Happy thanksgiving to everyone. I had a great time with all my family. It has been a great year so far, and I'm excited about a few more projects that I'll be working on before the year is out.
A final post from last weekend in Wisconsin: While my grandma lives in the Twin Cities she still owns this little farm house sitting on 40 acres outside the crossroads that is Longwood WI. The farmhouse was built over 100 years ago as a home for a hired farm hand. Later my great grandparents retired to the house, living there for several years. Recently the home has been a weekend destination for my grandparents. The huge basswood trees that surround the house provide incredible relief from the summer heat. Just sitting in a lawn chair under the trees watching the world go by. Here in the country the world goes slowly, horses and buggies roll by driven by the Mennonites that now own many of the farms in this part of Clark County. The weekend was wonderfully relaxing, away from TV and internet, and just the incredibly quiet sound of the country.
Last weekend was the Perman+Tomac family reunion – a big country potluck at the American Legion hall in Greenwood Wisconsin. The last time I attended a large family reunion with this side of the family was over 13 years ago, but I've luckily been able to see many members of the family in small groups at different smaller gatherings. I am really happy I was able to attend this year's reunion because it it clear that everyone is getting older. Of the eight siblings that included my grandpa, only his two sisters are left. I also tend to think about my grandfather's life and accomplishments when spending time with extended family. He grew up milking cows by hand and eventually got his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and PhD at the U of M, spending his entire career at the U from his undergraduate education to professorship and research. It is nice to be living in Minnesota now since it is only a two hour drive to visit Wisconsin. Hopefully it won't be another 13 years before I'm back seeing everyone in Greenwood.