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Today is August 18th, 2015 and it would have been the 70th birthday of my dear husband Paul Jalics, had he lived…. He always teased me about being an “older woman” because I was some months older than he, though we were born in the same year, 1945.

This is the day we would become the same age again!

I know he would be very happy to see how much fun the next generation is having at Chautauqua. He loved water skiing and taught many people and kids to enjoy this sport. This weekend his grandson Nathan got up on skis for the first time at his first attempt.
Well done, Nathan!

Paul August 2015

I’ve been in Ohio since Saturday, though the drive home seems to have precipitated a huge flare up of arthritis in my right shoulder, arm and hand…This is a surprise because the drive there Tuesday before yesterday caused no problems at all.

It is still difficult to write so this will be short!
The week at the cottage was lots of fun, doing things with my granddaughters, things outside and within. I taught them how to do zen tangle designs on squares that can ultimately become coasters they can give as gifts (http://pinsta.me/tag/nzeppel) and I taught them how to make the kind of paper dolls I made as a child. You can google homemade paper dolls and find lots of inspiration and direction.

Now Ingmar is back at the cottage with Fia and Clara after a weekend in Ohio selling his wonderful Bavarian pretzels at the Howe Meadow Market. His project now is rebuilding the rock “wall” at the front of our property. Four tons of rocks were delivered….Is this a good idea for someone with back problems?

The talk on Saturday about the Poor Farm in Dewittville was fascinating and I hope to write about that next.

Alice August 2015 midway with cousins

I’ll be having fun with my kids and grandkids and ending the week with a talk at the Firehall given by the county historian Michelle Henry about the Poor Farm which used to be down on Meadows Road….It’s sponsored by the Point Chautauqua Historical Preservation Society and I arranged for the speaker, so I’m quite excited to hear her talk.

I’ll be back home next week!

Clara july 2015 kayaking with Mom Em

Last summer Stephen learned how to kayak at Lake Opeongo in Algonquin Provincial Park with a kid kayak that belonged to Alice’s cousin Laci – the father of Ari whose team won the soccer championship yesterday. And this summer I bought one for our cottage and blogged about it on July 10th. It was being enjoyed so much that I bought another one Friday and Emily and her family took it up to the cottage when they drove there yesterday, in time for the Point Picnic. I was thrilled to see pictures of them enjoying the kayaks!

Sofia july 2015 kayaking

Clara july 2015 kayaking

The new one is blue. I thought it would be fun for them to be different….

Ari’s team won the national championship for their age group (U13) in soccer. I’m so proud of her and all her team!

Jalics Amy and Ari national champions july 2015

On the left is my niece Amy and on the right her daughter the champion Ari!

“Under-13 Girls: So Cal Blues Baker (CA-S) 1-2 (PKs) PSG MI Gators 02 Orange (MI)
PSG MI Gators 02 Orange (MI) (RII-C) won the Under-13 Girls championship defeating So Cal Blues Baker (CA-S) (RIV-C) in penalty kicks. The match went to halftime scoreless, leading to believe that both teams would have a match similar to their 0-0 preliminary match on Wednesday. In the 51st minute however, PSG broke through the stalemate on a corner kick play. So Cal Blues tried to clear the ball, but PSG serviced it back in and forward Madison Medalle got a beautiful header to put the Gators in the lead. As play continued, So Cal pressured and produced multiple corner kicks in an effort to get back in the match. Sure enough a corner kick play helped the Cal South side, and defender Lillian Shea saved So Cal Blues with a stoppage time goal, taking the match to overtime. After the 1-1 score remained in overtime, penalty kicks were needed to determine a winner. PSG went up first and got goals by Arianna Jalics, Justina Gaynor, Caitlin O’Malley and Emily Mathews. Intermittently, So Cal players Rilee Harmon, Isabella DAquila, and Marisa Bubnis also found the back of the net. As So Cal’s fourth kicker took a shot, PSG keeper Emma Bourtorwick got a block tapping the ball up and out. All that was needed was one last PSG goal to end it, and midfielder Jessica Koje slotted it in for the victory.”

“It’s almost a feeling of relief right now,” said PSG Gators Head Coach Jeremy Harkins. “I’m so happy for those girls. All the tears really tell the story. This is by far the best team that they’ve ever played and it’s because they worked so hard that they got it done.”

Still splinted and bandaged and may be so for a month! But getting better at typing.

Too exciting this morning. Alice and the boys were coming over but then I got a phone call from her that they were just leaving the ER. On a hike near O’Neil Woods down by Yellow Creek, Stephen was bitten by a four foot long snake……Alice didn’t know it it were poisonous or not, so they went to the ER for Babies and Children’s and he was the first snake bite victim they’ve apparently ever had. The snake was a common water snake and not poisonous.

Stephen july 2015 snake bite 2

Stephen july 2015 snake bite trying again

Stephen was very brave and Nathan was a great big brother! And we’re glad it was not worse!

The not so local news is about my great niece, Ari, daughter of my nephew Laci, who is in the finals of the National Girls Soccer Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her Dad, who is one of her coaches, wrote this:

“Ari’s amazing team, the Michigan Gators, is playing in the US Youth Soccer National Final tomorrow in Tulsa, OK. In order to qualify to be here they won the Michigan State Cup made up of 44 teams. They then went on to win the Region II championship made up of 16 other state champions which qualified them for the national tournament made up of 4 teams, the winner from each region. They have moved past two of those teams and tomorrow they play in the final match to determine this years national champion in her age group(U13). It will be streamed live http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org/600_pm_field_6__u13g/”

Jalics Ari july 2015 natl champs

Ari is the player on the right.

Ouch!

I am taking a short break from blog writing because an injury to my thumb has it all splinted andbandaged up….
It may be quite a while before I am back! I will miss you all1

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