My husband, Kenneth, opened the first flying school in central Kansas, and we’d do fly-ins with a group called International Flying Farmers. We made friends all over the country. In those days you could fly anywhere -- we once flew around the faces on Mount Rushmore.
The streets were silent. All the hotels were empty. Even at the Tropicana club, it was just us and the band. Really eerie and scary, but so much fun.
We usually sail on Seabourn
, but in recent years, we’ve done the Rhine with Viking
and toured the French Riviera and Greek isles on a Windstar
Every year, we go to the Chelsea Flower Show
in London to see the beautiful displays. It’s amazing. There’s always something new to learn in life.
She knows our taste, what we like to do, what we don’t like, and how much energy we have. She knows I don’t like wheelchairs, but she’ll have one waiting to get me quickly through airports. I can’t stand TSA -- I just want to get wherever I’m going!
Wartburg Castle, where Martin Luther translated the New Testament. Mainz, where Gutenberg invented the printing press. That’s what allowed us to have all our books, and the Bible, and all our news -- oh, and there’s a great creperie in that town.
Sandra connected us with a local guide who found a wonderful glassmaker on Murano. The artist decided we should meet her family. We had so much in common. They’ve had one factory for generations on Murano; our Kansas farm has been in our family for generations. We really hit it off.
A couple years ago, he invited us to a royal garden party. We ended up at Peles Castle in the Carpathian Mountains at a party hosted by King Michael himself. Can I just say, wow
The trip started out in Rome, and Sandra had a cake and Champagne ready at the hotel, plus she got us upgraded. The cruise director greeted us on the ship, and our cabin was decorated with a sign and balloons. Everyone sang "Happy Birthday," and the captain came over. I was treated like a queen.
Australia and New Zealand this spring. For my 100th, I think maybe Italy again. I always love Italy. We’ll see what God has in store for us.