What we did on our summer vacation: Days 1 & 2

Andrew and Halloween

When we drive a long distance we usually get a very early start — 5:00 am when we drive to Illinois. This time, however, we had other things to do in the morning and didn’t leave Bethesda until just after 2:00 pm. Oddly, Dean drove the whole way. Usually I drive for a while after lunch so he can take a nap. We brought our aged cat along — we had a pretty bad health scare a week or so ago (she has/had pancreatitis, it turns out) and I wanted to keep an eye on her. She’s a good traveler — she loves being petted and with 12 straight hours of attention, she was very happy indeed.

We arrived in Elgin around 2:00 am and didn’t get to bed until at least 3 but were rudely awakened by the trash collectors at 7:30 am.

We lazed around the house (well, the kids and I did — Dean visited his brother who lives in a nursing home a block or so from my mom’s house) for most of the day — Andrew had fun looking through Mom’s garage that is full of such exciting things as a CB radio, several toolboxes of varying shapes and sizes, and even a vintage hand-held massager.

That evening we headed to the “Big House” (Dean’s other brother’s house) in Hampshire for the rehearsal dinner for Dean’s youngest nephew, Nate and Marissa, his bride-to-be. It was fun catching up with all the family news and meeting Marissa’s family. Marissa’s grandparents told me I have a doppelganger in Arizona who works in a coffee shop they frequent.

8 thoughts on “What we did on our summer vacation: Days 1 & 2

    1. A friend on Facebook thought they were wind chimes. I don’t know what they were used for, but my dad was an appliance repairman. Perhaps they have something to do with refrigeration?


  1. I’m amazed your cat will travel in a car for 12 hours. Or that you will drive in a car for 12 hours full stop/I think you guys would say “period.”


    1. I, too, was amazed when the cat traveled so well for so long. As for us — the drive is old news by now. We’ve been doing that for over two decades.


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