See the ice at the bottom of the airplane window? 18* the morning I left Ohio and our plane had to be de-iced before take off. It was a dark morning. There was still frost somewhere on the way to sunny Phoenix, Arizona, where I spent 4 hours before my connecting flight left for Palm Springs, California.
It's only time, time on my hands, passing the time, a wrinkle in time, old man time, the nick of time, time to think...lots of "time" sayings. I sat outside soaking up the sun and checking the time in Palm Springs, waiting.
This was gorgeous Palm Springs the day I was to fly home, Saturday. After 5 hours in the airport my flight was cancelled. No known reason. I spent time on the 1-800-get me on a flight phone number only to discover the soonest I could get in the air was Sunday. Hmph!
While waiting for my sister to drive back an hour to pick me up I played with my camera. This lime green cab makes me happy. I'll bet it could have driven me back to Ohio faster than flying! I sat considering other modes of transportation that would get me home faster -- choo choo, dune buggy, bike, hot air balloon, Amish horse and buggy.
I had no suitcase and only the clothes on my back and a carry on. I spent the night at my folks' house before my sister picked me up at 4 AM Sunday morning to make the trek back to Palm Springs. She was my personal airport shuttle service. Thanks Sharon!
My new route home had my flight out of Palm Springs leaving 35 minutes later than scheduled. Of course. Why start the day on a positive note! When I landed in Denver, Colorado I had to run from one end of concourse B to the other to catch my flight. I nearly stroked! The plane was boarding and I spent a total of 15 minutes in Denver.
Up in the air over Denver I was on my way to Charlotte, North Carolina. You're sitting there thinking that puts me beyond Columbus, Ohio. Yep! I had a window seat. I was happy to see polka dot farm land. Joy! Mr. Creations tried to burst my bubble and tell me those were irrigation areas. I prefer to think of them as polka dot farm land.
This was somewhere in North Carolina before I landed. Once there I had a layover of a few hours. I noticed a flight leaving for Columbus earlier than mine. I got on it. I spent a total of 20 minutes in North Carolina. This morning I drove to the Columbus airport to retrieve my suitcase. It was there. Good things can happen when you fly. These gorgeous "up in the air" photos make me want to make a blue quilt.
Dad is doing well. Thank you to everyone who expressed your concern. It means a lot. No stays in the hospital and only one trip to the ER, but it wasn't for Dad, it was for me! Shortly after I got to California I got sick. Everyone knew Dad in the ER and told him they'd take good care of me. My California souvenir was a hospital "bracelet." No worries, all is well.
Mom and I went through an old trunk of quilts. Stay tuned and I'll share more later. She let me mail some home.
The best part of arriving back home was the total love and happiness from Abby. A very joyous reunion.