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Summer vacation report

July 23, 2009 - Cheryl Clarke

I have returned to work after some time off and much needed rest during my favorite season, Summer!

Though the weather wasn't as summer-like as I had hoped for, it was close enough and I was able to get some time in soaking up some rays on the deck with my summer read of choice: "My 12 Years with John F. Kennedy," by his personal secretary Evelyn Lincoln.

It was interesting to read how she saw the late president and what it was like to work for him.

We spent the Fourth of July with family and got to witness our granddaughter Julia's baptism that Sunday. That was special. Just don't get to see enough of her and our sons.

We went to a family reunion at Letchworth State Park in upstate New York last weekend with members of my mother's family, and that too, was special, though it was sad not to see her there. It has been almost seven months since her death and I still half expect the phone to ring and to hear her voice on the other end.

My relatives say I sound like her when I laugh and my aunt (her younger sister) says I sound like her when we talk on the phone.

I loaded all the pictures from the reunion onto my laptop and took it over to the nursing  home where my dad is now and we spent a half hour looking at them. He really enjoyed it.

On Sunday, we moved my office out of the studio and back into the room off the kitchen where it originally was, so my husband could  have his space back. We were driving each other a little nutty in there together.

Monday is our 35th wedding anniversary and we are celebrating with a fancy dinner at the Wren's Nest (paid for by our wonderful son, Micah) Friday night. My sister Lori is treating us to a brunch ride on Tioga Central Railroad Sunday as an anniversary gift. We are treating her son, Nate, to the ride for his tenth birthday.

Now we're all caught up till next month. Hard to believe the summer is half over already. I've hardly had to use my window air conditioner. Hope we get a little summer heat before it's all done. The corn and tomatoes could use some.


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