Chuck and Lila Kummerfeld have enjoyed a three-week visit with their daughter and son-in-law Dee and Aaron Gengler. They have really cherished spending time with their grandsons Xavier, Sebastian and Levi who are 9, 7 and 4 years of age; the perfect spoiling age! The Genglers (see the accompanying photo) made the long journey from their home in Luxembourg. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, they have had to keep a low profile during this visit. Dee told me they moved to the tiny European country about three years ago for a job and they plan to stay there through work contracts for another two to three years before returning stateside.
I asked her about the people.
"It is different; on par with urban living but the people are colder. Once you break in it is fine. It is an interesting multi-cultural environment," she said.
The Genglers are happy with the public school system.
"It is on the upper end of things where schools are concerned," Dee said.
Aaron and Dee hope to at some point settle back here in this area. We wish them a safe journey back to Luxembourg and hope to see them again next year!
Tuesday evening, I had the opportunity to visit with Carley Wells when she performed with Dave Rowley & Friends at the Pearson Lakes Art Center. She is leaving next week for college in Colorado. Carley has won more outstanding performance awards in band and jazz band that any other high school musician around. She just graduated from Okoboji High School after a stellar career as a jazz drummer. Carley was torn between going to the University of Kansas and University of Colorado. Since Kansas wasn't going to begin jazz until January and she was not ready to put aside her drumsticks, she chose Colorado. She will certainly add tremendous talent to that college's band program and is excited about her future. We wish her a fantastic freshman year and hope she returns to the Lakes Area next summer to play for us again.
Dave and Bev Peterson told me they are giving up their beautiful view of the Emerald Hills Golf Course. They have sold their home and purchased a patio home less than a mile from the current location. Dave (aka author Peter Davidson) said they were opting for a home all on one floor with no stairs. I can see the benefit to that plus moving such a short distance is nice. However, if any of you have seen the vast amount of memorabilia Dave has in just the garage alone, I seriously wonder how smoothly the downsizing will go. Hopefully Bev has a lot of patience. Good luck with the move. I don't plan to visit until the dust has settled.
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Have a great week and be safe this weekend. We will chat again next week!