Friday, July 31, 2009


This past weekend we hooked up the camper and struck out for "Sands Country Cove Campground" on Kansas Lake near Butterfield,MN.
This was a great newer campground with the friendliest owners you would ever want to meet. Lois and Curt Sands are fantastic and really know how to treat people right.

Here are a few pictures we took while spending the weekend with these fine people:

Here is a link with more information about this great place!

I will have more pictures, so stay tuned for another edition of "Now What Are They Doing?"

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Get Out Of The Way!

One a recent drive through the country, we came upon an unusual sight. Way up ahead we could see what looked like something standing in the road. We thought that maybe it was a deer. As we approached in the truck we made the discovery that the cartoon character Scooby-Doo had escaped from Hollywood and she was doing a stare down with us.

This was just crazy. It did not budge an inch. After sitting there a while, we backed up and pulled around her.

You just never know what you will see on these great back roads of America.

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Trip to Washington,DC

A couple of weeks ago I had to travel to Washington, DC on business. We were very busy with meetings, but had a few hours the day we flew in to do some exploring.

I shot a few pictures with my Blackberry telephone for you.

Here are the graves of President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline at Arlington National Cemetery:

Here is a night picture of the Washington Monument:

We also visited Lincoln Memorial, Tomb of the Unknown and saw the changing of the guard. We saw the White House and all the other buildings around the presidential fortress.

The Potomac River runs through the area and is very nice as are some of the hotels along it's shore:

Cab fares in DC are horrible. It is easily $35 each way from the airport to many of the hotels. Not only cab fares, but food prices are equally bad.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Have You tried These?

I can believe some of these, but how did people discover that this stuff would work?


1. Budweiser beer conditions the hair
2. Pam cooking spray will dry finger nail polish
3. Cool whip will condition your hair in 15 minutes
4. Mayonnaise will KILL LICE, it will also condition your hair
5. Elmer's Glue - paint on your face, allow it to dry, peel off and see the dead skin and blackheads if any
6. Shiny Hair - use brewed Lipton Tea
7. Sunburn - empty a large jar of Nestea into your bath water
8. Minor burn - Colgate or Crest toothpaste
9. Burn your tongue? Put sugar on it!
10. Arthritis? WD-40 Spray and rub in, kill insect stings too
11 Bee stings - meat tenderizer
12. Chigger bite - Preparation H
13. Puffy eyes - Preparation H
14. Paper cut - crazy glue or chap stick (glue is used instead of sutures at most hospitals)
15. Stinky feet - Jello !
16. Athletes feet - cornstarch
17. Fungus on toenails or fingernails - Vicks vapor rub
18. Kool aid to clean dishwasher pipes. Just put in the detergent section and run a cycle, it will also clean a toilet. (Wow, and we drink this stuff)
19. Kool Aid can be used as a dye in paint also Kool Aid in Dannon plain yogurt as a finger paint, your kids will love it and it won't hurt them if they eat it!
20. Peanut butter - will get scratches out of CD's! Wipe off with a coffee filter paper
21. Sticking bicycle chain - Pam no-stick cooking spray
22. Pam will also remove paint, and grease from your hands! Keep a can in your garage for your hubby
23. Peanut butter will remove ink from the face of dolls
24. When the doll clothes are hard to put on, sprinkle with corn starch and watch them slide on
25. Heavy dandruff - pour on the vinegar !
26. Body paint - Crisco mixed with food coloring. Heat the Crisco in the microwave, pour in to an empty film container and mix with the food color of your choice!
27 Tie Dye T-shirt - mix a solution of Kool Aid in a container, tie a rubber band around a section of the T-shirt and soak
28. Preserving a newspaper clipping - large bottle of club soda and cup of milk of magnesia , soak for 20 min. and let dry, will last for many years!
29. A Slinky will hold toast and CD's!
30. To keep goggles and glasses from fogging, coat with Colgate toothpaste
31. Wine stains, pour on the Morton salt and watch it absorb into the salt.
32. To remove wax - Take a paper towel and iron it over the wax stain, it will absorb into the towel.
33. Remove labels off glassware etc. rub with Peanut butter!
34. Baked on food - fill container with water, get a Bounce paper softener and the static from the Bounce towel will cause the baked on food to adhere to it. Soak overnight. Also; you can use 2 Efferdent tablets , soak overnight!
35. Crayon on the wall - Colgate toothpaste and brush it!
36. Dirty grout - Listerine
37. Stains on clothes - Colgate toothpaste
38. Grass stains - Karo Syrup
39. Grease Stains - Coca Cola , it will also remove grease stains from the driveway overnight. We know it will take corrosion from car batteries!
40. Fleas in your carpet? 20 Mule Team Borax- sprinkle and let stand for 24 hours. Maybe this will work if you get them back again.
41. To keep FRESH FLOWERS longer Add a little Clorox , or 2 Bayer aspirin , or just use 7-up instead of water.
42. When you go to buy bread in the grocery store, have you ever wondered which is the freshest, so you 'squeeze' for freshness or softness? Did you know that bread is delivered fresh to the stores five days a week? Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Each day has a different color twist tie.
They are:
Monday = Blue
Tuesday = Green
Thursday = Red
Friday = White
Saturday = Yellow.
So if today was Thursday, you would want a red twist tie; not white which is Fridays (almost a week old)! The colors go alphabetically by color Blue- Green - Red - White - Yellow, Monday through Saturday. Very easy to remember. I thought this was interesting. I looked in the grocery store and the bread wrappers DO have different twist ties, and even the ones with the plastic clips have different colors. You learn something new everyday! Enjoy fresh bread when you buy bread with the right color on the day you are shopping.

