If you look at the map closely you will see our recent route to and from my parents old homestead. The first day’s drive was a business visit so that doesn’t count as anything other than a stopping point. But it was fun to see some former co-workers and marvel at the fact they get up at 3:30 EVERY FREAKIN morning to prepare their business for the days sales. These two great people left hard working jobs to start their own business where I’m positive they’ve never worked harder in their lives. Hmmm, their choice, not mine! This is the part where I state I’m way too lazy to work like that.
We drove east across Washington and then south through Idaho. I hadn’t been that route in decades and it was surprising to see the growth, the lack of growth, lots of changes and hardly any changes…all along the same road. Riggins was the biggest surprise. We lived there when I was a tot. Dad worked for Idaho Power at the time and he was working on a fish hatchery, electric generating dam or some random power lines. I’m not certain which one, but this I do know, I will find out via comments from one of the siblings. I was too busy being a kid to pay attention to what my parents were doing. I recall our house was very near the river as well as the road. I wonder now what were my parents thinking when they rented a house about 11 inches from the river and 13 inches from the road with 6 children? Sweet Husband asked me if we were ‘cautioned’ by our mom about playing in the river. I said, “No, we were too busy in the front yard trying to get the big rigs to honk at us”. Damn kids.
As we neared our destination I called my sister to see what she was doing. We chit chatted about errands we were running and I promised I’d call again soon. I talked with my nephew, ‘the boy’ who has been having health issues and urged him to get better….which I’m sure he will. About an hour later we pulled into my sisters driveway, knocked on the door and asked if we could borrow a cup of sugar. It was a fun surprise. If you’re like us, it’s so hard to see everyone you want to see when you travel to where relatives and friends are. We crammed as much as we could into our short stay and saw almost everyone on our list. More time, we just need more time.
I have a confession to make. I’m in love…again! Sweet Husband and I stayed at the Hilton Gardens in Eagle and they have THE MOST AMAZING BEDS. I know what you’re thinking…step out of the gutter. This king size gem was so perfect I couldn’t feel the trashing around of my husband. We both move around a lot in our sleep and we wake each other up…but not this time. In fact when he got out of bed after our first night there, he thought that I was up already, because he hadn’t felt the bed move when I got up. but I wasn’t up I was still sleeping…at 7:45am, which I think is a world record for me. We are researching these beds, but it will take the printing of our own money or winning the lottery before we can afford one, they start at $3500. <heavy sigh>
All too soon time to come home was upon us. I have to tell you some times we aren’t the smartest…usually one of us drives until we get tired then the other takes over. Sweet Husband suggested that every two hours we switch drivers to ease the burden of driving. It worked perfectly and it made BOTH of us happy. We’re home now and puttering around the house and waiting for summer to get here, which should be sometime late next week.
I love the humor/moxie of small towns. The guy mowing the lawn caught my attention as we drove by a court house in eastern Washington. I’d bet that he didn’t pick out that outfit, but it looks cool and breezy for the summer, even for yard work.