Monday, December 31, 2018

2018 Reflections, Part 2

Summertimes are always full of family and good times. Bob and I took the train into Philadelphia and enjoyed wandering around the old city.
We had a very successful GrandCamp in Cape May Courthouse.

This year Bob and I decided to tour New England, while we waited for the arrival of grandchild #8. We started out in Rhode Island where we gathered with family.
Bob and I moved on to Monson, MA, where I saw my friend Jeen and spent some time visiting Vävstuga and then hung out together.
We toured Sturbridge Village.
Bob and I continued west to Rhinebeck, NY and visited the FDR Library.
We also had a chance to visit Bob’s cousin, Beth, and her guy, Gary.
From Rhinebeck we moved on to a West Chazy, NY, saw the site of the Battle of Plattsburgh, and hopped over the border to Montreal for the day.
We spent a couple of days in Williamstown, VT and then went to Montpelier, VT, the only capital city without a McDonalds.
Bob and I went up to the top of Mount Washington.
Then we drove to Orono, ME, where we had a pretty memorable two weeks, but not in a good way. At least the scenery was pretty, and we did take day trips to Castine, ME, to Moosehead Lake, and to Acadia National Park.
We also took a trip to Macomber Looms. 

From Maine, we returned to NJ to await our grandson, Silas’s birth. He arrived with a rush of joy, as babies usually do.
We hung around for a week before heading west towards Arizona, stopping for the night in Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas, and then Oklahoma City. We spent a day in the National Cowboy &Western Heritage Museum.
From OKC we drove to Vega, TX, then to Vaughn, NM before spending two nights in Las Cruces, NM and seeing our friend, Joan. We continued on to Tucson for the night (and a visit with Chuck and Linda,) before finally arriving in Mesa, AZ for the winter. We made the trip from NJ to Mesa in 12 days, with a two day layover in a OKC and an extra day in Las Cruces. 

Howie is settling in very well and he and Auggie are becoming good friends.

Yesterday we got a new refrigerator, which completes our kitchen except for the cabinet over the fridge. This is the old fridge, with cabinet doors removed just before demo.
And this is the new one.
Bob is going to have to rebuild that since he had to tear out a wall and a cabinet to get this big fridge in. But what pleasure to have a new refrigerator with lots of room in it.
Bob and I want to wish you a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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