Home at last. I love my visits to babysit the eldest grandson. I truly appreciate that they trust me with him so completely and that they appreciate my helping out. I am glad to be home though. After almost 8 years of living here in the mountains, the city makes me restless. At night here, we have total darkness, billions of stars and quiet, only night animal sounds. Their apartment complex has bright flood lights on the end of each building shining on the parking lots, Sodium Vapor lights in the courts, lighting the walkways and the apartment is never totally dark. They live near the street end of the complex with one row of buildings between them and a busy Northern Virginia road, so there are automobile, truck and emergency vehicle noises all day and night. After a few days up there, the city lights and noises don’t bother me as much as when I first arrive, but I am glad to be back in the rural mountain quiet.
It was spring break and the District of Columbia attracts tourists, so grandson’s and my visits to the museums and the zoo were frought with thousands of people. For the first time in the 3 years they have been there, the volume of people was so high that we had to wait in a block long line to get in the Natural History Museum. We had hoped to get a glimpse of the just delivered T Rex bones in the fossil lab, but they weren’t visible anywhere that we were allowed and there were so many other folks there because that display is about to be closed for a 5 year renovation, that we couldn’t even see the displays. Grandson wanted to go to the SPARKS lab in the American History Museum and it is closed until next year for renovations. There is a lot of renovation going on at the Smithsonian.
This was the crowd waiting to get in when we left at 2:45 p.m. on Friday.
We stayed so busy that I never even opened my spinning wheel, knitted, or took my carders out of my suitcase. I did read a book and a half though.
My journey home was uneventful, fortunately. The weather was good, the traffic tolerable. My first task after greeting hubby and the pups, and unpacking and checking on the chickens, was to put fresh clean sheets on the bed. It will be a delight to sleep in my own bed tonight and have crisp clean sheets too, they needed changing when I left.