17 – 23 July 2017: a lovely time…

In the past: MME!

I trained at the gym and had a dance lesson with the lovely Julie: cha-cha, tango, rumba, swing.

On Tuesday, the lovely Katie came over and we did great yoga!

Wednesday, our basement contractor (N.B.: not lovely…) came over for inspection and maintenance, I had a Russian lesson with the lovely Lera, and a political meeting in the evening.

Thursday, I trained at the gym, had a haircut with the lovely Kim at her new place, and then we went to Townhall with Allen, Sarah, and her lovely folks: Allen’s 40th!

Six at town hall!

On Friday I trained at the gym, we ate lunch at the Rush Inn Inn, shopped for food, and I had a Russian lesson with Lera.  I took her to Weber’s premium ice cream and custard afterward – frosted malt.  We grilled out (brats), and enjoyed the Indians 13-3 come from behind victory!

On Saturday – which is our dog sitter Kerrie’s birthday –  we had a surprise birthday party for Allen at Alley Cat on the East Bank: film at 11!

Some of the lovely guests!
Even more of the lovely guests!
Some of the lovely guests!


Some more of the lovely guests!
Some of the very lovely guests!
waiting for the GOH!
random lovely guest…

view of some of the lovely guests, enjoying a lovely view!

On the deck!
Some of the lovely guests!
The Center of it All!
on deck!
lovely view!
lovely people at lovely party!
After dinner activity…

Sharon and I went home, had dinner at  Bearden’s, and enjoyed the Indians 2-1 walk off win.

Tough act to follow, so on Sunday, we had a dugout suite at the tribe game!


last time I was this close, Allen was playing shortstop.
in our dugout suite!
rabid fans
side show!

Tribe scored early, and won 8-1.

Great Game!

8-16 July 2017 – cycling back to normal…

dance pattern

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.

new outdoor light on the side of house – dawn to dusk…
new dinning room fixture!


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.

Rhoda and I won this!

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.

Morris poster 1961
at blossom 15.7.17

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.


3-7 July 2017: a celebration of life

view from our room – Hilton.

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.

The Seven at supper – Karen short, dark hair.


At their home…

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.

Karen, I, and Richard’s classmate Don Tubesing

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.

In Holy Land…
The Morelands…
six of us….
other views…
Sister Melanie and her husband

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.


21 May – 2 July 2017 – life moves on…

Babe and Sharon in Rhoda.

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.

Our super yoga teacher!
lift and grow!
At dinner before a concert.

We had a nice trip to Columbus to celebrate our daughter’s birthday.

With Valerie and Bill.
I spoke Russian with our server!

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.

with Rhoda at MME.

On the domestic front, we upgraded our hot water heater to on-demand – 95% efficient.

so small it hangs on the wall…

16 – 20 May 2017…

My late Brother Richard

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.

11-15 May: Days of Wine and Roses

post commencement…

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…

Foto electric football: the last and best gift from my brother…

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.

In the Hall…
Daniil, Lera, and I

Skyline in the background…

Daniil with Mom and friends…
Mom and son are proud…

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.

view from roof of new condo

On Monday, I took the two shopping, and we walked and looked at scenery.

Lera and nadine at north point