For months, we've known we'd be taking one last trip to TX., only this trip would be different. We, my husband, brother and I would be moving my youngest sister back home to WI where she's already started another adventure of her life.
The guys took care of packing and clearing out the huge shop and storage in the garage and around the yard, filling a 16 ft. trailer and the boxes and back seats of both the pick-up trucks. My sister and I packed boxes and totes, marking each one by room, main items, etc. preparing them for the fellas to load the 26 ft. U-Haul. She packed her car herself with her music, guitars, banjos, a mandolin, lap harp, keyboard, and a few harmonicas. Yes, she's very talented and loves music.
The guys sure packed the U-Haul tight all the way to the top 26 ft. long and 8 ft. tall, and not a thing was broken by time we unpacked in WI.
We had plenty of laughs throughout our long 9 days of packing. I'd asked, " Hey, guys, turn around "~~~~and so they did.
They had to hold the last mattress in place as they pulled down the door and locked it for the long haul ahead. There was only one thing left to do, ... pick her peaches ! We gals were about to do that when we learned the guys already had them in cool storage and on the truck. We had to thank them. It was in the upper 90's to 100 all week with humidity so high that we were wet t-shirts immediately when we stepped out the door of the house. We gals were grateful to be working inside most the time., and the guys never complained once. We all got it done and
locked and loaded, strapped down tight, we headed on the road again.
|click on this photo to see the Texas smoker that her husband built several yrs. before he entered eternity.|
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We became a 4-vehicle caravan for the next 2 days and over
1200 miles. We were in contact with 2-way radios for the trip...the only way to keep in touch with all drivers at once. It worked great. I got one cell phone call to remind me to turn on the 2-way. lol
Finally we pulled into the driveway ' at the farm ' (Mom's) where my sister stayed a couple nights until she'd closed on her new home another 13 min. away. That's already so much better than 2 days away. Mom's wild roses welcomed us all.
We have traveled from WI to TX and back again
with God in the bucket seats beside us, all safe and sound. Lil Sis has traded sweltering weather, fire ants, scorpions and black widows for our state birds, these nasty mosquitoes, long, hard winters and bitter temperatures. Everyone says, " WHY? " when she tells them she's moved back home from the south. Her answer is always the same, " To be with my family. "
We are so glad to have her home again.
Until next time....