Saturday, June 13, 2009

Hello from the Pacific Northwest!

Portland has been alot of fun - flew in right next to Mount Hood, quite a sight from above.  Delaney and I have really enjoyed the Chinese Garden, the Japanese Gardens and the humungous Portland Rose Gardens.  Today we went to a huge old fashioned toy store and then across the street to the Portland Central Library. Very nice, but doesn’t hold a candle to ours.  And like last year in Baltimore where Kate and family happened to be there at the same time and on the same water taxi as we were, this trip my nephew Samuel and his girlfriend from Minnesota are here!  We had dinner with them on Wednesday night -  what a coincidence! Steve has been tied up with the conference the entire time so far, but will be done this afternoon around 3pm.  We are planning to celebrate our wedding anniversary at dinner tonight!  Then tomorrow we are renting a car and driving over to the coast, about 2 hours from here, just for the day.  We fly back on Sunday.

Posted by Carol on 06/13 at 01:33 AM
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Monday, June 08, 2009

weekend update

Kara and I had a super time on Saturday. We found all sorts of essential goodies while saling on Saturday. Then we went and purchased Bill;s birthday present.. a 40 inch tv. Of course that meant furniture moving. Sunday Kara and I went to look at a Stray dog and ended up with two darling pooches. I took them to get rabies shots and heartworm tests. Then shocked bill with two new dogs.  We went to a wedding and now I am pooped. more later.

6/08 Tonight:  the dogs cry whenever I leave the room. It is like having a new baby. I am not leaving them out of the kitchen due to concerns about toileting. They are both small.. a 4 year old buff color 5# poodle and a white 2 year old 10# poodle mixed with possibly a Jack Russel terrier. Both are boys and both need to be fixed. I have appointments for the first of July. They were both strays with no tags and no collars. A woman advertised them on craigslist and Kara and I went to see them Sunday morning and I couldn’t decided which to take. so…2. Kara went with me to the FACE clinic and got them checked for heartworm (negative) and got rabies shots. I have named them jack and JoJo.

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Friday, June 05, 2009

cc tonight

Once again I work until 9:00 so I’m not sure if I’ll be at Barb’s house or not. I’ll try. It’s been very busy gearing up for summer reading and getting lots of patrons signing up. I’ve been pretty tired after work. The first dog training class went well. There were about ten families (some had two dogs that they will bring next week) so we will have two classes. The next five weeks is with the dogs.

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Sunday, May 31, 2009


Friday night I continued celebrating my birthday. A co-worker has the same birthday and is the same age so we had dinner, and a drink. Then I had a walk and a tour with Honey ( Sue I really enjoyed it!) Saturday I ran errands and bought a new bathing suit at Marshalls. Saturday night Elliott and I went to our first Indian’s baseball game. We wre disappointed with the entertainment ( a dancing Bat boy instead of the ZooperStars) but we enjoyed the game. It especially was exciting at the end! It ended in a tie and rain suspension. Today I’m being treated (still celebrating my birthday) to Brunch at Granite City! Did I tell you Matt treat Elliott and me, on my birthday, to dinner at Red Lobster. Neither Matt or Elliott like fish but it was MY BIRTHDAY and that’s really where I wanted to go.

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

retirement party

We had an end of the year pitch-in today. Celebrated the summer birthdays and had a baby shower. And we had a retirement garden party. I got some awesome gifts for the garden and some awesome gift cards to spend at garden places. Oh my this was exciting. And the funny thing is that I was speechless. It was quite overwhelming really. I will miss the good parts but I surely won’t miss the paperwork and that feeling of impending doom every time there was a bunch due. I will have to return next week to sort out things but one of the teachers bought my bookshelves and several stacks of books. I was thrilled to have a private garage sale and not have to pack stuff up. She just bought all the books I didn’t want to keep. She has two daughters who are new teachers and several young grand children so we both were happy.

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Sunday, May 24, 2009


For old times sakes Dave and I went to the parade today although we only stayed about 30 minutes or so.  A slight twist from years past - we rode our bikes for a total of 28 miles round trip. I actually got teary eyed thinking of all the parades that Dave’s mom had been too - how much she loved them and this time of year with all the flowers. 

