Old Cars and a Mandy Camper

This last weekend we mostly ran errands and spent some time with our kids. One errand was getting over to Costco to get a few things. When we pulled into the parking lot we ran into this:

Old Cars towing Old Camper Costco Pking Lot 7.18

Vintage cars towing vintage campers.  We were very intrigued and wished we  could have looked at them a bit closer.  The station wagon on the left is a old Chevrolet and we ‘think’ the one on the right is a Cadillac. The owners must have been in Costco, we didn’t get to speak with them. Wish I could have seen inside the campers too.

And speaking of campers, as you know, we are currently living in ours while our house is being built.

RV on the Mississippi 7.18

You can see our Retired Racing Greyhound, Mandy, lounging outside…on her ‘outside’ bed.  We are sitting at the fire ring enjoying a fire in the evening. Mandy also often joins us around the fire.

Mandy laying with us out by the fire 7.18

SOOOO we do bring her nice bed out next to our chairs to lay on when ever we sit around the fire now because she seems to want to be with us, but as you can see, chooses ‘her’ way to lay on it.  To her it is more like a large pillow.

Our camper is pretty large and has slides going out from the left and the right side to make our living room pretty spacious..  However, a lot of the inside belongs to Mandy. She has three beds and, when we aren’t using it, the couch is hers as well.  She generally won’t get up on the couch while we are present in the camper unless we are in bed sleeping.  These are rules she has imposed on herself, as we have never really made her stay off the couch in the camper.

Here is a photo taken of her early in the morning when I came out from the bedroom.

Mandy sleeping on couch in morning 7.18

She also lays here in front of the fireplace:

Mandy in front of camp fireplace 7.18

There is also a bed for her in at the foot of our bed and right beside the couch where I sit.

But she also sprawls out in front of the sink and the fridge. She is pretty comfortable everywhere.

When the RV is in travel mode and we are moving along she also has a variety of places she sleeps.  I really like her to lay on the floor, she makes me nervous laying on the couch. And she does mostly stay down on the floor on her bed – or behind her bed.  But occasionally decides to ride up on the couch.

Mandy on the camper couch 7.2018

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And this is how she rides with us the most:

Mandy sleeping behind her bed while traveling 7.18

Behind the bed – can’t believe it is more comfortable but whatever makes her happy!

Happy Monday!

4th of July in Two Harbors

So every year for the last several years we go camping up in Two Harbors, MN for the 4th of July. This year the weather was all over the board, foggy, cool, rain, sun, warm….  but it just wasn’t as hot as down in the Twin Cities area so we were glad to be there.  The weather was pretty quick moving, changed a few times daily.  So you just stayed pretty much ready for whatever Mother Nature was going to throw at you.

Though throughout the week we were up there we wandered all around the North Shore area, however, on the 4th we stuck around the Two Harbor area where we attend the fireworks show.

The kids bring their own fireworks to shoot off while we are waiting for the show to start and for after the show while the traffic and the crowds diminish.

Kee setting off Fireworks 7.4.18

Photos: The kids shooting off fireworks before the show.

Kids setting off fireworks 7.4.18

Then we saw a ship coming into the harbor:

Boat coming into harbor 7.4.18

The fog was rolling in and out pretty quickly at this time, it is amazing how quickly the weather can change on Lake Superior.  It was a slow process for the ship to finally doc so the sun began setting which allowed me to get some nice photos with the sunset, fog and docs in the background while the kids did sparklers on the shore.

Kris and Kee on the shore with fireworks fog 7.4.18

Kris and Kee on the shore with fireworks 7.4.18

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Then at the end of the night the wind was pretty high so we went back to the beach by our campers to send off the Chinese Lanterns.  I like to do this and dedicate one to my Mom that passed away a few years ago, and recently my husband’s Dad passed away, so this year we dedicated one to him as well. Hoping they will touch the sky and sending our love to both of our love ones at the same time.  We also make wishes as they leave us and fly across the sky.  This year we lit 5 of them.  One per person.

