My friends are gradually retiring. David Barrow, my fellow textile designer buddy since '78, joined our ranks in May and, therefore, picked me up at Laguardia Airport! I flew in from Chicago for a weekend in Easton with him and his magnificent wife and daughter.
|Helen Webb, Amelia & David|
David did not only sit and stare at his phone during the museum visit...just this quick communication with Amelia and the resulting photo-op!
Newt arrived flush with the grandeur of his rafting trip. Karen - "Mac" - another close friend from Northwestern University and her husband, Steve, who know David and Helen by coincidence, joined us for dinner on the patio. The planets were really lined up for us: we had a rip-roaringly fun dinner followed by a throwback walk under cover of the sprawling trees, giggling like 20-year-olds! Steve and Mac were about to leave for some months in Africa.
David just had to show us his Halloween costume (he has the tux pants)! Ruffle-y as it is, he has really tamed down his game since some decades back when he sported Ethel Merman's original Broadway cowgirl costume from "Annie Get Your Gun." Impossible to outdo that one.
Next day was a hike on a lush trail by the local stream.
|David demonstrated his significant rock-skipping ability|
See you in Brazil someday, David, Helen and Amelia?!
BRONX, NEW YORK
We received quite a shock one week before leaving Brazil for the US. We had a month long simultaneous home exchange arranged with a couple, Ben and Elisa, in "NOHO" - North of Houston in Greenwich Village. We received word that Ben had been rushed to the hospital and required two stints inserted and blood thinners. He would be unable to travel to Brazil. We spent the first full day after this news like deer in the headlights; just stunned. Thirty-one nights in New York City, no longer for free? Th-That's a lot of money.
Charlie's Bar & Kitchen in our building and Mott Haven Bar & Grill down the block were our Bronx favorites.
|Beautiful roof garden where we enjoyed evening picnics|
In the meantime, Ben and Elisa worked out a two-week visit with friends upstate during which we could, indeed, use their home in the Village! We only needed to solve five more nights.
|Larry & Donna closing on their new house|
|At a local winery|
|On the new deck|
|At the local Flying Dog Brewery|
|Amy & Sean|
|Our grandniece Allison with our niece Amy photo-bombing!|
|Our grandniece Paige, with Allison photo-bombing!|
|Our niece Sara|
After a real Fourth of July cook-out with hot dogs and hamburgers, Allison and Paige helped Donna prepare our special red, white and blue shortcake dessert in Donna's new kitchen:
|The rest of the house turned out well|
Off to our half-long home exchange in Manhattan!