Sunday, September 18, 2011

And on Sunday, she rested

ND football2Whew, what a whirlwind weekend! (And one filled with alliteration!)

My awesome niece Heather, her equally awesome husband Rey, and their awesome² son Liam are in town for a visit from San Diego, so they came over Friday evening to check out Nutwood. We took a walk out back, and Liam (4 years old) occupied himself by finding turkey feathers throughout the yard. The turkeys had been hanging out the previous day, and I’ve never seen them leave behind so many feathers! They even made an appearance on Friday, walking through the front yard. Thank you, made a little boy very happy! (You made ME happy, too, by cooperating so nicely!) We also took a little walk through the marsh and out to the woods. I love doing that with visitors. Seeing Nutwood through others’ eyes makes me appreciate it even more.

After our little nature outing, I think we were all feeling pretty famished, so we headed out for some dinner at Macri’s. We had some pasta and pizza (their pizza is pretty darn good), and Liam had a little nap, but woke up in time for food. We called it an early night, since we had a game to go to the next day!

I made some wrap sandwiches in the morning, we filled up the cooler, and headed out for some tailgating. It was truly one of the most perfect days for football I’ve ever experienced. About 68°, sunny, with a slight breeze. We had our sandwiches, drank some beer, and played some cornhole with our nifty new Notre Dame set. (I was soundly trounced...I’m sure the beer had something to do with that!) The Fightin’ Irish did their part for a perfect game day, beating Michigan State 31-13. The best part was their attitude. They seemed to have a confidence that they were previously lacking. They still need to work on cutting out the turnovers, but it was a good game and they played well.

After the game, we headed over to my sister’s house for a birthday party for her husband, Tom. (Thanks for the Thomas Jefferson book loans, Tom!) It had been going on for a while, but I think we caught up nicely! We had a great time visiting family, and stayed pretty late talking with Tom and Diana. We headed home and didn’t crash until 4 or 5 this morning. Slept late and took it easy today, and I’m still not fully recovered. My “bounce back time” has definitely gone up as I’ve gotten older!

It was a fun weekend. I hope yours was as pleasant!


  1. You too? I had a late night on Thursday and did not feel recovered until today! The Irish did look good on Sat. and if they can get a little more precise they may have good season ahead of them yet..!

  2. I still giggle when someone from your area talks about "cornhole" like it's the most normal thing in the world. I'm very immature.

  3. We have our four year old grandson, Liam, from San Diego. I pictured him frolicking with a gaggle of turkeys and romping in your woods. Thanks for the nice mental break. Sounds like you've been living in the moment lately and benefiting broadly.

  4. Sounds like you had a very relaxing weekend. I like reading entries from you like this one!

  5. What a wonderful weekend. I'm glad everything came together for the visit and you feel rested.


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