Thursday, July 30, 2009

There's No Place Like Home

We're home! It was a wonderful trip and Brandon, Dee and Riley are all moved into their apartment in Spokane. My Bob and I loved it there in the Pacific Northwest. I'll fill in the details as soon as I get settled back in. Re-entry into real life is difficult for me. Catching up on work, mail, e-mail, chores, etc. is a job. And I like things to be cleaned and organized before I feel I can get back into my hobbies. But I have pictures of the sites we saw along the way. We concluded that this is a beautiful country, except for Chicago. (No offense to those that live in Chicago). We just didn't care for all the traffic, congestion and people. Too busy for us. Not my kind of place to want to visit or live. The U-Haul ride was noisey and bumpy. It took us four days. Fixed up their apartment and did some sightseeing around Spokane and Couer D'Alene, Idaho. Absolutely beautiful! Brandon kept telling us on the phone that we would want to move there, and he's right. We flew home on Monday, which is a long trip in itself. We lose three hours in time change and then once we get into Pittsburgh we still have a 2-1/2 hour drive home. We're tired.
I hated to leave Spokane and Brandon, Dee and Riley. Of course I cried. The little bit of upside is that the house is totally ours again, which I like. Although, I have to say, having Dee and Riley living with us was a joy. I like having a schedule and a routine, which was almost impossible for several months. That's the upside I'm clinging to and working with because I really miss them and would cry all the time otherwise. I will learn to love my empty nest again eventually.


Rae said...

Sounds like an adventuresome trip. I bet you were tired after that long drive. Did you experience any of the hot weather they are having?

It will be an adjustment having them gone but getting back into a routine will certainly help. Glad to see you back safe and sound.

Lillian Robinson said...

Glad you're home safe and sound. Yes, you will come to love it again. It's too bad they live so far away.

DJan said...

Nina, welcome home! My husband and I made the conscious decision to move to Bellingham so we could be near the water, but the PNW is a beautiful part of the country.

I know you will find your way in this new environment, with them here and you there. Your blog posts will continue to inspire those of us who care about you from afar. I really like the structure of your life and find some kind of strength from it. I'm glad you're the way you are. And thanks for sharing it!

Unknown said...

Empty nests....that scares me. We were in your neck of the woods this weekend. I am glad your trip was great : )

Unknown said...

Welcome home. It's a nice feeling isn't it?

Glad the family is settling in.

SquirrelQueen said...

Hi Nina,
I am so glad you had a good trip and enjoyed our beautiful part of the Pacific Northwest. It is beautiful.

Glad you got Dee and Riley all settled in with Brandon but I know you hated to leave them behind. But look at it this way, it gives you a really good excuse to come back for a visit.


Brenda Pruitt said...

Yes, you will come to embrace the solitude again. Albeit a little sad about it. I am like you in that I have to have things in proper order before I can create! Glad you're home safe and sound.


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