Monday, June 18, 2018

Road Trip to Montana


On Weds, June 7, we set out on our road trip to Butte with the pugs and my WINTER clothes, which I am still having a hard time wrapping my brain around!!
We drove to Vegas and had lunch with Dave's cousin, Penny.  We had to find a "dog friendly" restaurant and we did.  Unfortunately, we were on the patio in very hot weather and they didn't have a mister system.  The restaurant actually was really great as they have a "dog" menu.  I should have ordered from that one as the chicken the pugs got was better than my lunch.

It was delightful to meet Penny and get to know her.  Dave thinks very highly of her and that means a lot to me.

We then headed back on the road for a few more hours and got to Mesquite, Nevada and a "dog friendly" casino!.   The best part is that the pugs had their own bed.

Dave  and I went to the casino for dinner and to play a few machines.  He likes to play poker and we have found that if we play together we do fairly well and don't lose much, if any, money.

The next morning we got up early and drove to Salt Lake City to have lunch with his cousin, Ron and his wife, Mary.  We went to their house so the pugs got to run around in the backyard.  

Gary played football at the University of Utah and was very involved in their alumni association so his house is totally decked out with Utes' memorabilia.  
He told me that he was so happy for Dave and I and that I was really fortunate to have found someone like Dave.  He absolutely loves Dave and that was very evident.   I know how Dave feels about him, too.   I hope that we can get together with them again soon.
After that we drove several more ours to Blackfoot, Idaho.  Once again, we stayed in a "dog friendly" hotel.  The pugs didn't have their own bed so it was quite an adventure.

We met one of Dave's friends and his wife for dinner.  Dave and he coached and taught together.  He is currently the had football coach there and his wife is an elementary teacher so we had a great visit.  Once again, it is so nice for me to meet people who think so highly of Dave!  For some reason, I didn't take any pictures.  

Friday morning we got up to rain and cold weather.  Prior to that, the weather had been warm.  (It was so fun to have Diego panting the entire time in the car!)
We drove to Dillon, Montana.   What an incredibly beautiful drive it is.  It reminded me a lot of the drive between Douglas and our cabin where there is so much cattle ranching as there is here.



We stopped in Dillon, Montana for lunch with Dave's cousin, Russ.  We then went to the rest home to see his Uncle Loren and meet his aunt.  Dave's uncle is his mother's brothers and he is 91.  When we got there, he knew who Dave was and when I went over, he took my hand and held it an squeezed it.  That touched my heart!!!  




After our visit, we went on a walking tour of University of Montana Western where Dave got his BA, etc.  He was an assistant football coach there for one year.  It is such a beautiful campus!  I would love to have Cameron see it and Montana Tech.



It was so nice to get to our Butte home.  The view is so pretty and it is just a nice and comfortable house!  



All and all, it was a great road trip and I got to see so much of the country that I have never seen before.  


Sunday, June 17, 2018

Reception in Douglas

I am not sure why I didn't get this posted sooner. It seems that we have been on the go for so long.   

During our stay in Bisbee after we got married May 5, we had a reception in Douglas on May 12 at the Gadsden Hotel.  There are so many people in Douglas who mean so much to me and I wanted them to meet Dave.

The Gadsden Hotel is so beautiful and the young couple who own it are working so hard to get it fixed up.  They have an outdoor patio on the mezzanine and they have remodeled it and cleaned it up and it is beautiful.  We were able to rent it at a very reasonable price.

Carol, my former secretary, helped me get it all set up.   My "wedding planner" and dear friend, Liz, made a beautiful invitation.

I was teary the entire day before we went to Douglas.  It has been hard for me since we sold 858.  I wasn't sure I could go back for a long time.  Dave was so kind to me the whole day as I cried off and on.  

The evening turned out so well.  We had so many friends come and had a great time.  Dave got to meet so many of the people who mean so much to me.  There were old friends from my childhood, friends I made during my five years down there, Teresa's friends and some new friends.  It couldn't have been nicer!!

For me, it brought some very nice closure to my time in Douglas from 2010 to 2015 and from the selling of 858.   And it gave Dave a chance to meet friends from a completely different "phase of my life."  

I will always cherish my time in Douglas for many reasons, but especially the five years I had with Teresa.




Saturday, June 16, 2018

California or Bust!

On Weds, June 5, Dave and I flew to Sacramento.  We were heading to the 50th wedding anniversary of my cousins, Marion and Ron.  We went a few days early so that I could introduce him to the Sacramento cousins.

We spent the night with Ted and Louisa on Wednesday night.  It was so great to visit with them.  We also got to see Kevin and his family and the grand kids. They fixed us a delicious dinner.  We were able to get a lot of visiting in.  Dave commented on how nice everything was and what a great guy Ted is.   I agree as Ted is one of the finest men I know.



Thursday morning,  Ted took us on a tour of Sacramento.  He knows so much of the history and little known facts about buildings, etc. It was great.

We then went to stay with Jan and Tim.  In addition, Jean came up from San Jose to meet Dave.  We had another wonderful visit and a great dinner.  It was so nice for Dave to meet the cousins.  He has a lot of family so he "gets it" which is really nice!   For some reason, I didn't take any pictures.

Friday we picked up our cousin, Mike, from the airport and drove to Turlock for the celebration of 50 years of marriage for Marion and Ron--more cousins.  It was a small celebration with just the "sisters" invited.  I am always so thrilled to be included as a "sister" as my Phoenix cousins are like my sisters.

