Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Marlene Beach has had knee surgery. She is doing well in rehab, and will be home in a day or two. I plan to take her a little plant and her card when she gets home.
Gordon Ruonavaara died recently. He was Thelma Watkins' brother and Lucille Ruonavaara's brother-in-law. There is a card at the office for people here to sign, and I will send it soon.
If any of you know someone who should have a card for some purpose, please let me know. Carol Slater
Thursday, August 20, 2009
All evening we get dark clouds, a cloudburst of rain for a few minutes then sunshine and a repeat of it all. The weather radio hasn't gone off which surprises me as dark as it got a couple times. Certainly cooled off.
Now if I just knew how to put pictures on here you could see the good time we had. I have enough trouble getting this far. Maybe someone else took pictures and can share them. Time to take this laptop somewhere and get it straightened out again.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
We are on our summer excursion to places east this year instead of our usual Washington State trip. Oshkosh, WI has often beckoned us to come to the fantastic EAA air show. I tell everyone that it is the largest air show with the smallest airplanes as fly-in attendees. Many of these are home built and kit built planes. However an unusual attendee this year will be the huge Airbus A380 double decker passenger plane.
Of course we will be traveling by motorcycle and following the show we will spend a week in Cable, WI at a timeshare. We have along friends Ernie and Brenda. Ernie was to Leisure World on his motorcycle in 2006. So the itinerary was planned so that we could see Peter and Janet Doerksen and Ray and Denise Burnell. We traveled to Saskatoon and Regina, SK to visit Lorna’s relatives. And then on to Steinbach, MB where we would spend two days golfing with Peter and Janet. Ray and Denise would be on their own little golfing excursion so we will have to see them on our return trip. Peter and Janet have a lovely home that they built. It is secluded in a dense grove of trees just a couple of blocks from the GirouxSalem golf course. The first day we golfed 27 holes and Janet got in the house and collapsed on the floor.
The second day we did the very nice and challenging Steinbach course that has water on 15 of the 18 holes. Then Peter, Janet and Lorna did 9 more holes at GirouxSalem that evening but Wally opted out. Ernie and Brenda joined us that evening for the rest of the trip on their ST1300 sport-touring bike.
Before leaving we wanted to purchase some items from a New York mail order and so reviewed our route to see who we could have the items sent to along the way. Terry and Jeff Caywood live outside Duluth so we contacted them. They said yes we could do that but insisted that we stay overnight with them. We said we could do that only if we could buy them dinner at a restaurant of their choosing. And so we plugged the address of the Blue Max restaurant into our GPS’s and started out on our 370 mile trek. It was overcast and quite cloudy but we stayed dry. We called Jeff when we arrived at the Blue Max at 5pm and shortly after they arrived. A few minutes later we were delighted to have Cyrilla Collard, Terri’s sister Nan and husband Rick, and Rick’s dad Howard join us. And so we had a wonderful dinner for ten overlooking Fish Lake. Following dinner we all came back to Jeff an Terry’s home and had good conversations until late in the evening. They have a fabulous beachfront home overlooking Island Lake. It was so nice to see Cyrilla and her family. She is doing fine and looking forward to her winter in Leisure World again.
The next morning we were on our way to Sheboygan, WI on Lake Michigan’s shores. That was the closest reasonably priced motel we could get to the Air show. We thought we would take it easy the next morning and leave around 9:30 for the Air show. Big Mistake! We got to about 4 miles from the exit when traffic came to a standstill. It took an hour an 40 minutes to get into the grounds and parked. One would think that after all these years of doing this that they mightfinally have things figured out. And then there were line-ups for tickets and lineups for lunch.
We strolled down Celebration Way and seen kiosks, tents and hangers of small and medium plane manufacturers from Cessna to Piper and many more. The trend is definitely toward composites and away from aluminum, and cockpits have moved from dials and gauges to computer screens and LCD displays. One new name was ‘Icon’ who were taking orders for 2011 delivery of a composite 2/4-seater plane that can land on water. Very neat indeed and only $139,000.
At the end of our stroll sat the A380 airbus. It had been on static display with tours through the interior but it wasn’t in passenger configuration. So then they shut the lineups down before we could get in so they could prepare for a 3pm departure. We wandered around the huge beast in total awe. 22 huge wheels with tires by Michelin, 4 engines with 77,000lbs of thrust each, economy configuration of 853 passengers. Wow! And then it took off heading back to France! Wow, Wow! It was very quiet even under full power. It did several passes in front of the crowd lasting over 7 minutes. Impressive indeed! And there are 4 airlines already flying 11 of these beasts.
Another very interesting thing was the Virgin White Knight II. It did several passes. It will take a space ship to 50,000 feet for launch of civilian passengers who will then go to 360,000 feet. They are taking reservations only for your trip now at only $200,000 each.
