So what’s been happening? We’ve been busy with living, doing whatever happens to us retired folk. There are many distractions, from house projects to travel to hobbies to family to family history, or just foolin around. During this blogging break I did occasionally mull over the moments that I’d want to add to the blog. Some of those posts are still stuck in my head, I guess. But don’t worry…there won’t be any novelettes written in these pages. I thought I’d have some fun with a sample of the past year in photos and keep the rhetoric simple. Here goes with the high spots:
-- The Cleveland Irish Fest with our friends, Mike and Suzanne Flynn, was a super weekend in July of song, reminiscing, tattoos for the ladies, tshirts for the guys and refreshments of our choice.
--- Krissy and I had a lot of fun lapping up all the State Fair offerings. We visited with horses, pigs, llamas, goats, rabbits and other appropriate animals. We perused the handmade quilts, clothes and artwork submissions. And it wouldn’t be right if you didn’t visit the farm equipment. And, of course, we had to try enough fried food to last us another year.
Jerry’s Birthday, September 2:
--- It’s always fun for Tim to get his Dad out acting like a kid. On Jerry’s birthday Tim talked him into taking a spin on one of their ATV’s. These pics remind me of how our roles reverse as we and our children get older. Jerry made a quick trip around the yard and had us all laughing, of course.
Our Wedding Anniversary, September:
--- September 30th was our 15th wedding anniversary. We decided to explore around home for the day, find totally new places to experience. In this picture I'm standing outside Mama Irma’s Peruvian Cafe in Fountain Square. I can’t remember our exact menu choices, but everything was tasty, fresh and fun. The waiter helped us to get a good sampling for our first Peruvian food.
Then, with our tummies full, we took a tour of two downtown Indy spots. The art gallery in an old branch bank was new to us and we saw some interesting local artists’ work. Then, we also roamed through the Midland Antique Mall for a dose of old treasures.
--- What can I say about the chance to visit our good friends, Jerry and Dee Thomas and Mary Jo Wallen. We decided to make this trip to the Southwest by car, taking our time and stopping at a few old favorite places. Besides, Jerry wanted to see Lucas, Kansas, again – the Grassroots Art Center of the world. (In our minds anyway!)
We did notice the difference on this trip in hotels rather than in a motorhome, with your own bed and your stuff. But we found good stopover places, especially our three days in Santa Fe. One very important stop was in Albuquerque, New Mexico to see Mary Jo. We’ve been friends for soooooo long and it’s always good to get some face-to-face time.
Then, we arrived at our November spot with Jerry and Dee, and special four-legged buddy, Jaxon, in Congress, Arizona. We had about three weeks of doing whatever; sometimes just looking at the beautiful desert scenery out our back door. The evenings were filled with laughing and sharing. Always a treat to have time with these nice people and other special RVing friends there at North Ranch. I have somehow missplaced the photos from New Mexico-Arizona 2015. So I’m going to do some flashbacks. These oldies are fun anyway!
--- Then I'm adding a totally clowning, jiggly pic from the other Christmas event. Captured below are my nephew Alan with Krissy (adult cousins in the back), and a few of the youngsters in the Niehaus clan. In the front are my sister Linda’s grandchildren: Eli Marcum, Madison May, Annabelle Marcum and Madelyn Marcum.
--- Lastly for the holiday photos: My sisters and I - Nancy Hurley, Linda May and Marti Fleetwood. We ate to our hearts content, played cards, shared stories and presents and loved our family time.
--- Lin and I took a seven-day cruise to Cozumel, Mexico, Belize City and Roatan, Honduras in January. Saw beautiful undersea sites snorkeling, road a submarine 100 feet down, and toured the fascinating Mayan Ruins. The Caribbean Princess food was fantastic and we had a fabulous time on our sisters cruise. Even played some bingo and musical trivial pursuit on the ship!
--- We escaped the cold for a couple of weeks in February. It was nice to visit Margie (Hurley) in her new home near Orlando. We got to meet her special friend, George and let them show us around their local area.
This Florida escape had another special ingredient. Jerry escorted all of us ladies wherever we chose to go, to good restaurants, for drinks at waterview spots, to shop in quaint places, listen to music or walk on the beach.
March through May, 2016, More Momentos:
--- I’ll bring this year-long post to a conclusion with comments on a pleasant birthday I had in March. Krissy and Darrell (her special friend) created a fantastic meal of baked Tilapia, asparagus with hollandaise sauce and rice with almonds and served Jerry and I at Krissy's place. There was even a special creamy birthday tart with berries.
Krissy and I are still enjoying her gift of yoga lessons together. Mother’s Day and Krissy’s May birthday would be worthy additions to this year’s recap. They all go into our memories vault forever.