As we drove down the curving road toward the house we were filled with anticipation. Jim and I are fortunate enough to have friends and acquaintances all over the country. When we receive an invitation to visit one of them, we can only hope that we will be in their area of the country and able to stop for a visit.

Monday, May 26, my daughter, Marcia Pangburn, came for breakfast, and then we attended the parade in Berne.

My grandson, Brandon Clark, along with Jenn Smith, and his children, Samson and Nichole, met us at the town hall for the parade.

In a Walt Disney movie, the aging woodworker Geppetto sees a falling star. At that instance he wishes that, Pinocchio, the wooden puppet he just finished, could become a real boy. In the night, the Blue Fairy grants Geppetto his wish, and asks Jiminy Cricket to serve as the wooden boy's conscience.

Monday, May 19, was my “Zoey day.” My daughter, Marcia Pangburn, was on vacation and came over for breakfast. After that, she took Zoey for a walk in her stroller. It was a cool day, but Zoey had socks on and a blanket. Zoey is good with her hands and can put the protective cover back on her bottle herself.

We got a call from Jim’s niece the other day that really excited us. Laurie and her husband Steve wanted to check a date to see if we would be around for a visit from them. Of course, we said, “Yes.” If we had other plans, we would have changed them in order to see Laurie and Steve.