Archive for January, 2008

Make You Day Better… Laugh!!! I find that my day goes best when we laugh.  It can be a simple guffaw or a side splitting, roll on the floor, trying to breathe almost to blackout type of laugh.  It also helps when you have a sick sense of humor, which I have been blessed with.  It can sometimes be said, if you survive, it’s funny!There have been things throughout my life that I still laugh about.  There’s the time I was in junior high school and a boy made a comment about my boobs (or at that time, the lack thereof).  I jumped up ready to fight and 11 seconds later was down for the count of 10.  It wasn’t funny at the time, but in retrospect and if you saw the guy I was gonna fight, you would either laugh or suggest therapy!

Children are one of the funniest things to laugh at, you just can’t do it in front of them, as it kinda spoils the whole nurturing thing.  I was talking with a friend that mentioned that she is going to go see a shrink.  My daughter, five years old at the time sweetly said “Why is she going to a shrink?  She is already short!”  I have never let her live that one down.  Our son decided that he wanted to go ice skating in the house; he must have used 5 rolls of tape on his feet to slide around on the carpet.  To this day, I don’t know if he actually even knows how to ice skate!

Think about your children growing up and tell me that they did not do or say something that you had to run into the next room to laugh!We were on a family outing a while back, fishing and boating on the Mississippi.  I believe we had docked on the shore and were too far in.  Glen got out and pushed the boat, and pushed the boat more.  He was holding on tight when the boat began to move.  Suddenly I saw a Warner Bros. cartoon starring Glen.   His legs and arms seemed to stretch as his feet held onto the rock and his hands held onto the boat.  All he needed was a tail, long ears and a snout and he could have been Wile E. Coyote trying to get the Road Runner!  Of course, when he fell in the river, laughter shook the trees!Friends can be even funnier!  We went to a party for some friends, but did not know what to give them.  We knew they liked to party, so we brought them a big bottle of Jack Daniels.  Well, we were the hit of the party as the bottle passed from person to person.  Then he decided to light the grill… He began by pouring lighter fluid with one hand and drinking Jack with the other.  And then… oh then, he lit the grill.  Luckily he had quick reflexes!  No damage done, but an entire backyard of people laughing.  It was one of those roll on the floor laughs.  We carefully reminded him that that is not the way you tan!

I got a million of near misses, silly saying and roll on the floor moments, but I hope you have enjoyed these.  Look within yourself, look at yourself, look at life… and laugh!!!

We just love Minnesota, the winter, and especially the people in our area. When you live in Minnesota, cold is not an element, it’s a challenge!

What a fantastic day we had yesterday!!! We went ice fishing for the very first time in Willow River, Minnesota by the dam. About 100 or so folks were out on this 22 degree day (actually this was a warm day when compared to the previous two weeks). Imagine pre-drilled holes about one foot wide, tons of people baiting their poles to catch that big one! We sipped our coffee and looked around and saw that we apparently had it wrong; Beer, Schnapps and Jag were apparently the drink of the ice fisherperson. Glen fell twice and all I thought was “we are the only sober grownups here and he is falling?” Oh, not the only thing falling, the 2nd place fish proudly displayed had other ideas and kept jumping off the board. Guess he was trying to make a run for it. Not sure why, but to us this was hilarious!

We didn’t catch anything, but won two door prizes (there really wasn’t a door as the drawing was on the ice); one was a $25 gift certificate to O’Reilly’s Auto Parts store in Moose Lake and the other was for pizza and a pitcher of beer at the Nickerson Bar. The winner of the contest was a young boy about 12 years old that won $200. The timing on this contest was perfect as it ended just as we were starting to get cold, but the camaraderie of everyone out there, kids, teens, grownups and elderly was very heartwarming.

From there, many ice fisher people, from about age 2 to 80 went over to the Corral Bar in Willow River, right next to the mercantile store for the Meat Raffle. It was packed with people paying $1.00 to try and win beef, pork, shrimp, chicken and cheese. We enjoyed a few beverages and won two pounds of cheese and a turkey ham… what a day (LOL). We spoke briefly with the boy that won the contest and asked him what he was gonna do with all that money. He sweetly replied “meat raffle”.

It was so nice to see the mingling of children playing pool and adults talking and laughing. We struck up a conversation with a couple about our age that lives in Stacy, and have a log cabin on the Willow River. The guy was kind of tipsy (LOL), not totally drunk, and kept on asking us over and over where we lived (he just couldn’t remember). The lady was totally charming and kept him in check.

From there, we came on back home; we cooked chicken with rice, and called it a day. We are still laughing about the fish trying to make a run for it!

Glen and I like to travel on unbeaten paths.  This is something that can have a good or a bad result.  But the paths less taken have had many an interesting turn.  From a beautiful summer sunset scene to an old codger coming down his driveway with a rifle, all are interesting.

Our travels include minimum maintenance roads, where you are on your as the road is not well maintained, to the country highways and roads where Glen drives and I am on “deer watch”.  They take us to yard sales with items that make you scratch your head, wondering why in the heck they even have certain items, lovely lakes and rivers with innocent beauty or a crapload of drunken fishermen and of course, local watering holes.  This is one of our favorite things to do; walking into a bar where no one knows you and leaving with many new friendships.   

After an afternoon of driving the back roads in the cold winter, we were drawn towards a lovely old restaurant on a lake called the Oak Ridge.  Being hungry and ready to enjoy a few cocktails with the locals, we made our way inside.  We are always in awe of the country charm and friendliness of rural areas.  The food was unbelievably good and conversation and libations abounded.  Next thing I know, I am sitting with a group of women trying on dresses from their high school theatre for their annual Oak Ridge Society Night.  I picked out my dress; we continued conversation and made our way home while we were still within our faculties.  The following night was the day of the Oak Ridge Socialite Event.

The following day we met at one of the patrons homes next to the restaurant where drinks and snacks were enjoyed as we got dressed.  It was the start of a festive night.

I stood in the mirror laughing so hard I could hardly stand.  We did not have a lot of elegant accessories at our cabin, so I made do with what I had.  There I was; in a green blue evening dress, my large straw cowboy hat with green, red and blue feathers and “Doc Martin” type black boots.  I was a sight to behold, but no one cared, it was about fun.  Women had elegant gowns, lovely hats, even some furs.  We piled into several cars and headed to a few bars.  Each time we arrived, we were announced by Glen who would shout “ladies and gentlemen, presenting the Oak Ridge Socialites!  We strutted in as if we were the queens of the world as they applauded!  It was an extraordinary evening!

But it was not over!  After our designated drivers took us to a few places, we ended up back at the Oak Ridge.  They had made an Ice Palace on the lake with lovely lights for the crowning of the King and Queen.  The winners were a very sweet couple with winter style costumes with cotton balls to look like snow.  We enjoyed the fantastic Ice Palace, laughing at how fun it is to just be silly!

 Now it was time to go back to the restaurant, where they took a large wood plank placed it over the pool table and men and women took turns dancing on it (no, not that type of dancing, get your mind out of the gutter!).  There were lots of people with lots of conversation, dancing and goofiness.   I was unable to control myself when a guy that looked like Randy Quaid danced in his long johns with a huge winter hat on the table!  The night went on with fun people and music.  We had quite a long way to go so we did excuse ourselves after awhile and made the long trek home.

It’s amazing what the path less taken can lead you to!