Grandson Tracy hamming it up wearing Daddy's Beret:
Patrick and I made a quick trip to North Carolina to help Jared and Chandra move their stuff into storage and them into an apartment. The weather was *~*awesome*~*!! How awesome you ask? Oh, mid-to-upper 70's awesome!
We even mowed their lawn! And ate Krispy Kreme donuts twice...a total treat since I couldn't tell you where the closest one near here is!
It was super great to see them, but it was a bittersweet trip, I miss them all already! Of course I have tons of photos, but Chandra sent me this one while we were on our way home. It's my (current!) favorite.
Jared had a jump a couple of weeks ago, and I ask y'all keep "the guys" in the forefront of your thoughts and prayers in the coming months. Military families can't always say why, but doing what the Loved One is trained for is the hardest on us as a whole. Please don't take Family, Friends or our way of living for granted. Appreciate that we are able to live the way we do, remember that Freedom isn't Free!
So we've had a day or so of rest from 1,300+ miles of driving one way, now back to normalcy. Um, whatever that is! (HA) Actually we drove there and back....but the return trip wore on me more, I think because we were already [literally] butt-tired from sitting on the way there. We got lucky and hit the bigger cities at non-rush hours, so we breezed through them. I know CAN drive that far (just did it!), but I didn't say I totally liked it! ;-)
Got a phone call that Fillet got out a couple of times when a storm came up and freaked her out. The fence has a patch on it for now, and I can not wait for the ground to thaw some so I can fix it correctly; which means I have to pound posts into the ground. Maybe I can get it done in a couple of weeks--who knows, as we have another snow storm and arctic cold coming. (Oh joy--NOT!!)
The snow I can handle, it's the bitter arctic cold that gets to me (and the critters). I know soon spring will be here and this bitter winter will be a memory. Gardening and plants are on my mind already! :) Thinking positive here: Woo-hooo!
When we returned the rental car, we stopped by Kyle and his GF's apartment. He's been doing plenty of Honor Guard duties (funerals for Veterans); while going to school, working and Drills. He's always been "Mr. On-The-Go", it's just his nature. His GF also goes to school and works, I don't know how they have time to see each other! HA
That's the update for now. Think Spring!! :)