This well worn old friend has stopped acting up, isn't shutting down unexpectedly anymore, obediently doing everything I ask. Like your symptoms disappear when you get to the doctors. It knows it is being replaced.
I could just keep it and assume it will behave while we're on the road (my first instinct). But.....what if it resumes it's wonky ways while we're in the middle of Texas (Dave's sensible side speaks to me). So, I'm biting the bullet and picking up the new baby this week.
I thought I'd show you a few more pictures of our easy and sweet summer while I can still know how to make the blog happen. I know, positive thinking is best in these situations, but.....
And, to get this out of the way first, here's the token picture of Lewis that you-know-who always asks for.....
|the boys watching TV after a hard evening of fishing|
Last week we met my cousin, Amy, and her husband, Bob, at Alex's restaurant in Batavia. She is the daughter of my mother's most beloved sister (both gone now). We lived next door to each other our entire childhood but haven't kept in very close touch since we became adults.
We had a good dinner and got caught up. Bob is retired and Amy will finish work in December. They're going to be snowbirds! Their youngest daughter lives in Florida so they're looking forward to spending more time with her.
The next night we drove 45 minutes back into Batavia to attend a last minute get together celebrating our friend Cindy's 70th birthday. Most of her family and old friends were there and it was great seeing them all again. Her daughter, Melanie, is back in town with her family and Dave and I hadn't met the children yet. Fun! They're beautiful and bright and kept the party hopping!
|Quinn photobombs birthday Grandma|
Little Quinn is very photogenic and she knows it. Every time a camera came out, or she saw someone's phone pointed somewhere near her direction, she posed - you know....just in case.
|three generations of Joe|
(grandpa Joe, dad Joe and little Joey)
Little Joey was preoccupied with birthday party accoutrements most of the time. He had to be convinced, many times, that the gifts were not actually for HIM but for his grandma.
Today we went to the Charcoal Corral (a small, nearby hotdog/ice cream joint) in nearby Perry to stroll around their Farewell to Summer Super Cruise (and to feast on a couple foot long Sahlen's hotdogs and some ice cream). Lots of old cars in various stages of restoration shared the fields with the finest money can buy new cars and a variety of motorcycles.
(no comments, John...)
|Dave looks to see what $135,000 can buy|
|They made them real big in 1965|
|We decided this guy has too much time on his hands.....|
We even saw the fabulous Fred (our friend and house sitter) sitting in the shade next to his big yellow truck!
We're actively getting ready to hit the road. That means going through Beluga's drawers and cupboards to see what needs washing, what cans have expired, what pasta boxes are half empty, etc. Dave has been doing a bit of fixing and fiddling with her also but I'll save that for another post.
I'm always sad, at this time of year, to think about dumping out all our pots of smiling and cheerful flowers. They won't make it through the winter, I know that, but it's always hard to throw things away when they're still so pretty. Sigh.
That's all for now.
|the Diamonds are Dancing|