July 21, 2024

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Kitty is done with us

Olive the cat in the suitcase.
Every single time I pack, this comes about. Olive is performed with our vacations.

We had a tiring but exciting weekend. I have made the decision that a 6-hour push on Friday, adopted by 6-several hours on Sunday to get residence, is too a great deal for me.

I never thoughts the very long drives like we took to Santa Barbara in August. That is mainly because we stayed for awhile. My body had time to take it easy and recuperate.

We arrived in San Diego Friday with a person hour to rest and get read for a 30-moment generate to the wedding ceremony location. What saved us on the drive was listening to “The Rooster Bar” by John Grisham. It’s amazing how books on tape — or Audible — make the drives fly by.

I manufactured the oversight of booking our hotel home in Santee, SC — as a substitute of Santee, CA. Oops.

Who knew there was much more than 1 Santee and they’d have accommodations with the exact very same identify?

The highlight of our trip happened Saturday. We frequented my husband’s aunt and uncle who dwell in Santee (for this reason the cause I booked a hotel there — or believed I did. Correct city, completely wrong state.) His cousin surprised us and came far too with her son from an hour absent.

My husband’s uncle is 93 years previous. The last time we noticed him was August three years ago to celebrate his 90th birthday. Since of COVID and then moving we have not frequented. I have to say he appears to be like incredible. He’s complete of power. He drives, he stores, he cooks, he waits on his wife — my husband’s aunt. He can make the best Italian foodstuff I’ve ever eaten. Luciano (the uncle) arrived to the US from Italy when he was 30 many years previous soon after marrying my husband’s aunt. She satisfied Luciano though she was the city planner of Rome.

Right after she graduated with a degree from Berkeley in the 1960s, she could not get hired in the U.S. in her field mainly because she was a woman. Nonetheless, she did get hired in Italy, so she realized Italian and moved.

She’s a dynamo that I have constantly seemed up to. Not only has she experienced an remarkable profession, she’s created and printed at the very least 15 publications. She’s a entire world traveler and experienced a collection dependent on a travel agent/murder solver. If you are interested, here’s a url to R. Ann Siracusa on Goodreads. My preferred reserve of hers is “Family Secrets: A Vengeance of Tears.”

If that’s not plenty of, she’s a grandmother who actively will take care of her grandchildren. And she quilts. She taught my daughter and I how to quilt.

Whew, I’m exhausted considering about these inspiring family members.

What kin have inspired and influenced you? What is your limit for drives on trips?