Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Lots of Visitors

The month of July has been very busy. In between visitors, Hubby and I went to the "Thunder Over Michigan" air show in Ypsilanti sponsored by the Yankee Air Force. ( A group of military airplane enthusiasts) The Blue Angles performed for us. I love the sound of a jet overhead. Afterwards I even got the autograph of one of the pilots.

Jim's wife and their son, Dante came to visit. We took them to Greenfield Village and Dante was excited to try the stilts. They have an area where kids can play with toys popular 100 years ago. He also was very excited to ride the train. On Sunday, Amy came with her kids and they all had a rousing game of "Lets Fall out of the Hammock."

Friday, July 24, 2009

Getting Ready for Dante

Tomorrow my grandson, Dante, is coming to visit. I vacuumed every surface because he is allergic to cats. Gretel, John and Amy have cat allergies as well. I vacuum before they come too. I washed the bedding in the guest room and closed the door so no cats can get in there. I also turned on the air purifier that we bought for that room and our allergic guests. Dante is also allergic to peanuts and tree nuts so I went through my cupboards and took anything with nuts in it down to the basement. I was surprised that other that nuts themselves and peanut butter there wasn't too much. My Fiber-One bars have nuts in them. We also took the peanut feeder for the birds down out of the backyard. Dante is only 7 years old.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Now that I am getting older shaving my legs has become a real problem. I used to do it in the shower but at the age of 66 standing on one leg in the shower is not such a good idea and besides I can't see the hair without my glasses on. I am tired of missing spots. Nair really smells bad and still misses spots. A few years ago, before a cruise I had a full leg wax done so I could comfortable wear a bathing suit. The girl at the salon made such a deal about my not having enough leg hair to make it worth while. I don't have much but it still gets long. So yesterday I bought a ladies electric shaver. It was wonderful. It only took minutes and I could do it while sitting down with my glasses on. As you get older you take such joy in small accomplishments.

Friday, July 17, 2009

A Special Week

I have been really busy! Gretel has spent the last week with us and Mary spent most of the week here as well. We did a lot of sewing and knitting and going out to lunch. Tuesday, Martha had the day off and we all went down to a wonderful restaurant in Mexican Village. Wednesday we went to lunch with my Mom and sister-in-law. The two girls did all the cooking and we really ate well. Felafel sandwiches, risotto, onions and fennel and jicama salads, homemade ice cream too. I find that as my daughters grow older I really enjoy their company. Today Gretel is finishing the hem in the dress we made for her and then tomorrow she leaves. I will miss her.

Friday, July 10, 2009


Amy came to visit with her two children. They were on their way to a camping trip so they had their bikes with them. Blue was really proud of how well she could ride and was showing us her skills. Zeke liked the carousel at Greenfield village. We have a membership there and it is a great place to take visitors. Arnold enjoyed the kids and even though Blue said he was "heavy" , she carried him around a lot. Arnold kept coming back for more.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The 4th of July

We celebrated the 4th of July by going to Mary's house and having a barbecue. The Brain made absolutely perfectly grilled steaks and we had all the favorites, corn on the cob and watermelon. The weather was perfect and it was incredibly pleasant sitting out in the backyard. My Mom even came with us. Martha was taking lots of snapshots with her new camera. I especially like this one of Mom

Monday, July 6, 2009


We spent last weekend in California. We flew into Los Angeles on Thursday night. Friday we visited the Queen Mary and her Russian submarine consort, then we spent the rest of the day driving across LA to Santa Barbara. Bill and Tiger were staying there. We had a nice dinner with them at a waterfront restaurant. The next day we met up with Gretel, the Tummy, Bill and the rest of the wedding people and toured some vineyards.
Hubby likes this picture of me after tasting 18 different wines.On Sunday before the wedding we went to see the Santa Barbara Mission with Gretel and the Tummy. When we got there we bumped into Bill and Tiger.

Just before the wedding we walked along the waterfront. Gretel wondered how anyone could work out here when it was too beautiful to stay indoors.