Belleville Retirees breakfast at the Bomber in Ypsi: Jan and Bill, Ken, Diane, Leon, Dan, Dorothy, Dennis, John Preston, Jim Fitch, and a bunch of ladies at the other end of the table that I never really knew, but had heard of. Enjoyable conversation - it's nice to hear about everybody's grandchildren! Jim has a 21 year old grand daughter - geez!
Ypsi is still as down-at-heel as it ever was. The city doesn't seem able to pull itself out of the doldrums. It's quite depressing.
After breakfast we drove through Our old Ypsi neighborhood. Our house at 2230 David looks awful - no landscaping at all. It's hard to believe that all of the time, money, and effort that went into all of those trees and shrubs is now totally gone.
On to Belleville. It looks fine - pretty much the same. It was a little off-putting to see fans in the windows at the high school - just a little low-tech? Haggerty Road looks great. Our house looks fine - The brick sidewalk has been replaced, the siding is a nice colonial blue, the rail fencing is all gone, the lilacs have been removed, and there are no plantings out by the road - but there is new landscaping and it looks nice. Even Schettler's house looks good these days. Riggses have a nice new road fence - combo of shrubbery and brick pillars - very sharp looking. David B. has Mlsna's house for sale - rumor has it that he wants to sell the house separate from the rest of the property and do some sub-dividing.
We spent the rest of the day at Snider's enjoying Eric's family! Baby Emily is a chubby-cheeked charmer - very sweet-tempered and enjoyable! Ethan is a big boy - not quite 3. He greeted me with "Hi, Grandma Nancy." I took some pictures, and I'll add them here at the end of September when we're home for a couple of days. Ethan is very polite and well-behaved, and as Dick says, he's a sharp little guy! Eric and Tammy are doing a great job with their kids! Jan cooked dinner for all of us and we have a great time. It was the first time I had a chance to see their finished basement - what a nice place!
Tomorrow we'll visit Doug and Odette.