October 15, 2018

I know it has been a little while but we have been pretty busy.  The RV resort on the Mississippi has shut down. We had left there to go and stay in Chicago because my youngest daughter’s 2nd baby boy is due. Then went back to our spot on the Mississippi river in MN for a couple of days to close on our new house and get our stuff out of storage.  Then drove back to the Chicago area and are patiently awaiting a new grandson.  Any day now!

While we were back at our place on the Mississippi it was looking pretty sad and deserted. We didn’t see anyone out, but we weren’t around much. We were dealing with closing and other things at the new house.


Lots of sheds still there of course but most all of the RVs were gone.  From the lot we are in on down in the direction that the photo is capturing, is considered a flood plain in the spring.  It doesn’t flood often, they say, but no one is allowed to keep their RVs there over winter and spring…well not until mid-April when the park opens. In the other direction there are still RVs but the flowers and lawn items are gone, things are covered up and no folks stirring.


Getting into the house itself was a pretty easy thing. Closing went well.  The only thing is that the outside isn’t finished.  The landscaping… it has been too rainy and is too muddy to take care of it and now it is just getting plain old COLD. The cold is coming earlier than usual and the rain (prior to closing) just would not stop.

So I didn’t see any escrow coming from the builders for the sod and landscaping….I complained. And was promised the company WILL be doing it.  This particular builder is very good and has an excellent reputation.  So we went through with it….feeling they will do a good job like the other houses that are surrounding us, that are finished.

The afternoon of our closing the folks doing the sod showed up.  They had already done the back portion of the yard, so they did the front (mind you…the front – did not do the side…)


The sod they laid already looked like it was dying to me.  And as you can see the landscaping around the house was still not done.

AND they planted the trees…if that’s what you want to call it…




That is just one of the two trees in the front.  The other was ‘bumped’ up too, but not as badly. I am not an expert of course, but I am wondering if the tree that is pictured will even survive the winter. The had them just laying in the yard at first…which we drove up and then put them in a hole that was not large enough.  Especially the one in the picture, then just threw some extra sod on that didn’t even cover the roots. So it is a big bump in the yard with exposed roots.

The story from our builder is that the sod is fine and the guy thought they planted the trees ‘bumped up’ like that so it would settle.  I know it is supposed to be ‘slightly’ above the ground…but this one…more than slightly.  Hopefully, it will turn out okay. When we left they still had not finished the landscaping around the house.  So we are hoping when we return all will be well.



We are still waiting for grandson #3 to come along.  Here grandson #2 (and his ducky boots) are playing at the playground while his mom keeps a close eye!

Ticktock, 😉

Happy Monday!





Made It!

So we did the walk-through for our house. A few things that needed to be attended to.  The bathroom counter tops were pretty scratched up, so they will fix that. I think they will just buff out the scratches. There was no sod yet… who knows when they will get the landscaping done, all it does is rain there these days.  We didn’t get to walk around the outside of the house for the walk through. I didn’t like that, but the Capstone person conducting the walk through said there is another at 30 days, and if there was anything we find during that time, they would take care of it.

After that – it was off to Chicago for my youngest daughter and family.  I have to say, though it was gloomy most all of the way, it was a good time to see the color changes in the leaves.


We were moving along and it was pretty tough getting a photo, there were much, much prettier displays.  But this gives you an idea.

So we got into the camping spot at about 11 pm or there after.

Then yesterday worked from the camper, went and got our car washed, at dinner at the Casino (we are camping in the RV area of a casino, the only place we could find a spot). They gave us coupons, so we tried it out. VERY EXPENSIVE to eat there, so that was a one time thing. We stopped a minute to see the casino and I was sucked into a slot machine for about 20 minutes…hey – I doubled my money and left….helping to pay for dinner.  My other half doubled his money and lost it (talking 10 bucks here). Went back home and pretty much conked out.

Yesterday we also put up our Satellite, we haven’t used it for over a year.  It is always SO tedious getting that thing going.

An it was actually really sunny here yesterday, it’s been a long time since we’ve seen that much sun and I took the opportunity to clean the camper top to bottom, I could actually see everything. Nice! Cleaned the wood, all the nooks and crannies.

