The Big Green Egg and the Rocket Stove

Have you noticed that ever since we returned home from camp there has been no need for air conditioning?  We have enjoyed a beautiful October in August – sleeping with windows wide open under all manner of blankees.  Even the trees are confused!  I imagine we’ll be golfing year ’round again this winter?  But I digress . . .

There are folks who live on the other side of beautiful Lake Darling from us.  That should come as no surprise since there are few undeveloped lots on the lake.  And every year, four folks from Camp Ballantine invite us and a couple from Lake L’Homme Dieu over for a nosh from the Big Green Egg.  These six are all snowbirders, so the invite generally coincides with the end of summer – the hosts are leaving early this year because August has been too cold!  We have no idea how we got on this list – it maybe a Lake Wobegon thing, the supervisor’s strong and I’m good looking?  😉 But we get to see what the world looks like from the other side, i.e., sunsets.  It looked dicey this year as it rained most of the evening – but just at the right time . . .

[Arrowwood waterpark building on the left.]

[And to the subject at hand, without further adieu – the Big Green Egg!  Mmmmmm!]

[And inside folks are enjoying the contents of the Big Green Egg.  They will not be shown here as they are all in the protected age group.]

And last week son-in-law Danny made a return visit to Minnesota.  He was going to the Canadian border to learn how to build a Rocket stove for their future retirement home.  This is his story . . .

I attended a Rocketstove construction workshop up north of Ely about 5 miles from the Canadian Border last Saturday.  We dry fitted the fire brick into a “stove core” then fired it up and continued to build out the mock-up.  There were about 8 like-minded people in attendance along with some children.  Our instructors (Ernie & Erica) have built over 700 stoves thus far, they are traveling cross country putting on workshops to educate the masses.  

This opportunity allowed me to put the past couple years of research into “hands on experience” and was an amazing day of hard work and valuable lessons.

[And now we all know a “green” way to cook and space heat!  🙂 ]

A few of the Northern Minnesota sites along my ride back to Alida from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area which is North of Ely.  I was able to take all of these photos without exiting the vehicle.

[You know all these – and to know ’em is to love ’em!]

Back at the “harn,” Danny stirred up a hornets’ nest bush whacking and got stung several times in several places.  It was a well-coordinated attack.  On the plus side, the inside of the “harn” is really shaping up!  🙂

See you at the fair?

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” 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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