Wednesday, September 30, 2020

TOMAHAWK, WISCONSIN

 DUE TO THE CORONA VIRUS WE'VE CONTAINED OUR VISIT TO IMMEDIATE FAMILY ONLY. LIKE THE "OD", BROTHER NEIL HAD A LITTLE JOB LINED UP FOR OUR VISIT.












   "SUNNY & 60"

Thursday, September 24, 2020

STILL ON CABLE LAKE

 WE'VE HAD A STROKE OF GOOD LUCK HERE ON CABLE LAKE AND WE ARE ENJOYING SUMMER-LIKE WEATHER.  THIS GIVES US LOT'S OF TIME ON THE PONTOON.








   "SUNNY & 75"

Friday, September 18, 2020

CABLE LAKE

 WE ARE STILL ON CABLE LAKE ENJOYING THE FALL COLORS AS THE LEAVES TURN ORANGE, RED, AND YELLOW. IT'S BEEN AWHILE SINCE WE HAVE BEEN IN THE MID-WEST FOR FALL.




ALTHOUGH WE ESCAPED FROM ARIZONA WE HAVE NOT ESCAPED THE COVID VIRUS AND ARE STILL WEARING THOSE IRRITATING MASKS.

"SUNNY & 29"

Monday, September 7, 2020

ROAD TRIPP'IN

 OF ALL THE THINGS LOST DURING COVID, IT'S ROAD TRIPP'IN WE'VE MISSED THE MOST. SO LAST TUESDAY WE LOADED UP THE NEW TOYOTA RAV4 AND HEADED OUT TO SPOONER, WIS.




THE TRIP TAKES TWO AND A HALF DAYS CAUSE WE DON'T DRIVE AT NIGHT. IT DOESN'T BOTHER US MUCH BUT THE CATS START COMPLAINING AFTER THE SECOND DAY.......


ASHES TO ASHES

THE LABOR DAY WEEK-END IN SPOONER INCLUDED THE SPREADING OF RENEE'S ASHES IN CABLE LAKE AND WAS ATTENDED BY 40 FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS. 




WITH YOUNG AND OLD IT WAS PARTY CENTRAL FOR THREE DAYS STRAIGHT.




YUP, YOU GUESSED IT, THAT'S ANDER MODELLING HER NEW T-SHIRT FROM AUNT KATHY.


THE GUEST HOUSE

WHEN WE VISIT SPOONER WE DON'T JUST STAY A WEEK-END OR EVEN A WEEK.  WE MOVE INTO THE GUEST HOUSE AND STAY A MONTH. 




FROM THIS HOME BASE WE WILL VISIT LA CROSSE, TOMAHAWK, AND PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, BEFORE MOVING ON SOUTH TO CLARKSVILLE, TENNESSEE.

   "SUNNY & 59"

Friday, August 21, 2020

PORCH FOLLOW-UP

 AFTER NOT BLOGGING ALL THRU THE COVID VIRUS, AND SUDDENLY HITTING YOU WITH THE LAST BLOG I FIGURED YOU NEEDED A FOLLOW-UP.

BEFORE:

THE PORCH WAS COMPLETED IN MAY 0F 2011.




AFTER:




MARY AND I ARRIVED IN MOHAVE VALLEY ABOUT NOON ON THURSDAY AND WENT TO WORK SORTING IT OUT.  AFTER AN HOUR OUR FRIENDS DAWN AND COLE ARRIVED TO RESCUE US ONCE AGAIN. IN THE NEARLY 20 YEARS WE'VE BEEN FRIENDS I CAN'T REMEMBER THE TIMES THEY HAVE RESCUED US FROM DEAD CAR BATTERIES AND LOCKING OUR KEYS IN THE CAR AT WALMART TO DRIVING ME CLEAR ACROSS THE STATE TO TRADE IN MY SCOOTER ON A BIGGER ONE.

MARY AND I ARE WORKING ON THE TRAILER AND PORCH AND THE TEMPERATURE IS 122 DEGREES, EVEN HOTTER INSIDE THE TRAILER. THEY SHUT US DOWN AND TOOK US TO THEIR AIR CONDITIONED HOME, TOOK US OUT TO DINNER, WENT FOR A DIP IN THEIR BACK YARD POOL, PUT US UP IN THEIR GUEST ROOM, AND WERE UP AT 5AM TO HELP US AT THE TRAILER.

THANK-YOU AGAIN !!!


AFTER 21 WINTERS AND 5 SUMMERS OUR MOHAVE VALLEY AND BOUNDARY CONE ARE NO LONGER HOME. WE PACKED UP SOME PERSONAL STUFF AND WALKED AWAY. THE TRAILER AND CLEAN-UP WAS SIGNED OVER TO A SALVAGE COMPANY AND WE CLOSED THAT CHAPTER OF LIFE.