It was ladies day, so most of the acrobatic planes were flown by ladies, and they were very, very good! Then more USAF biggies arrived. The C130 Hercules, C17 Globemaster and then the huge C5M Galaxy. The new M designation means it has been refitted with new avionics and more powerful, fuel efficient and quieter engines. There are only 3 of the fleet converted to this new configuration that will make them last to 2040. Then there were more ladies in aerobatic planes including 2 wing walkers. They closed the show off with over 40 WWII era planes doing mock battles and bombing runs complete with fire and smoke followed by modern era jets doing the same.
We had scheduled 2 days for the air show however we had seen enough and with all the lineups and crowds we decided to take the next day to tour around Sheboygan. The waterfront is being rejuvenated and it is a pretty little city.
Next we’re off to Cable, WI and a timeshare that we exchanged for ours in Hawaii. Cable is in a wilderness area with tall oak and white pine trees and is surrounded by many lakes and golf courses. The locals call this area the ‘North Woods’ probably without realizing that we have woods in Canada a lot further north still. Riding in this area, one has to be really alert as the forests are teaming with wildlife. The resort is called Telemark and has a small mountain behind it that at one time had a downhill ski area. It is still busy in winter with cross-country skiing and hosts the Birkebeiner race.
Our first golf game was on the Telemark course. It is a well-maintained course that has some drastic doglegs and big side-hills. Bring lots of extra balls because the fairways are narrow and the woods are dense. Our next two golf games would be to Hayward Golf and Tennis Club south of here about 20 miles. This course is gorgeous beyond belief with soft, plush, green, fairways lined with white pines and a very reasonable seniors green fee of only $30. Following golf we headed to West’s Hayward Dairy for scrumptulicious homemade ice cream. Hayward is home to the world record 67.5 pound Muskellunge fish. That record fish is stuffed and hangs in a bar called the Moccasin.
Poor Brenda has to be back at work on Monday so Ernie and her headed back home on Friday.
On Friday night it rained and into Saturday morning. By noon it had stopped and so Lorna and I did the Hayward National golf course. This is no where near as nice a course as the other. The temperatures got into the mid eighties and stayed overcast and the humidity was a million percent. I have to say that is the hottest I have ever been in my life, so I opted out of doing the last three holes. My shirt was totally soaked with sweat. Lorna was determined to finish though.
Sunday it is time to head back and so we stopped to see the Blue Ox and Paul in Bemidji, MN before getting back to Steinbach. Monday was another golf day but this time we got to golf with Denise and Ray Burnell. We would do nine in the morning and then have lunch at Burnell’s. Then took us for a tour around the big town of Richer in his Royal Blue 72 Buick Convertible. Then we finished the day with another mosquito infested nine holes in the evening.
Tuesday and Wednesday were motorcycle travel days back to home. All in all a wonderful trip with enjoyable friends along the way. We covered 4,000 miles and only had one day of rain.
Looking forward to seeing all our Leisure World friends in early November.
Lorna and Wally Bentt
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
This is my first time to write anything. We are having a lot of storms here in Okla lately but the weather has been pretty good considering how hot you have been having it. I have been pretty busy as of late with Harold's surprise 80th birthday. He is doing pretty good with his demintia It is in the first stages and It can take years before it gets to where he can't know anyone. We just take one day at a time. My cancer is still in remission and I am doing good. We hope to see you all in Oct. Harold and Rosella
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Al and Linda Decock spent some time here during July, then went home so that Linda could go back to take care of her sister. The sister died not long ago, and we sent Linda a sympathy card.
We received a note from Anna Freidel the first part of August, and she gave us more sad news. Don W. Freidel died June 28. He and Ilene used to live at unit #250 in the park. If you wish to send a condolence to Ilene, her address is:Haacks Tender Care, 1249 School Street, Sun Prairie, WI 53590.
We received a letter from Mary Jaegle: "Frank fell the 29th of June and was in terrible pain for a week befroe they found he had a vertebra compressed fracture, was in hospital for 10 days, is slowly getting strength back. The surgery they do now for this is great." If you would like to send him a card, their address is 4502 Wheatland St., Enid OK 73703.
I will try to keep you updated as we hear other news.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
You would never know math was my favorite subject in school. I wish we were having 75 people at our reunion but it is more like 45 right now. Don't ask me what I did wrong. I have been mentally figuring how to get enough tables in the room I rented but I could. won't be quite as crowded as I was thinking. So I definitely have room for more people if you still want to come. Just send me a check.
We were fortunate to not have any damage from this storm. Other friends did have damage but most like me slept thru it. And my husband says he never sleeps good and he didn't hear it.
See you the 20th