|French Balance Scales|
(the website's photo)
Back to the trip. If you have read my blogs over the years, you may remember that I have had a rather rocky relationship with my husband's family over the years.
I did a lot of research, and I wrote about what constitutes a toxic relationship in several posts on my previous blogs.
If you missed these posts, here it is in a nutshell: anyone who makes you feel bad about yourself or lesser than what you know yourself to be -- you need to put some distance between you and that person or people. (And by the way, that goes for certain bloggers, too, not just family and friends.)
|FORCE is the brand name. This is the maker's stamp.|
In the last few years, I relented (a little) and met them on neutral ground for short visits because my husband asked me to. Having been through the whole aging parent scenario myself and having been a peripheral part of the same thing with other older relatives, I know it is one of the hardest things in life for anyone to deal with -- watching your strong parent become the one who has to be taken care of.
|Breaded fish tacos|
So off we went, driving through a veritable monsoon through Houston, and spent four days with them. I did feel it was a great imposition on them even when they insisted it wasn't. Neither one is very mobile now, which is hard to see since both were always fit and athletic. The night before we left, my FIL fell at 4 a.m. and my husband had to pick him up. He was rattled to the core.
|Sweet Husband and The Colonel|
|Sweet Husband and some sort of folk figure, I suppose.|
Right after we left heading home, my father-in-law had to go to the hospital, and now the family is having the inevitable discussions about how it is probably the time for moving closer to one of the kids or assisted living, etc.
|My MIL's father is the one who found that old nail in an old board on the beach.|
I told my husband I would make this trip with him so he could have this visit, but I also wanted a little vacation time on the back side because it would probably be my last road trip before I get involved with the knee surgeries. A long car trip with prolonged periods of sitting is very, very hard when you have sore joints and severe arthritis.
|Chile con queso|
at La Gloria
When I vacation, I like to shop and see things I don't see in my daily life. I like to look at fine antiques, especially European ones, visit interesting bookstores, art galleries and museums, and sample a lot of good food and wine, the taste of which is not the quotidian. That is exactly what we did for several days on the way home. We had a good time, and found a couple of things for the house along the way.
|...but it kind of gets lost on the black granite!|
So, I put a board under it:
|I think this one was probably used by a produce vendor.|
The French balance scale from Fireside Antiques in Baton Rouge has found a home in my kitchen.
The other thing we found is a French elevation drawing from Inessa Stewart in Baton Rouge.
This rode home on the back seat, covered with a cheapo clearance curtain panel from Pier 1, atop the ice chest and my largest suitcase.
|The Master Hanger looks like he is giving thanks it didn't fall!|
|Here it is in context.|
|So hard to get a good picture when I shoot toward the light.|
|We think it fits in wonderfully well.|
That hall tree came from Fireside, too.
Some of you asked me what I bought in Fairhope -- well not much, because there was not a lot of room left in the car! I have never known the meaning of packing light -- rather, it looks like The Royal Progress when I go anywhere! Since we had already acquired that huge heavy picture which took up the whole back seat and the scales which were pushed way up in the boot of the car behind the luggage, there was not room for much else. All I bought in Fairhope was one of the wicker candles (in "French Basil") which you already saw in Aubergine and two pretty French linen dish towels (in blue and white) also from Aubergine because it was all I could put in my suitcase!
I enjoyed sharing my road trip, the bloggers meeting, and some of what I saw along the way with you in the last few posts. I always like to read about your trips, too -- there is a lot to be said for armchair travel, don't you think? Do you watch Anthony Bourdain on CNN?
Linking up to some parties tomorrow!
Susan for Metamorphosis Monday
Nita at Mod Vintage Life for Mod Mix Monday
Brenda at Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday