Saturday, July 30, 2011

Joe's Gizzard City

Had a little business in Potterville, MI today and came across Joe's Gizzard City Cafe. Had forgotten about it. This place was featured in The Food Channel's Cafes, Dives and Drive-ins a while back and we had to shoot on over and try it. Quite a novel place, so today we had to take a couple of pix just to recall old memories. Located just a few minutes south of Lansing.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Today is our anniversary

31 years ago, Carol and I were married. We combined families and all of a sudden there were Carol, me and 4 girls ranging in age from 6 to 13, in a 24'X36' house with one bath. Until we were able to add a family room, master bath and dining area, it was a real test for me to use the bathroom. Many times, I had to go to work in order to take a shower. The girls made a sign for the rear of our car when we left for our honeymoon saying "It's about time, mom and dad!" We also split our honeymoon in half, taking the children with us for the second half. We went to Niagara Falls, Ontario in a small Class C motorhome. While there, we were on a tour bus and the operator asked who, in this homeymoon capital, were newlyweds. When Carol and I raised our hands, the rest of the riders looked quizzingly at us because they had been all talking and everyone knew they were ours. Today, we had a lot of laughs and great thoughts as we talked of 31 years ago. Thanks, Carol, for the past 31 years. They were great. Now we can discover what the next 31 has in store.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

The end of a great trip!

We have had a great two week getaway - just Carol, Sunshine and me with our Montana in Hartland, with our friends Pete and Karen and Bob and Noreen and then onto Manistee's Little River Casino Campground with our friends Jim and Bev. Sunshine went swimming in Lake Michigan and loved it. I took pictures with my camera phone of her in the water but do not know how to get them into my computer so, please trust me - she can't wait to get back to the Big Lake. The weather was very hot and humid but that is what they make Lake Michigan, AC and awnings for, isn't it? The bronze figures are at a rest area on US-10 near Claire, MI. I have seen them for years and thought it was an interesting addition to the rest area but never memorialized it before. That's Jim and Bev Schlee at their new Montana. Gonna spend another two weeks at Waldenwoods in Hartland in a couple of weeks and then the next trip will probably be to the Montana Owners Club Rally in Goshen, IN at the end of September. Probably mid-October, we leave for Florida. We will stay there in the Monty and drive back for Thanksgiving through Christmas at home and then back to Florida for the rest of the winter. This will be the first winter ever that we did not tow the Monty from Michigan south after New Years in the snow and ice. Think we are gonna like it!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Finally, we're back

Now that we are back, it is time for a brief update. Carol's dad dies May 22 peacefully in his sleep when he was removed from life support. He fought a long, hard battle but in the end, the Cancer won. Carol was able to spend a lot of quality time with him after we were called home from Florida in February, and for that she is very grateful.
We are now camping at Waldenwoods Resort/Campground in Hartland, MI. This is the first time we have had the Montana out of storage since bringing it home in February. The outside of this beauty was FILTHY. Yesterday, before the sun got too high, I got onto the roof and cleaned it good. Today, I washed the outside and tomorrow will maybe wax it. Because we left the south in such a hurry, I just threw much of the "stuff" into the basement of the rig and now have to straighten it up. That will be an all day job, I believe.
Thursday, we are traveling to Manistee, MI, where we will be camping with MOC friends (and Grand Blanc neighbors) Jim and Bev Schlee at the Little River Casino and Resort. This is a really nice place in a great location for exploring Michigan's northwest shorline of Lake Michigan. The casino is really good, too. Carol and I went there in January of 2009 and saw Chubby Checker perform. I even got onto the stage and did the Twist with him. Great time. You can see the report of this visit by checking the blog entry from January 18, 2009. We will spend a week this time with great friends so it will be another wonderful adventure.
Sunshine is also having a great time on this trip. It does not take much for her to see that she has "been there, done this" before and all is well.
I hope to start posting photos again, soon, but first we have to start taking them, eh?

Monday, July 11, 2011

Blogger has been down. This is a test

I have not been able to publish this blog for a while. If this works, I will try to update soon.