Happy Birthday, Lydia!
Berlin, Ohio - Events of Saturday, July 15 to Monday, July 17, 2017
We went to Pittsburgh to stay with Lora and J. Michael last weekend. Lydia's birthday celebration was on Sunday, and J. Michael's nephew got married on Saturday. Since we know his nephew from family gatherings we have attended in the past, we were also invited to the wedding.
The wedding was held about an hour north of Pittsburgh near Butler, Pennsylvania. The ceremony was very nice, as was the reception. The next photo shows us on one of the rare occasions when we dress up. For Paul, dressing up normally means wearing a polo shirt instead of a T-shirt. However, this was a special occasion, so he pulled his sport coat out of the closet. He saved two ties when we hit the road over 11 years ago in case he ever needed them, but it has been so long since he has worn a tie they were both out of style. Therefore, he had to borrow one from J. Michael.
We stayed for first part of the dancing, but headed back to Lora and J. Michael's house around 9:00. We heard the dancing went on until 11:00, which is much too late for us old farts.
Because of the wedding, Lydia spent the night at the home of some friends who were planning to bring her home in time for her birthday party that was scheduled for late Sunday afternoon. J. Michael has been working on a play area in the back yard that would contain Lydia's swing, a bench, Lydia's slide, and her new playhouse. On Sunday, J. Michael's brother came over to the party early to help J. Michael finish up the play area so it could be a surprise for Lydia when she came home. It has rubber curbing for safety and mulch made from recycled tires. It turned out real nice.
Soon after the guys got the play area finished and got themselves cleaned up, the guest of honor arrived home followed by the party guests. After we dined on pizza and hoagies from Hunner's Pizza, it was time for Lydia to open gifts.
After all the gifts were opened, it was time for cup cakes and ice cream. Lydia did a good job blowing out the candles.
After all the guests left, Lydia played with a couple of her new toys for a few minutes before heading off to bed.
The playhouse we got for Lydia was used, and Paul made some of the minor repairs that were necessary on our previous visits. One of the last things the playhouse needed was to have the outside walls re-stained, so Paul tackled that on Monday morning. He started with sanding the old finish to rough it up and to remove any loose particles.
The new stain is about the same color as the old, but it has a deeper, richer appearance. The new finish should also provide protection for the wood to help it last.
We had some leftover pizza for lunch before hitting the road to head back to Ohio. We got back in time to unpack and then enjoy an evening of TV.
By the way, friends of ours from Pittsburgh who have stopped full-timing due to health reasons have their tow vehicle for sale. It is a 2011 GMC 1-ton Duramax diesel, crew cab, long bed pickup with Allison transmission. It has trailer mirrors, a bed tool box, a Husky 5th wheel hitch, a roll-up tonneau cover, and 4 new load range E tires. The truck has 51,500 miles on it, and the price is $38,000. If any of our readers is interested, contact us by clicking "email me" in the right column, and we can put you in touch with the sellers.
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