Sunday, August 26, 2012

Back In Cincinnati

We were able to stay until the end of the rally in Manistee with the Haulin' HitchHikers.  I did four of the five days water aerobics, we came out $50 ahead on the gambling money and we didn't pay for any meal while we were there other than with the vouchers they had given us.  We even had one left over to pick up two sandwiches at the deli and put them in our refrigerator for travel on Friday. 

Thursday we all met up again for the buffet luncheon and then went back to the pavilion for games and karaoke followed by Happy Hour at five.  A lot of folks went back to watch the sunset and another stop at the other ice cream store in town, not the Dairy Queen, but we wanted to get things put together for the next day.

We drove to Auburn IN and spent the night at a campground we have used before.  We did unhitch and go into town for fuel but didn't do anything else.

Saturday morning we drove into Cincinnati arriving about noon.  We showered, had one more LaRosa Pizza and then went to St. Joseph's in North Bend for church.  As we were walking in, people were walking out.  One of the priests in hospice was dying and the other priest was with him and the priest assigned didn't show up!  There was a communion service instead so we stayed.

Ted's brother Kevin and his wife Barb were there and they invited us back to their house for the evening.  She offered us all sorts of food and drinks but we weren't hungry at all but we did drink some lemonade.  I enjoy their company so much.  We were glad we had that time together.

We have to be at the funeral home late this afternoon.  Karen and Ron were going to meet us this morning for breakfast but they hit something on their way home last night that tore up their tire and rim.  They need to assess the situation this morning.  They are selling their truck and are down to just one car. 

Tomorrow will be the funeral Mass at Holy Family Church for Eileen, Ted's family's church since the early 1900s.  His mother was baptized there, his parents were married there, he was baptized there and our granddaughter Morgan was baptized there.  I suppose Eileen will be the last to be buried from there.  Everyone else has gone before her.

We have come full circle.  We started our summer trip here arriving June 1, traveled up through Ohio and Michigan all summer and now we will head home from here.  It's been a crazy, sometimes sad summer.  We are used to being on the go and sightseeing much of the time.  That didn't happen this time.  Sometimes in life we have to set aside our plans and tend to others.  I hope we did a good job.

Philippians 2:4

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

1 comment:

Carol @arewethereyet said...

Donna - I am so sorry for your and Ted's loss. I understand about the needs of others coming before some things that we might want to do - I can't tell you how many times Dan and I talk about how much we miss being on the road. But, I have mom and now am taking of Lorelai everyday while Melissa works. While this is a blessing and I enjoy it - it is still hard on Dan. Try to enjoy your time with family and friends and drive safely on your way home. (BTW - I'm back on my blog finally!)