August 20, 2019


Watch out Sun, here comes the clouds!


Storms just to the north of us. Looks like they may miss us today.

This weekend was a busy one.


The wedding of a niece.  Brought family to visit.


Youngest daughter with her two little ones from Chicago.  Oldest daughter with her son and husband.


At reception with Mother in law.

While at the house:











Never a dull moment!

We did go to the Oliver Kelly Farm to see what was happening there:


Summer garden was in full swing.  It was Pickling weekend there.


Beautiful August wildflowers.


Maple the cow.




Fixing things out in the shed by the barn.


Roosters just hangin’ out.


A little dinner – first french fry EVER… 😉  Nummy!


Then in the backyard for a little play time.


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Maybe double trouble…




And it looks like I was wrong about the storm missing us:


It is getting darker by the second.


Just went out to move in the lawn chairs.  The wind has greatly picked up and is cool. Also smells strongly of rain.  So what time is it?


Jordie says – time to get going!

Happy Tuesday!

Miss Mandy – August 18th, 2019


Mandy a few days ago – our senior girl.

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Hot Stuff Amanda when she first came to live with us.

Our precious girl has gone on to meet ALL of her brothers and sisters who came before her at the bridge.


Though she has left us feeling pretty sad, she will have SO much company at the bridge I know she will be very happy.

It was actually last Wednesday that she said her final goodbye as she made her way into the sky to become the brightest star in the night, sending her love down to everyone each night.


This was the sky at sunset that evening…beautiful just like she was.

Before Mandy left she did have one request:


Mandy: Please tell that cat the pink fuzzy bone is all his now.


Her request was honored.

We love you Miss Pants.  We will miss you terribly.


Mandy January 1, 2008 – August 14, 2019.

Run Free Sweet Girl!

You will always be with us in our hearts.

Hey – August 7, 2019




There it is!

This last weekend we camped at a KOA near Duluth.

The following are photos from that trip.


First time we have eaten here.  Great with the Gluten Free items…NO complaints about this place. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Food was very good. A large selection for those with Celiac’s Disease!  Had a nice time there.






It’s in Carlton.  However, it is not Carton that is crooked, it is my photo…as I was crossing the street.  AKA a quick snap. 🙂


Carlton is a pretty small town but is know as the:


(Gateway to Jay Cooke –  a great state park)

They also had a park there that was for big and little kids both.


This netted climbing area with a ‘crow’s nest’ led to a totally covered slide.

A ‘zip line’ which we all rode it I believe, sometimes together.


Then Saturday we went into Duluth with a stop or two on the way.

One of the stops was at:


A Japanese Peace Bell Garden – so beautiful there. Lots of flowers so well kept.  And of course the rock garden.


You can ‘bong’ the Japanese Peace Bell


Go up the tower for more spectacular views.




Hummm…who ARE those people? 😉


Over looking Duluth and the lake from the hill in the park.

Then on into Duluth:


Some fog was pushing in to the city, so you could feel the temps drop about 10 degrees. Was a hot day, so it felt pretty good. Above is the Lift Bridge in the mist of the fog that was moving in.


We walked down the boardwalk, but it is gone…due to severe weather that tore up the wooden planks, you now walk down a dirt and gravel path.


Still a nice walk…that took us to:


You know it!

But me being a Celiac…I have problems at most Breweries. Except here at the Canal Park Brewing Company they have:


Yep, a Gluten Free Beer – just happens to be one of my favorites for the moment.  We go down to the Burning Brothers tap room on Friday nights from time to time …here in the cities.  They have food trucks that come and feed us gluten free food while they are there.  Ya gotta’ love that.  But this really isn’t about them – this is about the place we were having lunch/dinner at.


They also do really well with the Gluten Free food. Lots to choose from. Nice atmosphere. We always try to go there when in Duluth. Usually a wait to get a table.




We also walk through the shops there in Canal Park:

As we were in one of our favorite places to browse, this happened:


I was confronted by a very large cat!


