It was inevitable, everybody gets old right? No, not everyone, not us, we are not old….. Well there were signs…..my arms are almost too short to read a menu, we are offered the senior discount without asking, our mails consists of more AARP material than anything else, our biggest decision of the day is whether to have peanut butter or honey on our English muffins and yes, I have worn socks and sandals. But the sad truth really hit home this week. It occurred to us the other day as we walked hand in hand into our doctor appointments, followed by our joint visits to the dentist office but it really occurred to us as we were walking into Walgreens together to pick up our prescriptions. OMG, we are an old couple!!!! Oh well, getting old beats the alternative…..We arrived to the Balsam Lake area late on a Tuesday and the first thing we did was order a pizza from our favorite pizza place, in fact we ordered it on our way into Wisconsin and picked it up as we passed by. JJ’s has the best pizza ever!
We arrived at our friend Kevin’s place and set up next to the horse barn. Since we arrived a day early we had no plans for the next day so we spent the day cleaning the rig. The dust, mud and snow of South Dakota had done a number on the outside, throw in a couple of dogs dragging that dirt inside the rig and you can imagine what the inside of it looked like.Next up was our friends Joe and Pam who we met at Waterside restaurant just outside of Amery. Since it was Friday of course I had to go with the all you can eat fish fry! (again one serving). We followed that up with a visit to a new taproom in the area. Amery Ale Works is in the bottom of a converted dairy barn and well worth the stop.
We had a full week of visiting planned and first on
our list was my sister Judy and her husband Mike. We met them at our old hangout
The Thirsty Otter for all you can eat rib night. The ribs were as good as
remembered them yet they too were a sign we are getting old. You know you are
getting old when all you can eat ribs consists of one serving…… It was great to
see Judy and Mike.
|The Filip's Estate|
|Our home for the week!|
|Kevin, Pam, Joe, Barb and I|
|My brother Rod, his wife Beth and my sisters Becky and Carol|
|Barb showing my sister Judy and sister-in-law Greta our house plans|
|Greta and Barb watching Dakota swim|
|My brother Bob and brother-in-law Mike doing a little shooting|
Sunday consisted of a trip over to the Somerset area where we had a great lunch with good friends Doug and Connie. We also threw up some “For Sale” signs our property in the area. We are hoping to sell this within the next year to fund our house building project in South Dakota. So if you know anyone looking to buy some property in Wisconsin, send them our way!
Thursday and Friday Barb went to make some money at her old workplace where she still does some contract work. I on the other hand spent money getting the trailer tire fixed and went over to my brother Bob’s house where we spent the day making birdhouses. There a lot of bluebirds on the South Dakota property so I am sure they need some houses!
|Check out the hematoma on that tire!|
|My brother Bob cutting some side panels|
|3 of the 8 finished houses|
Friday night we drove an hour over to Hudson Wisconsin to have dinner with our old lake neighbors Brian and Chelle. They took us to Postmark Grille a newer restaurant in the old post office building. We followed that up with drinks at Madison Ave. Wine and Spirits. It could not have been a better night, great food, great drinks with great friends.
The downside of moochdocking at the house of a contractor/horse owner is that there is always so much to do. So while we were there we mucked stalls, mowed the grass, unloaded various construction materials and power washed the deck. There is never a lack of things to do!
One interesting off load involved some prebuilt walls that were too big to unload with one skid loader so what do you do? Get another one and lift up the pallets, have the truck drive out from under them and slowly move the skid loaders in unison.
Our Wisconsin adventure cumulated with a two day visit to our good friends the Anderson family in Spring Valley. We look forward to seeing them whenever we are in the area. They were nice enough to let us crash their Mother's Day celebration.
We were not able to see everyone we wanted to see but it was a great week of visiting and there is more that I could write about but it is
4:30 and if we are going to catch the early bird special at the buffet and be home in time to
be in bed by 7:30 we need to get moving!
|Off loading some timbers for an upcoming house|
|Truck pulling forward|
|Drop this and it will cost a few thousand dollars|
|Barb chatting with Rachel and Ronda|
|Gloria making banana splits!|