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Chines lantern lighting 7.4.18

 

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Not the easiest photos to see I know.

Old Firehouse & Police Museum, Superior, WI.

While up north during the week of July 4th one of the places we stopped at on a rainy day was the Old Firehouse & Police Museum. Though it was not all that large of a museum it had a lot of interesting things, upstairs and down.  Lots of photos to come, not much chat.

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402 23rd. Ave. East, Superior, WI
Always FREE admission at the last of Superior’s 1890 Fire Halls. It is last of Superior’s 19th Century Fire Halls.

Firehouse Superior WI 7.2.2018

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Whoa…what’s with Clifford the Big Red Dog?

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Grandson in chair made of old Hoses.

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Old Fire Extinguishers

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Asbestos Suit worn by Firefighters.

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Control Center in the upstairs portion of the station.

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Pole, hose upstairs in the Station.

Helmets and Gear Fire and Police Sup. WI 7.18

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Lockers for Firemen and Police.

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Gear

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Quarters

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Police Gear

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Upstairs Fire and Police 7.18

Grandson Jailed 7.18

Awww – someone was not behaving!! Grandson Locked Up! Winking smile

House on July 11th

We took a quick trip out to the site our new house is being built yesterday evening and this is where it is at right now:

Our house 7.11.2018

So no sticks going up yet – but soon we hope.

Meanwhile, since it was our anniversary – This happened:

Bruce initialing our new house 7.11.18

But the cement is pretty much dry, so though the rain may wash it away we will know. Winking smile

Initals on new house 7.11.2018

More house updates to come as the build progresses.

It Must Be Pretty Hot In Chicago

My youngest daughter and her husband live in Chicago. She has one little boy with another on the way. Her son is 2.5 years old and goes to his school/daycare there. After retuning home from school he wanted to ride his bike on their rooftop deck and determined it was too hot. So he took measures  in his own hands to be able to ride and be cool at the same time.

keeping cool during bike ride 7.10.18

Keep Cool!

Changes

Major changes have taken place in our lives around here.  It all started with my being ‘retired’ from my job the end of December (2017) . We had been talking about selling the house we built 28 years ago and raised our family in.  We finally decided it was as good as time as any so, as promised back in January, I am going to update you on what’s going on around here. After doing some decluttering, painting, re-carpeting and general updates, we staged our house and put it on the market the first part of February.  This was as advised by more than one relator. We also saw a few relators before choosing one to sell our house. Even though we lived in Minnesota and I thought it was kind of a silly time to put a house on the market the beginning of Feb., we went ahead and did it.  I should have gone with my gut about the timing of it all – I did a lot of research and analysis on the whole thing – but listened to the relators anyway. As a result we paid for our staging and had to go through living without our ‘stuff’ and protecting the stager’s items for much longer.  I hadn’t wanted to put it on the market until the end of March…first part of April.  Hardly anyone came through our house in Feb. and March, and those that did were just not really interested in buying a house at that time.  However, once April rounded the corner we began getting the offers.  By the first of June it was goodbye house:

House

Mandy house 2018

and Hello Mississippi River RV park and living in our RV:

Mississippi River View

RV on Mississippi

As you can see below – this really stresses Mandy out:

Mandy in camper 2018 cropped

Mandy is a pretty happy camper.

So that is how we got to where we are now. We are building a new house, down sizing to a one level detached townhouse because when my significant other retires we will be traveling around a lot more and wanted a home base where we didn’t have to worry about plowing the snow and taking care of the yard while we are gone.The new place should be ready for us to move into in October at some point. Our two cats are currently living with my Daughter and her family until we move into the new place. We really appreciate them helping us out in this way. All the possessions that couldn’t find a place in the RV went into storage until the new place is finished.

Now that the major portion of our news is out of the way, I will go backwards in time in the days to come, to catch up on what has transpired up until now.

Hoping you all are keeping it happy!