Friday, May 26, 2017

SPRING OPENER

UNCLE HANS AND NEIL, YEARS AGO HAD A TRADITION OF GETTING TOGETHER IN THE SPRING FOR THEIR FIRST MOTORCYCLE ADVENTURE OF THE SEASON AND CALLED IT THE “SPRING OPENER”.

MY GOAL WAS TO RESURECT THE “SPRING OPENER” TRADITION AND RIDE ALONG ON MY SCOOTER. I TRAILERED MY SCOOTER BACK TO WISCONSIN ($1,000.00 IN GAS, ROUND TRIP) IN THE THIRD WEEK OF MAY THINKING THE WEATHER WOULD BE PRIME. I WAS HOPING TO RIDE BETWEEN 800 AND A 1,000 MILES IN BEAUTIFUL WISCONSIN.

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I WAS WRONG AND VERY DISAPPOINTED. THE WISCONSIN WEATHER SUCKED WITH COLD WEATHER AND RAIN. I GOT CAUGHT IN THE RAIN TWICE AND RODE ONLY 250 MILES IN TOTAL.

HANS AND I DROVE THE BACK-UP BUICK (ANOTHER DEER STORY FOR LATER) HALF WAY TO GREEN BAY AND MET NEIL FOR A FEW COLD ONES AND A NICE VISIT.

MARY AND I RETURNED TO THE MOUNTAIN YESTERDAY TO “SUNNY & 70” SUMMER WEATHER, WHERE WE’VE SETTLED INTO A LONG PROJECT LIST FOR SUMMER.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

IT’S LIKE SNOWMOBILING

MY PLAN TO RIDE MY SCOOTER IN WISCONSIN FOR A WEEK HAS BEEN MORE LIKE SNOWMOBILING. WE ZIP FROM TAVERN TO TAVERN NOT SO MUCH FOR THE BEER, BUT TO STOP AND GET WARM! YESTERDAY AFTERNOON THE TEMPERATURE OUTSIDE WAS 46 DEGREES. THANK GOD HANS PROVIDED ME WITH SNOWMOBILE CLOTHES AND GLOVES.

WHAT I THOUGHT WAS GOING TO BE 800 – 1000 MILES THIS WEEK IS SO FAR 150 MILES, AND THE FORCAST IS FOR RAIN ALL DAY TOMORROW, WHEN WE WERE SUPPOSED TO MEET UP WITH BROTHER NEIL.

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I STILL HAVE 4 DAYS LEFT, AND IT IS WISCONSIN, SO THE WEATHER MAY CHANGE.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

THE WISCONSIN TRIP

ON OUR OUR TRIP TO WISCONSIN WE MET MARK & JAYNE IN INDEPENDENCE, IOWA FOR LUNCH. THEY WERE RETURNING TO DES MOINES FROM A LONG WEEK-END AT YELLOW RIVER FOREST.

ON OUR FIRST EVENING WE STAYED WITH MIKEY AND ENJOYED OURSELVES IN HIS MAN CAVE. BILL STOPPED OVER WITH A GALLON OF BLUE GILL FILLETS AND FRIED FISH UNTIL WE WERE MORE THAN FULL.

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THANKS MIKEY !!!

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THE NEXT DAY WE SAW TODD & DI FOR A MINUTE, AND STOPPED IN BOSCOBEL TO LOOK IN ON MARY’S 96 YEAR OLD MOTHER. WE ENDED THE DAY IN LA CROSSE WITH MARY’S FAMILY, MUSHROOMS, AND A BUTTERSCOTCH MALT !!!

YESTERDAY WE TRAVELLED TO SPOONER WHERE I’LL STAY FOR A WEEK WITH UNCLE HANS, AND MARY FIRED UP THE OD’S CADILLAC TO RETURN TO HER FAMILY IN LA CROSSE. WE TRAVELLED THROUGH CHETECK, WI ABOUT 1 PM JUST 3 OR 4 HOURS BEFORE THE DEADLY TORNADO WENT THROUGH THERE.

