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TODAY IS THE LAST DAY OF AUGUST

Somehow time flies.

sunny 72 °F

Hello everyone;

Today is a beautiful one with the morning sun shining across the Oswegatchie River in the east. I sat outside enjoying my coffee with the warmth of the sun on my face, legs, and the front of my body while the slight cool breeze from a northwesterly direction nipped at my back. It is a reminder that the air here is changing to fall-like conditions. It was enjoyable to watch my neighbors' children on both sides play with their bicycles and walk their little dogs. Others were fishing along the river bank trying to catch the pan fish, perch, and bass that live in these waters. I learned a day or so ago that last year a fisherman caught a small sturgeon here. My findings say that the sturgeon's origins date back 200+ million years. Their lifespan can reach 150 years in females, 50+ in males. While this fish was a small one about 3' long they can grow up to 12' in length with a record catch of 3,450# and 24' long. Enough fish stories!

While since my last blog life here has been 'laid back' for I have enjoyed seeing old friends at the market & meeting friends for lunch on a couple occasions. A former secretary died of cancer about a year ago and I wanted to contact her husband, which I did. We had a nice visit over lunch. A dear friend passed away this past winter and his wife and I had dinner together this week. All reminders of where we are in the life cycle. A couple of my classmates & I met and put together a 'quicky'class reunion for those of us who live within a 50-75 mile radius. From all indications, about 10 or 12 will attend. We also learned that twelve classmates have passed on. Our graduating class was but 49 in number. (A small school).
A major concern, while here, was to get my motorhome's passenger side slide repaired before leaving for the southland. That was accomplished on Wednesday.

Our son Tim, his wife Marie, daughters Amelia and Vivienne, and Marie's parents traveled to Walt Disney World this past week, all before school begins. Marie is a teacher and their girls have school to attend after Labor Day. I have followed Marie's Facebook entries each day with interest for they are having a wonderful time. Our granddaughters are 9 and 5 respectively, great ages to visit Disney. I will see them next week so will hear all about their exciting trip.

My old hometown celebrates each year Labor Day weekend with 3 days of events high-lighted with a parade, fireworks, and an open house at the school, among other events. The school's Alumni Assn. has an award ceremony recognizing outstanding alumni who have succeeded in their respective careers. It is a nice occasion for it allows former students to reconnect with old friends from the past.

This week I have been planning the next adventure on the return trip to Florida. My friend Pat is flying into Burlington, VT on Sept. 7th after having spent the last month back home in Minneapolis/St. Paul with her family. I will meet her and together we will travel southward to Albany, catch an AmTrak train to New York City for 3 days/4 nights for a sightseeing tour of the 'Big Apple'. After returning to Albany we will continue on toward PA, MD, Washington, DC, VA, etc. A wealth of information on those days' adventures will be forthcoming!
The trip home to Northern New York has been enjoyable but my home is now Estero, FL and I look forward to returning there. Motorhome living is nice but lacks a permanence. One feels like a vagabond. Until next time..................................

Dick

Posted by dixter 08:11 Archived in USA Tagged the of summer days waning

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