Lunch, Dinner and Reunions

Trip Start Jun 04, 2010
Trip End Sep 08, 2010

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House Guest of Diane and Kenny Wojcik

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

This morning we headed off to get our car washed and Dave wanted a haircut. Two simple tasks, right! NOT!  We found a car wash, however as we pulled up it started to look like a drive through wash.  Getting closer I noticed a sign for a total- supreme car wash and reading the list it was what we were looking for, including cleaning inside and out.  So we pulled our car in line.  When we got to the front of the line the guy at the entrance told me they didn't have time to do the total car wash because they were too busy, but use of the vacuums were free.  I told him I was on vacation and I had no intentions of vacuuming my own car.  I asked him why they didn't cover or remove the Total Car Wash sign, he replied, they didn’t have time. That was when I reminded him it was false advertising and suggested he take care of that immediately. So I told him to give me the cheapest wash and let me just get out of here.   Like, this is a beautiful Saturday, duh!!! They didn't think that there might be more then 2 or 3 cars coming in for a wash????  However there werre only 3 or 4 cars in line.  If this is busy, I wonder what they call 5 cars in the line????

Then we drove through 3 or 4 strip malls looking for a barber shop. Dave suggested we just stop for a bite to eat.  Driving through the strip mall looking for a place to eat, I spotted a place called Sport’s Clips.  Passing by it looked like a barber shop.  So I headed for the place and sure enough it was.  Dave got his hair cut, yeah!!!  One out of two tasks done, we decided we could live with that. 

After lunch in a nice Sports American Bar and Grill we headed off to see my Aunt and Uncle.  Aunt Jean, my mother’s youngest sister is the last living sibling from the last generation of the family.  I knew when I got to this area that this visit was an absolute MUST stop.

Aunt Jean greeted us at the front door with big hugs and kisses; it was so nice to see her after almost 14-15 + years.  Uncle John was in the kitchen and wasn’t his spry self that I remember, but, he remembered who I was, and both Uncle John and Aunt Jean enjoyed meeting Dave.  Uncle John may not be in the best of health, but I can guarantee you he did not lose his sense of humor.  We sat in the living room and talked for a while then Aunt Jean started putting some dishes on the dining room table, then food, and more food, and a whole lot more food.  We didn’t plan on dinner, none-the-less such a wonderful meal.  I can tell you that we really enjoyed the whole spread.  Had I known she was going to feed us we would not have stopped for lunch.  She is made from the same mold my mom was, so I should have known better.

It was such a wonderful visit and one that I will remember for a long time to come.

When we got back to the house Diane was home from work and Kenny was still at his golf charity tournament.  We relaxed and share our day with Diane and watched a little TV. 

I was sitting in a chair with my back to the front door, so when I heard it opening I thought it was Kenny coming back, to my surprise it was my cousin Dee.  We hugged and hugged and hugged.  Dee was my "older sister" person in my life when I was growing up.  I remember always looking up to her as my mentor. 

FYI, for anyone who can remember the wedding picture that is hanging in my living room with all the women in it, Dee is the little girl in that picture.  Dee is the 1st cousin on my Mom’s side of the family, gave my mom and dad a real good excuse to spoiled her.

We talked about old times, and I showed her some of the pictures I took yesterday from the old neighborhood on Lawler Ave.  She said that it hasn’t changed; it looks just like she remembered it.  This was good, because I had the same impression but I was only 6 yrs old when we moved to Calif.  She reminded me of memories I had forgotten like when mom made us matching nightgowns.   I do remember that Dee frequently went on trips with us, even vacations.  She was one of the very few babysitters I can recall while growing up.

After Kenny got home, showered, and changed we took off for Outback Steak house for dinner.  Funny, but they liked the Bloom’n Onion Too.  Which brings to mind simple things like decorating, likes and dislikes are the same; I grew up so many miles away and yet there are so many things that are alike.  Science doesn’t have everything figured out yet as to what is in them genes/DNA.  It amazes me the similarities I see.

After we got back to the house I opened the computer to share pictures with Dee and we just talked and talked about the growing up years then caught up on the adult years.  I’m looking forward to seeing her again tomorrow at the family BBQ that Kenny and Diane have planned.  I think their using us as an excuse to get the whole family together,  (social folks just like us…)  And by the way Dave is falling in love with my relatives and they are all falling in love with him.  But as always happens all good days must come to an end, BUT this one will continue tomorrow.  Sorry, not many pictures today, I was too busy spending time with everyone, but I will get plenty at the BBQ tomorrow, I promise.

May God bless Kenny and Diane for inviting us to spend some time with them, Aunt Jean and Uncle John for their wonderful hospitality.  May the good Lord watch over my Aunt and Uncle keep them safe in their very senior years.   Also may God bless and take care of all my friends reading this blog.  Good night.
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bonnwl6 on

Sounds like a wonderful time of revisting family memories. Continuing to pray or safe travels. Tonight is our church feast of the Assumption into heaven. So I will be feasting also. Have fun.

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