December 3rd, Denali and I moved into our temporary home in Horgen, a suite in Hotel Schwan. I took him there to keep him out of the way while the movers finished packing and loading the container.
I brought along his favorite bed, but Denali preferred to make a cave under the bed and also won't waste any paper in reach.
|our container - to be reunited in CA|
Crystal chandelier was a new addition to the station Christmas market.
|in front of the Swarovski tree|
of course, there was glühwein involved
|Singing Christmas Tree|
|Christmas Pyramid outside Stadelhofen station|
|cook your own raclette dinner together|
The next day, my stay in Switzerland was really over. My Swiss friend, Petra, and I had lunch together and then she drove Denali and I to the airport. She even helped me get him into his carrier - so much harder to get him into the soft sided one. Since I had three suitcases, a carry-on and Denali in his carrier, it was fantastic that she parked the car and helped me get into the airport. Here we are standing in front of a Christmas tree in the airport. Moments later, we arrived at security and had to say "auf wiedersehen". More tears were involved.
|my travel companion|
The best part about leaving was coming straight to the calm oasis in the chaos of a move: our cottage in Westport. Our neighbor was already anxiously waiting for Denali's arrival and ready to care for him when I took my road trip. Before I got in the car to go to NJ and PA, I made sure the cottage was ready for Denali. He accepted his new pedestal scratching post/condo right away. Since then, he's spent countless hours there.
I spent a few days in NJ staying at Lynn's B&B, then on to Lititz, PA to visit with my parents.
|Jeri and Geoff|
While I was running around the northeast, Tom was based in a temporary furnished apartment in LA. He spent a weekend in a suburb of LA with his brother, Gary, and his family.
|a massive kitchen!|
I got back up to Westport a couple of days in advance of Tom's parents. I needed to have the place look "Christmasy" before then. I tried not to get carried away, but was pleased with the result. If we decide to make it a tradition, it will be a lot easier next time.
I'm glad it worked out that we could have three generations together for the first Christmas celebration in Westport.
If you think I look good, all compliments go to Alicia, my make-up artist for the day. Too bad she doesn't live close enough to help more often!
For some unknown reason, I was called to purchase a holiday sweater for Denali. I don't think it made his holiday, but it was certainly entertaining for the humans. Not to worry, he was only in the sweater for about 2o minutes, but it was definitely worth the $10.
|presents make good seats|
|roast goose with wild rice stuffing and plenty of sides|
The day after Christmas, we hosted Steve and Deb Turner in Westport. Steve's father was Alan's cousin. Tom and Steve are some kind of cousin, but regardless, we enjoy their company.
Tom and I were in the car on the 27th to go back to PA to celebrate my dad's 92nd birthday. Sadly, Mom had fallen on the morning of the 26th making the celebration different than we hoped. We were still able to connect with my sister, Janis and niece, Jess.
Not to let anyone catch up to us, we were on the road again in another couple of days. Back to NJ for a night so we could connect with daughter, Sarah, in NYC on the 30th. She'd asked for Hard Rock Cafe pins to add to her collection (she's a server and bartender). We were happy to provide what we could and she immediately added some to her lanyard.
After a few hours in the big apple, we were back on the road to CT. This time we stopped for a brief visit with our niece, Cathy, and her family. A bit off Rt 95, but a very nice way to break up the drive back to Westport.
|Cathy & Madelyn|
|Tom, Mark & Madelyn|
And one last treat before departure, snow!
I fly to LA tomorrow. Hopefully we will find a place to live soon and the nomadic period will be over!