Cave Dwellings

Boating on the Chippewa Flowage

Boating on the Chippewa Flowage
07-13-15 Hayward, WI

Cave Dwellings

Friday, July 24, 2015

More time when you are retired?? What a myth!

Go ahead…give me a “dressing down”…My blogging is becoming fewer and far between..Our elder family members are in much need of help right now…and family does come first..However, I do see it taking it’s toll on both Dennis and me…We are no “youngins” our selves, after all! At any rate, I will try to fill you in on a few fun things we HAVE been doing…We made it to Hayward, WI for 3 nights to be with some of our family members.  This was our first trip to Hayward without our niece, Leanne, who passed away last September..She made that one last trip with us last year, and it was so great she got to go one last time…

20140709_134046We sure missed you this year, Leo.

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11731588_471229679706009_760499135433751552_o Our nephew, Tommy, (Leanne’s husband), caught himself a 42” Musky!!!!!


The Boat Bitches

We had a great time in the Northwoods. Our daughter ,Chris and her family, and our son, Kelly and his wife and son were there. The Heisers didn’t come up this year..Ter and Tim flew to Punta Cana for a week for their 20th wedding anniversary..We have been watching their kids (really don’t need much watching at ages 16, 15, and 11.)

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The Heiser kids….and their deaf rescue dog, Bogie…

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These things use to be called “skate boards”… Now they are a different shape and called “Rip Sticks”…whatever. All I know is that these kids are ACES at it…(our neighbor Jessie was over for the fun too!)

In my last (and too long ago) blog, I mentioned Toby Flaget and his walk to promote suicide awareness..Toby's Walk for Awareness…Well, Toby showed up at our house last week!!!!

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Toby has re-injured a leg on his walk, so he is being driven by his side kick,  Roi, for some of the trip. He still walks some, but his leg swells up and he will probably have to go to the VA hospital when he is done and have surgery..Toby cannot drive himself because has epilepsy, so he has a great kid/friend who has been with him, driving ahead with flashers on, or driving him if need be…

11707747_1049712321705912_5156330483454355501_o Toby and Roi, his driver.

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I had the privilege of walking through town with Toby and Roi..We stopped at the Mayor’s office (our Mayor use to be the Police Chief when Toby was an officer here), and we went to a couple businesses in town to promote the cause…


Roi and I just cannot get TOOOOOOO serious!!!

Well, as you can see, we have been busy…and life is full of surprises, that’s for sure!! I will try to be more diligent about posting…key word…TRY!  Thanks for all of you for continuing to read this drivel…

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

A great parade, and kudos to an Ex-Marine's brave walk.

Weekend before last, we had ourselves a mini Cave-A-Palooza here. The Wolff Cubs, and the Heiser kids were here, plus 2 other little girls from Zionsville, IN. Taylor, our eldest and only granddaughter,stayed here overnight to help her aging Grama (ME) ride herd on the 4 small children .We kept them here so the adults could go into Chicago overnight and see U-2 in concert..Do I know much about U-2?..nope...But, if Rod Stewart would have been in concert I would have gone and left THEM here!!

Saturday afternoon we went to our nephew's pool with the whole crew..The two "bathing beauties" are our 2 daughters..
Saturday evening we adults (now THAT could be in question) went to our local watering hole for some laughs and adult beverages...
Sunday AM, the six couples left for their night in Chicago, and I let Taylor take over the children and their activities..

What we have here is a serious game of Shaving Cream Wars...Give each kid a can of shave cream and get ready for organized chaos...and...good CLEAN fun!!!

 Then, of course, everyone has to be hosed off..Great thing about this is that the shave cream is soap so they get a shower in the process..sans the hot water..AND, we did have to make sure nobody wiped the soap in their eyes..OH YES, it happens!
That was our weekend of another crazy Cave-A-Palooza. We were missing Tim Heiser, since he had to "protect and serve" all weekend...Love ya, Sergeant Heiser!
This last weekend we had a really great 4th of July parade just down the street from our house...It was a fun time and most of the Cave family watched the parade...Bear with me while I post a few parade photos...Oh, Heck...I'll save ya the grief and just make a collage!
We even had a special appearance by Darth Vader and a few of his "death squad" in our parade...and someone decided to get herself a picture with him....

I have NO idea where our granddaughter gets her "hambone" from...wink wink...

Before I close this wackamo blog, I do have something very serious to present to all of you...We have a good friend who is a former Marine, and was a Sandwich Police Officer here in the 90's. He began having Epileptic seizures, so had to end his career as a police officer. He then became depressed from his Epilepsy meds and was near to suicide ..That was a number of years ago..His name is Toby Flaget, and he now lives in Washington State. We keep in touchm, and he has taken on a courages journey..Toby is currently walking across the USA, 3100 miles, to raise money and bring attention to suicide prevention..

"22 Veterans a day kill themselves, world wide there is a suicide every 40 seconds! It's kills more people than cancer or any other disease. So now that we agree it's a problem let's not fix the blame but work on solutions to this problem." ~Toby Flaget
 I got a shirt to support the cause...

Toby's walk began June 1st and so far he has walked 830 miles and just crossed into Wyoming.. and his route will be bringing him right through Sandwich, IL this September..I urge all of you to go to this link Toby's Walk for Awareness. This is not only to help servicemen, but all families who have been somehow touched by suicide...We are so very proud of this guy and what he is doing...Here is a link to his personal Facebook page, you can see his route..and maybe friend him!!  Toby Flaget
I leave you with a joke..Toby would appreciate this, being a cop.


