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Basement cleanout begins

half way through my week with Dale and her folks. Day started horribly – both of us awake by 4 am and nowhere near enough sleep. so hop in the car we do and off for a 5.30 am breakfast at Perkins then 6.30 am Wal-Mart shopping. Yes, you’re reading this right .

Suffice to say by 9 am we’re back asleep – waking @ 12, followed by most of the afternoon working with Dad Butrick making sense of the mountain of stuff in their huge basement. Figure we disposed of the contents of at least 40 jars of preserved tomatoes; some dating back well over 20 years.

Lovely late afternoon steak dinner in the deck before heading to Borders for coffee, cake, free Wi-fi and some book-browsing.

will we manage decent sleep tonight? Watch this space

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

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