Work & More Work

Tom and I had a very fun day right before I had to go back to work at the schools. We started by visiting Rowsters Coffee. It was started by Stephen Curtis, the owner of our favorite spot for many years in Caledonia-Essential Bean. Stephen has opened a new coffee spot in Easttown Grand Rapids. We enjoyed our visit and Stephen whipped up great drinks for us.

We then went into Grand Rapids for lunch at San Chez. I know there wasn't much time between morning coffee and lunch but we did walk around down town GR for a while too. The memory of that day will linger with me long into the cold weather.

Since that time we have been working hard. I'm working in three school districts-Hopkins, Caledonia and Byron Center. I've had to set a more predictable schedule so I know where to go. Monday/Wednesday/Friday I'm in Hopkins. I split both Tuesday and Thursday between Caledonia and Byron Center. It depends on which teachers I will work with. Makes the week go by very quickly.

We made a trip up to the Soo for Labor Day. Our trip home was made in a wild wind storm. The trip across the Mackinaw Bridge was scary. We saw many boats losing their covers and several RVs that had their awnings torn off while they drove.

Last Saturday was Middleville Heritage Days. We watched Tommy play softball. Then we watched the parade. It was all in the rain. Here we are waiting for Anna and Madelynn to come with the group from their church who were in Suessical the Musical. Fortunately, they got the bus and let the kids ride.

That's Madelynn waving to us in the rain.

Later, we went to the church for the performace. Of course, our granddaughters were wonderful. This is Anna & Madelynn.
Tom has been working on projects here at the house. This week is a major re-do to the garage. Although the structure is in good shape, the foundation had rotted away causing the walls to bow out. It was just a matter of time before the garage would be done. Travis Grummet, our neighbor, is fixing it. He had to jack up the garage, pour new footings and replace the bottom wall boards. We are very pleased with his work and he should be done this week.

Travis and Tom discussing the project.

Once the walls are strengthened we will be adding a new garage door. I should have a secure place to park during the winter.

Each project brings us joy because we can see the results of our efforts and it makes our new home better. We are really enjoying our move to the farm.


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