Saturday, July 8, 2006

Saturday Evening

First of all today was a beautiful, warm sunny day.  My friend Bob came this morning and drove me south to Vancouver, WA (about 125 miles from here).  The occasion; the 25th wedding anniversary of the oldest daughter of some dear friends of mine.  Back in the early 1970's, when I was married, we moved in across the alley from John, Charlotte and their kids Rosemary, Kathleen, Johnny and Cindy.  My daughter Julie was between Rosemary and Kathleen in age and little Cindy and my son, Jimmy are about 4 months apart in age.  Poor Johnny was just kind of in the middle somewhere. He tormented the two little ones and the three girls tormented him. The older kids all attended the same school and both families attended the same church.  Anyway, in 1976 John had a job opportunity in Portland, so they moved to Vancouver, WA just across the Columbia River form Portland. We keep in touch over the years as Charlotte's elderly parents lived just up the street from our place, until they passed away and  from time to time the kids and I would hop on the train and go down to Vancouver to visit them.  In July of 1981 Rosemary married Rick and Julie and Jimmy were both invitied to be in the wedding.  So down we went to Vancouver on another hot weekend for a lovely wedding of two special people. In fact Julie reminded me tonight that it was so hot that weekend that the frosting melted on the wedding cake and the top sort of slid to the back of it.  Rosemary's dad, John, is a baker by trade so even though it may have melted, I know it was scrumptious. Throughout the years the frequency of the visits diminished but not the friendship. In fact Charlotte has been on AOL for years so we can IM everyday, if we want to.  Anyway, today was a celebration of 25 years for Rick and Rosemary.  They have three fine sons and are active in the community and in their church.  John recreated their wedding cake (each layer a color of the rainbow) and it was beautiful as well as scrumptious. (I wish I would remembered to take a picture of it.)  They also had a lovely buffet and of course the rainbow punch, like what was served at the wedding reception. I think Rosemary would have liked to have Julie and Jimmy there also today but Julie is unable to travel and Jimmy planned to go but ended up having to work today. Like I said it was a beautiful day and an enjoyable drive to see dear friends.

Only one more day and then I have to go back to that awful place....WORK!  I don't know what little Gabi will do, she has loved having me home this last week.  She got lots more loving than she usually does.   Speaking of Gabi, I think it's time she & I went down the hall for the night.  So until next time...Linda

P.S. the reason their son Johnny wasn't in any of the pictures is because he and his family recently moved to Texas with his job.

8 comments:

robinngabster said...

Great pictures, they are a lovely couple.  I also love seeing pics of Washington!!

queenb8261 said...

What a wonderful celebration.  And to recreate their cake? How fun.  Thanks for sharing the photos.  It IS rare to see the top of (Or lack thereof) of Rainier.  LOL
Have a good Sunday!
Barb

jlocorriere05 said...

It sounds like you all had a great day, it's lovely that you keep in touch. Happy Anniversary to the lovely couple! The views of Mt Washington are awesome, I love mountains and volcanoes. Don't go back to work, tell them your Gabi refuses to let you leave the house! Won't it be great when we can retire, I can't wait for the day I walk out, never to go back again! Jeannette xx  

jeadie05 said...

Its so nice you have kept in touch all these years making your visit to the silver wedding even more special ,enjoyed looking at the pictures ....Jan xx

ally123130585918 said...

Lovely Pictures Linda ~ how lovely to have kept in touch for such a long time ~ so glad you had such a lovely time with such dear friends ~ Ally

yakima127 said...

How fun!  Congratulations to them for making the 25 year mark!  Jae

astoriasand said...

I realy enjoyed reading this story,It is great isn't it to get together .I have a dear friend who makes cakes and what a wonderful idea a rainbow cake, each tier colours of!! I may suggest this to my friend here in England, as she keeps an album of all the cakes she has made and this is one, I havn't heard or seen of.She is always welcome to suggestions of new ideas.It is lovely you have been friends all them yrs.When I went to Dallas for my sons wedding, she made me one for them, for the grooms cake,as they had two cakes at the wedding ,one for the bride and one for the groom.Which was a replica she copied of his truck,off a photograph I lent her..It travelled by BA all the way to Fort Worth from my home to Manchester to Heathrow and then  in the cockpit with the pilots to Dallas.Haa, a when they learned what it was I had in the special box.The air hostess took it there for safety, not to get it damaged.And the pilots swore to me, there would be nothing left of it when I arrived.Haaa!!!They knew better than to sneak a taste LOL!! It was perfect on my arrival when we opened it.I first had to get permission to take it though from the American Embassy in London.The picture of the mountain reminded me of my sister and brother-in law when they went to South Africa to see his brother who is a priest there,and sent me a card of The famous Table Mountain, with the flat top.How kind of yuor friend Bob to drive you all that way.Still he owed you one Linda didn't he?.for the fish favour you did him .LOL.When he never turned up later as he said he would Haa!! I hope there family have a long and good contented life in Texas, and there son likes his new job,more than you sound to like yours Haaaa!!! I hope you didnt' mind   the long comment.
Regads Astoriasand.

nana0014 said...

Happy anniversary to your friends. Thanks for sharing the pictures.
Take care, Chrissie