Yesterday was a long one but it was the best day of my vacation. The girl and I started our day at a baby shower at 11:30am. We didn’t get home from our adventures until after 9pm. By the time I watched Outlander and showered, it was well after 11pm.
My cousin and her daughter were in from out of state and we hung out all day. We went traipsing through the family cemetery looking for a baby’s grave from 1928. We never did find that one and it was hot as heck out there. September 24th in Ohio and above 90…that’s plain crazy!
Is it morbid that we all enjoyed looking at the old headstones? I needed some birthday/death day info for a project that I want to do for the family history Christmas present so this trip was timely.
Then we headed down to the park where I saw my first woolly bear of the season. I hope he doesn’t change too much because the forecast isn’t horrible the way he looks now. The blacker the caterpillar the harsher the winter. This little guy has a fair amount of rust/orange on him in the middle….I will take another mild winter.
My cousin’s daughter who is three years older than the girl was fun to watch. It was an adventure to watch her experience the park for the first time. She went wherever her artist eye took her. I have posted a picture of this bridge before but I never would have thought to look for a trail under it. Thanks to her I got lucky with this shot….
Then we drove around looking at some old houses. I never was sure about where my great grandparents house was but I had a good idea. The back yard is where my memories are, which makes sense. I was correct on the road but wasn’t too sure of the house. Then we drove by my grandparents old house. Sadly I didn’t even recognize it. The shrubbery was so overgrown you could barely see the house. There was a shady looking dude in the driveway…it’s probably a crack house now. I watched him watch us drive by and it didn’t occur to me until we were up the street that we must have looked like drug lords or something. Out of state SUV with tinted windows, yep that’s what I think we looked like. I tend to be a little overly dramatic so maybe not?
We went and grabbed something to eat and headed back to the hotel. We had a glass of wine and my aunt and uncle met up with us there. We stayed until a little after nine and then left. I was off all week, why did this day fall on my last day? It would have been nice to hang out longer but duty calls.
The first day after vacation is always the worst and today was no exception. The day dragged and we left at almost 6. Thank goodness for leftovers. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better work day…..Zia