The vacations over but the time spent at home with my parents and Charlee was wonderful! Charlee and I spent a bit of time driving between Texas, Florida and Alabama with a few stops inbetween. On our way to Texas we detoured through Biloxi to see how much had been restored what we found was a slow building pace but the casinos are back in full swing, a good portion of the shoreline has been cleaned up but a large portion of the houses that were devistated have yet to return. We stayed at the Westin in New Orleans and visited Bourbon Street and of course this particular party place is back to its usual self if you have a chance go and have a good time. Our drive through New Orleans to see what still remains of the damage done by the hurricane is still evident throughout the city and what it looks like to me is that most of the people just took the money and ran with it.
I visited my parents in C.C. and it was great to see them again, both of them are doing well. We had breakfast at their favorite spot every day we were in town Guerra's. A wonderful place to have breakfast and besides where can you go and have a meal for $2.50?
During our stay we had one embarrasing moment when we took everyone out for dinner at a local place that was one of the best places to eat in town. I won't divulge the name of the place but the food was wonderful but they do not take plastic! Boy was that embarrasing having to ask your guests if they have any cash or checks on hand. Oh, the shame of it all!
The last part of my stay at home we had taken our grandchild Kaiya back to the house with us so we could give her mom a short vacation. Having Kaiya around was like having her mother around. What do I mean by that? Well lets say that the mouth kept going until the eyes closed for the evening. She was a non-stop chatterbox but she is a wonderful child in that she was easy to keep tabs on and she listened well and picked up after herself. Best of all she wasn't all that bad of a picky eater, she ate most everything we put infront of her and boy she can eat.
Leaving home was, is the hardest part of returning back to the desert. Kissing Charlee and heading into the terminal was horrible but to make things worse my flight was delayed for one hour due to weather which caused the remainer of my flight back to Kuwait left in a mess. The airlines I had originally had to reschedule me through another carrier which took me five hours longer to return but the good part was both flights were not full, so being able to streatch out in all directions was a plus!
Now being back in Kuwait I am back in the hot winds and blowing sand and now I am awaiting my next rotation so I can be back home again with Charlee.