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Hey! I even got my picture taken at the July Lost Friends luncheon!  Thanks to Jim Wallner for taking this.

L-R: Jim Harrison, Jerry Brown, and Marv Howard

More pictures here.

Come join us for lunch at Abuelo's on 75 in Plano at 11:30 a.m. on the 13th of each month, or the following Monday if the 13th falls on a weekend or holiday which it does next month. Next luncheon will be Monday August 14, 2017.

 

L-R: Jim Harrison, Jerry Brown, and Marv Howard

Dyer High School Class of 61

I got to make another reunion of the Dyer High School Class of 61 in early June.

Gathered around the table in the foreground: Jim and Nora Meadows, Alice Ball McCutcheon, Jim Harrison, Mr. & Mrs. Carl Hanks, Shirley Keathley Pipkin, Melvin Pipkin, Mr. & Mrs. Russell Watt, Angie Harrison, Carol Stockton McCutcheon, and Pam Taylor.

At the table behind: Joe and Laura Qualls, Mrs. Alice Brewer Ernest, Carolyn Dunagan Copeland, Harry Barkley and wife, Tommy Finch (standing), Patsy London Reed, and Sue Mabry Cochran

Lots more pictures here along with the big 50th reunion!

Even the Critters were happy to see us in Tennessee.

But this "Chicken Snake" was kind'a upset when it was disturbed by the Gas Company trying to paint their meter.

Even the Critters were happy to see us in Tennessee

Neighborhood get together

Neighborhood get together

Since our next door neighbors, Ben and Charity, have a new baby (Evan), we invited a few of the other neighbors over to meet him and have dinner.

L-R On couch: Alyssa Boisvert, Jan Maraist, Lisa Boisvert, Wayne, and Ben with Evan.

L-R Standing behind couch: Claude Maraist, Paul Boisvert, Charity, Margarita Flores, and Nora.

 

Angie and I took off in December 2016 and joined friends on a round trip cruise to Hawaii from San Diego, CA. Here we are at Liliuokalani Park and Gardens in Hilo Bay. I think we were both "happy campers"!

 I had hoped to see old friend and co-worker Minoru Tashima in Kona, but things just didn't work out. Maybe next time

There are lots more pictures from the cruise here.

Angie and I at Liliuokalani Park and Gardens in Hilo Bay

Angie cooks a feast

Nennette Nance was in town and joined us for dinner. Angie whipped up feast with a green salad, stir fried okra (courtesy of Mike Lewis), ceviche Tuna salad, Tuna Sashimi, a big pot of Penn Cove Mussels, and DIY shrimp handrolls. YUMMY!

We also made it to the October 2016 Rockwell-Collins Retirees meeting at the Richardson Civic Center. I even got Angie to go! And who should we run into but the Wallners with Mike Lewis.

It's been a while since I've seen Mike. He'd just picked a big mess of okra from his garden and gifted us with some, small and tender, just like we like it.

Thanks Mike!

Angie with Jim and Connie Wallner and Mike Lewis

Angie's hydrangeas greeted us on our return home

Upon our return home, Angie's hydrangeas were blooming profusely. Unfortunately the grass is growing like crazy too, and I have my work cut out for me!

We made a quick trip back to Tennessee in May/June 2016 to attend a 55th reunion dinner with my  High School graduating class. While there we also got a chance to visit some of Angie's old friends and co-workers from the late sixties. Here's Lau, Angie, and Shuylie McReynolds just getting ready to leave for lunch.

There were lots more old friends and relatives I would have liked to visit with, but simply didn't have time. Next trip!

Lau, Angie, and ShaoLee McReynolds

Angie and I with some Texas wildflowers in the background

We made a trip with the Wallners in early April 2016 down to Ennis to take in the wildflowers. While they're not exactly spectacular this year, they're always pretty, and we all had fun on the trip!

Lots more pictures here.

 

After finishing up our cruise in Houston, we rented a car and drove back to Dallas. Along the way we stopped in Huntsville to visit the somewhat larger than life statue of Sam Houston which we'd not yet seen.

I can certainly recommend stopping for a few minutes to take in the view then next time you're down that way.

More pictures here.

 

Mr. Sam, standing tall in Huntsville

Pretty much the whole crew! Clockwise starting at bottom left: George Huling, Larry Pavilcek, Mike Crye, Jim Wallner, Fred Gariepy, Rex Stephens, Terry Freeman, Ken Rogers.

In October 2015 we took two of Angie's sisters on a cruise from Quebec City, Quebec, Canada to Houston, Texas!

While we were hoping to see some colorful foliage, we were afraid we were too late, having taken the last cruise of the year. As it turned out, we hit the peak of the season.

More pictures here.

 

Once in a Blue Moon! July 2015 had a good one on a clear night.

Blue Moon: Popularly recognized as the second full moon in a calendar month. The actual full moon will occur tomorrow, July 31, 2015.

Taken with my new Canon PowerShot SX50 HS hand held. I think I'm going to like this camera!

Blue Moon in July

Breaking up at Texas Roadhouse

See what happens when that Wallner woman gets her hands on a camera! Connie had a new Photo Booth ap on her iPnone and caught us in some "candid" shots while sharing dinner at the Texas Roadhouse.

Don't remember what the joke was, but it must have been funny!

This spring at the Dallas Arboretum has simply been fantastic! Tulips and cherry trees were spectacular early on, and now the dogwood and azaleas are heading up the show.

Brides and Quinceañera girls seem to always be on hand to lend an added spice to the scene.

More pictures here.

L-R: Connie Wallner, Terry Freeman, Allegra Burnworth, Jim Rushing

With the Wallners at the Arboretum

A couple of days later Spring arrived for sure and we headed to the Arboretum. Guess who we ran into! Here's Angie with Jim and Connie Wallner who had just finished lunch at the DeGolyer restaurant.

It's a tough life, but someone has to do it, and it might as well be us! While my Collins-Rockwell-Alcatel friends were getting ready to go to our monthly luncheon, Angie and I were relaxing on the top deck of the Viking Lif at the junction of the Inn and Danube rivers in Passau, Germany.

All of the pictures from the 2014 trip are posted here on Flickr.

It's a tough life, but someone has to do it!

Thistle and "Snow on the Prairie" in the fields around Lake Lavon

View of of a very low Lake Lavon from near Brockdale Park Equestrian Trailhead. The purple of the thistle and the white "Snow on the Prairie" made the hills beautiful on the first really cool day of Fall!

Since we don't own a horse, we were riding Shank's Mare on the Trinity Equestrian trail. This trail is maintained by the Trinity Trail Preservation Association, http://www.trinitytrailriders.org. It's open to both horses and hikers (no bikes) at no charge. The chiggers are free too!

As you probably already know, Angie and I took another cruise back in April-May of 2014, this time to the UK. I've finally managed to get all the pictures posted, and you can see them all here, separated into the various places we visited.

Here we're having dinner on the Ruby Princess with old friends Marion and ShueFong Dilley.

 

 

 

L-R: Marion and ShueFong DIlley, Angie and Jim Harrison

Sam Reed holds a congratulatory coffee mug after officially becoming an engineer

Samuel is now an Engineer!

Congratulations to cousin Samuel Reed on both graduating in June and on passing his FE. Expect to see great things from him.

(By the way, way back in my day the expression was "Last week I couldn't even spell ENGUHNEAR, and now I are one!")

Goodness gracious, Mike Lewis even showed up at the Rockwell-Collins Retirees meeting! It's been a long time since I last saw Mike. I caught him along with Jim and Connie Wallner and Everett Turvey for a picture.

More pictures here.


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