Friday, September 8, 2017


The wedding we attended in my previous post was barely an hour away from the very first house we ever owned so we had to take a small detour and drive by. But first we stopped at our favorite Chinese restaurant. The Plum Garden brings back such fond memories for us. Going out to eat was big deal back then! Our Christmas plans our first year of marriage were not traditional and we ended up eating dinner at Plum Garden. They gave each of the patrons that night a little box of tea wrapped in a gold box. It is a memory I won't ever forget. To this day we still eat Chinese food on Christmas Eve. The girls love our tradition too. I hope they do the same thing with their own families. 


We were so happy to see Plum Garden is still in business. They have great food. It is in McHenry, Illinois. 

We sat at that table many times. 

This is our first house. The landscaping is just beautiful now and the tree we planted is enormous! The house was the same color when we lived there. Not much has changed!! 

Those bushes in the front hide a large water pump. When we owned the house we had a raised flower  bed surrounding the pump. 

We were so happy to see the house after so many years. We bought the house on July 1, 1987 and to see it in such good shape made us even happier. We visited our very first home (of 6 houses) on August 27 and we celebrated our 30th anniversary on September 5. ❤️

Monday, September 4, 2017

Last weekend we went to a lovely and very personal wedding. Each detail was planned specifically for the bride and groom. We had so much fun celebrating the future of Dave and Jena. The wedding was in a town in Wisconsin that calls itself the Chocolate City. Bob has been to this town many times because they are the home of a huge Nestle chocolate factory. He use to make the wrappers for the candy bars they produce. The entire town smells like a big cup of hot chocolate. It was heavenly!!!

Bob, Pam, Bill and Mike
The guys have been friends since elementary school which means roughly 50 years of friendship!!! Pam is Bill's wife. 

It was a great party. We will be with Pam and Bill (and the guy in the back) for the next two weekends. Pictures will be posted as the events unfold. 

This is Bob dancing!

Mike, Liz (Mike's wife) me and Bob

Bill eating ice cream. No cake at this party. The bride and groom love ice cream!


Bob and his 5th grade teacher. He had a crush on her when he was a little guy. She is a great lady and so fun to be around. 

We had a great time!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Maria, Leah and Jenn sent me these beautiful roses for my birthday. I hope this is the beginning of a wonderful tradition. 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

This and That

We are going to Disney for Christmas. These new USPostage stamps are really cool. 


This always makes me chuckle...eggs and chicken together in my fridge. (That is leftover chicken in the Tupperware container. ) 

I made salsa from my garden tomatos. It was delicious! The bowl is a perfect vessel too. 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Maria is 26!! She celebrated with her new nursing friends, her best friends, her boyfriend and her family. No cake for her but we did have some yummy cupcakes. After a nice meal at Grandma's we could only eat half a cupcake per person. They were delicious. Maria was kind enough to include Bob and me in one of her celebrations at the Indy Indians baseball game. We have a minor league team with a beautiful field.  It was a fun night and her friends are the greatest. 
The girls sent me these beautiful roses for my birthday. I hope this is the beginning of a new tradition.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

How does time get away from me so quickly! 

August started out fast.  let's see what we did...
1. I quit my job. I wish I hadn't. I loved my job. Maybe I'll go back eventually.
2.  We moved Leah out of her summer dorm at Purdue. It wasn't a hard move because she didn't have much stuff up there. She didn't really unpack but she just reorganized because in ten days she would go right back to school.
3. We moved Jenn out of her Kentucky summer apartment. This move required a uhaul and lots of work. We did it all in one day!
4. Bob went on a big camping trip to Michigan.
5. All us girls relaxed a little and shopped before college started again.
6. Maria had 2 weeks off until her next semester of nursing started. I think she went to 6 concerts!
7. We took  Jenn and Leah back to Purdue to begin their sophomore year.
8. Jenn was a leader for Freshman Orientation.
9. Leah started back up with her research on zebra fish. This is going to be an ongoing project ending with a thesis paper, an honors diploma and hopefully findings on human blindness.
10. Maria was inducted into the IU School of Nursung. In the old days this was the traditional capping ceremony. She is doing so well.
11. Bob's dad was in the hospital and out within 24 hours. He is resilient.
12. Bob and I went to visit my mom and dad. Bob and dad played golf. Mom and I shopped. We all had fun! Mom made a bruschetta that I wish I had right now!
13. Bob continued to remodel our bathroom, master bedroom and upstairs bath.
14. I turned 54.

A lot has happened in 24 days!

The wedding we attended in my previous post was barely an hour away from the very first house we ever owned so we had to take a small de...