Saturday, August 19, 2017


August 19, 2017

So the fun begins. Actually it started this past Monday inside of the Stinger B. Even though my knee is not ready to go up and down the stairs here in the house it is able to handle the stairs into the motor home so we are getting rid of stuff in the Stinger B. We started by emptying out all the cupboards, wiping them out, and putting back only the stuff we actually have used. Then we went through everything under the bed and the booths. I had already gone through the cupboards in the bedroom when we first arrived at the house. It is amazing how much stuff we really do not feel the need to haul around anymore. Every year we leave more and more behind. We do have one storage unit where we are putting the stuff from the house and motor home we want to keep. Looking at the excel sheet we can already see things that will be coming out of there probably next year. Our plan from the beginning has always been one storage unit and what does not fit we do not need. I am finding the more we live in the motor home the less we need to live happily. This year it was particularly hard to move back into the house. To much stuff and more space then we need.

Anyway, we had planned on starting the "basement" purge tomorrow. The prediction was for rain today then sun on Sunday and Monday but this morning that changed to sun today and Sunday rain on Monday. So we decide today was the day. When we bought the Stinger B back in December we took one day just to move everything out of the Crusader into it. Nothing really organized just getting it in and then out of the way for the service people to get the work done while we headed north for Christmas and New Years with our children and grandchildren. When we got back we did take another couple of days to organize and put things away inside. We also took everything out of the "basement" and tried to organize it but it really was still a mess. We knew where the things we really needed where but otherwise, like I said, a mess.

As of the end of today we have eliminated two containers and have seven containers packed and inventoried. Once we finish going through the rest of the stuff, we have under there, we will make a final decision as to what stays. I am thinking we may eliminate at least one of those seven.

Tom pulling out one of the many containers. 

One bay vacuumed and wiped out.

More boxes and that last bay on the passenger side will be
tackled tomorrow.

Looking up, the sky was a wonderful blue with lovely white fluffy clouds floating by this afternoon.

One more summer birthday. Aden turned 13 on Thursday, August 17th. I guess some could say that technically he is not our grandson but he is our grandchildren, Nathaniel and Adelaide's, big brother so in our book he is our grandson.

This was taken last October and he has
grown several inches since then. In fact,
I am pretty sure he is taller than I am.

Not that we are counting but 53 days, give or take a day, until we back our of the driveway and head out for winter. Having said that I realize the days will fly and we still have lots of things we want to accomplish before then. Hope everyone is taking the time to enjoy the summer.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Slow but Sure

Wednesday, August, 9, 2017

The knee is getting better day by day...slow but sure. This past Sunday was a big day went on my first outing, besides physical therapy and doctor We went to Mass, out to breakfast, and a short ride. It was just wonderful to get out and do something.

Then Tuesday went and had my hair done...added silver and lavender highlights.

Now some catching up: (Warning...grandchildren pictures.)

I had decided to start mentioning family birthdays in the blog and of course I missed three since the surgery.

On July 21st our grandson, Jonah, turned five. He is our son and daughter-in law's middle child and has been running and climbing since he learned to walk.  He has the cutest little face. (We, of course, are not bias at all...LOL)

This was the cutest thing to watch we were at
Cracker Barrel, a couple of years ago, and we
were getting ready to leave. When it is time for
a nap it is time for a nap.

At the Detroit Zoo.
For his birthday this year all he wanted was
a turtle birthday. He looks so darn happy.
Wish we could have been there to see it.

On July 30th our granddaughter, Charlotte, turned six. She is our daughter's oldest. She never ceases to amaze us with what comes out of her mouth. Sometimes I wonder if she is really only six. She is definitely her mother's "mini-me".

Mother and Daughter.

Oh No!
From the time she was about one she would
do this. It was the cutest thing.

I do not remember the last time she did it.

On August 1st our granddaughter, Adelaide, turned one. She is our daughter's youngest and our youngest grandchild. We can already see her personality starting to shine through. Even though she cannot really talk yet she gets her point across especially when she is unhappy with the way things are going.

She is about 5 weeks here and talking up a storm.

Her mother saw this on the internet and thought
it was a cute idea, and it is.
Unfortunately, Adelaide did not agree.
The problem is she does not like sitting in the grass.


Happiness is Having
Grandchildren to Love!

