Thursday, April 19, 2012
Sunday, April 8, 2012
I survived my first 'running' 5 K along with co-workers Laura Wilson, Deb Wudtke, Chris Kottwitz and husband, Martin Kottwitz in Kirkwood after a sunrise service at Forever Oak Hill cemetery. I finished 129th out of 142 runners. Not bad for my first time. There was one other person my age (60) and two slightly older. My goal was to finish, run as much as possible and not be last. I know I can do better next time. The race was organized by Concordia Lutheran and Jeremy Becker to help the senior youth pay for mission trips this summer.
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Saturday, February 4, 2012
January 27th was a milestone for me as I reached the 60 mark. As one of my co-workers, Mr. Henschen, says, "At least I'm still above ground." Holly and Brad with the help of Ron, family and friends totally surprised me with a party. Ron and I spent the day in Edwardsville with lunch at The Peel (owned by a former student), shopping for needed supplies for the remodel job and searching for ideas for the new house. Brad and Holly were supposed to cook for us while we were gone. We were not supposed to be back until 4:30. I assumed they were making a cake, cooking something spectacular for dinner and making something refreshing for cocktails. I was so tickled to not have to cook or go out. When we arrived back home, my first response inside the kitchen was, "There are people here!" Even though we threw a birthday party for Ron's 60th 6 years ago, I never suspected a surprise for me. What a great gift from Holly and Brad to spend so much time and effort in creating this fun time with friends.
When Ron and I bought the Schlecte farm, we had no idea what all would come from this investment. Since that purchase we have gone through a major remodel of his cute little house. It was in too good of shape to tear down although nothing had been changed since the 70's when it was built. It even had the same builder's antique white on the walls and original carpet. The structure was in good shape though, and we began the process of installing a large front porch, new windows, new siding, lighting, a garage door, and many gallons of paint and flooring to update the garage and inside rooms. It is only 1,000 square feet but has a walk out basement that we are finishing now. There are three ponds on the property that needed a lot of cleaning up as well with the removal of lots of brush. This was the sight of Holly and Brad's wedding reception. We have since decided to build a retirement house for us on the property and Holly and Brad will be moving into our house where she will be the 4th generation to live on that property. The Quilt House will become a place to sew, create, and quilt for all of us as well as house guests and have parties. More pictures to follow when construction on the new house starts hopefully this spring.