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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Visit by Ruth and Dick from Liberal, Kansas

Visit by Ruth and Dick Stoops, from Liberal, Kansas

Ruth was Nancy's college roommate at UNI; a while back!

Ruth and her husband, Dick

Dick and I found we had more in common than we expected

And, another customer at the Fall Creek Restaurant was kind enough to get all four!

We found this nice quiet corner in the gift shop! Thanks!

It was a nice, if very hot, day!  ;-)

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Family and Friends in Iowa, July 10-12

Family and Friends in Iowa, July 10-12

The occasion for being in Iowa this week, of course, was the death of Betty Thomas and the celebration of her life at the funeral home, church and cemetery.

Here are a few selected photos I took. Nancy talking to Colleen and Buzzy Kinnick at the luncheon. Donna Gymer Wagner looking on, in the foreground.

Earlier, young Pheobe, Betty's new great-granddaughter, kept life interesting - life goes on!

John and Mark; Mark on left, John on right, below

It was a beautiful day at the cemetery.

I hadn't taken a photo of Bill's marker, so took this opportunity, nearby.

Mark, Nellie, and young Mark, Phoebe's dad (son of John) in line (facing us - and the food!)

Joel Bolger, John Schumaker and Rev. Gunderson chatting.

Jennifer Weir and Nancy talking, later on.

We always catch the Bolger Six when they get together!

With spouses that were present - thank to Pat and Clark for using my camera!
Jolene was taking the 'official' photos - but she got into this one!  ;-)

And, one of us!

It was a good day! ;-)

Monday, July 9, 2012

Forte Foundation Conference at UCLA for 2012

Forte Foundation Conference at UCLA for 2012

On the right, is our youngest daughter, Arrion Rathsack, at the Forte Foundation 2012 MBA Women's Conference recently at UCLA - this is her work assignment that took the family to Southern California the end of June- first part of July. The photo slideshow on Facebook from whence this photo was extracted showed a very impressive conference for young women, wonderful national sponsors, and some great sessions. Congratulations to Forte Foundation, for all they do.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Finally caught a hummingbird at our feeder

Finally caught a hummingbird at our feeder

Not the greatest, but I got it... one of at least two, so far this years
First I've been able to capture in a photo.


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Welcome newest 'family member' ....

Welcome newest 'family member' ....

2011 Hyundai Sonata


Loved the Dodge Stratus, but passing by 150,000 miles on way back from St. Louis was enough.


It was a very nice day!  ;-)

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Happy Birthday to Me! ;-)

Happy Birthday to Me!  ;-)

Thanks to Allison for taking the photo!

Here are Allison and Nancy helping celebrate the big day (yesterday).
[Allison left for Urbandale for 30th H.S. Class Reunion today!]

Nancy and I had a quiet day watching and celebrating Tiger Woods' 3rd PGA victory of the year! ;-)