Monday, June 30, 2008

Take A Look At This Rig

On a recent road trip we spotted this very cool RV...if you can call it that...and I think you can.
It was parked in the driveway of a home along Highway 22 near Mapleton, Minnesota. Of course we had to get out and check it out and snap a few pictures.

For the most part, it is in very good condition on the outside. I don't know anything about it at all at this point. I have been calling the number on the sign in the front window but just get an answering machine. I will keep trying.

Just another blast from the past for you.

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Friday, June 27, 2008

I Hope This Fellow Has Good Insurance

Nuts or what?

Imagine the toothaches possible with those chompers.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

What Were They Thinking? Again!

Several weeks ago I published some crazy pictures of business signs that had duel meanings. Well, I found some more for you to enjoy.

As always, you can click on the picture for a larger image.

Have you had enough yet?

Almost done....

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Any Thoughts Of Making Weekends Longer?

I am sure the vast majority of us have contemplated this question time and time again. Are you getting anywhere with those thoughts? Now retiring is one way to do it, but not practical for everyone.

I am not complaining (maybe a little), but it sure seems the weekends are flying by way too fast.

Anyway, we are back safe and sound from our weekend camping and fishing trip. We had a beautiful site right on the lake and no neighbors within earshot.

We spent some time fishing Saturday evening and hauled in 42 fish...or at least we call them fish. They were all Bullheads, but we just like to catch the fish and release them back into their homes.

I am lucky that Sue enjoys fishing like she does. It is a great way to get caught up on all the news and solve the world's problems.

Nice tattoo Sue! She snapped a picture of mine as well. I guess we are getting crazy as we get older.

It was a great weekend...perfect weather, good company,cold beer and a beautiful location.

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Friday, June 20, 2008

Let The Hot Water Flow

I picked up our travel trailer from the RV Doctor yesterday after work and brought it home. I filled up the on-board water tank and kicked on the water heater. Less than a half hour later it was time for the water or a continuation of cold showers. Well, I am happy to report that there will be no cold showers this weekend!

After the day is done today, we are heading out to a nice little campground located right on the shores of one of our fine Minnesota lakes. The spaces are large with plenty of room to spread out and not worry about hearing your neighbor snore.

We have a lot on the, fishing, beer, BB-Q, get the idea.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

My Rant Is Over

Those of you who follow this blog know that we like to camp...but not necessarily "rough it". Ever since this Spring we have not been able to get the hot water heater to work in our camper. My good friend Alain out in New York State has even helped me troubleshoot the problem. The first thing he asked before we got too technical was "are you sure the water heater bypass valve is open?" Well I fiddled with every water valve I could find and it still did not work.

So after work yesterday we took the camper to the RV repair shop and dropped it off. They called today saying that the valve was closed and it should have been open. I will be sure to ask them to tag that valve so I can find it. The good news is that they did not have to start throwing parts at the water heater.

So there we go....once again...nice hot showers...while roughing it.

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Monday, June 16, 2008

Where Does The Time Go?

Seems like I just pecked out a story yesterday for you but I see it has been several days.

I am just getting ready to head out of town for an evening meeting and I find myself with ten minutes to spare.

We had a great weekend. Yesterday our youngest son Andy called from Seattle, WA to wish me a happy fathers day. That means so much when I get those calls of thanks!

Our other son Ben and his wife Anna came over for beer and BB-Q. Needless to say....we had a grand time. Sue's folks, Harv and Molly also came over and Molly had one of her fantastic deserts for us to try.

As usual, Sue did a great job assembling all the fixins for a great time.

Well for now...I am signing off. Tune in again soon for another edition of " Now What Are They Doing?"

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

I Did Not Want To Die With The Dirty Sheets

I had better explain the headline to this story....but first a little background.

As I write this, I am in Morton, Minnesota attending a business meeting with the other Executive Directors and CEO's from the state of Minnesota. Our meetings were over for the day and we were all preparing to meet for supper when the tornado sirens started their melodious whining.

We were all herded into the basement of the motel we were staying at and told that we could not come back upstairs until the all clear signal was given.

Jan, thanks for taking the pictures for me!

The staff was great and kept us updated on the progress of the storm.

I did have a fleeting thought about being done in by the twister and someone finding our remains tangled in the dirty sheets from the adjacent laundry room. Personal preference would be that I would meet my match with just a bit more class.

After an hour plus, we were given the all clear signal to vacate the basement and return to civilization. When we emerged from the depths of the basement like sewer creatures, we kissed the ground and started answering cell phone messages as we obviously had no cell service in "the hole" as we affectionately now call it.