WHAT'S NEXT?

LAST SUMMER MARY AND I HAD 4 NEW WINDOWS INSTALLED IN THE MOUNTAIN CABIN MAKING IT WINTER TIGHT AND OUR NOW PERMANENT HOME.

TO PREVENT THE COVID VIRUS WE STARTED TAKING HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE AND ZINC AND ARE LEAVING ON A THREE MONTH ROAD TRIP TO INCLUDE WISCONSIN, TENNESSEE, AND TEXAS ON SEPT 2AND.


"SUNNY & 84"

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

WIND DAMAGE AT WINTER QUARTERS

 WE HAD SOME WIND DAMAGE AT OUR TRAILER IN MOHAVE VALLEY. THE PICTURES WERE SENT TO US BY FRIENDS AND THE PARK MANAGER.









THIS JUST HAPPENED LAST NIGHT SO WE HAVEN'T MADE ANY DECISIONS AS TO WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO ABOUT THE SCREEN PORCH. EVERYTHING IS STILL ON THE PORCH, FRIDGE, GRILL, FURNITURE, FREEZER, ETC.

WE HAD BEEN DISCUSSING SELLING THIS NEXT SEASON AND SPENDING MORE OF OUR WINTER AT SOUTH PADRE ISLAND AS UNCLE HANS GETS CLOSER TO RETIREMENT, BUT THE LOWER DESERT IS CLOSER TO THE CABIN AND I LOVE THE LAUGHLIN CASINOS AND BEING CLOSE TO VEGAS.

NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO GOING TO MOHAVE VALLEY TO SORT THIS ALL OUT AS THE CURRENT WEATHER IS  "SUNNY & 117"

Sunday, July 26, 2020

I Keep Baking

Since we have been mostly at home because of Covid-19,  I find that baking has become more of my way of passing time.  


Yesterday, I decided to start with this,




and on to this,



(Rex finally got curious),



and ended up with this!



Creampuffs were a nice treat on a summer day!

Saturday, July 18, 2020

July 17, 2020

July 17, 2020

I start with the date because my impressions of life are relevant to the date.  I am appalled at the “state of the union”.  I do not have the vocabulary (?) to express what I feel.  Life in the third decade of the 21st century is as foreign to me as a different planet.  My upbringing did not, by any stretch of the imagination, prepare me for the world I am currently living in.   A pandemic that has effectively put us on lockdown since March 21, 2020.  So far it has wasted ONE THIRD of 2020.  It is impossible for one to understand how devastating this situation is to the citizens of the USA and the world. How is that possible?  Can one trust anything we hear on the news?  The news these days seems to have an agenda.  Am I wrong?  Should I believe what I hear on CBS, NBC, OR ABC. (Sorry to all the other news outlets, but I am old, and these are the ones I think of).

We live in fear of this virus.  We do not understand it.  We have no clue how to fight it. 
That is just one of our current challenges.  George Floyd was murdered before our very eyes on nationwide television.  That sight has forever changed my life. For the first time, I feel that I have a slight understanding of what racial injustice means to people of color.  So now we have “BLM” and riots and violence against certain people and anger against statues and what they represent to some people.  I do not know what is right and what is wrong at this point.  I do not want to see the history of our country erased, good, bad, ugly, or politically incorrect.  What IS, IS.  What happened, happened.  We can only learn from our mistakes.

I do not have answers, I only have pleas to the people of this planet.  I know how grandiose that sounds, but I cannot help it.  I feel that mankind is at a critical point.  We ALL need to tap into our highest and most true self and the core of our individual being that loves life and relates to the existence of a higher power regardless of any individual label of that power.

I would like everyone to take a deep breath, look around, and try to imagine a world that has a place for everyone.  Then I would like you to live it.  One person at a time can change the world.

**Caveat –I would like to say that I could unequivocally accept and tolerate everyone, but that would not be true.  The truly evil, the people that have no empathy or humanity.  The people that are pedophiles, murderers, etc., etc., etc.  It is impossible to list all the perversions known to man, but I feel confident my meaning is clear.
Please make a positive difference.

Friday, June 26, 2020

THE VIRUS


THERE HASN'T BEEN ANYTHING TO BLOG ABOUT, UNLESS YOU'D LIKE TO HEAR ABOUT OUR BI-MONTHLY TRIPS TO WALMART FOR PROVISIONS?

MARY HAS BEEN GOING THROUGH CATARACT SURGERY, WITH ONE EYE DONE AND THE SECOND ONE IS SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY MORNING.  SHE'S THRILLED WITH THE RESULTS !!!

I HAD A COUPLE OF BIRDS MOVE INTO MY OLD BIRD HOUSE, SO I DECIDED TO BUILD THEM A NEW ONE OUT OF A CEDAR FENCE BOARD.







