AUGUST 2014 WELCOME MESSAGE
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August 1, 2014 1:05 p. m.
August 2014…Entering a new month…which continues the whirlwind of July activity. The first weekend in August I’m attending the Mechling family reunion in New Stanton, PA., where I’ll acquaint myself with this family which became my ancestors back in the late 1770s.
July was a whirlwind of activity as my husband Monte and I attended a 50th wedding anniversary of Alice and Dwight King, friends I haven’t seen in 50 years, before attending Monte’s family reunion—traveling from Lakeside (Ohio) to DeKalb junction (NY). Between these two points we stayed a night in Cleveland Heights (Ohio), Slippery Rock (PA), and Buffalo (NY). Toss in two more visits to Buffalo (NY) after the Holland family reunion, and more time in Slippery Rock (PA). It’s obvious we spent much of the month rolling over highways and byways in our tin home on wheels—which broke down on our second stay in Buffalo, necessitating the third shuffling off to the city later in the month.
We enjoyed very much hosting friends from Singapore in mid-month—challenging their patience while they were stranded in a suburban Buffalo hotel room because our car broke down. Thank heaven for special friends and relatives! We made it past that crisis and continued home—en route visiting the Grove City Outlet Mall and touring the Amish country (Revisiting an Amish Wheelmaker). More of their visit in future articles.
It’s strange how Australia entered our lives in July: Alice and Dwight live in Melbourne; one of our Singapore guests is a student at a Melbourne university, and the 2014 AIDS conference, which made the news when six participants died in a plane crash, was held in Melbourne the week of July 20th. .
The month ended with a community Christmas in July party at the pool. The water I waded in felt so good!
Perhaps August will be more restful—perhaps not. I’ll let you know.
Meanwhile, enjoy August’s “dog days,” which we had few of in July. Grab a good book and sit by the pool, pond, lake, or ocean and enjoy a good read. Cool down in the water. Take some time off to enjoy nature’s blessings. Enjoy reading CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS (and if you haven’t subscribed, please do—go to the upper right and type your email address in—it will not be made public) as the evening bugs send you indoors. But most of all, enjoy life.
Carolyn Cornell Holland, founder of CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS