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.