Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Florida Visit, Part II

This has really been a productive trip.  The basic medical check ups were good, although I may have to make a quick trip back in a couple of months to finish up some procedures.  We have been to WalMart, Walgreen's, and Home Depot.  Coming up tomorrow is CVS, and yes, the Salvation Army Store.

We bought fans for the upstairs of the new house, lighting fixtures, plumbing fixtures, and paint samples.  Tomorrow we get the hot water heater. We bought razors, shampoo and conditioners, hair color, clothes, and as many other things we can't get in Honduras as possible.  Throw in canning lids and rings, doggie treats, spices, OTC meds, napkins, and much, much more.

We have had a wonderful time with our children and the Grandbrat; we visited Macho Man's former boss, Don Armando; and my sister comes tomorrow.  I had a chance to talk to my brother this morning.  We had a very good lunch today in little Havana with the two girls.  The only problem with Latin restaurants is they put too much food on the plate, and it is so good you clean your plate (Gro-o-o-o-an).

Tomorrow we are going to figure out what we need to ship and what we have to take in the plane.  We definitely will ship more than we carry.  We went by Rapido Cargo today, and they will send someone to pick the boxes at my daughter's house, ship them to Puerto Cortes, process them through Customs, and deliver them to our door in Trujillo, all for $.70/lb.  How is that for service?

We have had five days filled with love.  The companionship and family closeness has been inspiring.  There has been no bad weather.  We have had no accidents.

We are blessed.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Florida Visit, Part I

We finally got to Ft Lauderdale yesterday at about 6 AM, only to find our US phone has been deactivated, so we had no way to call and let the family know we were on the ground.  Thank goodness they figured it out and came to get us.  I am really glad because it was so cold you could see your breath.

Last night I got to snuggle with the Grandbrat while we watched a movie on TV.  I haven't done that in a long time and it was so familiar and so wonderful.  She's not the little darling she was, but she has grown up to be an outstanding, beautiful teenage girl who will continue to blossom into a beautiful, outstanding woman.  And, no, I'm not the least bit prejudiced.

We went to Mass this morning and it was so nice to hear Mass said in English again.  I can follow the Mass in Trujillo, but not as well as here in the States.

Today is my 24th wedding anniversary and the children took us to 15th Street Fisheries, my favorite waterfront restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale.  It had warmed up enough we could sit outside and enjoy the free boat show that goes up and down the intercoastal everyday; everything from dinghies to mega-yachts and even the occasional water taxi.

Tomorrow we start shopping, going to the doctor, going to get our taxes done, and some other running around.  It will be a little hectic for a couple of days, but then we can slow down and draw a deep breath.

We have a roof over our heads, food in our stomachs, clothes on our bodies, and family who loves us.  What more could we want?

We are blessed