I did buy,on Susan’s recommendation, Rozanne Geraniums - I may have put them in too much shade, if so I’ll move them next year.  I did also plant zinnias - there are quite a few seeds in a packet!

And this is only Saturday!

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Laptop lets me

Hmmm this is strange.  I am using our laptop, and it lets me stay logged in where our main regular computer doesn’t.

Anyway, what a nice surprise last night from you CC ladies!  Steve was absolutely floored, and so was I!  He has always said he was just happy to do this for us, but it made him feel good to be remembered like that.  And you know how much I love that Minnesota plate for it’s blue and white and of course the state part too!

Many many thanks!

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Wine and Massage?

Every Thursday the Villa Inn on 1456 N. Delaware offers sampling of 2 wines and a chair massage for only $5.  Does anyone want to carpool down prior to Conversation Club this Thursday?  I haven’t been before but I have seen it advertised before and have always intended to go.

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Art Fair and other weekend updates

Apparently I stay logged in. Art fair was big but muddy. We enjoyed it but didn’t buy anything.

We had appetizer’s here ( quick Sam’s run) and then Amalfi’s for a sloooow dinner. We were there for almost three hours. The service was not good. The restaurant was packed but there were plenty of waiters standing around so it was the kitchen that couldn’t keep up. Food was fine but not all that. Afterwards we came back here for coffee and cake. Depauw’s graduation is this afternoon so we are calm for the moment. I have another eye appointment tomorrow so I took the day off and will go to lunch with everyone still here.

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

i think I got it

I have 40 more minutes of work and I’ve finished my stories for head start. I’m off all weekend. I hope to go to the Broad Ripple Art fair tomorrow. it depends on the weather. Then I have tickets for IRT tomorrow at 5:00. I think the name of the play is interpreting William. Tonight Elliott and I are actually going to spend a night together. He has had a baseball game every night. I have had to cut down on movies so I can have time to exercise. I hope to see a movie on Sunday while Elliott cuts the grass. Hope all of you have a nice weekend.

Posted by CarolFay on 05/16 at 04:18 AM
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I’ll try again.

I’m having trouble. I don’t remeber what I did the first time I got the post to work so I’m trying again. I’ve failed twice.

Posted by CarolFay on 05/16 at 04:14 AM
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it didn’t work

I tried another post so this will be short until I get it to work. I’m trying to add more but now I don’t see submit.

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Weekend Plans

I am trying again to Publish so here goes ...If it rains I think we will finally wash the walls in Rachel’s old room and go pick out some paint!  If the sun shines I am sure we will find something outside to do.  Sunday there is an organized bike ride at Morse Lake that we would like to do… not that I am in shape for riding since I have only done 10 miles so far this summer.  It does sound as if the weather for next week will be nice.

Posted by Maureen on 05/15 at 06:12 PM
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Well for pete’s sake Maureen!!

I wonder why you are having a problem posting - so you are saying that you can write a post, but then when you click on “Quick Save” nothing happens?

Posted by Carol on 05/15 at 08:46 AM
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Monday, May 11, 2009

Have been meaning to give this report!!

The “Brothers Hatfield” percussion concert Sunday before last was brilliant!  They packed the house, it was SRO!!  The variety of musical styles and percussion instruments made it enjoyable for everyone in attendance.  Matthew reprised “The Creston”, an extremely difficult marimba piece that he first performed 15 years ago ~ a real highlight of the show.  Taylor wrote an unbelievaly realistic piece that he played on three snare drums entitled “Surigao Stomp”.  He dedicated it to Grandpa Cherrington who fought in that battle in WWII ~ the sounds of the battle were perfectly sounded out by the fierce playing of the snares.  There were also hymns played, a “rag”, a beautiful sonata, an original song for marimba that Matthew wrote,  hand drums and the grand finale which was a drumset duel (written by Taylor) followed by an encore of improv marimba jazz and drumset!

I couldn’t have been more proud!!  And having my parents here for the first time in over 4 years to share this occasion with us was wonderful as well.

Posted by Carol on 05/11 at 10:23 AM
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