Thursday, July 18, 2019

CANYON CAMP



CHASING CHILDHOOD MEMORIES TAKES US BACK TO STOCKTON, ILLINOIS AND CANYON CAMP.  I SPENT ALL MY TEEN YEARS ON SUMMER STAFF AT CANYON CAMP BSA.








WE ENJOYED THE VISIT HIKING FROM ONE END OF THE CAMP TO THE OTHER CHECKING OUT ALL THE CHANGES, RENOVATIONS, AND ADDITIONS.  WE HAD DINNER IN THE MESS HALL AND STAYED FOR THE WEDNESDAY NIGHT CAMPFIRE AND INDIAN DANCING. IT SURE BROUGHT BACK A LOT OF OLD EAGLE SCOUT MEMORIES.

 THE SPIRIT OF CANYON CAMP GOES BACK TO 1936 AND IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PUT INTO WORDS, BUT AS AN EXAMPLE, AS THE STAFF RAN FOUR SERVINGS LINES FOR DINNER THEY WERE ALL SINGING CAMP SONGS WITH ENTHUSIASM.

STOCKTON, ILLINOIS WAS HOME, AND HAS SURE CHANGED IN 52 YEARS.






  "SUNNY & 82"

Monday, July 15, 2019

SPOONER RODEO

HERE WE ARE AT THE 66TH ANNUAL SPOONER RODEO IN NORTHERN WISCONSIN. LAST WEEK WE MOVED INTO THE GUEST HOUSE ON CABLE LAKE FOR AN UNDETERMINED AMOUNT OF TIME.

MY DATE FOR THE RODEO PARADE, AND FUTURE RODEO QUEEN (2037), IS ANDER.






MY BROTHERS, UNCLE NEIL AND UNCLE HANS, PULLED OUT "TWO GUYS AND A BANNER" AND MARCHED IN THE PARADE.


   
I WAS ON THE SUPPORT CREW, WHICH AMOUNTED TO HOLDING DOWN A BAR STOOL AT THE WOBBLING DUCK.




A RARE TREAT TO HAVE ALL THREE BROTHERS TOGETHER AND WE ENJOYED THE PARADE, RODEO, AND TOUR OF UNCLE NEIL'S NEW RETIREMENT HOME IN TOMAHAWK, WI.

RENEE AND AUNT KATHY:





NEXT UP ON OUR WISCONSIN ROAD TRIP IS CHASING A CHILDHOOD MEMORY WITH A VISIT TO CANYON CAMP WHERE I SPENT ALL MY TEEN YEARS ON STAFF.

    "SUNNY AND 84"

Friday, June 14, 2019

NEW WINDOWS

OUR MAJOR CABIN PROJECT THIS YEAR WAS TO REPLACE FOUR WINDOWS WHICH WERE ONLY SINGLE PANE GLASS.  THIS WILL TIGHTEN UP THE CABIN ENOUGH TO USE IT IN THE WINTER IF WE WANTED TO.



NOW HERE'S A WAY TO REMOVE A WINDOW, JUST BREAK THE GLASS.



THE WINDOW REPLACEMENT TOOK THE TWO GUYS FOUR HOURS TO COMPLETE.






OF COURSE WE PICKED A DAY THAT WAS,
  "SUNNY & 80"

Monday, June 10, 2019

THE SAUCER'S VISIT

THE SAUCERS WERE HERE TO VISIT ON THEIR SUMMER LONG ADVENTURE TO MOVE FROM HAWAII TO CLARKSVILLE, TENNESSEE .


I FELT LIKE GREAT-GRANDMA RECHSTEINER AS I HAD A LIST OF "JOB-LIES" FOR THE BOYS WHEN THEY ARRIVED. HERE THEY ARE INSTALLING OUR NEW TV IN THE LIVING ROOM.


THEY ALSO HELPED ME ORDER A NEW LAPTOP FROM BEST BUY SAVING ME BIG BUCKS IN THE PROCESS.

WE SPENT SOME TIME AT SHOW LOW DAYS, WHERE JOEY AND ALAN ARE CHECKING OUT THE HELICOPTER.




MARY KEPT EVERYONE WELL FED, PICTURED IS HER, SOME-MORE REFRIGERATOR CAKE,



IT WAS GREAT TO SEE AIM AND THE BOYS, AS YOU CAN SEE THEY ARE GROWING UP FAST !!!