We work for a disaster response agency and some of the callers left some interesting messages. "When you turn your phone back on, give me a call" or "You must have left your phone somewhere because you are not answering."

Little did they know that they were about ready to issue us our last rights. :)

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Monday, June 9, 2008

More Family and Food

This was day two of parties and food. Yesterday was Harv's birthday party and our nephew's graduation party. Today it was another nephew's birthday party and a high school graduation. I think I have had enough cake and lemonade to last me a while.

Today we celebrated Sue's brother Bob's sons third birthday. Many of the other nieces and nephews were there so Sue took the younger ones to see some goats that were a couple of blocks away from the city park in Kasota, MN.

To get the kids back to the park Sue had to do a little coaxing. Once she said "open presents" they made a bee-line back. The mention of cake didn't hurt either.

Here are a few random shots of people you may recognize.

After John's party we ran to Menard's with Ben and Anna to help pick out an outside fireplace for them. Ben is such a "guy" as he of course loves fire and explosives.

Then it was on to the graduation party and home for a haircut and another short visit with the kids as they stopped in to pick up a load of firewood for their new fireplace.

This has been a great weekend in so many ways and we feel so blessed.

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Saturday, June 7, 2008

A Day of Family and Food

What a great day we had today. As You may have read in yesterday's blog, today was our day to go to Owatonna, MN to celebrate Harv's 77th birthday and the college graduation of our nephew Luke. He is the youngest child of Sue's brother Mark and his wife Janet. They are a very nice, close family.

We picked up Harv and Molly for a nice 45 Minuit trip over to the party. We were greeted by Janet, who is a great hostess by the way. The three "boys" were out for a bicycle ride and returned home soon. Mark, Jessie and Luke showed up a bit later all decked out in their bike riding gear. Could that be at all comfortable? I take one look at those bike seats and have this pucker reflex take over.

Mark sold his Harley and just purchased a new BMW. What a bike that is. It even has heated grips for cooler weather.

I know we are getting older when the nieces and nephews start showing up with kids of their own. Here are a few pictures of the "new kids"....

And of course, we have a group picture.

And, of course, Harv with his birthday cake.

Tomorrow holds promise for another great day. We have a birthday party for our nephew John who is the son of Bob. He is married to Molly (not Harv's Molly) Bob is Sue's brother. After that, we will attend a graduation party for the daughter of the person who does our payroll.

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Friday, June 6, 2008

Busy Weekend

Wow...what a schedule for this weekend.
If you read this blog on a regular basis you may recall that we have had several ill-fated attempts at having a garage sale this Spring.
The first two weekend attempts ending in failure. The weather was absolutely terrible. Wind, rain and COLD. Well, today is the day we try to make up for the past attempts. The weather forecast is calling for cloudy, highs in the mid 70's and 35mph winds. That sure beats the previous weather. So we will see what happens today between Noon and 6PM.
Tomorrow morning we go visit the garbage truck that parks about five miles from our home every Saturday morning. It is "free" to the township residents, tho I am sure the fee is buried somewhere in our taxes. The nice thing about this system is that they take anything except tires, batteries and chemicals. We have a full pickup truck of "junk" to deposit tomorrow.
At noon tomorrow we have a birthday party for Harv and a college graduation party for our nephew Luke to attend in Owatonna,MN.
At three o'clock we have a graduation party for the daughter of the person who does our payroll for us. We just have to attend that one. Gotta keep the payroll person happy you know!
Sunday at noon we will be attending a birthday party for another nephew. John will turn three.
Also this weekend our son Ben and his wife Anna will celebrate their third wedding anniversary. They are a very cute couple.
I am glad to be writing about all these positive events today as we were all prepared for some very bad weather that had been forecast for yesterday and last night. We were hearing reports of "storms of epic proportions" and "the perfect storm". You know the drill....super high winds, severe thunderstorms, hail and tornadoes. I didn't hear anything about locusts. Hmm, I probably missed that part.
Anyway, it missed us and we are all fine.
I will take pictures this weekend and post them as soon as I can.
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Thursday, June 5, 2008

The Pictures I Promised

About a week ago I promised that I would post some pictures after we got the landscaping cleaned up. It took three days but we are almost done. Oh my aching back!
Click on pictures for a larger image.

The garden looks pretty sick in the pictures. I always buy the smallest and cheapest tomato plants and guess what? They always grow and produce like crazy. I am convinced that plants stuck in the ground in early June do just as well as those planted three weeks earlier.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

More Pictures

Just figured out how to retrieve some more pictures that Ben sent from our cookout last Saturday. When can we do this again?

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