What's New With Us!
I haven't updated the website for quite a while. Cindy's now been working for AmeriGas Propane for 3 years now. She's accomplished a lot in the short time she's been there.
Toby's in fifth grade, Mia's in 3rd grade and Rosie's in kindergarten. The kids love their teachers and are doing great in school. We bought Toby a drone for Christmas and he's had it out a few times.
Mia's teacher has her interested in knitting; she's excited to show me what her teacher's taught her that day. Rosie talks about her teacher all the time; she's a smart-as-a-whip.
We're never sure what she'll tell us.  Please take the time to look at our Photo Gallery!
and might be something else I'll look into. I wish that our local community college had some classes that I could take; unfortunately, they don't. I learn better when in able
to sit in a classroom situation where I have someone that can answer my many questions.
What We've Done . . .
During the Labor Day weekend of 2015, Cindy and I decided to explore southern Illinois.  On our first day out, we decided to go to the Garden of the Gods in Shawnee National Forest.  We walked the Observation Trail and saw
some breathtaking views high above the forest.  Pictures are available in our Photo Gallery.  Also, while we were there we saw a couple get married on the trail.  They had a full wedding party and their dog there with them.
On Labor Day we headed to the City of Metropolis, Illinois; that's right, the home of Superman .  We were fortunate enough to arrive in time to see their Labor Day Parade.  Pictures are available in our Photo Gallery.  Cindy and I always have
such a great time together driving around looking for interesting sites.
We've had a great time with the Grandkids.  During the summer, they stay with me and we were at the Newton Aquatic Center (click on their name to go to their Facebook page) at least twice a week.
What a job trying to keep track of 3 kids at a pool; it was great fun.  Both Toby and Mia knew how to swim and by the end of summer, I had Rosie swimming on her own.  I taught her that if she gets tired to roll over and float on her back for a while; she took to it like a duck to water.
We went with Sandra and the kids to Lark Ranch in Loogootee, Indiana this fall and had a great time.  They have a you-pick-them pumpkin patch, corn maze, 2 zip lines (1 for the kids and 1 for adults), train ride, concessions, etc.  The kids always have a great time.
On our way back, we usually like to stop by Gasthof Amish Village for their buffet dinner and of course their homemade pies.
Quite often we take trips, with the Grandkids, to Evansville, Indiana.  Sometimes we end up at Sky Zone Trampoline Park, it's an indoor park with floor level trampolines.  They'll play for an hour and are completely exhausted.  Luckily, Cindy and I will sit and watch them play.
In July of 2016, Cindy and I went to the Red Skelton Museum in Vincennes, Indiana for their Parade of Clowns.  I have always been a fan of Red Skelton, so I really enjoyed visiting the museum.  Pictures are available in our Photo Gallery.
We always try to visit New Harmony, Indiana, the first Saturday in December, to see their Christmas Parade.  Pictures are available in our Photo Gallery.  It's a great little daytime parade that we have visited a half a dozen times.
Over the past couple of years, we've gotten there early and eaten breakfast in their local cafe; great food at a very reasonable price.  There is also a local business called the New Harmony Soap Company that we've purchased a few items from.
Up Coming Trips
Western Trip - It will probably be sometime in 2018 before we can make it out west. We are both looking forward to it. It will be a 2 week trip for us.
Sevierville, TN - We love staying at The Inn at Christmas Place while we're there (see our Favorite Sites link for their website). Dollywood and Dixie Stampede are just a few attractions that available in the area.
Grant's Farm - (this spring) - This will be a great place to take the grandkids (see our Favorite Sites link for their website).
Weekend Day Trips - Cindy and I haven't been able to take as many weekend day trips as we did for a while. Hopefully we'll be able begin again soon.
The Book Will Be Available in E-book Format Soon
My Two New Hearts
Think, at the age of thirty-three your physician telling you, “You have had a heart attack. “ What a shocker! I can only confess to you that this was a time of deep depression and questioning, “Will my life be like that of my mother who had heart attacks, by-pass surgeries and death
at the age of fifty-seven? What was my life going to be like? Would I be an invalid? What would happen to my family?..."
written by Rev. Bill Jernigan
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2016 New Harmony
Red Skelton Parade
City of Metropolis
Labor Day Parade
Garden of the Gods
Lowry Park Zoo