It was a blast. A much needed removal of the pains of August I went through. It was so incredible. We hadn't seen any of this side of the family in probably 35-40 years, but it was like we'd been there all along.
I got to see my God-parents, quite possibly for the last time but I hope not, who are both as with it as you or I. My Aunt strutted, and I mean seriously strutted, to her spot in the group family photo taken. I almost wet myself. Many of my cousins were there and we got to meet some we didn't even know we had. Lots of grown kids of cousins with their wives & kids. all so very welcoming and genuine.
My cousins' wife wrote a book which she gave a copy to each of us, called Return to Innocence, by Jill Edelen. It was a very pleasant read. I finished it before we landed back home.
G. & I both want to go back again sometime in the near future. Maybe not next year but maybe, the year after that.
The only bleak point is the fact I got eaten alive by chiggers. Oh dear lord, how much they itch. I've got clear nail polish all over my feet & lower legs. I'm taken anti-histamines but I just read that spraying Windex is also a good remedy. Might have to give that a go as well. Another thought was hydrogen peroxide. Right now the itch is down but I really thought I wad going to rip my feet off of my body. To make it worse, it doesn't seem like anyone else got attacked, just ME! Not nice.
My friend & co-worker J. stayed at the house with the 3 boys for me. What a sweetie. I missed them all so much and they seemed very happy to see me when I walked in the door Tues. night. My cousins' did have a couple of small dogs, Lucy & Rocky, that took to me right away so that made it a little easier for me.
Now I'm back home and trying to get back into the swing of things.
I have the 1 day off 'cuz I'm going back up to Phoenix to an Aquatic conference all day Sat. Time for me to get some inspiration. Hopefully, I'll return with some ideas and a fresh outlook. I need something.
Well, I'm off to get some more cleaning done today.
Stay healthy and rested. Take some Me time when necessary. It'll do ya some good.