Re: Weekend Open House I will truly miss the telephone ringing and having Mary Ann giving me a brief "hello" and immediately asking to speak to Joey. On the morning we lost Mary Ann, Joey began to fuss uncontrollably, and has done it off and on since then. I finally had a talk with him yesterday and told him that he could talk with Mary Ann anytime he wanted now and she could hear him without the telephone. No more fussing! She often sent him cashews, sunflower seeds, and a special non-fried corn chip so it would "be better" for him. When I told her that we had all those things here, she replied "but it wouldn't be from me". Can't argue with that! By the way, if anyone an extra corn chip at Open House, he would like one. Bandit and Cocoa aren't even interested in digging today, and are happy to sit quietly and listen, and thank her once again for their coats and sweaters. Charles, Leon would like a fruit punch if you have some and I'm going to stay with my Chocolate Banana. I'll leave an extra one on the table if Mary Ann should decide to fly down and take a sip. When I spoke with her last week to thank her for my chocolate covered strawberries, she was so embarrassed that she had missed my birthday by one day. As if it matters! Even though I have only known Mary Ann for a couple years, I have never had a better friend and I'll miss those weekly (at least) calls. She was the big sis I never had, and we decided almost immediately that we would be be family, as neither of us had many relatives. I would have done anything in the world for her, and I know the feeling was mutual. She wanted a piece of my counted cross stitch, but would never tell me what she wanted, so I chose a sampler designed by another good friend of mine. The quotation was "On earth, let my example shine" and I truly believe it has. Cruise on, Mary Ann.....we'll always miss you.