Last night, Gerald called me from Austin Straubel; the 2 Chinese students that were supposed to arrive at 6:40pm were not there. Chicago had bad weather (surprise, surprise!) and both flights to Green Bay last night were cancelled. After talking to an AA rep, I found out they were booked on a flight leaving Chicago at 8:25 – tonight!
I did not realize they had my cell number, but soon after I got a phone call from one of the kids. From a pay phone. Using quarters. Good thing they still exist!
Since I could not call them, and they could not connect to wifi, I told them to call me back in 30 minutes. During those 30 minutes, I checked the bus schedule, talked to my son in Madison, and Kairat – who had come to Egg Harbor through Chicago 3 weeks ago. We all decided they should not wait over 24 hours to try to fly to Green Bay; they were pretty happy about that too! Sleeping at OHare and spending an entire day there did not sound appealing.
After 3 more phone calls and a lot of quarters, I think AA gave them bus tickets to Milwaukee. Hopefully they will get on a bus to Green Bay and arrive sometime this morning. If they miss the first bus, there is another later this morning, but I can’t imagine they will be sleeping so soundly they’ll miss it! Not in the bus station!
Thank goodness they are traveling together. And also that I am their boss – not their mother! These international students go through a lot to get here! I’ll let you know when they arrive in Egg Harbor!
Friday morning I took a very roundabout way to work. I live 2 miles north of Egg Harbor and can usually get to the store in about 5 minutes – tops! But Friday I took our granddaughter Ivana to Northern Door Child Care for her last day at the “Dinosaur School”.
We left Daisy Patch Road and turned right onto Juddville Road – otherwise known to our entire family as “the little hill road”. At the end of Juddville Rd. there is a horse pasture; at least 2 colts and a bunch of other pretty horses.
Left onto County A, then right at the Greenwood – past Gloria Hardiman’s gallery with 6 beautifully clad mannequins in the windows. Left again at the end of the road which sweeps to the east, past a yard full of frolicking goats.
Left turn onto Highway 42 just before the AC Tap, then north to Sister Bay, past the pretty shops at the Hwy Q intersection, and into what looks like suburban Sister Bay, next to NDCC.
After I took Ivana inside and met her friends, I left to make the return trip – almost the same route, turning right onto County E instead of Juddville Rd., down the hill with such a beautiful view of Egg Harbor. (I did have to slam on my brakes when I looked at my speedometer – I forget about the new 35 speed limit)!
When I arrived at the store, I’d left my house one hour earlier. I would not want to do that every day – but Friday morning it was clear and quiet and an absolutely beautiful commute!
I have to say, the trip to pick up Ivana and take her home was not quite as idyllic. She was a little cranky about leaving her friends, there was a little more slow traffic and it felt like I just just taken this journey! When we got home I took her picture amongst the mosquitoes in my garden. She is between swats in the photo above!
Not only lots of new faces at MSM – a sure sign of spring is also the first fresh asparagus of the season – it was delivered this morning!
We had a lovely Mother’s Day dinner at our house last night! Jeri, Dave and Vonnie, Regan, Sam and Missy and Steve and I feasted on a meal cooked, mainly, by the non-moms.
Steve grilled thick sirloins, Sam was in charge of appetizers, Missy set the table, Regan washed the dishes and Dave picked ramps out of our woods. That was the most work, but they were delicious roasted with the potatoes, mini peppers and baby bok choy.
We drank champagne and Spritz – and some very good wine. Missy made chocolate lasagna for dessert and all the mothers ended the day happy.
I wish Mother Nature was happier!
24 years ago, Samuel David Northrop was born! He came to work 3 days later – and is still a large part of Main Street Market today!
Happy Birthday Sam!