Wednesday morning, about 8:00 a.m., we slipped out of the house, got into the Ford Flex, then drove up Melody Street. We were excited because we were on our way to Deerfield, Michigan. It felt good to have a destination a few miles further than the grocery store. my wife, Dottie, and I were in constant conversation and it felt really good to be out and about.
Our first stop would be Fall’s Garage. Gary Fall, Jr. greeted us as and we enjoyed chatting before getting into the business of repairing our car. Gary is an excellent mechanic and his prices are very reasonable. We needed the oil changed, the filters replaced, some stabilizer things replaced, and the car checked-over thoroughly. Gary had other customers waiting so he told us he would call when he was finished. Comforted in knowing Gary would do an excellent job, we left Gary to take care of his other customers.
We walked up the street and sat on the back steps of the Feed Store. We had made plans with Ron Sutton to pick us up at 9 a.m. our plans were to spend the day with Ron and Margie. We have become very close friends. While we waited on Ron to arrive, we talked about the heavy traffic going by. Most of them waved at us as they drove by.
Jeff, the owner of the Feed Store, arrived to open up the Feed Store. What a terrific guy Jeff is, we just love him. Ron picked us up and we told Jeff we would be back to visit him, when the car was done.
Ron and Margie are fabulous hosts. They made us a great breakfast with eggs, bacon, toast. Please see my picture above. Orange juice, coffee, and strawberry jam, Yummy! We talked and laughed and spent a couple hours getting caught up on all the happenings in our families. We played games, talked and made plans to meet in Florida in July. Margie had prepared a delicious lunch. We had sub sandwiches, macaroni salad, and homemade chocolate chip cookies. The world needs more people like Ron and Margie.
Ron gave us a ride back to the Gary Fall’s garage, to pick up my car. We visited Jeff in the Feed Store.We bought some suet and walked to our car. Before we opened the doors we heard a familiar voice, “You better be coming this direction.” It was Denise Wylie, another terrific person. We put on our masks as we visited with her inside the Deerfield Village Office. Dottie and I love Denise and her husband Bud. We chatted for about fifteen minutes. She had good news to share about her family, that excited us. Sarah, her youngest and only daughter, has written two books and is a very talented young author. Her two sons were in the process of buying a home in town and moving out of Bud and Denise’s home.
On our way out of town we stopped at Jim and Dot Wylie’s home. They were sitting outside with their daughter Sherry. We both wanted to jump out of the car and give them a hug. But, for everyone’s safety, we talked from inside the car. Jim walked out toward the car and we were so glad to see them. We plan to return and collect our hugs at a later date.
We returned home and had a great Zoom call with all of our immediate family. Jason was not home yet but took the call from his cell phone. We all answered the question, What in your home would best describe who you are? The answers were all very interesting as they were presented with an explanation; Stud finder, blender, sheet music, coffee makers, refrigerators, ceiling fan and more.
We are home in semi-quarantine and the Joy of the Lord is in this place. Happy memories of a day with Deerfield friends and family, we love you all!