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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

So Much Construction


Good morning,

We have a regular appointment that takes us on the same route every week.  It has been very interesting to see the progress of the activity as a building was torn down and a new one is under construction. 

The blue crane you can see on the other side of the bridge in this image is the site of the new building.  It is replacing a large building that housed the Rubel Baking Company that produced the famous Cincinnati Rubel Rye Bread.  I remember visiting there with Barbie Rubel back in the 60's.  

I haven't seen signs to indicate what is being built on this site, but the footprint of the new building is huge.  

Stay tuned for this one....



Tuesday, September 29, 2020

We Don't Need to Eat Out

 Good mornng,

During these Covid-19 we haven't missed going out to restaurants.  

Our wonderful daughter, Catherine, prepares a yummy dinner at least once each week.  Of course, we need to "eat light" the rest of the week to be able to continue to wear the same clothing.

This dinner was a perfectly grilled filet mignon with all the trimmings.

 Thank you, Catherine!

Love you,


Monday, September 28, 2020

Meet Topher


Good morning,

This handsome fellow is Topher and will soon come home to become a part of our friend Erica's family.  Our dogs and her dogs play together several times a week so he'll be showing up in pictures with the rest of them in the near future.

What a handsome fellow!



Sunday, September 27, 2020

(Not So) Itsy Bitsy Spider

 Good morning,

Cath sent me this picture.  This (not so) itsy bitsy spider was above a window on the back of our home when she went outside to grill our dinner last night.

I have no idea what kind of spider it is, but I don't want to be anywhere near it!



Saturday, September 26, 2020

The Ground Hog Returns


Good morning,

This critter visits our yard from time to time.  We've had them in the neighborhood for as long as I can remember and had to evict a family of them from under our front porch a few years ago.

Groundhogs, aka Wood Chucks, are cute to watch, but I wouldn't want our pups to encounter one of them.  

As I snapped pictures, this fellow casually looked over at me, then moved on into the next yard.

We live in the city, but we certainly have our share of wild life here.


Friday, September 25, 2020

Third Year for These Pretty Mums


 Good morning,

These beautiful Golden Yellow Mums grace our front steps.  They've continued return to bloom in a pot for three years now, with only water added by me when the rain didn't provide enough.  

How pretty!  

Generally, I keep a red, white, and blue theme outside of our white and blue Greek Revival style home, but I chose this color because Kjell said it reminded him of the Mums that his mother planted around their home when he was a child.  I'm very, very happy with my choice of these Golden Yellow Mums.


Thursday, September 24, 2020

A Beautiful Tribute


Good morning,

I wanted to share this work of art.  Kjell carved this beautiful urn and has placed Penny's ashes inside.  He also included three of Penny's favorite cookies in the urn with her.  As he said, "It's a Viking thing...."

We have been remembering the truly wonderful times with Penny.  She surely was one in a million. 

Thank you to all the wonderful people who have shared kind words of condolence with us.  You are all sincerely appreciated. 

All the best,