Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Edel's 70th Birthday Party

Edel's birthday was actually May 19th, but we were in Germany then and it took nearly a month for us to all find a time to get together and celebrate with Edel. We finally settled on a picnic and pontoon boat ride on June 15th at Lake Jacomo. This was the second day in a row on a pontoon boat for Sigrid.

Lakewood is just across I-470 from Lake Jacomo. Jacomo is a much larger lake but is owned and operated by Jackson County, MO (now you get the JaCoMo) and has a natural shoreline.

Several friends and family attended and had a great time. Most of Edel's friends were also originally from Germany so there was occasional foreign lingo spoken.

Cindy and Elke.

Edel and Elke talk just after Edel arrived. It was a surprise party.

Ann sat with me, the token male and cook. Of course, we had brats.

The boat shed at Jacomo.

Edel enjoying the sun and surf.

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that there was also wine.

Sigrid tries her hand at being the Captain.

A beautiful day.

Power Partners Lakewood Gardens Cruise

On June 14, 2011, our Power Partners retirement club toured the gardens of Lakewood via a pontoon boat. Lakewood is a housing subdivision located in Lee's Summit, MO. Way back in the 1970's, an unsightly limestone quarry was dammed up for form a lake and then the property was developed into one of the nicest subdivisions in the Kansas City area. The lake covers over 300 acres. Construction has continuously taken place right up to today. Newer homes on the lake shore start around $1 million.

The Lakewood Garden Club offers an annual tour of the home gardens from a pontoon boat with a box lunch included. This was the second time our retirement club has participated in the tour. We enjoyed the day very much.