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May 21, 2020 - It's not easy

. The link to the left goes to one of many articles I've read about coping with (there is no "getting over") the death of your spouse. Hazel and I were married for 53 years, and I miss her terribly every day. Not just once a day, but pretty-much all the time. . Hazel Howes (1943 - 2019) Jump to full entry

May 5, 2020 - RV Park Laundry Room Goodies

. My wife and I were on the road for several months a year for about 10 years, even putting the motorhome on the ferry from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland a couple of times, we went almost everywhere. Except Texas. Hazel never wanted to go to Texas, and I asked her one day why that was. "Well", she said "Texas has capital punishment". "What the heck are you planning to do?" I asked. She just smiled. . It didn't take me long to figure out that if you have something in your RV that you aren't using, and it is too good to just throw away, if...

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Jan 9, 2020 - Repairs at the sub pen

. From Wikipedia: . A submarine pen is a type of submarine base that acts as a bunker to protect submarines from air attack. The term is generally applied to submarine bases constructed during World War II, particularly in Germany and its occupied countries, also known as U-boat pens. . From the galley to the head, to the captain's quarters (bedroom) in the back, recreational vehicles are nautical, and heading home after a long trip always makes me think of the WWII German U-boats heading for repairs at the sub pens along the French...

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Jan 20, 2018 - Winter in Minnesota

. Normally, Hazel and I would be on the road by October, heading out before the snow to warmer places for the winter. But, this year, a trip to Rome was in the mix, Hazel, our youngest daughter, and me, to visit our son Tom and his family who were living in Rome for a year or so, as he finished his doctorial thesis in Philosophy at the Vatican. . Hazel has been there before, and I remember her saying the streets in Assisi were uphill both ways, and watching those Rick Steves videos on public television showing crowds of tourists always gave...

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Sep 4, 2017 - Labor Day Weekend

. Hazel and I returned from our trip to Nebraska for the eclipse, a few days in Branson, Missouri, with a stop at Independence to see the Harry S Truman Presidential Library. We've been back in Minnesota for a few days, parked in front of our daughter's cabin near St. Cloud. . The weather has been great, Annie, Steve, my son-in-law, and family came up for the first part of the Labor Day weekend, and everyone had a great time out on the lake, the Wave Runner got a good workout, pulling water skiers, tubers, and just running around. We...

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Aug 15, 2017 - A Classic Picnic Table

. Hazel and I have been parked for several weeks in front of my daughter Annie's cabin on Briggs Lake, about 20 minutes Southeast of St. Cloud, Minnesota. This is a wonderful summer location for us, a home base, a Norwegian sub pen, a place where we can return for repairs and resupply. . Parked here, with our awning out, the carpeting down in front of the door, and with a gas BBQ grill, we have our own private RV park, except for one thing: no picnic table. Most of the RV parks we stay at have a picnic table for each site, and most are...

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Jul 17, 2017 - Briggs Lake

My daughter Annie and her husband Steve own a nice year-around cabin on Briggs Lake, a few miles Southeast of St. Cloud, Minnesota. It is the perfect spot for us to park our motorhome when we're back in Minnesota, with a 30 amp power plug in, a good well, and, if I can figure it out, maybe access to the septic tank. And, I even have a perfect "view of the southern sky" the Dish Network folks tell me I need for reception on our satellite dome. With everything I need in the motorhome, I hardly ever go in the cabin, so Annie and her family...

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