Monday, April 28, 2008

Out of the snow and on our own. . .

So, if the tow truck gets stuck while trying to pull you out and must then use you as an anchor to get out of the mud pit, do you still have to pay?  Yep, and you must pay a lot!  Well, the wonderful company you work for must pay and promise not to fuss at you for getting stuck in the first place.  All in all the fun and games in Mitchell, South Dakota wasn't enough fun to keep us there too long.  We headed up to St. Paul to meet out relay and then headed home to Texas via our main headquarters in Joplin, Missouri.  

We are in Odessa for some Dr's appointments, re-supply of favorite goodies and time with our oldest son, his wonderful wife and 2 precious grandkids.  Yea!  

Saturday, April 26, 2008


Who could dream this up?  We are shut down in a snow storm in South Dakota.  Winter's over you say...Spring has sprung...well, someone forgot to tell South Dakota!  The good news is that we were able to get off the interstate before too much slipping and sliding took place and find a truck stop.  We also have a great signal on the air card so I can use the internet.  AND, we have the 2nd season of Lost to watch, plus the 3rd season if it comes to that.  The bad news is that we are in a really muddy snowy bog with about 50 other trucks and are so gridlocked that we will have to be peeled out one at a time.  Our hope is that the mud will freeze enough to enable us to drive over it (okay, that's my hope.  Tony just looks at me with that "you are such a girl" look on his face when I say that).  One guy had a tow-truck pull him out, but he almost hit a couple of trucks in the effort.  

So, we are actually stopped for the night - not something that we get to do very often.  Luckily, we are well provisioned and have a great heater in the sleeper that runs independently of the truck electrical system.  It is fueled with the diesel that fuels the truck and has it's own power supply.  Smart thinking on someone's part.   

Time to turn in for the night.  I'll keep you posted on how this little adventure turns out.  Like my buddy Charlotte and I used to say, "It's not just an adventure. . .it's a job!"

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Getting locked out is no fun!

Boy, do I feel silly.  I managed to lock myself out of here for a couple of weeks.  March was really busy for us on the road.  In addition, I had to finalize Rancho Fandango taxes and deal with Micah's financial aid stuff.  All of that is finally finished and now that I finally figured out how to get back into this thing, I'll work on keeping it up. . . Promise.

We are in lovely California right now getting ready to make a run up the coast to Seattle.  It is a really tight run as far as time goes, but one of the more scenic ones that we do.  Heck, I can't really think of a run that we have done that wasn't scenic.

Spring is busting out all over and I am absolutely loving it.  After living in the desert for 20 years, I had really forgotten what spring is like.  So far it is green and soggy and even smells like something is growing out there - what a change from spring in Terlingua.

More later as I get my "writer-thang back again".