Sunday, September 20, 2009


Grandma R.:
"You are a regular Gadianton Band." - We were being too wild.

"My word! You have Gaposis!" - Our dresser drawers were not shut all the way.

"It will never be better than it is right now." - She said this when she served a fresh cake right out of the oven.

Grandma L.:
"Tomorrow is another day." - We had a bad day.

Grandpa R.:
"Fair to middlin'" - We asked him how he was today.

"Were you born in a barn?" Our table manners left something to be desired.

I told him to wait and he said, "That's what broke the wagon."

"Hells Bells!" - Grandma overdrew the checking account.

"Enough is enough and too much is a plenty by damn!" Quoting his mother.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Price of Not Being Vigilant

I have to watch him every minute or things like this happen.......

Bring Back Memories?

Labor Day we labored to get the corn in. Remember crisp falls evenings that we would all work together to pick, shuck, blanch, cut the corn off the cobs, and haul it into the freezer? Now we can work on this project on a weekend. But in the old days we had to find a weekday evening to do it because every day even close to a weekend the kids were in: cross country, basketball, volleyball, soccer, school open house, pack meeting, sports parent meeting. I'm sure I forgot something.

Sunday, September 06, 2009


Saturday we visited Hermione and stayed the night at her place. The next day we rode the Hiawatha trail. This trail is an old railroad bed that has been converted into a bike trail. It is around 12 miles long. You can ride downhill and then take a shuttle to the top. Or you can ride your bike back up to the top. The trail has over ten tunnels and trestles that you ride through. You start in Montana and ride through a two mile tunnel. When you come out of the tunnel, you are in Idaho. The first tunnel is wet! Notice the mud these two anonymous bikers managed to pick up.

There is always light at the end of the tunnel. In 1910 there was a terrible fire in the area with hurricane speed winds. Over 80 people died in the fire. Trains loaded up people and waited in the tunnels as the fires burned around them. Survival under those conditions was still a matter of chance, or Providence, since fires use so much oxygen, there is no guarantee hiding out somewhere will save you. Maybe the hurricane speed winds contributed to saving those folks.Below is one of the trestles we rode over. They span creeks. I like trestles way more than tunnels.

Wilbur and Hermione going over a trestle.

Two miles from the end of the trail I got a flat tire. This man helped me. He was prepared with patches and air pump. I appreciated his help so much. Walking my bike for a couple of miles would not have been fun. The patch held until I reached the trail end and then my tire went flat again. Whew!

The Hiawatha trail runs miles and miles more west to Coeur D' laine. The trail is being extended 13 miles east into St. Regis. I can't wait to ride that part of it. When I do, I will have a repair kit and pump with me. Have a good week everyone!