So, after our night of training, along with the traffic and trains, we got up early this morning to meet our friend, Gary, for breakfast. After breakfast, we started running some errands, the most pressing being checking out a new set of tires for the Saturn. We found what we need, and will have them installed on Friday morning.
I also wanted to purchase the new Wii fitness game, called Sports Active. It looks like it's going to be a good challenge, and will complement the Wii Fit without duplicating it.
This evening, we went to my cousin's house for a gathering of my cousins who live here. Another of our cousins who lives in Homer, Alaska, is visiting, so it was a good chance for us to get together. The cousin whose house we were at has a daughter who also lives in Homer. She has been making stuffed bears from fur coats for awhile now, and we had asked her to make some bears for us. I inherited a mink stole from my mother, who passed away in the late 1970's. Jim's mom left a large mouton coat (mouton is sheep or lamb skin that has been processed to resemble beaver or seal fur), so we'd given both of those to Linda to see what she could do. Wow. She made 5 bears - 2 from the mink stole and 3 from the mouton.
We gave my sister, Ann, one of the mink bears:
I took the remaining 4 to show the rest of our cousins:
And then brought them home. The dark one is from the mouton, and the lighter one is the other mink:
These are both mouton:
Each bear is signed:And dated & numbered:
These will be very special reminders of our moms, as well as family heirlooms for many, many years.
Thank you, Linda!