Monday, June 29, 2015

I's been a while, yet again, since I posted...That sounds like I am totally convinced someone reads my drivel, which I am NOT!.Dennis and I have been a bit busy with our "elders". For those who don't know, they are Den's Uncle Jr. and Aunt Jeanette, ages 91 and 99 (her 100th birthday is Sept. 6th). Uncle Jr. (his real name is Clarence) fell and ended up in the ER for 6 staples in his head..and then he ended back at the hospital 4 days later with back pain. They have no children, and Dennis and Uncle Jr. have always been close, so we are surrogate children. Friday, he is being admitted to a re-hab facility for a 30 day stint to see if they can get him back up to snuff.

Lately, I feel like the movie The Exorsist, with my head spinning...We had a recent weekend with the Wolff Cubs and 2 of their little friends.  Our youngest daughter, Chris, and her hubby, John , along with  their friends, the Vargos..., along with our son, Kelly and his wife, Cindy, all went into Chicago to see a U-2 concert..and an overnight in the city...  Taylor helped me babysit 4 kids...ages 8, 2 6 year olds, and a 4 year old...overnight...Thanks, Tay, and thank you Jesus...I might have landed in the looney bin without your help! Never fear, peeps, I will  post photos of that mini Cave-A-Palooza next...(if that doesn't deter you, nothing will!)

I am still feeling somewhat "out of sorts", and will be undergoing a bone density scan in August..not sure why..My bone density stinks, and I know that. This says nothing about my troublesome friend, my parathyroid. I am getting tired of all these tests...Why the Heck did I have that surgery in the first place??? Actually, my daughter, Terrie, has just had a nuclear parathyroid scan and a thyroid scan for the same thing that plagues me...As she says, "Thanks , Mom"...yep, this stuff IS hereditary.

 We did have a very lovely event on Father's Day.  We attended the wedding of our great nephew and his bride at Starved Rock State Park . The wedding was outdoors and very simple, yet beautiful..I am going to post some pictures I took..
This is Jeremy and Tori Eisenberg. Jeremy is a Sandwich Police Officer and Tori is a Police dispatcher and firefighter. Their dog was the ring bearer and carried their rings up to the "alter"...The pictures of them with a "rope" on their joined hands is a Celtic wedding tradition of "tying the knot"...Her father married them..really touching.

 It was a very non-traditional wedding outdoors.. and me, being VERY non-traditonal, loved it!!..Terrie and her three kids went with us..Tim couldn't make it because he is now working nights since he was promoted to Sergeant..
Speaking of the Heiser they all are!! Left to right, Peyton (turning 15 tomorrow), Campbell, age 11, (check the dimples on this future "chick magnet"..) and Taylor, age 16 going on 30. Actually all our grandkids and step grands are really great kids..Of course they have their moments (my sis and brother and I NEVER fought..tehee), but if someone ever said a bad word about any of the others, they would open up a can of whoop ass kick butt to defend their sibling...
As you can see, they actually DO love each least SOMETIMES!!!!!

"Siblings are the people we practice on, the people who teach us about fairness and cooperation and kindness and caring — quite often the hard way."     ~Pamela Dugdale

Monday, June 15, 2015

Ok...I'm back..I hope!

Been having a little trouble with Blogger, but let's see if I have got this finally figured out! Not much has been terribly exciting here...unless you count the torrential downpours of rain lately...Honestly, I feel like we live in the Mississippi Delta (which isn't a bad idea, by the way)..Rain, rain and more rain!
Does anybody see my sista Maxine here???? I sure hope so, cause it's pretty much how I feel today!
I did manage to get an early morning walk in a few days ago. I walked through Sandwich about 6:30 AM and caught ol' Sol coming up through the humid haze...

You may have heard of me talk about my YaYas... These are my 3 bestest girlfriends, Lynda, Mary and Susan..We have known each other since our kids were little..and the oldest of these kids are now 45 years old!! Well, YaYa Mary got us all Xmas gifts this year which consisted of tickets to see Menopause, the Musical at a local theater in Aurora, IL. OMG...this was hysterical..and I believe it has been around for a few years..but as usual, I was late to the discover it!.. This was one of the best things I have seen in a long time. Best part, it was a matinee, only 1 1/2 hours long..AND...NO intermissions. The peeps that produced this know just about the length of time we "older ladies" can hold off a bathroom call!

 The venue was a small theater only holding 250 seats. As you can see, we were down almost front and center. .I managed to snag a photo before it started..They have NO sense of humor about photos in the theaters anymore..I know this because I almost got my camera confiscated when I went with my daughter, Terrie, and granddaughter, Taylor, to see Wicked in Chicago...tehee.

Here we are...Susan, Mary, Moi and Lynda..I have since decided I really don't have long enough arms to take selfies. Close ups of my face are NOT a strong point!!..hmmm..I might see a "selfie stick" in my future!
 Dennis and I managed to sneak in a quick "Happy Hour" by the campfire last week..before all the rain settled in...
(Please notice my very colorful socks...)
I do like my wine...and a good Rum and Coke now and then (mostly NOW!)...Actually, one of my YaYas, Susan , gave me a bottle of Rum for my 67th birthday...Kraken, Black Spiced Rum...

A bottle of Rum with an octopus called The Kraken on the label is just perfect for a crazy lady like myself. In case you can't read it, the label says "named for a sea beast of myth and legend..." Just great, right? .However..I haven't had the nerve to try it yet..Unlike my Admiral Nelson's Spiced Rum, which is 70 proof, this witch's/octopus brew is 90 PROOF!!! I might have to get my Bail Bondsman Card renewed before I tap this one!!!!!
OK... I'm gonna push "publish"...Lets see if this goofy blog magically actually show UP!!