Then early morning today – a pretty ferocious storm came rolling through..and it is still gray and raining. But we are here, waiting for our new little grandson to make his appearance.


We just bring the rain with us where ever we go.

Happy Friday!!


Today On The Mississippi – October 3

The final day on the Mississippi for us, a little bit sad about it.. But mostly just because it is ushering change.  Funny how when you get older change seems to have even more meaning that it used to.

Today we do the Orientation and walk-thru of our new house.  As soon as we are done, we are taking off for Chicago, as mentioned in earlier posts.  We will be back, hopefully, on the 11th to close on our house and then will be off again to Chicago.  We are excited for the coming of a new grandchild, despite the craziness of the current situation.  And also excited to get into our new house. But first things first! 😉

However, it also kind of represents to me the beginning of a new phase of our lives. A little uncharted. But that is all for another day.


Today on the Mississippi it’s like pea soup out there.  Can’t see the other side of the river, it is raining and foggy because, just for today, the temps are going from being highs in the 50s, to a high of nearly 80.  No doubt sparking some crazy weather.


Where is the other side of the river?

Happy Wednesday!

Today On The Mississippi – October 2nd

Been pretty busy here. We are getting ready to do the walk through on the house we are building tomorrow, and then we’ll be leaving right away for Chicago to be there to help welcome a new little baby boy when he arrives.  Will be hanging with my youngest daughter’s grandson while they are ‘busy’ bringing the new little guy into the world.

But we *did* have time last weekend to hang with my older daughter and family, that live near us here in Minnesota.

This was the last weekend for the Ren Fest!


It was cold, gray and borderline miserable.  But we dressed for it and drank hot beverages.  Caught some jousting while we were there.





Grandson is into archery so he tried his hand with a crossbow.




And then there was the compound bow, which he has more experience with.


There are always so many things to see and do out there….and eat.

But something I hadn’t seen before –


A Tyrannosaurs Rex with fairy wings… hummm

Then things took a dark turn:


Yep – he was threatening to take the life of a skeleton…. 😉

Scary stuff!

After that we had a bite at Drake O’Neils, we went on to the 101 Market to enjoy the Fall Family Harvest Festival I mentioned earlier. (So from Shakopee to Otsego, MN)


As I kind of expected… jumping into the corn pit was first on the list.

Going through the corn maze…, the corn cannon, the potato launcher, funnel cakes, rubber ducky races were all on tap and enjoyed.


As well as the grandson taking a spin with the other guys out there.  There were a few more things but it was getting late and was pretty cold, so we called it a day

Really enjoyed it though.

I will also mentioned that – at the place we have been staying…it is looking kind of sad. Folks leaving, packing up their gear, taking pontoons out of the water and getting ready to store them. We are less than two weeks from them closing the place down until next spring.


The summer party is about over and has come to more of an abrupt halt than usual because of the cooler than normal Fall temps in September and the first part of October.

Happy Tuesday!




Today On The Mississippi – September 26

Our days are now numbered here on the Mississippi. In two weeks we will be in our new house and the RV Resort area we have been staying in since mid-May will close it’s doors, so we have to be out by October 13th.  We will have to park it in our driveway for a few days. until we leave for Chicago for a couple of weeks.

But I am thinking, the camper could well ‘dwarf’ our house.  Having it in the driveway we will need to put cones at the end of it in order to be sure no one hits it as it will take up the full extent of our driveway.  Once we come back from Chicago it will sit in our driveway for a few days again while we winterize it and ready it for storage…until we get it out again in February 2019.  That is when we leave for a couple of weeks vacation in FL. to visit my Dad and do other things down that way.

It used to sit on a pad beside our old house, but the driveway of that house was over 100 feet long…like 109 feet.


Old house.

The driveway of the new house is like…not sure… 40 ft long?




It’s about 38 feet long, but the roof of the new house overhangs a little the drive way so we can only come up to the edge of the roof with the motor home, so….didn’t plan on that part. 😦


Yeeeaaahhhh…..it will be close, the hitch will probably just hang into the gray gutter portion. (The hitch we use to tow our car behind the RV).  It will make quite the statement compared to when it was parked by the old house. 🙂

We have measured a couple of times to make sure it will fit.  We are not allowed to keep it by our house, city ordinances allow us 12 days at a time.  So we were told. That should be good enough to have it there a few days while we prepare to travel or after a trip to unload it.  Hopefully none of our future neighbors will ‘have a cow’ at times when we have it there.


