Tuesday, November 20, 2018

New York City

We had a fairytale week….saw five shows (Steve saw an additional one, a matinee of King Kong) and loved each one, all different.  We arrived Monday and decided to add a show that night at last minute, the theatre was immediately across the street from our hotel Crown Plaza Times Square. So it was Chicago, Hamilton, My Fair Lady, Frozen and Once on This Island….all different, and enjoyable.  Highlight was probably Hamilton….thankfully, since it was $1600 for two tix!  Ate at good restaurants and generally took it easy, since we have seen all of the typical tourist things already.  We did repeat a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  And added an afternoon at the New York Historical Society.  Thursday New York had the biggest snowstorm in 123 years!  over 6 inches of snow….  We walked to the theatre (Frozen that night - how ironic!) with umbrella’s so didn’t have any challenges.  We flew home on Saturday afternoon.  As much as I have come to love the Big Apple, I am happy to return home to quiet Sherwood Forest!  Now it’s time to think turkey….  and then Christmas!  Not yet sure when I will host CC, but I think it will be the second week of December!

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving

Before the days get busy with food prep and family ...Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! I certainly am thankful for my family, Conversation Club,and the many blessings in my life. Kevin and Jen will drive to Cincy and from there ride with Rachel, Zach and Calvin - arriving Wednesday night. Thursday we will get our morning exercise along with several thousand others doing the Drumstick Dash. Hopefully much of the food prep will be finished before Thursday so we can enjoy time with everyone Aunt Gloria will be joining us.
Friday - taking Calvin swimming in the downtown Y where the water temperature is 88 before heading to our Escape the Room activity, a late lunch at St. Joseph Brewery and home.
Saturday - everyone leaves except Calvin who asked if he could stay an extra 2 days. We will take him back on Monday and check the progress of our house…where we will celebrate Thanksgiving next year!
Looking forward to our next CC ...wondering how far Kate got on Rt 66, Carol’s trip home and to NY, Susan’s house plans, Carol Faye’s family and Barb’s happenings.

Posted by Maureen on 11/19 at 01:56 PM
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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Oh this weather!

Ready for some more visitors Kate?...only wishful thinking. We did see the sun for a few hours and now back to rain rain rain.  We did get to Cincy on Monday for Calvin’s PT appointment.  I’ll take the credit…a whole hour session on the treadmill without his pacifier and not falling asleep.  On this rainy days, I wish I had his smiling face to wake up to.
Not much going on…planning the menu and activities for Thanksgiving, Dave and Zach registered for the mini, Jen is booking motel rooms for us for next October for the Ironman.
Maybe start stripping the wallpaper border and repainting our bedroom this weekend…fun times!
Hope everyone else has something a tad more exciting to report!

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Back from Orlando, Getting Ready for Minnesota!

We had a great 5 day trip to Universal Studios ~ all of us stayed at a nice hotel nearby, and we went to the park each day.  Then the “Haunted Houses” at night….Universal spends over $10,000,000 on creating them, just like movie sets!  Thought October down there would be more temperate, but it was record breaking heat in the 90’s.  Now I have been getting the area of the basement ready for waterproofing - the 25 feet that are under the new deck.  No problems at all but we wanted to have this last area taken care of.  The entire perimeter of the house is now either tied into drainpipes or inside waterproof.  They will also encapsulate the 22x26 foot area that is crawlspace under the family room.

So, are we still on for CC at Carol Fay’s on Thursday night??

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Monday, October 15, 2018


I realize this is bragging but I just reduced my shoe collection from 70 pairs down to 30 pairs.  Now I have one pair for every day of the month. Months of 31 I guess I will be forced to be barefoot.

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Tuesday, October 09, 2018


Sitting in the Phoenix airport.  Have lost my sense of adventure…not jumping at the chance to take a bump. Prescott was very nice…hiking, eating, museum. Saw Kate and Bill last night and their new home. Very nice backyard…relaxing, peaceful!
Now…onto laundry, home chores, another house meeting and Calvin.

