Saturday, January 24, 2015

News From The Fulton House - Vol. 21, Winter 2015

Like last January, we are experiencing another deep chill. Temperatures--day and night--seem to hover in negative territory more often than not…along with my mood! Empirical data: George picking up his right forepaw and attempting to balance himself on his bad leg verifies that the temperature is below zero. Hey, I’m there for him!

Anybody counting?! Using complicated mathematical modeling software--lots of Vs, Xs, and Is--our crack staff (no, not our staff on crack!) has recently informed us that the summer of 2015 marks our 20th season at the Fulton House. A celebration is in order!

Projects! This year we hope to begin remodeling parts of the Main House. We hope to complete other smaller projects as well. We’ll attempt to keep you posted.

We are well. Fern is now in ninth grade and continues to serenade us with her musical talents. During the holiday season we enjoyed a piano recital, two band concerts (stage band and senior band), a senior choir concert that included a wonderful solo, and a flute solo during our Christmas Eve service. Caitlin looked at me during Fern’s flute solo, and with non-verbal language she said, “That’s my sister!” We are looking forward to the school musical: “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,“ in which Fern is a cast member.

Caitlin, now a junior in college, was in Beijing, China for her fall semester. Her study abroad experience in a language immersion program was focused on incremental improvement in her study of Mandarin. Her trip was a great success. She had a wonderful Chinese roommate (Xiao Xiao) and she enjoyed a fun group of about 35 students in the program. Her adventure included memorable travel and cultural experiences. Caitlin was home for less than two weeks in December, just enough time to enjoy a birthday cheesecake, connect with a few friends, do laundry, pack for school, and enjoy a bit of quality family time.

Leslie continues to enjoy doing development work at View. She just moved into a new office which she is excited about. I continue to drive the big yellow bus for our school district. Last week, an eight-year-old boy asked me what else I do besides being a bus driver. “Justin,” I said, “My family and I operate a cottage colony on Fourth Lake.” Justin’s reply was: “ So, how’s that workin’ for ya?” Art Linkletter was correct when he said: “Kids say the darnedest things!” Friends of ours and longtime guests of the Fulton House, the Berzoks, hosted us at their home in New Jersey during the holiday break. While we were there, we spent a wonderful day in NYC, enjoying the sights and sounds of Midtown. Our day was followed by a delicious dinner and then, to cap the evening off, we were treated to the Broadway production of "You Can't Take It With You." What a fun time we had!

As I observe our kids and their friends making small and perhaps not so small differences in their immediate world, I have moments of joy. Lots of good happens in this world, our world, that isn't observed by the gods of technology; nonetheless, we get to be part of this good stuff. For me, as long as I have cognitive function, these moments will be my greatest treasures!

Your thoughtful holiday cards and letters are appreciated. And, while our responses aren’t frequent, we thoroughly enjoy your Facebook entries. We look forward to your arrival in a few short months!

We wish you a happy, healthy, and peaceful new year!

Please let us know by February 1 about your reservations. Deposits are due by February 15. You can send half of your deposit then and the other half by March 15, if you prefer. Please let us know if you have any questions. After February 1 we will be taking new reservations, so please let us know before then if you want us to hold anything for you.

Rates will not change for the 2015 season and can be found on our website or on this blog.

P.S. Please let us know if you would like to participate in a work weekend this spring. At this time we expect to have work weekends on at least two of the following three weekends, depending upon interest: May 22-24, May 29-31, and June 5-7.



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