Monday, August 3, 2020


My camera is collecting dust in the corner.  I find I use my phone for the few pictures that may be interesting to you or something we haven't already seen 15 times in the past.   Summer is passing by, one day at a time.      I'm still cooking all our meals.   We did finally go out for a burger yesterday but when we saw "others" using the outdoor tables at Tom Wahls in Avon, we couldn't do it and ended up eating in the Jeep.    So much for eating out.    The Lakeside Cottage Bistro will continue to be our favorite restaurant.   The food is good and the ambiance suits us.

Pork Wellington with mustard sauce and Sweet Potato/Rutabaga Mash with Sage and Garlic

August 1 was our 50th wedding anniversary.     Sweet Dave surprised me with a sentimental gift (after we decided NOT to buy gifts), a proof 1970 fifty cent piece set in a simple gold bezel to wear around my neck. 

He was wonderful then, and he's wonderful now.   I'm a very lucky woman.

were we ever that young?

Our day was spent quietly, the way we like it - together.    Some beautiful flowers arrived for us and Judi (my maid of honor way back then) brought us a cool personalized gift.   We're lucky, Dave and I.

Jesse and Erin sent this bouquet

Cindy P dropped off this beautiful bundle while I wasn't looking!

Thanks Judi!

The weather has been up and down, mostly hot.    Some nasty storms have rolled through but haven't stayed long.

the skies were dramatic

couldn't see across the lake

and then it withdrew

Dave is busy downstairs.  The walls are up and he's in the "mud" phase right now.   Rock and roll is blaring and he's grooving.

Lewis is fine now, at least we hope he is.    Almost two weeks ago he had surgery to remove a small mass on his eyelid and another, more worrying one, in his mouth.    They were biopsied but we haven't heard anything back yet.    Finger's crossed everyone.....

 He is such a good dog.   He accepted the horrible cone without complaint.   He couldn't get up the stairs from outside with it, however, and we had to remove it before we took him out to "get busy".
Since he was so very obedient and accepting we decided we could put him in a much more comfortable restraint after the first day.   An inflatable donut  collar would make it more difficult for him to reach his eye with a back foot.   To make it even more difficult I put a bootie on his foot.....he didn't shake it, bite at it or pay any attention whatsoever to these embarrassments.    "if you want me to wear these things, I'll do my best"     He always gives us his best.

I actually think he enjoyed having his own special pillow that went everywhere with him.      He's past all that unpleasantness now, no more bootie, no more collar, no more soft food (although I know he loved the scrambled eggs I made for his breakfast).

That's our August so far!


  1. Congratulations!!! 50 years! You guys looked like babies, great picture! :) Fingers crossed for Lewis. Hope he's ok.

  2. Yes indeedy, fingers are crossed for Lewis' biopsy results. It's amazing that he would tolerate a bootie. Congratulations on the 50.

  3. Happy Golden Anniversary!!!
    Dave is definitely getting the basement project into shape ... well done Dave!
    Surprised how well Lewis tolerated 'The Cone'. Trust he's back to his old self.

  4. Congratulations on your 50th Anniversary. Rooting for many more.
    Nice to see Lewis is adjusting well.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  5. Love your necklace that Dave had made. Always the perfect romantic. Sounds like a very nice day celebrating together. Good to hear Lew has gotten rid of his discomforts. Now fingers and toes crossed for good news!! Dave is making great progress in the downstairs. Two mudders would make it go much faster...just saying:) The lake is so nice with all its faces.

  6. Greetings Dave and Sue, congratulations on so many wonderful years together! I'm sure Dave is enjoying the basement project, I sure would. Best to Lewis, the coolest doggie ever!

  7. Wow, 50 years! You are the epitome of a happy and long marriage a great example for us who are so way behind in many years.
    Love that necklace, Dave knows how to continue brightening your days and years.
    Poor Lewis, I am crossing my toes and fingers you get good results.

  8. Congratulations on fifty years! You guys have the kind of relationship so many people aspire to. It's truly wonderful. Love the necklace and all the beautiful flowers. Don't love the news about Lewis. Poor puppy. Those veterinary issues are never fun. I'm glad to hear the inflatable collar worked. We've never had any success with those cones. The dogs just look so pathetic and miserable, we take them off and just supervise. A donut would be a nice compromise solution. All fingers and toes are crossed here for good news on the biopsy. Stay well, you two!

  9. Happy Anniversary, dear friends! Your delight in sharing life together is infectious. That's the kind of pandemic we need! A pandemic of love and kindness and joy and generosity. :-)
    We're sending a big hug to you two, and to dear Lewis. Stay well, all of you.

  10. Happy Anniversary you two love birds!’s to many more! Wonderful memories shared and hopes of many more to make sure make for a wonderful life!

    Poor Lew...glad he is all better and hope the biopsy is negative and you hear the results soon.

  11. Happy Anniversary! What? No ponytail on your wedding day? LOL Wishing you another 50 years of adventure and fun together... Ingrid

  12. 50 years?! You guys were just babies when you got married. How amazing and wonderful to have someone that special in your life. I hope Lew is okay and glad you found a solution to the cone. Will keep my fingers crossed that they were just poodle lumps and bumps.

    1. Oh and this is Sherry in MT btw.

    2. finger's crossed for poodle lumps and bumps! I didn't know there was such a thing, but I'm voting for them!

  13. So lovely to be on the water for the summer, something we're very much missing this year! Happy Birthday and Anniversary. I think your gifts were much better than Lewis' :-) But he's so tolerant of of the silly things his humans insist on doing to him. I love that he won't go in the water if one of you is swimming! Looks like the basement project is coming along - Dave sure is talented :-)) Glad you're all safe and healthy in your little piece of paradise!