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|Honoring our dear friend Al, brought four of our past ministers together at MCCSD;||while George having his picture put on the Wall of Honor added pride to our church. What a blessing they are to all.|
|We love our little old dog and older cat. Yukio has had his 2nd bout with cancer a different kind -- more aggressive.||Annie's kidneys are still bad so we have been giving 100cc of subcutaneous fluids to her -- over 3 years of this now. We lost the fight in December so now we are down to 1 pet. We miss her terribly.|
|We decided to attend more live plays so we got season tickets to the Diversionary Theater and the San Diego Opera. Which presented a happy coincidence of having Pat's school friend, Mary Olch from Maryland, join us for Wagner's Tannhauser.||We also had Payton, Angel, and Lisa visit us from Washington State. They were revisiting southern California, MCCSD, and Disneyland.|
|In March, we went to Italy -- Florence and Rome. Pat was an art major and had never been to see the art treasures of Italy.||This was our big trip for her 70th birthday. Time sure flies.|
|Pat put together a collage of the art photos we had taken and sent
it off to M. K. Campbell, her art teacher and faculty advisor at Denison
University in Ohio.
|We still belong to the Paperweight Clubs and enjoy collecting beautiful glass.||Pat is still learning Swedish from Anne Marie.||Pat, Alan & Lynn Sachrison at the Vasa Crayfish Dinner.|
Ingrid & others at Pysselgruppen.
Carl & Swedish dancers at Midsummer.
|--Ingrid made this outfit for Pat--typical dress of the region of Pat's grandmother.|
|Also, started working with the House of Sweden Pysselgruppen (handicrafts).||Carl Englund is president of the House of Sweden; his wife, Ingrid is talented and||stays active in all the groups. Pat is also active in the HOS as well as Vasa.|
|We hosted two couples from the Vasa group in Oskarshamn, Sweden. It was our pleasure to show Christer, Gunilla, Gudrun, and Kenneth our beatiful city.|
|Sandy taught two classes on the history||of buttons with Frances and Nancy||from the San Diego Button Club.|
|Sandy told about Oriental buttons;||Frances, French buttons; and||Nancy covered Grandma's button box.|
In October, we went to City Hall for our Marriage License.
We went back there to participate in the Wedding Ceremony of our dear friends, Nancy and Lea -- together for thirty years.
|We took our annual trek to Oahu, Hawaii and stayed at the home
of the Bixler family--always gracious hosts.
|December Nights at Balboa Park, representing the House of Sweden, may do us both in before Christmas even arrives, but Pat is really enjoying rekindling her Swedish roots|
|In May, the California Supreme Court ruled it was discriminatory for the state not to recognize same-sex marriage. We were thrilled and so were the 18,000 gay and lesbian couples who married as a result. Our marriage took place on our 24th anniversary, September 21, 2008. Reverend Dan Koeshall performed the ceremony with 85 friends and family as witnesses.|
|But this incredible high was followed by a horrible backlash of discrimination from the Mormon Church of Utah which poured millions of dollars in false advertising into our state. Proposition 8 passed by a very small margin and discrimination was written into our state constitution for the first time.|
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