Okay, ya got me THIS time…. now put that back. 😉 My entire family – clowns…all of them.

Then driving through Cloquet we saw this, interesting because:

20190802_180732.jpgIt is the only Gas Station designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.


The famed architect designed this gas station of the future with a lookout tower. In 1927,  he designed this gas station as part of a Utopian city plan that he championed throughout his professional life. This little piece of Wright’s utopia was intended for Buffalo, New York. The Buffalo station was never built, but 30 years later, the master architect got his gas station – this one in Cloquet, Minnesota and it’s still in business today.

Weird and cool at the same time.

And that about sums it all up.

Happy Wednesday!

Update – July 29, 2019

Some great ‘sky’ photos as we have been having some dramatic weather around here.


But first today’s sunrise.


Yep it is peaking out. Supposed to be a nice one today.  About time because we have had some ugly weather going through the area lately.

But let’s look back a little first:

Sunrise last Wednesday, July 24th.


The misty farmer’s field with the sun in the process of peaking out.


Sun is still working on waking up the world.


There it is!

Now Sunrise Thursday, July 25th:

Very dramatic!



Then the weekend brought some awful ‘stuff’ our way.

Friday, July 26th…whoa..


We had gone to the Burning Brothers Tap room – gluten free beer and food after work.  There for maybe an hour or two. Left to come home around 7 pm and wished we’d left a half an hour sooner.


Of course we were in the car, so you see reflections in the photos.


The skies were decked out with some pretty impressive clouds.


Then the rain began and quickly we were in a pocket of very severe weather:


And hail – the sky where it looks ‘yellowish’ well should look more green.


Traffic STOPPED and we hid under a bridge, nothing was going by us as it was raining and hailing SO hard, not only could you not see, but you were concerned for your car.


Photo taken under bridge as we waited for it to slow down a little. Something that hasn’t happened to us very often, bad enough to ‘hide out’ from the storm while on the road.

Then it slowed down and we decided to make a break for it.  Thought it had passed but about 10 minutes from home we saw this again.


Yep, about 5 minutes from home we were hunting for someplace to hide again…we found a person’s driveway under some trees (maybe not the safest place to park in a storm) it provided some shelter from the hail. We seemed to escape damage as far as we were concerned.  And at this point it was not so windy, but just slamming rain and hail.

We got home okay, but you could see neighbor’s planters rolling around all tipped over. We have 3 colorful metal flower ornaments in the front of our house, the biggest one was tipped over, busted…oh well. Considering, not much really was hurt in our neighborhood (that I am aware of).

But then around 9:30 pm…it all fired up again.

20190726_214159.jpg Yep…those are some large storm clouds, but the most of it stayed just North of us.  I took some video of the sky later as the thunder and lightening continued to be *very* present. It looked like the trees were having a strobe light show.  Was pretty cool to watch, but I am betting not so fun for the folks who were in the storm zone.

Saturday we met with the kids and had some Mexican food, then on to their house for some gaming and visiting.  Home for the evening after that.

Then Sunday – – no photos, but some very bad storms passed through in the afternoon into the evening.  We ran out for errands and ended up in a rain storm again, not as bad as on Friday.  When we got home from everything, about an hour later another storm just pounded us. We didn’t have a tornado in our neighborhood, but there were several around where we live. Not really close, but in the vicinity.


Lemme: It’s all behind us now, everyone should just chill. Besides, not a drop of rain of ever touched me.




Mandy: And *I* just want to mention…*I* have the fuzzy pink bone! (Get your own, Fidge-cat).

Happy Monday!

Something Different – July 12, 2019


This morning’s sunrise.

So yesterday was our wedding anniversary, so after work we went out to dinner. That was nice. 44 years!!!

And for some reason Mandy disappeared from all her usual snoozing places. I was all…Mandy where are you?? Then I saw this:


What ya’ doing there Mandy?


Are you okay?




Mandy: Just chillin’!

Okay, well she has never laid there before, but whatever makes her happy!

