Thursday, August 29, 2013

Trip back home

We arrived here in Kentucky, childhood home State of Wilma’s, last Tuesday evening. We are staying with her brother Eddie and his wife Beth. Enjoying the Summer evening breeze under the shade trees.

Front Yard Everyone had alot of catching up to do, talking about family and friends. I was enjoying the relaxing atmosphere that Eddie and Beth always find it so easy to give us.

Enjoying the cool of the shade tree They are the proud owners of a beautiful home built in the early 1900’s. Huge rooms, something that isn’t seen in today’s homes.

Side Drive The next day we paid a visit to cousin Linda’s home.

Wilma & Linda She couldn’t wait to show us her brand new deck that she just had built. Mark did a fantastic job. Sorry now that we didn’t get any photo’s, maybe in a future post.

Heading back home to Eddie’s, we stopped at the Cemetery so Wilma could place flowers on her Mom, Dad, Brother Ricky and Sister Vicki’s Head Stone.

Placing flowers on Mom, Dad, Ricki and Vicki's Head Stone From there we headed back to Eddie’s home where we all ended up taking a nap. Getting woke up at 2am the night before by the  Air Raid Siren just a couple lots away from Eddie’s home made for an un-restful nights sleep. But after a couple hours of rest from our nap we were ready to go. That is to a Great Mexican Restaurant!

Fantastic Mexican restaurant Casa Mexicana Restaurant have two locations. One in Madisonville the other in Providence Ky. We were at the one in Madisonville.

Mexican dinner tonight For those who know me, I’m not a big fan of Mexican food. But…this place gets the highest ratings I could possibly give a restaurant. What great food! We will most likely go back there again. In fact, every year we come “down home” we will probably go there for a dinner.

Today is Thursday, woke up with some bothersome news from home. Our eldest grand daughter Haley, had a terrible abdomen attack. Ended up going to the hospital and after tests, had surgery to remove her Appendix. We are keeping in touch with both daughters on her condition.

After morning coffee we decided to make a visit to cousin Greg’s home. But we also decided to make a stop at a local restaurant for some breakfast.

The "Good Ol Boys" Pit BBQ Restaurant  It was 7:30am when we arrived, and so humid outside that the photo above was blurred from the humidity forming on the lens.

Eddie and Wilma after breakfast We just love going to the local restaurants, getting away from those large “Chain” restaurants. Much better food and much better prices!

Entrance to the "Good Ole Boys" Pit BBQ Restaurant Nothing fancy…..just great food to enjoy!

From there we headed over to Cousin Greg’s home. He is always working around the garden harvesting the crop to give away to neighbors and friends. Today was no exception.

Cousins Greg and Wilma We also helped him pick, boil, shuck, cut, and bag about 100 ears of corn for several work buddies. He also gave Eddie around 65 ears of corn that we are going to prepare tonight for dinner.

Wilma hopefully not getting lost in the corn field Yesterday Greg was telling us he processed over 1300 ears of corn, of course he had plenty of help. He has it all down to a science, the different “stages” that have to be done. Positioning his helpers explaining how to do their particular job. When the process starts, it works like a fine oiled machine. After several hours, we headed back home with the great feeling of helping others. Two other families were there receiving corn from Greg. He is just one excellent person.

We knew it was getting warmer outside and the humidity was hitting a high peak. The air conditioner in our car was just blowing out cool, not cold, air. When we arrived home at Eddies we looked at the thermometer outside and saw this.

Temps hit 100 F. in the shade today. Yep…it’s dang HOT outside today! We are going to stay inside the rest of the day. And as I post this blog, Eddie is asleep on the recliner, Wilma is taking a nap. So I guess I’ll just sit back, enjoy the air conditioning and maybe take a nap also!

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Homemade Salsa

Our garden this year is in sorry shape struggling to stay alive from the lack of water. It has produced a few tomatoes, enough to make a batch of salsa. First thing this morning I went out and picked what was left of the ripe tomatoes on the plants. Took them in the house, looked at the famous recipe that called for 10 pounds of tomatoes. To the scale I went with the tomatoes, I only had 5 pounds. So I just cut the recipe amounts in half.

5 pounds of Tomato's from the Garden

Looking at the small bowl of tomatoes and the other bowl containing the secret ingredients, I didn't figure I'd have much more than a couple of pint jars worth of salsa.

In goes 5 pounds of Tomatoes The grinding of the tomatoes began, they were added to the cooking pot along with the secret ingredients. Simmered slowly for almost an hour. The end result is great tasting salsa!

1st. batch of 2013 SalsaNot a bad production run, especially since my tomato plants are in such bad shape. Two quarts, two pints, and a sample bowl.

Wilma and I both tried a sample. The spice level was at its maximum for her.  But for me it was just perfect. A little bit of heat, but not enough to make you run for the fire hydrant.

