Saturday, August 20, 2005

On the Go with J & J

Our annual trip to Minneapolis to visit our son David and my cousin and her family went off without out a hitch. On the way up we discovered that old Hwy 218 up through Iowa had been turned into a lovely four lane. So other than some slightly slow going through Waterloo, it is now a smooth interstate delight all the way from the Quad Cities to the Twin Cities. David had plenty of stories about his recent Europe trip and you can find some of his pictures on his blog

Cousin Lin’s new condo is finished, but the landscaping is still underway as the accompanying photo indicates. We had lunch with David and his friend Janey on Sunday at a lovely Greek restaurant called Christos. Golf was on the docket during the day on Tuesday and David and Janey came out to Lin’s on Tuesday night for dinner and some slides from our Japanese trip.

Had a chance to visit with Lin’s daughter and her husband and to see their son Jack for the first time. He is a bubbly little charmer. Mr. Mikel Cool will like him I'm sure when he gets a little bigger. During the visit Lin and I worked a bit on the family history records. There is a lot more to do. Also visited Aunt Hazel and managed to get a call in to Uncle Skip.

All told a marvelous trip and topped off with a stop in Cedar Rapids on Thursday night so we could baby sit the grandchildren on Friday. Home to Monmouth on Friday night. Back to reality on the way home was a dinner at the Milkhouse Diner. In the twin cities you can hardly get an appetizer for what you can get a hearty dinner for at the Milkhouse Diner in Viola. Seventeen bucks for two and you can't find room for a slice of their homemade rhubarb pie. The place was stuffed with locals who seem to know a good deal when they are living right next store to it.

Here is Mikel the Cool waiting for Jack to grow up a little bit more.

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