Recent Stuff


[As we await the return of the sailing vessels to beautiful Lake Darling, and before we return to the East Coast trip and Salem, let’s review some recent events.]


[It’s still mostly winter as we gaze out the bedroom window onto beautiful Lake Darling.]


[4 days before the previous photo, which was taken March 30, “Weakie” captured me, in all my excitement, with his 1st ever photo taken with his new iPhone.  We were at the Corral in Nelson, as special invitees to the girls’ hockey banquet.  We always consider the invite quite the honor!  😉  Anyway, it should be noted my pre-event Blue Moon was NOT on the menu at the banquet just down the hall.]


[In an effort to be unobtrusive at the event, I just used my no-flash, snapshot camera from far away in a dimly lit room.  Needless to say, I really didn’t get any good photos.  Here we have the JV team being honored – at least I can identify varsity captains, Shanee’ Herd and Shelby Iverson, in the foreground.]

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[Melissa Drown, Nicole Bartels, Taylor Ellingson, and Amy Jost.  All key returning lettermen for next year.]

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[Anna Carlsen, Shelby Iverson, Micaela Swenson, Melissa Drown, McKenzie Revering (“Little Rev”), and Shanee’ Herd.  Special award winners.]

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[Shanee’ and Shelby, this year’s captains, in a tear-filled ceremony presented the “C” jerseys to next years captains, Taylor and Melissa.]

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[Best wishes, seniors . . . and thanks for the memories:  Madi Houska, Sara Schmidt, Shanee’, Shelby, Anna, and Becca Illies.]


[It was about that time that Nelson’s indigenous elephant herd thundered through, bringing a cessation to all other activities.]

Saturday evening brought the return of Lisa Lynn to SAWA.  She actually encourages me to make videos as she establishes her blog site at:


“Fire and Rain” –

“Don’t Know Why” –

“Desperado” –


“Someone to Lay Down Beside Me” –

“A Soft Place to Fall” –

“Wish You Were Here” –

“Old Man” –


The next morning was Easter brunch at the golf club . . .


[On the drive over to “the club,” we were able to confirm that Little Darling was indeed open!]


[But when we got to the parking lot . . .]




[Inside everything was peachy keen as the supervisor led club ex-president, Paul Donley, through the buffet line.  He made sure she wasn’t sneaking any extra biscuits into her purse!]


[As club members, we were delighted with the turnout of over 200 diners!  🙂 ]


[While we were there, we decided to check out the re-designed hole No. 7 from the air.  Looks tough!]


[I forgot to take her picture at the club in her “new” Easter outfit.]


[Of course, then came the inevitable, “Does it make me look fat?”]



[Maybe by July?]

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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