Thursday, September 06, 2018

A Quick Trip to North Carolina

Doug's sister, Linda, who lives in North Carolina, called us on Saturday, August 18, to let us know that her husband, Larry, had died the day before. A bad fall a few days earlier had resulted in a severe head injury, from which he couldn't recover. 

Doug and I talked it over after the phone call from Linda and decided that, even though there wasn't to be any kind of funeral service for Larry, we'd like to go, just to be there for Linda. We couldn't leave before Monday afternoon because we had appointments to change and needed to get an oil change for our vehicle before making the 1500-mile (2414-km) round trip.

We arrived at Linda's on Tuesday afternoon. She was doing well, having gotten some good counsel from the funeral home that was arranging the cremation. And her son, Shawn, from Tennessee, was staying several days with her and helping her through the details that need to be attended to after a death. We had missed seeing Shawn's sister, who had been there but had left before we arrived.

We were able to spend some time with Linda and Shawn on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, before starting for home about 10:30 Thursday morning. We drove straight through and arrived home at 12:30 AM on Friday. (We had missed our own bed.) 

I thought you might enjoy seeing some photos from Linda's house and yard. She is a landscape designer and has had some fun using her creativity in her own backyard. 

20180906 A Quick Trip to North Carolina





Shawn & Linda

Linda relaxing with her dog, Finn


  1. Sorry to hear of this lose. Linda's home and yard look lovely.

    1. Thanks, Ruth. Linda's very talented...and self-taught. She loves to do it.

  2. I'm so sorry to learn of Doug's brother-in-law's passing. That makes the second person in a two week period that I've heard of that passed away as a result of a fall and head injury from which they could not recover. I am glad that you were able to make the trip...even if it was for a few days...I'm sure it meant a lot to Doug's sister. And I certainly understand missing your own bed! Glad you had a safe trip.

    1. Thank you kindly, Dianna. Linda did seem pleased that we made the trip to be with her. We were glad we went. But it did take us a few days to recover from that long drive home. :)

  3. I did enjoy seeing the photos from Linda's house and yard, it's a nice place. It's always interesting for me to see where and how people in your homeland live.

    1. I smiled when I read that you are interested in seeing where and how people here live. I'm equally interested in the homes in your country. :)


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