Saturday, December 31, 2011

Sister Judy finds “her” perfect car

I was at Judy’s home by 9am yesterday to take her “car” shopping. Her plan was to go to the Ford dealer and look at the Focus and Fusion models. If those were not to her liking we would head back to the Chevrolet dealer to talk seriously on purchasing a vehicle. But before we would go to the dealerships, we needed to get everything out of her Toyota that was still at our local repair shop. Arriving there, Mark, the owner of Mechanical Man, asked if we made any deals with the dealerships for trading in the Toyota. I told him the Chevy dealer offered her $500 if we towed it in. He turned to Judy and offered to cut her a check for $500 and she wouldn’t have to pay for the towing fee to get it to the dealer. Judy accepted his check and signed over the title to him. I figured that just saved her around $60 in towing charges, plus she got rid of a car with a blown engine.

At the Ford dealership a salesman greeted us at the door. He showed her the Focus first, and as Judy was entering the car she banged her bad knee on the steering column. Check that model off the list! On to the Fusion. She looked one over on the showroom floor but commented that the price was way out of her budget. The salesman said that if she might be interested in a “slightly used” Fusion he had 1 left out of the 6 that they put up for sale yesterday. The price was in her range so she wanted to take it out for a test drive.

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This photo is not of her car. Her Fusion is Silver.

She loved it! She said to me this is exactly what I’m looking for. She said it’s like a bride looking for her bridal dress. After trying on many dresses she just knows when that special dress comes along. So back to the dealership to close the deal.

While they were prepping the vehicle, we decided to go out to lunch. I phoned Wilma and she met us at Royal CafĂ© a local restaurant. Judy was excited telling Wilma of her new car, and Wilma was excited for her. After our lunch I took Judy to her insurance agent to get the necessary paperwork done to cover the new car. Then we headed back to the dealership for her to take delivery of her new vehicle. Her “slightly” used vehicle has just 600 miles on it. It was used by one of the management people at the dealership, so we figured it was well taken care of.

So this brings a happy ending to the stressful last few days Judy has had to endure. We all thank God everything turned out as well as it has.

Tonight brings the end of 2011. Wondering what the future holds for our family. What ever it is we look forward with a positive attitude, and know that God will take care of us.

Our wish to all of you is that you find Health, Happiness, and Well Being in the coming year. Happy New Year!

Until next time, be safe and God Bless

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Troubling News

My sister Judy mentioned to me at our Christmas family gathering, that she was thinking of replacing her 11 year old Toyota with a new vehicle. She asked my opinion on how I liked my Malibu, and if I had any suggestions for her.

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She phoned me again yesterday telling me that she went to the Toyota dealer and test drove a new car. She asked me once again if I had any recommendations of other vehicles to test drive. We had a nice 45 minute talk and she felt that she had a much better understanding on the different makes and models to compare.

Just before lunch today I received a phone call with some troubling news from my Sister Judy. She told me that she went to the Buick dealer this morning to look at new cars. An appraiser took her 11 year old Toyota out for a test drive to get a better idea on how much they would allow her for a trade in. After a half hour or so a phone call came into the dealership from the appraiser. It seemed that he only drove the car a half mile and the engine quit. The salesman and Sister Judy drove to where the car had stopped. Of course Judy knows practically nothing about the mechanics of the vehicle other than the engine wouldn’t even turn over. They all suspected a dead battery, so they called a wrecker to come get the car. The car was taken to a local independent repair shop that our family has been doing business with for the past 15 years. “Mark” the owner of the repair shop did a quick inspection as the Toyota was being taken off the wrecker. There was a large puddle of oil on the bed of the wrecker under the Toyota. He noticed a large hole in the engine block! The salesman ended up taking Judy back to her home, and that’s when I received the panic stricken, very upset, troubling news from my Sister.

After talking to her, getting upset myself, I told her I was going to go talk to Mark. Possibly, from there go to the Buick dealership to talk to the management about their appraiser test driver. But after talking to Mark it was determined that the engine did indeed “blow a rod of piston” through the block. Could it have been caused from the test drive? Possibly, but proving that would be almost impossible. Mark said without actually getting any prices, he would guess that the cost to replace the engine with a used engine would be upwards of around $3000.00. That’s more than we both thought the car was worth. I thanked him for looking at it and told him we would be in touch tomorrow on what we are planning on doing with the car.

