We arrived back in Howard Lake late on Friday night. The funeral was sad, because, after all, it was Liza’s grandmother. However, it was also a time to see family and friends, reflect on all of the wonderful things that grandma Pearl had done in her life, and rejoice in the fact that she is no longer in pain and in a nursing home, unable to even recognize her closest family. My grandfather said it best when he said “We can’t think about ourselves, we have to think about her, and know that she is at last happy and free and resting very peacefully”. So, we have to take our cues from Grandpa Allen, who, after all, knew her best.
Our travels were quite exhausting. We were in Aberdeen for Easter – Thursday night, Friday night, Saturday night, and Sunday night. We stayed in Mark and Diane’s screen porch, on the futon. It’s always stressful to have all of your stuff in suitcases and spread out all over. On Monday, we packed up and drove to Howard Lake, but didn’t even have a chance to unpack, only to change the clothes in our suitcase, before we headed to Hendricks on Tuesday. We spent Tuesday night at a hotel in Brookings, Wednesday night at Liza’s uncle Kelly’s house, and Thursday night at a different hotel in Brookings. The dogs spent 3 full days in the car, and then most of Friday as well, as we drove home. They were very glad to see our house, and even more glad when we actually unpacked our suitcases this time, and stayed for longer than just one night.
We’ve been having a relaxing weekend since we got back home. Yesterday we went to Ikea and then out to eat, and then we stopped at the Delano theater to go to a movie on our way home. After we got home, we seemed to be in a movie mood, because we watched two more before heading to bed around 3. Can’t remember the last time we stayed up until 3 Am! Today is a lazy Sunday. We don’t have much planned, perhaps a quick trip out to buy some soda. Otherwise, we’ll relax, and gear up for the coming week.