There are times you want to get in the pool and other times you like just being around the pool. In this first picture is Wendy is in the pool but not in THE pool. Steve purchased a small kids pool for the little ones to play in, didn’t think about the adults using it for any reason but Windy makes good use of it while visiting with the others in the big pool. Dawn, who lives in the same apartment complex, visits with Benz.The twins pool side, now I don’t know which one is which so we will just call them THE TWINS. This may be the same one in all three photos. If you figure it out let me know. Candi was cleaning the twin up after a diaper change, another use for a water gun! The next two photos are just two cute little girls with their …
As far as 4th of July weekend goes, this was a cooler water year. It was warm enough for the adults to get in but not too hot. One year we had to put bags of ice in the pool to cool it down. One thing about this 4th, we had more kids than usual so the water guns got a workout. At times it was just the kids shooting and other times the adults got involved. The adults are filling up their water guns, getting ready for the fight. Then comes the attack.  
The fireworks were great, the city really did get their money’s worth. The only thing, that needs to be improved on, is getting people out of the park after the show is over.
In 2012 a volunteer was killed while assisting after the Lansing fireworks. He was among the crew disposing of fireworks that had not discharged during the show. One exploded near the man as he was working. We were there that night and did not know anything had happened until the next morning. Since that night, the fireworks have been held on the 3rd instead of the 4th. It appears that it is cheaper to have the display on the 3rd and it does seem to work better for us. On the 4th it is easier just to stay at home after cooking, drinking and a day in the pool. Tonight we did a real easy dinner of Meatball Sub Casserole and salad and then we were off to the Community Park. We had a group of thirteen adults and five children so we did a caravan. It was a very …
Dee made these wonderful sugar cookies, they were so good. We were at the pool when she brought them over. This was the first time we were treated with homemade cookies. I use to make cookies all the time, but it has been years since I put in that much effort. It’s not that it is rocket science, but it does take time to buy, measure, mix and bake these little jewels. Of course, you want people to enjoy them after you bake them. I think the key word in that sentence is “people.” I would never think about feeding them to my dogs. The dogs have their own treats. If I wanted to give them human food, it would be food I have prepared or purchased. By feeding the cookies to the dogs, it says to me that I don’t think the cookies are good enough for me to …
Several people have seen this fox in our neighborhood. It was spotted by Rick and Dee while they were out walking. I saw it the other morning in our cul-de-sac. He looks as if he needs food, just hoping he doesn’t attack anyone or our dogs.  
We, being the Neighbors, went to Nite at the Races. This is one of CASA’s annual benefit event. Rick always pays for a table and we go and have fun. The event consists of a buffet style dinner and 8 actual horse races shown on-screen. Guests use fun money provided in their race packets to place bets on the horses, which are sponsored and named by area businesses. Rick always sponsors a horse he names for his wife Rumi. Dee and me standing in line to place our bets. Rumi and Dee waiting for the evening to start. Steve, me, Dee, Katy and Gail (Katy’s friend) at our table. Rick, Rumi, Mark and Val were also at our table but they were checking out the silent auction items when the photographer came by. The buffet is always BBQ with potatoes, baked beans, salad and this year assorted cup cakes for …
Steve and Ricky bid on a wine tasting at the CASA Sweetheart Dinner and Dance. We provided the place and Ricky and Rumi provided cheese and fruit. Connie and Phil brought his homemade salsa, it was really good. He has promised that he will bring us some when he makes it this summer. We had 19 people, who all seemed to enjoy the wine and visiting. This is a picture of the group taken by Rick. Makes the house look really BIG!After the wine tasting we celebrated the neighborhood birthdays. We hadn’t done this in a while so we had six to celebrate; Steve, Holan, Dee, Bob, Chris and Rumi. Before the cake cutting Dee and Holan got into a sword fight with the knives. As we waiting for who knows what, the group gathered around the island. Looks like everyone is praying over the cake. Happy Birthday Everyone!!
The Sweetheart Dinner and Dance was held at J.W. Crancers with cocktails followed by dinner and dancing. We enjoyed Chicken Florentine served with pasta and with marinara and 3-cheese Alfredo sauces, green beans salad and french bread. A dessert bar topped off the meal with the cheesecake bites and cream buffs being most popular. We all enjoyed the dancing and the interesting conversations during the evening. Our group was joined by Phil and Connie, who several of our group knew from working, walking and/or doing plays. Such a fun evening! Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) programs are 501 (c)(3) organizations that must raise their own funds to maintain their programs in any given community. CASA programs use average citizens to advocate for children who are abused and neglected and are involved in the court system. Each individual program trains and certifies its volunteers and relies solely upon their investigations and …
Tonight was our last musical for this season at the Music Theater, at the Off Center Theatre at Crown Center. Oliver! was the first musical adaptation of a famous Charles Dickens work to become a stage hit. With music and lyrics by Lionel Bart, it première in the West End in 1960, enjoying a long run, a successful Broadway production in 1963 and further tours and revivals. It was made into a musical film in 1968. Major London revivals played from 1994–98 and again from 2008–11. It’s the story of a boy who becomes an orphan after the death of his mum. He gets shuffled around from place to place, getting exploited wherever possible. He end up getting in with the wrong crowd – a gang of petty thieves – and doing some things which he knows that he shouldn’t (such as picking a pocket or two). It ends on …
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