Hey! And Happy Tuesday!
Since writing about our friendly little neighborhood hangout, Ted and I have traveled to Atlanta and back, attended a super Super Bowl party at the Bottom, and basically spent Monday in a semi-coma state on the sunporch. There’s not really a “story” in this post, just some bits and pieces of what’s been happening in the last few days around the ri’vah – and points north.
- Ok – I’m ready for the end of rainy, windy, cold, gray days. I mean, geez! We come back from Michigan in the winter so we can be outside enjoying warm, sunny winter days – being able to take the boat out on the lake for a couple of hours with temps in the low 70’s, riding our bikes in a t-shirt and light jacket, walking down our country roads wearing only one layer of clothing. What happened to southern winters?!
- We spent the weekend in Atlanta at Jason and Blair’s – saying our goodbyes to Blake before his big move to Colorado. He is so excited about the cross-country trip and getting settled in. He has been traveling with ELIC (English Language Institute China) for the last two weeks on recruiter trips with Tom, who is also a recruiter. Blake will be living with Tom and Tom’s brother for a while, until he finds his own place. Please offer up safe travel prayers for Blake. He plans to leave on Wednesday and will be on the road for 2-3 days. He is still driving my mom’s old Buick Century. Oh my gosh, I hope it holds together.
- We went to the Bottom for a gigantic Super Bowl party on Sunday evening (the guys at our table looked at me like I was crazy when my first question was, “Who’s playing?”). The cost of a ticket included a prime rib dinner with all the trimmings, a tradition at the Bottom since Mr. Charlie and Sue became the owners. They grill all that beef outside, then bring it in to join the potatoes, salads, breads, and desserts laid out on the pool table. It was a packed house, and the best prime rib I’ve ever eaten – seriously. I came home at halftime, leaving Ted to ride home with Ed and Sally. I’m such a football fan :)!
- Today Ted and I both got up with a lazy day in mind. It was raining . . again. As I write this at 6:43 Monday evening, I am still in my flannel pj’s and not feeling the least bit guilty about it. We have read, napped, eaten, and then repeated those three activities several times over the course of the day. It was a great day!
- The Sleep Center called last Friday and said they were ordering my BiPAP machine and mask, and I should be getting all that this week. Yeah!! Maybe I will be able to actually read a whole page of a book without falling asleep in the near future.
That’s it from the ri’vah for today, but I wanted to add one more item. If you are interested at all in dog stories, I think you will enjoy this one. It’s a story from Need to Know on PBS entitled “The Dogs are Alright”. It chronicles the dogs rescued from the Michael Vick compound and what has happened to them since that day. It’s almost 15 minutes long, but it is excellent, heartwarming, and makes you even more aware that dogs are capable of amazing comebacks from horrible circumstances and can forgive humans anything (you’ll have to get through a 15-second commencial first, but it’s worth the wait. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/video/video-the-dogs-are-alright-the-vick-dogs-make-a-comeback/6676/.
See you back here on Friday, and God bless.