I decided to make time every Sunday to play the organ inherited from my parents' vacated home, which son Stephan kindly delivered here a week ago. It may end up replacing the keyboard lost in the house fire.
It was very enjoyable, although I have a lot to relearn--how to use all the stops and dance on the pedals.
Monday, August 22nd--Mother and Dad's 69th anniversary
My plan was to include the letters written seventy (yes, 70) years ago between Dad and Grandpa Hirschy--the requesting and granting of permission to marry as well as some other very interesting details about Mother and Dad's courtship. However, I have momentarily misplaced those letters. Instead here is my most recent photo of Dad and again one of Mother reading her own letters written during that period of her life.
Thank you for your faithfulness and love over the many years!
Our post-colonoscopy Red Lobster mid-afternoon meal and a shared strawberry shortcake supper, a delicious celebration after a day and a half on liquids only.
|Strawberry Shortcake from Ivanhoes|
Mike goes out to survey the building progress several times a day and has spent countless hours splitting logs from the large oak tree. I go and walk through as often as possible. It is fun to imagine each room as they begin to take shape. Back at our temporary residence the restoration and replacement process continues steadily.
At a flea market, I found a telephone (or gossip) bench to replace the one that worked so well in our entry way.
Did you know that was what they were called? I could NOT google this antique until someone told me the name.
These are views of the house by the end of the work week.
|Front Entry View|
|North Side View|
Saturday was very much like a vacation day. We were invited to take part in a bike ride with a group of Taylor students as part of their leadership training. Mike went along last year as the bike mechanic. This time we came along on our tandem. Friend Dane helped check and adjust bikes before the ride.
|The Bike Doctors--Mike (foreground), Dane (background)|
|Words of advice from the expert|
|The Happy Cyclists|