One fine spring day several young people helped celebrate Ruth Grinstead’s sixteenth birthday. Among the guests were Zeiner Ploughe and Hester Phillips a/k/a Esther Ellis.
2015 was a year of memorable events. Please scroll down the blog to see what we’ve been doing. Here are a few highlights:
- Georgia had a hip replacement in late February, which was successful beyond our wildest dreams. Just a few short weeks after the operation, we took a sightseeing trip to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park:
- I crashed my motorcycle; it was totalled but I wasn’t badly hurt, and we took the insurance proceeds and bought a replacement Mazda MX5 Miata. Much safer and almost as much fun.
- I celebrated my 70th birthday:
- We flew to Gabi Papp’s wedding in Hungary then flew on to visit Felicity and her parents in Waterfall, near Durban, South Africa.
- We had visits from several friends and family, including Cathy’s husband Greg, and Mike and Carol Snyder,
- We took a trip to Oregon to visit Cathy and Greg (and her dog Sadie), and came back by way of Sacramento where we had dinner with my Aunt Mary and all but one of my cousins from my dad’s side of the family.
- Finally, at the end of the month we’re going to celebrate our (glub) 40th anniversary!
We left Hungary and flew overnight on a South African Airways 747 to Johannesburg, then on to Durban. We stayed at Greg and Becky’s new home in Waterfall, KZN, visited friends and acquaintances from our last visit, spent a weekend holiday south of Durban on the Indian ocean, but most of all were captivated by our granddaughter Felicity.
A picture is worth a thousand words, so here is a small book.
We postponed our Christmas gift exchange with the kids until Saturday, so that Jackie and Maria could be here.
This year, the kids all were told that they needed to pick out or make something for Georgia and me. So for one of the first times, they had the fun of watching us unwrap their presents as they gave us long explanations of what they meant by each gift. And they all had that anxious look of anticipation as they watched us open our presents, hoping we’d like them.
Katie gave us handmade tea bag rests she’d made at a local pottery paint-it-yourself store with some of her middle school friends. Emily made two really clever pictures, and found frames for them. Josh told Georgia that he knew she liked to cook and liked green things, so he used his allowance and bought her a tiny little green cooking pot; he said that he knew I liked tools, so he bought me a C clamp.
They need not have worried. We loved them.
It snowed a little bit, so Jackie could make a small snowman, and Jackie and Maria discovered why Jackie’s new car has a defroster.
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Very nearly everybody came to visit over July 4:
- Terry, Christi, Katie, Emily, Josh and their dog Bodie from Grand Junction
- Becky, Greg and Felicity from South Africa
- Jackie and Maria and their dog Wendy from Chula Vista, California
- Cathy and Greg and their dog Sadie from Salem, Oregon
- Jenny, Magdalena and Benjamin from Germany
Here are some pictures of the festivities
People ask me what we do now that we’re retired. The answer is: a lot, and just what we want to do.
This fall we spent lots of time on Apple’s Facetime watching Felicity grow up in South Africa, took Emily on a trip to visit Paula and her family in Cheyenne, visited with Cousin Sue (and posed in front of a legal Colorado marijuana store…but no, we didn’t buy anything or inhale!), went hiking, visited Cathy and Greg in Oregon and saw several friends along the way.