We Are Back! March 26, 2019


Sunrise! This is what it looked like when I first opened the shades.


View out the window looks like this right now.


No alteration of the colors. Quite the beauty this morning.

I haven’t posted for a while because we have been gone for nearly two months. It was an unexpected trip to Florida due to my Dad’s accident. He ended up having a number of complications after his Golf Cart accident and was in the hospital for a little over three weeks and then in rehab 3 weeks, then we stuck around another week while he was adjusting to living back at his home.  We left to come home because my oldest is having a surgery this week and we wanted to be here for that.  But Dad (age 88) is doing okay, still adjusting, but getting there.


The last day we were there with him we took him to his and our favorite place to eat in his area, Eaton Beach.


Mandy came to visit him too.  He loves dogs and always carries dog treats with him. Especially for his little friend, Elvis.


This little dog is truly special.  He is just a love. He and my Dad are pretty tight…though he belongs to a neighbor, they just can’t seem to get enough of each other. 🙂  Elvis really missed Dad while he was in the hospital and physical rehabilitation. Pat is his owner and she was a big help in letting Elvis visit him in rehab and hanging with Dad as much as possible to help Dad emotionally while going through all that happened.

When I picked up Dad’s clothes from the hospital to wash them, he was in a hospital gown, I turned his pants upside down when folding them…a bunch of dog treats fell out of the pocket all over the foot of his bed.  Like I said, he loves dogs, but won’t own another, though I have mentioned several times he should get one.  We had a dog much of my childhood life.

A lot happened while we were down there and so as time goes I will be posting portions of our stay.  We were supposed to be going down for about 2.5 weeks for vacation the middle of February, but Dad’s accident changed all that.  We went early and stuck around for a lot longer.  Because of not knowing how long we would be down there, we took Mandy with us instead of putting her in a kennel for a couple of weeks.  She does well in the camper, but doesn’t like the ‘driving part’ of it.  So normally it is easier, depending on the vacation, on her to leave her at her favorite home away from home.


She seemed to enjoy being with us most of the time we were ‘still’ and not moving in our camper. She owns quite a bit of real estate when it comes to the camper, considering the total square footage vs square footage for Mandy.  Above is her bed in the ‘bedroom’ of the camper.


Mandy: Yes, sleeping in front of the fireplace in the living room of the camper and having a bathroom where it is in the 70’s and 80’s instead of -20s is not all that bad!

A benefit of being down in FL when needing to be with Dad is that it got us out of a LOT of snow in MN and is at least 70 degrees warmer during Feb and March.

Huge thanks to my oldest and her family for babysitting our kitties while we were gone. Love you guys!!!


(yyyeeeahhhh – that is supposed to look like me…so funny.)

More to come.

Happy Tuesday!

February 1, 2019 Goodbye Polar Vortex


Yesterday’s sunrise. Though we kept the shades down, I still peek out to catch the lovely colors.  Today, not seeing it yet today, it is hiding so far.


Weather looking a little better.  Well to us here in Minnesota anyway, my Dad down in Florida still things we are all crazy for living here.  He was in the military all my life, a lifer. From 6 years of age all the way until I moved out on my own at the age of 19, we moved occasionally more than once a year.  That is how I got to Minnesota in the first place. But he has experienced winter here, so he knows.  We didn’t stay here long, less than two years.  But it is where I graduated High School, and though I had to go with them when he was stationed in Japan, Minnesota is where I returned.  Got married a year or so later only to have my husband move us to the Washington DC area.   BUT when we had a daughter, we moved back to family…yep in Minnesota. We have been here every since.  I can tell you it was Not the weather that caused all the ‘returns to Minnesota’. It is the people.  Though a beautiful state, the weather can be a bit on the brutal side…but every place seems to have its form of brutal weather.

That all said, I have been talking to a lot of folks down in Florida for the past 3 days, and not one of them, even the police department, has missed a chance to give me grief for living in Minnesota right now.  Makes for a great ice breaker (pun intended) when needing to talk with them. I tell them I am in Minnesota and they start giving me grief, a good rapport is established and then we get down to business.


Mandy: You’re killin’ me Mom….enough babbling!

Okay, Mandy, I hear ya.  But…I will also mention that the reason I have been in contact with so many Floridians is because my Dad was involved in an accident down there, a Golf Cart vs car accident.  He is currently in the hospital, though very sore and has a cracked pelvis….he is doing pretty well.  He wasn’t driving, but was a passenger, in his own cart. So it has been a hard few days for him. Still finding out things here and waiting to talk with him today, but hoping it is good news (well considering the circumstances).

Happy Friday!

