Saturday, August 29, 2009

Thinking over the bumper sticker??

Folks who know me, or at least watch me drive all over town, know my Jeep well. It is the one covered in bumper stickers that really do tell who I am. They range from politics to the arts and every spectrum in between.

One of my favorites is Malwart, the place for cheap plastic crap. I do not go to Walmart, not in any way, at least not until yesterday.

My daughter in law. Karen, works for Flagstar Bank which is located in Walmart in Angola. She needed just one more account to open to meet her quota. I said that I was wanting a business account anyway, so Jonah and I went to Walmart. (I parked in the very back of the parking lot.)

The folks at Flagstar were courteous, friendly and gave Jonah a pocketful of dumdums.

Account opened. Time to leave, but I needed a few things. So, I could just get one or two things, I mean I was already there anyway.

Jonah hopped into a cart and scratched his already skinned up knee along the way. It wasn't really bleeding or anything, just looked a little red, you know.

We made it back to the yogurt section, where I was delighted they carried the Greek yogurt. when a young male employee asked if we wanted a free sample of another kind of yogurt.
Jonah and I were happy to taste when he noticed Jonah's skinned knee. He immediately went to the back (somewhere?) and brought back a band aid with ointment on it for Jonah. He even put it on his knee. I really was amazed. He walked back to checkout with us saying how lucky I was because he and his wife could not have children. We talked a bit longer, I thanked him again, paid for my yogurt and walked to the back parking lot.

Ok, I really can't be a Walmart shopper, but the folks there are just plain nice.

Lou Ann

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Welcome to our world

Last night I went to sleep with my phone tucked under my pillow. I drifted off to sleep knowing that it would ring to announce the birth of my newest grandchild. I was in such a deep sleep that I could barely find it for answering, but did indeed get the message that the newest little Homan was born in Portland, Oregon.

What a wonderful day this has been knowing how happy Abe and Kristin are with their new baby and that there are four little grandchildren on our family. How does life move on so?

They finally named her deep in the afternoon as the sun was setting here in the Midwest. Brianna it is. So I welcome to our world of love and beauty little Brianna Homan. Thank you for joining us.

Lou Ann

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Three weeks and back to blogging!

Dear Friends,

How could three weeks go by without even writing a word! Where have I been and what in the world have I been doing??

I traveled back with Philip since that seemed to make the most sense with the broken arm. We first went to Indy so that I could do my workshop and then back home to get ready for school.

It was a great homecoming with Adam and Tonya here visiting. Tonya stayed an extra week to give me a hand in the classroom...she is so artistic!

She is also the fairy godmother to Mathew and Jonah!

It was a busy week with family and friends and my border, Jim Beam, still here. We spent most of the evenings watching for shooting stars, celebrating Adam and Aaron's birthday, and lots of dinners.

Everyone left at once leaving me alone in my rambling old house! It felt very strange at first, but I guess we get used to everything.

I have decided to put my articles on line under Sunday Passage so they will be available to read on my website as well.

The weather is clear and amazingly fall like. Tonight we welcome back Mengting and another friend from China for a cookout...marshmallows as well!

So, back to Indiana, back to blogging. and life does go on even when it switches directions!

Lou Ann

Monday, August 03, 2009

"It is time to go now...haul away the anchors..."

My good friends Sundae and Rob sing this incredibly beautiful song about leaving. I weep every time I hear it. Now it is my turn to leave again. I feel as if I am always leaving someone, somewhere....maybe that is how I have defined my life.

Most things are packed. Lots of interesting accumulations...seashells, summer dresses, salt spray. One of my last chores was to put away my beautiful birthday bike, a gift from Philip.

Yesterday was his 65th birthday, I am glad I was here to celebrate with him.Lots of events to go to, as always, with folks dropping by.

It is difficult to leave this life that I love so much, but Philip is driving me home and that will make a great difference.

So, I bid farewell until my feet are planted on Hoosier soil once again.

Lou Ann

Sunday, August 02, 2009

August Island Birthdays!

Happy Birthday
Lachlan, Philip, Kati, and James
Last night there was a great pot luck at Kati and John's house for the August birthdays.
There is a great story behind the whole event, just ask if you are curious!
A great time was had by all, thanks for hosting, Kati!
Lou Ann
P.S. It was a used cake, but good anyway!
P.S.S. For the full/partial story and photos of my last turtle patrol, go to Philip's blog!