Wednesday, August 13, 2014

VACATION


We landed in Grand Forks around 11:00 and hadn't eaten a thing all day so we went to the Blue Moose Bar And Grill in East Grand Forks, Minnesota for lunch.  We had a great meal and the inside is decorated so nice.  Lots of wood paneling and a rustic feel.

 
Our nephew Wayne, nieces Susann and Carla with my sister Ann and brother in law Edmund.
 
 
 Our great nieces and nephews. Back row:  Kayla, Adam, Rebeca, Ann and Ed, Sara, and Blaze.  Front row: Gavin and Lindsey.        



The day after the party we headed for lakes, Northwest Angle Lake of the Woods.  We stopped at Karlstad, Minnesota for breakfast.  Turns out the local phone company, Wikstrom help this small town get back on its feet and had a local artist paint a mural on the wall of the cafe.


Most the people in the area of Scandinavian decent.  The mural is lovely.


Also a beautiful Scandinavian costume.  Also included in the small museum attached to the cafe were loads of early telephones used in that area of Minnesota.


Finally arrive at the lakes after some 60 miles to the nearest town, going  through Canada and the last 30 miles gravel roads.  Like they say between the gravel roads, the mosquitoes and the below freezing in the winter it keeps the riff raff out.


Brother in law Ed's new Man Cave. 


Just some of the inside which is very nice and comfortable.


I caught four of these little walleye, one crappy and a clam.  Do you think it was worth the cost of my fishing license ?  Just a very good thing everyone else caught enough for our supper because this one needed to go back to its mom.

The funny part was that Ed also caught a couple of small walleye in the same place.  We kind of thought we were a school of them.

As always we were happy to be home but so thankful for everyone who made our trip so much fun.  Starting with our daughter Dawn who took us to the airport in Baltimore, Annie and Ed for putting up with us taking us fishing and Annie cooking the greatest meals, walleye and one of very favorite meals, cream peas on toast, nieces and nephews who did all the party plan so I didn't have to lift a finger except to enjoy myself.  Thanks everyone.

Friday, August 08, 2014

POLISH POTTERY AND 50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

 
 Last month my sister, Ann and my bother in law Edmund Jiskra celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.  We wouldn't have missed it for the world. They were surrounded my load of family and friends. 

 
 My niece Susan Barclay, nephew Wayne and his wife Serena did all the work.  Making out stand food and decorated the yard. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect day.  Nice and warm, light breeze and no humidity.  Didn't Susan do a great job at getting the photos together and framing them in a black and gold frame?

 
 Marvin Jiskra (Edmund's younger brother) and I stood up for the happy couple.  Here we are 50 years older.  I was thinking it doesn't really matter what we look like just that we all could be together to celebrate.


A photo of me, hubby Bill, Ann and Ed.  I would have more photos to post later when my dear sister sends my camera to me.  I left it at the lakes in Minnesota.  More about that later.


Annie send me home with three of her many pieces of Polish Pottery.  She has quite a collection and I only took what I was sure would make it safely back home.  We all know how the airlines handle your luggage.  I don't want to get into to that now.  We made it home and were so happy that our luggage did to.