Thursday, February 11, 2010

Time Away

This'll be my last post for a week or so. Tomorrow, Lana and I are headed up to Arkansas. My mom is still in the hospital and is not doing very well. Lana and I both have next Monday and Tuesday off due to Mardi Gras so we will be staying in Arkansas through that time and we won't have much, or possibly any, internet access. Mostly I'll be at the hospital, I imagine.

It's about an 11 hour drive, depending on weather and such. My brother says the roads are clear now, although they have had quite a bit of snow. There are predictions of sleet and freezing rain, however, which means we won't be driving much at night. I've driven on roads coated with freezing rain and I hope not to have to repeat those experiences.

Even after I get back I may not be posting much through the rest of February. I'm way behind at work, have had almost no time to write, and am just feeling pretty tired at the moment. I'll be further behind when I return. I will update the blogosphere about my mom when I get back.

Take care.
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51 comments:

BernardL said...

No chance of a flight? An eleven hour drive is brutal.

Anndi said...

I've been keeping you and your mom in my prayers, Charles. And I'll continue to do so.

Sending you safe travel thoughts.

I'm hoping you return to us with good news.

**hug**

Paul R. McNamee said...

I'll keep y'all i my thoughts.

jodi said...

Good grief, Charles--take a break! Spend time with you Mom, catch up on work and writing and REST. Don't ya hate it when "life" gets in the way? You and Lana be well, and we will all benefit from the writing that will come from a well-rested you!

Bernita said...

Sounds grim, Charles.
My best wishes and hopes to you and Lana and your family.

Middle Ditch said...

As Bernard said, why not fly? The roads must be pretty treacherous.

Anyway Charles and Lana, I hope that your mum pulls through. Enjoy your stay with her as much as you can.

David Cranmer said...

Safe travels to you and Lana and our thoughts are with your mom.

benjibopper said...

Sounds like a lot to deal with right now - focusing on your mom sounds like the right choice.

Drive safe and take care (of your mom but also yourselves).

ArtSparker said...

Drive carefully. I can relate to taking time off from blogging, there's a fine line between fun and too much. Hope you have a peaceful visit.

Charles Gramlich said...

Bernardl, at least Lana will be along. Flights are so expensive when you try to do them at the last minute.

Anndi, thanks. I appreciate it.

Paul, thanks.

Jodi, I appreciate the thoughts. I'll try.

Bernita, thank you.

Middle Ditch, flight would include renting a car since she's in the hospital in another town a pretty good ways from her home. Plus the cost is just so high. I've made the drive quite a few times although I'm not particularly looking forward to it.

David, Much appreciated.

Benjibopper, certainly. Thanks.

David J. West said...

Best wishes for all of you.

Randy Johnson said...

You guys stay safe and the best to your mom.

laughingwolf said...

safe trip, charles... and prayers for your mom's speedy recovery....

Travis Erwin said...

Stay safe in your travels.

fairyhedgehog said...

Thinking of you.

Scott said...

Charles,

Have a safe trip and I hope all the best for your Mom.

Richard Prosch said...

I know what it's like to have a mom in the hospital. Hang in there Charles. Stay safe!

Lana Gramlich said...

It's sleeting here this morning & there's sn*w in the forecast overnight & tomorrow. Sn*w in the forecast for AR, too. We'll have to be careful & take our time.

the walking man said...

The key to ICE is SLOW way slow, slower than the slowest person out there driving. Travel well and best of outcomes for your mom.

Steve Malley said...

Sweet. Hope everything turns out okay...

Christina said...

Your mom will feel more comfortable with you there. I always want a family member with me when I'm in the hospital. I wish you a safe journey and much love for your family.

Clare2e said...

I wish your mom the best, and that you and Lana have safe travel. Take care of yourselves as best you can, since it sounds like you're already a bit run down.

Don't worry about us. We'll be here whenever you're bright-eyed and bushy-tailed to blog again.

G said...

Good luck and Godspeed.

Leigh Russell said...

Hope your mum's feeling better. Missing you here.

ivan said...

Charles,

For God's sake, be careful.

I used to have to put up weather forecats in code while in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Crypto for blowing snow was BS.
Checked the forecast for Arkansas this morning it was more like Blowing Sh*t.
As they say in Quebec, and maybe Louisiana, Tabernac!
Cross thyself.

sage said...

Travel safely and may this be a special time with you and your mother... All of you are in my prayers

Cloudia said...

Wishing you, Lana, & your whole family the best, Charles. Your comments and posts WILL be missed!


Safe Trip & Aloha, Friends


Comfort Spiral

Travis said...

I hope everything goes ok with your mom. Safe journey.

Charles Gramlich said...

Thanks everyone.

Barbara Martin said...

Have a safe journey, and your mother is in my prayers.

Shauna Roberts said...

Travel safe, Charles and Lana. I hope your mother recovers quickly.

Ello said...

Charles - I hope you and Lana have a safe trip and I will keep your Mom in my prayers. My best to you.

Ocean Girl said...

Take care Charles Gramlich. You and your family are in my prayers.

X. Dell said...

Charles, my best wishes to your mom and your family. I'm hoping for the best possible outcome.

As for getting behind in the semester, I understand that. But hey! Everybody gets caught up in the end, eh?

Avery DeBow said...

I know you're already gone, but I'm thinking of you all. I hope your mother improves and that you get at least a little rest.

H.E.Eigler said...

my thoughts are with you - Safe travelsd

Greg Schwartz said...

have a good trip, and best wishes for your mom.

L.A. Mitchell said...

Be well, Charles and Lana. We'll all be here when things settle for you :)

Erik Donald France said...

Charles, good luck, best wishes and prayers for your Mom.

Rick said...

I wish your family well on this trip and pray that your mom's health gets better. Be safe, friend.

jennifer said...

I pray that you and Lana will be safe as you travel to and from Arkansas. I'm sorry your mother isn't doing well Charles. I pray for her as well.

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

You are in my thoughts, Charles ...

Michelle's Spell said...

Hey Charles and Lana,

I hope everything is okay. Many prayers, my dears. Safe travels and love to your mom.

Jo said...

Aw, take care of yourself, and your Mom too. I'm sorry to hear she is not well.

pattinase (abbott) said...

We'll all be thinking of you, Charles and Lana. I hope things go well.

Gaston Studio said...

Sending prayers for you and your mom Charles. Take care and we'll be here when you return.

Vesper said...

I'm thinking of you, Charles. I hope your Mom is well and that everything is fine.

Demon Hunter said...

You and Lana have a safe trip back and hope your mom is doing better as well.

Merisi said...

Dear Charles and Lana,
I hope the news from your mom are good and your long drive back home went well!
Best wishes,
Merisi

jennifer said...

Checking back in with you Charles. You, Lana, and your Mom were on my mind today.

Charles Gramlich said...

Thanks, everyone. I'm sorry I didn't have a chance here to respond to individual comments but I sure appreciate all the kind thoughts.