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...and they think they will live happily ever after! - 09/30/11 04:46 PM
I have a wedding to go to this evening. The best part is that it is on a Friday and doesn't mess up the entire weekend. As most young couples they are so happy! I will give my best wishes for their dreams to come true. But reality... A young boy went to a wedding with his parents. As the bride and groom stood at the alter, teh little boy ask his Mom..."Why does the lady wear white?" "That's because whe is very happy." Mom replied. The boy thought for a moment..."Then, why is the man wearing black?" I would say the (6 comments)
Fall is the season for.....Lutifisk! - 09/29/11 07:58 PM
In simple terms...Lutifisk (If you don't know what it is...) is a Cod Fish that is dried with Lye and then re hydrated and cooked in boiling water. It is served with a cream sauce and or butter. (I like the latter) Now, most people believe that the smell is enough to scare away any criminal, but it is really much worse than that. I have never tried to cook it. Cooking it right is a very precise practice. Cook to long and it turns to mush. So, I get my one or two meals are church fund raisers in (8 comments)
Technology...Older than you think!!! - 09/28/11 02:12 PM
Just when did technology actually start. Who determined that this was the age of technology. Well, it may have been much earlier than you thought... After having dug to a depth of 10 feet, New York scientists discovered copper wire dating back 100 years. They then came to the conclusion that their ancestors already had a telephone network 100 years ago. Not to be out done by the New york Scientists, Archaeologists in California dug down 20 feet and in the following weeks reported they had found traces of copper wire dating back 200 years. The conclusion was that their ancestors (8 comments)
Fall is Tree Planting Time in the North Branch Minnesota area! - 09/28/11 09:10 AM
My Grandfather told me years ago that FALL was the best time to plant trees. Early spring is the next best time. I have planted during both times and I have to agree with my Grand Father that FALL is the best time. Depending on your local, right now may be the best time to pick out your trees, even if you can't plant until spring. If you are digging your own, and fall color is part of your plan, watch when the leaves start turning color. What looks like a great tree, may be, but it may not have the (4 comments)
The reason we were told not to swallow your gum. - 09/26/11 09:30 PM
I stopped by the local fitness club to talk business with the owner. We were chatting for a while when he asks me... "Did your parents ever tell you not to swallow your gum?" "Yea, I guess they did, why?' I asked.
"Come with me." he said
So we headed towards a room in the back and here is what I saw...
I was walking around my yard with the neighbor and his some. Just talking about hunting and other B. S. at the time. We came upon this Toadstool and the little boy said...WOW, what is that? I said that that is a toadstool. He stopped and looked at it for a minute and then said... "Dad, that must have been one really big Toad!!!"
Can we fast forward to spring? - 09/24/11 10:32 PM
My Grand Daughter asked me if we could do this. While I know many people would love to, I hate to miss out on 6 months or so of life at the age I am at. I just don't have a lot of extra 6 months laying around. So Instead...I will do a quick look back at spring and what we have to look forward to...
There we have it, a flash back to this past spring. Next Spring should be just as nice!
