Archive for June, 2016

Busy June

Don’t you find me the master of catchy titles? No? Why I can hardly understand that.

Still, June has been really busy for all of us….Emily flew off to Budapest to wish her dear Isa neni a slightly early 90th birthday and then she went to a conference in Prague for a week. I had my sweet granddaughters with me both Saturdays all day and we all, I think this is true, had a wonderful time together. Nathan had a week of boy scout camp. Then Ingmar’s mother (Fia and Clara’s Oma from Germany) arrived for two weeks. And lots more. Sorry I have not been blogging about it more as it happens. And, of course, regular life goes on. My D.E. Stevenson group has been discussing Vittoria Cottage and Ingmar has had great Saturdays at the market and Andy has been really busy with work and his steamboat hobby. Mostly, it has been too hot. I just read a sad comment this morning that if one is less than 31 years old they have never had a month in all their lifetime which has had lower than normal temperatures. Certainly we have not normally had so many days in the 90s in June in my life. But yesterday and today have been in the 70s and I love it!

Alice june 2016 tania in town

Alice’s friend Tania from Seattle is here for a week and we all had a fun dinner together the day after Emily’s return. You can see photos of us all together last New Years for the raclette dinner in this post:  https://thickethouse.wordpress.com/2016/01/03/busy-busy-busy/

Clara june 2016 chess with oma

Clara and Oma study chess together.

Andy june 2016 buying another old boat for the  pontoons

Andy bought a very cheap “donor boat” to use for extra pontoons for the Nyitra, the pontoon boat he is changing to steam. Getting it onto the trailer was lots of fun. Before he had gone far on the road home, a man came running out of his house and bought the canopy for $50.00.




This is the present state of the donor boat. Andy has been taking it all apart and putting the rejected material (the deck was practically compost) into a Home Depot bagster which will be hauled away.

Sofia june 2016 em comes back from europe

The girls were so excited to welcome their mother home again.

Sofia june 2016 fruit w oma and clara and papa near rittmansofia june 2016 fruit pail

And to end on a sweet note – Ingmar, his Mom and the girls picked strawberries and raspberries at a farm near Rittman, Ohio yesterday. Yumm!


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Local News for June

I had a lovely time at the cottage with Susan and Norman except – it was so cold and windy we could barely sit on the front porch to enjoy the lake! After ten to fifteen minutes we had to go in. Not only was it cold but the wind was practically gale force.  Of course the morning we all left it turned warmer and calm!

Still, weather could certainly not stop us from having lots of fun together. We had a great time at East Branch Books in Sherman where we always manage to find a few treasures, and then on to Quilt Haven in Lakewood. And the three of us enjoyed playing Oh, Hell! every evening. And we had a great visit with Susan’s cousin Jane and then all four of us went out for a dinner at the Ellicotville Brewing Company in Bemus Point. This is a new place where the old Surf Club once was and it’s lovely and the food was delicious and the company even better.


There are great flowers all around and one can listen to the concerts at the Italian Fisherman from the dining room.

Chautauqua ellicotville brewing co 2016 bemus

And now we are into some really hot weather for Bath, in June. Several days in the 90s which is quite unusual. Today Alice and Mike took Nathan to Camp Christopher for a week of Boy Scout Camp and after planted orange flowers (Paul’s favorite color) at his grave in the little country cemetery just a stone’s throw from the camp.

Nathan june 2016 boy scout camp Christopher

Nathan june 2016 by to family at boy scout camp Christopher

Paul june 2016 fathers day flowers alice and family planted

When Alice was washing dirt away from the marker they discovered an enormous nest of ants just off to the left. But everything was accomplished, and despite the drought we’ve been having,  these are the kinds of flowers  Paul loved and some mint from the dock at Chautauqua. Beautiful memories.


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The last day of May ended with the 13th wedding anniversary of my sweet daughter Emily and her dear husband Ingmar. Wonderful memories!

em wed 6

It was one week after the 17th anniversary of Alice and Mike!

More wonderful memories.

Alice wedding 14 years

I love recalling that both Alice and Emily wore my wedding veil to be married. My parents bought it for me in Venice, Italy, the summer before I married.  Those memories go back a long time!

For the present, Andy and his friend Istvan (Hungarian version of Stephen) are off on a Great Lakes Cruise on the S.S. Badger. It seems a cruise for Engineers and they are looking forward to seeing the Engine Room.

Andy june 2016 trip badger image

Andy june 2016 trip badger

And I am gearing up for the future, next week to be exact, when my friends Susan Daly and Norman Rogers (I hope I am spelling that correctly!) will join me at Point Chautauqua in upstate New York.

We hope to enjoy being at the lake, though it may be rather cooler, and scouting out bookstores, quilt shops, a special miniature shop and some good restaurants. Plus, Susan’s talented cousin Jane owns  Cadwell’s Cheese House, run by her family for nearly 100 years,  which is always a pleasure to visit. And I am sure we will.

Chautauqua cheese shop cadwell's



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