|Emily and Mitch|
This first week back in Iowa has been a time of reconnecting with my boys. We did see Mitch on Mother’s day for a short time but he called and wanted to go to dinner on Wednesday evening as his girlfriend Emily was in town. Emily is from NE Iowa and goes to school near here in Iowa City. Classes are over so she is spending some time at home and some time here with Mitch but soon will be off for a semester abroad in Spain.
We went to dinner at our favorite mexican restaurant: Haciendas Las Glorias. In all the time we have spent in the southwest we have seldom come across food as good and have never come across margaritas as good as this restaurant has. I will say John now makes a margarita to rival theirs but it might be a toss up. It was excellent as usual and the time with Mitch and Emily was great.
|John and Gabe at Kernels game|
Thursday Gabe came to town to talk to his insurance agent. He can no longer be on our insurance in June and they were going to charge so much for him to get on Melissa’s insurance after they get married that Brandon (his agent) is looking for a basic policy for him that he can actually afford. I know there are lots of opinions out there about the healthcare issue but if anyone prior to the healthcare act had to find insurance for someone with a pre-existing condition they know how difficult it could be. Brandon says at least now they can’t turn him down and there are some incentives for them to give him an affordable policy. The last time we went through this we had one year where the rules were still at 24 to get off our policy and we had a tough time finding a company to even give him a policy. For us, the healthcare changes mean Gabe will have insurance and that is a relief.
Since he was here we decided a baseball game would be fun so we headed to a Kernels game (A minor league ball). John and I love going to the games and the boys enjoyed it when they were little but then went through a time they really didn’t like to go. Luckily they are now enjoying watching an occasional game again. This one went into extra innings and the Kernels pulled it out at the bottom of the 10th for a win. I have really missed the boys so this time together was great.
I also had time with my friend Trudy this week. We had our first weekly coffee at Panera’s on Friday morning. We did this every week for a lot of years so when I am in CR we try to continue the tradition. Tomorrow instead of Panera’s we are going to the casino in Hills, Iowa. May is Trudy’s birthday month and she gets a free buffet. The month is winding down and she doesn’t want to miss out on the freebie.
|John and Mike taking in the bed frame|
Trudy and her husband Mike bought a 2005 Mako 5th wheel by Gulfstream. It was in a weather related accident and had some damage but Mike loves to fix things so this is his new project. We went over Sunday afternoon to see it and ended up staying long enough for John to help Mike weld the bed frame and slide mechanism back together and get ready for all the new parts to make the slide work again. They almost had it working but it appears they need a new switch so it will have to wait another day. I foresee John helping with other parts of this project too. They will have a nice rig once Mike is finished. We ended the evening with dinner at the Star Bar in Fairfax, a little local joint with good food and it is close to the DQ so on the way home I talked John into a little treat. I grew up (Dad owned one) in a DQ and it is still my favorite treat!
Today we got moved across town to Squaw Creek, the other Linn County park we frequent and have a great site for the next two weeks. John’s brother Walt will be joining us so it will be even more family time. Hope everyone out there has a great holiday weekend. The weather here is great and the park is already almost full, so I also hope you have a site if you are on the road.