We did it! We are here in Eugene and unpacking!
Bean, our cat, and I had the easiest part. We flew to Eugene from Las Vegas at 2:00 A.M. on Jan.5th. Luckily, the airport has a wonderful door-to-door shuttle for $20. I had registered earlier, so I shouldn’t have been surprised when I approached the shuttle desk and the driver looked up and said “Sally?” I felt like he was welcoming us home. Bean was an excellent passenger–only a little meowing about 2 hours in to our flight across the USA. She was a little uncomfortable due to cramped conditions under the seat. So were all of the human passengers, Beanie! Anyway, it was pouring rain (duh!) when we got in the shuttle with four others passengers. I told the driver that I couldn’t help him with directions as I had only been to the house once and that was in the daylight! He gave me a strange look, but he was able to find the house with no problem.
So Bean and I arrived on our porch at 3:30 AM (in the rain) and fumbled with our keys. We got in and I let Bean out of her carrier–ahhh! and kept her in the bedroom for the first night. I unpacked some kitty litter and found a cardboard box. I also unpacked her kitty food and made myself some calming tea (from Lyn) in my new mug (from Quinn)–thanks, guys! I turned up the heat and settled in for a long winter’s nap with kitty at my side! The landlord had left us sheets and I carried a fleece throw with me on the airplane–off to dreamland we went…
On Saturday, I walked to the nearby market—on my first shopping trip. I bought a litter box and a bottle of wine and a corkscrew–necessities, right? I was on the phone with Colleen and complaining about all of the walking I was doing–she said, “isn’t that why you chose Eugene?”–kids, I hate when they point out our inconsistencies!!!
The next day, I walked to the library and got my library card and picked up “After This”, by Alice McDermott–they are reading this in my old book club in Pittsburgh. All about an Irish Catholic family–my story!
Meanwhile, John was driving across the country in a 16 ft. Penske truck, towing our Honda! He encountered some cold and snowy weather, including ice/wind in Wyoming, and he camped in a snowbound rest area in eastern Oregon. But he was very patient and made it here Monday evening, after leaving Pittsburgh Wednesday.
Christmas in Pittsburgh
We had a lovely Christmas and New Year celebration in Pittsburgh–we shared Becky’s and Lyn’s nests for almost 3 weeks.
I arrived with “the cold of the century” and Lyn wrapped me up in her herbal neck wrap and sent me to bed. Ahh! Nice to be home with my good friend! My other good friend Mary, in Walnut Creek, was also suffering from the nasty virus–I caught it at her house—we had taken every remedy known to man, but couldn’t shake it!
I got to see a lot of my family and friends during my Pittsburgh visit–I apologize to those of you that we didn’t see; the time flew by! I also apologize for not taking many pictures!
Highlights of Pittsburgh visit:
Lyn treated me to Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre’s rendition of “Pride and Prejudice”–it was lovely! Lyn and I love Austen (who doesn’t?) and it was really well done. And we ran into Mary L. at the play–so nice to know people around me after being “on the road” for 4 months.
Molly arrived on Friday and we went shopping! It is really fun to shop with Molly–she knows what to look for and how to find a good price. I, on the other hand, hate to shop alone–Molly & Colleen have both worked in retail and they have spoiled me by buying clothes for me for the last several years–it’s great, no decisions!
Celebrating Becky’s solstice birthday at Station Square–Buca de Pepo–wonderful Italian food with family.
Christmas visit at Nancy’s with all local family and Robyn and Jim who were visiting from out of town–we had a great time, but it was over too quickly!
Colleen arrived on Sunday early AM– so good to have all of my daughters with me again!
John was came Christmas Eve morning –so everyone was in Pittsburgh for Christmas!
We had a sweet Christmas morning at Becky’s and exchanged many terrific gifts! Thanks, girls! Becky, Molly and Colleen headed to their Aunt Kate’s house. It was sad for them to be without their Dad this Christmas–I know they were all missing him terribly. Luckily, they were able to spent a lot of time with his family.
John and I headed to Lyn’s for a fabulous Christmas dinner with Lyn, Quinn, her lovely daughter, and Nica,Quinn’s cute little dog. Nica loved to chase Lyn’s cat, Jake, around–including under the Christmas tree! I never got a picture of Lyn or Quinn in front of their enormous tree, so we got one of me with Jake.
Lyn, Carol and I did manage to get in dinner (Mediterranean Grill, yummm) and a movie (“Juno“, really good, a must see!). Good to hang out with girlfriends again!
Brother Tom was available to come over and watch the Steelers (sorry, Stillers) game with us on Becky’s new flat screen–it didn’t help the Stillers, though–no Super Bowl this year!
Then, the work started–John and I had to face the dreaded storage unit–ugh! We spent all day New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day packing the truck and praying that everything would fit. John is an excellent organizer–so it did!
Of course, Pittsburgh decided to have a cold spell at this time and we were freezing on the loading dock. Lyn was sweet enough to have a get together on New Year’s Eve and we were able to forget about packing for a while. She also had cooked her traditional pork dinner on New Year’s Day, so we had good food waiting for us when we got home.
There was snow in Pittsburgh while we were home—here is a picture of Lyn’s street when we were leaving—lovely!
Of course, it was 70 degrees in Pittsburgh after we left! No one in Pittsburgh complained about global warming then!
On January 2nd we finished packing, hooked up the trailer and then John was on his way! Well, almost–he got off to a most perilous start, thanks to me–I gave him faulty directions at the beginning of the trip and he was in the maze of narrow streets in Morningside–but he was still “not lost”! he managed to get out of there and was on his way!
All that I could do was worry and pray…
And… go to dinner at Christy’s with Becky. Christy is glowing –she’s expecting in May! Christy & Ed and Josh have a lovely new home–they just moved in before Christmas and it looks terrific!
And …go out with my girlfriends again—Linda C. said we should have Mexican food–and a pitcher of Margaritas, thank you very much! (Luckily, Lyn was able to meet us and so we shared with her.)
And…go to lunch with Carol at the Frick Cafe. I had yummy beet soup–it matched Carol’s hot pink sweater!
and she was enjoying showing me her new iPhone!
Then came the parting is such sweet sorrow time! As Lyn said, I was ready to start building my own nest, but saying goodbye to Becky was very hard— I am so glad that I had Bean with me, but I felt sorry taking her away from Becky! Thank you, Becky, for taking such good care of her!