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Raindrops Keep Falling...... 
Jul. 10, 2013 11:10 am 
Updated: Jul. 16, 2013 5:33 am
It has rained just about every day for the past 10 days at least a little bit.  But, the sun has been shining brightly in my heart every day for the past 10 days constantly.  The sun is currently shining outside, but there is a cloud in my heart and tears in my eyes.   My son, Steve, has been home to visit and left for home just an hour ago, driving away in his big old Chevy truck, loaded down with Paulie the Iguana and his Taj Mahal cage.

Ten days ago Steve and his girlfriend, Muriel, pulled in our driveway after driving for 22 hours.  We've had nothing but fun and laughter since that time.   We had never met Muriel before and she was well worth the wait.  She's a sweet lady, who was a perfect houseguest.  She's welcome back anytime.

Whenever Steve is around there's bound to be fun, at least there's bound to be plenty of activity.  He doesn't sit around much.  We had lots of fun activities planned and he had many plans of meeting up with his old buddies.  He was home in April for his grandfather's funeral, but that was only for four days and not for fun.  This was his first visit home since he moved to South Dakota a year and a half ago. 

Since we weren't sure what time he would be arriving on Monday we did not plan much for that day.  We just grilled salmon for dinner and I made orzo and corn on the cob to go with it.  We had a lemon bundt cake for dessert. 

Tuesday night is cruise-in at the restaurant so we planned for the entire family to gather there for dinner and spend some time catching up.  My sister and her family were leaving for vacation the next day, so this was their only chance to see Steve.  Everyone was excited to see Steve and meet Muriel.  Of course Muriel had to do a shot of tequila so she could sign the Tiki Bar on the patio! 

Wednesday morning we headed to Lake Erie and Put-In-Bay for the day.  Kristal and Jake also went with us.  We rented a golf cart for the day and explored the Island and stopped in a few places for a nice cold drink.  Mayflies were everywhere on the Island!  We didn't stay real late as Steve had plans for the night to meet up with his high school buddies.  He and Muriel were out until the wee hours of the morning.  Lucky for them the plans for Thursday did not start until 2:00 p.m.  They got to sleep in a little and then we all enjoyed a big breakfast with Mimosas before we moved on to the day's event.   It was the Fourth of July, but we would be celebrating the First Communion of our Mexican Family's two oldest children.  The entire service was in Spanish, but was still beautiful.  Then, on to the party we headed.  It was a HUGE party with a live band and plenty of good food.  Federico had rented a limo to haul his family to the church then on to the hall for the party.  He insisted that Steve, Muriel, Jake and Kristal ride with them.  Yahir was excited to have Steve around.  Yahir is 8 and Steve has always been a "hero" to him. 

On Friday we headed out for a day of winery hopping.  We stopped at quite a few wineries, tasting and drinking along the way.  Ferrante Winery has a nice restaurant, also, so that is where we had our lunch.  Muriel enjoyed herself as South Dakota doesn't have so many wineries.  We also discovered a Distillery right in between two of our favorite wineries!  Jon and Steve both bought a bottle of bourbon.  We went to my parents' house afterwards and Muriel showed off her cooking skills by making dinner for us all.  She made a very tasty pasta salad and the main attraction was "chicken roll-ups".  They were very tasty and I will be making them.  She mixed up already cooked chicken, broccoli, and cream cheese; putting a scoopful of the mixture into a crescent roll and sealing it up.  She then rolled it in melted butter, bread crumbs and baked.  They were delicious!

I had a picnic at our house planned for Saturday. I made PulledPork and one of Steve's favorites - http://allrecipes.com/recipe/slow-cooker-barbecue-goose-sandwich/detail.aspx<  with a Raspberry Chipotle Sauce.   This day was spent visiting and relaxing with Steve, Muriel, Kristal, and my mom and dad. As we were eating, I remembered seeing in the paper that our local winery was hosting a Dog Rescue group with raffles and lots of dogs. Everyone agreed that would be fun so we headed over and grabbed a big table and spent the afternoon watching all the wonderful dogs for adoption, hoping to win a raffle basket (which nobody in our group did), and drinking wine and sangria. As we were sitting there, a friend of mine and her daughter and son-in-law showed up.  They know my family so we all sat together and had a nice visit.

