Thankful For My Extra Special Grandmothers

After reading a beautiful poem about a grandmother, memories of both my grandmothers flooded my mind.

We called my mother’s mother Nana. We called my father’s mother Grandma Peekie Boo. I was named after both of them. No my name is not Nana Peekie Boo.

It was my first Mother’s Day. My infant daughter was two months old. I was still trying to adjust to motherhood and at the same time my hormones were still trying to get back to normal. I didn’t get a present from my daughter through my husband and that wasn’t a good thing. Tears started streaming down my cheeks in a steady flow that wouldn’t stop.

My Nana in her frail state went to her bedroom and came out with a present for me to ease my pain-a beautiful dress. My Nana’s love and generosity eased the pain and her words of comfort blessed me. I had five months of her loving kindness before she home to heaven.

Grandma Peekie Boo was a master at crocheting. She was so good at it that she could sleep while crocheting and never miss a stitch. Grandma created beautiful masterpieces. She taught me to crochet.

The last time I spent time with Grandma Peekie Boo was when I was taking her to New York to visit her sister when I was sixteen. We traveled by train all night. I’d fallen to sleep when The Lord awakened me. Grandma was trying to get ready for bed by beginning to undress. I was able to stop her.

It was difficult to stay awake and found myself being awakened again. This time she had undressed further. I had to take Grandma to the restroom to get her redressed. That wasn’t an easy task because I had to balance and hold her up and keep the both of us from falling. I struggled to stay awake after that because I was afraid Grandma would completely disrobe the next time.

We made it to New York without further incident. After a day of recuperating I boarded a train back home alone. That was the last time I saw Grandma Peekie Boo before she went to heaven.

I’m thankful to have been named after two great women of God. They left a legacy that I’m proud of and I’m forever grateful.

Who or what are you thankful for today?

The Return

When your transportation of choice is flying the friendly skies the day before your departure you have the option to check in on your computer or smart phone.

I checked in the night before I was to return home. When I got to the airport the next morning I should have been able to pay for my luggage, hand it off to the attendant, get through security and board the plane. It should have been that simple—NOT!

For some strange reason after paying for my luggage I had to go to the end of a long line with people and their many pieces of luggage that hadn’t previously checked in. The process took about 30 minutes. There was something wrong with that picture.

The airlines make you think by checking in early it will speed up the process to get to your plane. That wasn’t the case. I waited in line and waited at security and by the time I got to the terminal the waiting area was empty. Fear gripped me. I was about to fall out on the floor screaming and kicking. I wanted to go home.

The attendant called my name, scanned my boarding pass and away I went to the plane. When I stepped on the plane everyone was seated and waiting on me. I was the last one boarding because of the 30 minute delay in the line.

The plane landed and by the time I got to the baggage carousel there were only a few pieces going around and around with nothing ascending from the black hole. Where was my luggage? I inquired and found out my luggage was taking a later flight. I barely made the plane but the door slammed shut on my luggage and it didn’t make it. The luggage showed up at my home around midnight.

This was an interesting adventure. I never expected these things to happen—they never happened before. I maintained a good attitude and decided that it wasn’t going to get the best of me. I rejected the cloud that was trying to darken my wonderful vacation. I transitioned through all the twists and turns and everything worked out going and coming.

How have you made it through Life’s Little Surprises when travelling that you had no control over?

Can I Get Some Frequent Walker Miles

My friend dropped me off at the airport for my trip to attend my grandchildren’s graduations.

She dropped me off at terminal C-19. I looked at the schedule and saw I needed to go to terminal D-31. I asked at the information desk how to get there.  I was told to go outside and catch a green bus.

I arrived at terminal D-31 and upon handing my luggage over to be put on the plane the attendant informed me that after I go through security I had to go to terminal A-39—turn right out of security, walk down the hall, turn right and up the stairs to the door to the Skylink.

I made my way to the Skylink and to my next destination A-39. As I arrived there the sign had another destination and it wasn’t where I was going. The gentleman told me I needed to go to A-17 to catch my plane.

I turned around and off I went. Back to the Skylink (it wasn’t close). I finally arrived at the right terminal and after sitting for a short time I boarded the plane.

I walked and walked (got my exercise) along with riding the green bus and Skylink. My thought about all of this is Can I get some frequent walker miles for this trip within a trip.

Have you been on a wild goose chase at the airport and should have gotten frequent walker miles?The Green Machine

A to Z Challenge Vacation

On my bucket list is a dream vacation.

My vacation destinations are: England, France, Switzerland, Italy and Israel.

Overall I want to sight-see and take plenty pictures. Some of the pictures will be used to create beautiful watercolor paintings.

In England I want to shop at Harrah’s and eat fish and chips. In France I want to buy French perfume and eat their delicacies. I plan on buying  a Swiss Made watch and chocolates in Switzerland. Riding in a gondola and having a cobbler create me a beautiful pair of shoes are my plans for Italy. I want to visit every place possible and do all I can in Israel.

I would also like to take a cooking class in France or Italy and go on a painting excursion.

I would love to be able to stay a long time in the different countries partaking in all the goodies.

Do you have a favorite vacation spot?