Thanks to Dee Dee and my family, we had a great party on Oct. 1, celebrating two events; the closing of the Lyons Café, and the opening of Double D Accounting in its new location. After a lengthy run of 48 years, the “pie place” is calling it quits. This was the final celebration to bid goodbye and say a heartfelt thank-you to the many, many neighbors, friends, and well-wishers who came and ate the cake and drank the punch, visited, reminisced, hugged, and took all those pictures. Thank-you to the patrons, tourists, little ones, big ones, working people, idle people, the ones from near and far-flung laces, plus all the ones we have had the privilege of serving for the last almost half century, which has been half of my life. Each one has made a contribution to the longevity of my small business called the Lyons Café – “the pie place.”
It is very traumatic to bring an end to what has been your “way of life” for 48 years. It was not a planned destination. The fact is that the years just passed happily on and on and on. Then suddenly, I’m 90 years old, not exactly young anymore, the body sends the message, so you slow down, use a cane, reluctantly let the younger ones take over, start to swallow a lot of medication for the heart, lungs, and bones, then rejoice in the absence of foot calluses. Not a pain in the world!
I have joined in with the Golden Gang and the Red Hat Society, and have quit cooking. I read a book every couple of days, work all the crossword puzzles, crochet many Afghans, play Scrabble with Junie, and take scads of photos of flowers, animals, and the mountains. It gives me great pleasure to just drive around and take in the beauty of our wonderful countryside.
Sometimes we drive to Arvada and eat fish at Long John Silver. I enjoy being retired, now that I have become used to it! I sincerely hope that Dee Dee enjoys having her business in the little log cabin under the trees.
Love you all,
P.S. Regardless of the fact that I can’t hear very well, can’t see any better, and teeter about with the cane – dragging my oxygen lifeline around the house, I love to have my family and friends come by the house by the riverside and sit as long as they wish. I can still talk, and I can certainly feel the hugs and appreciate all the good wishes. I wonder who sent the beautiful bouquet of red roses, with no card!! Thanks again, many hugs. If you get really hungry, come on over to the house and I’ll give you a bowl of cereal and a cup of instant coffee. I’ll even throw in a half a banana for the cereal!
P.P.S. I want everyone to know that Sterling Bowlick is my great grandson, and he has taken his “Bari Saxophone” with him to the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, where he attends school. His older brother Forrest Bowlick, graduated from there last spring, and now attends the University of Idaho, at Moscow.
P.P.P.S. We generally have roast turkey on Thanksgiving, an a big breakfast on Christmas Day. Have a happy!!!