THANKS TO MARK FOR THE YELLOW RIVER TROUT WHICH WE FRIED UP IN SPOONER TO GO WITH WITH OUR STEAK AND THE LAST OF THE MUSHROOMS.

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THE RAIN IN SPOONER HAS ME QUESTIONING THE WISDOM OF DRAGGING THE SCOOTER ALL THE WAY FROM ARIZONA TO WISCONSIN…….

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AT LEAST I LEARNED THAT MY NEW RAIN PANTS WORK JUST FINE.

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  NOT SUNNY, AND NOT 80”

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

WISHES DO COME TRUE!!!

SEE,  WISHES DO COME TRUE …….

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MARY AND I ARE IN BEAUTIFUL, VERY GREEN, WISCONSIN THIS WEEK VISITING FAMILY, AND ENJOYING MORAL MUSHROOMS AND BUTTERSCOTCH MALTS. THAT’S TWO OUT OF THREE, ALL THAT’S LEFT IS SCOOTER RIDING.

MORE STORIES AND PICTURES TO COME……..

Friday, May 5, 2017

CINCO DE MAYO

CINCO DE MAYO ON A FRIDAY !!! EVEN MARY AND I PLAN TO HEAD OUT TO A MEXICAN PLACE FOR A MARGARITS AT 5PM. OF COURSE OUR FAVORITE BAND, FAT CHANCE, IS GOING TO BE PLAYING OUTSIDE ON THE PATIO.

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WE’VE BEEN BUSY HERE ON “THE MOUNTAIN” WITH MARY SPENDING A LOT OF TIME IN HER YARD. SHE HAS REMOVED HER LILAC BUSHES AND HER PYRACANTHA BUSHES OFF THE BACK DECK. SHE HAS ALSO DUG AND LINED WITH BRICKS A NEW ZINNIA GARDEN. THE RULE IS NOT TO PLANT UNTIL AFTER MOTHER’S DAY, AND THIS YEAR IS NO EXCEPTION AS WE HAVE OVERNIGHT FREEZING TEMPERATURES IN THE FORCAST FOR EARLY NEXT WEEK, SO WE WILL BE CARRYING ALL THE PLANTS INSIDE AGAIN THIS WEEK.

YESTERDAY AFTERNOON WAS “SUNNY & 80” AND IN OUR QUEST FOR 10,000 STEPS A DAY, WE ROLLED OUT THE SCOOTER AND TOOK A RIDE OVER TO THE RIM TRAIL FOR A HIKE.  DURING THE HIKE MARY SUDDENLY STOPS !! I THINK WE WILL GIVE RIGHT OF WAY TO THE RATTLESNAKE THAT WAS SLITHERING ARCOSS THE TRAIL.

TOMORROW THE HUNTERS WILL JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL KENTUCKY DERBY VIEWING.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

YARD

Remember the seeds I planted in February??

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The plants in the red wash tubs are from the seeds I planted.  The others are plants that we took to Mohave Valley and saved over the winter.

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See the temp???  That’s why the plants are indoors on the table.

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Warms up during the day so this is where they spend  time in the sunshine. (I hope they are getting enough sun!)

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While digging in the yard today, Rex managed to break the shovel…that’s OK, we only live .9 mile from Wal-Mart and walk there almost daily.  So we just got a new one on today’s walk.

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My “birthday” butterfly looks nice on this tree.

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This wind spinner is left over from last year and one of my favorite things in the yard!

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My other “birthday” purchase and he looks great in the yard too!!

On Monday we got a surprise.  Our friend Danny Becker from Iowa came to visit.  We had a great time catching up  with him.  It was a very nice visit.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

ARIZONA ROADTRIP

WE MOVED UP TO “THE MOUNTAIN” LAST MONDAY, AND ON TUESDAY AFTER WE FINISHED UNLOADING WE GOT TOGETHER WITH OUR FRIENDS, THE HUNTERS, FOR A COCKTAIL. THEY  WERE LOADING UP THEIR MOTORHOME FOR A LONG WEEK-END IN LAKE HAVASU…. AND… SO….

