Thursday, February 22, 2007

Back Home & a MAJOR TooT!

The trip to Pennsylvania was wonderful! Cindy & I had a great time while we were there. And I really think she enjoyed the scenery of the beautiful PA mountains as much as I always do. We left Friday morning around 9:30 a.m. & made really good timing going home. My sister Barb called us along the way & said that part of I-80 was closed down due to 4 inches of ice on the roads, but luckily, it was all west of where we were going. Apparently, there were several overturned trucks along I-80 & I-81. We saw 6 trucks in the median along I-80 that had flipped.....very scary!

When we arrived in Williamsport, we checked into the hotel & then went to the nursing home to visit my Mom. She would disown me if she knew I was posting this picture of her! She wasn't in any mood to have her picture taken, but I took one anyway. Now she's having some swelling in her other foot, which is NOT what I wanted to hear :( But for the most part, she was very happy to see me & I'm so glad that I went home to see her!

After the visit with Mom, we met Barb, Kyle (her son) & Doyle at Red Lobster for dinner since Kyle's 15th birthday was on Saturday. And no, I don't eat seafood, but they made me a killer pizza from their appetizer menu.....instead of all the seafood on it, I just got cheese & it was so good :) After dinner, Cindy & I went back to the hotel & relaxed in the whirlpool......I ended up sleeping like a baby after that. On Saturday, Cindy & I went to ACMoore......twice. I think she really liked that store :) Then we went out for dinner & went to visit my Mom again. Sunday, we went to the mall with Barb & Doyle & then Cindy wanted to go back to the hotel room. Barb, Doyle & I visited with Mom before going out to dinner with Dad at Crippled Bear (a bar/restaurant). They had the Nascar race on while we were there & boy, what a wild race it was! As soon as the checkered flag was waved, I got my cell phone out & started to call Jim, but he beat me to it & called me first, lol. He was so happy that his driver won, but Barb was routing for Mark to win.

On Monday, it was time to head back home, but I was actually sad to leave :( Before we got on the road, I went to visit my Mom again to say goodbye. She thought I was staying until Tuesday, but I told her I had to get home since Cassandra had to go back to school. I just stood there, holding her hand & started crying because I just hate seeing her like that, laying in a bed or sitting in a wheel chair all day. God, I wish there was something I could do! If I could bring her back home with me, I would! I love you, Mom!

Here are some scenic photos that Cindy & I took on the way home (you can click on each photo for a better view):

The mountains along I-80 are just gorgeous!

When we got to Ohio, we decided to make a pit stop at a Cord Camera store in Warren. Talk about a cool store! They definitely need to put a store in Michigan (but then again, maybe not because I'd really be broke!). They had a bunch of stuff on clearance.....some of the Making Memories home decor items, which I bought a bunch of, along with lots of other Making Memories items. Cindy & I ended up spending over 2 hours in that store & if we wouldn't have still had 4 hours of driving to do, we probably would have stayed even longer :) But it was time to get back on the road, which we almost didn't do. After we left Cord Camera, I stopped to get gas & as I was waiting to pull out of the gas station, a car wanted to pull in, so they motioned for me to go first. I had to make somewhat of a sharp turn due to the snow banks & when I did, I almost got hit by a car that was in the next lane over. TOO close for comfort! I didn't see the other car because the SUV that was letting me pull out was blocking my view. Luckily, Cindy calmed me down & we got back on the road again.

And just in time to capture this beautiful sunset!

Now for my TooT! Before I left for PA, I dropped off my application at The Scrapbook Zone for their Design Team & I just found out yesterday that I made the team! YAY!!! I am SO super excited & honored to be a part of their team! My first LSS Design Team gig! Thank-you Kelley & Kevin for giving me this awesome opportunity! I can't wait to get started & work with the other DT members!

Today, I'm going to go apply for a job at a car dealership & then Cindy is going to come over this afternoon to scrap. But right now it's snowing, so I don't know if those plans will change or not.

Until next time, have a great day,



Maureen said...

Congrats Benita! Wonderful photos of the mountains and sunset too...

Lynn said...

Benita It sounds like you and Cindy had a wonderful trip to PA.
Congrats on making the DT that is so awesome.
Your scenic photos are just beautiful especially the sunset.

Emily said...

Congratulations Benita!! You will love it!

Emily said...

Congratulations Benita!! You will love it!

Emily said...

Huge Congrats Benita! You will love it!

Nanner said...

Congratulations on getting on a Design Team!

Lorrie said...

WELCOME HOME BENITA! I've been missing your updates. I'm so glad to see you had such a great time in PA. It sounds like you really needed that visit.
And wooo hoooo congrats to you on the design team win! That is wonderful news! I'm really happy for you. Make sure that you post some of your creations so we can see them, ok.
Glad you see you made it back safe. Although, i suppose you're pretty used to driving in snowy conditions huh??? =)

Anonymous said...

Hi Bonita - remember me from bowling on Monday nights? Saw you name on Jewls website and decided to drop you line. Your artwork and home are beautiful ;-)
Rosie Lass

Sue said...

great pix of the mountains!
I was wondering where you've been. Now I know!
Glad to have you on the team :)