My brother-in-law Chuck was one of the few on my dear wife Karen’s side who did not make the Miner Family Reunion back in the summer of 2015.
The man works awfully hard.
This I know because he is up from Hot Springs, Ark., for his job as a quality and safety inspector in the metal industry to spend four months at a plant in Auburn, N.Y. Yes, that’s a mere 30 miles or so from the Little Bitty in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood. He’ll be here until the new year. My sister-in-law Lynne came up to join him for a couple of weeks, a visit his company encourages.
Lynne I’ve known since she came up to visit her sister, my dear wife, many years ago. And Lynne was at that awesome reunion with daughters, my nieces, Kimi and Stormy, in Estes Park, Colo.
Now I’ve met Chuck.
Karen and I decided to take them to Beak and Skiff on Apple Fest Weekend.
I really like my brother-in-law. I figured I would, having met and adoring Kimi and Stormy.
We had a great time, tasting the hard apple cider and wine and vodka from the Beak and Skiff 1911 Distillery, and strolling the shops.
Then we ate, Apple Pie and Apple Crisp, sitting on an outdoor picnic table on a cloudy and cool Central New York fall afternoon.
After the southerners were a bit chilled, we decided to go north a bit and eat again, a full meal at Firekeepers, the restaurant off I81 on the Onondaga Nation.
The next morning, we met up at the DoubleTree off Carrier Circle for a Sunday Brunch so my terrific daughter Elisabeth and fantastic significant George Three could meet Uncle Chuck for the first time, and kick off my dear wife Karen’s birthday week celebration.
Conversation flowed between plates of food from the buffet.
Good four-month stay I think this will be.
Do you have any relatives it has taken you a long time to meet for the first time? If you’ve tasted hard cider or apple wine, what do you think? What do you suggest for another outing after Lynne goes back to Hot Springs?