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Home Again, Home Again – Higgity Fie

For the first two hours I am like the kiddo just home from camp. I talk and talk and recount the adventure I have been on and the sites I have seen. I rawly share the moments which just flash into my mind and careen out my mouth – no analysis, just exhaustion fogging the flow.

I do pause long enough to understand that my youngest has been home the last two weekends to take care of Dad, paint the deck, and get her car fixed, while using my wheels which were sitting in the garage unused; she even tossed out a nugget about vacuuming the house while I was away, getting Dad groceries and the Farmer’s Market goodies.

I was thankful for her efforts and the trading of painting for car repair and I hope I made an adequate thank you of appreciation.

The two of them shared that one of the weeks I was away the temperature had remained in the 100s setting a new record of 104’F, although now we were grey, cool and sprinkling. It is a good thing I arrived home at dusk and did not tour the yard; it was overwhelming a day later.

I stayed awake in a state of sheer willpower until an appropriate time to go to bed and slept late the next morning. The illusions began falling away and a profound exhaustion entered every cell of my being. I was seeing with clear eyes, the piles of apples full of wee ants and swarmed over by yellow jackets. The hungry deer damage to the yard. The struggling tomatoes and beans and the burned up flower pots of foliage. ……and then the computer would not stay on – shutting off after a minute’s attempt.

I was not missed, and absence did not make the heart grow fonder. My partner was going to patiently wait until the maintaince worker recovered and got back in the routine. He had not made any changes to his routine or his life – he had added a couple of chores and paid an important bill, but he was just the same; so pleased with himself for not needing me.

I verbally whipped out two lashes and have no regret. I am getting back into routine and did the cooking yesterday for the week’s feast and will begin appreciating the fresh gladiola bouquet on the table and the clean sheets on the bed and his efforts at holding down the fort.
I am not sad that the trip is over; I was there at the moment and present to the events. Sometimes when one has spent so long planning and preparing for such a major adventure there is a letdown when it is completed. I am so happy that I am so healthy at the present time and was able to adventure forth. I also would say the number one item that I enjoyed the most on the trip was being waited on – bags picked up and carried away, food supplied with choice options, my daughter figuring out the changes that needed to be made and letting me shower first each morning. The bus driver and tour guide making decisions and sharing information. This was a magnificent gift which I truly treasure.

Our original trip was 10 days in Scotland and 4 days in England 4 days in London. We ended up 7 days in London, 9 days traveling England, 1 day Wales and 4 days in Scotland on the bus. We created a great many walks in our free time and this was very good. I need to go back to Scotland without a tour; this just was a nibble and not enough- the bagpipes they are a calling.

Computer is up and running and I will edit now and see if my IT gal can get this posted by noon – I am off then for a massage to repair the body from so much sitting. The Shoes were magnificent and a boon to the trip and I did not gain any weight.

I am well loved, I was hoping for some appreciation.

Thank you Jannie, JD and Barbara for keeping the blog up and running while I was away. Your words and ideas provoked some fabulous comments and response. I truly appreciate your efforts on my behalf and my vacations success – Thank you.

I loaned my camera to a 16 year old whose camera would not work, so I will share about my journey and my pictures as my daughter, who brought 2 cameras and skill, shares them.

It is good to be home and at my computer and I am wondering how you arrive home after an adventure away? Do you expect something? Do you talk excitedly, conveying every event? Do you need to re-establish territory? Post partum down? I’d like to know…as I am fairly new to this part of the adventure…

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17 Responses to “Home Again, Home Again – Higgity Fie”

  1. Vered - Blogger for Hire Says:

    I definitely tend to experience a “down” each time I return from a trip.

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time, Patricia. I’m so happy for you.

  2. BunnygotBlog Says:

    Hi Patricia,

    I am so happy for you. Your trip sounds delightful.
    There is something always bittersweet about coming home. I have experienced it many times.

    Happy you are back ~

  3. Patricia Says:

    Vered,
    I did have a wonderful time and was so glad I went. Thank you for stopping in today and sharing.

    Bunny got Blog,
    I am still very tired and assuming it is jet lag, but it was truly great to have a get away. Thank you for stopping in and for your comments.

  4. Betsy Wuebker Says:

    Hi Patricia – Can’t wait to hear more. I always have a let-down on return, because most of the time I fall in love with a new place and want to stay there longer. And home routines feel strange to me, so I do a lot of wandering around in pajamas with coffee. Or vodka, depending. :)

  5. Diane Says:

    Hi Patricia!

    Wow sounds like so much fun!
    I too look forward to your sharing more of the rich experience of you tour! I laughed at your words of coming home! Your questions just gave me more chuckles! I usually walk in the revelling of my trip as long as I can after any trip. I like feeling like I have been totally emerged in its renewel and happy energy and just fun and adventure.

    Peace, Love and Joy,
    Diane

  6. Patricia Says:

    Betsy,
    Hi nice to find you here! Thank you
    I am not wandering in my PJ’s but I am thinking of opening the bottle of Scottish Liqueur I brought back with me before Christmas!
    I know I must go back to Scotland it was just not enough time at all- I am getting my pictures this weekend and that will help the writing I am sure..

