February 20, 2012

We're Together Again...

So, this is how I dressed yesterday morning when I left the hotel just north of Nashville. It was 27º and I had frost all over the windows of the Explorer!!! (It was 82º when I left Florida on Sunday. sigh) No more sandals until after I get back home. You have no idea how long it's been since I wore a turtleneck. I was warm and comfortable as I covered the second leg of my trip.

I drove the final miles back to Wisconsin and arrived at 5:30 yesterday afternoon. I was able to meet up with Sis so that she and I could get to the hospital to visit Grace before it got too late. Grace knew that I was coming, but was surprised that I saw her right away rather than just curl up somewhere and take a nap.

Sis told me that one of Grace's three remaining sisters died yesterday, too. And, another sister totalled her car on a short trip yesterday. It was not a good day for the sisters, but thankfully, there were no injuries with the car accident - unless you count the car. We broke the news to Grace last night. I'm glad I was there to hold her hand and as the sister who died had been in a coma for that past two weeks, it wasn't a complete shock for her.
This is a photograph I took out the windshield of my car, truck SUV as I drove through Effingham, IL. It never ceases to lift my spirits. A message to motorists that God is always watching over them as they travel. I smiled again just to see it. Seeing the "Welcome To Wisconsin" sign was almost as wonderful.

My visit with "Mom" was so nice. She's in good spirits and has gone through a barrage of tests. We still have no idea what's wrong, but while she's in the hospital, her symptoms are being managed and she's alert, coherent and funny. It's so nice to be here so that I can spend the time with her.

I'll see her again today, and I'll take my scrappy plates to work on while we chat. I'll be sure to rest and refresh, too. Thanks again for all your sweet notes. You warm my heart with your prayers and good wishes.

17 friends clicked here to leave a note for me:

nancy huggins said...

Hey Donna..Effingham is only 17 miles from me...That is the big WM we go to and a few other stores but not for long..Plans to move to WI this summer..Wish I could have met you and said Hello...I know you were anxious to get the rest of the way on your trip. Hope all goes well and glad that you decided to go and were able to make the trip. Have a good visit and a safe trip home. Sorry for the bad news for your friend and praying that everything goes well with her tests. You will all be in our prayers here :)

Patty C. said...

You look just great in a Turtleneck !!! Enjoy your trip ;)

sissie said...

Hi Donna,
You are looking very cute in your snugglys.
I'm glad that you had a safe trip and are able to be there with your Mom. I hope all goes well with her tests.
Stay warm and little prayers are being sent your way.


Tina Eudora said...

Thinking of you Donna and saying a prayer for your friend! Travel safe and stay warm dear friend!
Tina xo

Michelle May said...

You look nice and warm and toasty in your turtleneck. Oh and skinny too! :)
Enjoy your time with Grace. I know it is precious.
So sad about her sisters.

Chris said...

Glad to hear that you made it safe.
Have a wonderful time with your Mom. I hope that she is feeling well soon.

Claudia said...

Glad you're there safely. I well remember Effingham, IL - when we were moving across the country, the big old truck holding all our possessions (that Don was driving) broke down in Effingham. We spent an afternoon at the local Cracker Barrel restaurant while we were waiting for it to be fixed.


Shirley said...

Hi Donna, Glad you arrived safely. Enjoy your visit as much as possible. It is always a worry when they are in the hospital and you don't know what is going on. We are going to the doctors today to try to get some answers. You will get some stitching done, I know I always do. The hands have to stay busy. Take care Hugs from your Missouri Friend.

Jan M said...

So grateful for your safe journey. I know you will treasure this time with Grace. Prayers and positive thoughts for all of you.

momto8 said...

you look like a styling hot woman!!

Mandy said...

So glad to hear that your journey was a safe one. Also, that you have managed to keep warm too. Not easy travelling from one type of weather to an area where the weather is so different.
Its nice to hear that Grace is alert, but what a dreadful shock to have lost a sister and to have a second involved in an accident. I do hope your aunt is all right.
Best wishes,

Createology said...

You look so beautiful and your smile is pure sunshine my friend. I am so thankful you arrived safely. Glad you are able to visit with Grace and that she is holding steady. Very sorry to hear of her sister's and all in such a short time. Enjoy your visiting with family and friends. Blessings...


You look fabulous! Hugs Mary

Minimiss said...

Good to know that you have arrived safely and that Grace is in good spirits even if they don't yet know what her trouble is. Take care and God bless to all.

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Glad you arrived safely - you look so cute in this photo. I hope that you have a good rest of your trip. So glad that you are there with Grace - hope the doctors find out exactly what ails her.

The French Bear said...

Happy to read you arrived safe! You look awesome!!!
So sorry to hear about the sisters....glad you are there for Grace. You always have your beautiful smile on.....

GerryART said...

Looks like you had a pretty good night's rest after a day on the road.
Spiffy and Perky.
Just what you wanted to hear.

My Thoughts will be with you.



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