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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Catching up

I know, it's been a while. What a reader can glean from my dearth of posts is that I have been pretty busy and that I must like my job. Generally, I would post during a lull in my day. However, the lulls have been few and far between in the old library lately. We are serving about 400 students a day which is a significant increase over the past few years. So, what's been going on?

Mary is doing very well. She has a head of very curly hair. She's still thin, but not so much that one might worry if she is OK or not. She's more than OK. We are rapidly approaching her one-year "birthday" April 29th. Can it be a year already?

Speaking of birthdays, Nora turned 21 on March 6th. We spent months planning what turned out to be a very nice evening out with her friends Mary, Jorie and Elsa and with her adult friends Karen, Dave and Gail, Mom and Dad. We went to El Jardin on the north side of Chicago, drank a few margaritas, ate some awesome Mexican food and then headed down the street to the UberStein for some beer. Nora stayed up north with Mary and Elsa and we came home. All in all it was a wonderful evening. We didn't have the party with the open bar for 30+ which would have cost us a fortune and we were not inundated with a houseful of sorority sisters. Nora had a nice time and so did we.

During the rest of March I was involved with contest play. Last year I had to bail after I designed the set. The play won state. This year I had to stick it out to the bitter end which translates to winning our sectional and taking sixth at state. It was a long haul, but I was paid very well after my twenty or so past contest plays and I had a little fun along the way.

Recently our friend Karen treated us to Rent downtown. I had never seen it other than on cable. It was amazing live. Nora came in for a twenty-four-hour visit. She got a break from sorority life as pledge Mom and even got to do her laundry.

That brings us to Easter and Easter vacation. Aunt Debbie was the first to arrive with Nora, Hubbell and Ellen to follow. It was really fun to have a full house for Easter. Our friend Lee and Fr. Charles joined us for dinner. The true highlight was the road trip with Mary and Rob and Debbie and Ellen and Hubbell and Daisy Grace in the old minivan for a trip to grandma Bette's. We stayed at a Best Wester in the dog room with Ellen and Daisy. It was a challenge. Debbie shared a room with Hubbell. The trip was uneventful. We talked a lot and then listened to a Mary Higgins Clark book on CD. We visited with Bette as much as we could. It was hard with her in the home and us having to ravel to see her. I cooked a meal at Sam and Nancy's. We visited the grave yards. We took a trip to Punxatawney to see Phil and we ended up stopping by one of Bette's old friends, Tucker who took us up to Gobblers Knob. It was very impressive. We also took a drive out to Smicksburg and we saw some Amish plowing their fields with horse teams. They actually sat on the plows behind four horses. Amazing. One row at a time and straight as an arrow. We visited with Paul and Judd. Hubbell and I played golf while Debbie visited with an old friend Kathy, and Mary and Ellen went to the shops with Grandma. Played a lot of guitar on my old travel guitar. We had a few good meals at Luigi's and then it was Hammer Time Home. 8 hrs and only one stop. All in all a great time.

The meeting I am in right now is starting so I'll spell check and sign off. Maybe I'll supplement later.

Peace to you and to those you love.



  • At 6:33 AM , Blogger Nancy said...

    Good to hear from you. Sounds like all is well. Time continues to march on, hard to beleive almost 5 months have passed since we saw you. And then there is Mary's 1 yr. birthday! something to celebrate for sure. We miss you, love to all, and remember we have room at the beach!



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