Saturday, September 14, 2019
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Sunday, September 8, 2019
We got up a bit early on Saturday morning and headed to the Flea Market in Princeton. We covered all of the vendors and were both walking out of there empty handed but spotted the Pampered Chef booth and we both bought a trinket there. Back at Sharon’s house, I packed up the car and headed back to Stoughton.
Thursday, September 5, 2019
My gracious hostess and great long-time friend, Sharon.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Monday, September 2, 2019
Sunday, September 1, 2019
Eagle Harbor Lighthouse
The view from the top of the lighthouse.
Our next stop was at the Bear Belly Bar and Grill at Lac LaBelle for lunch. I have definitely been eating way too much food. We stopped on the way home at the Peterson’s Fish Market in Hancock and I bought some of their specialty smoked Lake Superior Whitefish.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
After laundry, we went to Walmart to pick up a few items and then stopped at Papa Murphy’s for one of their $10 Tuesday pizzas. After putting away the laundry and making the bed, we had our pizza and then headed out for another walk with Frisco. This time, we got caught in the rain but made it home before we got too soaked.
Sunday, August 25, 2019
Saturday, August 24, 2019
Sunday, August 18, 2019
Lake Itasca on the left and the Mighty Mississippi on the right.
This is it! It will continue on for 2,320 miles and empty into the Gulf of Mexico
We hiked a path along the lake to a replica of the Wegman Store. The Wegman family homesteaded here and had a cabin next to their store.
Saturday, August 17, 2019
Today was Frisco’s grooming day. I cleaned his ears, brushed his teeth, clipped his nails (with Tom’s help), gave him a bath and a good brushing, and shoved his monthly heartworm pill down his throat. He should have been treated with Frontline too, but I had run out. I’ll have to make a trip to Costco one of these days.
Monday, August 12, 2019
Saturday, August 10, 2019
Friday, August 9, 2019
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
The rest of the day, we played game, had lots of snacks, watched the Mississippi River flow by, and played at the playground. It was late when we got to bed but sleep came quickly.
We went to the Community Center Pool this afternoon for a while, a very nice facility, but she got cold and was ready to come back home. At bedtime that night, she read to me from her “Mercy Watson To The Rescue” chapter book - her reading skills are improving a lot and she is able to sound out most words on her own. We were all tired and aimed for a more normal bedtime.
Saturday, August 3, 2019
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
It’s the last day of July and I was just reading about the black moon tonight - the second new moon of the month - although it doesn’t appear any different, it is a rare occasion.
I haven’t written since last week Thursday so I have some catching up to do. I went to some garage sales on Friday morning and Tom and I had fish fry at the Villa in Albertville that night. Last year, I had a delicious and very large serving of grilled lemon crusted Walleye there and I was hoping for a similar experience. Not quite, this time. My serving was about half the size although it was quite good and my cocktail was weak and Tom’s cod was a bit on the greasy side.
Sunday was quite interesting. Those of you who know me well, know that I have been feeling unsettled lately and Tom and I have talked quite a bit about the differences in how the near future should be for us. His interest is to travel and visit areas that he hasn’t been before and I have been feeling the need to get settled here in Minnesota, reunite with my personal possessions, and ive been feeling tired of traveling for quite some time now. I have been researching apartments for months, actually years - ever since I first decided to sell my house and relocate to this area about three years ago. I found one this week that I am interested in, will be available soon, and fits my budget. So we drove around several complexes on Sunday before actually seeing the apartment that is available at River Crossing in St. Paul (my first choice). It is part of the same complex but in the building next to Graham Place, a senior facility that has been high on my list for the last two years. After seeing the apartment, I made a deposit and locked myself in. A credit check and personal reference still need to be completed before I know for sure that it is mine and then I will prepare to move in on October 1. Tom will continue his RVing lifestyle when he heads back south after Labor Day and we will see about doing some trips together in the future.
This is going to be another huge adjustment in my life, but I am ready to face it just as I was two years ago before Tom and I started our relationship. Since our future goals are so different, we will see how things go from here. In the meantime, we will spend the month of August together here in Monticello and then set off on our own.
After seeing the apartment, we picked Charlotte up and she came home with us to spend the next three nights. Monday was kind of a cool day, so we walked to a nearby neighborhood park with a huge spiderweb for climbing on, then along the path to Otter Creek Park where she and Frisco checked out the creek. That evening at the playground here in the park, she met Mattie and the two of them hit it off and had lots of fun together - much more fun than us adults were. Although she sure has been enjoying Tom’s teasing sense of humor and playfulness.
We took Charlotte to the Space Alien Grill in Albertville, a place we thought she might like and had been considering checking out. She thought it was creepy - she loved the ceiling with the solar system but didn’t like the aliens that were on display - thought they were scary. She also did like the pizza, eating all but one slice of a 7” cheese pizza but didn’t like the Raspberry Iced Tea as it was too sweet, so she had my water and I had the tea (it was way too sweet). Another thing she liked was the Arcade and when we went to play games, their computer system was down and we had to nix that plan.
