Weird subject line, isn’t it? I agree, but it really is what the subject is.
After talking to others in my same age range with aging parents, I have to say I’m lucky. I’m very, very lucky both to have my mother still here on this earth with me and to actually like spending time with her. And I also have a great mother-in-law too, so I’m doubly blessed. I hear horror stories of parents in homes, parents who are highly dependant and have to live with the family – not that this is a bad thing, I think having older generations in the same house as a great thing for kids to live and learn to appreciate who their grandparents are as people. Note to self, have more family time with folks :o)
Anyway on to the subject at hand. Mom had a Dr’s appointment in Atlanta at Emory – the very same place I had my surgery back in 2007 (has it been that long?) so knowing the area was key to getting her there in one piece. Driving through ATL can be a challenge on a good day and impossible on a bad day. This was a good day.
I worked ½ a day and then picked mom up and had a nice lunch at Olive Garden (soup and salad – yum!) then headed north. We only made one other stop and got to Emory right on time – literally – got there at 2pm for a 2pm appointment. Hum should have planned that a bit better, eh? Either way, they didn’t look at us funny. Mom got in and out fairly quick for a large teaching hospital.
Now, if we headed home, we would get into traffic of schools, work, etc, so *I* had made some plans to go thrifting while there in a LARGE town.
The run down:
1. Finders Keepers (2134 N Decatur Road) – clothing, just clothing and nice clothing.. but tiny clothing. Not for me, thanks.
2. Last Chance (2525 N Decatur Road) – HUGE goodwill sort of place. Tempted by one console table. Good prices, but nothing screamed buy me
3. Buckhead Thriftique (800 Miami Circle #1600) – looked to be very nice – why I headed that way to begin with… but they were CLOSED at 4pm – what the heck?
a. Side stops here included one place with a moving sale banner that drew us in. Very nice, very high end, nothing there for me.
b. Antique Asian Market with a cart in their roll up door (picture forthcoming when I get home)
c. Note to self, this road is KILLER with shopping!!
4. Last Chance (yes this is another!) (5488 Peach Tree Industrial) same as the last one, smaller building with a very tempting hotel close out store next door, however, we were running out of daylight and due to NOT knowing the area and shopping thrift, not something I wanted to do in the dark, thanks!
5. My Favorite Place (5596 Peach Tree) right down the road from the last and the mother load of all fun things. My whole childhood was in this store… and some of mom’s too. Found a lunch box like Dad’s old metal one he took to work every day of my childhood… old rotary phones – the big black ones that I would love to have hooked up now in a house just for giggles. My mother-in-law has one in her kitchen that I just LOVE in a green. Had the wall one I found in this store been anything other than tan, I think I would have been more tempted to buy it just to mount to the wall (we don’t have a land line!) There was soooo much in this store it was scary and so much fun!! By far the best place to end our thrifting trip. Mom even purchased something at this one too – a nice solid rooster made of cast iron and metal – very nice one too. What did I purchase? Nothing – the whole trip – nothing was purchased by me… how very sad, eh? Not really, I have enough projects to last me a year.
The drive home was adventurous too. We ran into traffic on 285 just as we hit 85 – so I zipped over on 85 across to 75 south and zipped right along in the HOV lane (carpool) until we were just south of ATL and saw a warning of “all lanes blocked” at Cleveland street.. Where IS Cleveland Street? Not a clue… so I see the sign, just as I see a lot of solid red so I continued on 85 around the airport…. However, not before I noticed the “all lanes” was only in reference to the actual Cleveland exit… 75 was clear as a bell, drat it. Oh, well, just a few more miles out of the way and around the airport… zipped back over on 285 to 75 and headed south… doubled my miles the whole way – but better than sitting in a parking lot, I guess.
All in all a great day!!