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Friday, August 7, 2009

Back home and resting up!

Hello everyone! It's a very quiet Friday and so scorching outside, so we are staying indoors, trying to stay cool. We came back home a day early, swung by to pick up my little doxie at a friend's, who's been watching her for me, while we have been away, then we pulled in our driveway, pretty much fell out of the truck, as we opened the doors, dragged ourselves and our luggage up the walkway, opened the door, turned off the alarm and fell on the couches. We pretty much stayed there the rest of the evening. The next day, we were couch potatoes as well. This trip took a lot out of us! It was a trip, not a vacation, tho we still found time to do a few things that were fun. But the main reason we went to Ms was for hubby's eye surgery. Thank goodness, they went through with the surgery, as they told hubby he was a borderline candidate and there was no guarantee they would give him the surgery when we got there. We chose to drive all the way there on our own dime on a "maybe". The way things were going for us, from the moment we were on the road, we were nearly certain they would not give him the surgery, just because things were going so cruddy, it seemed like a precurser for things to come. The trip there was supposed to be no more than 6 hours. Hubby accidently took the long rout without thinking and it took 9 hours to get there! As soon as we got there, this horrible severe lightening and flash flood storm happened. And to top it off, we put off eating dinner so we could get there as soon as we could, dispite running late, and then grab a bite, but because of the storm that hit when we got there, we were stuck in our hotel room for an hour, waiting it out and it was almost 9 pm....We did try to call for delivery, but get this; ALL the phone numbers we tried, were either changed, no longer in service or no one would pick up. We couldn't wait any longer because we were so hungry, so we braved the storm and aweful lightening and flooding roads to see if we could find any drive thru that might be open. We found Wendy's, thank goodness and grabbed our food and drove back. Like I said, we were certain that the next day was gonna stink, because hubby was to go to the Dr's and they would decide whether he would get the surgery or not. So, it was a huge and wonderful surprise when he came back from the Dr's that morning with good news! After the confirmation of the surgery, we moved out of the TLF (temporary lodging facility) on base and we went to the Fisher House on base, to stay, which is basically like a civilian hospital's Ronald McDonald house in comparison, where ppl stay for an indefinite period of time, when they are in treatment at the base hospital or have a loved one who is in treatment there. The Fisher house is awesome, btw. We met a lot of wonderful ppl there, made a few friends, have seen some sadness, when comforting and praying for a lady and her sick husband who is going thru chemo for cancer...

We did manage to get out to have some fun, before and after hubby's eye surgery. One day, we took our Daughter to this horse ranch and we went riding on a trail. That was our Daughter's favorite experience, she told us, of all the things she did while staying in Ms. I will have to post a pic of that...

We also went to the casinos and I only played the penny and nickle slots and I won two dollars out of the five dollars I played. I sipped on hot chocolate with whipped cream while I played the slots and of course the drinks were free, so I drank a lot of hot chocolate. Lol....Hubby and I went back the next couple days and our last night there, hubby won $250 out of the $100 he played, so he was up $150, which was neat. I only played that first night. I guess I just am not into gambling which is a good thing. :-) We went to the beach one day and then our very last day there, we went to Ship Island, which was so much fun. We took the ferry to this island and stayed there for the day. We saw a lot of dolphins on the boat, which was about an hour ride to the island and the segulls were so funny trying to catch the food that ppl threw off the boat for them. We also visited the Fort that was there. Fort Massachusetts. Very cool and it had the biggest flippin cannons I have ever seen in my entire life. Wow.....And the view from the top of the fort is breath taking...Daughter found lots of neat seashells, built sandcastles and swam. After we left, we went back to the hotel (We moved out of the Fisher house and into the Tyre House a couple days before, on the day of hubby's last Dr's appt there), we showered and hubby took us to the Casino for the buffet, which we went one time before that week and it was so good, we wanted to go back on our last night. The crab legs and ribs are so good. Over all, a great last day in Biloxi, Ms. The next morning, the morning we were to check out to leave, the hotel fire alarm went off and everyone had to evacuate the building. As I mentioned before, this hotel is called the Tyre House. It is on the military base, as well, and it's a very nice hotel. And I do mean REALLY nice. Anyways, so thank goodness, we were already up and moving around and we were all packed up and ready to start taking our luggage out to the truck when this fire alarm went off. So, for about half an hour, we sat outside with everyone else, watching the fire trucks and stuff do their thing. Apparently, it was nothing. I guess a false alarm. We left out, only 15 minutes later than planned, so it wasn't so bad. It was a 7 hour trip back home, because of all the stops and stuff, but all in all, a much better trip back home than it was getting to Ms... I guess the past couple weeks caught up to us, tho. We were and are still so worn out! Today is much better, but I'm still keeping it a quiet day. We didn't want to have any friends over this weekend, just because we want to keep it a quiet weekend and recover from the trip. Friday nights, we normally get out or have ppl over, but this evening we'll grill out a couple steaks and just relax, just hubby, Daughter and me.....Not much planned for the weekend, as well. Daugther and I need to get school supplies and ballet outfits and stuff, and I need to grab a few groceries too. That's about it! Hope everyone else has a good weekend! God bless...

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