24 Years

Yes, that’s how long we’ve been married as of today:)  Happy Anniversary to us!


It certainly doesn’t feel like October around here; it feels like December!  We’ve been cold and windy for days.  The sun hasn’t shone much either:(  Today it is calm enough for Gruper to get the docks moved.  It looks like it’s going well.  I am sitting in the warmth of Frey’s room as I blog.  We’ve had a couple of hard frosts–making the dock ramp an interesting venture–and several brief episodes of flurries.  Iowa is looking and sounding pretty darned good to me these days.  I did manage to catch the sun shining very brightly on the trees a couple of days ago:


I know it’s cloudy–which is how it ended up the rest of the day–but the rising sun was behind me and hitting the trees perfectly!  I also stumbled across some shaggy manes,


some toad stools,


and this…


We received word a few days ago that Brad D. passed away during heart surgery.  Brad, Mary, Wes and Nancy found us in 2017.  They returned this year with three newbies.  Poor Mary’s appendix attacked her near the end of their week, and she barely made it home in time for surgery.  We want her to know that she and their family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Our family had an emotionally-charged Friday.  Our sister-in-law Connie passed away after more than a month in the hospital.  She had been battling interstitial lung disease for years.  She lost our biggest brother Dan in April of 2017, and her health had been questionable ever since.  Please keep our nephew, nieces and three great-nieces in your prayers.  Connie was such a huge part of their lives.

On the same day, niece Anna in Florida had her second set of twins!  Elizabeth and Chloe join brother twins Joshua and Michael (age 2 1/2).  The babies and Mama are doing great!  Saint Benny will have his hands full for a bit but he’s up to the challenge!

Obviously things have slowed down considerably ’round here.  We had two cabins of anglers last week, one of which was also grouse hunting.  Most of the cabins are closed up and ready for spring already (this weather makes it easier for me to do indoor activities).  Joe and Bill had no problem getting their walleye limits, so they spent quite a bit of time looking for grouse.  Mike and Scott were their usual (very) laid back selves.  These guys just completely enjoy their time here.  They fish, they roadtrip, they go out for dinner, etc.  Scott got a kick out of this whitefish:


The grouse did not find it a bit funny…


Frank and the guys were here a few weeks back.  They are fall regulars and know what they’re doing.  Mike caught that beautiful northern I posted and  Tim released an incredibly healthy walleye as well!


Tim 26 A

Looks like Frank caught a good one, too!


As I combed through their photos, I saw many I entitled “should I get the net?”


or “yes, get the net!”


Good netting 101:


Maybe if we sneak up on them we’ll catch more (think about it):


Hey, there’s Bob!


These guys fish hard, regardless of weather.  They choose the nicer days for a huge Frank tradition:  shore lunch!  They have this down to a science as well:


There are always a few moochers just in case…


Check out this eagle.  It posed for them!  I think it looks like a totem pole:



Glitter fishing!


These guys don’t spend much time in the cabin, but when they do it’s having fun or catching sunsets!










Love this red one!




I didn’t get to Bob/Terry/Steve’s pics as well as some random ones from e-mails.  That guarantees at least one more entry this season!

4 Responses to “24 Years”

  1. Troy Says:

    Happy Anniversary!!!!!!!

  2. Bob and Joyce Says:

    I understand this being a tough time for you, but I do want to wish you guys a Happy 24th Anniversary. May you have many more together and enjoy life to the fullest. God Bless You!!

  3. Kevin Brown Says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary! Thanks for sharing the sad news about Brad and Connie. Aaron and I had nothing but great times visiting with Brad’s gang each of the last two years. And sorry to hear about Connie: Julia and I had been including her in nightly prayers for many months now. Congrats again on the anniversary and best wishes making a safe and uneventful return to IA!

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