Unexpected Company Derailed My Whole Day

United States
January 7, 2016 9:35am CST
I didn't have any time to spend here yesterday as I had unexpected company. My Aunt and Uncle are traveling to Florida for the winter and stopped by to say hello on their way down south. Usually they go to Florida long before this but my Uncle had cataract surgery as well as a double hernia operation so they are about 7 weeks behind in their travels. I was very happy to see them. Both look really good (they are in their 80's) and I can't believe that they still drive all the way from upstate New York to Florida. They do this twice a year and visit relatives in the states they pass through on their trip. Since I was surprised that they were coming I didn't have anything in the house and I would have been better prepared to serve lunch. However, we managed with what I had and I'm happy that they aren't the type of people that expect to be fussed over. We had a great visit, my mom was happy to see them and it broke up the monotony of our normal day. However, it cut into my myLot time and I'm going to be busy again today. Doing my best to get around to everyone and see what's happening in your corner of the myLot world.
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19 responses
@LadyDuck (126807)
• Switzerland
7 Jan 16
Oh my, they still drive a so long way at their age. I have to say that I admire them.
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• United States
8 Jan 16
@ladyduck they are remarkable for their age and not only do they drive but they are probably more savvy with technology than I am
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@jaboUK (51545)
• United Kingdom
7 Jan 16
So they would be your mother's brother and sister-in-law? I wonder why they didn't let you know they were coming, but perhaps they weren't sure of the time that they would get to you. It's great that they can still make such a long journey at their age.
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• United States
8 Jan 16
@jabouk actually my aunt is my fathers sister so she and my mom are in-laws. Usually they let me know a few days before they arrive but this time they were hassled and just anxious to get to Florida. They are amazing for their age and give me lots of hope that I can still be young when I'm in my 80's
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• United States
8 Jan 16
@jaboUK even here there are many in their 80's who are computer savvy and still fulfilling their bucket lists. 80 isnt old anymore
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@jaboUK (51545)
• United Kingdom
8 Jan 16
@Marilynda1225 I'm glad you said that - I'm well on my way there myself
• United States
7 Jan 16
Glad you had company yesterday. It is nice to get visits from family Marilyn. Yes you will catch up here soon enough.
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• United States
8 Jan 16
@tiarasoceanview I"m doing my best today to catch up with what I've missed
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@amnabas (9984)
• Karachi, Pakistan
7 Jan 16
It's good you served them a good meal with available resources.
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• United States
8 Jan 16
@amnabas my aunt & uncle don't expect more than a cup of tea when they stop by but I always feel the need to have more. Usually I have something I can whip up spur of the moment
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• Jacksonville, Florida
7 Jan 16
I am glad the visit went well and you had a nice day! We are always here when you can get here. =)
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@marlina (64991)
• Canada
7 Jan 16
Too bad that they didn't have the decency to call you in advance.
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@amadeo (51319)
• United States
7 Jan 16
Yes,it does sounds lovely there.I am sure that you will get over this.
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@BelleStarr (33929)
• Portland, Connecticut
8 Jan 16
You have given me great hope that in 20 years we will still be driving to Florida too.
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• United States
8 Jan 16
@bellestarr hopefully in 20 yrs we can all still be driving and enjoying life
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@BelleStarr (33929)
• Portland, Connecticut
8 Jan 16
@Marilynda1225 So true, we get no guarantees.
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@just4him (96181)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
7 Jan 16
What fun! They are a lot more important than we are. You can always see what we've gotten ourselves into when you are here.
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• United States
8 Jan 16
@just4him the older I get the less relatives I have to appreciate. Although I was surprised with their visit I certainly enjoyed the company
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@just4him (96181)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
8 Jan 16
@Marilynda1225 I'm glad they are still able to travel as they are. My dad is 84 and in assisted living.
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@LeaPea2417 (16082)
• Toccoa, Georgia
7 Jan 16
It is nice that you got to visit with them , that is a lot of driving twice a year.
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• United States
8 Jan 16
@leapea2417 it's a lot of driving but they have many relatives they visit on the way so it breaks up the trip into days
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@LeaPea2417 (16082)
• Toccoa, Georgia
8 Jan 16
@Marilynda1225 That is nice that they have relatives that they visit.
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• United States
7 Jan 16
I think there comes a time when people don't need to be behind the wheel. We've been behind 'old' people driving on the interstate and they are a danger - either driving too fast or too slow - dangerous either way. That's a long ride...
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• United States
8 Jan 16
@abbygreenhill so far both my aunt & uncle are doing well behind the wheel. I wouldn't be afraid to ride with them. My mom however had to stop driving when she was in her 70's after almost causing a few accidents
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• United States
8 Jan 16
@Marilynda1225 I think over a certain age everyone needs to be tested.
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@Morleyhunt (17487)
• Canada
7 Jan 16
It's all good. I get derailed so often it's a wonder I accomplish anything.
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• United States
8 Jan 16
@morleyhunt my life is one huge derailment
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@Morleyhunt (17487)
• Canada
9 Jan 16
@Marilynda1225 its got to be, having elderly parents in our homes.
@Marcyaz (36014)
• United States
8 Jan 16
They do drive a long ways and should be given credit for that at their age. Wonderful to see family at least once a year even if you are not prepared. I bet you had a great visit with them.
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• United States
8 Jan 16
@marcyaz yes it was nice to see them. If they didn't drive to Florida I probably won't see them at all
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@Juliaacv (24633)
• Canada
8 Jan 16
That was a nice little surprise to brighten your day up! And I am sure that they were looking forward to it as it would really break up the drive. When my parents would drive to Florida, they took 3 days and they drove straight there as they only knew 1 couple who lived in Atlanta, but they didn't always like to stop because it is such a busy city to drive in.
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• United States
8 Jan 16
@juliaacv my aunt & uncle have two relatives in Pa, a son in Virginia and another son in Maryland. They pretty much make their visits on the way to Florida and also on their return trip so we all get to see them at least twice a year
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@garymarsh6 (12353)
• United Kingdom
7 Jan 16
That was nice to have unexpected visitors. Good on them for driving all that way. Blimey it is a long trip but they are being sensible by breaking it up on the way. I have a little secret which is a brilliant stand by. If you have a tin of tuna, pineapple chunks a tin of tomato cheddar cheese some herbs and pasta just throw it all together and have a tuna pasta bake. Hardly any work involved and it tastes delicious.
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• United States
8 Jan 16
@garymarsh6 I"m going to keep that in mind since I will be seeing them on their return trip again before summer
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@DianneN (63119)
• United States
7 Jan 16
I prefer to know when company is expected, but like you, we make the best of it. It must have been lovely seeing them. We take our time driving here, but have to stay in hotels. I know they will love Florida!!!!
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• United States
8 Jan 16
@dianneN my aunt & uncle have been going to Florida for winter for years. They have their own place on the gulf side of Florida and I always have a standing invitation if I ever want to visit. One of these days I'm going to take them up on their offer
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• Preston, England
7 Jan 16
sounds a lovely unexpected visit for you and your aunt & uncle
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• United States
8 Jan 16
@arthurchappell the visit went well and I was happy they stopped by
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@Tampa_girl7 (22256)
• United States
8 Jan 16
Too bad you didn't know ahead of time that they were coming.
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@whiteream (3558)
• United States
8 Jan 16
I hope, if I make it to 80 I am in that good of shape. What a nice surprise you had.