We’re home! We arrived back to our little house on the ri-vah on Wednesday, only a day later than we were scheduled to get back. Being snowed in at Julie and Matt’s was fun, our visit with Cathie and Charlie was too short (we’ll be back), and we got back to Georgia just in time for – are you ready – a supposed SNOW night! I kid you not – it is supposed to sleet/snow tonight (Thursday), and we are supposed to wake to a “dusting” of snow on the ground. The county we live in (Sumter) has already – are you ready – CLOSED SCHOOL for tomorrow (I know my north country readers are giggling at that).
It was a long 12-hour drive on Monday from Bentonville, AR to Slidell, LA (a suburb of New Orleans), where Cathie and Charlie live. We stayed up late talking, then slept late the next morning. With only one day to spend with them, we all just relaxed and had a great visit. Ted and Cathie started researching their family tree, and it soon became a rivalry to see who could find the next relative.
Bear and Maddie were ridiculously happy to discover a large, fenced backyard in Slidell. Bear rolled around in the first unfrozen grass he had seen in six days, and Maddie spent the entire visit trying to prove she was the dominant dog (Cathie and Charlie have three dogs). She met her match though in Petey, a rescued Benji look-alike (except Petey probably weighs a whopping five lbs.). They stood nose to nose and eye to eye several times, but no real fights.
We left around 9:30 Wednesday morning to drive home, after making plans for a possible trip back to Louisiana in March. Whether we make it back or not this year, Cathie and Charlie will see us this summer on Mackinac Island.
When we rolled into the Florida Panhandle, we stopped at a rest area to let the dogs (and us) stretch their legs. It was still cold, but seeing the palm trees let us know we were once again in the South.
Thank you, friends, for all the safe travel prayers. It’s good to be home!