Thursday, July 27, 2017


Thursday, July 27, 2017

We are still here and did not leave "blog land" I have just not been up to doing my part.
Basically we put our blog together by deciding on content together, I write it, then Tom proof reads, then I re-read, and push the publish button and hope for the best...:) So without my part there is no blog.

Anyone who follows our blog knows we do not mention our health very often but now that it is over and done here is the reason there has not been a blog or comments on any blogs the last month. On June 27th I had my right knee replaced and today is the first day I have really felt like being on the computer. Seriously, I do not do well on pain medications and cannot concentrate for very long. This is my second knee replacement, I had the left one done in 2014, and I will say this one has been a lot easier then the first time around. (Probably because I now have one good knee to rely on during Physical Therapy.) I would also give credit to the two weeks I spent at Rennes Health and Rehab in DePere, WI. (Side note: if you have to do rehab and you live near Rennes go and check it out. I cannot say enough good things about the place. I had two sessions of PT and one of OT Monday through Friday and one session of PT on the weekend. Plus, everyone I came in contact with was caring and helpful which made what could have been an unpleasant experience very bearable.)

As of tomorrow I will have two weeks of out patient therapy behind me with two more to go. Again, I can not say enough good things about the place I am doing this at, Northwoods Rehabilitation, which is the same place I went last time. The staff there is very caring and knowledgeable and I am very thankful for this.

I am not going to pretend it has been a walk in the park but with Tom taking great care of me at home and all the help I had from others it has been a lot easier then I thought it would be.

It has been hard missing out on summer and knowing we will probably not get the house emptied before we leave this fall has been hard to make peace with. Though in the end being able to walk with no pain will be well worth it.

Tom is still working on things around here and the Stinger B so it will be ready to go when we are. Then, of course, cutting grass because of all the rain. Though with the wildfires out west and in Canada it is hard to complain about to much rain.

Our son, Thomas and daughter-in-law Nadine took there three kids on their first camping trip as a family over the 4th of July weekend. Tom did get a chance to meet them and spend one night. From what they have said they had a blast and are looking forward to more family camping trips. Next summer, hopefully, we will be able to go out at least one time with them plus our daughter and her family.

They were happy to see Papa and actually asked,
where is Nana. A first usually it is all about Papa.

So that is what is going on, in a nutshell, around here. Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer. I am looking forward to reading blogs the next couple of days and sharing the information with Tom as we catch up with everyone.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Second Day of Summer

Thursday, June 22, 2017

I took a walk outside before lunch and took the pictures below of the beautiful blue sky with these white wispy clouds floating by.

Some of the flowers Tom has planted around the yard.

I had lunch and before I could get the above pictures added and the blog posted the clouds pictured below moved in. Looks like the 44% chance of rain predicted for today is going to happen. Tom is presently outside cutting grass I feel like he is fighting a losing battle this summer.

On the bright side because of all the rain we have not been able to have gravel delivered to move the Stinger B on to...sooooo we are saving money. I guess the quote that would work well here is: "Every Cloud has a Silver Lining".

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Today was the perfect first day of summer. We had a beautiful blue, blue sky all day. The clouds showed up on the horizon as the sun was setting on the longest day of the year.

The Escanaba Harbor Light.

The sun dropped behind the clouds on the horizon as
I took the picture of the Harbor Light.

Last little bit of light.


Hope the summer sun is shining down on you today!

If you have a moment we would enjoy hearing from you.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Today would have been my Dad's 98th birthday and there are times it hardly seems possible that he has been gone for 15 years.

This is our maple in the back yard
green and full. I remember when my
Dad planted it over 50 years ago.

The clouds were glowing as the sunset this evening.

Friday, June 16, 2017

The rain is with us most days and most days without fail we
at least see some blue sky before the sun sets.
The picture on the left was taken at a restaurant out on the
Garden Peninsula. We spent a lovely evening enjoying good
food and the company of our next door neighbors.

Monday, June 19, 2017

On June 19, 2010 this little man made Tom and I grandparents for the 1st time.
Where did the time go?
Happy 7th Birthday, Noah! We love you forever and always.

Noah Thomas

Pink clouds as the sun was setting.

Decided to take a walk around the yard. With all the rain every
thing is a beautiful green. The climbing roses above and on the
right have come back. Two summers ago we thought we had
lost them to the winter cold the year before. Last year we had
some green but this year they are really looking good.

Some of the plants around our walkways.

