Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Oakland Airport Open House

Sunday we went to the Oakland International Airport Open House.  The airport is used by private planes and corporate jets. The Detroit Piston plane was there and they had several other interesting planes, like air ambulance and gliders. They also had a lot of huge radio controlled models. Hubby and I took a helicopter ride, my first. Now I only have a hot air balloon and a motorcycle on my bucket list.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Cranbrook Gardens

Last Sunday the Leader Dog puppies and their raisers had a field trip to the Cranbrook Gardens. They were stunningly beautiful. I can't believe that I have lived here all my life and didn't know about them. This was the Booth family home.  They started the Cranbrook schools, Cranbrook Institute of Science and the Cranbrook Art School.Cranbrook Gardens

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A Bit of a Scare

Monday night I came home from knitting and sat down to watch TV and suddenly my upper back started hurting and I had a bout of indigestion and nausea. As I got more frightened I became a little short of breath.  I took my blood pressure and it was very high. Hubby took me to the emergency room.  Everything was normal but they kept me overnight and did a CAT scan the next day.  Everything was normal so I have a clean bill of health.  The only exciting thing was that I have a very low heart rate. At two o'clock in the morning, every time I would fall asleep my heart rate would drop to 39 and ring all the alarms and wake me up again.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

An Engineer in the Garden

Hubby is a mechanical engineer. Like most engineers he is slightly eccentric. He loves working in the garden.  When we retired we took a Master Gardener class together and he has taken it very seriously. This year the vegetable garden did not do well so he has taken action.  He is reconditioning the soil, has planted a crop of clover as a natural fertilizer and is putting in walkways through the garden.  It really looks good. He even straightened the border stones to look nicer.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Lions Golf Outing

Yesterday, the Lathrup Village Lions Club had its annual gold outing to benefit the Leader dog for the Blind and Bear Lake Camp for Blind Children.  The outing was an huge success especially because we had five sponsors who each gave $1000 and many other sponsors with smaller amounts.We had over seventy golfers participating. It was my job to run the putting competition, which was lots of fun.  We also brought Suki, our Future Leader Dog , we are raising.  She was very good and charmed all she met.

Saturday, August 8, 2015


The best part of retirement is that I can play a lot. It takes very little time to straighten a house inhabited by two old people so I play a lot. I usually quilt, knit, embroider, or sew clothes for the grandchildren. Yesterday I tried something different.  I did a paint-by-number.  It took the whole day and I didn't finish it. I won't but it was fun to try it. I don't have a clue how to paint those little areas with a brush. Poor Hubby, he just works all the time. He works in the garden a lot and there is always repairs to do around the house.  This week he is working on replacing the back storm door.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Rest in Peace Arnold

Our cat, Arnold, had to be put down on Monday.  Arnold was the best cat ever with lots of personality.  We had him for eight years and his previous owner lived in Baltimore and had him for eight years. We will miss him terribly but will always enjoy the memories of him,  Now I can put the lamps back on the night stand and the picture frames back on my dresser top. I would rather have Arnold.