In a nutshell….

I am home safe and sound.  I have to give a shout out to Southwest Airlines, they did the absolute best they could and I am sure that looking at the sea of tired, frustrated and upset passengers and explaining the same dilemma over and over again it has to be stressful.  They handled the situation very well.  You couldn’t pay me enough to do their job.

My parents dropped my off at the airport around 1:00 pm on Saturday, giving me plenty of time to eat something and hang out at my gate and relax for my flight at 3:40 pm.  I was sitting and talking to people and after a couple of hours I noticed that I hadn’t seen a single plane come or go.  I thought it was odd, but the board still said my flight was okay.  Then it seemed that the terminal was suddenly packed with people everywhere and then the announcements began.  I had to admit the my insides did a little flip.  The thought of spending the night in the airport was not that thrilling.  Fortunately, I did have family close that I could stay with should that be the case.

Once I boarded the plane, I spotted a seat and as I got closer, I calmly motioned to the older couple that I would like to sit in the spot that was currently occupied by a dead animal….yes, a fur coat.  I am sorry folks, but I became unglued and SNAPPED!  Then these folks told me I had to wait because they “had stuff”.  My reply was, we all have stuff, move the dead animal, this is a FULL FLIGHT!  They just stared at me like deer in the headlights and right then and there I knew things might get ugly if I sat between  these two idiots, so I continued on down the aisle and found better accommodations.  But I was really ticked off.  They were now somebody else’s problem.  You know that feeling when you just want to smack someone, these two were right up there.  I was so mad I even snapped a bad iPhone pic of them.

Basically the East coast and Mid West were a mess.  I was fortunate to leave at 5:20 pm and arrived in Baltimore around 6:30.  I met my family in baggage claim where I was almost knocked over by my son.  They were sights for tired eyes.  The baggage carousel beeped and out came a few, very few, pieces of luggage and then it stopped.  There were only ten of us left and none of us were leaving without our bags.  I think somebody forgot them on the tarmac.  After another hour, and a carousel change, I grabbed my bag and home we went.

It was wonderful to have those extra days with my parents and to enjoy the storm.   I really do enjoy the beauty of watching the world go white and quiet.  I haven’t seen snow in a few years and it was pretty.

As I watch the news I realize how fortunate I was to be able to come home.  So many others are stuck and would be until midweek.

Now for the knitting portion of the event, I didn’t do any knitting until Friday evening when I cast-on for another hat.  I really did visit and relax and enjoy my time away.

It is as my friend Cindy likes to say, bugger freezing cold out there.  Stay safe and warm.


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