Update from Garrettsville, Ohio, USA

it’s our 3rd full day with Dale’s folks just outside the rural town of Garrettville in NE Ohio, about one hour out of Cleveland.

we’re here mainly to help Mom & Dad Butrick in the process of making sense of all that’s needed and much that’s not in their basement. Mom was seriously ill back around Easter – important we come over: me for one week, Dale for three.

Hasn’t been all hard work. Caught up with Waybe & Sherry Klepper for a picnic lunch on Satirday (kept us awake after the tedium of flights getting us here) & had dinner with Diana ( Dale’s sister), husband Tom along with Steve & Maria AND also Dale’s uncle Jim & Aunt Bonnie at the nearby Outback Steakhouse. a bit of Australiana, though I could swear the food was VERY much American.

Enjoying coffee @ Borders (free Wifi) before heading for dinner. just bought out shop (not really ) @ Kohl’s clothing store. everything is so green. We’ve hired a small car – good move, considering both of us have been waking at 4 am. Two mornings now we’ve ended up @ a local family restaurant

Dale has just got confirmation that two of the girls she teaches have lost their dad in that terrible plane crash in Africa. pretty sad all around.

on a different note, took the accompanying photo of Mom & Dad relaxing on the deck yesterday. These Americans will go to all lengths when it comes to keeping a close watch on these Aussies (look closely). Long story!

cheers for now


2 Responses to “Update from Garrettsville, Ohio, USA”

  1. 1 DAvid Baker June 23, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Giday David and Dale,
    sorry to hear about Dale’s share of the sorrow of the plane crash in Africa; sounds like you’re have a very american expeirnce – I saw on the Today show this morning that tinned tomatoes sold commercially have heaps of salt added to them, and, using tinned tomatoes a lot in my cooking, started thinking about cooking and preserving my own, then you write on all those preserving bottles. It’s easy to accumulate a lot; all the best for what I’m sure is a challenging job. Had a great night at Oxley on Sunday night; good crowd there. Megan Thompson and Nick Patsalis came over – they had an NCYC meeting after worship there. Geoff Thompson did a great presentation on “Has the UCA got a theoligical future” today for the minister’s lunch.
    see you soon.

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