Monday, August 21, 2017

TERRY BUCHWALD at the Lockport Monday Night Car Cruise: 8/21/17

Several days ago, Mary Ann called me and said she was interested in going to the upcoming Monday Night Car Cruise at Ida Fritz Park.  I told her that Terry Buchwald (an Elvis impersonator) was going to perform.  We firmed up our plans a day or so ago.................agreeing to meet at FIVE GUYS for supper before going to the event.

Barb happened to be at FIVE GUYS, so we ate with her and probably stayed a bit longer than we would have if she had not been there.  Then Mary Ann and I headed downtown.  Barb needed to talk with her sister on the phone, so she said she probably would not be able to meet us there.

When we arrived at six thirty and found a spot to set up our chairs, the concert was just beginning (PERFECT TIMING).
The first half was Elvis songs and after an intermission, he impersonated some other popular singers such as Garth Brooks and Neil Diamond.  He got the audience to participate in various activities, such as line dancing.  
It was a great evening.  

Sunday, August 20, 2017

BOWLER FAMILY REUNION: 8/20/17 and Lockport Caves Tour

I helped Becky set up  this morning for the reunion.  I ran home around eleven thirty to get my dish to pass COUNTRY STYLE BAKED FRUIT.

People started arriving around one p.m. but they straggled in, even though the invitation said BUFFET LUNCH at one p.m.  We finally decided to eat a little after one thirty p.m.  Everything was very good esp. the sloppy joes. Dan and Cathy were late due to an incident with Laura in the middle of the night.  They brought a bucket of KFC.  Unfortunately, Cathy and Laura had to leave shortly after they sat down to eat because Laura did not feel well.

Near the end of the reunion, I ran home to refrigerate my leftover baked fruit and put some other stuff away.  When I returned I helped Becky take the poster down.  Then Dan and I drove to the LOCKPORT CAVE TOURS and met up with Laura and Cathy.  I took this inside the cave:This is Laura, Cathy and me at the shop where the tour starts.
Our tour guide in front of the remnants of a long ago factory.

We all enjoyed the tour, but the final walk up steep steps was a real workout.
We said our goodbyes and ended a great weekend.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruises and more with the Bowlers 8/19/17

Dan, Cathy and Laura Bowler are in town for the Bowler Family Reunion so I set today aside to spend time with them.   In the morning I ran couple of errands for Peggy and David.  It was close to noon before the Bowlers arrived.

We caught up on news, since we have not seen each other in several years, and I showed them the upstairs apartment since they may stay up there on future visits.

They wanted to do the Lockport Caves Walking and Boat Tour so we located the starting place and went inside.  However we decided to make our reservations or that tour tomorrow after the reunion and instead do the Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruise.  So we headed to Lowertown and purchased tickets for the three p.m. tour.  Cathy and Laura looked around in the gift shop while we waited for the tour time to arrive.

We all enjoyed the tour.  It rained a little bit while we were on the boat, and windows were put up to keep rain out, but it did not last long.  

After the tour was over, we went to REID'S for a late lunch or early supper.  We all had cheeseburgers and fries.  
And the perfecting ending to a great day was our visit to Lake Effect Ice Cream.  It took the three Bowlers a LOOOOONG time to figure out what they wanted!  I think they liked the sundaes they purchased.  

Friday, August 18, 2017

Evening of Worship at Ida Fritz Park

The youth group from Faith Tab. put on this event tonight.
  I asked Betty to go with me.  She suggested we have supper at the hospital before the event and I agreed.  She picked me up in her new car and we headed out.

Supper at the hospital was OK..............but not spectacular.  I think there are many more places in Lockport where you can get a good inexpensive fish fry and next time I will suggest COUSINS CAFE.   Betty bought a couple of extra sides to take home, so we took them to my house to put them in the frig.

There was an incident at the park before the event.  A homeless man threw his beer bottle on the ground and another fellow asked him to pick it up.  When he refused, there was a loud argument and the offended man called the police.  Three cops arrived and talked with them, and the homeless guy (who had a large white bandage over one eye) left.

Peggy arrived and met up with us.  The worship started right at seven p.m.
and it was really good.  My cousin Bridget (Boes) Brown came and Peg and I talked with her for a couple of minutes and prayed with her for her son Owen who is hospitalized with a severe infection.

I think the youth were delighted when they were asked to do an "encore".  They did OH HAPPY DAY!

Betty and I went to JoJo's for ice cream afterwards.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

8/16/17 MOMENTUM KIDS at Skateland !

Peggy asked me to help out with registration at SKATELAND tonight during MOMENTUM KIDS during the MOMENTUM KIDS event.  Faith Tab does this one night event instead of Vacation Bible School or Kids Crusade.  It is open to the public and is offered free of cost.

I helped registering a few kids and helped Candace with putting tokens in gift/prize bags.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Detroit to Buffalo 8/16/17

When I checked my email at Megan's house this a.m. Delta was telling me that I should arrive at least two hours before my scheduled flight departure (which was four p.m.)  That email suggested that I check in ahead of time, so I did it online and printed out my boarding pass.
We left Plainwell a couple of minutes after noon for the two hour drive to the airport in Detroit.   I checked my luggage outside via the valet service, which was very helpful.  The worker kept the boarding pass I supplied her and gave me a new smaller one which also had my departure gate on it.  
Going through security was quick and easy.  I checked the "board" as soon as I found one, and saw that my flight was delayed 35 minutes.

