Friday, March 17, 2017
Pat and I have returned from a pleasant trip out to see our son Philip, with a side trip to the original Disneyland in southern California. We had a great time.
Some pictures of our adventures.
We spent our SoCal Saturday with Pat’s brother Raymond and his family. It was a pleasant time to visit and catch up on one another’s lives. We went to Sofia’s soccer practice/scrimmage. We visited the Walt Disney Theater in downtown LA. Ray and Sandra are both University of Southern California grads, so they showed us around the impressive USC campus a little bit. It was fun just to be together and share a couple meals. Ray, like his dad, is a dentist. Sandra works in the TV business as an editor.
On Sunday, we made the short drive over to Eastside Christian Church in Anaheim. As we entered the massive building, we wondered if we would feel out of place. But after the service, we both knew we had “been in church” that day. We were blessed at ECC.
We spent a week with Philip in Portland, Oregon. On our few day trips we walked up (slowly, with a few breaks…the hill is steep!) to Washington Park, and also drove out to the Columbia River Gorge. Pat used one day to cook up some of Philip’s favorite dishes to pack away in his freezer. Most of our days we stayed in Portland, but our rental car enabled us to venture out a bit farther on the weekend than the bus or train could take us.
Although Philip spent his days at his work at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), we had evenings and the weekend to share.
The return trip was a bit extended last Tuesday. Our flights routed through Chicago, and ORD experienced severe delays and cancellations on that day. We departed Portland, Oregon early Tuesday morning, but did not arrive at home until Wednesday evening. There was a long delay at our connection in Salt Lake City. In Chicago, we had 3 cancellations, with the last one announced after midnight. ORD provided stranded passengers like us a cot for a few hours rest. We were able to fly out on a re-scheduled flight after lunch on Wednesday! We can say with experience, that ORD is a deserted place after midnight, but at 4 am, the place is bustling again!
We are now adjusting back to the Eastern Time Zone.
Now that we’re back home in Indiana, we are catching up on the stack of mail, and getting back into the groove of farm life. The machines have been fully prepared by Brandon and John, and we wait now for warmer and drier days to begin spring field work. The sprayer and the nitrogen applicators will get going as soon as the soil conditions allow.
In other good news, Ross is walking on his own now, sans scooter or crutches. His recovery from his ankle surgery back in December is going well, and about as was predicted by his doctor. It’s good to see him back on his feet (literally) once again.