This time last week, I was enjoying my first out-of-town company since moving into the condo. Penny, my sister-in-law of 39 years, and her sweet husband Mike had arrived about 9:30 p.m. the night before in the midst of a typically severe Midwest thunderstorm. I greeted them with hugs and a ”welcome to Iowa”!
The photo below of (L to R) Mike, Penny, me and Bill was taken sometime in the mid-1970′s. When you’ve been together since 1966, there is a storehouse of memories and a strong bond. I’m sure Bill was looking down from Heaven…reminiscing along with us and laughing at the three of us.
We enjoyed a leisurely breakfast and lunch together each day. In the afternoon, we headed over to my daughter’s house for a fun visit and delicious supper. The grandchildren love Aunt Penny & Uncle Mike! It was all so much fun.
As a superb craftsman and “handyman”, Mike found several things around the condo that needed repair and attention – and fixed them! I had been living with having to plug/unplug the lamp in the living room each day…trying not to trip over the exposed cord! (The condo was built in the 80′s and does not have a plug in the floor). Among other creative fixes, Mike devised a method of hiding a new cord under my large area rug and plugged it in behind the entertainment center. No more exposed cord and no more tripping over it! Oh, so much better that I did a little happy dance!
One day, we headed to Lowe’s where we picked up brown felt feet for all my bookcases, entertainment center, table and chairs (Mike’s super idea). Since they came in their dual-cab truck, we also picked up a glass-topped round table and two new chairs for my porch – in keeping with the blue & green theme of the pillows which my daughter selected. I also found another inexpensive table to elevate my other fern. Mike arranged all the furniture on the porch and it looks great! Penny says he’s a “keeper” and I agree!
They had been searching for a travel trailer and actually purchased one here! It’s a 24′ one that can sleep 6, complete with television, stove top, microwave, bathroom and table & banquet! It looks so comfortable – a home away from home in the Smokies or wherever they journey. My grandchildren loved it – especially since they had to store it at my daughter’s house while they were here.
After the Monday night storm on the evening they arrived, the weather turned cool and very much like Fall. The porch was a very pleasant place to be. They enjoyed sitting out there and Penny especially enjoyed reading there.
All too soon, our visit was over and they made the long trip back to Memphis – this time pulling a 24′ travel trailer! Thank you, Mike and Penny, for the fun visit and all the help. I miss you guys already. Come back soon!