We haven’t been doing much other than visiting with family. Michael’s oldest brother, Eddie, has a little cottage here on their mom’s property. Their niece, Allicia, lives in a small apartment in the basement of their mom’s home. And his youngest brother, John, lives just a short distance away. That all makes for easy visitin’!
Middle brother, Ron, lives a little further away, towards Hot Springs, and we haven’t been able to visit with him yet…hopefully before we leave on Tuesday.
Saturday night we went out for dinner at a local restaurant, The Fish Nest. They put together a very nice buffet – salad fixins, catfish, frog legs, clam strips, crab cakes, chicken, hush puppies, fries, vegetables, twice baked potatoes, etc. It was very good and I certainly wouldn’t mind going back.
However, the real reason we were there was that we met with 8 of Michael’s classmates (his graduating class had 30ish) and their guests for a total of 19 in attendance. What a great group of people! So friendly. Not being part of their class (or even the area for that matter) I never felt like I didn’t belong. We stayed and chatted at the restaurant for a couple of hours before taking some pictures of the group.
When everyone was starting to disperse it was mentioned that a few people were going to the Glenwood Country Club for margaritas and we decided to join them. Glenwood, Arkansas sits in Pike county and is a dry county (yes! dry county’s still exist!) so in order to get past not being able to serve alcohol the Country Club serves to the public….we’re thinking that they must add a temporary membership fee to your bill so that they’re actually serving ‘members only’. The reason we think that is because our bill for 1 diet coke and 2 rum & cokes was almost $19.00. Now I know that ‘drinks’ can be pretty pricey but that seemed really high.
We had a really nice time at the country club. It was quiet and we were able to chat with everyone much easier than we could when we were all seated along a long table. We were upstairs in an area all by ourselves so we didn’t bother anyone with our laughter. There was a pool table that kept the two kids with us busy. It was very nice. Being the old folks that the class of ’82 are (remember I’m much younger!) we parted ways about 9:00 pm with promises of doing it again next year.
We attended the noon mass at All Saints Catholic Church in Mt. Ida today. Mike’s mom, Alice, used to attend here but hadn’t been for a while so we was able to see people she hasn’t seen in quite a long time.
The priest delivered a nice homily straight from his heart. He didn’t use any notes or stand at the pulpit. He came down amongst the pews and talked from there. Michael and I always enjoy it more when the priest seems at ease.
When we arrived at church we ran into long time family friend, Johnny Baber and his wife, Kerith. After church we were surprised to see that Johnny’s parents, Ron & Mary Ellen were there as well. Michael calls them ‘aunt and uncle’ as they’ve been friends with his parents since before he was born.
Uncle Ronnie isn’t in the best of health and all three of them (Alice, Aunt Ellen & Uncle Ronnie) are in their mid to late 70s and unfortunately are showing signs of age. We cherish every visit we get with them. It was a wonderful surprise to run into them. We visited for quite a while in the parking lot before parting ways and heading home.
As of today we’ve been away from the oil fields 2 weeks…although it seems longer as we’ve been blessed with time for visits with lots of family and friends. The next 4 months promises to be much of the same and I, for one, can not wait.