Sherry’s dad and my mom were still alive, and we got a chance to spend time with them. visit our brothers and sisters and just kick back, no real obligations for ten days.
Before leaving for Cuba 3 1/2 years previous, we had given my dad our newer ‘68 Chevy. Since Mama did not drive she insisted Sherry and I take the car back, so we did and did not spend our money on the ‘New Monte Carlo’ I had wanted to buy.
(Our speed limits were changed)
So far in life Sherry and I had not accumulated any furniture. So, with our saved wealth we drove to Lenoir, NC and started shopping in the furniture stores. We found out that they would hold the furniture until we had a house in Albany and they would deliver it.
(Now after about 4 years, speeding up is tough!)
We were sorta like kids in a candy store. We bought a beautiful dining room suit, a living room suite and THREE MASTER BEDROOM SUITES. The BR suits were the foolish things. We were not thinking of the small rooms in government housing. A couple of the places we lived we barely could get the furniture in the boys rooms, and them have room to move around. .
We also bought a TV with REMOTE control (WOW). Sherry had always wanted the boys to play music, so we bought a piano too.
We have always been frugal with money but when we got to Albany (Pronounced All’ beeny) we learned the base was due to be closed and we would be moving to Key West, FL. But we still bought the boys motorcycles to race, we bought us a travel trailer to live in until we got housing, and bought 5 acres of land (Knowing we would not be here but a few months, that one seemed stupid).
Hint, we did not even know Plains, GA existed, but it was only a few miles from Albany.
We were still having a great time. After reporting in. It wasn’t long until we were assigned Gov’t Quarters, I started teaching and the boys entered the moto-cross competition. Sherry did not look for a job knowing we would be leaving in a few months.
So we are settling back into the fast lane in mainland USA. Where you can drive 65mph some places.
Paula asked what Sherry fixed for that Thanksgiving meal I messed up in GITMO. She had a big ham and actually saved some of the turkey, soaked in gravy.