AFTER CANCELLING OUR APRIL TRIP TO SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, AND OUR MAY TRIP TO DENVER, WE ARE STILL HOLDING OUT HOPE FOR OUR SEPTEMBER TRIP TO WISCONSIN.

WE BOTH REMAIN VIRUS FREE AND HOPE YOU ALL ARE SAFE AS WELL!

  "SUNNY & 84"









Saturday, April 25, 2020

BIG LAKE

IN THE WHITE MOUNTAINS THERE ARE SEVERAL ROADS THAT ARE CLOSED AND NOT MAINTAINED IN THE WINTER.  WHEN WE READ THAT THE ROAD TO BIG LAKE HAD REOPENED WE HEADED OUT.



ON THE WAY WE FOUND A SNOWBANK .....





WE AREN'T THE ONLY ONES THINKING SPRING AS WE GOT THESE PICTURES IN E-MAIL THIS MORNING FROM SPOONER.







   "SUNNY & 76"

Thursday, April 9, 2020

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARY

MARY CELEBRATED HER BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK, AND IT WILL BE A BIRTHDAY TO REMEMBER. 2020 THE YEAR MARY TURNED 70 YEARS OLD DURING THE SELF-QUARANTINE FOR THE CORONA VIRUS.

WE GASSED UP THE PRIUS FOR TEN BUCKS AND HEADED UP THE WHITE MOUNTAINS IN A QUEST TO FIND SNOW. THE APACHE INDIAN RESERVATION AND THE APACHE NATIONAL FOREST HAVE CLOSED ALL THEIR RECREATION AREAS INCLUDING THE LAKES TO FISHING.  WE SOON CAME UP TO A ROAD CLOSED BARRICADE ACROSS THE ROAD AND WERE FORCED TO TURN BACK. THE ROAD TO THE SUNRISE SKI MOUNTAIN HOWEVER, WAS OPEN.




AND FULFILLED THE QUEST  OF FINDING SNOW.



TO CELEBRATE THE BIRTHDAY WE HAD PIZZA OFF THE GRILL......



AND MARY BAKED HER OWN JACK DANIELS BIRTHDAY CAKE.


THE CAKE WAS DELICIOUS AND INCLUDED MARY'S FAVORITE JACK DANIELS AND REX'S FAVORITE BUTTERSCOTCH.

  "SUNNY & 62"


Monday, March 23, 2020

THE CABIN

WE RETURNED TO THE MOUNTAIN AND OUR CABIN LAST SATURDAY.  WE KNOW WE'RE IN FOR SOME WINTER WEATHER, BUT DECIDED THE CABIN WAS A BETTER PLACE TO BE.



AFTER TWO 7AM TRIPS TO WALMART WE HAVE THE FREEZER AND CUPBOARDS ADEQUATELY STOCKED INCLUDING TOILET PAPER AND BLEACH.



I EVEN HAD THE GRILL FIRED UP LAST NIGHT FOR BURGERS.


WE ARE BOTH FINE AND HUNKERED DOWN.

   "SUNNY & 59"

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

WORST TRIP EVER !!!

MIKEY'S ANNUAL VISIT TO NEVADA IS ALL ABOUT HIS BIRTHDAY, MARCH MADNESS, AND ST. PAT'S DAY.



THIS YEAR WAS THE WORST TRIP EVER !!!

NOT ONLY THE "BEER-BUG" SLOWLY SHUTTING DOWN VEGAS, BUT THE WEATHER WENT TO HELL, WITH COLD, RAIN, AND CLOUDS.  FIRST IT WAS EVERY OTHER SLOT MACHINE AND ONLY THREE CUSTOMERS PER TABLE GAME, THEN THEY TOOK AWAY EVERY OTHER BAR STOOL. FINALLY AT 5 PM ON ST. PATS DAY THE GOVERNOR ORDERED ALL THE CASINOS CLOSED AT MIDNIGHT.

MIKEY LUCKED OUT AND CHANGED HIS FLIGHT HOME TO IOWA TO WEDNESDAY MORNING INSTEAD OF FRIDAY AFTERNOON, AND THE FOUR QUEENS KICKED US ALL OUT OF THE HOTEL ON WEDNESDAY MORNING.

HERE IS THE UPDATE ON THE NEW CASINO/HOTEL DOWNTOWN VEGAS.



MARY AND I ARE PACKING UP AT WINTER CAMP AND WAITING FOR A SNOW STORM TO CLEAR FLAGSTAFF AND HEADED TO "THE MOUNTAIN" AND OUR CABIN ON SATURDAY TO HUNKER DOWN.

  STAY HOME AND WASH YOUR HANDS !

