You couldn't have asked for more perfect weather than this Father's Day weekend. Les was here for the weekend, and all the family except John and Ginger made it over on Sunday. There was a total of 6 dads, but of course Dad/Grampa/Great-Grampa is the guest of honor. Here he is checking out the restored photograph my brother Bob had framed for him. It's a 1918 photo of his father lined up with fellow Navy ship painters in Newport.
The kids gave D a pair of Adirondack chairs with the promise to paint them the color of his choice. As there are two, I'm assuming I can sit in one and pick my color. Maybe.
The great-grandkids had a great day with squirt guns, soccer, and sprinkler etc. Little Abby is now walking like a champ!
Son-in-law Dan built a workbench in our cellar for his stained glass work. As he posted on Facebook, "New workbench! Complete with a small shelf, perfect for storing works in progress. I used the tools of at least 2 grandfathers for a little nostalgia. Now I can get back to work!" (P.S. He is taking commissions.)
I've joined Facebook this past year, at first to be able to take part in some closed groups for speech pathologists and for Moms work. It's a good way to keep in touch with far-flung relatives too. I'll post additional photos on FB. Now that I'm no longer working in a school I feel less leery about it.
Well, it's official. After 34 years as a speech-language pathologist, all in the same school district, I have retired. It hasn't truly sunk in and probably won't until late August, when I won't have to get up and head out to the first' professional development day' prior to the start of school for students. However, my two fellow SLP retirees and I already have plans for that day!
Sometime when I get my head together I may reflect here on those 34 years.
I have lots of nebulous plans for what to do with myself, once I'm done basking in the relaxing glory for a bit, (like this guy).
If I don't have some structure and purpose I'm sure to go crazy. Some things I'd like to do, in no particular order:
* Learn new crafts- weaving, painting, woodworking, crochet...
* Do family genealogy on my mom's side. My cousin Joe has done exhaustive work on my dad's side of the family, but Mom's side was a bit of a mystery even to her.
* Bird watch! Though I'm told the chi-chi term is 'birding'. I'm becoming obsessed with this, as I am wont to do.
We got a pole feeder to thwart the squirrels, and so far it has. The feeder on the left holds syrup (I didn't add any yet), grape jelly, and orange halves to attract Baltimore orioles. No luck yet, and it may take a while.
* Join the local historical society.
* Continue volunteering with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, natch.
* Join the League of Women Voters. A South County chapter has recently been formed. Unfortunately the monthly meetings are on the same night as my knitting guild, which I've been a member of for nearly 25 years, so I'll have to find another way to work with the League.
* Canvass for gun sense candidates in the upcoming elections
* Get a passport and maybe travel somewhere. I'd like to visit John in Alaska, but don't know if I could handle the long flight. A road trip might be nice.