Thursday, November 24, 2011

Catching Up to Thanksgiving

I took this picture about two weeks ago, just south of San Antonio. Yes, we are back in Texas. Our drive from Laredo to Houston was in the rain. Much needed rain in South and Central Texas. There was some fall color in the grass and trees and the rain made it look soft and saturated. I must have seen a 500 images along the way but this location was the only place where I was able to stop and actually get out the camera. It was an abandoned gas station so I was able to stay dry while I got out of the car and got the camera together. I pulled my hoodie up, held the camera under my jacket until I pulled it out to shoot. Two shots and when I got back to the car I had to spend some time wiping down the camera and lens.

Our drive from San Miguel to Laredo was uneventful except after going though a check point where they had a gamma ray machine thing scanning the cars, we drove through and I was back up to about 70-75 miles an hour when I looked in the rear view mirror and a black military jeep with lights flashing was on my tail. I slowed down and they pulled up beside me and motioned me over. There were four Federales in full battle gear, armor, helmets, guns. One of them spoke a bit of English. While three of them were pounding on the tires and sides of the car, he wanted to see the car permit and my driver's license. He said something about the tires were high ???? don't know what that meant or if the gamma ray scanner had picked up something. At any rate he checked the VIN number and my Driver's license and gave them back to me and said thank you.

We stopped in Austin and picked Carly up. She was glad to see us and has fallen right back into her routine with us. We were a little worried because while she was with Son #3 and family, she was allowed to do things she isn't allowed to do here......like sleep in the bed with them. But the first night we were home, we were getting ready for bed and told her it was time for her to go to bed. She walked right into her crate and slept all night without a yip, whine, or bark.

We are settled back into the Houston routine. Ned has resumed his chemo treatments and is tolerating them pretty well. Today we will be with Ned's sister and family and Son #2. The table will be loaded with all the traditional Thanksgiving food. We will eat too much. Catch up on our talking. But most of all we will be thankful for being together and for all we have.

6 comments:

Bob Mrotek said...

Happy Thanksgiving Billie! We'll hold the fort until you and Ned are back. Don't eat too much turkey :)

Steve Cotton said...

I am glad you can enjoy Thanksgiving in Texas. Have a great holiday.

Jonna said...

Happy Thanksgiving to both of you.

Leslie Limon said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Billie! :)

jennifer j rose said...

Happy Graciasday, Billie y Ned!

Cynthia said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Billie and Ned! Hope it's been a wonderful day.