I left and went over to Judy’s home. Explained to her that her Toyota was a total loss, and that she needed to purchase another vehicle. She didn’t want to go back to the Buick dealership so I took her to the Chevrolet dealership. She test drove two vehicles. The first one being a sub compact, which model name escapes me. But after the drive I pointed out to her that the engine was made in Korea. Nope, we don’t want that. Talking to the salesman he suggested she take the Cruise out for a test drive. This vehicle was much better, and she even commented while driving it that she really liked that vehicle. Back at the dealership, we got the “out the door” price and bid farewell.

As we were on our way back to her home, I tried to calm her down a little. I told her that she has to look at “the other side of this coin.” It was almost a miracle that she wasn’t driving the Toyota on the free way when the engine blew. She could have lost control, and possibly been killed! God must have given you “His Guidance” that it was time to replace the Toyota. So instead of looking at the side of the coin that shows all the trouble that happened today, look at the side that shows you will be getting a brand new vehicle, and that your life may have been spared! She smiled, looked at me and said, “Thank you Fred, I didn’t think of that, and now I feel much better about this”.

Tomorrow morning at 9am I am going over to Judy’s, and possibly take her to the Ford dealership as she wants to go look at the Ford models. I believe she is interested in test driving the Focus and the Fusion. Afterwards I presume she will make up her mind as to which of the three makes of vehicles she may want to purchase, another Toyota, a Chevrolet, or a Ford. 

My prayer to God tonight will be for asking for His guidance for her tomorrow, relieve her of the troubles of today, and give her the joy and excitement of owning a new vehicle.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas Past

I’m really slacking on updating my Blog. Been reading other blogs on their Christmas Holiday and thought, OMG, I haven’t posted about our Christmas yet and it’s Christmas Past by two days already!

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As in the past, our daughters and Grandchildren come over to have breakfast before opening gifts. This year was no exception, and Wilma and I really enjoy cooking a great breakfast for our family.

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Everyone arrived hungry, some of them still in their pj’s! Can you tell Dakota does not like his picture taken?

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It doesn’t take long for the line of hungry family to start filling their plates. Eggs, bacon, biscuits, milk gravy, donuts, OJ, Mmmm Good.

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Just as soon as everyone completed their breakfast, we all moved into the living room where the gifts were waiting to be opened. Rebecca, Savannah, and Brooke were the first, waiting for everyone else.

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Everyone seemed to like their gifts that they received this year. I don’t believe any will end up going back for exchange.

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From my family to yours, We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Blessed, Healthy, and Joyous New Year!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Parties–Gifts–Cookies

No hints from the weather that Christmas is just around the corner, but our activities prove different.

Yesterday morning Wilma and I attended our first “UAW Local 1248 Retiree’s Christmas Party”. We both got a chuckle out of the weather we had to drive through to get there. Rain…December 14th. and rain in Michigan! I can never remember it raining in December in Michigan, and I’m not complaining one bit.

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I’ll take the sprinkles any day over snow and cold.

The party was a huge success with over 300 in attendance. At a cost of only $5.00 per person you received a wonderful meal, open bar, and close to 50 chances to win a gift certificate to Red Lobster or Texas Longhorn. They also held 3- 50/50 drawings, and raffled off at least 40 other gifts ranging from liquor to gift certificates to local Target, and Wal-Mart stores.

As our local is shared with a Chrysler Corp. plant and General Dynamics plants, it was great to be able to see a few of my fellow workers from General Dynamics. We did get there early enough to reserve a table for 6 as we knew two other couples were going to meet us there.

Standing is Al M. (Union Steward Active) Myself, Bob M.(Millwright Retired), & Bob K.(Carpenter Retired)100_1368

I couldn’t leave out a picture of our beautiful wives! Here is Karen M., Donna K., and Wilma. 100_1369

We all had a great time, and I look forward to next year to attend another.

Today Wilma started cooking the Christmas cookies while I started wrapping the gifts. As Wilma does all the Christmas gift shopping I feel that the least I could do is wrap them. I’m like most guys, I hate shopping! But Mom taught me as a child how to wrap Christmas gifts.

