Thursday, August 25, 2011


It's a season of change again in our household.  First let me start off by saying my Mother continues to heal and recover from what every doctor has told us is one of the most extensive surgeries a person could ever have.  Total recovery may take up to a year, but I have seen her make great strides this week.  We have one more specialist to see this afternoon, and then we should have a clearer picture of the road to her recovery.  Prayers for her, if you are so inclined would be appreciated.

Now.........for some even bigger news.  It saddens me to leave behind a partnership with my BFF Cori, but I have decided to go back on the truck with Craig. I leave Cori with a full inventory of products which we amassed over the past year, and plenty of orders for dress forms to keep her busy for some time.  Of course you know I'll be visiting there every few months as I did in the past, and will be assisting with creative ideas and a pair of hands willing to get dirty to work on a few projects.

 Many reasons prompted the decision to go back on the truck, but the main one was Craig and I missing being with each other everyday.  Also, with being on the truck, it is an easy drop off and pick up in Modesto anytime I need to be there for my Mother during her recovery.  Additionally, when Craig was dropped off in Modesto for his vacation, Roy informed him that his son in law was back in town and was going to team back up with him, hence leaving Craig back as a solo driver.  Trust me when I say this, Craig was not the least bit disappointed.  All in all I think it is a win/win situation for everyone concerned.
 So now I have even more great news to tell you.  See that brand new, still having the plastic wrap in the interior truck #350 parked there?  Yep, that is our new home on the road.  After almost 6 years of living in previously used trucks with Craig, (with two of them previously used by smokers.....YUCK!),  I will finally have a new truck to live in.  This is getting to be old hat for Craig, since he was just given one about 5 months ago while team driving with Roy, but when he called to say he was going back solo, they said he would be given a new truck.  I was so excited.
The plan is for me to drive our pickup back up to Washington, shortly after the Labor Day weekend, with a short stop in Walla Walla, and then onto Usk to check on our house and collect our mail.  Then Craig will ask for a run through Spokane where I will hop back onto the truck with my belongings and once again, report back to you through the blog, with our adventures out on the road and my perceptions of life viewed from the passenger seat.  I can't wait!


Anonymous said...

Once again looking forward to the pics from the road and the tales. Nice truck after years of service on of the perks.

Anonymous said...

You will have to tell us out of all of the trucks which is the best. From your boat hauling days to now.

Anonymous said...

It just goes to show you have true happiness with Craig. You belong together as a team everyday. Will look forward to your beautiful pics again of your travels in your brand spankin new truck!!

Prayers going out for your Mom's speedy recovery.


all things bradbury said...

i am so excited about this news!....first of all we are tickled pink to know your mom is doing so well....& then pink again over you being back on the truck!..i know it musta been hard tho to decide not to work with cori full time tho too....congrats on the new truck....dinner at dos amigos is on us first time we can catch up with ya!

Mark Krusen said...

Great news all the way around. I too am looking for your pics. I'm glad your mom is recovering. Enjoy your new ride.

Belledog said...

I would consider this progress. Although you and Cori have made some beautiful articles, and can presumably do so again.

Really liked your accounts and photos from the road.

Good luck out there anew.



Txjerry2 said...

I am sorry about your and any age and for any reason is no fun. I will be straight forward I liked the blog best when you were on the road with Craig. I have not checked in for a while so I am glad I did today to hear all about the changes in your lives. As the others have said I think you two work pretty well together. The only team is you and Craig. Good to have you back.

DIANE said...

Anon - Thanks , am so looking forward to taking photographs again, and will certainly blog about the different trucks we have had over the years.

Barb - I know you know what's it like to be married to your best friend and then be parted. I'm so blessed to be able to spend more time with mine.

RuthAnn - I already sent you a message regarding this, but Dos Amigos here we come!

Mark - Have so missed hearing from you. I hope you and yours are doing well.

Belledog - I consider my time spent with Cori as just a chapter in my book of life. Am looking forward to writing many many more.

Txjerry2 - I'm so happy you check back. I've gotten a lot of comments like yours. Life truly was happiest out on the road and I'm looking forward to blogging all about it. Welcome back!


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