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Posting from Maine

Well, we are here and in one piece. The truck is half unloaded. The cats are totally stressed and hiding in the bathroom and I'm enjoying a bit of catch up on the computer. We did see some neat, some crazy, things. I tried to take note of the change in scenery from state to state. The first day we made it as far as upper Georgia. The second day we stopped in this crazy tourist place called South of the Border. It's just south of the North Carolina line, thus the name. I thought it was a Mexican Restaurant at first but with the amount of billboards about the place it was enough to get anyone curious. It was like some kind of Mexican experience on crack. It probably started small and then grew into this eatery, shopping center, amusement park thing. I never saw so many crazy colored animal sculptures and of course we had to walk around and take pictures of most of them. It was wild. It made the Canadian geese that we saw in Virginia seem plain. The tree colors changed as we headed North but they were just starting.

We stopped in my own home town the day before yesterday. I haven't been there in years and things have changed so much. I can't believe the businesses that have sprouted up and the places that have moved or disappeared. Of course the old Dairy Queen was still there (some things never change) and my old house. It was strange seeing it this time because for the first time my family was not living in it. I took a few pictures of the familiar and the changes around town before we left.

We arrived late last night and only unpacked our overnight bags and the cats' things. They stayed in one room and my daughter's roommate's kitten stayed in another. They are still hiding. I think they figure we will just move on to another place soon so why bother to investigate. They have been living in a truck for four days with a different hotel room every night. It will take some time for them to realize that this is home now. To add to it, a stray cat appeared beside the truck while we were unpacking this morning. He acted very friendly and looked well kept (probably escaped from some nearby apartment or house). The girls were afraid to leave him outside because he dashed into the street a couple of times. The girls took pictures to put up in the neighborhood. If no one claims him he will probably become part of the "zoo" here. I'm wondering how they will all adjust to each other. Oh, did I mention the roommate has two jumbo rats too. I doubt they will be food. They really stand up for themselves.

That's all for now. I'll fly back on Tuesday. I haven't cried yet. That will probably come later.


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Oct. 16th, 2011 07:27 pm (UTC)
Good to know you arrived safely.

Trust me, the tears will come at the final moment, they always do that first time!
Oct. 16th, 2011 08:49 pm (UTC)
It wasn't like this with the first one, at least I don't think so. Of course he's only five minutes away and when he was still at home he was either working or in his room. There were days when I wouldn't even see him. Now I see he at least once a month and it's always a good time.
Oct. 16th, 2011 08:20 pm (UTC)
*hugs* Sweetie, I know this is tough so I am just sending you lots of hugs and kisses.
Oct. 16th, 2011 08:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you. *accept hugs, kisses and all good thoughts*
Oct. 16th, 2011 09:34 pm (UTC)
It's going to be a tough goodbye, but hang in there, girl.
*hugs* for both of you.
Oct. 17th, 2011 01:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you. *hugs*
Oct. 16th, 2011 10:46 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you've all arrived safely in Maine! Poor kitties just don't know what to do with themselves yet.

Goodbye will be bittersweet but you've got this. Let the tears flow if they come. I'm sure she'll have a few, too.

*hugs & love*
Oct. 17th, 2011 01:40 pm (UTC)
Lido (the brother) has started venturing out but his sister, Munch, refuses to come out except at night. They wandered around getting in each other's way last night and at one point I put them both in the bathroom so they would be separated from the kittens and settle down. Munch retreated behind the couch as soon as everyone got up.

I'll make it through with all the hugs from my flist.

Thank you.
Oct. 17th, 2011 07:20 am (UTC)
Glad you made the trip safe and sound. I hope your daughter settles in to her new home easily. It sounds like they'll have quite the menagerie there with the cats and rats!

*hugs* Safe trip home, hon!
Oct. 17th, 2011 01:42 pm (UTC)
It's been interesting. Mostly the kittens want to play and the adult cats just want to be left alone.

Thank you. *hugs*
Oct. 17th, 2011 10:27 am (UTC)
What a road trip!! You have to be just drained in all ways. I'm glad you're coming home but know it will be tough to leave your baby there.

We've been to South of the Border. I'm with you - you have to say you've been there at least once. Makes tacky an art form. :-)
Oct. 17th, 2011 01:44 pm (UTC)
I can safely say that if anyone suggests a trip before January I am sternly declining.
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