|Norah's first birthday party!|
If you had told me in January that we would move again, I would have said, “No freaking way!” which was my first reaction when Jerry brought it up in April. He was having trouble with his knees and was tired of the yard work and going up and down stairs. I mellowed some, and we had the conversation of what I would do, and what I would not do.
We ended up looking at two developments, one close to where Joel and Lindsey live, and one near our former home. The decision was easy, we are literally within walking distance of our physicians, two (grocery) stores, a drug store, and the bank. We are also close to my fitness club, but we have a fitness room in the clubhouse.
So, we decided we would do it, and I called our realtor. She listed our home on a Friday afternoon and it was sold full price on Saturday morning. We put in a contract for the condo on Monday, which gave the saleswoman the go ahead to order supplies. They build the condo to the drywall, and we choose the rest. The process takes about 6-7 weeks.
Our condo is 2050 square feet on one level; has two bedrooms and a den, as well as a sun room. The kitchen is huge, which is the family joke. I don’t cook (much). They built me a custom desk in the kitchen. We have an outdoor patio which overlooks the main area of the development. We have a large laundry and a large utility room. There is plenty of room for storage, although we still had to get rid of plenty.
In other spring news, Joel’s head coach resigned and Joel threw his hat in the ring and came out on top. He is now the head coach of Tippecanoe High School varsity football team. He is also teaching Special Education at the high school this year. His team won their CBC League title before moving to (another league which is larger) GWOC next year. They made the Division III Playoffs and played until Week 12 (the Regional Semi-finals). It was exciting and fun to see Joel and his team on TV, and regular articles in several publications. He coached a classy group of talented kids! He was also voted Coach of the Year for Southwest Ohio's District of Division III football.
Also during the early part of the year, I sang with the Springfield Symphony Chorale; in January we sang Mozart’s Coronation Mass in C major, and in April we sang the great Mahler #2 Resurrection Symphony the week after Easter. I was OK with Mozart’s Latin, but was unsure of Mahler’s German. By the time it was all put together, it was one of the most fabulous works I have ever been a part of.
Interestingly, the following week, my high school Choir Director was inducted into the Fairborn City Schools Hall of Honor, and although he was unable to travel, many students from over two decades came to honor him and we had a really good time ourselves!
In May, we had our darling granddaughters for several days while their parents celebrated Brent’s reaching ACAS (Associate of Casualty Actuarial Science) with a trip to Colorado. He achieved that mark close to Norah’s birth and they didn’t take the trip then!
Then, it was time to pack for our move. Jerry was recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery and did well, but moving is a big job, no matter who is doing the lifting. Jerry and I, along with Joel and Lindsey, took the boxes over and we hired a truck for the large furniture. We moved June 1st. As our bodies moved slowly, it took time to settle in. We have enjoyed our “new lifestyle” as we met new folks, spent much time at the pool and go out to eat as a group once a month.
On July 7th it was my turn to get my knee fixed. I also had arthroscopic knee surgery for a torn meniscus that occurred in April of 2013. I recovered slowly; strength and endurance are the key words. I realize that I simply can’t do the things I want to do and must adapt. I have lost weight however! I did use the pool this summer for exercise. When I found that wasn’t “enough,” I went to Physical Therapy. I still continue with what they have told me to do.
Jerry continues to do his volunteering and moved UP to 5th place in hours worked this past year. I have a feeling, with taking off for the knee surgery and the move, he may slide next year. Hopefully he stays in the Top Ten.
This year in Bible Study, we studied Acts and Philippians. I also read a great deal about Tudor England, and studied the literature and life of Laura Ingalls Wilder.
The grandchildren continue to grow. Kyah is in Pre-Kinder and in gymnastics, soccer and AWANA cubbies. Norah is just her cute self. She turned one in October, and may just be the orneriest little person I know.
My mother is doing as well as can be expected. She had a stroke in January while visiting Loren, and the stroke took some of her eyesight. She gave the car to her nephew. She works hard to stay as healthy as she can, but at 84, she has issues. However, she’s still as sharp as a tack! She moved into another apartment in her complex, as they were renovating and she would have to move eventually, and this apartment was already “renovated.” Her sister, my Aunt Jo (and Uncle Jeff) moved into a condo about .5 mile from Mom’s. We “inspired” them.
Jerry and I went to Pittsburgh to see the traveling Broadway show “Beautiful,” which is about the singer and composer Carole King’s life. It was wonderful.
At the end of November, we are going to Nashville for a week to celebrate our 38-year anniversary and just to get away! The “Class of 71” Christmas Party will continue in our new home the following week.
We expect a wonderful Christmas as Loren is coming north for the first time in many years. Jerry will fly down and drive back with him. We look forward to a great time!
And finally, our most exciting news! We have just learned that Joel and Lindsey are expecting their first child in early June. We are very happy and looking forward to that time. Looks like 2016 will be exciting also!