(*New) IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU! News from Near and Far!
Aug 16, 2007
|My Goodness - Y'all sure do have alot going on! Thanks so much for all the news and pictures.
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Chris and Beth are now happily situated in Paris as you can see. Don't think they were quite as fond of Rome as with Lisbon and Barcelona. Beth writes in her blog: "Wednesday -the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe - yes, we went to the top. We also viewed a small parade of veteran's- elderly ones - as the police blocked off traffic coming into the mad circle around the Arc - and watched as they lay a wreath on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the eternal flame. It was moving. The Louvre was big and huge and massive and confusing and full of lots of stuff. What else can I say? We tried to see all the traditional Big Ones - Mona Lisa, Winged Victory, Venus de Milo, the Pyramid, Reubens, the Hammarabi Code, the French crown jewels - we also saw thousands upon thousands of statues -Roman, Greek, Egyptian...- and thousands upon thousands of paintings... We came home and collapsed."
Dick and Hazel, who sometimes reside in Bellingham, WA., had a great trip this past winter involving four months and 10,000 miles. They covered the Southwest, Ft. Worth, viewed the Katrina devastation in Louisiana, had a great time in New Orleans, on to St. Augustine, Orlando and Epcot, and the FMCA Rally in Perry, Georgia. Up the coast to Savannah, Hilton Head, Charleston and Myrtle Beach, to Wilmington, Charlotte and through the Great Smokies to Pidgeon Forge. They really like the Mini motorhome but think a tow car might be in order. They're leaving the first of January 2008 for their caravan trip driving to Panama and back to Mazatlan where they'll spend a much needed month of relaxation! And they're only in their early 80's!
John and Babs who were full-time RVers for 10+ years purchased property in Clarkston, WA. and have been busy building and furnishing their home, John's garage and work-shop, plus putting in an RV site to accommodate their "homeless" friends. This also involves landscaping and, of course, a garden. They still make their winter pilgrimige to Quartzsite. Good work, Guys, we'll see you in August most likely!
Judy and George, also ex-RVers now living in Hudson, FL. recently returned from a week in St. Augustine at their timeshare and really enjoyed the Golf Hall of Fame and walking around town and the waterfront. They are hoping to travel up to Michigan and Canada in late summer depending on weather. The end of October they leave for Rome, then board a cruise ship to sail back across the Atlantic! Luckily they have a suite with a balcony as 5 days on the water might get a bit boring. Room service anyone?! George works 2 days a week at the golf shop and loves it plus he keeps Judy looking coordinated on the course. She is once again serving on the Board of Directors of their development. And they also do volunteer cooking at the Elk's Lodge once a month! Whew!
Susan and David, in Oceanside, CA., have been busy on the week-ends lately with Damian playing golf with the Special Olympics. He has had tournaments two week-ends in a row and done quite well. Both Damian & Savanah are out of school the second week of June and they're all going to Indiana to visit Dave's mother and sister. Savanah has a field trip to California Adventure next to Disneyland for their California History lesson and Susan is going as a chaparone. The week of June 15-18 is the Special Olympics Summer Games. They are planning a camping trip in August at Camp Pendleton beach for a week and will be joined by sister Stephanie and Gary. And, last but not least, they have season tickets for the San Diego Padres too!!
Earl and Gail are actually spending some time this summer at their home in Woodland, CA. Last summer we visited them in Powell River, B.C. where they have spent the last several summers. They also just celebrated a very special "50th" wedding anniversary cruising around the islands of Hawaii! Gail writes: "Earl is teaching a woodcarving class at our new community center and I am facilitating an arthritis support group. We are still working on our projects to get our house back in shape after 5 years of neglect. Hopefully that will be over with soon as we are getting VERY tired of it. Two of our grandkids are in Mexico (just north of Mexico City) and we are living through their travels and adventures."
Sharon and Rodger, whom we meet up with every winter usually in Anza Borrego but more recently in Benson, AZ. where they purchased a lot at the Escapees park there, complete with casita and cacti, spend their summers at Hamm Lake near Minneapolis. Sharon works a couple of days a week at the RV park office and Rodg.....golfs (just a bit). Last winter while in Benson he had rotator cuff surgery on his right shoulder, big problem for a golfer (and Rodg is good), but he manages a very good game regardless of the pain. This summer it seems they are being very good parents and remodeling their daughter's basement into a family room and helping other daughter prepare her house for sale. (OK, I'm feeling guilty!)
Al has been doing some traveling with his new companion, Maggie (a miniature Boston Terrier) in his new 40' Holiday Rambler Scepter with 4 slide outs, actually a condo on wheels. He and Sharon (my friend since Jr. high and ex-sister inlaw) purchased it last November and moved in just days before she died unexpectedly. So tragic! Obviously a lot of adjustment but Al is carrying on with their dream. He has joined the Escapees RV Club and been embraced by their kindness and camaraderie. We met up in Stockton at the Spring Escapade where he hooked up with Solo Groups and now plans to attend the RV rallies in Redmond, WA. and on to Mt. Rushmore, a destination high on Sharon's list. He spends a lot of time with my niece, Cindy, and her family in San Ramon and soon will be visiting his son, Scot, in Seattle.
Bill and Carol from Denver spend several months in winter & spring in San Diego (for obvious reasons). Carol, who has undergone many surgeries and complications from colon cancer, is "now good to go", and GO they will! They have booked a major trip departing Sept. 10 and returning Oct. 9th: 18 days in Turkey, including 4 nights on a gulet sailing the Turquoise Coast. On the way home they stop in Paris to visit a friend for 2 days, then train to Amsterdam for several days. They were fortunate to use frequent flyer points for the whole plane trip! Carol writes: "I am so excited! The surgery was worthwhile after all!"
And from Petaluma, Christina now plays peak-a-boo with her blanket (brings a tear to my eye)! Noelle finished off the 5th grade with the President's academic award for a consistent grade average over 3.5! Her summer is full of activities: swim classes, hip-hop dancing, arts & crafts and in August, a camping/hiking trip in the Sierras with her dad sponsored by REI!
Stephanie has earned her first $20 as an "assistant" family mediation counselor! I guess all this hard work and full-time schedule of going to school for her masters plus her regular job is paying off! Boss Tom pulled some strings at Sac State and now she can legally assist him. YEA! Gary is now on a permanent full-time basis with the Folsom post office as a rural carrier. Good benefits abound for them both and richly deserved!
I plan to update this section from time to time as your news and pictures come in!