This New Years, like many others in the past, we spent out-of-state. We usually are on the annual family vacation but regretfully we had to attend my husband’s grandfather’s memorial service, which was being held just outside of Detroit, MI. We left East Tennessee bright and early on Friday Dec 28 for our 8-9 hour drive north. The rain showers that had hit the south a few days prior headed north and turned into some very snowy conditions. Fortunately, we missed all the bad road conditions and just got to see the pretty aftermath of snowy landscapes. Along for the ride were my brother-in-law and his girlfriend. 4 people packed into the little toaster “Honda Element” made for good times 🙂 Naw, it wasn’t that terrible and the time passed by rather quickly, I didn’t even take a catnap. I wasn’t sure how the toaster would do in snowy conditions but to my surprise it did really well and got us all there safe and sound about 9 pm that night. After dinner we all settled into our hotel room for the night.
The memorial service was early the next morning, so no sleeping in that day. We all arrived at the funeral home at 9:45 am and the service began at 10:00. It was an exceedingly pleasant service and many friends and family attended. My mother-in-law, along with others, gathered pictures of her dad and had them placed around the room. That was uplifting to see all the fun things he had done in his life. It was also good to see some old faces again. Following the service the family held a luncheon at a local Italian restaurant. They had tremendous food I would go there again just to have dinner. It was a good day and everything went better than I had planned.
Over the next few days we toured the city and of course did the Michigan thing to do, eat. We ate and ate, I was stuffed the whole time but I wasn’t complaining at all because it was some good food. We had to stop and get a hot dog at one of their well-known Coney Island’s, yummy. We took a tour of Detroit’s Greektown. While there we ran into my husband’s Uncle from his father’s side of the family. I had never meant him and his family before so it was a nice surprise. During of time in Michigan we hung out with his Uncle a few times. Once we all had dinner together, another time we hit up the arcade with the children, and even caught a local hockey game.
New Years Eve was spent at his uncles and aunts home (mother’s brother’s) outside of Detroit. His aunt cooked a lovely dinner and we had a few drinks and shot some pool in their basement. Of course we didn’t make it the whole time to watch the ball drop but we had a nice time just catching up but we had to hit the bed early because we had to pack and leave the next morning. The ride back home went well, other than many places being closed due to it being New Years day. We did get to stop by a Cabelas which we do not have locally and I have never been able to visit. My husband had a field day there and shopped for 2 hours, but so did I 😉 The weather on the drive home was almost ideal until we hit Tennessee then there was thick fog. After we passed Jellico, TN and got out of the top part of the mountain it was a smooth sailing all the way home with just a bit of a small rain fall. We arrive home about 11:00 pm. Tired and drained from the drive we hit the bed and didn’t unpack too much. It was odd to have just one animal in the house. The house cat, Heidi, was very happy to see us; I guess she got bored all alone for a few days. The next day I would have to pick all the other fur babies from their boarding places and Mr. Mal from granny’s house, he is a bit spoiled.
We had a great time but it was nice to finally be home after weeks of travel and get back to normal life.