Sunday, July 3, 2011

Suspended in Limbo

Here I am, sitting in the Kansas City Airport with a 3-hour layover. I haven't even checked a monitor to see if the flight is on time. I don't like KCI much because if you want to leave the gate area, you have to go out of security then go back through the body scanners to get back to your gate. And it's noisy and smelly and more like a Greyhound bus station than an airport. But hey, they have FREE Wi-Fi and those comfy computer chairs with plug-ins for laptops with no functioning batteries, so what a great opportunity to update my blog, right?

I left OKC at 3 pm and will arrive at Orlando at 10:45 pm. I really want to be back in my own home, and I really hated to leave OKC. I felt like, if I left, I was closing the door on my father forever. I said this to David, and he pointed out to me that I had a whole suitcase of Daddy with me - and he's right!  Joyce gave  me two big plastic containers full of pictures, which I condensed into one rolling carry-on suitcase, as I was not willing to check these pictures and risk them being lost.

Mom, Tamera and I repackaged them from the plastic containers into ziplock bags that would travel well in the suitcase. We didn't look at anywhere near all of them, but found so many treasures - many pictures of my dad from babyhood on. There was a handwritten family tree that covered many pages, dating back to the early 1800s. There was Daddy's high school diploma from Siloam Springs High School. There was Michael's birth announcement. There were many pictures of me and my sibs through the years. So now all I need to do is get them all scanned and shared, and as many as possible identified, though a whole lot of them have dates and names written on the back. It's amazing how many of my vintage pics have names and dates - my ancestors were much better at that than I am. But I've done a pretty good job of dating pics in my scrapbooks, so that will be good.

So there's some major new scrapping material in my future!  I am going to try to get them scanned first, but doubt I can wait that long to actually scrap.

So, there were many good moments from my Oklahoma trip along with the heart-wrenching ones. I got to see Harper four times!!!  She is such an amazing little girl - she will be 3 in November. Saw Jordan 3 times. Saw Scott 4 times - we had a date to Big Truck Taco that was conversationally wonderful with great food! And he also went to Durant with us for the funeral. Stayed at Randy & Kim's, so saw them a lot. Spent several hours at Mom and Tamera's house twice - I would have liked to have a lot more time to spend with them, but it just didn't work out.  I had planned to spend all day Saturday with them, but ended up being so wiped out from Friday that I slept the whole day away until time for
Family Night at Randy's.

I discovered a wonderful new drink mix - Wal Mart brand Peach Mango energy. Can't wait to get some for home! One step closer to getting off diet soda and brain-consuming aspertame.

So, when I get to Orlando, David will be picking me up, and Eric will be waiting at home for me. I am going to be so happy to see them, as well as my darling little Luckie dog - and of course Jackiebird, but she will be asleep so I'll see her in the morning. Rachel will be home from her cruise sometime tomorrow morning and I look forward to seeing her too - I have missed her soooooooooooooo much!

David said it has been in the 80s and low 90s in Orlando this week - it's been over 100 by several degrees every day I've been in Oklahoma and that is HGT AS AFRICA, as Randy said! David says our pool is back down to 84 degrees, so I'm really looking forward to that - I forgot to take my suit to Oklahoma so didn't even get to take advantage of Randy and Kim's pool.

Well, that's about all the drivel I can think of to type.  I just remembered a couple of other posts I need to do, so will get to work on that!

Peace and love to everyone!

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