Sara, I thought it was other Sara who was depressed...?
Jaimee, sorry about your garden. I would be pissed, too.
I think most people over 50 just don't travel well! Wait.... my parents travel all the time. Okay, they just don't travel to their kids' houses well..???!! My parents don't like to come here. So we have to pack up all 6 of us including baby monitors, white noise machine, dog and food, snacks, sippy cups, all the kids' crap, etc etc etc and drive 1.5 hrs to them. Then, we have to make up beds and couches for everyone. Oh and figure out a safe way to have Jasper in the very tall guest bed. I don't get it!! I know one reason is that my dad can't just sit in front of the tv all day when he is here.
It doesn't cost us anything to go at least. But 1.5 hrs is just far enough that we won't really go for the day.
Joanie, my mom always says they barely know Jasper. I've asked a couple of times if they could keep him overnight, and she always says "When he knows us a little better."