I am so glad to be back home in Ohio after being away for a week! Dan and I flew out to Monterey to pick up his car, which he had left in the parking lot of his girlfriend’s dorm at CSUMB. With no further chance of job possibilities for him in California due to budget cuts and hiring freezes, it was time for him to return to Ohio.
He will have to continue with more schooling and a new state certification, but the economy seems to be a little more stable in Ohio, so I think his chances of getting a position here are better than in California. And heaven knows we need more police officers, what with ever increasing crime! Seems to me that this is one area that budgets should not be trimmed by the powers that be.
The trip back home took four days, traveling through ten states All of the pictures below were taken from inside a moving car, so they are a little blurry and out of focus, but you can get an idea of some of the scenery that we saw.
We drove on I- 40 through Arizona, where the railroad tracks often ran parallel to the highway.
We never drove more than 9 hours a day and we stayed in some nice chain hotels along the way that served great hot breakfasts (that was definitely on the criteria when making advance reservations along the way! Who wants only a bagel or toast when you can have waffles, scrambled eggs, bacon, or sausage with them?)
But who would’ve thunk that eating out twice every day, in addition to breakfast (plus snacks at fueling stops) could get real old real fast?
I couldn’t wait to come home to make and eat REAL food, like homemade mashed potatoes and gravy, day long -simmered spaghetti and meatball sauce, and a pork loin roast-yummmm…..
Dan’s girlfriend drove back with us and will be visiting until the first week in June. She said she never expected Ohio to be so green! It IS nice and green in the springtime here. Bet she wouldn’t be saying it was so pretty if she had to witness the snow and ice storms we get here in the winter, though!
So, after being without having my thrifting and shopping fix for eight days, I had to hit the one of my favorite little stores in Lebanon yesterday where we ventured down to the Old Shoe Factory Antique Mall. Dan and Destiny wandered around while Mr. Sullivan and I searched for bargains.
On my third pass through the store, I discovered a small metal shelf topped with a wooden piece that clearly was not original to it. It has a small circular hole drilled in the middle of it and it has hinged drop leaves on each side. It fit right onto the top opening of the shelf rack, but it wouldn’t stay put.
So I turned it over and saw that it had little brackets to hold open the drop leaves. A little light bulb went on in my head! I loosened the screws to the bars holding the leaf brackets, lifted the brackets up and over the metal bar on the shelf to hold the top in place, and voila… it stayed attached to the shelf!
I now have a cute piece of furniture that I am going to use as a server out on the patio. I plan on plugging the hole with one of those wooden plugs you get at the home store, sand it off, and re-stain it. The cost of my purchase was a mere two dollars !!! It was my one and only purchase of the day, but I think it was more than worth it, don’t you?