The reason the Stinger B is still parked
in the driveway. We had planned on
putting new gravel in this area and
moving it over but it with all the rain
it is not looking promising.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

It was an interesting day weather wise. It seemed like one minute we had blue skies and white fluffy clouds and the next dark storm clouds. Then one direction would be a beautiful blue and the opposite dark and ominous. All of sudden there would be a downpour and the next minute the sun was out.

Have I mentioned I love clouds. The white fluffy ones against the blue sky that continuously change shape as they float by.  The ones that turn the sky pink or orange at sunset bringing breath taking color to the end of the day. The dark, dark storm clouds as they creep across the sky ominous yet strangely fascinating. Every shape and every color they are all beautiful.

"What Fills the Eyes
Fills the Heart."
                                  ~Irish Proverb

Hope you had a day filled with wonderful moments. 
We would enjoy hearing from you, if you have a moment to leave a comment.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Happy Father's Day!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

We would like to take a moment and wish all the Dad's out there a Happy Father's Day!

Today we are remembering and missing both of our Dad's. Gone but never forgotten.

We are also, wishing our son a Happy Father's Day. We are very proud of the Dad you are to our beautiful grandchildren.

To our brothers Jerry, Frank and Jeff  plus our brother-in-laws Tom and Perry enjoy your day.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Days are Going By

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Hello, just checking in to see what is going on in the blogging world and to let you know we are still around.

We have been seeing blue skies which is encouraging and we even had some temperatures in the high 70's.

A beautiful blue sky this past

Saturday, our daughter had us over for dinner. She made 
chicken and steak fajitas, her first attempt, and it was quite 
a success. It was a delicious meal and getting 
to take leftovers home was a definite plus.

Interesting cloud formation and color after the sun had set on Saturday evening. We were in the parking lot at Family Video when I noticed the sky off to the west. We have decided not to hook up to cable this summer and we still are not sure we want to do the whole satellite/dish thing. We have had pretty good luck with our antennae in the motorhome when we are on the road, so movie rentals it is for the time being.

Took a quick ride out past the street lights 
and caught the end of the light.

Sunday brought a new day with wind and later on rain.  Lots and lots of rain and wind. We had two really good downpours. 

Took this picture down at the beach looking across 
the bay towards the Stonington Peninsula.

Last night's sunset lit up the sky. I went out on our front porch in time to catch some of the color.

The time seems to be going by quickly and we are not getting as much done as quickly as we would like. Tom had bronchitis this past week so that did slow things down a bit. He is back to feeling better so tomorrow we will back at it and we will see what the next few weeks bring.

Hope everyone reading this is having a wonderful June and spending time with those they love.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Time Goes By

(Clicking on the pictures will open them larger in a new window.)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Today our son, Thomas, turns 33 not sure how that happened seems like only yesterday we were standing in the International Terminal at Chicago's O'Hare Airport looking down through the glass at a tiny 3 month old bundle. Now he has a beautiful wife, Nadine, and three little bundles of his own. Time does fly.

Happy Birthday, Thomas!

Thomas and Nadine with their three children.
Left to right: Marcella, Jonah, and Noah

The dandelions are just about done.

Lilacs in our back yard.

Our granddaughter, Charlotte, brought
me these the other day from a bush
where they live.

Our granddaughter, Charlotte's, spring recital. There was no need
for an arrow to point to her. She is the one on the right all by
herself. Her mom does not know why the teacher did not have her
move in closer but she was just over there singing and dancing
away, as were the other kids, but she was having a ball.

I was holding Adelaide, our youngest grandchild, who is
10 months old a couple of days ago and took this picture.
I was sitting there enjoying the moment.
Over the last seven years I have held each of our grandchildren
 as they slept and savored every moment.
I remember holding our son and daughter and as I sat
there I kept thinking about how fast the time has gone by
between this age and 33 and 31.

Took a ride down by the water yesterday. There was good breeze
and when I got out of the Jeep I could see the seagulls floating
in the wind.

Below is information about a restored light house here in Escanaba. It is open for tours in the summer months. They also have special events during the holidays. I toured this on field trips with our children along with a museum next door. Tom and I were just saying we need to take the time and take the older grandkids for a tour.

Our light house 

The waves were coming in pretty good along the shore and
I could feel the spray as I walked along.

I do miss Super One it was our go to supermarket.
Closed while we were gone on our "Third Adventure".

"You will get there when you are meant 
to get there and not one moment sooner.
So relax, breathe, and be patient."

Glad you took the time to stop by. 
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