Jon has a cousin, Barb, who we are very close to so we had plans for Sunday to be spent at her house. When the plans were made it was going to be us, Steve, Muriel, Jake, Kristal, Barb, Her husband Tim, and daughter Erin. She called me Saturday afternoon all excited because they found out their son Brian would be coming home for a visit as well! It has been several years since both of our families have been all together, so this was going to be a special visit! I made a chocolate cheesecake and a regular cheesecake and Kristal brought a huge bowl of fruit. Barb had a ton of food and if anyone was hungry it was their own fault! Muriel just fit right in with whatever branch of the family tree we were hanging with. I think she was even having fun! At least I hope so!!  The day was spent with much eating and laughing.  When Jon and Barb were growing up their parents were close and they spent a lot of time together.   We spend a lot of time with Barb and Tim and our kids grew up knowing each other very well.  Sitting in Barb's house, watching the "kids" made me hope that they will continue getting together as adults.

At some point during one of our days somebody mentioned to Muriel about Grandpa's Cheesebarn.  Grandpa's Cheesebarn is about an hour and 15 minutes from our house, but we go there to buy cheese.  She seemed very interested in it, so we planned to make a trip there on Monday.  There also happens to be a Fin, Feather, and Fur store (a huge outdoor store) so plans were to stop there also.  As we turned off the highway to go to "The Fin", we noticed the parking lot was empty.  Duh!  It is closed on Monday!  Grandpa's Cheesebarn was open and had plenty of cheeses and dips out to sample!  We spent a long time there sampling and making our choices of what cheese to buy.  Steve and Muriel bought about 7 or 8 different types of cheese and some other items as well.  Muriel was flying home Tuesday morning, so I promised her I would pack the cheese up for her and make sure Steve got it home safely to South Dakota.   When we got home, they met up with Steve's college buddies for a late dinner and a few drinks.  I went to bed long before they got back home.

Yesterday morning we took Muriel to the airport.  While we only just met her a short week ago, I felt as if I had known her for years!  I couldn't have chosen a better girlfriend for my son, if I tried.  Wait.  The only thing that would make her better is if she lived in Ohio and so did Steve.  Then they'd be right here with me.    After dropping her off, we all went to "grandma and grandpa's" house for lunch and for Steve to tell them good-bye.   The afternoon was spent figuring out how to fit everything into his truck that needed to go back with him.  Paulie's cage is huge and Steve also had 5 taxidermy duck mounts he wanted to take back with him.  The three of us spent four hours loading his truck.  Paulie was going to make his journey cross-country in a dog crate.  We had an old plastic airline dog crate that we no longer needed.  Jon took the top half, put a new flat lid on it and built a new door for it.  Paulie fit in it.  Sort of.  At least well enough to spend 24 hours in it or so.  It fit just right in the cab of Steve's truck.  I hope Paulie enjoys Steve's choice of music! 

