I trained at the gym and had a dance lesson with Julie: cha-cha, tango, rumba, swing.
We are resting and recovering from the last two months – no new activity over the weekend!
On Monday, Katie came over for Yoga, and Village Lighting arrived to install our new doorbell, our new dinning room fixture, our new outdoor fixture, and a new GFI for the fountain.
On Tuesday, I went to train at the gym, Sharon had a haircut at Kim’s new location, and we shopped at Heinen’s for food.
Wednesday, I went to two political meetings, was able to get our fountain working, and grilled out.
Our trophy from MME arrived in the mail.
On Thursday, I trained at the gym and then we had a dance lesson with Julie.
We grilled out for the second night in a row.
On Friday, we trained at the gym, shopped for a few items, and stopped at Mitchell’s ice cream.
We grilled out for the third day in a row.
Allen came over on Saturday, and we worked on Mini.
I had a Russian lesson with Lera, and Sharon and I ate at Delmonico’s and heard a concert at Blossom.
On Sunday, I had another Russian lesson, Allen, Sarah, Becky, and Brad came over: we had burgers and corn.
We rested/recovered on Monday and Tuesday 3-4 July, and then on the 5th we travelled to Minneapolis to participate in a memorial service for my brother Richard.
After we arrived and checked in – I spoke Russian with the clerks – we had dinner with Richard’s widow Karen, her brothers, her sister, and her sister’s husband. Later, we went over to Karen and Richard’s house.
On Thursday, we ate breakfast at the hotel, and cabbed over to St. Mark’s Cathedral for the service. Our friend Laura, who had moved from Avon Lake to Minneapolis 25 years ago, came to the service.
There was a formal interment, and I poured his ashes into a crypt….
After the service, there was a reception line, and it was interesting to collect the varied reactions from those who: did not know Richard had an identical twin; knew but had never seen me; and had not seen me for decades.
Three of his classmates were there – one gave the homily – and all remembered me.
Afterwards, we had a meal at a Chinese restaurant in a strip mall.
That evening, we had dinner at Holy Land – a middle Eastern restaurant.
We said good bye, and in the morning, we had breakfast with Laura and her husband at Perkins, and then flew home, where Kerrie had watched Babe – our loyal dog.
Richard’s Memorial service was scheduled for 6 July, and we made reservations. We continued on with our normal and abnormal life.
Normal life is yoga once a week with Katie, workouts 3 times a week at the gym, two Russian lesson a week, finished our concerts at Severance Hall, and ballroom dancing once a week with Julie.
We had a nice trip to Columbus to celebrate our daughter’s birthday.
In addition to the death of my identical twin brother, Sharon had three surgeries for melanomia, and I was preparing Mini for Mini Meet East – see http://www.our1960mini.com.
We ran into trouble, so I took Rhoda instead.
On the domestic front, we upgraded our hot water heater to on-demand – 95% efficient.
On Tuesday 21 June, I received an email from my brother’s wife Karen that he was in the hospital and in serious condition – he has chronic leukaemia.
I was busy with Sharon’s surgeries and getting Mini ready for Mini Meet East.
On Friday, Karen called me and we decided that I should come up. Sharon made reservations, and I was packed and ready to go on Saturday morning, when I noticed I had a missed call.
It was from Karen: Richard had died just before midnight (CDT) on Friday 19 May 2017.
11 May was my 75th birthday!
I opened the present that I had received from my brother – an old football game we had played as boys…
My Russian tutor Daniil is receiving his MBA from CSU on Sat 13 May.
His Mother and godmother came in (from Russia and Connecticut), and we enjoyed company.
I love formal commencements, and this was no exception.
Skyline in the background…
Sunday was Mother’s day: we had brunch with Allen and Sarah, and visited their new condo in Battery Park.
We visited Allen and Sarah’s new apartment in Battery Park.
On Monday, I took the two shopping, and we walked and looked at scenery.
In May, we mad some progress on Mini, including 2 new tyres, which I added to the two new, unused I had, and I had all four mounted.
On the 4th, Sharon was able to take her friend Pat to Severance Hall for an opera!