Here is Wilma hard at work baking those wonderful Christmas cookies. Tomorrow she will tackle the making of some fudge! Mmm Good.

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Listening to the holiday music, smelling the aroma of Cookies baking, makes my job much easier. You know it does take a considerable amount of skill to handle those huge scissors without doing harm to myself! Winking smile

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That’s about it for now, so until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

It’s Official, Winter is Here!

First off I’d like to acknowledge and welcome two new followers to our Blog. Bud Russman of Arizona RV Guy and Bev also known by her chat room handle as Soulmate315. Welcome and I hope I don’t bore you too much with my ramblings.

Yesterday it rained constantly. The weathermen said we received almost 2” of rain in 24 hours, which was a record breaker for the Detroit area. It sure looked like we received much more than just 2” with all the news showing everyone’s homes flooded. I’m sure happy I live in an elevated area, I didn’t get a drop of water in my basement, thank goodness.

So with all the rain we had yesterday, the forecast was calling for a possibility of snow by the morning. We woke this morning to our official dusting of snow.

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So I guess I’ll just say it’s official here at home, Winter has arrived! Sad smile I was a little nervous seeing the snow this morning as I haven’t winterized my new John Deere Power Washer yet. So after my morning coffee I headed out to the garage and made sure there wasn’t any water still in the pump. Actually I started the air compressor and hooked up the air line just like I do the Motorhome, and blew what little water was still in the pump out.

My post from November 22nd. showed the Christmas deer that I replaced the original lights with LED lights. This evening I just had to show you how they look “in action” outside our bow window.

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The one on the right has the new LED lights.

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Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Dinner with Family

We just had a total of 24 family members for a Thanksgiving Dinner. My sister Judy’s son Derek, his wife Veronica and daughter Marissa flew in from Utah to spend this Thanksgiving with his mother and the rest of the family.

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Everyone brought a plate to pass. So much food that we had plenty of leftover’s for anyone who wanted some. My job was mostly the Turkey’s.

Starting the carving of the first of two Turkey’s.

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Just behind me was my brother Ken holding Hayden, his Grandson. Hayden wanted to see where the Turkey’s were because he was hungry!

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In our basement we had a 6 foot table set up to hold the food. Two 10 foot rows of tables with seating on both sides and a coffee table set up to hold the deserts. Catherine’s husband Scott said the prayer and immediately the family lined up to fill their plates.

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The “desert table.” Just gotta have a Pumpkin Pie! So how about 4 of them, along with a wide assortment of other deserts.

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My youngest sister, Catherine, had a great idea she shared with everyone a couple weeks ago. She suggested that we all participate in a “show and tell” of what we are thankful for. Everyone should bring in something that has a special meaning to them and share their feelings with the rest of the family.

Everyone thought this was a great idea, so after dinner we started with the youngest and worked our way up to the eldest, which was my dad.

The children, my grand kids generation, did a superb job. Most everyone of them touched a tender spot on the hearts of their parents and Grandparents.

We continued up the age group and when it was Derek’s turn, he became a little emotional. His voice breaking and showing a tear really touched some of us. You could tell what he was saying was “from the heart”. Next it was my daughter Angel’s turn. But after listening to her cousin Derek, she was choked up and wiping the tears from her eyes! Actually there were more wet eyes from the “Guys” than from the “Gals”! 

As these spoken words from my family members were from deep down and personal, I feel that I just can’t go into much more detail. Other than to say it was great that we all participated, and I personally feel that it brought the family even closer together. Thank You Catherine for suggesting this “show and tell”.

Wilma and I wish to extend a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday greeting to all our readers!

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

This product really does work.

We all have seen those infomercials on TV of products that just seem way to un-believable. One of those products that I have seen for several years now, only around this time of year is the Light Keeper Pro. This gadget is said to fix those strings of Christmas lights that just refuse to light.

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I, being a gadget kind a guy, just had to try it out as I had several strings of lights that were either fully out or partially out. Getting on the internet, I found that Lowes was the least expensive for this item. So off I went and with $17.00 removed from the wallet, I was now the proud owner of a “Light Keeper Pro”!

