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All Good Things Must Come to an End, Eventually. 
Jun. 5, 2011 5:40 am 
Updated: Jun. 8, 2011 1:47 pm
Wow!  Back on May 26th I attended the long-awaited Bob Seger Concert.  The next night, I went to a Pampered Chef party at my daughter's.  The next day my sister and her husband arrived from Rapid City, South Dakota for the week -and that's what this blog is all about.....

My nephew graduated from high school, prompting a week long party for this family.  When we do something, we do it big.  Little sister (the grad's mom) started planning what we could do all week long.  She did a great job.

The main event, of course, was the graduation and party.  My brother's daughter also graduated.  They were not able to make the 3 hour drive up here as my brother is still recovering from a heart attack, so we planned a road trip to their house for a family celebration.  We loaded up 2 car loads of people and invaded the city of Bellefontaine on Friday evening. 

To start the week off we simply hung out at mom and dad's house till all hours of the night last Saturday.  Sunday was the graduation ceremony and then off to my sister's house for a cook-out.  Monday was the graduation party.  It was held at a nearby State Park.  The weather was great, the food was great and all had a nice time.  We even rented a couple paddle boats and paddled around the lake for an hour.  Lucky for my big sister and I we got to just ride in the back of the 4-person boat and enjoy the ride - no pedals for us!!  Yay! 

On Tuesday some of us had to work, but then we headed to mom & dad's for a belated birthday party for my mom.  I made< and Fish House Punch. My little sister supplied the buffalo burgers and numerous sides. Fish House Punch has sort of become a tradition when Deb comes home from South Dakota. We all used to work the dog show our kennel club put on years ago and the man the club grounds is named after (Max Riddle, a very well-known "dog" person) always hosted a huge party afterwards and served Fish House Punch. It is very smooth and you don't feel it creeping up on you, until it's too late.  Just one or two small glasses later and the party is really rockin'.  Max made his fish house punch in a gallon jug - so we do the same and always raise our glasses to Max. 

Wednesday we all managed to get the day off and we headed to Put-in-Bay - a great island town on South Bass Island in Lake Erie.  Ten of us headed over on the ferry and invaded the town for the day.  Golf carts were rented and no part of the island went untouched.  We visited both wineries on the island and I got to bring 2 bottles of Merlot home.  At one winery there was a "cave" to tour.  It is claimed as the "largest geode".  I don't know if that's true - but it was a large "geode" - or room. 

Thursday everyone came to my house for dinner after work.  I had put< on in the morning and made a huge bowl of macaroni salad. After a quick trip to our friend's maple sugar camp so my sister could get maple syrup to take home to South Dakota we ate dinner. That was a fairly early night - everyone was gone by about 10:30 p.m. Which was good - we were up very late every night, up early every day and not taking much time for resting inbetween.

Friday some of us had to work part of the day and then we headed to Bellefontaine for my niece's graduation celebration. After a 3 hour drive we arrived and had a great time. We got to meet my niece's friend from Japan, and my other niece's furbaby, Buddy (a golden retriever mix).  We left around 9:00 pm or so and made the 3 hour drive back home.

Yesterday morning we took my sister and brother-in-law to the airport and the week had officially ended.  Of course, since we were so near the West Side Market, my husband and I stopped there to do some shopping - as if we weren't tired enough!  But, boy am I glad he talked me into it.  One of the vendors had Chincoteague Oysters!  Those are the BEST oysters in the world, so for dinner last night that is what we had.  Yummy!!   We also picked up some great dried fruit, awesome blue-cheese, a mango, ancho & adobo seasonings, and a thyme plant for my herb garden.

As we left, I thought the busy week had definitely come to a close.  Then my daughter called - the nearby art & wine fest was going on.  So, we stopped and picked her up and went.  We tasted some great wines, saw some nice art & jewelry by local artists and had a nice walk in the great weather.  I even bought a small print from a young, budding artist.  He had a table all set up with his work on it - a very nice young man.  He is 15 and attends the local high school.  I'm no art expert, but I thought his work was very nice.  I bought a small print of a flamingo all decked out in a hat and holding a "fun" drink (you know...the kind with an umbrella in it!).  It'll look real cute in my camper.

We dropped our daughter off at her house and headed home.  Exhausted!  We enjoyed our oysters with a bottle of wine and went to bed early.  This morning I leisurely enjoyed my coffee on the deck with my dogs, listening to our woods come awake.  Who knows what today will bring.....
Jun. 5, 2011 6:35 am
Sounds like a fabulous and exhausting week. I would love to see the West Side Market. :)
Jun. 5, 2011 11:26 am
I wish I had your energy! You always have such interesting adventures and always with great friends and family. I love that you have such close relationships with your family. Most of what we do is with fam and two or three close friends. Thanks for sharing; it sounds like a terrific time was had by all.
Jun. 5, 2011 11:36 am
Baking Nana, the West Side Market is very cool! We love to go there. Most prices on produce is better than the stores and everything is fresh.
Jun. 5, 2011 11:37 am
Mangel, My family is a great family! We always have fun together. I just wish we all lived closer together, but then we probably wouldn't have so much fun when we were together. It also seems that food is the main event with us. LOL
Jun. 5, 2011 7:17 pm
You sure can keep yourselves busy! We are just beginning to get buffalo meat, here. A few restaurants offer buffalo butgers and they taste fantstic. I'm allowed to eat them, too!
Jun. 5, 2011 7:20 pm
Mike, the first time I had buffalo was when we went out to visit my sister in S.Dakota. When we discovered it here in Ohio, we've had it a few times. Enjoy!!
Jun. 6, 2011 11:36 am
I'll vouch for the good time - since I'm the sister from South Dakota! I'm planning on making that Kalua Pig recipe for my husband's family reunion.
Jun. 6, 2011 12:53 pm
Ha! You found me on here!! :-D
Jun. 6, 2011 7:50 pm
I got tired just reading about all you've done. But, it sounds like you had a great time with friends and family. Ain't life grand?
Jun. 7, 2011 9:34 am
Mother Ann you had a busy week. I hope your brother is feeling better as well. Your week long family get togethers sound like ours. We head to Alabama to visit my hubby's side of the family and it's pool all day for the kids, card games all night for the adults and food and drinks 24/7. Everyone stays up til 3 in the morning then gets up at 7! I need a vaca from that vaca! I'm glad you had a blast, have a great week.
Jun. 7, 2011 1:37 pm
Candice - After last week, work feels like a breeze! :-)
Jun. 7, 2011 1:38 pm
dragonfly - I swear we need to meet - I think we're related somewhere along the line. :-)
Jun. 8, 2011 11:32 am
Buffalo is terrific! Unfortunately, DH's cousin sold his buffalo herd and replaced them with camels. CAMELS??? you can't eat a camel, what was he thinking???? They did, however, make a great addition to the family manger scene on their Christmas card, lol:)
Jun. 8, 2011 1:47 pm
Camels??!! That is funny. :)
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I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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