We were then faced with a decision. What should we do now? I wanted Tim to fly to Colorado so he could say his good-byes to his mother. His mother and sister live in Fort Morgan, which is just an hour north of Denver. The airports in Houston were not too far away so we headed in that direction and made plans in the car.
I found a non-stop flight that left Houston Hobby at 6:55 pm, which gave us ample time to get to the airport. We realized, however, that I would not be able to fly to Colorado with Tim. We still had the RV and the cat to deal with, and not enough time to figure out those logistics.
Tim was able to get on the flight, and he arrived in Fort Morgan at midnight and was able to see his mother and his siblings. What a long and emotional day he had.
We had decided that I would head to Austin, where we had planned to be next weekend and wait to see what would happen. I would plan to fly to the funeral from there. Although we had briefly discussed the possibility of my driving to Colorado, the likelihood of having to drive in snow ruled that out.
I left Houston this morning after negotiating a traffic jam caused by horses, riders and wagons, making their way to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. That was a bit unexpected, but fun to see. I was fully prepared to negotiate Houston’s horrible traffic, just not the equine variety. I guess we are back in cowboy country.
|Is This a Typical Houston Traffic Jam?|
|He Said "Whoa"|
|OK Now, Follow the Leader|
|Nobody Would Have Believed This!|
I don’t remember much of what I saw along the drive today, but a sign for kolaches at Weikel’s Bakery did make me pull off the highway. I needed a break, so I stopped and bought a few to take with me. What are kolaches, you might ask? Kolaches are a Czech pastry found throughout Central Texas. They are similar to a Danish pastry, but thicker, softer and sweeter. The center is filled with anything from traditional poppy seed to cream cheese, fruits and chocolate.
|Which Kolache Should I Have First?|
I arrived at McKinney Falls State Park in Austin this afternoon. That Texas State Park pass is already coming in handy. I’ll be here for a few days awaiting news from Tim. In the meantime, I found a wonderful couple who has agreed to look after Kitty while I’m away. That’s a relief, since I really didn’t want to board her unless absolutely necessary. It’s really strange being here without Tim, although I’m perfectly fine, and so is Kitty. It’s just that Tim and I have been together twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week for the last four months. There’s a big void now that he’s not here. I do miss him.
There are a lot of horses in Texas it looks like. I bet Tim misses you too.. Are the couple that are going to watch Kitty staying there for a while? Can you get to the airport easy? I so wish this did not happen when you two were on this great trip. I knew you would be a great sister when I first met you. Love AReplyDelete
A, There is never a good time for things like this to happen. Tim and I are used to making plans, changing plans or even giving up on them entirely, so we'll just move on from here. The couple who will be watching Kitty will be here until sometime in March. What luck! The airport is very close, and I can either get a cab, or possibly a ride. You are so sweet, and a wonderful sister to Tim and to me. I'm just so sorry about your mom and am thinking of all of you. SarahDelete
Sarah I am so sorry to read about Tim's mom. I don't think there are words that bring any peace but I will pray for Tim's mom and all the family......AGReplyDelete
AG, Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. SarahDelete
Sarah, we are thinking of you all. Sending hugs and love and prayers. LVReplyDelete
LV, Thanks so much. We really appreciate it. SarahDelete
Hey Sarah just sitting here with Tim he just showed me how to reply to your blog. Hope all is well with you. Irene is hanging in there. Take care. LBReplyDelete
LB, It's so nice to hear from you. Thanks for looking after Tim. Love to all. SarahDelete