Home Again

Good evening, and I hope that you had a marvelous New Year's Day, ready to start 2014 off with many wonderful things. I wish for each of you who visit here, good health & happiness to you & those you love. A little prosperity wouldn't come amiss either, but the health & happiness are definitely more important. I'd wish for World Peace, an end to hunger and all the awfulness we read about happening all over the world. Unfortunately, I doubt that will come true...but I can still hope for it!

We left So. Fla about 6am, stopped nearby for a good (and pleasantly inexpensive!) breakfast at this little local diner that has a retro '50-s motif. It was very tasty too. We have a place about an hour away (Cracker Barrel for those in the USA who know this chain) that we usually stop. However when we're visiting, we've been going to this little family style diner ever since DD moved to this area. DH saw that it would be open early on New Year's Day so decided we'd eat there. It was a bit too early for me, but I did my part. Then got in the pkup, set the GPS to get us out of the city and once we got to the Interstate, kicked my seat back and napped. We had some fog & heavy rain up until we got into North Fla. The fog eased up but we still had rain or sprinkles most of the way home. Thankfully, we didn't have a lot of traffic, and no slowdowns in the areas of this particular interstate where we are usually in a stop & go (or just stop & sit!) mode.

Collected our mail & just went through for a fast check of bills that need sorting. Oh, my, I had so many lovely handmade Christmas cards from so many of my blog buddies. I want to say a very heartfelt Thank You to each of you. As you know I get a bit down when we have to leave the daughter, so it perked me up immensely to see all these beautiful cards. I will share each one over the days ahead, so everyone can enjoy them along with me. I always have collected cards - got a big trunk full up in the attic. But handmade cards go into a special box to be enjoyed over & over. I also get a lot of inspiration from these too!

OK, that's it for me tonight. Got the house temp warming up, as we set the thermostat to 60 when we go away. Takes a while for it to warm up to suit me. DH has gone to get his shower, and I'm off to do the same. Will be nice to be in my own bed again tonight!!! Hugs & many, many thanks to all who remembered us with the gorgeous cards!


  1. Happy New Year Mary. Glad to hear you reached home safely. I quite agree, it's always nice to get back to your own bed. Hugs Rita xxx

  2. Glad y'all made it home ok and already know you had a lovely time.
    Happy New Year to you!

  3. Welcome home, and Happy New Year! Glad to know you made it home safe and sound :)

  4. Nothing better than your own bed, pleased you got home OK. How lovely that the cards gave you a bit of a boost too. Happy New Year my friend. Hugs, Anne x

  5. So glad that you got back home safely Momma Mary! I always worry about that, enjoy your bed and just being home. I know how hard it is to leave your DD as I have the same problem myself when leaving DS's or them leaving here. Today is my day to be weepy as the grands are leaving this morning. Hugs!

  6. Happy New Year, Mary! So glad you enjoyed a wonderful family time and even some of our warm weather. May 2014 bring much happiness and good health to you and yours! hugs, de

  7. I'm glad you made it home safely!! Happy, happy new year!! I hope 2014 brings you all you wish for!!

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  8. Hi Mary,

    Happy New Year! I'm amazed how quickly 2013 went by. Like you, I would take health over money any day -- but both would be nice!


  9. There's no place like home! Glad your trip was safe. I hate driving in fog more that snow. If it's bad you really can't see so I'm glad you didn't have it all the way home. It's so nice that you had cards meet you at home. I only have a couple of people that stamp so I don't get many handmade cards. Hope 2014 is wonderful for you and your family.

  10. So glad you made it back home safe and sound, batten down the hatches, we are supposedly in for a wind watch tonight! Happy New Year!

  11. Happy New Year !. It is very hard to leave family, I know how it feels. Have a wonderful 2014 ! Shirleyx

  12. Hi Mary! I just wanted to pop by and say hello and Happy New Year! I see you've been travelling and visiting your daughter, sounds like the perfect Christmas. We've finally got our move behind us and have unpacked. I still don't have my craft studio set up the way I want it but I guess it will take a little time to figure out where things should go.

  13. hi Mary... so glad you are home safely.

    Thanks too dear friend for all your wonderful encouragement over the time we've known each.
    God is amazing the way He works these things out for encouragement when we need it. so glad of your cards in same way. Had another from US today :)
    Gods keeping on you dear friend for

  14. Welcome back to the best place on earth--home! It sounds like you had a great time and came home to a nice mailbox full of joy. Here's to you!

  15. Glad to hear you made it home safe and sound!


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