Friday, March 25, 2005

Spring Vacation

Ah-h-h!! Spring Vacation!!!
You’d think we’d be rested and refreshed as we near the end of the week, wouldn’t you? …far from it!!

We left last Friday afternoon to visit dear friends in Los Angeles. ‘Spent a night in a smelly little motel called the ‘Stardust’ in Redding, then spent 8 hours driving the rest of the way to LA. We got there stiff and tired of the car, just in time to go with them to dinner with his family about 40 minutes from their house by car…. (after we took a good long walk to get the kinks out!)

We enjoyed our time with Pat and Barby, doing things like church, Downtown Disney (a village of shops and restaurants outside of Disneyland), dinner at ‘Rainforest Café’ (fun!), a LONG walk on the beach (probably 4 miles total), relaxing and visiting in the hot tub outside their home, etc.

Then on Monday night the bug hit me! Actually, I think it hit on the way down, and just wasn’t recognized as a problem until during the night Monday. I thought I just had a sinus infection, and just put up with the discomfort. But then I started having severe stomach pain, and didn’t sleep well at all that night. Our original plan was that we would start our trip home on Wednesday morning, but by Tuesday morning I was ready to leave. Barby assured me that I didn’t need to do that, so we stayed one more day, and I’m glad we did, though we just stayed around the house and I didn’t do much at all. As it was, I wasn’t feeling quite so miserable for the trip home since we waited, but it still wasn’t much fun. We drove to Red Bluff – pretty much a straight 8 hours of driving with only a stop for gas along the way. We stayed in a Motel 6 (better than the first motel, but still not home). It felt good to stretch out on the bed and relax for the evening and night. Then on Thursday we drove the rest of the way home, stopping in Roseburg for a bite to eat at McDonald’s where Timmy was working (so we got a brief visit with him).

Jim drove every mile of the trip, and by the time we got home, the car had gone over 1750 miles! So are we rested?....

Today I’m feeling weak and tired, and don’t have much appetite (one good thing about it is that instead of gaining weight on the ‘vacation’, I actually lost a bit, which I can hopefully keep off!)

My sister and her family are out of town, so when we got home, my mom drove out to our house and is staying with us. She seems to have the same bug that I’ve been battling, so we aren’t doing much – just sitting around and looking at each other or napping. I think it’s better for her to be here, though than to be staying at home alone. The family gets back sometime tomorrow, so Mama plans to go back home tomorrow, too. It’s nice to have her here with us for a change.

Sunday is Easter. We don’t have any plans to speak of except that the choir is supposed to sing that morning. Practice is tomorrow at 6:30. If I don’t feel a LOT better by then, I won’t be singing with the choir this week! I do hope to be well enough to be at church, though.

I want to wish all of you a wonderful Easter celebration. May your relationship with our resurrected Lord bring you great joy and anticipation.

With Love,

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