Happy Friday!

July 4th And Then Some – July 10, 2019


Sunrise this morning.


Moisture on the outside shows the high humidity this morning. By the look of our security cameras over night, we had some sort of a shower, some driving rain. Missed it though I was awake.  No lightening or thunder though.

It’s been a few days since I last posted as we were up by the North Shore in Two Harbors over the 4th of July holiday and the weekend.

Gonna’ be a long post – lots of photos to catch up.

Let’s start with some sunrise photos of the last few days.

Monday’s sunrise:


Tuesday’s sunrise:


And now we are going back to our 4th of July Camping trip up in Two Harbors, MN.

We generally camp at Burlington Bay campgrounds, but don’t stick around the campground much. Normally we spend a day in Duluth, but didn’t this time because of looking for land the kids wanted to buy to keep their camper on.  Spent all day, one day, going from one piece of undeveloped land to another.  What they decided is not to go that route.


While at the campground, there was some wood chopping for the fire.

The kids decided to cook their lunch over the fire:


We also stopped by Black Sand Beach:


Hiked at Tettegouche State Park. Had dinner at the Rustic Inn, which is one of our favorite places to go.

Also stopped at Betty’s Pies, a first for me. Probably the last time as well.

We go out to the beach to collect sea glass right off of the Burlington Bay campground. It was pretty foggy most mornings.


So beautiful.


One of the strangest things we saw at the campground was:


Yes, that is a beautifully restored hearse. Filled with folks, dog and all, camping???

We also went further up north, love this place, to Grand Marais. We looked at a new possible place to park our RVs while up that way, it has a 6 year waiting list.  They also have some first come – first serve, spots that you cannot reserve. Not sure we want to drive that far only to find out none of those are left.  Thinking about it. 😉

While in Grand Marais ate at a nice little place we enjoy eating at when we are up there called:


They do pretty well with the Gluten Free food items. Food is pretty good, prices not awful and there is generally a decent line for the restrooms – as you can see.


Normally, we sit outside, but today we sat inside for the first time.




Pretty good service, folks there were nice. They are generally a very busy place.




Waiting for food. Eating with the kids of course.


This is a fresh catch grilled white fish sandwich with coleslaw…and oh yes…just a couple of chips. (No I did NOT eat all those chips, just a few, but they were good so I had to get the wait person to take my plate away before I ate them all).  Fish is on a gluten free bun.


I also had their Angry Palmer…which is like their version of an Arnold Palmer….a mix of lemonade and Iced Tea.  Not so good, I ended up adding some sweetener, it kind of tasted peppery.

But I think the food there is pretty good and I have Celiac Disease so it is important to do the Gluten Free thing properly. I had no problem with their food.

While we were in Grand Marais were lots of boats. But two in particular stood out to me.


A schooner sailing around, had maroon color sails. Not a great photo of it, sorry about that.

Then also,


Okay, Robin (Robyn) is spelled wrong, but pretty close. For those who know me well enough you should get why we took this photo.

Now to cover July 4th, we did fire works and Floating Lanterns while waiting for the big show put on my Two Harbors.


Boy Howdy, we had a few things to launch, but everyone enjoys it.


It had been a little rainy but broke up in time for the fireworks fun to begin.  First fireworks was a lovely Rainbow. You can see in the background a lighthouse.


People waiting for the BIG display put on by the city sitting by the water as the fog begins to roll in.


A ship leaving port to go out to sea coasting through the fog sounding its fog horn to help keep it on the right path.

We did enjoy the fireworks show and at the end…the fog seemed to be setting in again as we left the area.  Remember that lighthouse I mentioned before in the photo with the rainbow?


It had its lights on and you could see the fog as the light cut through it.

That’s really all I have to report on the last few days.

Oh yes, and the fuzzy pink bone battle still rages on at home…20190703_135151.jpg

At the moment it is cat domination, much to Mandy’s dismay.


Fidget: MINE!

Happy Wednesday!