December 14, 2018

Not much to talk about today but the weather… it is beautiful outside high will be around 35 degrees – which is fairly warm for December in Minnesota.


Another nice sunrise…can never have too many of those!

Still haven’t wrapped any presents to put under the tree.  I am still getting them in. Maybe I will start later today.


Poor little tree, standing all empty underneath.  Part of that is because I know the cats AND the dog will not leave the gifts alone and it would be nice to get to Christmas morning with presents all intact.

I thought I had a photo of the time I left Mandy home alone with presents under the tree…with no short little expen around the tree.  Let’s just say I found out a lot of things the kids were giving me ahead of time. 😉

BUT as I was looking for a photo of that (which apparently doesn’t exist) Look what I came across!

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That was Mandy right after we got her.  We got her right after Christmas when she was 2 years old, now this year she will 11 on January 1, 2019.

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Mandy now:


She almost looks like two different hounds!  All of the dark fur on her face has turned to white.  She is even sweeter now as an old lady than she was as a youngster.  Such a good girl…even if she does like destroying Christmas wrapping! 🙂

Ummmm – guess that’s it for today!

Hey, it’s Friday!!!


Happy Friday!

December 11, 2018

Sunrise today!




Beautiful morning.

During the weekend we did all sorts of things.  One was to go past our old house and see what changes the new owners made…well on the outside, looks like they are also redoing the inside.  We were in the area and just did a drive by.


This is how it used to look:


Looks like they painted the brick white and though the garage doors were brand-spankin’ new – they changed those out too.  It’s all good – their house now.  A good face-lift for the place. They kept the front door, which was super nice with a beautiful side light, left it the same color. Good to see they are taking good care of it.

Another thing we did was go to the Monster Truck Jam on Saturday. That was fun! We enjoyed it.


This was the local guy from MN.








The Minnesota driver did really well.


This is Max D (I think his name is). He was super Awesome!  I have a video and I will see if I can get it up on the blog for folks to see.

And of course…


The ever popular Grave Digger was there as well as Son of a Digger.


Mohawk Warrior was there, he ended up losing his Mohawk when he landed on the roof  after a jump.   Even though he rolled his car at some point, he came back to do other events.  Some of the cars that were running, by the time they finished the free style event, only had the inside frame left of their cars left. The outside of the body was smashed all over the track.


And going also allowed me to see the inside of the new stadium – US Bank Stadium where the Vikes play.














Here are a couple of consumers I recognized….


Consuming…. 🙂



Mandy: TOO loud for me, I stayed home!

December 6, 2018 – Lights and Action


I like Christmas lights in the house (and outside too). I will have to get a photo of the outside lights.



Around here today:

Mandy has been playing a lot lately. Toys all over the place…

And the result is:


Mandy: Mom leave me alone…I’m tired! I have been working pretty hard!

And then there are these two guys –






Both of them have ‘TROUBLE’ for a middle name.


Fidget: WAIT!, I have a middle name?????   I didn’t know that…..Cool!

Happy Thursday!

December 4, 2018

We had a lot to do this last weekend, mostly with the motorhome.  We had to drive it up to the dealer in Garfield, MN – couple hours away… and during the drive to pick it up there was hoarfrost making it look like a wintry fairyland.20181201_104431.jpg

Nope – not a black and white photo….this is actually the way it looked that morning.



All we did is take the camper to ‘another’ place to have things done from the Dealer who did the maintenance.  Once it is done at the place it is at now…working on the chassis,  we will go and get it (this coming weekend) and take it over to another place where they will finish up the work needed and store it until we leave on our vacation in a few months.

And this is the newest member of our family…we will be paying for it for sometime to come. 😉


We needed to get a plate put on the car in order to accept the tow bar on the camper so we can pull it around.  Here it is attached to the camper.  Better photo at a later date.  It is a Chevy Equinox.


Mandy: And this is what you do on cold gloomy dayzzzzzzzzzzzzz……

Happy Tuesday!

November 28, 2018


Out our back window…Sunrise.  What a beauty it was this morning.

And yesterday you saw Lemme when I showed you the cat’s room.  Here is the ‘other’ guy..


Fidget is his name and he is a Maine Coon.  BIG guy, especially side to side. 🙂

Fidget: This house has GREAT window sills!!  I can sit on them behind the couch in the living room and no one knows where I am at.  Well…unless I want them to.

Happy Wednesday!


November 27, 2018 (House Tour)

When we were building the new house here I wanted a glass tile backsplash in the kitchen.  I have quartz counter top, so I asked them to leave the quartz backsplash off.  Which they did.  About two weeks ago I finally got the backsplash, as we had to hire out the job.  Bought the tile first, then waited over a month to get their guys out here to put it in. I like certain colors of green, so for a bit of color, light green it was.


It took them a couple of days, though it wasn’t a lot of wall space.




I like it, now that it is done.


This is the counter by the fridge. (art work on greyhound chalk board courtesy of oldest grandson)

Also, we have an alcove above the fireplace that just begged to have a large round something.  My husband said….clock.  So it took me a while but I found one that I liked and ordered it.

This is how it arrived





Didn’t give me a lot of hope for what the item looked like inside!!!


But here it is and it was in perfect shape!  Keeps time beautifully.  Lucked out with that one.

SO…now that you have seen that photo…might as well finish the house, as family who have not been able to visit want to know what the house looks like.

First off…I think it looked a lot better before we put all of our old ‘stuff’ in it. 😉

But here we go, this is a one time thing and don’t look too closely please as I just shot these on a quick whim to ‘get it done’ and didn’t spend time cleaning and de-cluttering. We also are in mid-Christmas decorating mode, so not all done with it yet.


