Well, after 11 hours on the road, I am back home from my trip to PA. I am exhausted, even after my 7 hour 'nap' this afternoon, but I'll have the rest of the holiday weekend to recover and recoup.
The trip was really good. Some of the highlights of the trip were: Seeing Mom and Dad and the old house, getting to see my sister and niece who flew in from Florida; visiting with my old co-workers; the family reunion at my cousin's house; visiting with two of my best friends, one which I hadn't seen in four years...and lots of good food!
One bad thing about the trip is that I managed to pick the week of one of the worst floods in the area. In fact it was second only to the Agnes flood in 1972. The picture I've posted shows a street that is just over two blocks away from the river.
My parents live one block away from the river. Luckily their house sits high on the far side of the street so we were spared any flooding. But most of the neighbors on the other side of the street did get flooded. We spent a good part of Wednesday helping people across the street bring things up from their basements. And if the flooding itself weren't bad enough, the whole town lost water service for four days, there were power outtages and due to large areas of water on the roads, many people were unable to leave their homes or to get to their homes depending on where they were when the flood hit. But despite all that, it surprisingly didn't put a damper on the trip and I was glad I was there and able to help.
I didn't have much time to work on my knitting, as I expected. However I did get a little more work done on my sock. I got the heel turned, the gusset decreases finished and I'm halfway down the foot. Hopefully I'll be able to finish that and get started on sock two this weekend!
LISTENING TO: LAURA VEIRS - "Year Of Meteors." Think of a slightly more off-beat Suzanne Vega, less folky and with a more electronic edge. I bought this CD having never heard her, but was drawn to it by the album cover. It's rare that I'd do that, but I'm glad I did!