    Diane,
    Thank you for coming by and commenting. I am going to savor this trip for as long as possible…I am quite exhausted though and recovery is taking an amazingly long time…the world is crowding in too quickly!

  7. Barbara Swafford Says:

    Welcome home Patricia,

    It sounds like you had a marvelous time. I’m anxiously waiting to see the photos and more stories of your adventures.

    For me, coming home can be a bit of a let down, but I am always happy to be back in my own bed.

  8. Metropolitan Mum Says:

    Hello Patricia,
    Glad you enjoyed your trip so much!
    I do get a post holiday blues at times. Especially after spending so much time with my partner, and then being apart again. It just makes me sad. I would love to have him around me more, much more.
    I went to have a look at the shoes. The felt very nice on the foot, but I would need a half-size, and they don’t come in half-sizes. :-(

  9. Dot Says:

    Welcome back! I missed you. I’m glad you had such a great time, though. I guess your partner has two choices — fall apart without you, which might make you feel guilty about leaving him behind, or go on independently, which makes you feel not needed. Perhaps he needed some alone time while you were gone.

    At any rate, I’m very glad you’re back, and eager to hear and see more about the trip, especially Scotland and Wales, which don’t get much TV play. About the shoes, I saw a TV ad by Sketchers promoting a very similar-looking shoe — I guess it’s a knockoff.

  10. Patricia Says:

    Metropolitan Mum
    I think taking separate down time has been good for my partner and I….I used to exercise with him everyday but he is so hard on me that working out by myself is better. I think I am just tired and jet lagged! I have to make an appt. to see him now!
    I take a half size also and that is why I got the sandal style because I can shift the velcro straps. I noticed that in England and Scotland they had half sizes.

    DOT,
    I missed you too.
    The guy was and is independent already, I was just hoping for some appreciation for the work that I do and the efforts I made. It appears that as long as I left him a casserole and food, he was just content and worked long hours just the same. Nothing changed for him….He would prefer to hang out with the folks at the office and with building than with people….I am not singled out. He did make a reservation for my actual birthday dinner out – since he hates to eat out I guess that is my appreciation.
    I have a pair of the Sketchers, but they just do not do what the MBT’s do….they are very comfortable and I like wearing them to stand at the kitchen sink for hours….no relief of knee pain with them. FYI

  11. Patricia Says:

    Barbara,
    Thank you for coming on by – it is nice to be home and it was lovely to be away – and I think the icing on the whole experience is sleeping in my own bed….I will second that!

    Yes, yes pictures and stories will be forth coming….I believe the pictures will start coming this way tomorrow – Friday.

  12. Davina Says:

    Hi Patricia.
    I definitely feel a let-down after returning from vacation. The worst was over 20 years ago when I went to Hawaii for 2 weeks. I loved it there. The air smells and feels so wonderful there. And the heat — yum! Not to mention the sheer adventure of it all — exploring and seeing new things. Hard to bring a free spirit back from that. But Barbara is right on one account… it’s nice to come home and snuggle in your own bed.

    Your holiday sounds like it was busy but good. I look forward to hearing more or seeing some pics.

  13. Patricia Says:

    Davina,
    Nice to find you here…I just had to extend my vacation and run out to see Julia & Julie in the theatre…I am still not into routine at all…but the weather is about the same as UK!
    Home sweet home = one’s favorite bed!

  14. J.D. Meier Says:

    You did it. You had your adventure of a life time and nobody can take that away from you.

    You have a new bouquet of memories to summon in your mind’s-eye, whenever you need them.

  15. Patricia Says:

    JD
    Yes I did do it…and I am so glad…now trying to put it into words and share it with matching pictures…

    It was so beautiful and I need to go back 4 days in Scotland was not enough…I could see the bouquet but not feel, taste or touch it…

  16. Julie Says:

    Hi, Patricia! Welcome home. :) Nope, I always thoroughly enjoy my travels, wherever they be, and I always love coming home but I never ever have any letdown from a trip. If I’ve been away without my husband, yes I DO talk nonstop and excitedly, relating every thing that comes to mind, just as quickly as it comes!

    Yes I hope for signs of appreciation, too, and I find them in even the smallest of ways: shirts and shoes that actually make it to the closet, welcoming smiles… Long ago, I learned that in expectation is always disappointment. Having hope is an all-round easier alternative. :)

    I do so look forward to reading more of your adventures and seeing photos. Thank you so much for sharing!! The British Isles are tops on my “wish list.” I’m so glad you had such a fabulous time!

  17. Patricia Says:

    Julie,
    Delighted to find you here this morning. I can just say about this trip – now I really want to go back and walk around.

    I really have had no let down at all, but exhaustion yes! It took be about 10 days to get back to a working schedule.

    Appreciation is coming out a bit – he did wash and change the sheets for the arrival home day and he did eat all of the casserole I made – but verbal – nope! I think he finally understands a bit better what I do in the orchard and garden daily – that counts too.

    Wow did I talk the first 2 days home…speed rapper!