Slim and Franke

Slim and Franke
Happy New Year

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


We arrived back home around 3:00 yesterday afternoon after picking up Slim from the kennel. Our trip to the West coast was fifteen days of fantastic but "be it ever so humble" home feels the best.

Daughter Terri and grand kids, Joey, Ian and Jasmine in San Diego, saw to it that Ron's 70Th birthday was one to remember.

We got in on only a brief part of his USS Mahan ship reunion in Tucson, AZ but it was enough to celebrate with old friends and check in until next year.

Our first stop on our trip was at daughter Chelle's where they offered relaxation and comfort before the heavy traveling began.

Our travels took us near the homes of four of Ron's shipmates from other ships and we got to meet up with a woman who was our neighbor when we lived in Kansas. She had returned to California a couple of years before we sold our place and moved back to Oklahoma, plus we found some old friends who had moved from California to Tennessee and back to California.

Our final stop before home was the highlight when we stopped to see my brother and Sil. It was good to share coffee and donuts and hug their necks. My Sil will begin her chemo on Thursday. She is a champ but what else would we expect?

Needless to say, Ron is much better and we were both delighted to get a medical reprieve for him so we could fly the coop for a while.

Five chickens were missing from our flock when we returned. It seems a fox got them (or foxes) the day before we got home.

The dog Cookie that we planned to adopt if still here was gone, so that decision is over. Hopefully someone else took her in.

I was awake at 4:00 this morning because we failed to change our clocks at home. That is so funny because we were changing time zones and were fixing clocks and watches the whole trip it seemed. Usually we don't have to change our clocks at home but usually we're not gone when daylight savings time kicks in. Anyway I looked at the clock and thought it's 5:00 so I might as well get up. I believe we will suffer jet (rather van) lag for a while.


  1. I'm glad you had a fun trip. Before I finished reading the post, I was going to comment about "car lag".

    I live on the edge of two time zones, so I'm always trying to figure out what time it really is. The time change always throws me off for a while.

  2. How fun. The pictures are great. I lightened the first one for you and sent it in an e-mail.

  3. Welcome Home Annie, pleased you arrived safely. Your title reminded me of an old favourite film Oklahoma, I remembered it as a child and have seen it on TV many times since, ah sweet memories.


  4. That sounds like a neat trip. Happy, Ron!

  5. Good to have you back after such a wonderful trip. Sorry the fox(es) got the chickens though. Many happy returns, Ron.

  6. Welcome back and belated happy birthday!

  7. Looks like you had fun but hey there's no place like home is there?