Hello fellow bloggers,family and friends:
I am a little behind this time because I have had a few other things on my mind however I don’t normal miss my annual Memorial day means to me. First I would like to thank all you soldiers and your family for your service not only to your country but to family, friends and all the other people in the USA. I want to wish my brother Mark and my friend Garry a belated birthday. At the beginning I stated that the reason I was late was that I had other things on my mind well today is the second anniversary of the passing of my husband who lost his fight against Lung Cancer in 2012 on May 30. I know when he passed away Mark came home from work and I think somewhere deep down I knew it was his birthday but it just didn’t click because I was thinking about the pain of not having Carl there in my life anymore. Later that night when Mark was getting ready to go to work I remember to say something to him and he told me that he wasn’t worried about me not tell him Happy Birthday because he knew deep in his heart that I was not really thinking about him and that I wasn’t the most important thought on my mind at the moment. I have decided in this past two years since Carl has been gone that life is truly strange but if you take time to remember the people you have lost and remember the good and not to dwell on the bad that life is a heck of lot better for you and people looks up and also understands you also.
Memorial Day is a day that we celebrate that our soldiers are going to come home or that have come home or last have given the ultimate which is their life for their country. I can’t say that soldier’s don’t go off to war and then don’t come home because that happens a lot but they (the soldiers) are trained to take care of themselves and also their fellow soldiers. Soldiers go to war knowing that their job puts them in harms way and that they may not come home to their love ones. But the soldiers job is why we have the freedom to stand on the street corner and tell our politicians that we don’t like there laws and we want them to change them that is why we vote. But we wouldn’t have that power to vote or change things we don’t like if a soldier hadn’t went to war and fought for that freedom. I know that not all soldiers die but a lot of them do and whether they die or not their family suffer while the soldier is gone taking care of business for the USA their family is home taking care of business on the home front and going on every day to work, school, play and whatever is needed to adjust to a life without their soldier until he or she returns to life stateside.
Sorry about that here this old lady is rambling again. Memorial Day to me is a celebration of what a soldier gives to his country, family, home and life but best of his willingness to know that at any moment could be his last. Maybe the next time you see an American Soldier you might tell them thank you for your service. If you happen to be that American Soldier and your reading this then let me tell you thank you for your service I appreciate what you and your family has done for our country and our families. I am proud to be American and I’m so happy to have all of you soldiers in my corner and taking care of country.
Hang in there and be good to yourself and know that I’m here thinking of all of you out there in cyberspace. God bless the USA and God bless all of you.
Love and understanding
Red Sox Lady 35
Travelling west by bus has its advantages but it also has some bad stuff to go with those wonderful advantages. Like for instance you can relax and leave the driving to the men and women who do the driving for a living and therefore are supposed to be paid to do the driving. This way you can take pictures of places you want to remember, sleep, read or even talk with your fellow passengers. I did all of the above. Misty and I got on the bus in Wichita Falls, TX and got off in Olympia, WA and then we were pickup by our friends and family and driven to Shelton which was about one hour away. We stopped several times along the way some of the places I wouldn’t spend two minutes in if I didn’t have to and other cities I wanted to spend more time in.
Our first stop was Amarillo and the only two things I can say about this place is that it has a lot of old buildings and at the truck stop just west of town advertises that if you can eat all of your seventy-two ounce steak with all the fixings you get your meal free. I can guarantee if you want to go for it make sure you haven’t eaten in about 24 hours because it is a huge steak. Our next stop that comes to mind that was good city was in New Mexico in Albuquerque. This city also has a lot of old buildings but it has new modern ones throw in with a Spanish theme which blends well with all of those older buildings. One of our stops Misty and I got off for a short time of a few days and caught up with family that we hadn’t seen in forever which was Las Vegas. Now Las Vegas has a lot of casinos and one must be at least 21 years old to gamble in them but there are other attractions besides the gambles…There is a very large roller coaster one of the biggest in the United States and it is the same one that Gil Grissom use to ride on when he was having a bad day and the same one he took Nick Stokes on when he asked Gil what do you do when things don’t go right on the job. The job was CSI Investigations (Las Vegas) now I know you’re asking yourself how does she know and it is because I have watched every season of it since the beginning. Also this is the roller coaster that is outside on the side of the casino not the one in Circus Circus on the inside.