We had a nice dinner with just our generation at an Italian restaurant in Turlock Friday night. 

Saturday we moved to Modesto.  Got there a bit early and couldn't check into the hotel so we went bowling!!  I haven't bowled in years and it was fun!!!



Saturday evening all of the family went to 5:00 Mass and then to a restaurant with a special room just for us.  It was so great to be with all of the family and we had an absolutely wonderful time celebrating Marion and Ron.



We drove back to Sacramento Sunday afternoon and checked into our hotel by the airport.  We met one of Dave's cousins for a late lunch.   Dustin is a delightful young man who works in the area as in special education administration.  

It was such a nice trip.  Came home to two puggies who were so glad to see us.  Got laundry done.  I had a board meeting on Tuesday.  

We left for Butte Weds. and had to get everything packed for that trip.  I will write about that soon.


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Diamondbacks Game

Dave got summer season passes for us to use.  It is for all games between Memorial Day and Labor Day.  We won't use all of them and Cam and Kerri will use them when we are gone to Montana.
 
We went to the game yesterday and I asked Cameron if he would like to go. His response was "I would love to go."  That in itself touched my heart.  So we picked him up and took the light rail to the game.
 
We had to get him a separate ticket but we were able to sit together anyway.  It was really nice for us to have him with us.
 
However, the highlight of the day for me as his grandmother, was when we were walking out.  There were a LOT of people and it was crowded.  Dave always holds my hand whenever we go anywhere.  So we were walking and Cameron took my other hand because of the crowds.  I am walking between two of my favorite guys, holding both their hands, and trying not to be teary!
 
I love that young man!

Sunday, May 27, 2018

A Poem that Touched My Heart!

I still have so much to write about our wedding, the reception in Douglas, graduations, etc.  

Today in my weekly newsletter from Maria Shriver, she had this poem in it.  I love poetry and this one really touched my heart at so many levels.   Probably the most important is because of all that has happened in my life with Dave coming into, marrying him, and completely changing my life!!

 

Friday, May 11, 2018

Honeymoon in Bisbee

Dave and I decided to go to Bisbee for our honeymoon.  I love Bisbee and I knew he would to as it is similar to Butte, where he grew up with the copper mining roots.

I asked our friends, Gloria and Craig, if we could rent "The Brothel" which is a little house on their property on Brewery Gulch.  Not only did they say yes, they gave us the use of it as a wedding gift.  They also included a gift certificate for my favorite restaurant, Cafe Roka.

We couldn't leave until Weds. morning as I had a board meeting on Tuesday night.  We got to Bisbee around 2:30 and unloaded everything.  

Dave opened up the refrigerator and here is what was waiting for us.




We were touched once again by their generosity and thoughtfulness at so many levels.




We walked down and had dinner at The Table, which is a very good.  Bisbee wasn't crowded on a Weds. evening which was nice. 

Thursday Dave wanted to go golfing.  I know nothing about golfing, but I went along as the cart driver.  He played 18 holes and I actually learned a lot about golf.  The course down here is in Naco which is right on the border.  Much of the course is also in the desert.  We saw coyotes, quail and roadrunners.  There were very few people out so we had it almost to ourselves.  Although it was warm, it was peaceful and the views are gorgeous.  Dave really liked it and said it was a tough course for the first time.



When we got back to the house, Dave took a shower and rested. I had made reservations for Cafe Roka. It is one of my absolute favorite restaurants anywhere.  When we got there, we were taken to a very private table as Gloria had called ahead.  They brought us starters as a "gift" and then we had the four courses.  I had gnocchi and Dave had an incredible filet.  The waitress was incredibly attentive to us.  They then brought us dessert.  Gloria and Craig had given us a gift certificate for it, which was way more than they should have done with everything else. I know Sally, the owner, and she was there so we were able to visit a bit.



We came back and opened the bottle of champagne and sat outside for a long time listening to music and watching the stars and just talking. It couldn't have been any nicer or more romantic. 

This morning I am sitting here writing on my blog and watching Dave fix my coffee and breakfast.  This is so hard for me to get used to as I have never had anyone treat me like this ever.  I love this man!

This evening we are headed for Douglas for a reception down there for the many wonderful people I value.  I want them to meet Dave.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Remembering our Parents

We asked Judy to say a few words about Dave's parents, my mom, Teresa and Johnny.  Here is what she said:

Today the start of a new chapter is being written to continue the stories  that started with those we are not with us but we are remembering and honoring.  Today,  Sheila and Dave will begin a new chapter.  The circle of life and memories will live on just as those we love are never really gone as long as their stories are told.


On behalf of Sheila and Dave, there are a few people who need to be remembered. We wouldn’t be here today without the incredible influence of  Sheila’s mom, Margaret Shannon and my mom,  her Aunt Teresa Scott and our  Uncle Johnny Scott and Dave’s parents, Pete and Dorothy Uggetti.  Although they are not with us physically today, they are with us in spirit.   I would like to thank these loved ones for helping to bring us to this wonderful day.  The love that is shared here today is because of their influence.  This gift will always be remembered and cherished.

Sheila and Dave are so thankful to all of you for being here today.   Each one of you have been important in their lives and they look forward to many more years of friendship, love and support.  

Judy added a little to what she had to say and I loved it.  Here is the video.