Mr. Maintenance, Schonberg corn, and “staff” contributions

Let it be known to all within the sound of my keyboard that your household maintenance correspondent within the space of two sunrises washed and vacuumed the car, sprayed the entire driveway for weeds, replaced “the pin” in the steering column of the lawn mower [see previous Mr. Maintenance discussion], helped the supervisor replace faux rock fallen from the house with landscape block adhesive (which sticks to your fingers like Super Glue, is applied with a caulking gun that was borrowed from a handyman neighbor because it is not on Mr. Maintenance’s regular implement use schedule), and tonight . . . shucked corn!  Schonberg corn, to be exact.  When this organically-grown corn hits town, the entire populace scrambles for their fair share.

[The supervisor inspects my “adhesiving.”]

[Mmmmmm, Schonberg corn is the reward.]

Despite the “water warning” sign above, the HQ and family are on their annual vacation at Betsy Ross resort on Lake Ida.  She offered the following photos as a counterpoint to those usually displayed from Lake Darling:

[The HQ]

[Her Lake Ida photos (thanks, Kath!) ;-)]

Loren Berg lives at Blakes by the Lakes.  The Lake Carlos side of the property has, like most places in western Minnesota, had high water issues all year.  Here are Loren’s submittals:

Brother Cam’s lifelong D.C. buddy, Rog “The Travelin’ Man” Tweed, was in Alex this summer and contributed the following (warning: they’re not all in Alex!):

[He “captured” the cottonwood “snow” that I could not.]

[Le Homme Dieu View marina – Mr. Blanchard, I believe.]

[Local landmark.]

[I don’t know – but I don’t condone!]

[Minnehaha Falls – not in Alex.]

[Cam at the oldest house in Minneapolis (not Alex).]

[UW-Eau Claire and the Chippewa River – again, not in Alex.]

[Rog’s Alex hosts waving good-bye!]

We had to take out a section of dock (land inspected by the supervisor) to get it above water, moved the Moby Obie much closer to shore so we can get it out under the lift canopy, and a photo of neighbor Dangerous Dan’s dock mostly under water:

Oh, and fellow Patchouli groupie, Sue Elliot (in the Cities) sent the following videos of Teenage and The Puzzle, two of my favorites, from Minnehaha Falls, surprisingly enough 😉 :

Many thanks to all the contributors!

[I apologize for the final 4.  It’s just that I have no other format for their display.  And I know Crazy Dave and DOM will like them.]

About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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