Friday, September 8, 2017

September 2017

Spring has sprung; Fall has fell (poor grammar, I know)
 Bob told me to take a picture of the crab apple trees
with the red tree north of the house.
This is the "red" tree :-)
(Actually it's a green ash tree)
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Fall means it's time for the Norsk Hostfest in Minot.
This year we saw The Celtic Thunder concert.
The guys wore these outfits to sing the Irish Anthem
and it means time to close up the camper...
Bob got 'er ready for winter :-)
The Fritel  Lebanese Restaurant
(I got ambitious one day!)
We flew out to visit Doug, Sara, RJ, and Julia
for Labor Day weekend

Bob and the kids enjoyed their back yard
Bedtime stories
for everyone!
Sara found the park next to the airport where....
grampa measured the decibels on his phone,
while we watched the planes take off over our heads
and Sara got a little exercise...
Grampa and Julia with "generational" telephones

Gramma read to RJ's Kindergarten class on Friday...
note the "stuffed Jesus" on the shelf :-)
Later, we went to play mini golf, but Julia preferred climbing

Doug beat us all, but RJ got a hole-in-one!!!
 so we celebrated with root beer floats.
Nothing like a little sugar before bedtime :-)
 Saturday was the National Book Fair
Author Sherri Duskey Rinker signed RJ's 
Steam Train, Dream Train book.
We had photo-ops with our new best friends...
Does anyone recognize this bunny?
Here's Maisy with the kids
 The family took a stagecoach ride...
and found Waldo!
On Sunday, Doug's dad took us for a ride on his boat.
Grampa Farmer Bob and Captain Grand Dad Bob 
 A great place for a nest
 Bridge across Chesapeake Bay
 The guys tried to fish....
 Doug baited RJ's hook....
 but we didn't have any luck that day.
 A beautiful sunny day on the water
We loved the scenery,
 saw lots of sail boats,
 Navy boats used by the cadets
 at Annapolis (a unique view from the water side of the campus),
 AND a Pirate Ship!
Even Pope Francis had a great time...
 and Julia celebrated her first ride on Grand Dad's boat!
 A windy day, so the water was a bit bumpy,
but Dramamine does work. :-)
 Doug's dad treated us to supper at Cantler's
right next to the marina.
Bob and Doug had to crack the crab legs
 I ordered. Yummy....Thanks everyone!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

August 2017

Can't believe that my first August entry is on the 22nd...
no, it has not been a dull month--but busy. So far, the eclipse
has been the "high-light" (pun intended).
"Selfie" in my welding mask
 We had rain in the morning--
it stopped ten minutes before the eclipse started!
Obviously, digital cameras aren't for filming the sun,
but you can tell that part of it is obscured...
Taken through the welding mask....

Friday, July 7, 2017

July--the second half of 2017 begins!

July 30th: Tom, Trina, and kids met us in Medora.
 Waiting for the "pitchfork fondue"
We met Teddy Roosevelt, his wife and his son
 All of the kids in the audience went onstage!
(Kids are free on Sundays and Wednesdays) :-)
"Teddy" Bear and the mayor

July 29th: Bob's birthday and a trip
through The Enchanted Highway
 We zipped past Zap en route....
In 1989 Gary Greff, a local artist, began creating
sculptures from recycled metal.
"Geese in Flight" (2001) along Interstate 94 is
an enticement to drive down the Enchanted Highway
"Deer Crossing" (2002)
Greff created a maze at the deer crossing.
Bob is a-maze-ing :-)
"Grasshoppers in the Field" (1999)
"Fisherman's Dream" (2006)
"Pheasants on the Prairie" (1996)
"Teddy Rides Again" (1993)
"World's Largest Tin Family" (1991)
"Wirly Gigs"
Regent, ND, home of Senator Dorgan
Greff opened the Enchanted Castle in 2012.
He is working on "Spider Webs" now
St. Elizabeth church in Lefor was built in 1929
We camped at Belfield and went to the Chuck Suchy concert.
He is the ND State Troubadour. He sang "Happy Birthday" 
to Bob during the concert.
July 28th: A day at the State Fair in Minot:
This was my favorite--all real flowers

July 23rd:  Tom, Trina, and kids spent a night
at the lake en route to the 
Canadian Rockies: The kids are wearing
their Lake Metigoshe shirts.

Jett and Annika slept in the camper with Grampa and Gramma.
The rest of the family stayed in the motel across the street.

July 22nd: Ahmed came from Chicago to
visit friends Dale and Marilyn. He cooked, 
so we and Jim and Deb were invited
to a Lebanese meal (above the funeral home)
Ahmed said that his brother was a tour guide for Donna
when she visited Lebanon during the Clinton administration.

We spent the second week of July in Bismarck.
 The Heritage Museum had a special chocolate exhibit.
It was a great history of the "growth" of chocolate,
 but they didn't have any free samples. :-(
We also went to workshops at the
Germans-from-Russia Convention ,
and met Msgr. Shea, the President
of The University of Mary.
 Spent a couple of days in Minnesota
and experienced the breakdown of our car,
a night in a motel, two rental cars, and
a couple of round-trips from Fergus Falls to Fargo.

We spent 4th of July week at Lake Metigoshe
 Diane's traditional flag cheesecake :-)
 The lake fireworks were on the 3rd, 
so the pickleball club picked up trash on the morning of the 4th
 Not sure how much "improvement"  the Association does....
 The only "equine" in the parade
 "Flying jeep"
This train came "barreling" down the road 
 Golf carts were "in" that day
Bob "scooted" along at the end of the parade