Today was a good day, all around - though I didn't get my bike ride in. We had a minor impact to our schedule with a visit from the housing folks, for where we are living right now. Apparently they decided it was time to make a change to the air conditioning, and a general cleaning of the system. Now I'm not opposed to that type of cleaning, I just wish it could have been delayed by a week or so, when we weren't planning on coming up to visit with Linda's folks and then on up to Los Angeles to see David and his family.
The drive up was WAY better than I had anticipated, and the first stop up to see Joe and Jess was accomplished much faster than I had thought it would. Then Jess fed us a very nice lunch of a soup and sandwich combination. Now, normally one might expect that "soup and sandwich" was pretty regular and not special at all, but Jess made a soup by just putting some things together that was excellent. And the sandwiches are always far superior to most that you can get anywhere else. My biggest challenge is that I tend to want to eat too much whenever I go there.
After lunch and a nice visit we headed on up to see David and Miriam, and their two sons Dylan and Ethan, our Grandsons. We were invited to attend the school's Grandparents Day, where Dylan goes to school. We went last year and it was really fun, so we were very happy to go again. The drive up I5 was amazingly easy, for the most part. There were a couple of spots where it got sluggish, and it didn't take too long to get through those areas. We ended up arriving at their house more than an hour sooner than I thought we would.
Once there the boys were very happy to see us and we had a great time playing for a couple of hours, while Miriam finished preparing dinner. Ralph, Miriam's dad, showed up a little while before dinner, so he was going to be joining us as well, and we were very pleased to have that happen. It seems like we hadn't seen Ralph in over a year. The only down side was that Holly, his wife, was out of town, so we didn't get to see her. Dinner was excellent, as Miriam is also a good cook, and on top of that she made this great bread that I don't know the name of, but it seemed like a carrot-nut bread, and everyone at the table liked it. There wasn't much left by the time we were all done. Ralph was able to stay and visit for a short while and the boys loved having us all there.
The boys were put to bed and then Linda offered to finish cleaning up the kitchen. While she was doing that I was busy trying to get on the local network, and get started on this blog. Their cat, Luna, came over to visit me a few times, while I was typing, and likes to walk across the keyboard, and amazingly without compressing any of the keys. Still, it does make it a challenge sometimes to type a continuous sentence, without getting cat hair in the face, from a swishing tail.
I did check in with Jason, and he is doing fine. We did our best to make sure he had plenty of food and Linda communicated with Joselyn prior to us coming up here. I guess that is always going to be one of those things that we, as parents, will continue to do ... worry about our kids, in this case Jason. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.