Flagstaff, AZ was another one of those stops and it was a cool place except that some of the street reminded me of some of the streets in Sunnyside Height in Wichita Falls because they are very narrow and only one car can pass at a time. It too had lots of old buildings and the court house was huge. It was really cold by the time we got there it was like eleven at night and we had to stay there until about two in the morning. The wind was howling like a bunch of wild coyotes and it was blowing about thirty-five miles per hour and gusting up to fifty miles per hour and the weather report was calling for snow and we are in May and still snow was coming. I wouldn’t want to live there with snow coming into May or even June. That is just too wild for me to even think about. When we finally arrived at our destination Olympia we were happy not to be getting back on that bus again. Our family pick us up there and we got into the vehicle to travel another hour or so to reach Shelton. I personally do not want to get on another bus for a long while because that was a heck of a long trip and a crazy way to move. Misty will be writing her own experiences along the way to Shelton and she is quite a little story writer. Thanks for your time and your love. Have a wonderful Thursday and don’t forget to send or give your Mom a card for “Mother’s Day” it will be Sunday May 11, 2014 this year. For all of you who are still lucky to have your Moms don’t ever take her for granted she won’t be around forever I know I lost mine almost fourteen years ago and there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t miss her and want to call her just to ask “how her day is going”.
I love you all and thanks again for reading an old lady’s rambling. Good night and sweet dreams my fellow bloggers, readers, family and friends.
Red Sox Lady 35
This is Mount Shasta it was taken out of the bus window. This was taken by my daughter Misty.
Hello fellow bloggers, family, and friends,
Misty and I are finally in Washington state and even though it was hard leaving family in a place that was familiar and safe it was the best thing to do for all kinds of reasons but some I’m not ready to share let’s just say starting over is best for our piece of mind and let it go at that okay.
We ended up being on the bus for 53 hours and some odd minutes because of all the delays that we had to be subject to. The actual trip was supposed to be 25 hours and 45 minutes but I think it was because of not enough bus drivers to handle the number of people travelling, bus’s was breaking down all over the place and the one coming from Dallas into Wichita Falls was two and a half hours late because of an accident involving the bus which cause everyone having a connecting bus somewhere else to miss their bus and then having to sit there and wait for the next one instead of them finding a bus to go to the next location.
No good news yet on Henry just more of the same. I guess Stephen is still waiting for his cutoff date which is the 45 days from the accident. The accident was on April 2 and on May 7 it will be five weeks which is thirty-five days so but on May 17 he will make his decision on what will be done for Henry.
Misty and I met an interesting man on our day in Las Vegas near the CVS on the strip. He was a veteran of Vietnam and he was homeless but he didn’t blame anyone he just said that America was in debt up to their bottoms and even though he receives full pension from Uncle Sam for time served he just doesn’t make enough money to pay everything and no one seems to help him. Anyway the point I trying to make very badly is he gets a full ride (100%) disabled he can’t make it on his own. We has a country help all these other countries bring them over here give them free stuff until they get on their feet but we can’t seem to help our own Vets live in a place that is safe and off the streets. I worry about not only the Vets on the street but our children who have run away from home. Are they going to wake up and be safe or will they become a statistic of another body found dead on the street that no one cares about?
I know this is really long tonight but I haven’t blogged in a day or two so I have a lot to say and my brain is pressing for it to get it on paper. LOL
Has Misty and I got on the bus in Medford, OR I realized it had been raining all day and the weather was calling for more of the rain. Now I know how Washington and Oregon keep so green and it is because of all the rain. Here it is two days since we have arrived and it is still raining and its Monday and rain is supposed to continue until Thursday or Friday. I don’t mind the rain I just don’t like the booming and lightening that goes with it.
Misty and I took pictures along the way and once I get my cord I will be posting them. Now for all of you that I promised a travel blog I need to get to work on it and then I will post it so you can read it too. I’m so happy to be here and able to start over and maybe it will be okay for both Misty and I. Take care my bloggers, family and friends. I want to wish all you Moms who read my blog a very Happy Mother’s Day hope your day is fun and may all your friends and family wish you a happy day.
Red Sox Lady 35
I loved this beach scene and I wanted to repost just cause I think it is a good place to sit and think while enjoying the sand, surf and water.