A Multi-generational Weekend

Extending the Table

Extending the Table

We had a full house here at Porterfield Junction this past weekend.  My brother and sister-in-law drove over from Michigan along with my nephew and his wife and their two children for a short visit.  My nephew is shipping off to Alaska very soon, courtesy of the Army, and I had not had the chance to meet his youngest child.  When a death in his wife’s family brought them unexpectedly back up North from Texas, we jumped at the chance to all get together before they head off to the frigid tundra.

This house has toys!

This house has toys!

The first order of business was to bring all of the toys we had stored in the basement upstairs so the children would have something to play with.  Then we had to extend the dining room table to be able to seat everyone.  The high chair was the next thing to be brought out from storage, followed by the toddler bed.  I told the Commander that this was a “dress rehearsal” for the visit of our grandchildren next month.

Whee!

Whee!

It was great meeting our little niece and reconnecting with our little nephew again.  I’d not seen Toto around little children but there was no need to worry.  Her tail started wagging from the minute they walked in the door and her good spirits kept up all weekend despite tugs, pats, and hugs from the little ones.  In fact, she seemed sad anytime they left the house.

It's Aunt Laura!

It’s Aunt Laura!

To add to the fun, our daughter Laura and her husband and the two grand-dogs arrived on Saturday and spent the night so we REALLY had a full house then.  We had folks sleeping all over the house, including some who had to bed on an air mattress down in the basement.

A typical "Loose" lunch

A typical “Loose” lunch

On Saturday, en-route to visit my mother in the nursing home, we stopped for “lunch” at the Sweet Frog frozen yogurt shop.  As my son-in-law joked with my nephew, “After 5 years of marriage, I’ve learned that there is always dessert involved when we visit.”

I’ll tell you (and show you in pictures) how the visit at the nursing home went in my next blog post but back at the house, we were enjoying our usual mix of food, goofing around, and playing games the rest of the weekend, in addition to church on Sunday morning.

Why gumdrop, what big seeds you have!

Why gumdrop, what big seeds you have!

Saturday evening I had one unexpected surprise.  We were playing a game of push rummy and, as usual, we had a table full of snacks to snack on.  My sister-in-law had brought some sour mini-gumdrops from home and everyone was saying how good they were.  I never eat gumdrops but thought I’d give one a try.  As I was chewing on it, I suddenly chomped down on something very hard.  Ouch!  My immediate thought was, “Since when do gumdrops have seeds?”

I spit it all out into my hand and there was my tooth!  Well, ok, it wasn’t exactly my natural tooth but it was the one that I’d just spent several thousand dollars to have screwed into my jaw.  The darn crown came right off the implant post.  I couldn’t believe it!  Luckily I didn’t swallow it in my sleep and was able to stick it in a baggie to take to the dentist.  I did that this morning and in less than 15 minutes, he put stronger glue in it and had it back on the post.  Oy!  No more gumdrops or any other sticky foods for me!

 

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