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Aug 16, 2014 - Red Wing, MN - MN Capitol & St. Paul's Cathedral

(Ron Writing) This morning we drove a short distance west to Saint Paul, MN. We intended to go to the farmers market in the downtown area but there was no parking available so we abandoned that idea and went to see the Minnesota State Capitol building. We got there for the noon guided tour. The tour guide did a good job but we really didn’t get to see too much of the capital because of all the construction. The entire building is being renovated so we couldn’t see the rotunda or the dome. We basically just saw the Senate and House chambers...

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Oct 4, 2012 - Rollin' on to Red Wing

The wind was really getting with it when we greeted daybreak. I was campaigning to stay another day; but, Joe had looked at the weather forecast and said if we stayed a day, we’d have to stay two or three to wait out the wind, and anyway, he said we’ve driven in worse. Maybe so, but I didn’t like it then either. So, we hit the road and opted for the fastest route to Red Wing, which meant hopping on I-94 and working our way through the Twin Cities, construction and all. The wind was gusting to about 30 mph; but, we persevered; Foxy navigated...

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Sep 11, 2011 - Departure Approaches

Saturday started off with an early phone call from Ted as Pat and I were slurping our morning coffee. He was on his way to say his goodbyes, having missed Friday’s social event. Ted is the poster child for what a really good friend is. Here he is with all the demands and pressure on him right now, driving forty or so miles out of the way and taking the time just to say so long in person. He arrived with his own coffee along with muffins and scones from the exceptional bakery in Hastings. Folks often tend to refer to anyone they have met and...

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Sep 10, 2011 - A Double Play

Thursday we left home for Red Wing a little after 8:00am. First was the farmers market where we supplied ourselves with fresh veggies and a melon. Next was Economart for fresh rolls, then Walmart. Back home we unloaded and were back on route to St. Paul. First stop was Sears for Pat where she latched onto a couple of bargains, then we stopped at son-in-law Steve’s shop for our mail from their lake home. That’s the address we use as our residence. Next was Mai Village, a Vietnamese restaurant. On the way back we made a stop at the new Co-Op...

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Sep 8, 2011 - A Foursome

Sunday’s only noteworthy occurrence was a visit from a nearly ready to retire local cop. Last year I was out and about by our mobile home when a squad car pulled up and the friendly officer initiated a conversation. It turned out he was close enough to dream about the retirement stage of his life. He and his schoolteacher wife were past campers and had rented an RV to spend a vacation traveling to and through Alaska one summer and were contemplating an RV lifestyle in retirement. We spent a lot of time talking about just that and a tour of...

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Sep 4, 2011 - Daughters and Friends

Friday two of our daughters graced us with their presence early in the afternoon. This provided us with some quality visiting time and by 4:00pm we were ready for food, so up the road to King’s bar. King’s is the home of the best burgers around and offer about 54 different combinations. I have written about this joint before and it is one of my many favorites. We had fun with trivia pursuit cards that are provided by the bar at each table and booth. Early evening had snuck upon us by the time we were back home and we said our goodbyes....

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Sep 2, 2011 - Frustration

Wednesday is casino day for Pat and she brings me along, probably for entertainment. The free slot play didn’t produce anything and didn’t last long. Back at the RV I worked on the computer, backing up files and installing updates along with working on the blog. Pat busied herself working on the quilt. Later we returned to the casino for the buffet, which was very good. We both behaved and did nothing to shock the scale. Early evening I decided to tweak the air pressure in the new tires. All went fine until I got to the inside dual tire on...

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Aug 31, 2011 - Farmers Market to Tires

Monday was another ordinary non event day. In the morning we made our way to the farmers market in Red Wing for some fresh homegrown produce and a melon, then it was Walmart for supplies and back home to a lay about day. That was it. Tuesday we arrived at the Ford dealer in Baldwin, Wisconsin forty five miles away at 9:00am, right on time for our scheduled appointment. Three and a half hours and $2,650 later we were on our way with new tires and fuel filter. I hope I recover and emerge from my depression. Twenty miles down the road in a...

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Aug 29, 2011 - Ted's Gourmet Dinner

A beautiful day filled me with just enough ambition to get busy cleaning up the truck. I started inside with the carpet and leather upholstery and then the windows. With the usual washing, bug scrubbing, wiping, and window polishing of the exterior completed, I once again had a nice squeaky clean and shining truck. Next I tackled the leather recliners in the trailer. Pat kept herself busy with laundry and quilting. About 14:40 we climbed into the shiny truck and arrived at Ted and Sue’s about 15:06. (That’s military talk for 2:40pm and...

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Aug 28, 2011 - A Wing Ding

We left early for the big 70th birthday picnic in order to take care of some errands and have breakfast out in that part of the country. First stop was Hancock Fabrics, next the bank, then came Bed, Bath and Beyond, and next JoAnn Fabrics. Wow, at last it was Perkins Restaurant and food. We both had breakfast. Then onward to Fleet Farm, a large box type store with general merchandise of any and all descriptions. We were after sheets of air conditioner filters for the a/c ducts. These were recommended by friends, you cut them to size. Much...

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Aug 27, 2011 - Good Friends and Food

A very nice day Friday was. We drove away from the park a little after 10:00am headed for Mary and Peter’s in St. Paul to meet Holly and Loran for a get-together. We had a nice visit, always relaxed, friendly and comfortable. At 1:00pm we left so dear Mary could rest, she tires from her battle with COPD. Holly and Loran followed us to Di Gidio’s bar and restaurant. I doubt you will find better Itallian fare anywhere. Established in 1933 it owes its longevity to great food, cold drinks, friendly prompt service, easy parking, and reasonable...

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Aug 26, 2011 - Bridge Marathon and Tire Shock

Pat’s high school graduating class of 1959 decided to have a 70th birthday picnic party this year. The reason, of course, is because they are all turning 70 and wanted a get-together for those who are still kicking. Consequently Pat’s lifelong friend Holly and her husband Loran are in town from their retirement home in Arizona. We have been friends as couples for over thirty years and they came for a visit both Wednesday and Thursday. That means marathon bridge games. If bridge isn’t Pat’s favorite activity, it’s right there high on the...

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