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Autumn 11 2019

A bit of November doldrums here! I did have a lovely lunch out with a friend I have not seen for ages. Her husband worked with mine in the Computer Science Department at Cleveland State. That world is so changed since I was at all connected to it. But it is always good to reconnect with friends from long ago.

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Quiet Days

October 6th my dd Alice had a family birthday party for my youngest grandson Stephen. He is 9 years old now. Very hard to believe. It was a fun party with lots of cousins since we were surprised by my nephew Laci’s family (this name is pronounced Luh’ Tsee – rhymes with klutzy) driving down from Michigan. Alice and Mike gave Stephen the technical helmet he had wanted for his bike. I gave him, at Alice’s suggesting (and I did ask her if she didn’t want to rethink it) a set of drums. And he had lots of other fun gifts as well, and a delicious chocolate orange cake. Since most people don’t want a photo of their younger kids I am posting one of my great nephew Janos who is a college senior.

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In this picture you can see some of the cake, as well as the delicious Hungarian retes (strudel) which Alice neni and Barney traditionally bring.

In the meantime, fall has arrived in Bath township. We have had sunny cool days with lovely fall color. Alice sent me a picture of one of her trees.

Alice oct 19 2019 tree

And here is something from my back yard.

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Andy continues work on the steam launch Nyitra. This bit (not finished) looked interestingly sculptural when he showed it to me.

blog oct 19 2019 Andy work

In other news his very loved gerbil, Master Brunel, has left us. He was ill for a long time with a huge tumor. Now a new gerbil has come to live here. He is Silent Bob. Andy just saw a double feature of Jay and Silent Bob and Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. I hope Silent Bob will enjoy his life here!

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Just about every Friday evening Emily, Sofia and Clara come over for dinner. From time to time their Papa Ingmar will come too, if there is no market the next morning which requires his baking delicious Bavarian Bretzels. And every so often my grandson Stephen (whose ninth birthday is Sunday) is able to join us. We have dinner, often watch Wheel of Fortune, and play cards. Stephen was with us yesterday and we had much more fun.

My son Andy picked up three pumpkins and a set of non-lethal pumpkin carving tools and all the kids had a blast. Emily did too, helping them.

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Stephen’s pumpkin was the character Marshmello from the game Fortnite. Clara did some ghosts and Sofia decided to draw on hers, some of the cute dogs she loves to draw. I especially like the one with the floppy ears.


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The good news is that it is the autumnal equinox and fall is beginning. But we are still having temps in the 80s though the nights are cool.

After being a little too proud that I never fall, I fell twice, Thursday night and then Saturday night. The same place doing the same thing and tripping over the ragged edges of my grandmother’s probably 65 year old dining room carpet as I rushed into my computer room. The first fall was terribly painful and I was hobbling about quite a bit for days after. The second was much less dire, but still, not a good thing. Andy nailed down a small rug over the dangerous interface.

When he brought up his box of nails, etc. to do the fix-up I recognized that he was using my grandfather’s box. In this family we do tend to save, use, and treasure this sort of hand-me-down.

I am not wearing my flip flops anymore as they do tend to catch on things. My hip joint is getting rather iffy nowadays. Bah!

And today is the twelfth anniversary of the death of my best friend and dear husband whom I think of several times a day. We had 35 years together, but so much has changed since he left us. Two of our four grandchildren he never met in this life, and he was in a coma when  Sofia was put in his arms all those years ago. She was two weeks old. But life goes on and it is still a wonderful blessing.


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The House Full of Books

I first read a book I had chosen myself, for my own pleasure, in second grade, in 1952. It was called Hello, David. I loved the story, even though I could sense that David’s parents were making a mistake. They sold their farm in the country and moved to a farm closer to the city. It was the opposite of what was happening in those days! But I loved the illustrations and the descriptions of his school in the country and his new school in the city. When I was younger, before I could read for myself, my mother read to me  all the time, usually from the Little Golden Books.

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When I was in fourth grade, actually in summer at my much loved Pokagon Girls Camp (http://www.pokagongirlscamp.com/)near Angola, Indiana, someone loaned me a copy of Anne of Green Gables, and I turned into a bibliophile forthwith. My Aunt Fran gave me a copy of Little Women for my birthday and my mother gave me some Nancy Drew books for Christmas. Any gifts or money I received went for books!

book Anne of Green Gables

How I loved all those Anne of Green Gables books and all the Thrushwood Books, as well!

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And on and on it went, year after year, decade after decade! I have a number of favorite authors, such as D.E. Stevenson and Maud Hart Lovelace. I collected tons of mysteries, books on herbs and gardening and art and cookbooks and the history and art of Hungary as well….Oh, lots more sorts of books. Reading is pretty much my main “hobby” if that is what it is, especially as I am more arthritic! It’s been a lifelong joy.

This morning I had an email from my dd Alice which almost made me  burst into tears. It was  a photo of some school work from my youngest grandchild, Stephen, from this first week of second grade.

Stephen september 2019

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Andy aug 2019 ss 1

Last week at Point Chautauqua Andy and three friends participated in the second annual Sail vs. Steam challenge. There was some work still to be done on the Nyitra, but most of it was accomplished. The actual contest happened on Saturday, August 24th.

And……………Sail won. Istvan, (Hungarian version of Stephen) who was doing the sailing said he won by a technicality. Andy won’t call it that. What actually happened was that Andy and Nick were steaming along in the Nyitra when the stack blew off. They are not exactly sure why…This mishap changed the way the launch functioned. The steam pressure fell and so did the speed, alas. Andy says that now, Nyitra has joined the exclusive club of steamboats which left part of themselves at the bottom of the lake. The route was from our dock at Point Chautauqua, across the Lake to the bell tower of the Chautauqua institute and then to Mayville, to the boat ramp. The Nyitra ran short of fuel, perhaps because of the missing stack making it run less efficiently and needed to be towed at the end. Istvan’s girl friend Zsofi was running Alice and Mike’s motorboat and was able to tow the Nyitra to Mayville.

Lots of porchsitting and  meals out and trips to Boxcar Barney’s for ice cream took place over the weekend and Andy was home by Sunday around noon. The have a trophy for this which is being added onto even as I write.

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Wednesday Evening

Lion King 1

I arranged this ages ago, January or February. We bought tickets for the seven who wanted or were able to attend – Alice, Mike, Stephen, Em, Fia, Clara and me. And then when the time came I was really worried about my “mobility issues” and had decided not to go. Luckily, Emily phoned Playhouse Square and found they could have a wheelchair for me. Even though our seats were on the ground level, I was afraid it would be too much walking for me. I’m so glad she talked me into going. It was a wonderful performance! And I noticed there were about six other people getting wheelchair assistance. They stopped at the front door and Mike went in to arrange things and the usher with the wheelchair came out to the car. There was also help at the intermission and the end. It was a sold out show with the Broadway touring company. Enthralling from beginning to end. The woman beside me had been to three other performances.

Lion King me at rows end aug 21 2019

Our group looking one way……..And then another.

LK our row

I remember going to movies in these theaters with my Nana when I was quite young. They are beautiful theaters which were almost allowed to fall apart. Fortunately in the ’80s a strong push began to raise money and restore them! You can read about their history here:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playhouse_Square

And if you go to this website you can see the opening number. https://www.lionking.com/about

The costumes and whole production is astonishing.

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