Christmas tree…it looks much prettier in person, standing next to my Grandma’s cadenza…an antique.  It got a bit banged up in storage and with the move, so I have just gotten some ‘stuff’ to do some minor repairs on some gouges and so on.


Some of these will need no explanation.




The white door you see next to the fridge is a very large pantry…I love it.


The white angel statue on the island generally sits on the dining room table, but we have a Christmas Train sitting on the table right now…so it has a new temporary home.


This is the sun room, not a great photo, but there are a lot of windows of course and a door to the outside patio…Mandy goes out that door for her business reasons. 🙂  The cats like to lay on that futon, so I have a washable cover I keep on it.  All in all, it is a very relaxed place, has a massage chair and is actually a very calm feeling place…now just can’t wait to see bathed in a lot of sunshine. Our weather has mostly been quite gray.




Living room – if you look out the window you can kind of see a big white Christmas tree we have out there.   It has colored lights inside of it and when it is dark outside it puts on a ‘light show’ inside the tree.  It is the only Christmas decoration we have in the backyard.


The master bedroom is off the main living room and has a little alcove that I am still trying to figure out what to put in it. So right now shelves with photos of family and other meaningful items.  On the middle shelf, there is a photo of my Dad when he was just 20 months old!  A recent find when unpacking everything.


Yep, master bedroom.


Master bath attached to the master bedroom.






Huge shower area – with tiled in drying area.


I really don’t even know how to show you the shower, but we love it.

The house is basically set up, for the most part, to be able to accept wheelchairs.  So all the doors are extra wide and so on.  The part to the right of this photo is full glass, with a film over it for a little privacy.  Again – not a great photo…but gives the idea.

Off the master bath is our closet which is a room in itself, however, looks a lot smaller since we put in the closet organizer units…still a work in progress.




Down the hall now –


Guest bedroom – double doors.






Two smaller closets in the guest room. (Kids, when you come…I will remove the dolls – no worries, don’t want to creep you out). 😉


A little further down the hall – it’s the office. And someone wasn’t feeling well so worked from home.  Though he is feeling much better now I am told.


Just next to the office is the ‘guest’ bathroom, or main bathroom.


Then going back the other way … (okay Google turn off the tree, Okay Google, turn off the lights… okay Google play Beatles music…or if my Grandson is here, Play Twenty-One Pilots) 🙂


Going to the left at this point gets us here:


Door on the right is the washroom, which has another door in it that leads to the furnace, water softener and so on.



Door to utility room to the left.


Yep – that’s the good stuff. 🙂

Then outside the laundry room to the right, or straight ahead in the previous photo of the hall you will see the mud and coat area, to the left of the hall is a door to the garage.  And the door that was straight ahead is the cat’s room.  Yes! our cats have their very own room, complete with an exhaust fan we had the builder put in.


That is Lemme posing for you, Fidget is hiding out in there. We also store a few things in there. Eventually we are going to put shutters on the windows there, but right now they can see the world and the world can see them back.


This is the coat and mud area, right outside the cat room door AND the garage door is right across from the bench.

And now we are back to the sink…this is the view.


Prrreetttyyy exciting stuff. 😉


Mandy: Yep, so exciting….I couldn’t be more excited.

Happy Tuesday!

November 26, 2018

It has been a little on the tough side to get time to do posts, so I am sitting myself down and getting one in today.

Mandy: Oh sure they were busy……..


…watching the Vikes play the Packers!and win!


Okay…okay Mandy, yesterday we worked on getting the Christmas stuff up – photos later, then took off and went to see Blaine take on Elk River in PeeWee Hockey. Oldest grandson plays and SIL coaches.  We always enjoy the games.  THEN we came home and crashed…watching the Vikes after a busy weekend.

Made our first Thanksgiving dinner in the new house this year.  Used to have double ovens, but now, since we have downsized….1 oven.  I will have to say I was having to concentrate a little harder in regard to ‘timing’, but it all came out okay. We fried the turkey outside, per usual and it went’ pretty well.

We did have only half the family here, and the Chicago branch….new baby…wisely stayed in Chicago given the blizzard conditions toward the end of the weekend, though we really missed having them, I was glad they decided to stay put.


and it made the first big dinner in our new place a little bit easier I guess. 😉


Didn’t get a photo of the turkey this year before it was cut up, nor one of it being cooked. But we will get it next year.

Friday we worked on getting the lights outside up, it took a little more effort and time because it is all NEW….so nothing rigged like at the old house where it took us 28 years to get things the way we liked.   Again, no photos yet.  I’m slackin!!!  I’ll get them.

Then we took off to meet the kiddo’s for dinner at Biaggi’s and a movie…Fantastic Beasts.

Dinner was good like it always is at Biaggi’s, but the movie was kind of a disappointment, then again it is clearly a set up for the next one.  Saturday, jeez, not even sure what happened on Saturday. Did we see the kids that day?  I know we worked on finishing the closet system we are putting in the Master Bedroom closet and went over to Costco…I think it was just the two of us eating at Pour…again – great food there.  Both of those places do great with Gluten free eating. Important with me being a Celiac.  I have to say though, the moon on the way home that night – gorgeous!!!


It was huge and just a beautiful orange-ish color.

In the mornings here, we are lucky enough to have a beautiful sunrise, when the clouds go away.  I think the only thing better would be to see the sunset…I love sunsets.  BUT here are what our sunrises look like in November.


So that about covers the Thanksgiving weekend in a nutshell.   We did get some of the inside decorations completed, not quite done there…again, all new space to decorate so different things happening than have been happening for the last 28 years.  But change is always good, though sometimes challenging. It’s all good!!!  Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend!

Happy Monday!!