Readers should recall that my daughter Natalie lived in St. Thomas the first four months of this year. Rick owned the Latitude 18 bar there, and a sailboat that Natalie often stayed on. They fell in love and got engaged; Rick sold the business and the sailboat, opting instead to buy a “land yacht”: A 35′ RV. He drove it up here from Florida, arriving just in time for dinner on our screened-in porch:
Here’s his new rig:
And here’s the happy couple with Rick’s two dogs:
Jen and I took a tour of it; it’s very nice, with two slide-outs. We’re very happy to finally meet Rick in person!
Brynne and Dan drove her down from Chicago yesterday; they arrived about 5pm.
Here’s a group shot in our back yard:
From left: Brynne, Dan, Jen, Natalie and Doug (in new Rasta Hat).
After an extended hiatus, it’s back to Natalie! Here she is enjoying her last afternoon (at least for now) in St. Thomas:
Paddle tennis, anyone?
I’ve been keeping a secret for a while now; here it is: Rick asked Natalie to marry him, and Natalie accepted! Tonight they are celebrating their last romantic night together for a while, having dinner at my expense!
The First Course at the Smoking Rooster BBQ!
Natalie bought 15 raffle tickets for “mini” Fender Strats!
The newly-engaged Happy Couple!
Natalie is flying to Chicago tomorrow, where she will spend the night in the room she sub-lets from her high-school friend Dan! Tuesday morning, her college friend Brynne will pick her up and drive her to Cincinnati. We expect that Dan will also come along for the (5-hour) ride.
Dan having one too many!
Brynne with her newborn: Harriet (Hattie) Lin Hovde: born 2/11/17; 7 lbs., 2 oz.
Health Update: The good news is that I had a J-Type feeding tube surgically installed on Friday. Here I am enjoying the proceedings:
Lights Out, please!
The bad news is that I’ve not yet received any “orders” to be fed anything! Hopefully, I’ll start receiving large quantities of real nutrition tomorrow, and will start putting back on some of the 20 pounds I’ve lost!
Next week: CT scan Monday, PET Scan Tuesday, meet with UC Health doctors Wednesday!