Thursday, June 6, 2019

OUT FRONT

MOUNTAIN WILDLIFE VISIT MARY'S FRONT YARD.....





  "SUNNY & 80"

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Exercise


I just saw another advertisement for a product that allows to you lose weight without exercising or changing your diet. Really??  How is that possible??  To be honest exercising and changing your diet is a good thing.  Saw a news story this morning saying that a study has shown eating “super processed” food results in eating about 500 more calories than one ordinarily would.  What would be bad about changing that?
But what I want to address is exercise.  Why does it evoke a negative response in people?  Almost as if it is a punishment. Is that “leftover” feelings from high school gym class?  Don’t know.
I have always exercised.  My first foray into exercise was a magazine article titled “Six Week Exercise Program” which I faithfully did as written and illustrated.  At the end of six weeks I just stopped.   Pretty dumb.  I was in high school and didn’t know any better.  That was not my last venture into the exercise world.  I have done cassettes, classes, DVD’s, and joined gyms over the years.  Some years I have been more consistent than others, but I never completely stopped.
Have I always been thin?  Nope, mostly I have been very overweight.  That is because of my diet, not my lack of exercise.
At this point I work out and strength train 5 or 6 times a week plus walking 10,000 steps a day.  I have also managed to lose 50 pounds.  Since I have lost weight my love for exercise is even more intense.  As the pounds went away, I could feel my bones moving.  That was so thrilling!  I had to get a poster of the human skeleton so I could see what I was feeling.  Then came my muscles.  I feel them too!  Also thrilling!  Now I have two anatomy posters on the wall.
The point I am trying to make is that the purpose of exercise is to increase or maintain your range of motion.  Sometimes I am doing a move and I think: “Oh ya, I can reach above my head and put stuff away or take it down with no problem”.  I love feeling strong and capable.


Thursday, May 16, 2019

SPRING

IT'S ALMOST SUMMER ON THE MOUNTAIN, HOWEVER THE GUY AT THE NURSERY SUGGESTED WE NOT PLANT THESE FLOWERS UNTIL AFTER TOMORROW NIGHT WHEN WE ARE EXPECTING A LOW OF 33 DEGREES.......




MARY'S FAVORITE MOUNTAIN ACTIVITY IS DIGGING IN THE DIRT. PICTURED ABOVE IS THE PRIUS HALF FULL OF FLOWER PLANTS.

WE HAVEN'T BEEN UP TO WHOLE LOT OTHER THAN THE USUAL SPRING LIST, CLEAN OUT THE EVES, WAX THE CARS, ETC. AND HANGING OUT AT THE LOCAL MOOSE LODGE.  OUR BIG PROJECT FOR THE CABIN THIS YEAR IS TO REPLACE FOUR SINGLE PANE WINDOWS TO TIGHTEN UP THE CABIN MAKING IT USABLE YEAR AROUND SHOULD THAT BECOME NECESSARY. 

WE DID GET RID OF A BUNCH OF LIVING ROOM FURNITURE AND OPENED UP THE ROOM.  CURRENTLY WE HAVE A COUPLE OF TABLES SET UP WITH OUR COMPUTERS WHICH WE SPEND A LOT OF TIME IN FRONT OF. A LITTLE UNORTHODOX BUT WE BOTH CAN SEE THE TV, AND MARY'S YARD, OUT THE SOON TO BE, NEW PICTURE WINDOWS.

"SUNNY & 70"
THE HAPPY CAMPERS



Saturday, May 4, 2019

ALOHA !!!

YESTERDAY MARY AND I RETURNED FROM AN EIGHT DAY VISIT TO HAWAII. WE WERE VISITING MY DAUGHTER, AMY, AND HER FAMILY FOR MY GRANDSON'S, ALAN, EAGLE SCOUT CEREMONY.






WE SPENT ALL OUR TIME ON THE ISLAND OF OAHU, AND VISITED THE SITES:

PEARL HARBOR






WAIMEA VALLEY




CHIEF'S LUAU










DIAMOND HEAD





BATTLESHIP MISSOURI






DOLE PINEAPPLE PLANTATION







WAIKIKI BEACH




HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE





ALOHA TOWER




WE'D LIKE TO THANK AMY, DAN, ALAN, EDDIE, AND JOEY FOR THEIR HOSPITALITY AND GUIDING OUR VERY ENJOYABLE TOURS !!!

MAHALO !!!