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Thursday, September 5, 2013

West Omaha KOA, Gretna, NE

We left Wisconsin on Tuesday and made our way to West Omaha KOA. It was a long trip, 481 miles and as full timer knows that is a full day. We don’t like more than 250-300 miles in a given day and that is only when necessary. I like to start out about 8:30 and arrive no later than 3:30 pm; most of our trips are in that category. Anyway, we arrived safely and totally set up within an hour, then it was time to relax and that is what I did.

We had a great time in Wisconsin, we got to see a lot of the folks we knew when we lived there and we missed a few but we will try to see them next year.

Here is a recap of what we did the last couple of weeks we were in Wisconsin.

August 20, we met Betty, Linda, Jane, Jenny, Judy and their husbands, for lunch, these ladies worked for us when we owned Mason de Ville Beauty Salon in Sun Prairie, the salon is no longer there but these women meet regularly and asked Sarah and I to join them. We have met Betty & Glen each year for the past three, I believe, and this year the others joined us.

At the risk of hearing from my kids concerning my always talking about food, we ate at a very good restaurant, 1855 Saloon and Grill, http://1855saloongrill.com/, in Cottage Grove, WI.

That night Mason had a football game so we had to go see him play, he did very well. He plays the right tackle position, although I believe a week later he may have been at the guard position, I forgot to ask.

August 22, we met Robert, Sarah, Mason and Madyson for lunch at Red Robin, Robert was there on his lunch hour. Robert went back to work and the rest of us went to the supply store, Sarah Ann stocks up on the family’s shampoo etc. The grandkids and I went down to the bird store, they sell bird supplies, stands feeders etc., we didn’t buy anything but had fun looking.

That night we met Joyce and Wayne Knapton at 1855 Saloon and Grill for dinner. I had written 5:30 for our time and it should have been 5:00, my apologizes. We had a great time catching up on kids etc. We have met Joyce the last couple of years for lunch in Madison but Wayne was never able to join us, this year he could and it was great seeing him and Joyce.

August 24, spent time at Robert and Sarah Ann’s, didn’t do much but it was fun being around the kids.

August 26, we met Lan and Gail Waddell at Paddy Coughlin Pub in Ft Atkinson, WI for dinner. It had been eight years or more since we had seen them, it was great to see them. The food here was great and the conversation was even better.

August 27 we got to see Dick and Teri, Sarah Ann's parents, we were all going to Mason's football game but it was canceled due to it being too hot outside. It is always good to see them, Dick was in the Air Force and went to Vietnam the same as I did. The conversation is always interesting when we get together.

August 26, 28, 29, 30, we spent part or most of the day with Mason and Madyson. Some days Sarah Ann worked the full day others not or Robert came home early or worked from home. We did this last year also, Sarah Ann is a teacher and she has to get her classroom ready for her first graders so we stay with Mason and Madyson. We enjoy it and it gives Sarah Ann the time she needs to get things ready for the school year.

It is interesting to me to see how much the grandkids change each time we see them. All of them from the 21 year old to the 3 year old, they all change from year to year and it is fun and interesting to see the growth and development of their personalities and intellect.

So, we are now in Omaha and our sports plate is full again with softball and soccer. I am looking forward to seeing all of it, Emily is playing softball again this year and Isabel is playing softball for the first time this year, should be fun. Eli is going to play soccer; he is or will be three so that will really be fun to watch.

Update on the house, we are meeting with the builder’s agent next week to make sure we get some of the things we want done to it done, it won’t be finished until December at the earliest, it actually makes no difference to us because we won’t be here anyway so the longer it takes now the better. I do want it done before April 1, 2014. Sarah and I went out to look at what has been done so far and as with all buildings, the foundation looks smaller than the end product will be but it does make you want to go, “Wait a minute this isn’t as big as we want”, it is, the finished product will be good.

I finished a book last week, don’t remember the name of it, it was about this librarian in MN who had two cats follow her home and they had “special powers”, it was a fun book and the ending was a bit different than I expected.

Currently I am reading “Driving Loyalty” by Kirk Kazanjian, it is about Enterprise Rent a Car company, I received the book free when I was driving for them. It is interesting and would be even more interesting or maybe pertinent if I was still working but a good read never the less.

That is it for now, until next time,

Dreams Do Come True.

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