Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Springtime in the Northwoods, The Big Hole, And A Baby Chimp

For those of you who have lost track of where I am (trust me, you're not the only ones...), I am living with Mr. Trucker's parents up north in Wabeno until the ground thaws and we can turn the water back on at OUR home (and I say "home" in the very loosest sense of the word).  Until today, I had thought that day would be in mid-late April, but after today, I have my doubts.

Can you believe it's spring?
I'm working one part time job and starting a second one in a little over a week. I did do a little bit of traveling after coming off the road with Mr. Trucker. Yesterday I told you about  my visit with my youngest daughter, Sassy. The week following that excursion, I drove to Green Bay to see my oldest daughter, Sissy.

Sissy was moving and had asked my help with cleaning her former apartment so that she could turn in the keys. We also had a nice visit and I got to meet the man in her life, finally!

Mr. Wonderful with my Sissy. Doesn't she look happy?
He's very nice, and awfully good to her!
While I was at Sissy's new apartment, I texted her sister, Sassy, and said "Your sister lets me use FIVE squares of toilet paper". Sassy responded "Oh boohoo!".  Heehee. I get such a kick out of playing those two against each other. During my visit with Sissy, I told her that I had applied for some jobs in Green Bay and she wanted to know what I would do for living arrangements if I got one of them. I told her that I planned to move in with HER, and do you know what she said to me?  She said "no way! We'd kill each other!".  Can you believe it? My own child...for whom I sacrificed everything. And that's the thanks I get!

The weekend following my little jaunt to Green Bay, I headed out once again. My brother, who lives in Traverse City, MI, had offered me an extra ticket he had to see his daughter, my niece, in her high school's production of "Phantom of the Opera". Mr. Trucker was SUPPOSED to be coming home for the weekend, but early Thursday, I found out that he wouldn't be making it (no surprises there!), so on Friday morning, I headed out for Traverse City. It was a beautiful day for the drive and I've gotten so comfortable driving across the Mackinac Bridge, that I actually took a picture with my cellphone AS I was crossing it:

Mighty Mac!
While in Traverse City, I did a little shopping on Front Street. Of course I had to visit my brother's store, where I bought a T-shirt for my Mother-in-law:

World Headquarters of Roth Shirt Co.

I think we can all relate.

Saw these in a shop window. They give new meaning
to the name "Ugg"!

The rare and elusive one-stringed guitar!
I camped out at my Nephew and Niece-in-law's house and made a new best friend while I was there:

This is the cat that Sassy always said looked ticked off
because she ran into a wall so many times she smashed her face.
Sunday was the performance, which was excellent! I love Phantom and never tire of seeing it. 

My brother, Odd Bod, and his two youngest offspring. I can't believe
how they've grown!

My niece-in-law & nephew. Isn't she teeny and
When I was driving home on Monday, I drove through Petoskey, MI, where Mr. Trucker and I had lived for a full three months in the summer of 2008 (nothing like a little staying power, eh?). During our time in Petoskey, one of the newsworthy happenings was that an entire city block of the downtown had been purchased & completely excavated before the investor ran out of money. Every week, the local (weekly) newspaper would publish a photograph of the progress on the development (or should I say lack of progress). The photo was always taken at the exact same time on the same day of the week, from the same position, and for week after week after week, the photographs looked the same. 

After leaving Michigan to return to Wisconsin, we kind of lost track of the happenings in Petoskey. So imagine my surprise as I drove through there last week, to see nothing other than this:

Could it be? It's been nearly three full years, but up there
behind that green fencing...
I called Mr. Trucker and said "Guess what's still there?" and he immediately answered: "The Petoskey Hole"!

The Petoskey Hole
Apparently it's still hung up in the courts so no action has been taken. It's such a shame, because it's the most prominent corner in town, right across from the waterfront.

While I was enjoying myself in Traverse City, Sissy was snowmobiling with Mr. Wonderful in Munising, Michigan, which is about as far north as you can go before falling off the edge of the earth.

That's my Sissy in there somewhere...
On the way back to Green Bay from Munising, the lovebirds stopped in Wallace, MI, where Mr. Wonderful's cousin owns a zoo (I kid you

According to Sissy, half the animals live in the house with the family, including this cute little guy:

Sissy holding Louie, the DeYoung family pet.

Doesn't she look natural holding him? I think it's time she
gave me grandchildren, although I hope they'll look more like her.


  1. nice to see you back writing again sis, fun reading, and nice to keep up on goings on in your world...

  2. I've been to the DeYoung Zoo with the kids. Small world!