Sunday, March 15, 2020

SPRING

IT'S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR.



MIKEY MAKES HIS ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO VEGAS FOR HIS BIRTHDAY AND MARCH MADNESS BASKETBALL.

THE "BEER-BUG" AND WEATHER ARE MAKING THIS THE WORST TRIP IN HIS TEN YEARS OF VISITS.  MAYBE HE WILL GO HOME WITH MONEY SAVED ON BASKETBALL BETS?

WE'VE DONE THE WEEK-END IN LAUGHLIN AND ARE HEADED TO LAS VEGAS TODAY FOR THE WEEK. 

WISH US GOOD LUCK AND GO WASH YOUR HANDS, YES AGAIN.


   "SUNNY & 70"

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

SPRING BREAK

TODAY WE WERE OFF TO LAKE HAVASU IN SEARCH OF SPRING BREAKERS. YOU KNOW, THOSE BIKINI CLAD COLLEGE CO-EDS CELEBRATING THE RIGHTS OF SPRING.  COME ON, YOU REMEMBER THOSE "CALIFORNIA GIRLS" WE USED TO SING ABOUT.



AND WHAT DID I FIND................










   MY FAVORITE "GRANDMA-JACK" !!!        

"SUNNY & 80"

Friday, February 28, 2020

SHEN YUN

FOR YEARS MARY HAS BEEN WATCHING THE COMMERCIALS ON TV EVERY WINTER FOR THE TRAVELLING CHINESE DANCE AND MUSICAL SHOW SHEN YUN. 

"SOMEDAY, I WANT TO SEE THAT SHOW". THIS WAS THE YEAR AS WE SCORED MATINEE SHOW TICKETS AT THE SMITH CENTER FOR THE PREFORMING ARTS IN DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS.

RECORDING AND PHOTOGRAPHY STRICTLY FORBIDDEN, SO SORRY, NO PICTURES.  THE SMITH CENTER WAS EQUALLY IMPRESSIVE.



THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN FROM THE BALCONY OF THE SMITH CENTER AND YOU CAN SEE THE DOWNTOWN CASINOS IN THE BACKGROUND.

TWO NIGHTS ON FREMONT STREET, BUT YOU KNOW, "WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS STAYS IN VEGAS".  ACTUALLY IF YOU'VE BEEN PAYING ATTENTION TO THE ADVERTISING, THE CURRENT PHRASE IS. "WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS ONLY HAPPENS IN VEGAS".

THE UPGRADED LIGHT SHOW IS AMAZING. IT IS SO BRIGHT AND VIVID THEY CAN USE IT IN THE DAY TIME.


     "SUNNY & 72"

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

60TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

IF YOU KNOW EVERYONE IN THIS PICTURE, THEN WE ARE RELATED!



SO LAST FRIDAY AFTERNOON MARY AND I WERE OUT WITH MARK AND JAYNE ENJOYING COCKTAILS ON THE PORCH AT THE SILVER DOLLAR IN GOLDEN SHORES IN HONOR OF MARK'S BIRTHDAY.  WHEN I GOT HOME AND FIRED UP FACEBOOK ON MY LAPTOP I SAW A POST FROM KATHY ROTH ANNOUNCING THE 60TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY RECEPTION FOR MY UNCLE NED AND AUNT SHARON AT THE JUDA, WISCONSIN COMMUNITY CENTER ON SUNDAY 1PM TO 5PM. I SAID TO MARY, THAT LOOKS LIKE FUN, YOU WANT TO GO?

A QUICK CHECK ON THE INTERNET OF THE WISCONSIN WEATHER AND AVAILABLE FLIGHTS AND WE WERE MAKING RESERVATIONS TO MINNEAPOLIS.  WE CALLED UNCLE HANS, WHO WAS ALSO ENJOYING A FRIDAY AFTERNOON BEER, TO SEE IF HE'D DIG OUT THE CADILLAC AND PICK US UP AND DO THE GROUND WORK. 



IN JUST TWO DAYS, AND 800 MILES, WE WERE ABLE TO DO LIMBURGER CHEESE SANDWICHES AT BAUMGARTNER'S ON THE SQUARE IN MONROE, THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY IN JUDA, AND HOY-HOY-HOY FOR SARA IN GREEN BAY.




WE WERE BACK IN VEGAS AT 6PM AND OF COURSE SPENT THE NIGHT ON FREMONT STREET DOWNTOWN. HERE ARE THE LATEST PICTURES OF THE NEW CASINO UNDER CONSTRUCTION.



MY HEARTFELT THANKS TO UNCLE HANS FOR THE TRANSPORTATION AND TO UNCLE NEIL FOR THE HOY-HOY-HOY CELEBRATION AND LODGING.




"SUNNY & 70"