Don't forget Gatorade for Migraine Headaches. PowerAde won't work.

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

This is Cool

Every once and a while I get something via email that I like to pass along.

Follow the link below to test how observant you are about every day things.

I did the quick test and ended up getting twenty of them correct. Check it out!


How did you do?

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

More Pictures and Weird Grave

Recently we camped in Western Minnesota near the South Dakota border.
We went geocaching near Cottonwood,Mn and found this beautiful lake, right in the middle of town.

Sometimes a person just needs a few more arms and hands. I was trying to control two dogs who wanted to go opposite directions while I was trying to follow the directions on my handheld GPS unit.

Shortly after that picture was taken, I had to be cut free from the tangled lines from the crazy dogs!

Now for the part out the weird graves.

One of the geocaches we were hunting for said the location was near a lake and was located at the private site where they buried their beloved dog. That seemed normal enough. With a little looking in the woods near the waters edge, we found the dog's grave.

Now the weird begins. Just a few feet from the dog's grave we found another grave site, or what appeared to be a grave site. This one was for a child.

I sure hope it was a memorial as opposed to an actual grave. I always thought humans had to be buried in approved graveyards.

In reality, it was a very peaceful site, so why not?

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Friday, July 17, 2009

This and That

I find it interesting going through the memory card on the camera. At the time the pictures were taken the subject matter appeared to be important or exciting. When I look back at the pictures I sometimes have to ask myself why.

Anyway, here are a few more recently discovered pictures....
My perfect dog Lucy...

Sue's dog, Bad Betty...the nervous one....

Me finding a "micro cache"...35mm film container....

Recently we camped at Camden State Park near Marshall,Minnesota and we took a few pictures of the surroundings...

And a couple of sunset pictures from our site.......

We enjoy many things about camping, especially cooking. While we have all the conveniences of home in the camper, we enjoy cooking outside....

There is a lot to be said about camp cooking and just to keep with the outdoor theme, why not cook outside?

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Fox Reunion

This past Saturday we were invited to attend the Annual Fox Family Reunion in Clear Lake, Iowa.

This is Sue's Mom's side of the family. It was well attended and we even have a few snapshots to post for you.

Yours truly with Aunt Nancy

Uncle Jim, His daughter Liz and Sue's brother Bob's son John.....

And....Bob, The Harv and Jack....

Man, you talk about food....these people know how to cook!

After the event we went through Forest City, Iowa and visited the graves of Molly's folks and then headed home.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Deer In Garden

While I was on a business trip to Washington,DC last week some deer decided to make themselves at home in the yard and garden.
This one apparentlty felt right at home while Sue snapped it's picture through the kitchen window.

Of course, where there is one deer, there are always more.....

I do enjoy looking at deer, but not in the garden!

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Family Visit

The July 4th weekend we were blessed with family from Des Moines coming up for a visit.
Mom, Dad, my brother Paul, his wife Margaret, their daughter Emily, her husband David and their daughter Halie made the trek north. Son Ben and his wife Anna also spent the better part of the weekend here also.
I do have a few pictures for you. This is one of my mom and Halie cuddled up after a busy day.

While everyone was here we went to the children's petting zoo at Sibley park. They had everything from cows to ponies. They even had a few alpaca.

Needless to say, we had lots of good food and cold beer. Somewhere on my camera I have more pictures. As soon as I find them I will post a few more.

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

It Has Been A While!

I can't believe that it has been over two weeks since I posted to the blog. I will be making up for lost time with a few pictures and words.
The will be no particular order to the events, just random events and my usual blabbering.

Recently we broke away for a few hours to go geocaching in some areas where we had never been before. We looked for six and came up with four of them.

This one was cleverly hidden in a tree.

We found another very small cache (film canister) hidden at the base of a sign on a bike trail.

One of the best parts about geocaching is the scenery that one discovers along the way.

How about these flowers?

Another great day in the the wonderful Minnesota summer weather.

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