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

lovely 33rd celebration

Wow we have been together for 33 years. Lovely dinner. Thanks Maureen for arranging.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

heart cath Monday

Been having symptoms. Might get my third set of stents.

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Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Labor Day Weekend

Thank you all for your input on house selections.  You have several months to change your mind on paint color! I do think the kitchen counter top is a keeper…so much effort goes into this! But I got a break from it all since we had Calvin Thursday evening until Monday afternoon!  Not much ...who am I kidding…nothing else gets done when he is here! 
We did get a short hike in at Eagle Creek, a visit with Kate’s Mom, a short trip to Holiday Park Nature Center, and church…all about cumulative life experiences.  Since we only had him 3 full days I felt like I had to cram a lifetime of experiences in those days.

Is anyone interested in going out to dinner for our next CC as an early anniversary celebration?  We went to Divvy’s in Carmel and it would be a good place to go.

Posted by Maureen on 09/04 at 08:43 AM
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Friday, August 31, 2018

voting on decorations

Fun times at Maureen’s. Thanks. I was near tears during our toast. 100% attendance.  Decision fatigue set in early but all of your choices were fine.It is striking how the lighting changes how something looks so dramatically.  I think the counter will be stunning. I later realized we didn’t get to vote on edging. I would select a clean plain line rather than something more decorative. Can you get a view of it in a full kitchen on the website? It is always so difficult to know what the effect will be when you go from a sample to a big roomful.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

home again

I found a retirement community to live in in SC. We will wait on a house to buy. Details at our next gathering. Had a lovely visit with Kara,

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Conversation Club Wednesday August 15

See most of you tonight at my house!

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Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Farewell Tour

We have started our Farewell Indy Tour…a year of doing things we have thought of doing for the past 40 years but never did - although Dave’s work schedule will put a crimp in that plan…like the S’more Festival on the Circle yesterday.
We have put the first payment on the lot and they are drawing up the plans with the changes we have made - adding 4 feet to the back of the house, moving a wall, adding a wall, moving a room, etc…
Next step is to look at the plan with the sales manager, he then submits it to the builder, we then meet with both of them - then they get the permit to start building while we…pick out door knobs - and counters, floor, cabinets, design the kitchen etc…Sounds as if we won’t have much time for our Farewell Indy - we will be in Cincy doing all this!
Hope to see everyone on the 15th.

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Thank you Susan!

A very nice evening at Susan’s….wow, so much new information!  Congrats to Kate on purchasing a most grand and gorgeous home in Phoenix!  It will be enjoyed for many years!  Also to Maureen on the pretty much certain purchase of a lot and a new home which will be built on it in Cincinnati!  Fresh and new and wonderful homes for you both!!  Susan, lots to think about if you stay or if you go….I have the sense you will end up staying put in Indianapolis for the foreseeable future…  Then huge congrats to Barb for the new grandchild on the way down in Texas!  You are a wonderful Grandma I am sure, and this new one will bring so much joy!!

I am glad to say that Steve is improving more and more each day - he drove for the first time today in 5 weeks!  Our landscaping project begins next week - everything new all across the front, and a paver front entry too.  The back deck, new sidewalks etc will begin after the 15th of August.

We missed you Carol Fay….hope to see you next time at Barb’s - possibly on July 31st.

Going to celebrate Ella’s birthday tomorrow after church.  She will be 15 on Monday the 23rd!!

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

July already….

Happy July to you all…  hope everyone is staying cool and enjoying summertime!

Steve is progressing, can get up out of his chair nearly on his own now…but still so many things he cannot do for himself.  I am pretty much housebound for the time being…it was so great to have Matthew here for the first 2 weeks.  Only about 5 more weeks to go till Steve’s hip should be fully functional again!

Susan, how are things going with your daughters assisting with the project??  Some things are easy to be rid of, and other things not so much….

What did you find out about the housing situation in Maureen?  If you build, do you have to choose from an existing floor plan?

Kate…any new possibilities in Phoenix?

Looking forward to seeing everyone in another week!

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