I have a large wreath that I hang on the front of the garage. Only half the lights actually work, and for the past several years I just wouldn’t plug it in. An un-lit wreath is better than no wreath at all I figured. So I followed the directions and within 5 minutes ALL the lights now work! Amazing! I didn’t have to change a single bulb. A few pulls of the trigger and like magic they all came on.

So with the smile on my face for “fixing” the bad string of lights, I hung the wreath up on the garage for season decorations. I then proceeded to tackle an even larger problem. More than half the lights on one of our “metal frame deer” doesn’t work. Following the instructions again, and presto, about half the lights turned on. Success, now lets see if we can get the remaining half to light. I just knew this was going to be a little more difficult as the bulbs that were out showed signs of being burnt inside the bulb. All the lights on the neck, head, and antlers showed signs of being burnt inside the bulbs.

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I tried to get the rest of them lit, but it just wasn’t going to happen. Knowing how much Wilma likes her deer, I took a trip to Walmart and purchased some white LED lights. I really hated to buy lights before Christmas, because of having to pay full price. But I just needed to get this deer out front working for Wilma.

Just 4 strings of the $7.00 LED lights, and about 3 hours of work, and presto, a fully lit deer. I’m sure we will get many years of trouble free service out of this deer now, and as a plus, I have many spare bulbs for the other deer that still has the “old fashion” bulbs!

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I just have to say, the deer looks much much better outside in the front yard lit up than it does on the kitchen table. Smile

Another update on our Samsung refrigerator. I first blogged about it HERE. It seems that the last repair was not the culprit. There is still a fan sounding like it’s hitting something and eventually slows and comes to a stop even while the compressor is still running. Another service call to Lowes was made, and tomorrow morning around 10am the service man will once again take a look and see if he can find a problem. Keeping my fingers crossed he does find a problem.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

A Special Veterans Day Experience

Who knew what would be in store for Wilma and I this day, 11/11/11 Veterans Day.

I being a US Navy Veteran always had a special feeling deep down on this day and Memorial Day. But this day was to become a very special day for Wilma and I.

Wilma and I had talked early in the morning about going to Applebee's for dinner as they were honoring all Veterans with a free meal. Not that I’m a cheepo, or one who only looks for freebees, but I just felt that this would be a great time for Wilma and I to enjoy a dinner together.

We also had talked about going over to my brother Ken’s home, as he was having an open house for his son Kenny, his wife Jami and son Bryan, who were home on leave from the Marine’s.

Around 4:30 we left for Applebee’s. Arriving there we noticed that they had erected a small tent enclosure to handle the over flow of customers. The parking lot was full but we were lucky to find a spot just as a well satisfied customer was leaving.

Walking into the vestibule, I noticed a young vet with a Navy sweatshirt on. I gave him the thumbs up and told him I was also in the Navy. That was about the end of our conversation, as I proceeded to give my name to the Applebee’s gal putting me on the waiting list.

After a couple minutes, Wilma and I moved into the restaurant to wait, much warmer than the vestibule, or the tent outside. We were only there about 5 minutes when my name was called!

I was asked if we would mind sharing a table with another party of two. I said no I didn’t mind if they didn’t mind, not knowing at this time who we were going to share the table with. We were led to our table along with the young Navy man wearing the sweatshirt that I briefly talked to in the vestibule!

Arriving at our table, the four of us introduced each other. Sat down and immediately had conversation.

What a wonderful time the four of us had. Never a dull moment during the meal and each of us had a turn at conversation. Wilma and I met through a blind date, so did they. Something to say about blind  dates huh? Told them of our plans to go to Florida in March, he said his Father lives in Naples, FL. the very city we were going to. I told them about my working experience since I left the Navy, and retiring from General Dynamics, a defense contractor for the TACOM. He said his Uncle works for TACOM and knew all about the contracts with GD. He told us about his working experience since leaving the Navy, starting out working on a farm in Yale, MI and ending up working for the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI. where he is presently employed. We found it amusing when he said he was one of the “older” of employees at the hospital. Then we found out that he was 28! 

Here we were, sitting with complete strangers almost 40 years younger than us, and the four of us enjoying each others company so tremendously during our dinner! Amazing to me, just amazing!

As we finished, we shook each others hands and bid farewell, we turned and as we walked away I knew that we would probably never have an experience like that ever again. Taking notice of all the Veterans in the restaurant, some eating, some waiting for a table, some alone, some with their families, you just couldn’t help but feel the comradery and the feeling of belonging.

