Friday, July 12, 2019

Random Tid Bits

  1. A coworker I've worked with for more than 15 years is cursed to have things happen to him. When the flooding happened, his Mom's house got hit. He got sick when he was trying to clear her house out. He's had rare teeth infections. He had someone try to swindle him by telling him his air conditioner was a goner, when really it just needed a part fixed.

    His latest thing that happened: He left his Hummer unlocked somewhere in Colorado where they didn't even have 911 access. A bear opens his Hummer door, gets in and the door shuts behind him or her. It couldn't get out. My coworker was woken up by his Hummer horn going off again and again. When he got out to see what was up, he saw a bear in there. He opened the door, only to have it close on him once again. It was on a hill. He opened a different door, and the bear ran out. Inside was all kinds of claw marks, bear saliva, and bear poop. The bear pooped in his little girl's carseat. Could you imagine what the insurance company was thinking when they called?

  2. Mica went out to pick raspberries. He was outside for 45 minutes. He came back inside with 11 berries in the bowl.

    I said, "This is all you picked? He said, "I did pick more." I said, "Where are they?" He said, "Bugs started flying in my face. When butterflies started flying near me, the I flung up the bowl, and many of the berries flung all over the place." Mica's afraid of butterflies. Do you know anyone afraid of butterflies?

  3. I'm still trying to figure this one out, maybe you can help me. Isaak has 2 "friends" that have been hanging out together a lot. There's nothing wrong with that. Back when Isaak had a birthday party late May the two tried to leave before presents were opened, dessert was pulled out, and games were played. They had their own overnight. I stopped them in their tracks, and told them they had to stay for those things to happen before they went to have an overnight with each other at 2 PM. Odd!

    Last Friday I said, "Isaak I'm off work. How about you ask a friend to come over." He called one of those boys to come to hang out. Guess what? They were together. Automatically both boys came over. From experience when 3 get together, 1 always gets left out. I did my best to have things for them to do to have a good time. There was laughter.

    Dinner time rolled around. I said, "Do you boys want a brat?" They did. I asked, "Do you want to watch a show, while we eat. They agreed on Stranger Things. They both had watched it before. As soon as they were done eating they stood up and said, "We're ready to leave now. We'll wait outside." No mention of asking if Isaak could go with them. Not that he always needs to. I asked, "Why the sudden urgency to leave? Did something happen? Did someone say something?" Nothing was said back, except, "That was awkward." I told them suddenly leaving in the middle of something is awkward. I also said that it's not nice to always leave Isaak uninvited.

    When we were ready, we took them to the one boy's house. No parents were there, so I called the one kid's Grandma (his caregiver). She didn't even know they were going to my house to begin with, if I hadn't texted her. His sister was there, so apparently it was ok. She was going to talk with her grandson the following day about it all. I never got a follow up. Not that I should, but again odd. I didn't talk with the other kid's parents. His mom is from Myanmar, so it's hard to have a deep conversation with her.

    I'd drop it all. Thinking...Isaak will get better friends at his new school. BUT one of those kids is going to his new school. Isaak's been friends with these boys, since Kindergarten. Never has he ever had problems with them until recently. I don't know this because they wouldn't tell me, but part of me thinks Isaak would be more popular if he had a video game console. We live in the Dark Ages, and they only have Kindles, and a Nintendo DS. What would you do? Did I handle the situation right? My kids are really good kids. I so want them to have good friends.

  4. Bossman has never been to excited about me recycling. It eats up company time. This summer he didn't pay, for the dumpster to be cleared out. He's been all about recycling. I've taken his boxes, his daily newspaper and more. When I walked into work on Monday he had 4 big trash bags filled to the rim with paper shreds. He said I could take them. It was too much for me, and my little Civic. When he left my coworker helped me shove them in the locked dumpster.

  5. When I took a day off I knew an Amazon package was going to be delivered. I saw the truck. It popped up as "Delivered". No package. I messaged them after the 35 recommended hours. Talking to them is like talking to no one. You have 3 things to choose from every time you talk to them. They said it would be delivered by Monday. Nope! They sent a new package out. Let's hope I get it this time!

Thursday, July 11, 2019


We've gotten in this habit of going to state capitols on trips - if time allows, for it. 

