Home Sweet Home
Saturday, May 14, 2016
We left Galveston about 9:00 a.m. on Thursday morning. We drove about 650 miles the first day and another 650 yesterday. Almost the whole time Daisy laid in the back seat with her back to us. She is a really good traveler. When we stop, she waits for me to take care of my needs because she knows when I get back to the care she gets to go outside and explore for awhile. When she gets back into the car she gets a treat and a drink. She gets the pattern and doesn't complain. This photo is what happened when we were about 2 miles from home. She sat up and waited until we pulled into the driveway. Is it possible that she knew? She was so happy to be home that she ran into every room of the house - probably looking for the cat Sheba who was hiding downstairs. Sheba finally came up before we all went to bed but she is still mad at us this morning!
We had a wonderful time in Galveston, in spite of the heat. Tom's 1/2 sister Nancy is definitely one of the most interesting people I've met, and we loved her husband Bart as well. They own a steampunk store in Galveston called Synister on the Strand (http://www.galveston.com/syni
ster/). Their two daughters are primarily in charge so Nancy & Bart were able to spend time with us. We saw some of the sights of Galveston, visited the shop, ate (and ate and ate) and got to know one another.
The most interesting thing of this entire trip was how comfortable it was to be with them. Tom was a bit concerned about meeting her after all these years. But from the moment we met it was like being with family. I've always thought that Tom didn't fit in with the rest of his family - but seeing him with Nancy was almost like seeing twins. They both are imaginative, creative, and quite unique. They watch the same tv shows, play the same games, and have the same sense of humor. Apparently, genetics does play quite a role in who we are.
Now we're home. The drive home was easier than the drive there but we did run into another rain storm in Iowa and the closer we got the colder and windier it became. I was glad I hadn't put away my winter coat because I needed it to go outside with Daisy. I promised her a game of 3 ropes after being cooped up in the car for 2 days.
So it was a very successful trip and we've found family that we never really knew we had. What comes next I have no idea. It was a harder drive than when we go out to Roanoke but we will probably make it again one day!