Chuck flew in from Chicago Thursday evening 03/12/20 for a weekend visit. He went straight from the airport to Marissa's as he always does.
Peter, Sue, and Chuck
Staying at Marissa's this time would be special, though, because it would be his first time at their new home. I know he was excited about that, and texted how beautiful it was, and that he — like all of us — thought the view they have is really nice.
Gary, Marissa, and Chuck
Chuck with his niece Miss Mia!
Gary, Chuck, and Marissa out at dinner Thursday night.
Friday Colin got together with Chuck for the day, and then Chuck came over to the house late afternoon to go out to dinner at The Lodge at Smith Point — where we had last been with him 10/20/19 to celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary.
While Chuck was off with Colin, Sue and I got the Bolognese sauce cooked for Saturday night's dinner party here at the house. Though the prep work is fairly straight forward, it did take awhile to get the point where I could just let it simmer for a couple of hours.
Colin and Chuck out having lunch Friday afternoon.
Sue, me, and The Beau Dog fixing the Bolognese sauce for Saturday night.
Shot of the Spanish chorizo cooking for the Bolognese sauce.
Chuck had to jump out of the car to take this picture of the ice still covering Alton Bay as we drove to The Lodge at Smith Point for dinner Friday evening.
Me, Sue, and Chuck enjoying our dinners at The Lodge at Smith Point.
Saturday Chuck came over to the house, and we just had a relaxing day until it was time for some wine, and combat—trash—talkin' backgammon. The Spaghetti Bolognese was soooooo good, I couldn't believe it. And Sue topped off the night with a great lemon ricotta with mixed berries and biscotti.
Chuck and me in the library looking at the week's devastation in the stock markets around the world, as well as looking at the latest COVID-19 virus reports — which just get worse every day.
Me, Sue, and Chuck toasting to the start of our Saturday Night Party!
Sue and me warming up the backgammon board!
Sue and Chuck playing some combat—trash—talkin' backgammon after we ate all of the Sauteed Brie Cheese and Mushroom Toast Slices appetizer she had prepared.
Nice shot of Chuck and Sue with our Spaghetti Bolognese.
I think Sue was having a flash—back of her backgammon matches with Chuck, or something....
The demise of our last sips out of our last bottle of the fabled Czechoslovakian Kruskovac Pear Liqueur. Unfortunately, it was sooooo old that it wasn't any good to drink. I have a long connection to this through my parents, and a story of how my karate disciple David Landers bought a case of it back a long, long, very long time ago. He had given us 4 bottles of it, and this was the last of it...
Sunday Chuck spent at Marissa's, and then Colin met them to go out for dinner.
Chuck spent the morning watching cartoons on tv with Mia. You can see how impressed she is....
Gary, Marissa, and Chuck up at the bar for cigars and bourbon.
Chuck, Colin, and Marissa finishing up there before heading off for dinner at another place in Dover.
Monday Chuck came over for an early lunch with us, and then was off to the airport to head home.
Me, Sue, and Chuck by the barn heading for his car to head to the airport.
Sue and Chuck.
Me and Chuck.
Chuck took this picture of the almost empty waiting area by his gate at the Manchester—Boston Regional Airport.