|It’s been a busy and exhausting three days as this was the wedding weekend. Friday started out cloudy and rainy, but by the time Bob and Phyl started out for Fort Wayne, IN to pick up Robin & Heather, it was only a little cloudy, but very windy! Of course in this area of the country when fall arrives with the wind comes cooler weather. Everyone had been watching the weather forecast for a couple of weeks hoping for a nice Indian summer weekend, since the wedding was to be outside. However, that was not to be the case! By the time the Avellas arrived back to Colon, it had started raining again and the wind was worse coming off the lake. There was some last minute decorating to do and then the rehearsal and dinner. The dinner was a catered affair in a “Gathering Place” for the Amish. Some neighbors of Bev’s have known this Amish family for years and arranged for the dinner. The “Gathering Place” is part of the barn and is used for church, assemblies, weddings, etc. The whole family was involved with the preparations, but the serving was done by the friends. The food was very good and very plentiful. The bread was the best part of the meal. It was very fresh, soft and almost melted in your mouth. Phyl was given a loaf to bring home, she is still enjoying it. After dinner Phyl was talking grandchildren with the husband of the cook and discovered all grandparents are alike, no matter the backgrounds; he said he loved having his grandchildren visit since he could spoil them, give them sweets and then send them home to their parents. It was a very unique experience and once we will not soon forget! Saturday morning we woke to very cool windy weather, so the decision was made to have the wedding inside. Changes were made to the reception area and everything went as planned. NOT!! Nothing disastrous happened, just little things like the music not happening when it was supposed to, some of the decorations blowing down and the bride & groom not being able to take a pontoon ride around the lake, but they were correctly hitched and then they “partied hardy!!” After a meal prepared by many hands (two of which had been roasting prok shoulders since 4 am), everyone danced the night away. There was drinking, dancing and more drinking, some had their share and everyone else’s. But no fights broke out (at least not in front of everyone) and no one got hurt. This morning started with a brunch consumed by the marjority of the wedding guests and then it was time to tear down and put the place back in order. Everyone pitched in and the work went quickly. Bob and Phyl had to drive Robin & Heather back to the Fort Wayne airport and most everyone else left about the same time. When the Avellas returned to Colon about 6 pm they were there alone since Bev and Martha (owners of The Retreat at Millers Landing) had to return to Kokomo. The Avellas will pack up everything and leave in the morning, returning the rental car on the way out. Don’t know when they will be back this way, but Phyl told Bev, it is her turn to come to San Antonio. The plan is to spend Monday night in Terra Haute, IN; Tuesday night with Phyl’s parents in KY (they could not make it to the wedding); Wednesday and Thursday nights along the way somewhere and be back in San Antonio on Friday. Hang in there, it’s almost over, then it’s back to the daily grind.