Until next time, be safe and God bless


Monday, August 12, 2013

A New Hobby? Quite Possibly!

Going back to the year of 1878, my great-grandfather started to assemble the family in a yearly gathering. This family gathering has been going on for the past 135 years. It has always been held on the third Sunday in July. At this years reunion I was privileged to meet a long distant cousin. Meeting Terry and his wife was exciting. Especially since his grandfather and my grandfather were brothers. I don't really know what the title would be except he's my cousin.

Terry's grandfather left the state of Michigan and settled in the state of Iowa. Terry having an interest in genealogy began recording his side of the family, starting with our great grandfather Christopher who was born in 1849. Terry brought with him his iPad and started to show me some of the information he had gathered. I was getting hooked! I mentioned that I would like to begin doing this on my side of the family. He told me what computer programs he was using so that I may purchase the same, which I did. This way we will be able to exchange information in the future. He mentioned it was his dream to be able to visit our great grandfathers grave site. I, knowing where that grave site is located agreed to take him and his wife their the very next day. My father also went with us.

Myself, Dad Fred Hagedorn, and Terry HagedornThe photo above shows us all standing behind Christopher's grave plots marker stone. My dad took the time to point out the several headstones, and who they were in relation to us.

Great Grandfather

Great Grandmother

My Great-grandfather and Great-grandmother, Christopher and Caroline.


My Grandfather and Grandmother, William and Lena.



Knowing that this might be the last time that we will be able to experience this time together here, made it even  more special. I believe it made a permanent memory in all of our minds.

I look forward to working with Terry sharing family information. As our Great-grandfather Christopher had three sons and three daughters, our work together is cut out for us.

Until next time be safe and God bless.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Camping With The Grand Daughters

Every year for the past 13 years, Wilma and I have taken our Grand Kids on a camping trip. Usually the trips last about 3 days, that’s about as long as the youngest could be away from their mothers. This year was no exception, except our Grand Son Dakota decided he would pass on going camping.

This year was quite different. All the past trips were made with our 38’ Winnebago Adventurer. The photo below was taken in 2003.

Brooke, our 3 year old Grand Daughter

But as we had left our Motorhome in Florida this past Spring, another plan was made. Instead of an RV we were going to stay in a Cabin. Our membership in Outdoor Adventures is the perfect park for those who have RV’s or not. We chose to stay in one of their Cabins, (Photo's here) mainly because of their location in the park. That being within a short walk to everything the kids love to do, a few of them being the game room, beach, fishing lake, and the store.

Grand Daughters heading to the lake just past the dome buildings.

We all loved our (not so little) cabin. Wilma and I had a bedroom to ourselves, and the girls had more than enough room in the upstairs loft. Everything furnished except the linens, clothing, and food.

Getting ready to feed the fish with bread in hand.

So many minnows you can actually catch them by hand!

Look at the first photo of the Motorhome taken 10 years ago with Brooke. Now look how our Brooke has grown! My how time is flying by.

The second day was the best of the three. The kids were active doing things from sun up to sun down. A portion of the day was spent at the beach. As a tradition, we had lunch under the trees at the beach before they all went their ways, catching fish and sun tanning.

Lunch before the beach time.

As the kids are growing up, they are able to take care of themselves without our constant supervision. A perk that Wilma and I enjoy as much as they do. Smile

After dinner there was a perfect time for some Watermelon seed spitting.

Spitting watermellon seeds.

I used to be pretty good at that, but I believe the kids are getting better at it. Wilma caught the photo at the perfect time showing how I ended up launching a little more than the seeds. Embarrassed smile

The evening came and it was time for Smores. But first Wilma had to take care of keeping those pesky mosquito’s away.

Mosquito protection.

Our third day greeted us with an overcast sky and sprinkles. This was not going to ruin our camping trip as there were many things that was planned for today.

Even with the sprinkle of rain, the kids made the best of it.

Between sprinkles, there was a Putt Putt Golf game to play.


After the Putt-Putt game came the Tie Dye shirt creations. I had heard of people doing Tie Dye before but this was the first time I actually got to see how it was done.

Nana helping with the shirt preparation

First the shirt preparation, then the Dying. Wow this could get messy if not careful.

A balled up shirt squirted with an assortment of colors of dye.

And each shirt is custom and different. I think they came out very nice. A momento of this years camping trip for sure.

Their custom made tie dye shirts

Afterwards, as in the past, a trip to the snack bar was made for a scoop of ice cream! This has been done each year and the kids look forward to it. So do I Winking smile.

Enjoying a mouth full of ice cream.

What a wonderful time we all had this year. Wilma and I actually believe, after hearing the kids say, “This was the very best camping trip ever!” Yes, I have to agree. Even the sprinkles didn’t ruin it for us.

We are already looking forward to next year for another great “Camping Trip With The Grand Daughters”. Hopefully our Grandson Dakota will join us next year. Fingers crossed

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.