1. GB Jones won the Iditarod early last Sunday morning in 45th place. Winning, you see, is just crossing the finish line when it comes to the Iditarod. He finished the race in 13 days, 10 hours, 59 minutes and 42 seconds.
2. In the time it took GB Jones and his 14 fabulous sled dogs to run the Iditarod race, Dear Hubby and I drove to Colorado and, with the help of my Sis, packed up almost all of the worldly possessions of my parents. Then we drove back. And arrived home in time to watch GB cross the finish line in Nome, Alaska. GB’s journey took 13 days + while mine took only 8 days (including packing time.) My trip was over 1500 miles while his was just over 1100. I guess cars go faster than sled dogs.
3. Two angels from Texas arrived with a truck and trailer for loading all my parents’ stuff. And angels from their church helped carry it to the trailer.
4. This is the view the other direction from where the trailer was parked. Do not, I repeat not, let my Mother see this picture. She is already lonesome enough for her beloved mountain.
5. This is the full view of the mountain behind my parents’ Colorado home. Again, hide your computers from my Mother. She is not allowed to see this picture. She misses the deep blue sky as much as she misses her mountain.
6. These guys practically live in my parents’ driveway. We feed them when we are there. I am glad summer is on its way. I wonder if they still come to the driveway each morning at precisely 7:45 a.m. and wait for the garage door to open and the food to appear? You better not let Mom see this picture either. It will make her very homesick for Colorado.
Hi, little deer! Isn’t she a cutie? Colorado mule deer have ears that are bigger than their heads.
7. Today at noon in Knik, Alaska there is a potluck and bonfire celebrating GB’s Iditarod run. His last Iditarod run. Or so he says. I’ve heard it before. Iditarod sure gets in a person’s blood. I wish I were in Alaska today where the temp is 27° right now. Instead of in Texas where the high today is supposed to be 85°. OK, call me crazy, but I like that cool Alaska air.
8. Our friend and angel, Brian, is a hunter. I have a feeling this picture really goes against his hunter instincts. Brian was an angel in a whole lot of ways last week in Colorado. He took care of my Dad all night the night he arrived. He wanted me and Dear Hubby to get some sleep! I could write a whole blog about what a compassionate servant Brian is. He is indeed an angel sent from God to many in times of need. We love you, Brian!
9. This is the woodpile that used to be in the back yard at my parents’ Colorado home. A bunch of this wood is now on the trailer, soon to be unloaded in my back yard. Where it will have to wait out the summer in Texas so I can burn it in the fireplace next winter. I just couldn’t leave all that beautiful cut and split wood behind! I wish I had taken a picture after the wood was loaded on the trailer. I have no idea how small this pile is now. Too much else was going on that day.
10. This is my Mom and Dad. You can’t tell from this picture but my Dad has been very ill. Thus the move to Texas to be with their family. He is now in the hospital in Texas. And finally beginning to improve.
11. This is Dad sitting in the recliner in my living room before he went into the hospital last Tuesday. Talking to his brother in Florida on the phone. See the pockets of swelling around his left eye? He has had terrible edema. That all started with a staph infection in his left arm. He looks much better now and we are breathing a huge sigh of relief and praising God that he is still with us. And he is lamenting that he is so weak. He wants to be back to his active self! It’s going to be a long road to recovery.
12. I am a blogger. I am happiest when I am blogging. Today is a happy day.
It’s good to be back. And congratulations, GB Jones!