back home and ready for 2023

Yesterday we departed Austin at 6:15 AM and shortly after take-off we saw the gorgeous ruby colors of sunrise from the windows.  And landing in Rhode Island over twelve hours later we admired the sunset (pictured here).

Compared to the holiday travel nightmares we’ve heard about these past ten days, our trip home was easy.  An hour delay in  Austin (a warning light in the cockpit had to be repaired) meant we missed our connecting flight in Baltimore and would stay there until 3 PM.

Five hours in a very quiet airport is not exactly the end of the world.  First stop?  The Silver Diner, a family favorite for dining when time permits.

Banjo Man ended up ordering the “Farmer’s Breakfast”.

No surprise there.

We lingered over breakfast, still basking in the glow of nine days of family time.  Chatted about celebrating the New Year with daughter Nancy.  Looked forward to our road trip in April (yes, I know that is optimistic considering health and weather, but it’s our dream).  Decided that seven weeks of radiation was not such a big deal.

The winter months will go quickly.

There were only twenty people on our flight.   And only seven pieces of luggage on the conveyor belt when we landed in RI.  Miraculously two of them were ours.

Banjo Man has dashed off to the grocery store.  I’m not sure why.  I am still in my pajamas and drinking coffee.

Over the years we’ve had our share of storm cancellations, flight delays, oceans of luggage to wade through in airport lobbies and various airport insanity.  But this year we are so very relieved to have gotten off easy.

Maybe that bodes well for 2023.




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5 Responses to back home and ready for 2023

  1. Marjorie Fridrich says:

    So glad you are home safe.
    If you received the photos, keep sliding left to see all of them. Too many but photographer allows you to copy the one or whatever you want. No restrictions.
    I will send to Nancy, Ben and Will.
    Wishing you the best New Year possible.
    Love to all.

    • The photos are beautiful! Such a gorgeous family.

      • Marjorie Fridrich says:

        Ken and I were the sourpusses. I was surprised at all of the consistent smiles. So fortunate to have everyone together. So glad you got home without problems. Brent was delayed 2 days and ended up taking Alaska to Portland 2 days later. (With a big ticket price which increased 300$ after he booked. So disgusting. Then the drive to Bend. So so happy to learn Will will be teaching at same school. Lucky kids!!!! Love you all. Tell Glen (I just copied him)that Graham’s friend who has a lousy home life sat with us as we opened presents. (We had some things for him) and when we were finished, as he stood up, said quietly, “this is what Christmas should be”. Broke my heart. Nothing from his mother here in Omaha and all unknown when he returns to father’s home in Minnesota and back to school. ❤️🌸💕M

        Sent from my iPhone


  2. Ruth says:

    Ditto to Marge’s comment! So glad you are home and safe! And Amen to your sentiments about 2022! Hoping your good flight experience is a good omen. Happy Hew Year!!


  3. Thanks, Ruth. Hope to see you soon!

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