Awww, thanks so much, Bev. Hard to believe another year has passed. Whoa! Where does the time go? We had a busy week last week with a quick 2 day trip to southwestern Wisconsin with my mother. DH and I tagged along. Actually I think Mother is getting a little reluctant to do a road trip alone. We went to Mineral Point and New Glarus. Of course there was more on her list, but not enough time as usual. Wednesday and Thursday DH Wes and I did a two night stay at a B&B in Hastings, a small river town just south of the Twin City metro area. It was a lovely old house full of period furniture. I had bid on the two night stay at a community college fund raiser in April. Sort of fun to do a mid-week weekend. We ate out, stopped in at our fav casino (and won a little) and just took it easy.
I have a busy week with meetings and bridge. No rest for this retiree! Need to get serious about organizing for our trip to Alaska the end of this month. This is another Mother-inspired adventure. We are flying into Ancorhage and taking a six day bus tour then a seven-day cruise flying home from Vancouver. We have never cruised and never been to Alaska, to it will be something new. Mother and her lady friend that she travels with are also going. Should be interesting.
DD Sarah, SIL Jason and the two grandchildren (now nearly 5 and 2.5) are coming in August. They will stay with Jason's parents. No room at our house. It will be fun to see the them again, although we were in Indiana for Memorial Day weekend. But, those little ones grow and change so fast.
DH and his sister have been coping with flood damage to their late mother's house in Charles City, IA (one short block from the Cedar River). They should have sold it years ago, but sister-in-law can't bring herself to do that. There was a lot of water in the basement (maybe as much as four feet). A lot of stuff stored in the garage had to be thrown out. Sis-in-law had ServiceMaster come in and clean the basement ($3,000+). It appears that the water heater and furnance also will need to be replaced (more $$$$). Good thing that the farm land is rented and there is some income to cover this kind of expense. Still, IMHO it is dumb to be hanging on to the house when no one is living in it. Don't get me started on that subject. Let's just say someone has a major case of denial.
This is much longer than I intended. Thanks for thinking of me. Like I said, hard to believe... . Hugs, Lauri