A Visit Back to the States

From early May to late June, we spent our time in the U.S. First we were in California, starting Coloma, then Lincoln/Sacramento area, then over to San Rafael and Sausalito on the coast, then to Illinois for my nephew’s wedding and downtown Chicago for a sister reunion. What a whirlwind!

Bev picking us up at the Sacramento airport when we first flew in from Puerto Vallarta

Bev picking us up at the Sacramento airport when we first flew in from Puerto Vallarta

Visiting with Bev and Po, our cat that Bev has adopted, while doing yard maintenance work on our home that we have rented out

Visiting with Bev and Po, our cat that Bev has adopted, while doing yard maintenance work on our home that we have rented out

We miss Po and Bev

We miss Po and Bev

Terry and Thea opened their home to us and our friends for a joint wedding anniversary party

Terry and Thea opened their home to us and our friends for a joint wedding anniversary party

We had a lovely stay with Mom Patrinellis in San Rafael, Ca.  We also had a great time staying with my sister Sharon and Tom, and Rick's sister Linda and Rich, although we didn't manage to get any pictures!

We had a lovely stay with Mom Patrinellis in San Rafael, Ca. We also had a great time staying with my sister Sharon and Tom, and Rick’s sister Linda and Rich, although we didn’t manage to get any pictures!

Neil, Elena and ally Sue at Mom's

Neil, Elena and ally Sue at Mom’s

Rick and his cousin Manny at Mom's

Rick and his cousin Manny at Mom’s

Rick and his longtime friend Brian, a dentist, who made a stay plate for my pulled tooth while I was in the States

Rick and his longtime friend Brian, a dentist, who made a stay plate for my pulled tooth while I was in the States

Anna and her charming boyfriend from Sweden

Anna and her charming boyfriend from Sweden

We also got to visit our dock mates in Sausalito

We also got to visit our dock mates in Sausalito

While we were in California, I did some “medical tourism,” ironically, since that is where my insurance covers me. I had my teeth cleaned, a tooth pulled and a stay plate made; I went to an orthopedic surgeon who said my left hip was not yet ready for a replacement (good news) but had no advise for the pain I get there while walking (bad news); oh yeah, and to remove a membrane that was distorting my vision, I had eye surgery! The tooth pulling didn’t go well and I still am having some problems in the area – whatever other work I need done, it will have to be in Mexico.

We then flew to Chicago on a red eye on Frontier Airlines. Never again! The seats were actually molded plastic, like picnic chairs, with NO fabric whatsoever! It was a horrible way to spend the night! Anyway, Chicago was a ball. It started out with three nights all to ourselves in a hotel room in Palos Heights for my nephew Dan’s wedding followed by a week in downtown Chicago at my sister Kim and Pete’s pied a terre in the Near north side – very cool.

Rick having Chicago style deep dish pizza.

Rick having Chicago style deep dish pizza.

To the right are Dan and Stephanie Murphy, my nephew and his brand new wife, forever girlfriend

To the right are Dan and Stephanie Murphy, my nephew and his brand new wife, forever girlfriend

Dan and Stephanie and my brother in law Pete, Dan's dad

Dan and Stephanie and my brother in law Pete, Dan’s dad


My sister Bonnie's youngest son Kevin with his wife Eliza and their new daughter Madeline

My sister Bonnie’s youngest son Kevin with his wife Eliza and their new daughter Madeline


My sister Bonnie with her husband Ron

My sister Bonnie with her husband Ron


Rick drove the pontoon boat for a sister reunion tour of the Chicago River downtown

Rick drove the pontoon boat for a sister reunion tour of the Chicago River downtown

My nephew Dominic, my sister Sharon, and Dominic's lovely significant other, Lauren

My nephew Dominic, my sister Sharon, and Dominic’s lovely significant other, Lauren


My sister Kim, mother of the groom, with her son The groom Dan

My sister Kim, mother of the groom, with her son The groom Dan


My niece, Kim's daughter Erin

My niece, Kim’s daughter Erin

Erin's daughter Kiara

Erin’s daughter Kiara

Erin's husband Dan on their new motorcycle

Erin’s husband Dan on their new motorcycle

My sister Bonnie with her granddaughter Madeline

My sister Bonnie with her granddaughter Madeline


Kim and Pete hosted a BBQ at their home the day after the wedding.  OMG how do they do it?

Kim and Pete hosted a BBQ at their home the day after the wedding. OMG how do they do it?


Kim and Pete's pied a terre near downtown Chicago on Elm Street - a very exclusive part of town

Kim and Pete’s pied a terre near downtown Chicago on Elm Street – a very exclusive part of town

Another street nearby Kim and Pete's place in Chicago. The architecture is charming

Another street nearby Kim and Pete’s place in Chicago. The architecture is charming

Kim and Pete's street near downtown Chicago, a few steps from Lake Shore Drive and Michigan Avenue

Kim and Pete’s street near downtown Chicago, a few steps from Lake Shore Drive and Michigan Avenue

Bob Murphy, Kim and Pete's son, brother to Dan and Erin.  So much fun!

Bob Murphy, Kim and Pete’s son, brother to Dan and Erin. So much fun!


A Chicago style hot dog; Rick insisted - and they forbid me to put catsup on it!

A Chicago style hot dog; Rick insisted – and they forbid me to put catsup on it!

Kim, Cindy, Bonnie and Bonnie's daughter Laurie on the beach off Lake Shore Drive

Kim, Cindy, Bonnie and Bonnie’s daughter Laurie on the beach off Lake Shore Drive

The building in downtown Chicago where my Dad worked until he passed away in 1967

The building in downtown Chicago where my Dad worked until he passed away in 1967


Ron, Bonnie, Laurie, Sharon, Cindy, Rick, Pete and Kim for the sister reunion at the top of the John Hancock building in downtown Chicago

Ron, Bonnie, Laurie, Sharon, Cindy, Rick, Pete and Kim for the sister reunion at the top of the John Hancock building in downtown Chicago


Looking North onto Lake Shore Drive and Lake Michigan from the top of the Hancock - Kim and Pete's place is somewhere down there only a few blocks from the Hancock

Looking North onto Lake Shore Drive and Lake Michigan from the top of the Hancock – Kim and Pete’s place is somewhere down there only a few blocks from the Hancock

A different view from the Hancock. Chicago is a really big city!

A different view from the Hancock. Chicago is a really big city!

Our last night in Chicago

Our last night in Chicago

When we first arrived in the States, I was very nervous about all the things we had to do, people to see, business to take care of, etc. We somehow squeezed it all in, and had a ball seeing family and friends. But by the end, I think both Rick and I were missing our home. Our home is now our boat, Cool Change. It is nice to be back in Puerto Vallarta enjoying our little piece of paradise on our boat.

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