Thursday, September 28, 2017

Back to the NorthWoods Once Again

The Customer Service group at Winnebago took efficient care of us once again.  Since we arrived with an appointment, most of our work was completed on Monday; a couple of “Add On” items and most of our tree damage, leaving only the duct-taped holes in the roof.  These were dried out Tuesday and Tuesday night, and finished up on Wednesday morning.  We were out of there by 1:30, in time to catch the early part of Minneapolis’s rush hour traffic.  They also had to take care of over 45 non-appointment "Drop Ins".

We spent the night on the street outside of Brett’s place, and took Olivia to a soccer practice that evening.  Her team is doing quite well this season.  We will miss Anna’s CrossCountry meet this weekend.

Since Paige will be taking her mother to radiation treatments on Friday, we returned to the cabin on Thursday.  Pam was with Joyce on Tuesday and Wednesday, so we met with her in Hinkley during her return.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Back to “Camp Winnebago”

After a great Annual Meeting of the Nomads at Amana Iowa we have come back to Forest City for repairs to our motorhome.  This will mostly be repairing the damage caused by a wind-blown tree.  (See our posting of June 16)  We have had the Canyon repaired earlier and now it is the Journey’s turn.  We arrived Saturday afternoon and found the parking areas somewhat crowded; and more motorhomes have arrived since then.  We haven’t ever seen this many units here for service.  We are glad to have a firm appointment.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Pack and Load…(repeat)…(repeat)…

Yes, the time has come to load up the motorhome and hit the road once again.  But only for a short time until we return to the lake.  We are only going as far as Duluth today, to help coordinate some of Joyce’s medical issues, to have our annual chassis maintenance done, and to do our annual water treatment.  After a few days there, we will head to Iowa for the Nomads group’s annual meeting next week.  The week after that we will get our tree damage repaired at the Winnebago factory before coming back to the lake for most of October.

As we get back on the road, it will be easier to remember to post here more often.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Enough Is Enough

Once again another month has gone by since posting here.

The “Retired Life” is great.  We work when we want and where we want.  Last week we volunteered again at Habitat for Humanity.  A new house is being built in Mountain Iron.  When we arrived, the outer walls were standing and sheeted, with rough openings for doors and window cut out.  The two of us and three other volunteers built and erected four interior walls for the bedrooms.  New construction is quite different from the repair work we have done with Nomads.  Next week a large traveling group of RVing volunteers will begin a 2-week project on this house.  We will come back again, after they leave, when there will be a need for more local help.

Next week we will leave the quiet lakeside life for a few days in the Twin Cities.  We both have a number of doctor and dental appointments, plus a day at the State Fair before returning to the lake.

Those of us from the Midwest have a reputation for being too pleasant and not speaking up often enough or loud enough.  The label “Minnesota Nice” comes to mind, but it also applies to many of us in at least a 7-state area.  The time has come for us to speak our minds.  On a recent morning TV program, the hosts asked about stress in their viewers’ lives.  Reflecting on this question, our main stresses come from the shameless functioning of our current administration in DC.  The “swamp” was not drained; it has only become more rancid during the past 6 months.  The current occupant of the Oval Office has shown his true colors as a despicable egotist who will never admit any of his many mistakes.  The “Leader of the Free World” is now someone in Europe.  Our president is not a leader, but is an embarrassment to this country, his party and himself – a truly “Ugly American”.

It is true that he has bought us together:

The new Marist Poll, which has a sampling margin of +/- 3.1 percent, found that 55 percent disapprove of Trump after seven months on the job“

This poll was completed before the recent Charlottesville demonstrations.

There, I have said it, and it feels good to get it out there

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Nearly a Month has gone by

Maybe summer has finally come to the Northwoods.  Since parking here at the lake more than 2 months ago, we have finally had a couple nice weather days, back to back.  An average day has been cool, wet, or windy or a combination of them.  There may have been 4 or 5 nice days scattered around, but not very many.

We had Stella, the Grand-dog with us for more than 2 weeks, while Brett, Jen, and the girls were on vacation.  The granddaughters took Stella’s place over the Fourth of July weekend and have since gone home to their varied summer activities.  David and his family were here as well over the Fourth, so that weekend was quite busy.  Dave took lots of beautiful pictures.  This is one of my favorites!

After the Fourth, Paula and Tomie came to Duluth for a quick visit to Grandma Joyce.  Pam and Ron came up from the Twin Cities and we had a nice dinner with Grandma to celebrate an early 88th birthday for her.  Brett’s girls were still here so it was a nice group and lots of fun.

Last Sunday was a nice day and we spent part of it on Steve and Deanna’s pontoon.  Very quiet as most of the “weekenders” had left the lake.  So nice that they invite us for these long rides!

The last week has been pretty quiet.  The pickup has been repaired (mostly) from the storm damage.  We haven’t yet received an estimate to repair the motorhome; maybe we’ll have it soon.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Well, This is Different!!

After all these years in the northwoods, storms have only caused a few power outages, but no real damage to our personal property.  All that changed Tuesday afternoon.

We had strong winds off the lake, and one weak tree.  It came down onto both the Winnebago and the pickup.  We have policies for both vehicles with the same carrier and they will consider it to be one “incident” so we shouldn’t have to pay two deductibles.  We have spoken to a claims person by phone, and are waiting for a personal visit to be scheduled soon.

We will see how all this turns out.

Down the road, Duluth is now filling up with runners and their families and fans.  This is the weekend of Grandma’s Marathon, when tens of thousands of people show up to run along the shores of Lake Superior.  We will be volunteering to help with route control during the William A. Irvin 5k support event, just like we did last year.  At least it will take our minds off insurance, deductibles, and body shops.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Busy Days

Well, summer has finally come to northern Minnesota.  Eighty degrees is hot up here.  We have stayed busy, both here and in the Twin Cities area.  Earlier this month we traveled to Brett’s house for nearly a week.  Saturday, the 3rd, was busy with going to an afternoon ballgame where Leah (granddaughter of Paige’s sister) was playing.

All the kids and their families had a good time in the sunshine.  Later that day we took David’s family out to dinner in north Minneapolis, and then to an off-Broadway play at the Minsky theater.  Steve’s son, Tom, was performing in “Spandex, the Musical”.  We just learned that his next performance will be next month at the Ordway in “Jesus Christ, Superstar” (quite the actor!).

On Sunday we bought Brett’s older BMW R1100RT, very similar to the one we used to have.  On Monday he (on his newer RT) and I rode to a number of firehouses to take photos so he can qualify for a Red Knights award.  Paige will feel more comfortable on the larger BMW, so our V-Strom is available (any interested buyers?).

Paige had 4 doctor appointments between Monday to Wednesday.  So good to get those taken care of!

We got to see a number of Olivia’s soccer games and one practice.  They hadn’t won a game all season, until the last one when they buried the other team by 5 to 0.  Way to Go Girls!!

Wednesday was also Olivia’s graduation from elementary school. 
Next year, her 6th grade will be in Middle School.  After her 2-hour ceremony, we came back to the cabin late in the day.  Thursday was reserved for unloading and unpacking. 

Friday we split the cost of the rental of a wood splitter with our neighbors and spent most of the day splitting their pile, ours, and Steve’s.  As if that weren’t enough labor, we mowed Steve and Deanna’s lawn that evening.  They are both recovering: he from a broken wrist, and she from appendicitis. 

The grandkids will be coming up here in a couple of weeks, but we will have our split wood all stacked before they arrive.