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Dec 25, 2020 - The Christmas Card

. A snow storm came through here in Minnesota in the past couple of days, a blizzard actually, plunging temperatures and winds gusting up to 50 mph, a good time to hunker down here at the lake cabin, take a senior nap or two, and watch few old black & white films on "Turner Classic Movies". I haven't been in snow for a couple of years, normally being in Florida or California now, but I had to get ready for it. . My friend Steve Weaver, knowing I'd be stuck up here while he was in sunny and warm Morro Bay, California, decided that a good...

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Dec 17, 2020 - I'm gonna need a bigger boat

. Three weeks ago, I had a dream where I was being attacked by someone, I couldn't see who it was, but he was big and strong, and I fought back as best I could, waking up as I was hitting the floor. I'd rolled right out of bed. . Some dream, and I was stiff and sore all over for the rest of the day. Married for 53 years, I'm a widower sleeping alone, except, of course, for my Pomeranian "Lily", who has a spot somewhere on the other side of the bed. When my wife Hazel was still making herself visible, I never fell out of bed. The side...

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Sep 5, 2019 - Getting ready for the road

In ancient Greece, the legendary king Theseus founded the city of Athens, sailed his warship into port, where it stayed, according to legend, for 300 years. As a tribute to Theseus and his many sea battles, the people of Athens kept the ship as a memorial. . The “ship of Theseus” stayed in the harbor, but as time went by, it began rotting away. To preserve it, wood was replaced, until, at some point, none of the original ship remained. . So, the question is, If you replace all the original parts, is it still the same ship Theseus sailed...

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Aug 30, 2019 - Hazel Howes (1943 - 2019)

Hazel Marie Howes passed away surrounded by family at sunrise on Sunday, August 25, 2019 after struggling with cancer for several months. She is survived by me, her husband of 53 years, our nine living children (and spouses): Glenn (Mei), Annie Bullert (Steve), John (Andrea), David (Alicia), James, Joseph, Andrew (Katie), Tom (Kira), and Sarah. Our infant son Michael preceded her departure (†1981). She is also survived by our 18 grandchildren: Ronald, Kelly, Mitchell, Aveline, Gabrielle,...

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Aug 19, 2019 - Hazel is home from the hospital

Several months ago, Hazel started to complain about a pain on her right side, her ribs were hurting. Several suggestions that she go to the doctor were brushed-off, and Hazel continued to lead a normal life, with our RV trips through Canada to the East Coast, then a flight to New York City to spend Christmas with our daughter Sarah. But, it was not getting any better, and finally urging by our daughter Annie, and Hazel's sister, we got her in to see the doctor. Tests were ordered, x-rays, ultra-sounds, and CAT Scans gave us the bad news,...

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Aug 4, 2019 - Home invasion by law enforcement and ambulance crew

Yesterday afternoon, our lake cabin was suddenly invaded by law enforcement, fire department rescue workers, and an ambulance team. All unrequested by me, my wife Hazel, or our daughter Annie, visiting at the time. An out-of-state relative got a little excited, learning that Hazel has been in pain and discomfort since her thyroid surgery last week, (Hazel is fighting cancer), and decided to call 911 to report the situation. Within minutes we had seven or eight people in the cabin wanting to haul Hazel out the door and off to the hospital in...

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Jun 22, 2019 - Somebody stole our boat!

Someone stole our boat on Wednesday June 19th. It was out by the road, next to the mailbox, with a "For Sale" sign next to it. The plan was to ask $200, but I was certainly up to an offer. My father-in-law and I bought that boat together 50 years ago, and as I recall, we paid less than $300 for a brand-new 14' aluminum boat at Holiday Village in Blaine. It has been here at the cabin for a few years, a renter here painted it black for who knows what reason, and it was in need of some help, but certainly would have made a decent little...

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Jun 12, 2019 - RV Travel Blogs and Destinations

8 days in Egypt next winter will require a new desert hat. My new Dorfman Pacific safari hat. . RV TRAVEL BLOGS: (share the adventure not the expense) . If you know of a good RV Blog, please let me know. . .

eMail ron@global-air.com mytripjournal.com/ (create your own free travel blog) . . Adventures Along The Way (empty nesters on the open road in a motorhome) . Changing Gears ...

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Mar 24, 2019 - The Winter of Our Discontent

The Winter of Our Discontent is John Steinbeck's last novel, published in 1961. The title comes from the first two lines of William Shakespeare's Richard III: "Now is the winter of our discontent / Made glorious summer by this sun [or son] of York". . After returning from our Christmas trip to visit our daughter Sarah in New York, I knew both Hazel and I needed to get serious about something not right with our medical conditions. I've had an ongoing "sore", for lack of a better word, on my cheek for the past couple of years that would...

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Feb 26, 2019 - Nuggie

"Nuggie", our 17 year old cocker spaniel, died during the night. She's been in a lot of pain lately, helped with a dog-aspirin in a spoon of ice cream every evening. Nuggie's been sleeping most of the time in the past year, moving around to get food and water and to be helped outside, with eyesight and hearing failing, but still able to smell that steak cooking on the barbeque and letting us know she wanted some. . Named in honor of our granddaughter Julia's 4th and golden birthday, a...

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May 1, 2018 - Back to Minnesota

. With the weather looking good back in Minnesota, at least on the reports and maps on my smartphone, Hazel and I headed north from New Mexico. Climbing over the mountains, with some rain and snow showers, we spent the night at the Alamosa Walmart. Not having been to a Walmart lately, there was some pent-up demand for provisions, I think that night of free camping cost me nearly a hundred bucks. But, it was all things we needed, and it was a nice place to stop, with beautiful mountains visible through the clouds behind the store. . The...

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