“Catch Up Posting……” Tuesday, NOVEMBER 25, 2014|
No comments. Add yours.
This is going to be a L-O-N-G post; but I think we are going to finally be "caught up."
Eleven years ago we began this website to document our adventures with our motorhome. We began with “Jerry” our new Lazydaze Class C motorhome. Purchased in 2003 right after granddaughter Becky was born we took off in “Jerry” to explore.
We loved that Lazydaze, and used that firm name to give our new webpage a proper name!
We began our new lives with “Jerry” and eventually sold her (we felt she was a bit too small for full timing – 27 feet) so purchased a wonderful Foretravel (36 feet) from a couple who lived in Sacramento. We loved that first Foretravel, and even had her painted to where she looked like a bran new motorhome. We christened her “Jerry Two.”
We sold her to a couple that enjoyed having her. After her husband’s death, the wife continues to enjoy her. But shortly after that “sale” we suffered “sellers remorse” and purchased another LazyDaze (“Little Red” and enjoyed driving her for a couple of years, but Paul really missed the Foretravel (especially the “retarder” element) so we sold Little Red and purchased our final motorhome – “ATK” - another Foretravel, 40 ft. this time.
For the past 11 years we have used these webpages to document our journeys back and forth across the country. We’ve enjoyed the past years living full time in “ATK” and when we grow old, these experiences can be enjoyed over and over as we peruse our website.
But if we’re not “moving around” in our motorhome, what do we do about our website? That is our dilemma. We have “hung up” the keys to ATK. We’ll soon return to our “stick & bricks.” A “cottage” behind our building of 3 apartments. Our unit is separate from the front house. All on one floor. Our car parked 5 feet from our door. 5 years ago Paul Jr, Miriam and Christina helped us remodel it. We enjoyed it before our life on the road and we’ll enjoy it again.
We’ve not posted to our LazyDazers web pages since AUGUST! The past several postings are our attempt to recall the sedentary lifestyle we’ve had since.
We’ve already recalled our return to the Bay Area, the Labor Day Weekend Camp Out, visits to Yosemite, Angels Camp and Columbia State Park and our arrival in Minneapolis, MN to spend awhile with daughter Michelle and her family.
Halloween was celebrated in the Twin Cities with a flare! When we pick Zane up from school, we are amazed at the amount of Halloween yard decorations in evidence in the neighborhoods! Slade and the boys had their house well decorated! Here Slade creates a “grave” for some poor, lost soul!
Upon entering their home, this old hag can give one a “start!”
Zane had his own idea of what he wanted to wear. He liked the stories he read about and asked his dad (making a fiberglass sword) his mom and Clip Clop for help in creating his costume. He helped with the sword, sewing some of the costume and created his impressive mask!
Since our arrival in the City of 10,000 lakes, most every day the two of us take a walk along the “Greenway” here in Minneapolis. What a great place for walking or riding a bike!
Former resident Nick Eoloff commissioned and dedicated this memorial to Deir Yassin, a bronze statue of an uprooted olive tree adjacent to the Midtown Greenway Bike Trail in South Minneapolis. We pass it every other day and appreciate the murals, the memorial plaque and the beauty of the landscaping in front of the building.
All along the Greenway we read these informative posts. So much history here!
We enjoy walking along this historical train track/recreated foot/bike path as often as we can. On another day we walked from Michelle’s house to the Greenway and instead of turning right on the greenway toward Lake Calhoun, we turned left and walked toward the Mississippi River (the east terminus of the greenway).
We paid a stop at the Central Bike Shop where we browsed bikes and everything bike. Even a snack bar where we purchased a drink and day old muffins (didn’t taste “day old” to us ;o). Another day we ventured off the greenway just across from the Bike Shop where we were introduced to the many markets, shops and eateries in a European-style market.
But now the days are growing colder by the day. A week or so ago Sebastian showed us the ice formed on their back yard fountain.
There’s always something going on here. This past weekend the third floor was finished! That meant washing down ceilings and walls, floor sweeping and cleaning everything. The workers have done a great job of finishing off the third floor into a great place!
A nice sized bedroom for Graham and a separate study for him, too! A guest bedroom, ("Before")
a beautiful bathroom,
an office space for Michelle and a fantastic “family room” sort of place.
Graham, Slade &Seby reassemble bed. PaPa watches
Being on the third floor allows one to glance out the windows and feel as though we are on top of the world! We can see the shining city of Minneapolis from several vantage points, and the sense of “being up in the trees” is quite strong from this imposing third level!
“Great Gatherings” are part of the lifestyle of the family, and one day Michelle and Kathleen drove over to a Thrift Store to pick up some sweaters for one of Michelle’s Great Gatherings. The idea is to take a nice, warm, hopefully wool sweater and turn it into "swants!"
Lucinda (one of the principals at the school) teamed up with Michelle to demonstrate to those interested, how to change a sweater into pants! We spent the first afternoon at the school introducing this novel idea to a few mothers and some students. There was not enough time to complete the operation, and a second gathering was planned.
On the second meeting some of the “swants” were finished, and all had a good time! Now I wonder if I’ll be able to make a pair of “swants” for the California girls who will be joining their parents here, at Michelle and Slade’s for a Christmas that will include a trip up to the Lake House and some skiing! (“Swants” might be perfect to keep them warm!)
Another Great Gathering was held at Slade and Michelle’s where they hosted the founders of the Country Lake School (Larry and Pat Schaefer) who led an important and passionate conversation about how to create, nurture and maintain civility and peacefulness within our children and one another. We felt lucky to meet more wonderful and interesting Lake School parents.
Sebastian is now in high school and has become an excellent Ultimate Frisbee player! We visited the park where his team was pitted against another team, and in spite of the COLD weather, these young people seemed unaware of the cold as they threw and chased the Frisbee. Ultimate Frisbee is fast becoming a popular sport here (teams are composed of girls and boys and the lines between ages seems to be a non issue!) Here the two of us witnessed grandson Seby’s Ultimate Frisbee game.
On last Saturday evening we went to a Great Gathering featuring a singer, Maud Hixson, at a beautiful home close to one of the many lakes here in Minneapolis. All had a great time.
The following day we took Seb out for dinner. He loves, loves, loves bacon, and wanted us to take him to a local hamburg place where he enjoys their fare.
On November 24th Michelle and Slade celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary. The night before they made some curry chicken and a dessert to end all desserts! Paul and I forgot it was their anniversary – something that’s rare for us – we usually send a card, but this year we were totally in Gumby Land. Even so, what a delightful celebration we had. Slade presented Michelle with a marvelous silver handled cane ..
And in addition to the fine meal, we celebrated with some mighty good tasting champagne (and we don’t usually like champagne! This was the best we’ve ever tasted!) The dessert, though, really took the prize!
So congratulations to the happy couple! Happy Anniversary!
Thanksgiving is hard upon us. We’ll be happy to report on it before we leave MSP. A large contingent of Winchesters will be in attendance. And staying overnight. Zane and Kathleen are going to team together to make Kathleen’s traditional Grasshopper Pie – and time permitting, an Egg Nog Pie made famous at the Smithfield Restaurant and Inn where we were introduced to their eggnog pie – ah, happy memories from 1960!
So this sort of ends our postings to this webpage. From time to time one of us will jot something down that we don’t want to forget … and we do seem to forget things as the years roll by.
Facebook is a place where we can connect with friends, but it’s something over which we have no (or little control) – thus the decision to keep this website –“Lazydazers” - who knows, there may be stories and events in the future that we will want to document.