That's right! I'm back from my whirlwind jaunt up north once again, and whew!! I've been exhausted! I took yesterday totally off from any physical exertion just to recooperate. We took a more scenic route this time to stop in at Rustburg, VA, (suburb of Lynchburg) to check up on my DH's mom who is staying at his older sister's gorgeous 12-acre farm there. His mom is 72, a widow of several years, and has had a difficult time over this past winter with some lower back surgery, a bout with pneumonia, and then a mild stroke. It's difficult to be so far away during these times, all the while feeling like you should be there to help out more. It's the "catch 22" of life, in general, for sure. If all goes well with her rehab program she is doing now, we plan to bring her down to the beach to visit for a month this summer. We enjoyed getting to see the farm for the first time and all the new animals, not to mention his relatives and two new babies! I got some great photos! We took this detour stop-in going up and coming back, so even though the visits were short, they were worthwhile.
At our northern-most destination, our hometown, it was great to see my parents and my brother once again as the town honored my Dad as having been a war veteran; and my brother flew in from Phoenix, AZ, to bestow the honor and be the keynote speaker at the ceremony since he is retired military also. I got to see my bro in full military dress uniform even though I think the temperatures had to be in the 90's that day! I felt for him! His speech was wonderful and brought tears to my eyes as he recounted to those present all his memories of local veterans who had served and passed, belonging both to our community and to our own family. My Dad got to ride in the town's closing parade on Memorial Day, and all these festivities were held during their local annual Dandelion Festival. It was a good weekend! We relaxed, visited, and ate well. LOL! My mom is doing so well, too! She is so saucy!! Here's a layout I've done already with a couple of the oodles of pics I shot: