Monday, September 29, 2014

Family Reunion

I woke up at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday. The wind was calm, so I threw on my t-shirt and a pair of pants. I took the sprayer out back and sprayed some of the back garden where the picker bushes had grown up. They are too “picky” to pull out by hand.

I took the Wendy’s chili out of the fridge and put it into the round slow cooker. I turned it on “Low” to warm it up before I left for the family reunion. I wanted to watch the news on Channel Four, but they had some stupid golf tournament on. I switched it to Channel Seven, but it wasn’t the same.

I put the stove grates into the dishwasher (I had just enough room left) and turned it on. I did the usual Sunday morning chores and then thought, “I’ll make some soft boiled eggs for breakfast.” But, it dawned on me I couldn’t use the stove! Sigh… So, I toasted another English muffin (my usual weekday breakfast) and ate that instead.

I hand-washed the Dutch oven that had been soaking overnight. Then I shaved, showered and got dressed. I had a voicemail on the house phone from Jyl, asking me what time the reunion was as she thought she might come. I called her back, but got her voicemail. I left a message with the time and suggested she invite Joe and his family.

I put the slow cooker in a box, surrounded by a towel to keep it warm. I left for New Baltimore at 11:00 a.m., so I could get there at noon to help set up. I was about halfway there when I remembered I forgot to take a ladle. Dammit!

So, I got off at 23-Mile Road and took that into New Baltimore. I stopped at the Kroger’s, went in and bought a ladle I don’t need. Then I drove to the park. It was a gorgeous day, BTW, except there were a lot more high clouds than previously.

There was only one parking space available, so I grabbed it. I carried it in and found Joe and Kathy just starting to set up the chairs (they had the tables up already). So, I joined in. Jim and Coletta came in about that time. In no time at all, we had the chairs unfolded and set and Kathy was putting tablecloths on. She was one short, so Jim went to the dollar store and got some more.

There were about two dozen people doing yoga in the park at that time. Apparently it is a regular Sunday afternoon event here. They quit about 1:00 p.m., which freed up a lot of parking, thank goodness.

People started arriving about that time and things got a bit crazy (like they always do). Coletta told me later that they counted 64 people in attendance. I don’t have room to document everything, so I’ll just do some highlights:

- I was pleased as punch when Jyl showed up, followed by Joe, Jerica and the kids, Travis and Logan! I did my best to introduce them to everybody (if I forgot anybody, I apologize). Travis was so cool! He called me Papa John and told me on his first day at school (he’s five) some kids punched him!

- And Logan was just precious (okay, I realize I’m gushing, but it’s my first experience as a great-grandpa, okay?) My daughter Melissa got a kick out of playing with both Logan and Nico, Carl’s great grandson.

- My brother Carl had a confrontation with a New Baltimore cop and almost got his car ticketed and towed for parking where my other brother Jim and Joe told him to. Coincidence?

- Kathy brought me another antique bottle. This one was a Patterson's Rubbing Alcohol, made in Detroit. Thanks!

- Eventually we got around to eating. I had a small sampling of the chicken, the sandwich Melissa and Dave made, two types of meatballs and some mac & cheese.

- Travis wanted to play on the swings, so I walked over with him. Eventually, Dave and Melissa joined up. Travis was fearless on the money bars! Terry Upleger then joined us and the guys talked while Melissa followed Travis over to the slides.

- Speaking of Uplegers, the whole clan showed up, which was great!

- After the playground, I went back into the clubhouse (or whatever you call it) and found my great-niece Jamie Hugo had shown up with Dave Decker. They were seated at a table with Mary Goerlich-Taylor, Carolyn Constantine and Deanna Goerlich among others. Sidebar: See what I did there???

- I had taken Travis to the bathroom couple of times (for some reason, the doors to the bathroom inside were locked and you had to walk around outside). At one point I went in by myself. There was a young boy in one of the stalls who heard me and called out, “I love you!” I swear it sounded just like Travis, so I said, “I love you too!” A very stern young voice said, “Don’t be silly! I thought you were my Dad!” Whoops!

- There was enough of my chili left that I was able to give a container to Carl to take home.

- I was tricked into a photo by Jamie. I should have known better than to trust that sweet, “innocent” smile!

- I ended up taking home the few sandwiches left from Melissa and Dave, but refused to take any leftover pizza.

I left about 5:00 p.m. so I could get home before dark. There was no problems on either expressways, so I got home just after 6:00 p.m.

I emptied the dishwasher and did the last load of weekend wash. I was bushed so I just filled in some of the Blog and then watched a little TV. I ate another sandwich when I got hungry and went to bed before 10:00 p.m.

I woke up for a bathroom break at midnight, so I finished the Blog and posted it. Then I went back to bed for real.


  1. Sounds like a great day!

  2. I'm glad you guys had a great time!

  3. RE: "My brother Carl had a confrontation with a New Baltimore cop and almost got his car ticketed and towed for parking where my other brother Jim and Joe told him to. Coincidence?" you just stated above "There was only one parking space available, so I grabbed it" Maybe that's why I had to park on the grass like Jim & Joe told me......

    Yes, I wish Jake and Carla would have drove up.....would love to see them

  4. I was good to see everyone again!!

  5. @ Carla: We did, but it would have been better if you two could have been there. But, I know its a long ride or an expensive plane ticket for just five hours of family solidarity

    @ GPF: They set you up man!

  6. Me and Dave made the blog :)

  7. Jamie, it sometimes takes a while, but its worth the wait!

  8. It was worth it I'm happy :)

  9. Jamie, that's all that matters! The rest is just dumb crap about what I did, what I ate and when it went to bed. B-o-r-i-n-g!