Friday, September 16, 2011

Threshing Days!

We are spending this weekend at Albany, MN at their Pioneer Days.  It’s pretty much as it says – threshing, old machinery, saw mills, music, food, flea market, ladies activities, etc..  Pulled up here Wednesday evening to get a good spot for the four units.  The kids brought their trailer up and will be back late Friday afternoon after work.  Fred and Shirley brought theirs up and also will be back Friday after work.   Bob and Joni got here early Thursday morning.  I would guess there are already 400+ campers in and the show really doesn’t start until 10:00 today.  Yesterday we drove down to Hutchinson for another visit with our financial guy – looks like we are ready to roll with him – he says we can retire without starving so that’s good.

Bethany is dropping the boys off on her way to work this morning, we will be watching them today.  On Fridays she works at the hospital here in Albany.  Darin will be coming after work.

Had a hard freeze here Wednesday night – looks like the crops are done growing for this year, will be interesting to see how the yields turn out.  We are boondocking so was a little cool in the 5er Thursday morning till we turned the furnace on and got the generator running.

Hope to add some pictures later today.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Whow!!! where has time gone!!

The summer has nearly passed us by.  Working our four days a week and doing the normal activities for the month of August pretty much took care of it.

We did make the big decision to formally retire from our 4-day a week jobs – that will be 12/27.  Our original plan was to do it sometime over the summer once the house sold in May but just never got around to name the date.   Living in the 5er for the summer has worked our pretty well too.  Just knew that before we headed back to TX for the winter we knew we didn’t want to be working from there again.  It worked our well for 8 years but just decided it was time to call it quits.We both will keep our little side jobs – still fun to be involved in those organizations and the $$’s are nice too.

For the past week we’ve been on the run – spent a week in St. Cloud visiting kids and grandkids, catching up with some old neighbors and friends and took in a couple of golf events.  Finished up the holiday weekend with 10 other couples camping near New Ulm, MN – toured  the Schell’s Brewery, enjoyed a refreshment at the famous B & L Bar, visited a winery and enjoyed the chicken at Carl’s Corner in Essig, MN on Sunday night.

Back to work this week for a couple days, heading up to Ottertail Lake area next weekend, followed by Pioneer Days in Albany the following weekend.   Will be in Denver for a week at the end of the month.  Driving down to TX on 10/13, flying back on the 25th will finish up work, wait for the birth of our fourth grandchild around the middle of November, enjoy a few holiday parties and the holidays with family and then fly back to TX on 12/28 – just in time for our first New Years eve in TX.

Guess that’s more of what we are going to be doing rather than what we’ve been up to but the heat the last couple weeks of July and 1st part of August kept us pretty close to home. 

Till later!!