Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Heading For Home

I wanted to share with you some photos of the cornfield next to Indian Springs campground in Ohio on the Indiana line.  Farmers are not even harvesting, it will all be plowed under.  Food prices are going to be escalating because of the corn and soy failures due to the drought.

Karen and Ron met us for lunch on Sunday and then we went to Miamitown to see Todd and Ann compete in the Cowboy Shoot and Ride. They were already finished but we had a quick visit and Ted got to see Zoe, Rebel and Latte and give them some hay so he was happy. We said our goodbyes and went home to dress for the visitation.

Ted's family is no different in that they see each other at weddings and funerals. We were delighted to see so many cousins but with Eileen's passing, we are now the old folks. As Fr. Terry said at Mass "The last chapter has been written, the book is finished." To have known Ted's Grandma and 9 of her 11 children over the past 51 years is one of my greatest blessings. Ted was a pall bearer, complete with green carnation, and both of us served wine at Communion. What an honor to have been asked.  This is the green and white arrangement the Rogers family sent to the wake.  The long green flowers on top are Belles of Ireland.  There were shamrocks on the ribbon.

There was a nice luncheon afterwards at a hall and then we headed for home to prepare for our Tuesday departure.

We got off about 8 am and drove over 500 miles to Memphis. One of my favorite parks is in West Memphis AR, right on the Mississippi River. I love sitting on the bench watching the barges go up and down the river. My inner child imagines a big paddlewheel rounding the bend with the calliope playing "Waiting For The Robert E. Lee."

This campground has a FREE laundry (a big deal in the camping world) so I did two loads, got a shower and prepared an easy dinner for us and Rick and Brenda who came for a visit. We were so glad to see them. What a great overnight stop.

We drove a little over 400 miles today and are parked at the Carthage TX Campground. We have about 150 miles to go. We are trying to outrun Isaac but rain is predicted tomorrow. Normal rain we can deal with. Hurricane wind and rain is another matter.

If you come home as happy as you left, you have had a good vacation .

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