I have let posting here go too long, I fear. Too much has happened! But I will try to catch up as well as I can.
Since returning from Chautauqua in early August, I haven’t felt especially well. First, I was recovering from a very bad deep puncture wound on my left foot, bad enough that my friends took me to the ER for a tetanus booster, and the doctor there amused me by gluing the wound with his special fancy super glue applicator. He did say in an emergency one could use regular super glue. And when that was pretty much healed, I did something to my back which seems to be slowly improving too. But I need to be lying down most of the time, ugh!
But let me try to post a little about what has been going on. The first week of August was magic! Five good D.E. Stevenson friends joined me at the cottage at Lake Chautauqua for lovely days of swimming, talking, eating, shopping……Well, just hanging out together. They are the most kindred of spirits, Susan, Karen, Betty, Linda and Perry. Magic!
Now I am home again and Emily and her family are up at the lake. (After her week at a conference in Miami.) And while I was at the cottage with my friends, Emily and company were having a canoe and camping trip at the Allegheny Resevoir.
The photos above are at the Reservoir.
And now a few photos from the cottage.
Ingmar is working on more railings for the porch, even as I type.
Sofia and Clara have been taking tennis lessons at home and now they can practice at our Memorial Field at the lake.
But the greatest journey has been the one Alice, Mike, Nathan and Stephen are on: to Budapest for a week to celebrate the 90th Birthday of wonderful Isa, my oldest sister in law and then a week in Germany to attend the wedding of Alice’s cousin Ursula to Christian. This journey got off to a very difficult beginning, especially with two young children in tow. However, Nathan and Stephen were troopers! To save a great deal of money on the tickets, Alice and Mike drove to New Jersey to her cousin Miki ‘s home and left the car there. They were supposed to leave from Newark the next day, but the flight was delayed and delayed. At first the airline personnel said the delay was because of the weather, which meant they would not have to pay anything for it. Finally, hours and hours and hours later they admitted it was a mechanical failure and offered motel accommodations and meals. Alice and all of them arrived at their lodgings at 3:00am!
But finally they did fly out, next day. Not on British Overseas to London and on to Budapest, but Air Austria to Vienna and on to Ferihegy in ‘Pest. Tired but happy to have arrived. And yesterday they already had a full day of visiting. They found a wonderful apartment by the Danube with a great view and I hope the rest of their journey goes very smoothly!
The cooler, btw, is not on its way to Europe! It’s full of peppers and tomatoes from my sil Aniko’s garden for her son and his family in New Jersey….
A long wait in Newark……..
Finally, on a plane!
The airport in Vienna had a great playground for kids!
Two happy brothers in Budapest…That’s Castle Hill in the background, across the river, on the right.
Can you believe the woman above will be 90 years old on the 17th of August?
The view from their window………