Friday, September 23, 2005

Home Again

Home looks pretty good after a week on the road!

After mom passed away we had a couple of days of running around getting things settled here then needed to go up to Iowa for the funeral. We thought of flying but decided to drive mostly because of the lack of hassle. People who travel between, say Seattle and Chicago, just hop on a plane. People who want to go to small towns in Iowa have at least 2 flights plus a rental car to consider. And considering the 'Bereavement Fare' isn't much of a deal; it makes driving sound better.

The actual funeral was excellent. It couldn't have gone better. We were concerned that mother might not look good but it turned out that she looked great. I don't know why it seemed important; it just did. Anyway, we were able to have the casket open. Mother had nieces and nephews in a three or four state area and many showed up. There were even a few folks from the local area who took the time to attend. We had a simple grave side service then went to a local restaurant to have coffee & cake. I got to talk with my cousins, one of whom said he last saw me when he fed me at age 1! Close family, huh? Anyway, the whole thing was excellent.

Driving home we came across something I've never seen before. It was a foggy morning just south of Nashville when we saw a car going the wrong way on I-24! He was going north in the southbound HOV lane. Scary! Fortunately, the HOV lane isn't much used that far out of town so he would have had a fair amount of time to figure out the error of his ways!

Now, having been home for a week, we are almost squared away. I'll try to add more of our adventures later.

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