Monday, September 12, 2022

Home Again, Home Again

 We left Friday morning to visit my son and his family. His birthday was last Thursday, and it has been an awfully long time since we were able to celebrate it with him. I made a batch of bread dough up, and baked a cake. I cut up the strawberries, and had heavy whipping cream to be turned into whipped topping for a strawberry short cake. We have a cooler that held it all. along with the pepperonis, the home made mozzarella cheese, and spaghetti sauce from our own tomatoes. We plugged the cooler  into the cigarette lighter and voila, everything stayed cold for the 5 hour trip. 

My 4 year old grandaughter helped me roll out the dough and make the pepperoni rolls (one layer of parmesan, a layer of 3 pepperoni, a layer of mozzarella, top it all off with another layer of pepperoni and roll it up). She had her little apron on, her little rolling pin at the ready, and she stood on the other side of the island in her mother's helper. It was great fun for both of us. 

The pepperoni rolls were finished at just about the same time that her father finished at the office and did his arduous commute down the stairs. The rolls were a childhood favorite, and all these years later, he still seemed to enjoy them. He also seemed happy with his gifts, a gyuto knife and a block of habanero cheddar cheese from the Amish store. 

It was a such a happy weekend with the granddaughters. The baby is not quite two months old but I got a smile today, and I am convinced it wasn't gas. The four year old and I had a wonderful weekend playing Go Fish, reading books, taking walks. We went to the playground, we went out for supper, and we gave a unicorn a bath. 

The thing that I love best is that every night, when we went to bed, the door would very quietly creak open, and a little figure from across the hall would slip in to tell me something. Once it was to lend me her Thumper bunny to sleep with. I think that she just wanted to make sure that I was still going to be there the next morning. It was a wonderful long weekend, and the best part, when we were getting ready together this morning, she studied me in the mirror, and said wistfully, "I wish you could visit me every day." 

Me too. Me. too.

Tim and I left this morning and had a leisurely trip home with a couple side trips. We had a late supper, tomato soup with grilled cheese, and then walked out to take the shopping cart someone left in front of our house back to the grocery store where it belonged. We made a circle to the library and then walked back home. 

The evening breeze was cool. It feels like rain is coming in. A comfortable night for a walk and a good way to work the kinks out after our day in the car. 

Hairy the cat met us on the side walk, and he was glad to see us, leading the way up the driveway. Car Cat was there too, and they both meowed and led the way up to the driveway where they knew that they would be fed. 

My house seems so quiet after a weekend with a baby and a four year old. 


25 comments:

  1. Sounded like a nice visit , Debby. I especially liked the part with the homemade pepperoni rolls! Anyway, very sweet and had a chuckle with you guys being greeted by Harry and Car Cat when you got home. 🙂🐈🐈

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    1. It's Hairy. He's a long hair and looks rather like a four legged yeti.

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  2. Welcome home, Debby. Glad you had a good trip and nice time.

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    1. It was just a long weekend, but what a great break!

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  3. Glad you had a very good family visit, love the way you took all your food with you, and home grown and made.

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    1. I wanted my dil to be able to take a break from meal preparation. She's got a new baby.

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  4. I bet your missing Thumper bunny?😊

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    1. Thank goodness I brought my Thumper Honey home.

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  5. It sounds such a lovely break - lucky you

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  6. Do they still call them cigarette lighters if they have no pop out device with heated metal coils? I haven't seen one of those since my grandfather's car, at least one that worked. I've always wanted one of those coolers that plugs into the "auxiliary power port" but have never bought one and never think about it until we are on a long road trip and I'm thinking a cool drink would be nice without having to stop at a gas station.

    Sounds like a great trip with family!

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    1. We drive older cars. Ours both have the cigarette lighters. Tim's even has cigarette lighters in the back seat, one for each door. I did not realize that they'd stopped putting them in cars. How funny. I guess they'd be called 'ports' just like anything that you can plug something into.

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  7. Sounds like a fun time with family! What sweet memories your granddaughter and you are making together!

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    1. I hope she remembers them always. We were at a restaurant and she snuggled right in while we waited for our meals to come. My daughter in law mentioned that she remembered that feeling of burrowing right in to her grandmother's arms to be held, how safe and loved she felt. It had never occurred to me before. I did not have those kinds of Grandmothers. Perhaps this is why it is so precious to me.

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  8. I used to have a cat called Harry. He was enormous, 18 lbs, and quite the hunter and fighter. He used to follow us on walks when the kids were little.

    I'm glad you had such a wonderful time with your granddaughters. There is a lot of love there.

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    1. There is nothing so pure as a child's love, is there? So much sweetness.

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  9. It sounds like you had a great visit! Glad the cats awaited your return. (I'm not sure how Tim feels about it!)

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  10. I didn't know plug-in coolers existed! Glad you had a fun visit. :)

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    1. They do! This one can also be used to keep things warm, although we've never used it for that.

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  11. A wonderful weekend; so happy you enjoyed it.

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  12. I finally found you again. I was hacked and had to close my computer completely down for a few days. I lost all my blogs and am just now finding some of them. This was in April. I had to change all accounts and my e mail. I have missed your blog and read a lot tonight to catch up. But will save some for the weekend. I am fine from Ian, some trees down, it came in about 100 miles south of us. My kids came and put plywood over my windows and set up a generator on my porch to run my frig. My electric was only of 4 days though. We had high winds and lots of rain and then flooding when the river started to overflow. The damage is really bad south of us. We were suppose to take a direct hit and then it moved south a little. I am of to bed but happy that I found you after trying, I just could not get the right name of your blog for some reason.

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  13. Ellie! How very glad I am to hear from you! I am happy you are safe! So much has happened since April. I am looking forward to catching up. Do you still have my email?

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I'm glad you're here!