Monday, May 24, 2021

Monday, May 24, 2021

I realized Friday morning that I had overlooked the fact that my tires on the car were due for a rotation and I just happened to be able to get it into Costco that day - so they are ready for the road trip now.

I had a sleepover with the girls on Friday night so Ben and Jill could go out for dinner together. They were very well behaved and we had a fun time, having pizza, watching a movie and then getting ready for bed. I left pretty early the next morning as I had to get ready for my trip.

When I cleaned up my car on Saturday afternoon, I noticed an oil spot on the ground where I park, so I took it back to Valvolene to make sure there were no leaks - all is good, it was probably from the AC and all systems are go.

On Sunday morning, I was on the road at 7:00 am and pulled into Bob’s driveway at 3:00 pm. The drive was easy and uneventful with about a half hour of fairly heavy rain at the Minnesota/Iowa border.  

It was so good to get hugs from Bob and Penny and catch up on the last year and a half - Thanksgiving, 2019 was the last time we saw each other and we had lots of catching up to do. We had a delicious dinner with salad from Penny’s garden.

Today was a busy one and we were on the go the entire day. We packed sandwiches and headed out to Lake Lotawana for a boat ride. We no more than left the dock when we were pelted with huge raindrops until we got to the other side of the lake and then we had a break so Bob could cast his fishing pole a few times. It wasn’t long and there was another huge gray cloud overhead, so we gave up on having a boat ride.

Bob & Penny

Ashley and Amber’s Lake House

My nieces, Stella and Ashley and her son Oliver came by this afternoon for a short visit and it was sure nice to see them again.

Ashley and Oliver - he loves Gigi’s garden.

The best news of the day came this evening when I learned that my niece, Monica and her husband Loren are expecting their first child in November.  I am so happy for them!  This is their announcement: