January 04, 2009

Home Sweet Home

We left N.C yesterday and the song stuck in my head all day was:
"home again, home again, jiggity jigg".
Where did that come from? is it a nursery rhyme?
Who knows where the thoughts in my head come from....

We made it back home last night after a delightful 12 1/2 hours in the car.

When we left N.C it was 35 degrees. Upon pulling into our garage it was 75 degrees. (at night)
Now I know why northerners come to Florida for the winter. :)
The drive home was not so bad....if you are feeling perfectly well that is.
I woke up yesterday morning with some sort of stomach bug and was afraid to put anything in there, not knowing how any food will mix with said bug.

Not exactly a great feeling knowing that you have a 12 hour a car.... with no potty.
Why, oh why did Santa NOT bring me that jet plane????

My Mom (via phone) and my friend Kelly (my other mother) told me to have some soup...we stopped and got some Chicken noodle for me and I ate it over a 4 hour period. It stayed in the belly and I added a 1/2 a sandwich about 4 hours later. all good in the hood now. I think.

I have been declaring that when I got home I was going to detox my body anyway....I just started earlier than I wanted to. :)

Our cats, whom i just adore *cough*cough* are never pleased when we leave them alone. Which is so funny, because when we are here, they seem so NOT pleased that we are here.

Cats? we will never understand each other.
You would think they would be happy that we at least take the 2 large dogs away when we DO go...but nooooooo.

Their sign of undying love and heartfelt affection they left for me this time?

By peeing on BOTH of the Christmas tree skirts.

Yes, they are sweet little felines....any one want them????

I was pleased though to ONLY have one pile of throw up this time...and lucky for me it was not on our bed this homecoming.

Lots of housework to the house. I was hoping some nice little Christmas fairies would come in and take care of all of this, but noooooooo.

Our master bath is still tore up and even more of a mess now...the plumbing work started while we were you know how much dust comes up when someone is jackhammering your concrete floors???

Lets just say, our black master bedroom furniture was a lovely shade of CONCRETE!!!!

Me, complain?

I was going to get on a rant about how MOST people on the road are clueless to the "left lane is for passing only" rule....but I will post that another day.
Lets just leave it at: "if you are in the left lane, you best be passing someone and not regulating the speed at which I will be traveling." :)
I have no road rage issues...but this is so irritating.

Some last thoughts on my last getaway for 2008:

Linds hiking White Side Mountain.

The 2 reasons I need to detox.

Too much good food and too much good wine.

I love boxer butts.

Baby, it's cold outside. The flip-flops on the left..... Belong to Coach.

Getting away from it all?

Getting away from it all.

It is nice to vacation with friends you love...the same friends I vacationed with 20 years ago....the same friends I will vacation with in 20 years from now.

Of course the accommodations just get better...but so do our clothes and hairstyles.


  1. I'm with you on the left lane hogs...especially when there are only two lanes in each direction. Here in TX the big rigs drive in all lanes....a huge no no in CA.

    Are you sure both cats pee'd on the tree skirts? I heard a rumor from a reliable source (the cats) that it was the plumber!

  2. Grandma J-I am pretty sure it was the Plumber (my BIL) can't get down that far!! He is a big guy. :)

  3. I'm glad you made it home safe and sound and that the chicken noodle soup worked its magic. I think your cats just wanted to supply you with fresh excitement to welcome you home.

  4. While it is great to get away and have some fun with people you love, it's always good to come home. Sounds like you have lots to keep you up after remodeling that is going on can be a big pain in the you know what...putting away Christmas decorations doesn't seem as much fun as putting them the house to get ready for some fun events doesn't seem as much work as it is cleaning after everything is over...such is sure does feel good when it's all done though! Happy 2009 my friend!

  5. Wow, what a trip. And what a return! There is nothing better than coming home after a long trip...even if it involves cat pee on tree skirts and such.

    The bathroom renovation doesn't sound like much fun. Until afterward!

  6. Welcome home, Suz!!!! Glad you had a wonderful vacation. Sounds like you didn't get to visit your nephew (??) in or near Atlanta. Guess 12 1/2 hours in the car was enough in one day, huh?

    Sorry you had a 'bug'--but sounds like you handled it well.. Are you sure you aren't Pregnant?????? ha ha ha (Guess that wasn't funny!!!)

    I hate those left-lane pokies also.. Coming up the plateau from Cookeville to Crossville, there are nice big signs saying "TRUCKS--RIGHT LANE ONLY".. Well--guess what??? Those darn trucks are always trying to pass --going straight up a mountain--in the left lane, going about 10mph. That happens constantly, but where is the Tennessee Highway Patrol??? (Probably at the donut shop!!!!) Grrrrrrr....

