New Baby and New Knee

What’s new around here??   This  is Emma Claire.  She was born on October 20th.  It’s hard to believe that she’s almost two months old!   Unfortunately, she lives 2000 miles away, so we live for pictures like this one. 

Emma Claire

Emma Claire

Today was her checkup and her first set of immunizations.  Poor baby, I’ll bet she’s a bit crabby tonight.

We left home in mid-October to head to PA for her arrival.  It was snowing as we went through the canyon and we had heavy winds for the entire day.  We spent the first night in a RV park in Amarillo.  The next morning we had problems with our tranny lube pump in the Toyota and had to find a mechanic to look at it.   There was no solution, so we ended up overfilling the transmission fluid to provide additional pressure into the pump. 
We took a side-trip to Dallas to see the King Tut Exhibit.  It was well worth it, and we ended up staying a couple of days to relax from the pre-trip stress.   We stayed in an RV park which bordered a city utility property.  It turned out to be a great place to take walks and let the dogs off leash.  We even saw a bobcat slipping into the under brush. 
After Dallas we headed northeast into Arkansas with the plan to get to PA on October 23rd for Emma’s arrival.  We found a beautiful  state park in Arkansas and had planned to stay a couple of days, but those plans changed when the phone rang at 4:30 am on the 20th to announce Emma’s arrival.   We were parked under trees which blocked our cell phone reception, so I was out in the middle of the campground in my jammies, sitting on a electrical box listening to my granddaughter’s first squalls.  It was a beautiful moment I’ll never forget. 
Camping in Arkansas

Camping in Arkansas

Coon Hound in Arkansas
Coon Hound in Arkansas

While we were setting up, this beautiful dog came out of the woods to play with our dogs.  He was just a puppy, but he had the biggest feet!  Someone had left cans of food at the site for him, so we fed him that night and again in the morning.  He had made a nest out of leaves just a few feet from our site.  I spoke to the park ranger, who told me there were several dogs like this one around.  They chase deer and rabbits and rely on campers to provide a meal now and then. 

We stayed in PA for two weeks and left the day after the election.  On the way south, we stopped at Gettysburg which is something we’ve been wanting to do.    The place is georgeous, and since it was late fall, we practically had the park  to ourselves.  We took the self-guided auto tour, and spent a gentle day reliving our not-so-gentle history.   Steve absorbed the history, and I absorbed the beauty.  I could definitely live in the Gettysburg area. 
A view of Gettysburg

A view of Gettysburg

We got home a few days later than planned, but that’s what makes retirement wonderful.  I had a bunch of stuff to get done for the quilt guild so I could turn over the books and records to next year’s treasurer.   I was furiously making lists to try and keep it organized.  I always feel a great relief when things like that are finally done!   
And then……the next week I had my knee replaced!  (More on that in another post). 

1 Response to “New Baby and New Knee”

  1. 1 Kathryn Fuller December 21, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    Emma is absolutely beautiful!

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