Today after lunch Steve pulled away in his truck, leaving Jon and I standing there waving and crying. He's only been gone a couple hours, but the house is so quiet and I miss him already.    I'm going to miss that big old lizard, too!  
"The Gang" minus Jake
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Steve and Paulie
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Jul. 10, 2013 11:21 am
I was waiting for this blog Mother Ann - I knew you mentioned before Steve was a coming for a visit! So glad it went so wonderfully! Any plans for you & your husband to take a trip out and visit Steve any time soon?
Jul. 10, 2013 11:50 am
Hi Heather! We probably won't make it out there until next year - Jon has no more vacation time left. :( But we are sort of planning on going there next summer.
Jul. 10, 2013 12:34 pm
Yeah! Your son has met a nice girl! Glad you had a good time with your visit. Do you think after the snaffoo on the 4th with photos that maybe AR is looking closer at uploads? Again if you come this way on the way to your child's feel free to stop in :)
Jul. 10, 2013 2:53 pm
Hi Cat! I missed out on the snafu with photos on the 4th - was too busy with my kiddo! Thanks for the invite and you know if you are ever out this way you are definitely welcome here. No.... you are definitely expected to stop by!
Jul. 10, 2013 7:04 pm
sounds like a wonderful visit!! so nice when your kids come to visit. my DH & DS went to Put-in-Bay a few years back and fell in love with it...so glad you had a nice time.
Jul. 10, 2013 7:19 pm
I'm glad Steve's visit was all you had hoped. Nice that he brought his girl. She must be special. You make marvelous plans and they actually work out! What's up with photos? And disappearing reviews and why can't I search my recipe box? Whine, whine may I have some cheese too?
Jul. 10, 2013 10:52 pm
Bitter sweet, isn't it? You raise them, love them, cheer for them and then have to sit back and watch them fly. Such mixed emotions. Good job Mom!
Jul. 11, 2013 4:00 am
njmom, we always try to make it to Put-In-Bay at least once a year. The Lobster Bisque on the Boardwalk is sooooo good!
Jul. 11, 2013 4:01 am
BSM: I have just the cheese for you whine! In fact - I have plenty of "whine", too; both in a bottle and out of my own mouth!! LOL
Jul. 11, 2013 4:04 am
Baking Nana - That's the hardest part of raising our kids - when they fly away. It's also the part that lets us know we did a good job of raising them. Both of my kids have turned out to be good, responsible adults. I have friends who have children that still live at home and they're in their 20's; even 30's. I don't think I'd like that so much.
Jul. 11, 2013 5:05 am
So happy for you Mother Ann that you had such a nice visit, and that you like his girlfriend. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. We have a daughter that lives in Vancouver, Canada who we see maybe every 2 years. Now that i'm retired I plan on going there more often to visit.
Jul. 11, 2013 5:16 am
Hi manella! And I thought just once a year was bad! I hope your plans work out and you get to see your daughter more often!
Jul. 11, 2013 6:30 am
Happy that you had such a nice visit. Glad you liked the girlfriend and the visit went so smoothly.
Jul. 11, 2013 7:02 am
The only good thing about good-byes are the hellos to come.
Jul. 11, 2013 8:15 am
Hello, Mother Ann, it was nice to read about Steve and his girlfriend. It looks like you had some great activities planned. Muriel seems like quite a nice young woman who can cook. I am glad you had a great visit with Steve, Muriel, Family, and Friends. I bet Paulie is happy to be reunited with Steve and now on to his new home.
Jul. 11, 2013 5:01 pm
goodeats - Thanks. I really had no doubt that she'd be a nice girl. After all, it is my son who chose her. :)
Jul. 11, 2013 5:02 pm
Hi Doc - If only there wasn't such a long time between the two! When Steve was little he never said goodbyes. We would be at my parents house and I would say "Time to get ready to go". As we would head to the door I would wonder where Steve went to - he'd be sitting in the car waiting to leave.
Jul. 11, 2013 5:06 pm
Lela - Thank you. Steve has made it back safely to Custer, South Dakota and he said Paulie made the trip just fine. Now I'm waiting for the call or text that he got the cage all put back together! It may take awhile. Paulie has a cage like no other iguana cage I've ever seen! It is about 7' long and about 3' of that is also over 5' tall so he has plenty of room for climbing. The lower end has a shelf and he has his own little swimming pool (a dishpan that sits down in a hole cut out of the bottom). The tall side has rope doors and the other side is sliding glass doors. Paulie learned how to slide open the sliding doors so now they have to be kept taped shut!
Jul. 12, 2013 3:25 pm
What a wonderful time with family. So many good memories for you all. Be sure to send Muriel the link for your blog.
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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.
My cooking tragedies
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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