Minnesota fall colors are rolling in on us. - 09/24/11 08:58 PM
Finally, we are seeing some fall colors in the middle of the state. This landscape looked better this morning with the sun out. In Northern Minnesota, the peak will hit in about a week. Colors are just starting in the lower 1/3 of the state. If you plan to be out leaf gazing, now is the time to get planning. (5 comments)
Sometimes helping is not in your best interest. - 09/23/11 08:27 PM
Many of us can not help ourselves. If someone needs a hand, we are the first to be there. Now that isn't always bad. Some timely advice and make thing go much smoother... Back before the turn of the century, be-heading was common. It just so happened on this one day that 3 men were to lose the part that held most of their hair. The first was put into the guillotine and when the blade dropped, it stopped about half way down. Now the law was at that time, if the first attempt did not work, you were to (7 comments)
FIRE!!!!!! - 09/21/11 09:05 PM
One of the best parts of the weather turning cooler is darker earlier is the camp fires. Tonight I started one for just an hour, but mid summer it would be to hot and to close to bed time to make sure it was out. There is something about a warming fire and a glass of you favorite elixir. That is where a cool Minnesota evening shines. Now if you really want to enjoy the fire itself...set by one alone and let your mind dance with the flames. For me it purges the inner soul and and makes me refreshed and (4 comments)
Who Turned down the lights? - 09/20/11 08:39 PM
I have been having some problems getting ll my outdoor work done as of late. it is 7:33 pm and I almost need a flashlight to walk outside. End of June we are still working outside until 10 pm and later. Now, I am rushing to get the basics done before I can't see my hand in front of my face. Now, I suppose this isn't all that bad. I do get a chance to sit and relax for a spell before getting horizontal for 6 hours. I need to make sure I have enough reading material because the BOOB (11 comments)
Does it pay to try and sell my house at this time of year? - 09/17/11 02:12 PM
ABSOLUTELY!!!! Although it may not be the best time, people are buying homes all year long. Many of the people who could not qualify for a loan this summer may qualify now. The situation of buyers change all the time. Some may not have needed to buy in the summer but now because of a change in their lives...the purchase of a home is more necessary. If you price your home within the market price chances are you will sell. Price way above the market and it will set there like so many others that are over priced for months. One (3 comments)
Minnesota's Fall Colors are soon upon us. - 09/17/11 08:53 AM
If you are planning on a trip of more than just one day, Call NOW for room accommodations. Many of the places in the north country get fully booked early in the season. But more to the point. We will be seeing a lot of great color in the coming weeks. WE can drive for miles and see the ever changing colors with no two areas looking the same. But are you seeing the whole picture. There is a lot to see if you get out of your car. You don'tneed to really get off the beaten path, but looking up (7 comments)
Another Old Farmer I am going to enjoy working with. - 09/16/11 03:03 PM
Growing up on the farm, I am able to relate to the older farmers that are retiring. Many of them never cease to amaze me with their wit. This is the latest... Ole had just bought a mule and when he got him home he took him to the old barn with the dirt floor. Lena had come out to see him and remarked... "Ole, this barn isn't going to work. Look, his ears are flat against the ceiling. If we don't do something his ears will stay that way. We can't have a mule with ears going sideways. We will (11 comments)
Post Office cut backs hitting everyone. - 09/16/11 09:10 AM
I have a couple of friends that work for the Postal Service. They talk about their jobs being in jeopardy and permanent lay offs are imminent. When I talk to these people, I ask what the biggest issue is. They respond that one of the biggest is the lower volume of mail. Apx 45 billion pieces in 5 years. Not that is a lot of mail and revenue. Now for the funny part....(If there is one) I asked how much mail they send through he Post Office each week. Of the 4, only one uses the PO for all mail...bills, (8 comments)
I used to like my Dr., but he seams a bit different today.
He started out by telling me that he had a better way to see if my eyes were really bad.
I told him they must be as my arms have gotten a lot shorter in the last two years.
Well he put me through the tests and then he said the eye chart was next.
"This is where I will know if you are telling me the truth...
Now this is one mean Dr. !!! (11 comments)
It is a Beautiful morning up in the Minnesota Northland. - 09/14/11 11:11 AM
WE caught a break finally. Some cooler weather. I awoke to 34 degrees this morning. And you know what that means...I need to put on an extra piece of clothing. Yup, no more topless, (Not until noon or so). Need to put on a 'T'. I know some are putting on flannel sheets and shivering just thinking of the coolness. Not me. The sun is shining, And the flowers are blooming. Soon the leaves will be in full color as another growing season comes to an end. Sound sad? Not if you think about the upcoming new growing (6 comments)
I am as healthy as a horse... - 09/12/11 08:18 PM