Getting to my gate was quick and easy.  The airport is huge, but signs giving directions are clear and easy to read.  SOOOOOO, here I am, charging up my laptop while I use it.  I just ate my granola bar, and should be able to wait until after my arrival in Buffalo to eat with Peggy and David.  Now, it seems that my departure is further delayed.  I am glad to be able to use free wifi on my laptop.

Updated announcement says the flight is delayed another twenty minutes.  Several minutes later, an announcement says the original 35 to 40 minute delay is reinstated and would passengers on the flight to Buffalo please return to the gate.

I was assigned a seat in the very last row and it turned out to be fine.  The flight did not take as long as was expected. Peg picked me up an we went out to supper at MoMo's.  I was glad to get home and I started unpacking and checked phone messages and looked at some of my mail.  After a bit of time on facebook, exhaustion set in and I went to bed.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Final Day in Michigan: August 14th, 2017

I called Gail this morning to wish her a Happy Birthday.

We all met Chris for lunch at Erbeli's for the pizza and salad buffet.
  It was pretty good.  Then the four of us headed to Portage to visit the CELERY FLATS INTERPRETIVE CENTER.  We found it easily enough, but the buildings were closed.  The schoolhouse was moved here from another location
and so was the grain elevator/feed mill.

tried to find a nearby geocache, no luck.  It was so terribly hot and we decided to call off all geocaching.

where we purchased a dozen donuts.  They really are little and they are also kind of expensive.
We relaxed and Megan and Tyler and I played games off and on for the rest of the day.  Megan prepared mac and cheese for supper.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Saugatuck Dunes State Park: Saugatuck, Michigan

Megan, Chris, Cassy, Tyler and I went to SAUGATUCK DUNES STATE PARK this afternoon.  It involved a mile long hike along a pretty good trail to
get to the beach and the dunes, some time on the beach,
a walk along the beach to see the dunes
snacking and then a walk OUT via the same trail, which is well maintained and offers lots of wooded scenery.
  Afterward we stopped for ice cream at DAIRY DAZE.  They serve HUGE  cones
Chris prepared  a nice late supper of twice baked potatoes and chicken.  

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Half Day Trip to Allegan and Otsego (July 12. 2017

Megan, the kids and I set out for an afternoon of exploring.  We first went to Allegan Michigan to the OLD JAIL AND MUSEUM.  We all enjoyed seeing the original cells as well as the other exhibit.  We left a painted rock in front of the museum.

Then we went downtown to go to some antique shops.  We went to three of them and Megan and the kids made some purchases.  We also went into the restored REGENT THEATRE.
 Before leaving Allegan, we found one geocache.

Then we headed towards Otsego.  On the way we noticed that the LITTLE RED SCHOOLHOUSE Antique Shop was open, so we stopped and went in.
We looked  for two geocaches in Otsego but only found one.  It was a large one on private property.  It was a great afternoon.

Day Five in Michigan

Megan, the kids and I had plans for the afternoon, but as we headed to the car, Chris texted Megan and said he wanted to get the transfer of the Pacifica taken care of, so we quickly abandoned our plans.

Megan, Chris and I drove to Allegan to the DMV and took care of it.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

DAY FOUR in Michigan: geocaching and Binder Park Zoo

 Tyler and I searched for seven geocaches this morning and we found all seven!!!! We stopped at Wendy's and we all had 50 cent frosties.  We picked Cassy up after swim practice and stopped so I could take a picture of this interesting spot
.We had sandwiches at the house before heading to Battle Creek where we went to the Binder Park Zoo, which is a very nice zoo. Cassy's boyfriend Quinn came with us.  There is an area where you can feed the giraffes out of your hand.

Here are a few of the pictures I took:

The  kids also enjoyed the CHILDRENS ZOO, which is a petting zoo.

Chris fixed burgers and hot dogs, Cassy made a salad and someone prepared corn on the cob and we had supper on the back deck.

Later on, Megan and I watched MILLION DOLLAR BABY>

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

DAY THREE of Michigan Trip (August 9, 2017)

In the morning Megan helped me to get started on making a couple of bracelets out of the beads and memory wire that I purchased at THUNDERBIRD S  UPPLIES in New Mexico in 2012.

After lunch we went to Kalamazoo to go to the Kalamazoo Valley Museum.  We all enjoyed the museum.  There is a lot for kids to do (hands on)

and items that many adults would find interesting:

After the museum, we walked to  BRONSON PARK.  It is beautifully landscaped
we found  several painted stones:

We looked for two geocaches in Kalamazoo and found one of them at the former Gibson Guitar Factory.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Day two: Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park with Megan and the kids 8/8/17

We decided to go to Grand Rapids today to go to the FREDERIK MEIJER GARDENS and SCULPTURE PARK.  Before we headed in that direction, we went to COSTCO to get gas and bottle water and some snacks.

Then we headed to Grand Rapids.

We all enjoyed the garden, greenhouses and sculptures at the FREDERIK MEIJER GARDENS and SCULPTURE PARK.  Here are a few pictures:

It was a very hot day, so hot that we left before we saw the whole place.  

Megan looked up restaurants on her smart phone and we decided to go to the ELECTRIC CHEETAH on Wealthy Street in Grand Rapids.
This turned out to be a really neat place that offered really good food.  The prices were a little high, though.  The hand cut fries were delicious.
  We brought a lot of food home with us.

Later on in  the early evening, Megan, Tyler and I went to PLAINWELL ICE CREAM where Cassy works.  The ice cream there is delicious but the best part was seeing Cassy at work.
After we  got back to the house, Megan, Tyler and I played BANANAGRAMS and then SPOT IT!. Then Tyler and I played a few games of CONNECT FOUR, he won the most games.