Palm Sunday, a good quiet day that ended with a wonderful concert by Taylor Sounds and a reception with Mariachi music after.
Monday, Chef-son was back from the Nantional Ice Carving Association tradeshow (he is the current president) and they were wearing the new logos. Can you recognize the main tool of an ice carver?
Tuesday in senior's exercise class we took lots of silly pictures.
Wednesday, after a night of severe storms, half the town had no electricity. Ours was back by morning, but school was canceled and the library was closed which meant writer's group could not meet. The unexpected gift of time was used to prepare for the busy days ahead and the trip to Chicago.
Maundy Thursday--Chicago here we come!
Irati is a Basque teenager who came with the group two years ago. Last June we spent one day in her beautiful town--Oñati. She is visiting her host family in our area during her three-week Easter break. We took her to see the windy city. I realize that descriptor originally referred to the many politicians and their much talk. However, both days it was indeed windy, and cold.
We toured Moody Bible Institute and spent the night with my delightful cousin who is a beloved prof there.
|Dr. Rosalie de Rosset|
We walked the Magnificent Mile, saw the main icons (the Bean; the Willis Tower--the tallest building, used to be Sears), sat and sipped tea in the restaurant of the Art Museum, rode the L train, and dined Peruvian food. All in one afternoon.
|La Habichuela (The Bean)|
Good Friday was rainy and cold. We stayed in all morning and enjoyed conversation with cousin Rosie, while Irati slept.
Then after lunch at a Middle Eastern restaurant, in one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods, we went to the nearby Loyola University campus for the Celebration of the Passion service in the Chapel.
The music was beautiful and the Scripture readings very meaningful.
Inclement weather forced us to shorten our visit to this prestigious university of Basque origin.
So we left Chicago grateful for the one good sunny day.
Saturday I cleaned and prepared food for two big days.
Upendra (Indian friend who stayed with us for several weeks two years ago) was visiting from New York and introduced us to his wife and new baby.
|Sathya and Upendra Kumar|
|Rita meets Caleb David Kumar|
South African friend, Chris (lived with us a few months some three years ago) came with his wife too. They live in Muncie.
|Chris and Rachael Le Roux|
Stephan and Karen were here as well. All four of us couples shared the stories of how we met our spouses.
What a full and exciting week! And there's more to come! Sunday's a comin'!