Yes, they’re big, but we haven’t been eaten alive. Just nothing to write.


It’s true. We have been in Minnesota for 10 days now, and while you might think that with our lack of posting perhaps we got carried away by the huge mosquitoes that live in these parts, it’s really not true. Neither are other possible scenarios for not posting: getting stuck in the hammock in the back yard, being overtaken by the world’s largest otter statue that resides in this town, or drowning in the almost-nonstop rain. We’ve just been working hard, and taking naps, and enjoying the whirlpool tub at my Mom’s house.

We haven’t posted in a REALLY long time, and by now you are probably either not checking the blog anymore, or you have become completely disgusted with the faded promise of us posting every day. But really, it hasn’t been all that exciting…promise! Here’s a glimpse of what we’ve been up to.

We spent 2 days with some friends in the Twin Cities area shortly after our arrival in Minnesota, and then have been busy at work leeching off mom’s internet to accomplish our business tasks.

There is a really cool old State Hospital here in Fergus Falls that we’re told is for sale for $1.00. Yep, you heard that right. It’s amazing, and would make for a really cool college campus, but the physical plant is in such disrepair that we’d likely need several hundred million dollars to get it up and running. So…sigh…we will not be buying the old State Hospital. You can see a few photos of it below.

My mom and I have been brainstorming about the best way to engineer new curtains for the RV, and slipcovers for the couch and chair. We’ve bought all the fabric, she’s been doing all the sewing, and we’re realizing that we should have started last week instead of waiting until this week to get started on this larger-than-anticipated project! I have faith, though, that she’ll pull it off. She’s an amazing seamstress (always has been), and I’m looking forward to the finished product.

I drove around Fergus Falls by myself the other day looking for photographic inspiration. The trees have not yet really turned colors, so not much fall foliage to really be inspired by. Plus it was a completely gray sky outside (the rain had stopped temporarily). Drove to St. Cloud today to pick up more fabric, and we are planning a circle drive in Minnesota tomorrow, probably more to the north and east. Who knows? Maybe we’ll take a tour of the towns that have Paul Bunyan statues in them!

I have been busy with a new website project, and Dr. Time (ha!) has been busy with grading. Chase likes being at Grammy Joy’s, despite having to re-learn every morning how to walk on her wood floors! Those of you who know Chase’s aversion to non-carpeted surfaces can imagine what it’s been like to see him try to walk between rugs around her house. 🙂 Poor guy. We thought he had gotten over that altogether from his time at my business partner Cassie’s place, where he walks and runs freely on the wood floor with wonderpup Jackson, but alas. He still struggles and requires a helping hand on his collar to brave the wide expanses of wood floor here.

What else has been going on? Hmmm…not that much. Oh, we have been watching the Twins faithfully. My mom is a HUGE fan, and I think we’ve seen every single game they’ve played since we’ve been in the state. Even during the season premier of Castle, we still saw the Twins game during commercials. 🙂

I have taken some pictures of the outside of my Mom’s house and need to take some of the inside so that you can get a sense of the clever quirkiness of her home, complete with porch swing and hammock chair in the living room! I know it sounds odd, but it really works, and is totally her style, and really a lot of fun to be able to swing indoors! I’ll try to do that before we leave and post both inside and outside photos for you to see.

So, that about sums it up. We have swang in the swing, rocked in the rocker, reclined in the recliner, slept on the couch with fuzzy blankets (our fave!), had our favorite summertime meal of sweet corn and BLTs, twirled in the hammock chair, watched the nuthatches, goldfinches, and chickadees feed on the carefully placed feeding stations outside Mom’s office window, helped Chase navigate the solid surface flooring as he plays Drew Barrymore in our own version of the movie 50 First Dates, removed all the curtains from the RV, gone without power in the RV for the entire time, took a few photos of new niece Moriah (below), ate local Minnesota ice cream, dined at Mabel Murphy’s, drove to Fargo, saw my little brother and family (including 3 nephews/1 niece), watched Chase be super-gentle with said nephews and niece, fixed about 5 computer glitches in Mom’s new computer, stared at the basket collection hanging on the wall, hunted around the house for the light switch that controls the dining room fixtures, washed a few loads of laundry, wondered about the significance of the clouds painted on the ceiling in every room (Mom says that even though it was raining outside, that it was always blue skies in the house), explored the new Super Walmart in town (wow!), discovered Simply Apple juice (yum!), and really not much else. This super-long sentence was brought to you courtesy of Dr. Rice, who absolutely LOVES long sentences!

So…now that you’ve endured this post, aren’t you glad you weren’t watching the tunnel video we posted? Probably just about as exciting! 🙂

Enjoy the pictures!

by candy

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09.24.2010 - 10:57 pm

Tim Candy,

Congrats! You hold the record for the longest sentence I have seen yet! I am looking “tow reds” seeing more posts in the near future (inside joke).

By the way, I would have docked you royally for this if I were grading you! I still love you, though!

Your T

09.24.2010 - 10:59 pm

candy Thanks honey. By the way, if I was actually trying to have you grade something I wrote, I wouldn’t have used 238 words in one sentence. 🙂 I still love you, though, too!

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