Monday, August 24, 2009

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale...

Taken through the telescope, which explains the poor quality. But, I digress...

Can ANYONE identify this make of sailboat??? It was fairly large and was moving at a pretty good clip, against the wind. I'd say 60-80 feet long? I've not been able to find any info, but then again I'm not a sailor, just a land lubber with really good taste!

Friday, August 14, 2009


Herr Family Reunion, going strong.

The Steaming Cup coffee shop in downtown Waukesha, our old hangout.

Lunch with Janet, Matt and Linda.

I've been home for a few days now, back from a quick 5-day trip to the US for a family reunion. I had the chance to see some friends and family but visits were just way too short.

Quick observations:
(oh, I was in the Milwaukee, WI area)

Road construction EVERYWHERE!!
A lot of traffic and I forgot how fast people there drive.
So many still do not use turn signals.
Shopping strip malls popping up everywhere.
Saw a lot of rural farmland turned into strip malls and industrial parks.
I realized how much I miss Target stores. (mental memo to make trips to Seattle for long weekends of shopping)
Could not believe what I was seeing on the News, with regard to the town hall meetings about healthcare reform!

I had a wonderful time at our family reunion. Some new faces showed up, finally, from a long-lost portion of the family. They are adding to the family tree and will sending me the updates.

I had lunches and dinners with friends, and I got lots of good hugs. Someone even told me my teeth were really white!

Of course I had questions about the Canadian health care system, to which I replied that so far we like it just fine. And I'm guessing that a much higher percentage of the Canadian population is insured when compared to the US. (wink)

I've settled back into my routine, which is fine with me. I even got a surprise at home when I was directed to some new additions to the garden that were acquired while I was away - Black Eyed Susans, in full bloom, in the lower yard!