Stuff Between the Other Stuff

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It’s the 4th of July.  It’s mostly famous for being the day after the 3rd of July.  I think it’s in the Constitution or something.  Anyway, it’s our 1st 4th without the Moby Obie.  Thus, we did not do the boat parade on Lake Carlos this year.  I think it’s too windy today anyway.  I know, that’s two “anyways” in the last three sentences.   But if one is so inclined the blog archive for July 2012 has lots of lovely photos from last year’s 4th . . . remember, it was really hot then.  In the absence of a parade report, we shall visit some events or things that happened between the last few music reports.  For example, the above photo represents the gardening efforts of the supervisor, and others shall be featured throughout.

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[We’re approaching camp time – when we pack up for a week at Camp Brosius in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.  Grandson Tom has completed his freshman year at Purdue and is spending his summer as a camp counselor.  A review of family archives turned up this photo of Tom from we believe 7 or 8 years ago.  He’s 2nd from the right.  His annual camp friend Karina is in the middle in the purple.  She is a year younger than Tom.  In this photo, she appears to be several years older than him.  It’s a boy-girl thing.

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[This is Tom as a camp counselor this year.  (All camp photos courtesy of Danny.)]

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[Tom and a fellow patriotic counselor.]

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[Let’s make cotton candy!]

Camp Brosius Volunteers Spring 2013

[Before camp opened this spring, the supervisor joined Tom, Jami and Danny, her sister Rita, and Nashville friends Cindy and David Dale for clean-up.]

Cleaning Crew

[Rita, Jami and the supervisor join another volunteer (in the sweatshirt) for a photo op.]

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[The view of Elkhart Lake from “our porch” there.]

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[Cindy and David on leaf patrol.]

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[The dining hall for sustenance after a hard day’s labor.]

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[The round house.]

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[The dining hall.]

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[The lodge.]

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[The supervisor, Tom, and Jami in the picnic area.]

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[Fur on his chin.]

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[The annex.]

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[The annex, part deux.]

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[Camp fire site.]

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[Cabins on the hill (well, you can read that).]

Family Fun

[Tom, Jami, and Danny (with his Amish look, not that there’s anything wrong with that).  We’ll have “live” reports from camp a little over a month from now.]

Meanwhile, back in the supervisor’s yard . . .

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[These are Siberian irises . . .]

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[But she wanted me to photograph them because they are from Rita.]

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[A peony . . .]

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[And more . . .]

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[Iris]

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[Iris]

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[Flag]

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[Daisies]

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[Hostas]

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[Pot]

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[We momentarily take a break from the action for some book reports . . .]

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[Hiaasen was recently in the Cities.  I really wanted to see him.  The supervisor had a golf lesson that day . . . that’s why she’s the supervisor . . .]

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[Well, at least I have summer reading . . .]

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[Ms. Lourey recently sent out a posting . . .]

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[The next in her series of murder-by-month mysteries in Battle Lake, Minnesota, will be available in . . . January!]

We’ll end this for now with . . . remember the storm?  June 20 & 21, and while we lost a few trees in the neighborhood, there were places that had it a lot worse.

6-21-13-2[The supervisor checks on a lakeside tree that went down.]

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[She recovered the wood duck house for future use by Mr. and Mrs. Duck.]

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[Neighbors also lost lakeside trees . . .]

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[It’s been a banner year for the tree removal guys.]

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[Potential for a chainsaw sculptor?]

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[Do fish really bite after a big storm?]

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[Dusty and Joy said they needed a new dining room set anyway.]

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[Have a nice holiday picnic, and we’ll visit again with you soon.  😉 ]

About tomobert63

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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