Meanwhile – back ‘On The Mississippi’ things are closing down, people are already leaving or getting their rigs ready to leave.  It is now sunny (YAY), and in the 50’s.  It was actually down to 39 degrees for just a little while this morning. We have switched from AC to Furnace.

Fall is well upon us.


The photo above was taken about 10 years ago….in the foyer of the old house.  Both daughters and grandson playing nicely together. 🙂

Mandy: Was that car door closing Dad? Who’s there?

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Happy Wednesday!

House – September 24

Glass work is in and done.


Main bathroom mirror is up.


Master bathroom mirror is up too – though needs cleaning. I’m sure they will get to that. In the mirror you can see the drying area of the shower and the toilet area.  Behind the door is the shower itself, (glass wall).


Glass wall of shower is in.


Pretty exciting stuff eh? 😉



They also have finished the 50 amp box for us to plug our RV into…it is the first little gray box in front of the Elec. meter.  However, they put the receptacle in upside down. So they will need to do a fix on that.

It is raining again, so the land around the house will be a quagmire. While there yesterday they still hadn’t finished the sprinkler system, nor had they sodded. So until they are able to complete the sprinkler system I doubt they will sod and finish the landscaping.

I may ride out and have a look later today but doubt I will see anything new.  What we need are a few dry days for them to get out there and get it done.  It is now 15 days until we close on the house.



Today On The Mississippi – September 24

It looks to be a beautiful day on tap with the high in the low 70s.  Though they are saying we could get storms. Below is actually the MOON rising last night.  My camera made the sky a little lighter than the sky actually was, but thought I’d share regardless.  We have been seeing some beautiful night skies over the river.


This morning –


Lovely sunrise.

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Reflection of sunset using the side of the RV.

This last weekend we got to spend a little time with our kids on Sunday morning. We didn’t do Saturday because they were hanging with some friends of theirs so we decided to meet Sunday morning at a little farm, or Orchard, both actually… to pick raspberries and veggies. Perhaps even a few apples.


Above is my oldest daughter and grandson.

I didn’t get any raspberries, but they got a few. The we went on to look at all of the pumpkins growing. Lots of signs by several of the patches saying they weren’t ripe yet.


There were some pretty large ones out there.


We didn’t pick out pumpkins because it was still a bit early for that.

We did pick brussel sprouts, green bell peppers, tomatoes, green beans and Jalapeno peppers.  They also had some tiny pears that were very tasty, so we got a bag of those.

They had all sort of things out there to pick, carrots, zucchini, strawberries, squash, herbs.  Of course you needed to come at the right time.  But it was fun. Normally we go to other more commercial orchards and they have playgrounds, shops and just a ton of stuff to do, very commercial.  But it was nice to go out to a beautiful area and just be able to pick all sorts of things.

After hitting Target to get a few more things with the kids, we went to their house and took care of our cats, then we left the kids and we went back up to our area and our RV.  On the way we pass 101 Market in Otsego, which I really like a lot. They have been setting up for their Fall Festival, which I had no idea was so big and awesome! The kids weren’t with us, but they would have enjoyed it.


Some photos from the Family Fall Harvest Festival.




Face painting:






Pumpkins everywhere of course!




Petting zoo.




Corn Cannon











more food.


Not only does it have a HUGE corn maze outside, it also has corn to play in.


However, you will get no help from me when it comes to getting it out of your pants when you are done!


More pumpkins and, HEY, a train outside. Sorry, all the cars are full, gotta’ wait for the next one!


And more pumpkins and a HUGE Pumpkin you can jump in with a rope spider web to crawl on out in front of it.


This place has EVERYTHING including……


Lots of very nice Halloween and Fall decorations to purchase.  And of course, Pumpkins!!! So clean and spacious, the parking lot was full and people parked down the road, still it didn’t seem overly crowded. Nice place!