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Thoughtful Thursday

I am trying to keep my chin up today.  It might be a little difficult.  My phone rang at 4 am this morning.  It was Husband.  His flight out of  Tunis had been canceled and he was waiting on the next one…something about birds damaging the plane upon landing or something.  I don’t know – all I heard was I will be Friday getting home.  Then my ears started ringing and my eyes watering.  I am THANKFUL he didnt get on the plane only to find out after the fact it was damaged, you know?  But still.  I am disappointed to say the least.  I am fairly certain he caught the next flight and he will spend the night in Paris and head home, same flights just different day.  I am anxious to hear that he made it to Paris safe and sound. His plane should land any minute.  I suppose if you have to get stuck somewhere, there are much worse places than Paris!

I am preparing some other posts for today since my whole day’s schedule has been changed.  And I will try to be more cheerful in them!




I read that train travel may just make a comeback. Even if it is a forced comeback, I am all about it. I was born right at the tail end of that last train traveling society. I was more of a Greyhound kinda kid.

When we were in the UK last October I more than enjoyed every train ride and there were several. I think it is a grand idea. Seriously I would travel by train. I have an upcoming trip planned to Dallas and if there was a train, I would take it rather than drive. Absolutely.

Just a few weeks ago, Husband and I were passing the old depot here in the town we live in and I remarked how I was sad I missed the “train era” of our area. I am going to take my camera to town today and snap a few pictures of it to share.


I think it is a partial solution to some serious problems. But I don’t want to (and frankly will not) discuss the political side of it. I however, think it would be a lovely romantic way to travel again. Of course I am all about bringing back ladies suits, hats and gloves, too! Which means inadvertently I would bring back the girdle! YIKES. I have used a “powder room” on a train…the girdle may not be such a good idea if they are as hard to get on and off as I assume!



Tunisa Bound

Husband left for work yesterday after a lovely three months at home.  Lovely for me and the kids, he had surgery during that time.

sj1Ben took this – no Husband is not drunk…he has flash/eye coordination issues.

It was “one of those days” – sad for the separation and then getting to the airport only to find the ticket was not there.  Or at least they thought it wasnt there.  Don’t know who was mistaken but FINALLY he had boarding passes and departed for the Atlanta leg of the two day journey.  I head back to Natchitoches to do a little business before heading home.  I am almost there when I hear on NPR that all of France’s airports are shut down due to gale force winds from a North Atlantic storm blowing through.  So I call him on his cell, he’s eating his last steak of the month and so he finishes up and goes to the ticket counter where he finds out that his ticket had been changed and his flight was to leave at 3:40 instead of  8:50.  CRUIKEY!  It was almost boarding time. Then the announcement to back up my NPR story: Flight cancelled. Moved till 7:40.  Hopefully.  They wouldnt cancel it till the last minute – there was a fine line there.  NPR had reported the airports would be closed until 10 a.m. Paris time this morning and his new flight was to land at 9:45 a.m. He called me when he landed and said “Uneventful landing!”  YAY!  I was very happy to hear that.


He will call me when he gets to Tunis later today.  And then to Sfax even later on.

Of course I won’t really rest easy until I hear that he is on the rig safe and sound.  There is still one airplane ride, a 4 hour bus ride across the desert, a night in a hotel in Sfax (and it ain’t the Hilton) and then a chopper ride to the rig.

tunisian_pics_071He always says “I have seen your job and I don’t want it.” meaning he appreciates the type of work I do being a homemaker.  Well, I haven’t even seen his job and I know I don’t want it and couldn’t do it.  So it’s very nice that we see the value in each others work.

Carrie if you read this, you package is going out in today’s mail!  And I will be announcing the new giveaway on Friday!  So stay tuned…

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