It’s quiet at home, but I’m glad to be back.

The international flight was delayed a good bit, so my layover in Houston was longer than expected, going on 5 hours, as I recall. Though the pilot made up some time, it was still almost 10 a.m., local time, when I walked out of customs and immigration.

I went to catch the bus home, and was delighted to learn another bus was scheduled for 11 a.m. Else, I would have gotten the 1 p.m. bus, which would have meant waiting for 3 hours instead of one.

Our good friend and mechanic picked me up in front of the Vale Sul mall, not far from his shop. He had kept the car while we were gone to start it at times and to take care of a few odds and ends. As a computer whiz, we’d also left the home and office PCs with him, which were ready as well.

I came in, hooked up the home computer, sent a note to family and friends about my arrival, took a nap (30 min.?), then showered. I bought a few fruits at the store, then got a veggie sandwich at Subway’s. From there to ask what I needed to renew my Brazilian driver’s license.

Am making my to-do list for the rest of the week, but I’m going to take it easy getting caught up. No need to get bent out of shape. Ah, that reminds me, I could use a massage after this trip. Any offers?

The dogs are still at the sitter, where they’ll remain until DW and DD return. Guarantees a quiet time for now. Only the gurgle of the aquarium and the whir of the computer fan. Enough to make the eyes heavy.

Oh, and it’s cold! Was 53 F in Sao Paulo when I arrived this morning. WeatherCity says it’s 52 now, at 8 p.m. Gonna get cold tonight, sleeping alone in our bed.

What do you think?