December 5, 2013
Host & Hostess, Hayes Presidential Dinner
After much preparation and much anticipation, “Christmas at Spiegel Grove” is upon us. This evening we met early for photos before the guests arrived. Gil, the photographer of the Hayes Center, had Darla and myself pose in the dining room of the Hayes home for a portrait. He then, kindly, took a photo with my camera. We had an incredible dinner with, possibly, the largest cut of meat that I had ever been served… at least in recent memory. Two more nights. Can I possibly survive two more nights of Crown Roast of Beef?
December 4, 2013
Pastor Elaine's Christmas Cookies
Last Sunday, the first Sunday of Advent, our minister left on Linda’s pew this treat. Every year she fixes plates of ginger cookies to give to the people she works with at the church. It’s a tasty tradition that I’ve looked forward to every year. This year, with my diet restrictions, I will have to limit my enjoyment of them and, for now, simply appreciate their visual beauty.
December 3, 2013
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… A totally impromptu photo: As I was heading downstairs to make some coffee and breakfast, I noticed Albert was laying next to some boxes Linda had out to put Christmas presents in. Apparently, he found a green piece of yarn among the boxes and decided to have a little fun. 13 years old and he still has the Christmas spirit.
December 2, 2013
Time to crack open the laptop. This Thursday is the first night of the Hayes Presidential Center’s annual “Christmas at Spiegel Grove.” As host I prepare all the material that the hostess and I give during the 4 hour dinner. I’ve been hosting the dinners for 13 years now. Most of the little talks that I give are the same every year, but I’m writing 5 new speeches on topics that are new. By the way, check out the menu that is on the right of the photo. That’s what I’m eating each night of the dinner. Nice.
December 1, 2013
After a wonderful holiday weekend that included visits from Veronica’s family, Alex said farewell and headed back to Cleveland State. But, (and this is the great thing about this time of year), she’ll be back home in just a couple of weeks. Now to clean up the house.
November 30, 2013
This was a very big day for Northwest Ohio. It took place on a football field in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Of course, I’m speaking of the battle between Ohio State and Michigan. This annual rivalry dates back some 109 years and, although Michigan holds the most overall wins, Ohio State has won the last two. Linda and I went to our friend, Brenda’s house on Catawba Island to watch the game. There was only one Wolverine fan among us and I think, by the photo, you can tell who won. Go Buckeyes!
November 29, 2013
This photo was actually taken after our meal yesterday, but it was too precious not to include. We all went over to Jeanne’s new house after we finished at the church. Jeanne was trying to connect with her new great grandson, Henry. Henry’s Mom wanted me to get a photo of the two and, I must be honest, Henry was not cooperating in the slightest. He was squirming and wiggling and crying, much to the shagrin of Jeanne. Then, suddenly with a squeal of laughter, Henry’s 2 year old sister, Lucy, came riding into the room mounted on “Shammy,” a friend’s dog that was visiting. Seeing this toddler riding a dog like a horse so shocked the pair they immediately stopped their squirming and starred in disbelief at the mounted sister. Click!