If everything was normal Ellen and I would now be on our way to Laredo, one leg of our Dedicated Route. We have just finished our "weekend" portion of our run which gives us a day and a half at home, sweet huh?
We got up this morning ready to Rock and Roll our way south and actually got into the truck ready to leave when the phone rang. Grandpa Ray passed away this morning. So I told Ellen to go home and take care of whatever she needed to do. Mostly we have to support the kids who were very close to Grandpa and will miss his greatly. Not that I don't care but we still have to pay the bills so Ellen is on her way to Omaha while I carried our load only as far a Dallas where it was relayed with someone who needed to go home and that is in the right direction.
As coincidences would have it, Ellen is scheduled for Surgery on Thursday to correct a Hernia so instead of messing with our dispatchers who try to get us home for such things, Ellen will be staying at home until the Grandpa has been taken care of and the procedures are completed. The nature of our work will not allow Ellen to return to work until she has fully recovered from the Hernia Surgery, no strain can be allowed or things might go awry, so life on the road has to be put on hold.
Right now I am still in Dallas and will be leaving shortly, making my way to Denton (only a short run) to take care of a local load, then I will be off to Tennessee. It has been a long time since I have run on my own - I think I can remember how to do it. Certainly things will be different to running as a team. Take for example, time in the bunk sleeping - no bumping around, which will be very nice. Also there is the paperwork, which I don't mind doing but I don't like it. I am happy doing the truck stuff, you know - working around the truck, checking the equipment and driving, etc. Ellen does the paperwork.
At home over the past weekend, actually it's only a day and a half, I had planned to take care of some yard work. Since we are getting close to the cold season getting the lawn ready is quite a job. I am told, for I have never actually followed a guide to great grass before, that preparation means cutting it short and feeding the grass before it sleeps. Additionally I am supposed to spread a generous amount of seed over the whole area too. Who knew. First though I will have to deal with the Moles which have become very active and have created an underground city around the house complete with large mounds all over the place. Funny that, there wasn't a mole anywhere a month ago.