To Mom

[Always loved this photo of you – your natural jauntiness, your signature bare feet, with a pipe in your mouth at age 18.  Maybe it’s just as well that it was physically abused at the bottom of a family photo box – it fits the image.]

Just wanted to let you know that two years and nine months after we said our final good-byes, we finally sold your house yesterday.  Yes, it was a long, tortuous process that continued to the end – even closing was delayed five hours by yet another paperwork snafu.  Your eldest son has drafted a long missive for the Echo regarding this latter day version of Jessica Mitford’s The American Way of Death, the bureaucratic labyrinth families must endure to close even an unambiguous estate.   But it’s done now.  Angie and Tom Anderson bought the house – you would like them.

We celebrated, of course.  And offered a toast to you.  To let you know that finally – finally – you were able to pass on your assets to your “kids.”



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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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4 Responses to To Mom

  1. Bob Annen says:


  2. Rita Simon says:

    You persevered!!!! Hope your blood pressure and general overall health suffered no long term damage! Greetings from Frozen Indiana. I’m only checking on Chickers, with food, drink, and freshening of potty and slinging salt out the front door! Currently watching Purdue battle Michigan State on the tube! I should be sorting or boxing, but maybe later………….. Rita

  3. Tom and Mary Kay says:

    Congratulations! We are glad the house saga is over for all concerned. We know that Auntie Nat was happy to hear the news. Tom and Mary Kay

  4. Jami says:

    Beautiful. I trust you will have the Simple Probate Execution Example Directive (SPEED) in place by the summer!! 🙂

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