Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Chicago wedding

We had a lovely time. The bride and her gown, hair etc were elegant. My friend, mother of the bride,  looked like she would cry thoughout the ceremony.
Our trip up there started off slowly. Warning: there is construction on 65 N and 865 was stop and go at 5 mph. It took us an hour to go about ten miles. Anyone going that way might want to think of alternate routes(31 up to Westfield and then over to 65?) Fortunately we had allowed extra time so we arrived to the rehearsal dinner on time(I changed in a rest room on the way). We were exhausted Sunday morning and slept until 10:30 cst. We had ample time to kill so went shopping for accessories for my dress( I forgot to pack any jewelry). We didn’t stay overnight on Sunday and just headed back. Got home at 2:00a.
The boys stayed with a friend who had a 4 and 6 year old with him so they wore the dogs out and vice versa. Jack and Jo did no harm. Their only problem was barking every time the icemaker dropped the scary ice cubes. Smart dogs(lol)

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

My Power

Didn’t know I had so much power!  I said rain rain go away - and look how nice these last 2 days have been!  I have just opened the windows and shut the air off, enjoyed yard work and sitting in the gazebo.  The mailman started the lawnmower for me so that I could cut the grass.  Let’s hope the weekend is nice - although I suppose we could use an overnight shower.

Posted by Maureen on 06/26 at 01:55 AM
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Have any of you seen the movie ” the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” I enjoyed it sub titles and all. it was very brutal, in parts, but a really goo mystery. Iit kept my interest through the whole 2 and a half hours. Did you know it was a trilogy

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010


At least the weekend was pleasant!  We have reached the saturation point in the yard after all the rain so that after this rain we now have standing water by the shed.  Should be interesting what the weather continues to be the rest of the summer.
No plans for the week except sleep later than I usually do since Dave is in Calgary.  He showed up at the airport 12 hours early for his flight.  He thought it departed at 6:30 AM ...

Posted by Maureen on 06/22 at 08:43 PM
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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Sorry about last night

Matt ran late ( he was helping Elliott’s parents, with their house, for two hours) so he didn’t get to Outback until 8:00. We talked alot and then went to the Drugstore. Maureen, there is a scrabble group that meets Friday mornings at Pike. Kathy, did you and Barb tell Sue about her sister? What are all of your Father’s Day plans? Since the boys are out of town we plan to clean the yard and rest. I am going to Jersey Boys, at Murat, tomorrow. Elliott hasn’t mentioned anything with his parents. I’m going to Munster around the 1st of July for about five days. We will, go to the Taste of Chicago, a gambling boat, etc.and celebrate birthdays and holidays. Elliott will stay home.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

CC tonight

I am still planning to come but Matt is taking Elliott and I to Outback, for an early Father’s Day at 7:00 so I’m not sure when I’ll get to Maureen’s house. Matt and Bobby will both be out of town Sunday. Hope to see all of you tonight unless it gets too late. Last night Kitzi took Elliott and me out for dinner, for my Birthday and we didn’t get home until 10:00.

Posted by CarolFay on 06/17 at 11:59 PM
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back to earth

The party over we headed for Colorado. Bill’s relatives all live out there: 2 sisters, husbands, 3 nieces , 2 nephews and six darling children. We started in Denver with a baseball game and went to Boulder the next day. The Celestial Seasons tea factory tour was a hit and the campus is lovely. The ambiance of the outdoor mall is pricey posthippie with lots of musicians and performers. John was impressed. We stopped at an outlet mall on the way to a resort area in the mountains. John purchased many clothes(20 tshirts and 3 pair of shoes for starters)and I found a few “needed”: items too.We mostly relaxed, hiked and went to the Farmers market. then on to the Western slope to visit his other sister. We rode the gondola in Tellueride and then were awed by the black canyon of the Gunnison. Family visiting was lots of fun. Our trip ended last night at 2:00a. In the morning I picked up the pooches from Kara and returned home to nap on the couch for five hours with the two doggies on top of me. The black raspberry crop is plentiful this year. Come with containers.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Weekend Activities

Rachel came home Saturday to help celebrate Aunt Gloria’s 84th birthday.  Dave made the 1 1/2 hour loop drive picking up his Dad and Aunt Gloria and then back home.  After lunch we played scrabble, hearts, and sequence before making the loop drive to take everyone home but this time we ended at the POPS concert - Michael Cavanaugh played rock and rolls hits - almost had us dancing in the aisle!.

Sunday after a late breakfast Rachel, Dave, and I went on a 20 mile bike ride.  What a way to break in my seat!  The most I had done so far was a 5 mile ride.  We did not join Rachel for a run after the ride! She is training for her triathlon.

Hope to see everyone Thursday.

Posted by Maureen on 06/14 at 02:16 AM
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Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Cherrington Beach Cleaner to pick up tar balls from the BP oil disaster

Just got this email from my brother Craig, and I am more than proud to share it with you all:

I was just watching the NBC news and in a story about the BP oil spill they showed a Cherrington Beach Cleaner outfitted to pick up tar balls on Orange Beach Alabama! (I can still remember Linda and I traveling in 100+ degree weather to Texas in a little black pick up with no air conditioner in the early 80’s to retrieve that first beach cleaner and then the very first sale of our very own machine I sold using the sand left over from my sand blasting area at USA trailer sales!)

Who would have thought that would lead to the Cherrington Beach Cleaner being sold world wide and featured on many TV programs and magazine articles around the world. Judi and Dad did a hell of a job to get it to the point it is today and should be proud as should all those family and co-workers that supported all of us that produced and sold that machine and all of the additional models, over the years. Our dad really is a once in a million engineer, very few people realize the kind of thought and precision required to do the things he does.

Its on right now on NBC..

I guess this is as close as I will ever come to being famous:)    I am going to see if I can find the news piece and if I do, I will post the link.

Posted by Carol on 06/09 at 08:29 AM
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Monday, June 07, 2010

Poetry Plus for June

You are all invited to attend Poetry Plus this Wednesday June 9 at 10 am in the library at Pilgrim Lutheran Church.  CarolFay’s friend (from Columbus, Ohio) Mary Ann Grove is with us again, and will be presenting a program “More of God’s Wonders”.  Some of you were at her first program a year ago in April when she brought her Saints collection.

Hope to see you there!

PS to CarolFay:  We had to change from Tuesday night because only 2 of us could make it from our regular group!!! So Mary Ann suggested Wed. morning, and that way more of us can be there. She said they are staying at your house, so hopefully you can come to hear her.

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Sunday, June 06, 2010

Party party

Bill and I had a swell time visiting with all our guests. We were both thrilled at the turn out. I think our guests enjoyed themselves too. Kate, Barb and Carol sat with my sister so I will need to pump them. When dinner and a few speeches were done most people left even though the bar was still open. Our bartender, a recent college grad, said she had never seen so many people leave while the bar was still open. We explained that a lot of old folks want to get home before it is dark.  The decorations by Kara were extremely clever. Jim and John both had amusing speeches. We had plenty of food with half of a tenderloin(of four originally) left over. We are expecting some out of towners for brunch so I made two french bread casseroles and a big fruit salad. So we might have leftovers from that too. Bill and John are going to Bement tomorrow. So who wants to come over for a brunch/open house tomorrow0 say 11:00? You are all invited. I love my new mantle and wall ( although I was sorry I had to paint it myself when my handyman had family problems that took over his life)

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