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L and the “kids” (niece C and friend M) arrived late Friday night, as they hit bad traffic in Massachusetts.  I gave them drinks, showed them where everything was and then fell into bed.  I think they did, too, although not sure the kids went right to sleep.  We had to be out of the house by 7:30 Saturday to get to Husson in time to catch up with B and get to the “President’s breakfast” , the first of our planned activities.

Amazingly, we pulled it off, and kept to the not very rigorous schedule – breakfast in the new dining hall – boy, has college food changed in the last 30 years!!!  The dining hall is beautiful, the chairs are comfortable and the food was GOOD!  It was so good to see B and meet her friends and some of their parents.  She looks great – she has actually LOST weight since getting there – no freshman 15 for her.  I found out why…Following breakfast, we had a tour of where her classes are, and what her day is like.  LOTS of stairs!  Everywhere she goes is either up or down a few flights. Excellent for kids and exercise, although my 50 plus year old knees weren’t so sure it was a good idea. But I kept up!

Then we did a grocery run for her, so she can get through the rest of the semester, and it was on to the barbecue.  I don;t think I have mentioned that this was the coldest day we have had yet?  It was sunny, but very cold, and windy. the “barbecue” was under a tent with no walls, and the food was in steam trays, so not very hot or good, and there was no sun, just wind, so we about froze!  L did win one of the raffle prizes, though, a gift card to governor’s – yummy! and we were thrilled to get out of there and sit in the bleachers for the football game.  Well, glad to get into the sun, anyway!  I forgot how cold bleachers are to sit on, but one of B’s friends has a very smart Mom, and they arrived with a pile of blankets, which we sat on and under, and that made it bearable.  I sat there knitting and telling B what was going on with the game – CAN YOU BELIEVE IT????  Me, who does NOT like football has picked up enough over the years of watching games with people who DO like the game to at least be able to tell if we were offense or defense, how many yards nad downs to go, and when the QB got sacked.  It was amazing.  Sadly, no one committed my favorite foul – the “I’m a little teapot” foul.  I think it is really “off sides” but tell me, is the ref not doing the “I’m a little teapot” dance? You can see how good I am at this.  Anyway… Husson lost badly, although they did have two face-saving moments – they scored their three points first, and they did block a Mt Ida kick at the end of the game.  So it was 30-3 instead of 31-3.  B enjoyed it, as she knows some of the players and cheerleaders, and had not been to a game before that.

After the game, we went back to the dorm, and we were all tired from late nights, early mornings, cold air, so L and I left the kids there for the night and headed home.  A was kind enough to get us take out italian, and the three of us old folks watched a little tv, and went to bed when we were all nodding off.  Hate to confess, but it was not 7:30.  Very different from my college days, I have to say!

Sunday was a misty rainy day – I had to run up to Bangor to get the kids and take them down to Warren to see brother C.  Niece B had too much homework to do to see her dad, but C and M went along.  It was a gorgeous ride through the backwoods and farms with all the hills foggy and misty and drenched in autumn colors.  We had a nice visit, Mom and B came over as well, and we sat around a campfire drinking cocoa telling ghost stories (it loses something in daylight), until we were too damp to take it any more.  We taught brother C’s girlfriend A how to play Phase 10, which niece C and I love, and everyone else tolerates.  🙂 then headed home for supper and more games.

It was a long weekend with lots of driving and lots of visits with people I don’t see very often. 

And while we were gone all those hours, A was in the cellar plugging away at the bed, and cleaning up saw dust and playing with kittens. I think she was in heaven to have peace for all those things, and no errands to run.

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