    Hugs and Welcome Home, Friend!!

  7. Whoa! Your blog literally changed colors while I was reading! You must be editing - that was weird! :-)

    I LOVE this post - don't you love the mountains of Western NC? As you know, we used to go up there ALL the time... I have many very happy memories from up there. Beautiful, beautiful place. You are blssed to live in sunny South Florida and be able to vacation in the mtns of WNC! :-)

    LOVED the pictures too.... esp of all the wine bottle corks!

    Tomorrow is our "back to reality" day here... school starts back; Mommy starts back to working on her business (and looking for additional work, etc.), AND getting this house in SOME sort of order for 2009.

    "2009 will be sublime!!"

  8. I am so glad you had such a wonderful trip. Hope you are recovered from the bug!

    I'm with the Coach - I wear my flip-flops year round too!

    PS - I love boxer butts too!

  9. PS: As much as I love to travel, there really is nothing better than coming home and sleeping in your OWN bed.... love it. :)

    Home you, and your hubby are both feeling back to 100% very soon!

    Love you, girlfriend!

  10. Breakfast potatoes--I think they're my "if you could only eat one food for the rest of your life" food.

    I hope you get everything de-Christmassed and cleaned up with a big dose of help.

    Your vacay looks fantastic.

  11. loved hearing your homecoming ramblings... every time we pull in the drive way "home again home again jiggety-jig" runs through my mind :) must just be us crazy girls! i wish you had a more peaceful homecoming, but if i know you, that black furniture is no longer that lovely shade of concrete, and you are kicking it into high gear to get all of your other things "just so." i have been hanging out in the kids rooms... with trash bags... ya know? ahhh... january is such fun!

  12. I think the rhyme you're thinking about starts with, "To market, to market, to buy a..." and now, all I can recall is Katie (as a tiny girl) saying, " buy a French Pig; home again, home again, jiggety jig!" Don't you love toddler's interpretations? I have no idea what the real rhyme is! Happy New Year & love.

  13. To market, to market,
    To buy a fat pig.
    Home again, home again,
    Jiggety, jig.

    To market, to market,
    To buy a fat hog.
    Home again, home again,
    Jiggety, jog.

    To market, to market,
    To buy a plum bun.
    Home again, home again,
    Market is done!

    Sorry, that's one of the hazards of being a Kindergarten teacher. I know far too many Mother Goose rhymes!!

    Looks like your trip was great. Sorry about the tree skirts :( Can they be cleaned? Cleaning up the construction dust is going to be even worse, and expect to be doing it for about a year! That junk gets into your vents and ducts, and shows up when you think it should be long gone. It's delightful!

  14. To market, to market
    To buy a fat pig-
    Home again, home again

    I teach kinder so I know this crap...don't know how but I can retain a nursery rhyme and forget what I need to buy at the grocery store!

    Love the pics- especially the ice on the wodden chair...and of course the view of the southbound doggies.

    Happy New Year!

  15. Now you know why we don't have cats, LOL!

    Our xmas decos are put away, save for the tree - that comes Tuesday night, since the city only picks up the trees for recycling on Wednesday morning. Ah, the constraints!

    Loved your trip recap, the lovely photos and I could feel your relief at being home, even if your trip was awesome.

    home sweet home :-)

  16. 75 degrees at night in January. I would happily LEAVE my home forever to get those temperatures. Only problem is- I would never get US health insurance ( if they would let me in at all- sigh)

  17. In the 70's no fair...I need to send you some "cold" weather!!! Glad you are home safe!
    -sandy toes

  18. Yes, I threaten to move to Florida every winter! Perhaps the 75 degree weather has something to do with it...

    Glad you are home safe and sound. Any interest in coming to VA in July? I'll fill you in on the details if you'd like to join us.

    There has been a wicked stomach bug going around up here....fortunately, Casa de Envy has remained "bug free"...wish us luck!! It's back to reality tomorrow. I dread it.

  19. Gawd, how miserable to have to travel by car THAT FAR with a stomach bug! I'm glad you survived it okay!!!

    What's with animals throwing up? I swear I deal with that way more than I'd ever expect to.

    I hear you on the left lane thing! HUGE pet peeve of mine.

    Welcome "home!"

  20. It looks like you had SO much fun! I hope you feel better. Stomache bugs are the worst : (.


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