Thompsons Lake, Aug. 1, 2013

Talk about having a good week, last week was terrific. My grandson, Brandon Clark and I picked up his children, Samson and Nichole, for an entire week with their dad.

Their first wish was to swim in Warner’s Lake with Jenn Smith and her son, Iain. I was invited to come and almost backed out but was glad I went.

Monday was spent at Zoom Flume. I only go on the real easy going rides like the Lazy River. I really enjoyed the wave pool. It felt just like the ocean.

Jenn Smith took the day off from work so she and Iain could join us.

We ended our day with ice cream in Greenville.

On Tuesday, we went to the movies. Samson and Brandon saw R.I.P.D. and Nichole and I saw Despicable Me 2. I enjoyed the movie and it was special with Nichole.

Then we went shopping for Iain’s birthday. Brandon was looking for a chess game to give him and Nichole and Samson picked out a board game with balloons.

Then we visited Jenn Smith in corporate Woods at her job at Wellpoint, where she is a transplant nurse.

We ended the day having dinner at the Capital Thai Restaurant and then a swim in Uncle Dan’s pond.

Wednesday was another day to remember. My son, Dan, said we should host a lobster dinner. It takes me a long time to prepare for this dinner. Brandon took Nichole and Samson to Myosotis Lake. They spent the day visiting with Uncle Miles Pangburn and swimming.

Dan and I bought the twelve lobsters. We invited Danielle Ricketts and Samson Clark who ate 2 lobsters each. Kassi Neal and Jared Martin ate 1 ½ lobsters each, I ate one but Dan ate 3 lobsters. We had 1 leftover and Dan made it into a hot lobster roll the next day. Brandon ate haddock and Nichole had chicken tender. We also served baked potatoes and sweet corn.

Next came Thursday and Brandon had to go to work at the veteran’s hospital. Nichole, Samson and I met him there at noon and went on a tour and were introduced to his co-workers.

Nichole, Samson and I then ate at McDonald’s. We met up with Brandon again at 2:30 p.m., and went to the state museum.

We spent most of our time at the museum in the 9/11 exhibit. Then Brandon left for a meeting and we drove to Cindy Smith’s Day Care where Iain goes when Jenn is at work. We had a tour and enjoyed meeting Cindy, who is Jenn’s aunt.

We then went on to the Golden Corrral and met Brandon for dinner with Iain and Jenn Smith.

Samson was awake most of that night with an earache. His mother said it was swimmer’s ear and gave us drops to dry it out. With the drops and a heating pad Friday started out OK but Samson still didn’t feel well. Brandon took Nichole and Samson to the Christman Sanctuary near Duanesburg. The hike was invigorating and the water refreshing. They spent Friday night with Jenn and Iain and Samson was again in pain.

Samson’s pain got continually worse. Iain’s birthday party was at noon at Rollarama. Samson skated a little and then just lay down on a bench. Brandon and I took him to Urgent Care where the doctor flushed out the ear and gave him a prescription for eardrops. The doctor said it would take a few days for him to feel better.

Iain’s party was a blast. His guests were Faith and her brother Dane, friends from school, Gus and Marisa from Blessed Sacrament and of course, Samson and Nichole. Kyra Swan was a special invited guest as she’s his babysitter. Iain’s wonderful family also came, including Aunt Amanda Smith with Clay and Finn, Uncle Mike Smith, Aunt Emily and Noel, and Uncle Ryan, Aunt Nancy and adorable Cooper, who is only 4 months old.

Iain got lots of gifts, had an unusual cookie cake and skated to his heart’s delight with the best of the best.

We went to church on Sunday and Nichole and Samson then went back to their mother. Samson’s ear was still aching.

We hope by Wednesday when dad sees him again that he will be much better.

I am filled up with love from spending a week with two of my beautiful great-grandchildren.

Bible study

The adult Bible study group, led by the Rev. Bob Hoffman, will meet on Thursday, Aug. 8, at 7 p.m., in the church hall at the Knox Reformed Church.

Class of 1978 reunion

On Friday, Aug. 16 there will be a meet and greet and get something to eat at the Hofbrau.

On Saturday, Aug. 17, from 5 to 11 p.m., the reunion will be at the Altamont VFW and is open to the public. Dinner will be dressy or business casual attire at 6 p.m. At 8 p.m. change into comfy clothes for the pep rally and line dance. There will also be a drawing to benefit the VFW.

On Sunday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon there will be a brunch at the Berne-Knox-Westerlo cafeteria. This event is open to the public. Dress in the 1970’s style. Bring out those bellbottoms, earth shoes and tater socks. The cost of the brunch is $15, prepaid.

You can mail checks payable to Diane Czarnick at 193 North Lake Ave., Troy, NY 12181. The cost of just the dinner is $40 or $55 for both dinner and brunch. The dinner menu includes your choice of steak, chicken, or fish along with dessert. At 9:30 p.m. that evening sandwiches and coffee will be offered.

There is also a golf tournament on Saturday, Aug. 17. Contact Diane Willey about meeting up at Orchard Creek. The Just Golf package is one 18-hole round and cart, Orchard Creek logo golf ball and a small driving range token. The cost is $60, prepaid.

Music in the Park

On Wednesday, Aug. 7 Slim Pickins will be playing at the Berne town park on Route 443 starting at 6:30 p.m. There is no charge for this entertainment. Hot dogs, drinks and more will be available for purchase from the Friends of the Berne Library.

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