Amy (my sister) and Rachel (her partner) arrived in Ohio on Thursday morning. I didn't get to see them until I got home from work, but when I did, I gave 'em both big hugs. I hadn't seen 'em since January. We took a nice walk in town and just outside of town heading down to the river. And for old times' sake, we played a game of Pooh Sticks. Amy won, or so she claims. ;-) We agreed that it's a lot harder to play Pooh Sticks on the "new" bridge than it was on the old one. It's so hard to see over the edge.
We popped in to Indians Pizza on the way home and Rachel decided that maybe some ice cream before pizza was in order. None of us had our money with us, so we agreed to get ice cream cones on the walk home with the pizzas when we went to pick them up. We returned home to wait for Becky & Deanna's arrival.
The goal was to play cards & eat pizza. But after our long walk, the girls and I were hungry for pizza already. With some discussion, we came up with what to order. A large deluxe, a large sausage pizza, half with green olives, and a small BLT pizza. Yes, you read that right - Bacon Lettuce & Tomato pizza. I'd heard rave reviews from it at lunch, so I wanted to try it. Others were willing to try it as well.
When the pizzas were ready, the girls and I walked back to Indians Pizza, this time with money. Rachel also ordered a Buckeye Classic ice cream cone and I got a mint chocolate chip ice cream cone. The Buckeye Classic is peanut butter ice cream with little candy buckeyes and chocolate swirls. Of course, since we had ice cream cones in hand, that left Amy to carry the pizzas...
The pizzas were a hit, even the BLT pizza, which is basically a bacon & cheese pizza that, after baking, gets some mayo squeezed onto it, then is topped with lettuce and tomato. After we had our fill, dad retired to his little nest and we ladies sat around the kitchen table for playing Shanghai Rum. Amy sat out of the playing of the game, but she kept score and stayed in the conversation. Although we ran out of time before finishing all of the rounds, we had a lovely time. Mom won with me coming second. Becky, for a change, lost.
Friday was another work day for me, but as soon as I was able to leave, I did. There was a box of food on my kitchen table and a note on my counter. I was to take the food on the table plus some bags of perishables from the fridge and head for the lake with clothes enough for 3 days. This I did and I got to the lake around 5pm.
Mom's brother Doug and his family were supposed to be joining us for supper, and they made it eventually. Dad grilled burgers & dogs and Aunt Charlene brought "wheels" (which was one of Grandma Anderson's big family recipes - basically wheel-shaped macaroni with a milk & butter sauce). The wheels were good, as was the rest of the food. My cousin Gregg and his wife arrived even later, but we were glad they could make it. Amy hadn't met his wife yet and Rachel hadn't met either.
We spent the evening chatting & laughing and eventually we all gathered around the fire for more chatting, laughing, and singing. It was a very pleasant evening.
The main reasons the girls are in the area was that their friend was getting married and having a bit reception/party for friends. So Saturday was the day Amy & Rachel headed to Cincinnati for the wedding reception. They were picked up by another pair of friends who were coming down from Toledo. (They originated, like A&R, from the Twin Cities, but also like A&R, were visiting family while in Ohio.)
Once they were on their way, the folks and I headed off to the Piqua Heritage Festival. The past few years I've missed out on the festival because I've either been up in Detroit with judiang and elsaf or hanging out with A&R at home. So it was nice to get back to the festival. Although the crafts and recreations are neat, I mostly go for the food. I had a peach smoothie, crawfish etouffe, Moose Tracks ice cream, and a lemon shake up. I also bought a loaf of sour dough bread and some kettle corn popcorn for munching on at the Lake.
After a short hop at home to pick up a few essentials, we returned to the Lake where we've been relaxing ever since. The girls will be returning around 3pm and we've agreed we'll let them grill supper. I wonder if they're amenable to that... ;-) Belay that - they have just arrived! Woohoot!
This has been a very pleasant End of the Summer. Let's hope The Start of Autumn is just as pleasant!