Wednesday (05/11) evening, we drove down to Sacramento staying at a hotel with limosene service to the airport. Thursday (05/12) Our flight to Tulsa via Arizona went smoothly. My niece's husband, Paul, met us at the airport. All of our luggage arrived with us.
It was good to be back to Carthage. The staff at the hotel had set up the dialysis machine on a cart for us and had all of the supplies back to our room. Friday evening, my brother and his wife had a special dinner for my birthday at their home--fried jumbo shrimp, the jalepeno rattle snake bites, turkey with homemade noodles, and peach pie for dessert.
Saturday, Scott went with family to see the fish hatchery in Neosha. Whle I would have enjoyed the renenactment of the Battle of CArthage, it was just too cold and damp for me. I started organizing our bags for the trip home. That evening, I had a swiss steak dinner at my niece's while Scott went with his cousin Sarah and family to see "Rio." Patty and I watched a cute chick flick that went until after midnight.
After Scott got off dialysis about 6:30 in the morning, we both laid back down and conked out. My sister called at 9:45 to see if we were coming for breakfast. Jumped up and dressed to get there only a few minutes late. Enjoyed seeing my niece Tracey and her husband Ryan. My brother Bill and his wife Doris was also there; later had supper at their place. The washer and dryerat the hotel were staying busy so did laundy late at night or, more accurately, early in the morning.
Bill came by the hotel to help us load. We mailed six packages back home to keep our mirror clear. Stopped in Springfield to see Scott's birth mom. We took her out for lunch and then went bowling. Scott and Faye enjoyed this time together. We stayed at the Drury Inn. I crashed about 7:30 and slept until 5:30---I needed this to be able to drive.
We arrived at my niece Marti's home in Lexington by early evening. She and Lee took us out to eat at a famous steak place--Malones. We enjoyed this time of fellowship. For breakfast, we ate part of the dessert from the prior evening. Arrived at my brother Eddie's home in Huntington West Virginia and had lunch. We enjoyed visiting there so much. Scott and I were anxious to get home so decided to headon rather thatn spend a night there. The drive is good but highways can be boring so went on sideroads the last 100 miles. While we did not make great time, the scenery was lovely and it helped me not be too sleepy driving. Unfortunately, I hit a rabbit trying to cross the highway but was able to avoid a large vulture that took off in front of our car.
It was so good to be home and see my husband Homer and four footed family member--Scruffy, Le Petit Grand Chien. Sunday morning, I so enjoyed seeing my 2nd grade Sunday School Class; they were wired as school will soon be out.
Last night, we heard of the tornado in Joplin--less than 20 miles from my hometown. Such devastation in such a short time. Where it hit such a densely populated area, the destruction and loss of life is more. Stayed up until after 2 a.m. following the story. Today, I learned that my sister-in-law's nephew was safe but his home was destroyed. My sister's son was attending a graduation and his his car was damaged but he was safe. I have not yet heard if the family of another sister-in-law are okay.
We do not know what this day will bring. We are taught to rejoice and be glad in it for it is a day that the Lord hath made. Saying a prayer for those who have lost posssessions, their homes, and their loved ones.