My mom was here for an extended stay over the winter of 2014. It’s always miserably cold in northern Michigan, so it’s nice for her to be able to get out of the freezing weather and into something more bearable, if only for a few months. I know she probably misses her Michigan family during that time. I came home from work on a Friday to discover my sister Kathleen and her husband Jim surprised us with a visit! My mom had no idea, nor did I, but boy, oh boy, do I love a good surprise! It was so fun seeing them, if only briefly. I know mom was thrilled, as well. We all went to the Funky Pelican for dinner and talked and laughed the night away. It was good for me and good for mom. I think Kathy and Jim enjoyed it, too.