Walking outside to the car, a couple asked if we enjoyed our dinner. Turning around was a couple walking to their car, about the same age group as us. We told them of the experience we just had and he said he also was in the Navy! Asking what year he said 69 to 73. I shook his hand and told him 68 to 72 US Navy and we departed company. Wow, another “small world” moment came to Wilma and I.

Thank You Applebee’s for honoring the Veterans on this Veterans day!

We left and visited with family at Ken’s home, concentrating on Kenny and his future plans as a Marine. The little nephew of mine has turned out to be quite an honorable man! Good luck and be safe Kenny!

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Bragging Rights Today

Yesterday evening Wilma and I went to watch our Grand daughter Brooke play in her last of the season basketball game. There were a total of 10 games, and we were not going to miss this game. Angel, our daughter, Brooke’s mom, said that she has not made any baskets during a game. She doesn’t have any problem making a basket during the practice session. But when it comes to the game she just hasn’t been able to find the hoop.

That was until the last game, with only 6 seconds remaining in the game!

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Brooke’s Basketball Team. She is 5th. from the left, top row. Jersey #9PIC_0004

The video below shows her last shot and basket and how excited she was to make it. In the background you can hear her coach yelling out to the team to pass the ball to Brooke. About all I could make out was him yelling out her name. Smile

Her jersey is #9 but it’s hard to make out any of the numbers. After her shot and basket, you can hear her mom and Nana yelling with excitement. It was a perfect time in her young life to make this shot and basket! What a memory for all of us!

Brooke making a basket with just 6 seconds left in the game.

It was a night that we will never forget.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless

Friday, November 4, 2011

Fridge is Fixed and More Followers

A thank you goes out to two new followers of our Blog. Jolly Ollie joined us along with Bud Russman. Bud has a very informative blog called Arizona RV Guy.  His blog is really worth reading for the in depth information he furnishes on everything RV. Welcome to our Blog Ollie and Bud!

Last week I phoned Lowes and requested service on our Samsung Refrigerator. Seems that the condenser fan would start with the compressor, but after several minutes would come to a stop.

Within a day, last Friday, a service tech. confirmed that we needed to have a new condenser fan motor and ordered it. I was phoned yesterday by the service company that the tech would be out today to replace the motor.

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The original motor lasted 10 months. Hopefully the new motor will last a lifetime! Winking smile

Our service tech arrived this morning around 11am and by 11:40am he had completed the replacement and was leaving.

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Later today I’m planning on re-stringing our last shade in the Motorhome. Then removing the batteries and putting them on a trickle charge until next February when I’ll be re-installing them back in the Motorhome.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween, Memories, and Yard Work

Yesterday being Halloween brought back so many memories for me. Fond memories at that!

Growing up as a kid, Halloween was one of those holidays that stayed with me in memory. I guess it’s because of the way we were raised. Mom and Dad instilled upon us that you should do to others that you would want to be done to you. We always had that saying fresh in our minds in our daily lives growing up. I guess that’s  probably what kept my brother and I out of some serious trouble in those growing up years.

However, on Halloween, or should I say Devils Night, Mom and Dad allowed us to go out and “soap” some windows. To us that was a pretty serious violation in our minds. That’s probably why this holiday sticks with me.

But most of all, it’s my Grand kids that keep bringing those fond memories back. Seeing them all dressed up in costume, all excited to hurry and go house to house trick or treating, reminds me of when I was a kid. Two generations later, and the same excitement is in the kids of today as for me when I was that age.

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Today however the homes are decorated much better than when I was a kid. My neighbor actually starts decorating 3 weeks prior to Halloween. Every evening for those 3 weeks we almost have a parade of cars filled with admirers.

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The clown jumping up and toward anyone who passes by scarred many trick or treaters. I could hear the kids screaming each time he jumped up and out!  What fun!

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I believe the home owners doing this decorating have as much fun, or maybe more fun, than the trick or treaters.

As the Grand Kids arrived back at our home, tired from walking, they did exactly the same thing I did when I returned home after hours of trick or treating. Dump the baskets and bags of candy on the living room floor, separating the “best” candy to keep, the rest to trade off.

