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A nice picture of us as we meet with
friends from the Exxon / Valero retirees Club.
SEPTEMBER - Maui Vacation and
Here we are at our favorite luncheon
restaurant, just before leaving to go back home. Not much snorkeling or beach time as Jo recovers from
her fall. The humidity and good vibes from the Ocean helped.
Actually from mid July to September 3, we
make plans for celebrating the occasion of our 50th wedding anniversary.
Jo fell 3 days beforehand, and cracked 2 ribs as well as very bad
scrapes to her knees. But she made it to Sunday church on time with about
120 of our good friends, where they witnessed the renewal of our vows.
JULY - Happy 7th Birthday
Yet another year for an epic birthday
party and Grandpa John's and Grandma Jo's. Click picture or link for
JUNE - Mexico Vacation
Jo-Ann meets Catharine in Puerta Vallarta
for a week of celebration and relaxation after graduation.
MAY - Graduation in Pennsylvania
The family heads to Pennsylvania for a
long weekend to share in the joy and celebration of Catharine's
graduation from Cedar Crest College. We have a separate page devoted
to this momentous occasion. Click on link for more!
Jo-Ann too keeps very busy as a volunteer
at the County hospital. Here she gets some newspaper recognition
for 'working' two full days a week for over 700 hours last year. She
helps with new volunteer applications, screening and orientations as
well as the front desk when things get busy.
MARCH - Volunteering
John has been volunteering pretty
regularly with the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate. Lately it
has been mostly electrical work. Here he helps to run new
power to a temporary power pole for new construction work. Click
link for more of John's Habitat activities.
FEBRUARY to APRIL - Tax Time!
For the 10th year now, John volunteers to
help those in need prepare their tax returns through the IRS's sponsored
volunteer program, both VITA and Tax-Aide. This is the 2nd year at the
Pittsburg, CA Senior Center along with the AARP tax team shown here.
He is now becoming good 'friends' with some
of the clients.
JANUARY & FEBRUARY - The Lost
Jo-Ann's leg wound from being rammed
by a shopping cart last December is not healing. Off to the
Wound Clinic where
Apligraph engineering skin is applied. No volunteering these
months! She must stay home and keep her leg elevated.
Showering is tough, but a plastic wrapper shown here does the trick.