Thank you to Jodene Johnson Taylor for her recent donation to the class fund! We appreciate the generosity of all those who have contributed.
Good news! Craig L is OK. His house has not floated down the Mississippi.
Craig lives at Port Bryon, Illinois, a town on the Mighty Miss. He tells me he is on high ground, although some other people he knows are not so lucky. We are glad that Craig is staying above water, He writes:
I’m located right in the middle of where it’s all happening, but luckily I live just up above the river, a little over a 1/2 mile. Several homes are damaged within the community I reside in. We’ve had no rain since Sunday, however the rainfall from up above towards the WI & MN state line continued to pour into the Mississippi, creating an abnormal rise in the flood stage.
6/19/08 We are kind of living in the mess! It has a large unfinished room in the basement so that is our temporary quarters. We bought a foreclosure that had heavy smokers in it. We washed down all of the walls several times. Original inside color was white but it had turned yellow with tar. After prepping for 2 days we sprayed kilz on the walls yesterday ending at 3AM. (Yawn) Today we will finish with the kilz and get ready to paint. Hopefully carpet next week.
(6/21) Today final coat of paint goes on the living room. My sons Luke and John are both helping along with nephew Brian. Jessica our 2nd daughter flew in from LA last night with Felicity 8 year old grandaughter. Felicity will be staying with us for about 6 weeks and then she in going back to LA. We are so fortunate to do this almost every summer. Jessica has to return on Monday. She Just opened a new branch for Citi Financial closer to her home. She was managing the largest LA branch before opening this one. Her husband is a Coast Guard rescue pilot. Does alot of stuff with Bay Watch and the Beach patrol. Exicting life but they realy do not like LA. They have about a year left before his tour is up.
As for me, I am keeping busy. I spent part of the morning visiting with Maggie Fann who was here with Bill who was having surgery. While he was under the knife, I hung out with Maggie, talked and drank coffee and lemonade. One of the nurses I used to work with in NICU, a very good friend of mine, happened to be on duty at the Outpatient Surgery Center, so we chatted a bit, too. Her name is also Maggie! She is our oldest son’s godmother. We have been friends for over 30 years.
I have also been a taxi driver today, taking Mike to band at 8:00, picking him up at 9:00, taking him to work at 10:00, picking him up at 1:00. I will be taking him back to work at 4:00 as he is working a double shift today.
We went to Shakespeare-on-the-Green Sunday and saw “Much Ado About Nothing.” It was very good and quite funny. Mike and Anna got there early and staked out our places with blankets. Anna’s folks were also there. They are quite the S-O-T-G buffs. They have been going to the plays for many, many years. They also bring special picnic dinners to eat prior to the play. (Dennis and I eat at home and bring popcorn. We’re amateurs!) Anyway, I took some pictures. Anna brought bubbles, so we had a rather festive evening.
(The first picture shows Jake, Anna’s brother, on the far left, looking back at Anna. Dennis is behind Jake. Anna’s mom is in glasses, hair tied back, leaning forward. Her dad is the bearded one. Anna and Mike are behind her dad.)