Life on the Road with Paul & Kathleen: "Not bad for two dumb kids from Ohio" - Proving once again that it's never too late to have a happy childhood
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$2800 - 2 BR - 1150sf - 429 Euclid - Oak - Onsite Pkg Soon

Door To Enclosed/Secured Porch

Enter secured 2 BR Apt from porch Stairs go to landing

Landing to top floor

Kitchen 8 x 13

Kitchen 8 x 13

Enter 18 x 27 Dining/Living Room From Stair
Years ago a tenant made an area the size of the bright part of the carpet in the photo into a great fenced play area for their child to explore

Bath 11 x 9.5

3 x 3 Shower at Left

Tub Not Used - Save Water

Bedroom 1 - 11 x 18

BR 1 Closet 6.5 x 6.5

Bedroom 1 - 11 x 18 - 3 Windows

Bedroom 2 - 10 x 14 - 1 Large Window

Bedroom 2 Closet 4 x 6

Bedroom 2 - With Rug

Kathleen and Paul are owners and live on site. So you'll get quick response to your needs and access to your washer/dryer in the basement.

Your apartment is only 100 feet from Grand Avenue and only 100 more to beautiful Lake Merritt where the winter birds are arriving. And runners abound.

Your Saturday Farmer's Market is closeby under/around I-580. Trader Joe's is just a few more feet. Whole Foods Market is walkable from your apartment. Sprouts Farmers Market is on Broadway and Safeway is closeby on Grand Ave.

Then there's the classic Grand Lake Theater. You'll find many good restaurants on Grand and Lakeshore. Walking Grand Ave and Lakeshore at night always reminds me of the Left Bank of Paris.

This area truly is a gem and Kathleen and I are glad and happy to live here. You will be too.

7/3/14 - A Special Visit
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Every visit we've had in the Akron area has been uplifting and worthwhile. And proof that spending two weeks here was a good idea!

Yesterday was another one. Seven years ago a dear friend died. She shouldn't have, but she did. And as we age we are forced to accept that "fair" or not - when it is time - it will happen.

This was the scenario of Carol. Only a few weeks after she broke her wrist, things happened and none of them in favor of getting her out of the hospital so she could keep the "date" she and I had for lunch together. We never had that lunch together.

One day while Carol was slowly getting closer and closer to death, she seemed to really fight the inevitable - and pain-filled as she was, her daughter, granddaughter and I tried to help her "let go." I was pretty sure one thing that kept Carol fighting was the belief that if she died, what would happen to Kay and Ellen? So few relatives are left that I suspect that was her hope - keep on going so the girls had her.

I encouraged Carol to believe that the girls would be okay, and I promised to be their "Aunt Katie" as long as I lived. Carol seemed to understand that promise and physically indicated that would be what she wanted, too.

On June 30, 2009 our dear Carol slipped the earthly cords and went where we can't go - at least not now. The girls and I have been "family" ever since.

So it was a special visit - including a visit to the cemetery, where Kay keeps a row of beautiful red flowers at Carol's grave.

Kay also tends her grandmother and grandfather's grave.

She does the same to an uncle farther down the line of graves, and another spot, farther away in the cemetery where the oldest family graves are. - she tends them all. When flowers are left at the sites, and visits are made to each one, Kay drives to several other cemeteries in the area where other relatives are buried, and makes sure their grave sites are tended to. Kay is a marvel. I know her mom is so proud of her, and I am humbled at Kay's initiative and love.

After the visit to the cemetery we met up with Kay's daughter, Ellen and the two of them, Paul and myself enjoyed a lovely dinner together...courtesy of Kay.

We ate our delicious meals, and stayed and talked and talked. The wait-person was very kind and realized we needed to eat, but we also wanted to visit. The place was not crowded so we were able to sit and chat for as long as we wanted.

Eventually we did leave and made our goodbyes. Just as we left the rains began, and for a short time, the rain came down in torrents. Lucky for us, it was short lived. The two of us sat in the parking lot until the rains subsided then drove back to the RV park, sans any rain!

We have been trying to get our daily walks in (with limited success) but the other day, walking down a quiet street not far from the RV park, we chanced upon this lovely home.

We've been by here before, but today we decided to take a few pictures of this lovely estate. Kathleen took pictures of the pool area.

She was busy shooting another part of the house/grounds.

Just about then, a car pulled up to the mail box in front of the house and a man picked up some mail then drove into the driveway and into the garage. Kathleen took one more picture.

Just about that time the gentleman came out of the garage and indicated for us to approach. Oh my! Was he offended at our picture taking? Was he upset? No. He was very friendly and asked if the two of us would like a beer or some coffee or whatever! We thanked him, and told him where we were staying, that we were just out for our daily constitutional, and that we admired his beautiful place. He was so gracious - and told us about his family, and that his sons would be coming with their families for the fourth. It was almost like long ago when we'd stand at the fence between our place and our neighbors, and stand and visit. I suspect we might have visited longer, but we thanked him for his hospitality and returned to camp. What an interesting and friendly encounter!

Tomorrow - Independance Day - we will join with the Cingles contingent and celebrate the Fourth. On Saturday we've been invited to join with Kathleen's side of the family for a cook-out. These will be special celebrations for us, because it will be our final "get together" before we depart from Akron and head south.

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