inquired at the front desk about Mexican food, and he had a paper all printed up with directions to one that was nearby. Great! Only trouble was that when we got there, it was closed for remodeling!

OK -- we have a GPS, so we put the information in, and started checking them out. First one didn't look so good, and after another block, we decided to pull over to see what the next address was. But as we stopped we noticed we were across the street from a nice looking restaurant (yes, even Mexican) and the parking lot was full -- we figured we'd try it. But as we entered we found it was some sort of rally for a political group. Dejected we turned to leave -- but a man hurried after us and explained that the meeting was over and we were more than welcome to stay -- he said even he and his wife were going to eat there! It turns out the political meeting was for him -- he was the Mayor of Las Cruces! Kind of a nice welcome -- and the food was delicious too!

Day 1 is gone, 14 more to go!! emoticon

  
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SUGARSMOM2 9/30/2011 11:03AM

  what a great welcome . and all for you .. right .. enjoy . wish we where with you .

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OLDERDANDRT 9/29/2011 5:27PM

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LYNETTEMOM 9/29/2011 12:24PM

    have fun! don't think you "shouldn't" try the local cuisine: o relax and enjoy, just make good choices

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VITCHY-VICKI 9/29/2011 7:43AM

    That is cool to meet the Mayor of Las Cruces and glad the food was good
Have a good trip
V

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TRISTAROSE 9/29/2011 5:51AM

    Have an awesome vacation!

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ARTJAC 9/29/2011 1:23AM

    great start have fun

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4_MY_LIFE 9/29/2011 1:08AM

    Sounds like a good start to your trip!

Enjoy yourself!

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