From there I went to Wal-Mart and then AC Moore and Michaels where they were having great sales and I was able to purchase some needed craft supplies. Ken spent a lot of the day working at his desk paying bills, checking accounts, etc. but only after doing some devotions and taking a long walk. I spent time making some greeting cards too!
We rode our bikes to Polly's house where she graciously stores them for us when we are in the area. She introduced us to her neighbors who do a lot of craft shows and she thought they could give us some suggestions of ones that could be good for us. We appreciated their willingness to help us. Ken enjoyed a 45 minute phone conversation with Chuck. We surely miss seeing and spending time with them. I hope we get together some time this summer!
Saturday was a very rainy, rather miserable day with temperatures only in the 50's. Of course, that was the day that our son-in-law, Dane, had a sprint triathlon about 1/2 hour away in Mt. Gretna. We arrived at the race at 7:45 and met Jamie, the girls, Lula, and Sue and Dan, Dane's parents, at the race site. It was really rainy, muddy, and cool. The competitors swim 500 yards in Mt. Gretna lake, did a 16 mile bike ride, and a 5K run (3.1 miles). Jamie, Bria, Cali, and Lula left for home before Dane finished the bike ride, because they we so wet and cold. The "parents" stayed until he finished.
|Okay, the swim is done, now for the|
bike ride and the run!
|The finish line is in sight!|
He thought he finished 4th in his age group, so he left before the awards ceremony. Later in the day he discovered he was 1st in his age group and 12th overall - Wow! What an accomplishment! Way to go, Dane!
|Right after finishing the triathlon!|
Couldn't you at least look tired??
His next race is another one we will attend - the Ironman in Tempe, Arizona on November 20th. That will be a fun time for all of us and a big test of endurance, strength, and physical conditioning!
After going home and changing to some dry clothes we met the same group for lunch at The Hilltop in Ephrata. Another fun time. Ken and I spent the afternoon relaxing and I made more cards.
We headed to our special friends, Dan and Jackie, at 5:30 to have a delicious dinner with them that they cooked and grilled, catch up on life, and then play pinochle. We have shared so many wonderful adventures and special times together as couples and families when our children were growing up and after the children left home. We look forward to spending more time with them this summer when we are in the area.
Today, Sunday, was another cloudy, rainy day with temperatures below average! We had a great service at Church, Ken and I enjoyed breakfast out, and then I returned to Michael's for their Today Only BOGO sale on jewelry supplies. I bought enough wire to make lots of shell pendants with the special shell pieces we found at the Outer Banks!
We spent the afternoon playing pinochle with my parents at Masonic Homes. It was so good to see them again. They are so appreciative when the 4 of us spend time together playing cards. They are very "sharp" card players and we always have a lot of fun.
We were back home by 5:15 and spent the evening relaxing, watching some TV, reading, doing this post, and I recorded our expenses on our internet budget program. Where does all the money go?????
Hopefully the weather will improve this week and we will have some warmer temperatures. It certainly has been a dreary, rainy, and cool spring for this area!