Anyhoo, I thought it was time to get back into the 7QTF routine. I'm already two days late to join Kelly et. al. for the link-up, so I better get to it lickety-split and keep these takes short and sweet. Quick, that's what they'll be.
My brother-in-law died just over two weeks ago, but I don't feel able to write about the events surrounding his premature passing just yet. His last days were filled with heroic acts of humility, acceptance, courage, selflessness, faith, hope, and love, as well as some truly extraordinary supernatural signs and tender moments of grace that have left all who were a witness to them forever changed. I did blog about this beloved man, who is a hero and a role model for us all, in a recent post, just days before he died. When I can manage to do it, I'd like to tell you more about him and his beautiful and holy death.
One great blessing, for which my sister-in-law and our whole family feel extremely grateful, is that before he died, my brother-in-law was able to realize his dream of opening a craft brewery/tasting room/ restaurant/event center/B & B in a Civil War-era structure known as the "Old Stone Barracks." Valcour Brewing Company is located in Plattsburgh, NY, with a bird's eye view of Lake Champlain, on what was once a large Strategic Air Command Air Force Base. My brother-in-law had a vision for transforming this historical building--overseeing and doing much of the gutting of the interior himself, and then along with my sister-in-law designing what has become, just in the few months since its doors have been open, the popular place to be in Plattsburgh. If you're ever in the area, you must stop by to enjoy one of their signature brews and soak up the Barracks' one of a kind ambience. (And the food is as good as the beer!)
3Our 40th high school reunion was at the end of June. (My husband and I started dating in 1973, the summer after our freshman year, and graduated together in 1976). One of the weekend's events was held at VBC's Old Stone Barracks.
4My high school boyfriend and I are actually spending the whole summer in Plattsburgh (except for the times when he's commuting to work or we're off visiting with our kids and grandkids), staying at my husband's childhood home on the lake (which he and his seven siblings decided to keep after their parents both died, forming a family LLC to maintain its upkeep). So needless to say, our date nights are usually spent at--where else?--VBC!
5One of the reasons we're staying here, besides the fact that it gives us the opportunity to visit with both of our families, is that we're keeping an eye on Oyster Haven, our VRBO house located just several miles down the road. Our first renters came for a week in June, to participate in a big bass fishing tournament on Lake Champlain. One of the six professional fishermen who stayed at Oyster Haven was Andy Morgan, who ended up winning the FLW Tour's 2016 "Angler of the Year" award. (He also won the title in 2013 and 2014).
I don't know if it's the luck of the Irish or what...but it seems that we have a lucky house.
6Speaking of Oyster Haven, I really must do some posts about it, complete with pictures. It is such a charming old house on such a glorious piece of lakefront property. We have our third set of renters staying there as I write this. So far, we have six weeks booked this summer, and inquiries are coming in all the time.
But I ask you: who could resist this view?
7I was honored to be a guest on Allison Gingras's "A Seeking Heart" radio show (a sort of online Catholic book club) on July 15. She was kind enough to have me on to talk about my Catholic YA novel, Erin's Ring--although we covered a lot of other topics as well, including the fact that we both married our high school sweethearts. It was so much fun to talk to Allison. I was a bundle of nerves beforehand, per usual. I thought about backing out and seeing if we could reschedule for a later date. But I overcame my fears, thank goodness. And once we got started, I felt as if I was just chatting over coffee with an old friend.
here's the link.
Okay, that's it for me. Now maybe you should head on over to Kelly's (if you haven't been there yet)!