Painting Trip, Day 13, the Drive Home

(Note – this post concerns Sat, Sep 19, 2015)

My trip is drawing to a close. I slept OK last night but I woke up coughing and realized I was losing my voice. It has to be pure exhaustion. I pushed myself so far beyond what I normally do that I’ll have to pay for it. My weak spot has always been my lungs. If I get a chest cold it goes into bronchitis. And maybe pneumonia. But I did get a pneumonia shot last fall so that shouldn’t happen.

I woke up just before 7:30 am, Tennessee time, which is an hour earlier than Ohio time. As much as I would have liked to gone back to sleep, I needed to get moving.

It didn’t take long to pack up and be ready to go. I loaded everything into the car except my monster suitcase, which is extraordinarily heavy. I left it at the top of the stairs and went to the kitchen to say goodbye to Harriet. She, of course, wanted to cook me an egg for breakfast. What a sweetheart she is!

But I just wanted to get going. Driving is not my thing and I had about 6 hours to go to get home. Not a big deal to most people, but it would be a challenge for me.

Tiny little Harriet actually went up and got my suitcase and loaded it into the car. I couldn’t believe her strength. I wasn’t able to lift that beast at all. I really need to re-think that big case on future trips. It is HEAVY when full of clothes!

Harriet and I said our goodbyes and I was off into the gorgeous Tennessee countryside. The early morning sun was gleaming on the fields and fences as I drove away from the gracious Victorian home where I had stayed the past week. I was reminded how wonderful it is to wander a ways from home and see a bit of the world. You don’t even have to go far to discover new things and have a wonderful time.


As usual, I had my two hour driving rule in place. No stopping and no eating until I have two hours of drive time under my belt! So when it was time, I didn’t see anywhere I wanted to stop! That’s kinda crazy… I always want to stop!

Instead I kept on driving. Driving and driving. Maybe I’m a road warrior after all and don’t know it. Wouldn’t that be a hoot!

Really, I had plenty of snacks in the car so all I did was pull over at a regular rest stop to go to the ladies and unload some food from the trunk. A diet coke, a can of tuna salad, some chips and cheese… hey, I’m all set. I even had a pack of famous Amos chocolate chip cookies. Who could ask for more?

It was no time at all and I was almost back to Cincinnati. Rain clouds were letting loose overhead but now I’m back in my own stomping grounds. Nothing like heading to home sweet home.

I was still going strong when I hit the outer edges of Dayton, so I stopped at the grocery for a few things. I know when I get home I’m gonna crash and I may not want to venture out for a couple days. I got my usual staples… deli ham, sliced cheese, a half-loaf of bread and a pint of milk. I got some hot chicken soup from the deli for good measure. What’s better than chicken soup when you need recharged?

I made it home about 4pm and was glad to see my simple little apartment waiting for me. Only one more round of “schlepping” and all my stuff will be back inside where it goes.

What a fun trip!

I spent two weeks on the road, saw a lot of beautiful country, made new friends, learned a bunch about the painting I love and made it back home safe. All is well.

Truly, all is well.

Thanks to all who read here for taking this journey with me. Hopefully, when I resurface in a few days, I’ll be a painting fool. Can’t let all this new “learnin’” go to waste!

paint brushes

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marcy
    Sep 21, 2015 @ 21:28:17

    Awesome trip you had. I love reading your blogs & can totally relate to your stories. Let me know next time you’re going on a painting trip as I may want to sign up with you. Haven’t painted for a while but you are inspiring me.


  2. Patti
    Sep 22, 2015 @ 01:40:41

    I certainly agree with Marcy…..loved reading them all….wishing I lived closer. Glad your home safe! ~ Patti ❤


  3. Becky
    Sep 22, 2015 @ 09:46:24

    Glad your home safe! I admire people like you- I don’t know that I would be that strong to do so many things/adventures all on my own-Yes, driving is a piece of cake for me being from Michigan and now that we have GPS on our phones, there really is no excuse to not know where you are going and how to get there. Living my life for me is something I haven’t done because I have a husband, (You know, taking care of everyone else) but the older I get and go…I can see that happening! I do however love those grandkids and yes for me that is how I choose to spend my time. Having outside interests such as painting like you, I do not have. I envy that but don’t know, that I could travel to Europe like you did all by myself to take classes. I would have to force myself to do things-no one knows it but I am kind of a recluse! I so enjoyed reading about your journey!
    oxo Becky


  4. dozernation
    Dec 13, 2015 @ 07:58:14

    I have an extra GPS since your phone is as fancy as mine. It usually isn’t a bad thing to get sidetracked on trips but sometimes you want to get there quicker.


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