Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain

Monday, June 16, 2014

Company's Coming

After the busy holiday weekend things got pretty quiet around here. We enjoy quiet. Jeff has been working on his maintenance list he has for our camper. We started the week with some scary weather, had some serious wind and hail. I really don't like hail. After the storm passes we were blessed with a pretty rainbow. When the weathers good Jeff has been working on our hitch, cleaning it up. Also he changed the transmission fluid in the truck. It's hard to get things done outside because of the bugs. They are horrible. The other hosts up here told us to get some absorbine jr., that stuff really works, who would of thought.

 We had a really nice day and I thought the beach sounded like a good idea, well as I rode my bike down I spotted 4 buses...(school field trip) needless to say I didn't stay long, it was not a good beach day.

Then we were getting ready for a busy weekend. Jeff's brother and his wife are coming up to the park. They have reserved one of the cabins here. They are little log cabins, with a futon, bunk beds, a frig,microwave and an air conditioner. They arrived  Friday around 6. We got them settled into there cabin then went into town to eat. We had some excitement to start it off. Some how Shawn stepped in doggie doo, then got in our truck. When we got to the restaurant we cleaned that up. In the restaurant she spills a glass of water, so we left a good impression there. We wanted them to eat at Brogans since we were so impressed with there food.  Again the food was delicious. Went in to see Seth and Katie and watch the Blackhawks win!  

Saturday was a busy day....Fritz & Shawn came down and we sat outside and enjoyed the weather. We fixed lunch here then decided to do a movie. Went and saw Million Dollar Arm. We all liked that movie, really a pleasant surprise. Then we met our other son Justin & his girlfriend Molly back at the Brogans for another supper. This time pizza. It was a little late so we hung around and watched some karaoke...kinda fun. 

Sunday was a huge day here at the park. They are hosting a jr. triathlon  (pigman). It started at 7:30a.m. I was up super early cause my dog wasn't acting right, so I got up with her at 4a.m. People started pulling in at 5a.m. They say they had like 900 participates. It was crazy busy here. We walked down after it was over, still busy. They had perfect weather to run it in. We said our goodbyes to Fritz & Shawn and watched the park clear out.

We had more company showing up this evening. Brand new full timers Al & Nancy Moander. They arrived around 6. We let them get set up and made arrangements to get together tomorrow. I brought supper to them and we visited a little. It's nice to see the excitement they have getting started on there new adventure. 

More company, we got an early call, Haileys got a fever and so she's coming out for the day. I hate seeing the kids sick but boy does she get snuggly when she doesn't feel well. She did good all day then after her nap more fever and she didn't do so well...:( Katie came and got her. We went back to Moanders for margaritas and wish them good luck on there journey.

Wednesday, got an early call, both kids are sick so we headed into there house to watch them. We knew Ashton didn't feel good when he stayed on the couch all day and didn't ask to eat. Again after naps Hailey's fever was back so Katie took them to the Doctor, both have strep....yikes.

We finished up the week with a trip downtown to Cedar Rapids. They have a music festival called Uptown Friday's a beautiful venue and the bands sounded good. They offer beverages and snacks there. The weather was great. It started off a little warm but turned out really nice. We went with Justin & Molly and after went for dinner at Jerseys. We got burgers and they were so yummy. We called it a night and headed back to our home sweet home.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Memorial Weekend Before/After

The weekend before Memorial Day was fairly busy here. It was decent weather wise with some sun and warmer temps. We went to a new restaurant to us...Brogans. It's just down the hill in Palo. My son use to live in Palo and told us it was good. We went there to try the pizza but saw the chicken and ordered it instead. So good and inexpensive. I think it's the best broasted chicken ever. We also went to see our sons brand new car. It's there first new car and are excited. I remember the first car we purchased, it was a big deal.

In this neck of the woods it's mushroom season. We aren't good at finding them but my boys have some friends that are willing to share. So Jeff has been enjoying those, I don't care for them but most folks do. It's quite a chore to hunt them down. Most people have there spots but aren't willing to share that information. What I don't like about hunting for them is the ticks. You have to go into the woods and the ticks are thick.  So I skipped this activity this year.

 Most of the week leading up to the big weekend was nice. We had some weather roll in but for the most part it was nice. Both Jeff and I are ready for some better temps. Starting on Monday people have started rolling in to secure a spot. In our camp loop it's about half first come the other are reservable.

Pleasant Creek Lake
 On Wednesday I ran my baby toe into the door and ouch!!! I think it's broke and it hurts. We also headed back to Brogans for pizza, they have special on Wednesday a large pizza for a medium price. When they say large they mean LARGE... Jeff got taco on his half and said it was extremely delicious. Next time we come for pizza we are bringing more people.

Thursday was a busy evening for us, we had lots of people knocking on our door asking questions. Most were looking for campsites but we are full and have been since Tuesday. Our schnauzer Belle doesn't really like it when people knock on the door. We are trying to get her more acceptable to that. Not working well yet.

Another kinda exciting day as we were driving into the park I noticed some  little animals in some brush out in this field. I asked Jeff to stop. We watched and they were baby foxes. We were in the truck and they were a ways away but I had my camera. I got some pictures. It was hard to get good pictures because of the distance but I tried. They were so cute. So now we keep our eyes open hoping to see them again.

Friday we got to attend our grandsons program from his after school program. We haven't been able to attend many functions at school so that was nice. Most of them sang but he choose not to. I was ready with camera in hand... What's up with giving them the choice? We didn't do too much over the holiday weekend. This park was hopping. Even the beach was getting used. Even with all the people things ran smooth in our loop. On Monday a lot  of the campers headed out early. The park was still busy, with people swimming,fishing,boating and picnicking. It's a big day. Just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to all the veterans that enable us to live in this great country. Your service to our country is greatly appreciated!!! Your sacrifice not forgotten.