Thank you thank you thank you!

Hi everyone,

What a birthday I had! Sandy, Robin, and Jeff made every bit of it special. It was truly a day to remember.

To all the friends, family, and loved ones who called, wrote poems, and sent wishes, thank you! I did my best to keep up but at one point I fell behind with my thank-you notes and then Facebook went haywire and I was no longer able to post anything. It was very frustrating. I hope you know that I read and loved each reminder that we all live in the same community.

This morning it’s back in the wheel for me. Lots to do before we head back to Missouri.

Taking fun where you find it

Hi everyone,

Yesterday was the last day of our lease so it was all hands on deck to take down shelves, take out trash, and clean up and haul away the final loads of odds and ends. To relieve the tedium, Jeff and friend/neighbor Linda Goodman engaged in a duel with yard sticks. You have to take your grins where you can find them.

Thanks to Robin, Tim, Jeff, and Linda for all their help. We were nearly too weary to stand by the time we finished at 8:00 or so last night. Now we have everything that was left of Gamble’s safely stored so that Sandy can greet customers and go about the business of placing remaining merchandise for sale online.

Homemade ice cream!

Hi everyone,

I’ve been wanting homemade ice cream all summer and this morning Sandy finally found the recipe she’s been looking for tucked into one of her cookbooks. Hooray! This afternoon I’ll go to the store for the ingredients and then get out the electric freezer. When Robin, Tim, and maybe Kris come over for dinner this evening, we’ll have the ice cream for desert!

Yesterday Sandy and I worked for hours getting the patio vacuumed and the leaves out of the pool. I turned up the heater so the water should be perfect for an afternoon swim. It’s going to be a beautiful day for a fall family pool party.