Sunday, October 7, 2018

SNOW?

YOU ALL KNOW HOW I LOVE TO USE THE PHRASE “SUNNY & 80” ON THE BLOG, WELL IN THE SPIRIT OF THE NEGATIVE POLITICAL ADS WE ARE ALL ENDURING THIS MONTH ON TV, I POST THE FOLLOWING PICTURE FROM MY FRONT YARD.

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 (NOT) SUNNY & (NOT) 80”

Thursday, October 4, 2018

HOME AGAIN

MARY AND I SAFELY ARRIVED HOME ON “THE MOUNTAIN” IN ARIZONA AT 2 PM YESTERDAY AFTERNOON. WE SPENT 10 DAYS IN WISCONSIN FOR MARY’S 50TH CLASS REUNION HELD IN PRAIRE DU CHEIN.

THANKS TO MIKEY, HANS & RENEE, AND HEATHER & RANDY FOR YOUR WARM HOSPITALITY AND LODGING.

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PART OF THE CLASS REUNION ACTIVITIES INCLUDED A BOAT RIDE ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER, AND BECAUSE OF THE HIGH WATER WE WERE ABLE TO NAVIGATE MANY OF THE BACKWATER SLOUGHS AS WELL AS THE EAST CHANNEL OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIGHT ALONG PRAIRE.

MIKEY, MARY, AND I WERE ALSO ABLE TO SLIP IN A SHORT ROAD TOUR WHERE WE SHOUTED “HOWDY” TO MARK AND JAYNE AT YELLOW RIVER, DID BOTH BARS IN WATERVILLE, AND A PIZZA AT ROSSVILLE. THE THREE OF US HAVE CERTAINLY ENJOYED OUR ROAD TRIPS ALL OVER NORTHEAST IOWA, SOUTHWESTERN WISCONSIN, NEVADA, AND ARIZONA OVER THE LAST 20 YEARS.

IN SPOONER WE CAUGHT THE LAST DAY OF SUMMER WITH A COUPLE OF LAPS OF CABLE LAKE ON THE PONTOON.

OUR TIME IN LA CROSSE JUST HAPPENED TO BE OKTOBERFEST WEEK-END!!! WE DID IT ALL INCLUDING THE TORCHLIGHT PARADE, THE MAPLELEAF PARADE AND OF COURSE WE FOUND FOOT LONG BRATS AND PLENTY OF COLD BEER.

NOW WE HAVE THE MONTH OF OCTOBER TO ENJOY THE WHITE MOUNTAINS OF ARIZONA AND OUR CABIN BEFORE WE HEAD OUT TO SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, TEXAS FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER.

  “SUNNY & 68”

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Throw Back Decade

Back in the late 60’s and early 70’s, my parents square danced.  My Mother would make her square dance dresses and matching shirts for my Dad.  I remember the Day a “punch thingy”, that put the snaps on Dad’s shirts, showed up in the mail.   I think she broke into the “ Teaberry Shuffle”!  Before that showed up, she used a hammer!

You have no idea how much I regret that we never saved any of their square dance clothes.  She was a great seamstress.

All the little towns had their own name for the square dancers and had their own unique square dance pins.  Fortunately, I managed to save one set of all the pins they had.   This is pin for the Beetown Squares.  They are mounted in a shadow box so the picture looks weird, but  it looks OK on the wall.

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Rex blew up the pins so you could see the names on them clearly.  Buzz and Bill, my Mom and Dad.

Buzz is my Dad, at a young age he ran into a bee hive, and having 5 older siblings he promptly got a nickname.

Bill is my Mother.  She is the 2nd of 7 kids , and the 2nd girl .  Her name is Wilma but she acquired the nickname of Billy, but Bill fit on the pin better.  Although she was called Bill too.

When my brother was born, he was named William, and called him “Billy Boy” so as not be be confused with my Mother.

It is interesting what memories are dug up when you find a relic of the past.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

THE YARD

I posted about the shop a few weeks ago so I decided to give you a look at my yard. 

A few words about my yard.  When you live in the forest you really don’t have grass as in a lawn.  So my yard has mostly a little ground cover know as vinca and dirt.

I really like whimsy and I firmly believe that trees are like walls and they need to be decorated.

I hope you enjoy this peek at my yard.

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This is the house sign I made this spring (in the shop)  to replace the old one.  I really love the tile with 2 cats and it has a label that says it was made in Italy…..no wonder it was so expensive.

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Can’t have a cabin without a bear.

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Living in the West, you start to embrace relics if the Western Culture.  These 3 items are all made with horseshoes.  The cowboy, the frog, and the cat….wish I had the imagination and ability to  create such things.

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And for some reason I absolutely love my “snake in the grass”.

Hope your enjoyed the stroll through one of my favorite place, my yard.

Friday, August 31, 2018

SIPE WILDLIFE VIEWING AREA

YESTERDAY WE HEADED OUT INTO THE WHITE MOUNTAINS ON A ROAD TRIP. OUR DESTINATION WAS THE SIPE WILDLIFE VIEWING AREA WHERE OUR FRIENDS THE HUNTERS HAVE SET UP THEIR RV FOR A MONTH OR TWO OF VOLUNTEER WORK FOR ARIZONA FISH AND GAME WHO OWN AND OPERATE THE THE OLD RANCH.

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THIS IS THE VIEW FROM A LOOKOUT IN THE WHITE MOUNTAINS WHERE WE STOPPED FOR A PICNIC LUNCH. NOT A BAD VIEW, AND I THINK YOU CAN SEE 50 OR 60 MILES, ALL THE WAY TO NEW MEXICO.

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WE WERE ALSO CHECKING OUT SOME MOUNTAIN LAKES FOR SOME FUTURE FALL TROUT FISHING.

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ENJOY THE LAST SUMMER HOLIDAY!

“SUNNY & 80”