Monday, February 26, 2007

Snowed a bit

The snow didn't arrive in force here until Saturday evening, so we had no trouble placing hodag travel bugs in our geocaches.

Shelly & I went with Trisha the Chamber Director, and her sister-in-law, Mary. We moved one cache( the DNR apparently doesn't allow them on state owned islands), and visited the other 5 to do cache maintenance.

We stopped for lunch at the Claridge Clubhouse. I guess I like it there.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Business after 5

Last night I got a short-notice invite from Tamra at the Holiday Inn Express to attend a Chamber of Commerce meeting tonight. I thought I would be explaining geocaching to a group of small-business-persons. It turns out it was a social-hour/dinner kind of thing. Tamra & Trisha from the Chamber thanked me for my help (other geocachers were invited, but couldn't make it) in front of the group. And I happened to win the half & half raffle. I got to talk to Mitch Mode and tell him I liked his columns. Pete was there. And I met a guy originally from Langlade County that Dave & I will take geocaching sometime.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

And you bleed just to know you're alive

The kids and I placed the last two geocaches for The Great Northwoods Treasure Hunt yester-eve and this evening. Its unfamiliar to me to be in the woods at dusk in the late winter. I suppose I'm usually hibernating now.
After tonight's placement, we went to the simple soup supper at Michaela's school. We must have it pretty good. The fresh vegetables - cauliflower, broccoli, carrots- seemed foreign to me without dip or dressing. They must have been busy, because the chicken noodle soup was only broth by the time we got there. But after our hike, bread dipped in broth tasted pretty good. I'll not try to imagine what it tastes like to the homeless, that might bring tears to my eyes.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

The Lucky One

Another busy weekend in the Northland.

Michaela had a sleepover at Lizzie's on Friday night. And all day Saturday, she attended the Red Cross babysitting instructional course. Then she and Jamie went to Mom & Dad's for a sleepover.

Jamie and Shelly hung out together Saturday, including the Y and DQ.

I worked with geocachers newbie and old-hand on placing our caches for this spring's Treasure Hunt. There were only 8 of us out in the field, but we came from Rhinelander, Eagle River, and Omro. Yes, Omro. Mike LaPorte, rsplash40, was staying at his in-laws in Eagle River, and offered to help out. The Calvettis from Eagle River and their cognitively diasabled friends took along newbies, Tony Jones and his daughter, and they calculated and placed an urban puzzle cache. Mike and I placed three bushwhackers, and somehow found time for lunch at the Claridge.

After that, Pete and Phil were going out to Starks to look at Pete's Plum Creek firewood permit pickings. I went along to scout geocaching land. We all found something good.

Today, the kids and I placed a cache in a small stand of large remnant hemlock out there.

And no, we didn't win at Flambeau last night. I just feel lucky to have a good life full of good people and happy pursuits.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Movies for you

Working hard on the geocaching project.

Dad sent some funny movies:

Gladys Hardy

405: The Movie

And the guys at work told me about this, not so funny:

Nobody was hurt.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

19 degree heat-wave

Yesterday Jamie & Michaela and I placed two geocaches and found one. We hiked about three miles, maybe 80% off-trail. Afterwards, Phil and his kids came over for brats and burgers and beer.

Today Shelly and the kids and I went to church and brought along Nick, one of Bob's boys.

Afterwards Shelly mentioned that she had seen winter leather coats at JCPenney's for $9. So we went, and I got a new winter coat. We got some Papa Murphy's pizzas, and Nick came over and we watched Mythbusters.

Shelly's good at shopping.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Winner, winner! KFC #3 meal please

Michaela won the Super Bowl Pool at Grandma and Grandpa's.


I went to see Dr. Drews yesterday. Had a cavity. Had it filled. Good to go.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Cold Weekend

They say this may be the coldest weather in ten years. It's supposed to stay below zero until Tuesday. I think it got up to 4 yesterday. It's minus 13 right now.

Yesterday we went to a pizza party and dance at the kids' school. I must be too old, because it was too loud. The kids had a lot of fun with their friends.

Today Shelly & Michaela, along with Shelly's boys James & Shane, went shopping in Wausau. Jamie & I worked and played around the house. We went out for lunch at the Friendship House, and picked up some geocaching treasure at the dollar store. Then we came home to watch the Badgers beat Northwestern.

Phil told me last night that Pete Centner was in a tourism commercial.

Here are more commercials.