WHAT THE HELL, AFTER ONE DAY ON THE MOUNTAIN WE DECIDED TO JOIN THEM AT THEIR FIRST STOP IN SELIGMAN, AZ.

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WE’VE MADE PIT STOPS IN SELIGMAN, AZ BEFORE, BUT HAVE NEVER TAKEN THE TIME TO DO A WALK ABOUT. THEIR CLAIM TO FAME IS THAT THEY ARE THE HOME OF ROUTE 66, OR THE HEART OF ROUTE 66, OR IF YOU’RE YOUNGER THAN 14 THIS IS “RADIATOR SPRINGS” FROM THE MOVIE, CARS.

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WE ENJOYED OUR EVENING WITH THE HUNTERS AND GOT CAUGHT UP SINCE WE LAST SAW THEM IN JANUARY. A FEW MORE PICS ….

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ON THURSDAY MORNING THE HUNTERS CONTINUED ON TO LAKE HAVASU AND MARY AND I TURNED THE HONDA SOUTH INTO A NEW AREA FOR US, AND WENT TO THE PRESCOTT VALLEY. PRESCOTT, AZ IS AN AN OLD WESTERN TOWN AND WAS THE CAPITOL OF THE ARIZONA TERRITORY BACK IN THE 1800’S. THE COUNTY COURT HOUSE IS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SQUARE DOWNTOWN. THE WHOLE SQUARE IS BARS, RESTAURANTS, AND GIFT SHOPPING. WE STAYED IN THE OLD HOTEL ST MICHEALS RIGHT ON THE SQUARE.

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WE LOVED PRESCOTT !! AND CAN’T WAIT FOR ANOTHER VISIT.

FRIDAY MORNING IT WAS ON TO PHOENIX TO MEET UP WITH DAVE AND CINDY WHO PROMISED LAST FEBUARY TO TAKE US BAR HOPPING ON THE LIGHT RAIL.

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IT WAS A GREAT DAY. WE CAUGHT THE LIGHT RAIL OUT IN MESA NEAR THEIR HOME IN GILBERT AND WITH AN ALL DAY $2 PASS WE SPENT THE DAY BAR HOPPING. WE HIT THE ASU COLLEGE CAMPUS, CHASE FIELD, DOWNTOWN, AND HAD A GREAT TIME!

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WE ENJOYED FRIDAY FISH AT AN IRISH PUB, STAYED OVER, AND SOBERED UP FOR OUR RETURN TRIP TO “THE MOUNTAIN” THROUGH THE SALT RIVER CANYON ON SATURDAY MORNING.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

My Birthday

Ok, I know my birthday was a week ago, but I wanted to show everyone the birthday present I got myself.  I was in a jewelry store, of all places, in January and saw a piece of art made out of horseshoes.   I have been thinking about it since I saw it in January, so I decided to buy it for myself for my birthday.

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Isn’t it the cutest horseshow butterfly you have every seen???  I’m thinking about painting the antennas with florescent paint.  What do you think??

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A little unexpected development…..this beautiful, colorful, horseshoe owl showed in the jewelry store.   What the hell…it’s my birthday and I want him too!!!  Isn’t he cool??

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Don’t want anyone to think that all I do is shop, so here is a picture of my winter painting project….the picture does not do it justice and it was my first use of stencils.  I will use them again.  It was fun and I liked the result.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

CORVETTE SHOW

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Friday, April 7, 2017

MARY’S BIRTHDAY

MARY TOOK HER BIRTHDAY OFF WORK AND WE SPENT THE DAY UP RIVER AT LAUGHLIN.

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WE TOOK THE CELEBRATIONS BOAT TOUR OF LAUGHLIN, WHICH CRUISES CASINO ROW AND TELLS THE HISTORY OF THE COLORADO RIVER AND THE CASINOS. AFTER THE CRUISE WE HAD FRIDAY FISH AT THE REGENCY CASINO.

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  “SUNNY & 90”