Sunday, November 11, 2007

1:51 pm Sunday, November 11, 2007

Firstly, I want to wish my much loved sister, Robin a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY! She told me the last time we talked that she was very grateful to have lived “this long.” We surmised that although we share some health problems (diabetes for one), for the most part we are healthy and agreed we should count our blessings every day for being granted this time in our retirement years to live the good life. Robin along with her husband, Walt are busy, curious and involved in many projects while living in CA most of the year and this keeps their calendar full. They have a second home in WA where during several trips each year they contribute great love, energy and wisdom into the lives of their young grandchildren. During their marriage, they have traveled around the world from England to China and Turkey and all points in between therefore they have many experiences to share with their loved ones who are so fortunate to have such involved grandparents.

We had a good time at the Data Storm Rally. Renewed some friendships, met some new people and learned a few things. I even won one of the many door prizes—a $50 dollar gift card for Best Buy. We also enjoyed our time in Tucson, a great city with many things to do and see. We will come back someday after all the highway construction is completed. Our friends, Gloria and Les dropped in on us for three days on their way back to WA from a mini-family reunion in Branson, MO. It was a wonderful surprise and we enjoyed our time with them immensely!

Also, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge that today is Veteran’s Day. Phil is a Viet Nam Veteran and a patriot to the core. I will not go into our opinions about Iraq because this is a non-controversial blog (hopefully) and I have no desire to start a debate but whether you believe the United States military should be in this war or not, we must recognize the sacrifices our young men and women and their families are making while they do their duty in the Middle East. Phil and I send a big “Thank You” to all the American veterans of all the wars, “police actions” and peace keeping measures around the world.

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