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Yep, seeing my Grand Kids having so much fun at Halloween, really brought back those old memories of yesteryear.

Today brought sunny skies and temperatures in the low 60’s. A perfect time for me to get out and get some leaves picked up, especially today as the weatherman is calling for rain in a couple days.

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I had a few flower pots that needed to be cleaned out also. I actually lost track of the hours spent working in the yard today, even after a lunch break there was a few more hours of work left. I would venture to say I spent at least 5 hours working, which means I’m pretty pooped out and plan on relaxing the rest of the day.

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This evening I plan on taking “My Hon” out to dinner at our local family restaurant. Afterward just relaxing and probably going to bed early tonight.

So until next time, be safe and God Bless

Saturday, October 29, 2011

A Long Week, been Very Busy.

Last Thursday, the 20th. we left with our friends Joe & Diane for an extended week-end of camping. We were headed for Rifle River in Sterling, MI. When we planned the trip back 3 months ago, we didn’t think the advancement of the fall colors would be so far south.

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On our way north, I commented to Wilma that the colors were about 95% at our home,  but a 3 hour drive north there won’t be much color left. That’s just about how we found the colors to be at the campground. The only trees that still had any color leaves were the Birch and Oak trees. But they sure did look pretty and the cool temperatures got us in the mood for accepting the Fall weather. It was in the 50’s during the days and down to the lower 30’s at night.

Joe, Diane, Wilma and myself had the entire campground to ourselves until 9pm when Gary and Cheryl arrived. The next morning we did notice there was a couple in one of the rental trailers. We got to meet them Friday evening when they came over to our campfire and told us they were leaving Saturday morning and that we could take the remaining firewood they had. We appreciated the firewood and by the end of the Weekend all the firewood we had was burned.

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Just on the other bank of the River is Whites Canoe and Campground. Just to Wilma’s right, in the picture above, is the canoe take out spot, not only for Whites, but for our resort. With membership reservations at our campground you are entitled to one canoe and a two hour paddle down the river, at no charge. Maybe some year we just might try it out. But from what we have been told this campground is full of the 20+ age groups that enjoy the canoeing, like we did at that age.

Along our walk through the campground, we came upon “THE HILL”. Just 3 or 4 years ago we went up that hill with little effort. BUT…..this time was a challenge for all of us.

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The video I shot below mostly shows everyone’s rear end. But I just couldn’t help myself as I thought it could have been one of those “magic moments” and wanted to get it on film. Don’t really know if it’s very funny to my readers, but for us we had a great laugh over our struggle to get up the hill. Smile

We did pretty good considering our age!

We all had a great time camping this weekend. From sitting around the campfire exchanging lies, to having a Chili cook off dinner we all shared.  More memories made.

We left Monday afternoon and headed back home, arriving home around 4pm. Unpacked the fridge and some essentials and then crashed in front of the TV. I believe we were in bed by 8pm.

Tuesday at 11am, I was to take Tina and Rebecca to the Children’s Hospital in Detroit. Rebecca needed to have some minor surgery. I drove so Tina could be with her on our return home later in the day. Surgery went terrific and we were back home by 5pm. We took the family out to dinner except for Tina and Rebecca who stayed back at home. For them we got a carry out.

Wednesday I worked on removing all the food items and liquids out of the Motorhome. Wow…we didn’t realize we had so many canned goods in the MH. Wilma said she won’t pack nearly half that amount when we go to Florida in February.  After everything was removed from the MH that we needed taken out, I proceeded to Winterize it. Blew out all the water lines and added anti freeze to the traps in the kitchen and bathroom. Next will be to remove the batteries, bringing them into the house and putting them on a trickle charge until next February.

Thursday and Friday we had rain off and on all day, so no work was done outside.

Saturday came and I changed the oil and oil filter in the MH. Afterward I started up the lawn mower and hopefully cut the grass for the last time this year. Within a half hour after finishing up mowing the lawn, the skies darkened and we got another shower. Perfect time for lunch. Wilma had already prepared Tuna sandwiches for us.

After lunch I taped plastic onto the whole house attic fan. I found that by doing this each fall it stops a considerable amount of heated air escaping through the movable louvers all winter. Saves on the heat bill.

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That’s about it so….

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.