January 30, 2019 Burrrr…

20190130_074033.jpgKeeping the shades closed today as there is a thermal property to them and last I looked it said it was -29 outside (that does not include the windchill).

So then, this morning, I started seeing sunlight on the shades and just had to venture a peek.


There’s is:


Sunrise, though anemic.  Not delivering a lot of heat today….so the shades are still down to help keep the furnace from running all so much. Maybe we will save a little on the heating.


Mandy: Oh sure, save on heat, but does she let me do my business inside…NO! She just yells at me, ‘Hurry, Mandy, Hurry!’  I will say that I am no longer taking my time out there. Dang!


Lemme: Hey Mandy, got a box for ya! Heh Heh.

Happy Wednesday!


January 29, 2019 – Cold


The sun is coming…but will mean next to nothing in the weather department today. I mean it is good to see the sun and all…but…just sayin’.


So supposed to be even colder as the week goes on. Maybe breaking a record here. But then probably most of you all can commiserate as you are feeling the cold as well.

Mandy wants me to share something with you….


Mandy:  Pleeze put in plumbing for an indoor doggy potty station!!! (see my bathroom above).


Mandy:  Purdy Pleeeezzzzzuuuhhh!

You know, she goes out there and messes around when I am yelling ‘hurry Mandy…hurry!’ Then she starts spinning around and runs in without doing anything.  Only to have to redo the entire act 10 minutes later because she didn’t go.  I try explaining it to her but I am met with this:


which leads to this:


Then in a short time we are back to this:


Rinse and repeat.


Fidget: Mandy Schmandy, the litter box is a cats only facility. Heh heh…cats rule, dogs have to pee outside. Sucker!

Stay warm and Happy Tuesday!



January 23, 2019

Looking for that beautiful sunrise this morning but seeing nothing but clouds. 20190123_071443.jpgLooking off to the left you could see the sun was up, but that is all I have been able to see of it. (below)20190123_071450.jpg

I hope the clouds ease up today and let the sun have a little face time.

A friend of mine sent us some photos the other day, THANK YOU!

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These are my girls way back when.   Now they are 40 and 37 years old.  The oldest is holding Happy Bear (she named it).  Above is not taken at our house, but I can’t recall where it was taken.

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And there is Grandpa Ralph with the girls.   He passed a little over a year ago – Ralphie we sure do miss you!!!

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Here we are out hiking with a close family friend.  Youngest daughter shown here I believe and that is her God Mom in the Navy top…we won’t discuss the other person holding her hand, but Dad is bringing up the rear.  My guess is that oldest daughter is out in front with the person taking the photo. She might even be taking the photo…??

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There she is! Over Dad’s shoulder.  Looks like it was a fun time!  Thanks again for sending the photos.


Today it looks like this, and we are hitting a very cold streak of weather. So we won’t be hiking for a while.


Mandy:  I am pretty unconcerned about it all most of the time however, my bathroom is a awfully cold.

Happy Wednesday!

January 21, 2019







Not the sun…meet Mr. Moon.


Full moon last night and it was The Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse.  The lack of trees and city lights gave us a pretty good view, though I should have gotten out my good camera to capture it, it was very cold and I am pretty lazy, so I used my cell phone.

They came out ‘okay’ not great, so please bare with me here – there are much better photos and videos online.




Anyway, you get the drift. We thought it would be a little more dramatic but not so much at least from our vantage point.  Plus the camera doesn’t do it justice, but we did see the slow eclipsing of the moon and it did turn in color to more of a rust.

It didn’t start until the moon was pretty high in the sky and the night was very cold, like below zero, so we didn’t set up outside. It was in and out of the house all night to view it.


You could see the stars all around the moon, the sky was nice and clear. That is what the white dots are in the upper right quadrant of the photo.

Moving on to wild life around here….


Yes, the four legged kids provide some pretty wild moments on occasion.

This is Fidget who managed to find the automatic hand soap dispenser when he got up on the counter in the kitchen.  Since it is a definite NO NO!! I kind of feel a sense of justice in the whole thing, but am wishing I would have had a video camera set up.

I didn’t know he was up there until I heard the sudden crashing and yowling as he tried to escape the kitchen sink that the pump hangs over.


The photos were delayed due to a freaking out cat who thought he was being attacked by something wet and foamy.  I will add that no animals were harmed, but I did laugh so hard I nearly sprained something. (just kidding) Took a while to catch him so I could clean him up.  (Plus I had to get photos.)  I will also add that he hasn’t been up there since and I might get more of the soap dispensers to keep him off other places he goes to cause trouble. 😉

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and a Happy Monday!