"Yea, the 'Old Grey Mare'" my wife chimed in. "Did you forget how you felt when you back went out and you stayed home last week?" Sure, got a little sore and now I am an invalid. So to prove that I am right, I made my Drs appointment. Went through the testing and was told I have the mind of a 30 year old! My body is still in it's mid 50's but my mind is young! The check up did give me a chance for the Dr. to explain a few things to me, like where some of my (3 comments)
He is doing well for 90, although health issues are starting to creep in. We had a small get together to celebrate and took a moment out to remember the fallen on this day. This family has been blessed in many ways and I wish Ray another care free year. Happy Birthday Ray!!! (5 comments)
Closing of the small Post Offices. - 09/10/11 09:24 PM
Well in my opinion, "It is about time", and Saturday mail can go with it. There are several small PO's that will close in my area. The local paper talked to a few of the local residents and most said they almost never set foot inside the Post Office. The Post Master of one of the offices said that she doesn't even take in enough money to cover her salary. The biggest complaint that people have had to the closing is that they will have to change their address on everything form checks and bank accounts to friends. I do feel (10 comments)
Spending time with Family - 09/10/11 08:48 PM
Today i had a chance to spend time visiting my parents. My dad is still down after his stroke 5 years ago. The mind is starting to go but at times he is sharp as a tack. Visiting ailing parents or other family can be really hard. Knowing what they were like not all that long ago can be hard to watch the decline. But we need to put ourselves in their shoes. If it were us in their place, how would we feel if no one stopped in to see you. Then there is also the care givers that need (9 comments)
Many of us are spelling challanged. - 09/09/11 10:27 PM
I believe that many of us here in hte Rain are spelling challenged. I am also big fingered challenged. I can hit 3-4 keys with one finger. So, I am doubly handi capped. So is my good friend... "911 Operator...What is your emergency?" "It's Lena" said Ole, "She has died." "Could you send someone for her." "I sure will, where do you live?" asked the 911 operator. "1234 Eucalyptus street." said Ole. "Can you spell that?" asked the 911 operator. "U-k-a-l, I tell you what, I will drag her over to oak street and you can pick her up der! I (9 comments)
Internet...not such a good thing for many. - 09/09/11 09:47 PM
Everyone, or most everyone believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. But, it isn't the best thing for many. Most companies put all their coupons on the Internet. Just go to the web site and print. I have seen many of the companies offering rebates...but only by Internet application. News organizations tell viewers to check out an article on their web site for more information.
This is where the Internet is bad. There are many people who do not doe the Internet. "WHAT!?" you say. Well it is true. Many of the elderly miss out on (5 comments)
And he did a great job!!! - 09/08/11 09:11 PM
I have a new person to put on my "go to" list. Vic Wendorf..."Wendorf Electric." Back in December when I had my pole Barn burn down, Vic was there within an hour of my calling him to check out the power. I had Vic and several others give me a bid on the electric for my now shed and After talking with some people decided to give Vic the job. (He was not the cheapest) Vic just finished the job and he did one of the most professional looking jobs I have seen in a while. He took alot of time (4 comments)
And Fall is Upon us! - 09/07/11 08:41 PM
As evening falls here in the north country, we are starting to notice the signs of fall.
This lone branch has become one of the first warning signs that fall is upon us. The cool nights and very nice warm and not so humid days make me want to be outside doing something...ANYTHING! It won't be long before we will be in full color with some of the first leaves hitting the ground. And the cycle of life goes on. (8 comments)
Joe Jitters...coffee shop. - 09/04/11 12:00 PM
I ran into a great little place while on a weekend get away. Joe Jitters coffee shop. They have all the makings of you standard coffee shop with both hot and cold drinks. They also have a consignment shop that will keep you looking and thinking for a spell. Joe Jitters is located in Moose Lake, Mn. I am not a big coffee shop person,so for me to tell you to stop if you are in the area...take my advice. Located in the heart of downtown, there is a lot more to see so plan a couple of hours. (8 comments)
Isn't it just a technicality? - 09/03/11 02:40 PM
Sometimes things just don't make sense. you do a task but maybe not quite like you should, but it still gets done. Well here may be a good example... A man gets stopped by the local policeman. He is asked for his drivers license and also to step out of the car. "Sir, you didn't stop at that stop sign." said ther cop "Well, I slowed down and now one was coming, so what's the difference?" said the motorists. So the cop pulls out his night stick and grabs the guy by the arm and starts to bop him in the (10 comments)
Out with the old...in with the New - 09/02/11 02:48 PM
The storms all across our nation this year have been enormous. Irene is said to be the 10th billion dollar storm this year for the USA. With that being said, the clean up still rages on. Some people are bemoaning their loss of property and I can understand that, but building can and will be rebuilt. Even more people are complaining about that old tree they lost. Never see that in our lifetimes again. I lost several trees and yes it is a loss, but I am moving on. This tree was tipped over and so I cut it up. (8 comments)
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