We thought it would be cool to stop by the Minnesota State Capitol in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Why Go to a State Capitol?

The architecture is always amazing!

Even if you don't get into politics, it's still a place where big important decisions are made.

It's free! Minus the parking. We did pay for that. Speaking of which we had no clue what a pay box was. Do you know what one is? We parked and a sign said, "Pay at pay box." Something like that. Anyhow we had to ask someone, and they pointed out a box up the street. That's where you put your money, for parking.


I have to mention that the sky was so beautiful that day! Big puffy clouds stood out. I could have taken 1,000 pictures of the outside of the building. I'm not kidding.


The Lobby: 

In any Capitol the lobby area is amazing! This one had highlights of gold in spots all over.


We didn't plan on taking a tour. We weren't against a tour, but hadn't set one up. All the sudden when we went up the steps a tour came through. The tour guide said we could join.

In we went with the tour to the House of Representatives. There's more women on the Supreme Court than there ever have been. Kind of interesting. 

Gold lined the ceiling in many spots.

Golden Horses:

We would not of been able to see the Golden Horses, had we not been on the tour. She took us up on the roof, where we could see for miles.

Then what we could only see from a distance before, we were close enough to touch it! 

 My favorite shot:



Cathedral of Saint Paul:

There was a great view of a cathedral from above, and we later walked to it down below.

Back in the State Capitol Staircase:


Peek a Boo Spot:

I saw this little spot, peeked through it and saw an amazing view.


Everything was so pretty! I think we could have stayed there all day!

How many state capitols have you been too?

Disclaimer: This is not a paid review. I got no compensation, for writing this post. All opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Split Rock #lighthouse #minnesota #travel #vacation

One of my favorite places we went in Two Harbors, Minnesota was Split Rock Lighthouse

We loved the view! There was a lot to do.

We disliked that there was no places to eat anywhere near there. Their state park should invest in a lodge to eat at. Even if they'd just have sandwiches they'd certainly sell them. I think we would have stayed longer if we would have had lunch.


Adult $10
Seniors $8
Kids 5 -17 $6
Kids 0-4 FREE


10-6 Daily

First Stop:

Was to pay, for a tour at The Visitor's Center. It was so worth it!


They had a fun little stand, where you could peak your heads in. Of course, since I take 99.9% of the photos I had to Photoshop myself in there. While I was at it, I put in a few local people that everyone knows. Travis rolled his eyes and said, "Really?!" I took them out, and put in puppets.

The View from the Visitor's Center:

The Lighthouse:

I had never seen a Lighthouse (except for in movies). I was excited. I did feel like I was patiently waiting a lot. I wanted shots with no people in them. That's not easy to do.

I do wish the sky was a little more interesting that day.

See the rock retaining wall that holds the steps up? They tell you not to climb on those in the Visitor's Center. A Mom - not me, decided it was a great idea to have all her kids climb on there to take a picture. Sometimes rules are meant to be broken. When it's not our place, we should respect the property of others.


The square building off to the side had a little shop. 

The Outside of the Lighthouse: 

It was pretty cool!

The Inside of the Lighthouse:

Down the Steps They Went!

Isaak said, "Why do they have 2 railings. I don't have to hold on to either of them!" I said, "Yes you do! The steps are metal, steep and slippery. Hang on!"


While we were going down the steps I could hear a drone flying around. Another one of their rules was, "No Drones Allowed!".

Backside of the Lighthouse:

Finally a little blue in the sky!

 View From the Lighthouse:


There was a house that was built at the same time the Lighthouse was built. They had it close to its original state. 

I have one of the dolls that was in their cradle.

I loved their attic stairs! That was my favorite thing about the house.

Leaving the Lighthouse:

There was a long walkway where we could travel along to see the Lighthouse from a distance, and water views. It was super pretty!

Travis and Mica kept saying, "Hurry up!" How could I when I kept getting shots like this:

Lighthouse From a Distance:

My favorite shot:

Enjoying the View:

Along the way I talked with a family from India. They know over 4 languages. They said their English was rocky. I thought they spoke pretty clear. It was fun that they traveled so far to to see what we were seeing, for the first time.

Back to the Car:

How many lighthouses have you seen? 

Disclaimer: This is not a paid review. I got no compensation, for writing this post. All opinions are my own. 


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