Sunday, October 24, 2010

Getting Mail

We've got mail:
Our oldest granddaughter is studying the letters of the alphabet this year in her Pre-K class. 
Recently they studied the letter "L" and she sent a letter to her favorite grandparents in Minnesota.
M and a friend are mailing their letters:

Here is the result:

I taped it to the PC so Grandpa won't miss it when he got home from work on Friday!
Thanks, M for brightening our world.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

What I Learned From My Dad

My dad, Bob Eide, July 2008 at Emily's wedding in Colorado.

My dad passed away a year ago.   My daughter and I traveled to Colorado for his memorial service.
We left  Minnesota ahead of the snow and we were greeted in Colorado with sunshine and beautiful warm fall weather.
October 2009
Beautiful fall day - a perfect day to celebrate my Dad and a smile from M.

What my dad taught me:
Keep walking, and walking and walking.
Take pictures and capture the everyday moments to share.
Invite the family to eat - pancake breakfasts and spaghetti dinners were his specialty.
Keep in touch - type and send a letter every week to family and friends.
Read, read, read - it keeps the mind active and your knowledge current in a changing world.
Attend the family celebrations - he never missed a grandchild's graduation (high school or college) or a family wedding.
Joy in traveling - there's so much to see and so much rich history to enjoy along the way.
Travel the back roads.  The people are friendly and home-cooked meals are the best.
And much, much more. 
Thanks Dad for being a big part of my life.

That's me in the middle - several years ago.  The handsome one is my dad!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Beautiful Fall Ground Cover

I've noticed that the ground cover this fall is just a colorful as the bright leaf colors.  While driving to meet a friend on Sunday, I was amazed at all the purple and lavender among the red, yellow and browns from the wild flowers.  I'm not sure what it is (some weed, I suppose) but it makes a beautiful bouquet fitting for a queen's table.

Monday, October 4, 2010

For the Sport of It -- From the Spectator's View

October 3, 2010 - Metrodome - 7:30 AM as the sun is just coming up.
We had a long busy Sunday.  We were up early to pick up the family runner in St Paul and get her to the Dome by 7:30 AM and the starting line for the TC Marathon.
We spent the rest of the day chasing the participants to various locations to cheer them on and glimpse our daughter zooming by.
 And they are off!  Cheering them on at Hennipen Avenue - first mile out of the 'gate'.
 I missed Sarah by a block - lots of runners in this photo, but not Sarah.

 Nine miles into the race- Minnehaha Parkway and 35 W - under the bridge.


Running feet.

At 22.5 miles of running -- Summit Avenue in St Paul:

 Lots of runners, and many spectators!  Even a band to pulse the runners on!  Great fun.

Again, no Sarah photos.  Bill and I are posing as spectators.  When Sarah arrived we cheered and clapped but did not stop her for photos.  Check it out at the finish line.
The band was great!
Next stop - on to the Finish Line.
 We had a great view of the runners at the finish.

We met our winner at the end of the race.  Great accomplishment, Sarah.  We are so proud of you.

Sarah after the race.  Great job.