|Sue "CinCHouse" McLaughlin|
|Tuesday, June 12, 2001 at 10:10:56
Wow---what a week! Months and months in the planning and 7 days of good food, fun and fellowship with new and old friends! It came and went so fast.......
Just last Tuesday some good friends
rolled in to help us set up. We didn't even know we needed help but they
did. From the bottom of my heart I thank you so much---Lon Schmidt,
Rocky Rockers and Bill Linne. Thanks to Carol Schmidt for the potluck
salads we enjoyed so much. Not too much later Jim and Joann Foote
arrived and helped, Cliff Nutter and the hardworking Jo who helped
people pick up the merchandise they had ordered and answered their
questions. She did what I never could have. And thanks to all the other
ladies who manned the desk and answered questions for new arrivals...
Ken Krause brought 7 horses and it was interesting to watch him unload them. The Hannahs brought 2, Gary's closest friend brought 2 and a neighbor loaned us a baby sitter horse. Two people tried to buy Gary's Paint horse, Sweetpea! Fortunately our horse "motel" was big enough for their accommodation. How can I ever thank Ken, his wife Millie and her sister Marsha and our friend Tommy for all the hard work they put in on the horseback rides? Everyone went out in one piece and came back the same way---- although maybe some legs were shaking when they finally found firm ground again (right, Geno?). I saw the look on that little boy's face when he slid off his horse and took off his helmet ---sheer unadulterated joy! It doesn't get much better than that. (Ken, can I please have that recipe for the Bailey's you brought?)
I met some Cocker Spaniels, a border
collie, a stately old German Shepherd, black lab, and a collie mix. I'm
sorry I didn't get to meet
We had planned for the riding arena to be the main gathering point. I had cleaned out the big barn and nagged Gary into making a trip to the dump with all the junk just in case we needed the barn if it rained. Little did I know you folks were going to make the barn the main gathering area! That breeze going through the big doors was such a blessing and I'm so glad we almost had enough oak trees to shelter everyone.
Loved the popcorn machine and it came in so handy on Thursday night when John Clear showed movies on that old projector on one of the white rollup doors on the barn. You folks sure do know how to entertain yourselves!
Friday night the Clarks gave us Karaoke---I'm not going to say anything about those 3 "girlie girls" in the grass skirts and coconut shell bras who came running down the hill except I might mention that our neighbors over the hill were outside spraying for grasshoppers, heard that particular song and wanted to know the full story behind it. Thank you, Hal and Liz, for your generosity and help.
Saturday night was very special, with
the sun setting in the west, listening to the Sons of the San Joaquin.
Probably Gary's favorite song they do is Wyoming on My Mind. Yeah, we
were in the back, holding onto each other, so moved by the moment, the
wonderful dinner, the beauty of the sunset and the incredible feeling
that the presence of all you folks
I could feel Gary's joy at seeing so many of the Barbel shipmates he served with sitting at one table, the Godboldos and their sons, Steve Mailho, Mike and Carol LaPan, Darryl Van Riper. I only wish I could have found more time to spend with you.
Our good friend Andy Brookes kept our
electric humming along---we have lots of places to plug in but we've
never had so much plugged in before! PEP, if you're having brown outs, I
can only give thanks that
It never occurred to us that anyone
would be interested in touring our house; I wish I had cleaned it
better. Every sleeping spot was
What about that pool! I never saw so many heads bobbing along in one place. I will never look out the bedroom door without thinking about all of you out there, enjoying yourself so much. Gary and I loved seeing and meeting you all, from Rita Canutt, 92 years young in the wheelchair in her beautiful dresses to Jamie Worley who will be giving birth this October, to John O'Connor and his daughter Senior Kat, the Fergusons, the Perris', the Grants, the Cox' and all the folks in between.
What else did I think about? Well,
whenever a work party was needed, there was no hesitation. You folks got
up and responded. Camp cookie told me about a huge ranch party way up
north that he had cooked for and the ranch was a disaster when everyone
left. Not so here! Thank you!