Well once again, Happy Anniversary to Jeremy & Doris.
Last night I stayed up a little later than usual to finish a book called A Fine Balance. It was an Oprah book many years ago – usually I go running from Oprah books (the choices sometimes seemed a little too new-agey for me), but somehow I found recommendations of this book from other sources and I found out it had 4.5 stars on Amazon so I went ahead and ordered it from this paperback trading website that I use. It’s a long book and all the protagonists end up in dire situations at the end, but it is so beautifully written and the characters are so interesting and all the complicated plot lines are intertwined that after I finished the book, I just sighed this big sigh of sadness and melancholy.
On a happier note, today is our 15th anniversary! Happy day to us 🙂 We had takeout pizza from our favorite pizza place and reminisced. I hope to walk down the path of life with you for a long, long time sweetie!
Tomorrow is the first day of school – first day of middle school for Vince, but neither child is going to make it to school tomorrow. They both are running fevers and spent the whole day asleep under covers and moaning at the closest adult around. I’m thankful that Vince has learned to swallow pills and Edda can manage the chewable pills so now there is no sticky children liquid medicine in the house. It’s been such a wonderful summer that maybe the kids are protesting that it shouldn’t really end, that school shouldn’t really start. I’m not that worried about Edda’s schedule, she has the same teacher and the same paraeducators – but Vince! He missed orientation last week when he was in NY with Jeremy’s parents (and the kids all got their schedules then) and now he’s going to miss the first day of class – he’s going to be totally clueless when he shows up on the 2nd or 3rd day of class. I hope he’s not too lost when he shows up.
It has been a beautiful weekend, we got to spend part of it in the Catoctin Mountains with our pal, Carla. Edda hiked about 0.4 miles with us on her own two feet, but then she got tired and we put her in her stroller and went on a wheelchair accessible trail – you can see it in the 2nd photo below. They made a path with rubberized wood chips in a brown color so you can’t really tell that it’s made with space age polymer technology.
We were originally not going to take any dogs on this trip as they can be trouble, but Ruby somehow sensed we were going someplace fun and hopped into the minivan and pretty much refused to get out. And she was right, it was a lot of fun – streams and mud galore.
Before Rena got her PhD in Fluid Mechanics (on Air Turbulence Flow), she was pregnant with Doris. At that time & after, three of us all depended on Rena’s meager scholarship income. At that time, almost no job prospect for all aerospace graduates including me – aerospace industries were in very bad shape.
Today, while celebrating our anniversary, Rena and I are very grateful to what our family consists of, especially on the human side.
Pictures below show our anniversary celebration – Rena & me with my super omelette (3 eggs) with all home-grown ingredients (tomatoes, egg plants, green peppers, spring onions, potatoes, etc) except eggs and 100% and hand-picked home-grown assorted flowers from our garden.