Monday night was rough for Frisco and I. He was having intestinal issues and I was up every half hour - eight times during the night - to let him out. I restricted his food throughout the next day and gave him a light dinner. He slept a lot during the day and I was wishing that I could. It was an early to bed night and we all slept well through the night. I wonder what’s going on with him? He went through a bout of this last spring.
Yesterday was much warmer so we went swimming at Bertram Lake Beach in the afternoon. Charlotte had some play time with Mattie in the morning and Tom and I enjoyed the short break. She hoped to play together again in the evening, but Mattie wasn’t home, so it was Grandma Rose and her at the playground and searching for goose feathers. We all played a card game of Memory and then went to bed and read.
Today, we went to visit the Oliver Kelley Farmstead in Elk River, a historic living history farm that was interactive. Farmers dressed in period clothing demonstrated how things were done in the 1860s. Charlotte got to lay on a straw bed, pump water, feed chickens, slice cucumbers, taste Swiss Chard from the garden, and pet several animals. She said she really enjoyed it.
We dropped her back home, I got a much needed haircut from Jill, and Tom and I tried to beat the rush hour traffic back to Monticello - not real successful, as it took us 1.25 hours. Can you believe that it was a quiet, slow-paced evening and an early to bed night for us?
Charlotte has really matured over the last year, was very cooperative and polite, interested in playing games, was much more independent as far as getting ready for the day and for bed, didn’t whine and beg for treats, and didn’t have to be reminded as much to do what she was asked. My little girl is almost 8 years old, getting tall and long legged.
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
After a leisurely morning and a tasty breakfast of fruit and Amish rolls that we bought at the Flea Market, we packed up to go for a boat ride. We put in at the city boat dock in Eagle River and traveled through several lakes in the Eagle River Chain of Lakes. It’s always fun to look at the homes and boat houses and have a relaxing boat ride.
We docked at Sweetwaters for a late lunch/early dinner and a cocktail before finishing up the boat ride. The service was lacking a bit and it took a long time to get served, but the food was delicious.
We relaxed on the porch, talked, and watched Mama Deer and her fawn stroll through the yard. Sue and I took a walk down the road, saw some more deer, and had a nice walk and talk.
We had a snack and played some Farkel before saying goodnight and going off to bed. What a nice few days this has been at the Chandler’s Shady Rest - a serene and quiet woodland retreat.
Backtracking again. Last Saturday afternoon, we went to Ben’s house to drop Frisco off and to have a visit (they are dog sitting for a few days). It had been a busy morning for them, as Charlotte had a sleepover on Friday night and the twins had a birthday party in the morning. The kids were all a bit tired and cranky at first, but once Tom started playing with them, they cheered right up and had lots of fun.
Ben made burgers, Jill made potato salad and I mixed up a fruit salad. It was fun and a good visit. We left Frisco there and headed back to Monticello before dark so we could get in a brisk walk before retiring.
Our neighbors and friends were hanging out, drinking beer and making a bit of noise, so we had to run the fan in order to block out the noise.
On Sunday morning, we took off by 9am, heading toward Jim and Sue’s house in St. Germain, WI. We had a 5-hour drive ahead of us and got turned around a bit only a few miles into the drive, so that slowed us down a bit. Even with a few stops along the way, we made it in 5.5 hours. Along the way, there was a lot of evidence of storm and tornado activity from Friday night and Saturday morning. As I write this, there are still power outages and the news is reporting 16 or more tornadoes that touched down.
It sure was nice to see Jim and Sue again - there is never a shortage of things to talk and joke about. They fixed ribs and grilled potatoes for dinner, we took a nice walk, and went to bed fairly early.
I fixed breakfast of fruit and biscuits and gravy for breakfast and then we headed into town to the flea market - a very big one with a nice variety of stuff for sale. We bought maple syrup, cheese, soap and a ‘miracle’ cleaning cloth.
Shannon Lake was next on the list for a hike around the lake. The temps were cool and it was a nice hike.
We had a couple of hours to rest before going to meet up with Sue and Ron, friends of theirs at Mar-Li’s. We had actually met them at Viking Village in Stoughton last summer and it was fun talking with them, learning that we had some things in common like people we had worked with or knew through the years. They came over to the house after dinner and we talked and laughed some more.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Monday, July 15, 2019
Sunday, July 14, 2019
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Monday, July 8, 2019
Saturday, July 6, 2019
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
River Terrace is located on the Mississippi River and is a small part of a large mobile home community. The cost is $540/month including water, sewer, electric , and WiFi - quite affordable. The down side is the location - 45 miles from Ben’s house, but it was all we could find.
Sunday, June 30, 2019
Saturday, June 29, 2019
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
We stopped at Parfrey’s Glen but learned that the daily pass fee for out-of-state guests was $16. So we just headed for the south entrance to Devil’s Lake, as we had a hike planned there. I remembered from a past visit (about 8 years ago) that this park is one of the few that allows the National Park Pass, and that rule still stands, so it didn’t cost us a penny to get in.