Archive for March, 2014

As Winter Ends, A New Life Begins

March 13, 2014

Hi. I think it’s safe to go outside again! We actually had a day near 60 this week. I honestly laid on my deck and just soaked in sun. It felt marvelous.

We’ll do our last sports show this weekend–Eau Claire. Come visit if you’re in the neighborhood. We’ve had lots of visitors along the circuit and love the company! Eau Claire is a pretty good drive from our Iowa home–about 5 hrs.–so we’ll have to keep ourselves entertained along the way. Hopefully it will be our first show this season without horribly inclimate weather coming, going, or both.

Guess what we got last night???
Weighing in
That’s right: we got a Gavin Jem! Our oldest niece Jayme had him at 7:24 p.m. You might ask how I can be so specific…because Rebecca and I were there for everything! I even cut the cord!!! She was GREAT and he is perfect. Mackayla could not wait to meet her new cousin:
with ant andy
That brings the count to 4 great-nieces and 2 great-nephews. It’s weird when I can remember all of the nieces and nephews as babies…perhaps I’m aging too(?)

Opening Week Will Not Be the Same

March 5, 2014

Greetings, All. I know it’s been a long, long time since my last entry. Most of you know I’d taken a long-term teaching assignment so you’re pretty understanding. Last Friday was my last day of that assignment, which had begun Nov. 18!!! That’s a long haul when you’re doing sports shows on weekends, etc. Anyway, I already miss the kids but have slept in until 7:00 two days in a row:) I’ll still do some daily assignments–though I’ll be picky–but the hard work is done for this school year. We’re off to Milwaukee tomorrow for five days, then Eau Claire the following weekend for our final show of the season.

I wanted to let you know that Wilma has passed away. Affectionately referred to as “Ma” by her daughter Sandra and son-in-law Eldon, Wilma has been an opening week visitor at Tall Pines Camp for ’bout 8 years I figure. Not an angler, Wilma preferred sitting on the deck listening to the critters, finding good rocks, playing cards in the evenings with Sandy and Eldon, and crocheting. She’d crank out a doily a day, often leaving me with several beautiful creations by week’s end:


I enjoyed Wilma’s sense of humor. More than once she surprised us with a one-liner or perfect observation. She will be missed but she’s in good hands.