It Is Good To Be Home Again

Me and my husband had to take a trip up to Michigan again. We rented a car from Enterprise for the trip as my car is almost 20 years old now and about to fall apart.

The car was a Chrysler 200 and it was a really nice car. It took some getting used to though as it is a bit bigger than my little Toyota.

We left on Wednesday and got more than halfway before we stopped for the night. We stayed at a Hampton Inn again this trip. It was not quite as nice as the one we stayed in before. Read my review of the Hampton Inn in Roseville, MI for more info.

The one were in before was almost brand new. This one was older but was very clean and the folks there were extremly helpful and all very polite. The breakfast was good too.

We went the rest of the way up to Livonia, MI on Thursday and stayed at another Hampton Inn off Haggerty Road. It was very nice too and the breakfast was ok.

The traffic was horrendous. I think all city people must be at least slightly insane.  The ones who drive anyway. You have to be a bit nuts to keep putting up with all that traffic.

Of course I don’t like driving at the best of times. Even here in the country I would rather not and in heavy traffic I like it even less. I’m amazed we came through there without getting into an accident.

We came back on Friday. This time we drove straight through and got home about midnight.

And of course my stepkids are mad at us because we didn’t drive on up to Flint and visit them. They were going to have the grandkids there but not till late in the afternoon on Friday. We had to have the car back by noon Saturday or we would have to pay exta.

We don’t have extra. We spent a lot more money than we should have on the trip as it was. And my chickens would have run out  of food too.

I think there was a lack of communication there between my hubby and the kids as to planning. If they had talked more we might have changed things around before we left. Too late now.

I’m glad to be home anyway. I will get back to my regularly scheduled blogging and tweeting and facebooking over the next few days.

I have to clean up the mess the dogs made of the house first!



Hampton Inn on Gratiot Ave. in Roseville, Michigan

The Hampton Inn on Gratiot Avenue in Roseville, Michigan is a wonderful place to stay. We only stayed there one night and didn’t get to use all the amenities. They have a gym and a swimming pool that we didn’t get to use. I wish we had been able to stay an extra day. Next time maybe.

We got there late in the evening as well and they didn’t have any rooms with single beds left, so we had a room with two huge beds. We only used one of them but it was nice to have two…just in case. Each bed had 4 pillows! 4! I really really liked that.

The info sheet they leave in the room said that was so you could pick the firmness you liked best. The pillows ranged from really soft to really firm. I liked the middling firm one myself. My husband goes more for soft. So we were both happy. The duvet on the bed was really nice too. You can actually buy those! They are pretty expensive but really nice. You can see them on the Hampton Collection site.

The room had a big flat screen TV which my husband really liked. It also had a microwave and a small refrigerator which we didn’t use. It had internet access as well. If we had a laptop we could have gotten online and done our emails from the hotel!

My husband was excited to get a newspaper the next morning. He wasn’t aware that was part of the package. They also had a breakfast in their lobby. The coffee was really good. The food was ok but not great. They had some small cheese omelets and sausage. They also offered breads of different kinds and fruit.  They people working there were very nice.

This was the first time in almost 20 years that I have stayed in a hotel. It was much nicer than I expected. I enjoyed it very much and would not at all mind doing it again!

The Weary Traveler Returns

The weary traveler returns after a very long trip.  The trip was to Michigan. Only the lower part of Michigan though. The highest we got was Saginaw. That took more than 12 hours of driving. Not sure how much more than 12 hours as we also stopped for refueling both ourselves and the car.

A very long and stressful drive for me. Being a country girl and not used to city or even highway driving. The drivers in some of those cities must be totally nuts. They seem to have no idea that they are actually pushing around several thousand pounds of metal.

A few of them seem to think that a little bitty 4 wheel pile of metal can take on a huge 18 wheel pile of metal and win. There is no wonder the death rate from traffic accidents is still high. The vehicle manufacturers have done a lot to help…but I can’t think of anything they can do to cure stupidity.

Upon arriving home one of the first things we did was turn on the computers. And guess what? No internet!! The cable company should be extremely grateful that their offices are 15 miles away. As it was all they got was a phone call. If they don’t get their act together though…I have a great source of rotten tomatoes!

I will be posting a few things about the trip later. Right now I need to check my email. It is probably full. Three days without my computer. No blogging. No email. It was awful. And wonderful. I’m glad to be home.

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