Sunday, May 17, 2009

First BIG party

I've had a few "gatherings" - when Jeff came from Colorado last month. Girls Game Night (twice) but yesterday was the first BIG party.

It was for Jim's 50th birthday (birthday boy pictured above). Jim is my ex-husband. His sister, Bette (aka BJ or "The Beeej") and I are close friends. She wanted to throw him a surprise party and so we planned it for the first Saturday after the actual date (which was 13 may).

Here are the pics taken by Jocelyn, Ian, Soren and Charles...


We set up the Tiki Bar in the garage because it was SOOOOO WINDY on the deck.

People still hung out on the deck even if it was windy.

Jim's Cake!

Ian and Teddy

The first fire in the back yard

Chiminea furnace!

Winding down in the living room.

Monday, April 20, 2009


Life On 16th Avenue is about my life in Barb's house. Barb is in the Peace Corps and I'm renting her lovely house on 16th Avenue while she's away. I live there with my daughter, Jocelyn, and my sons live about five blocks away with their dad. Life on 16th is good.

I found out about Barb's house being available from Craigs List. I was looking to move out of my housemate situation and down to the SouthSide of town. I loved the pictures she had of the house and so I contacted her. Her name was familiar, but I couldn't place it. I met up with her and then it hit me.....I knew who she was, where she had worked. Furthermore I knew her house.

Years ago, while I was married, I worked for what was then Lutheran Brotherhood. I took the bus most days and rode with Sharon and Mo. Barb had bought Mo's house when Mo had retired. Sharon and her husband John still lived next door. Small world.

Barb is off to the Ukraine for 2.25 years. I'm finishing up raising my daughter over the same time period. We live in two totally separate worlds, but share an address.

This is my blog.