Visit with Family

Hola from balmy Mexico!

I guess you could say that I took a hiatus from blogging.  I am not one to do a posting just to fill space – not going to bore you with how I rearranged my kitchen cabinets (which is a posting I actually came across recently).

We, like many others, have been patiently awaiting the rainy season as it has been a long dry spell.  Many of those who have migrated south of the border (and locals perhaps) take a little break from this area during the month of May, which is our hottest month. Having said that, it still is rather pleasant here even at 90º, as we do not have the accompanying humidity during the dry season.  We did decide, however, to follow the crowds and take a trip north of the border to see family.

Our first stop was Indianapolis to visit Terry’s sister and husband and to pick up a vehicle we have stowed there.  Once the rains subsided (which had been plentiful this year in the midwest), we assisted in planting a garden, which I thoroughly enjoyed.  Terry got the task of roto-tilling the ground before we planted so I am not sure that he has as fond memories as I do!

I was reminded by my sister-in-law that when I posted some pictures of family back over the Christmas holidays, I neglected to include everyone in the family, that being the four-legged variety of relative.  My apologies to Frank and Pearl!

Frank Posing for the Camera
Pearl Napping after a Tough Day!

Pearl is very camera-shy (actually barks when you point a camera at her, as does Terry’s sister when a camera is pointed in her direction!) so taking a picture of her had to be a sneak attack.

From there we headed to Illinois to see my brother and family and to attend my godson’s graduation.  We also had the honor of seeing said godson (Seth) decked out for his 8th grade dance, which was quite an event.  It looked more like the prom to me.  My, how times have changed!

Seth and Friend Dressed for the Dance
Paige, Seth, and Blake

A rare shot of niece and nephews in the same photo:  Paige, always the photogenic one; Seth, still no smile to speak of; and Blake, hamming it up for the camera!

Next on the agenda was getting ready for a very important graduation.  I saw friends that I had not seen in 20+ years!  It was a very good time.

Proud Parents and Siblings Awaiting the Graduate
Grandma and Happy Graduate

And that is about as close as we could get to capturing a smile on Seth’s face!

A grade school talent show was on the list of activities that we took time to see, where our niece Paige did a song and dance routine with several of her friends.

Paige - the "Justice" Girl

After a few days of enjoying family in Illinois, we ventured to Ohio to spend time with Terry’s parents, assisting with as many projects as they would allow.  The weather was very nice, as was our visit.  We were both grateful to be able to offer a helping hand where needed.

From Ohio, back to the Indianapolis area to spend a night with niece Sara and her significant other, Nick.  I am including photos of two more of our four-legged relatives, one who was overlooked in my last family posting (Bailie) and the newest addition to the family, Marge.

Bailie, a Very Calm, Lovable Girl
Marge, with Mom Sara

Out of control, boisterous Marge thought she was a cat in this next shot, attempting to climb as far into Terry’s lap as she could

We had a wonderful visit and the time flew by, as it seems to when you are on vacation.  Is it proper to call it a vacation when you are retired?

We are now back in Mexico, returning to the rainy season and some amazing storms.  It is a bit more humid than before the rains came and the temps are hovering around 80º. Not a bad gig if you can get it!

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4 thoughts on “Visit with Family

  • Lu and Terry,

    It’s about time we heard from you….was beginning to worry. Let us know how the rainy season goes. We miss Ajijic and the peace and fun we had there.
    Cheryl and Zeke should be back in Ajijic by now to spend two months during the summer. Let me know if you need their email. They live near you.
    Enjoy the Salsa dancing. Tell Brad we miss him also.

    Jan and Bob

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