We’ve been busy since I last posted. Busy with our routine schedules, but we’ve also done some fun things. This weekend was totally groovy. It’s been quite a while since I’ve been able to say that.
We’ve had storms this evening, and the weather sirens were cranked up a couple of times.
We traveled about 100 miles east to Hibbing, where we lived from 2005 until 2007, and where my uncle (in his 90s now) still resides. We’ve been trying to get over there for several weeks on our days off, but the weather hasn’t been cooperating. Yesterday was the day! Once we reached Grand Rapids, we were in familiar territory and traveling back in time. Dave once worked a few weeks at the paper mill in GR during his time as a pipefitter back then. The paper mill is still in operation, as is the wee hotel where he stayed. Crazy. Grand Rapids to Hibbing was totally familiar, and we kept pointing out landmarks we remembered.
Road construction was evident in Hibbing, as it was all along the route from here to there. Summertime is when road crews are able to make necessary repairs, so delays are just a fact of life up here. Sadly, Hibbing is looking even more depressed and stagnant with the passage of these 10 years since we lived there. Essentially dependent on the taconite mining industry which is pretty much nonexistent now, the town simply is not thriving. More businesses have closed, including the Kentucky Fried Chicken that had been there forever. (We learned that from my uncle.) One of our fave restaurants is long gone, and they did a pretty good business. Lowe’s opened in 2006, and that has been the last major player to enter the Hibbing scene. There really is just nothing going on with the town … no attempts at revitalization, etc. The current economy cannot sustain that, and there have been apparently no attempts to boost income with any sort of tourism and so forth.
That aside, we did cruise by the two residences where we lived. One was a duplex, and it looked pretty sad … certainly the tenants and landlord are not keeping up the place as we did. The other house we rented is now up for sale, and the yard looked pretty overgrown. Funny, we had both forgotten how we painted the cement front porch and steps; however, driving down the street to the house, that memory was suddenly a vivid recollection.
We had an outstanding visit with my uncle. He and I speak every week to 2 weeks on the phone, but I honestly never expected to see him again. So very good to sit with him in his living room and talk, and to exchange hugs and kisses.
We made it home safe and sound that evening with carry-out pizza for our meal in the coziness of our own place here.
Today … wow, today! This week is the 2017 Air Race Classic – a cross-country race for women pilots from Maryland to New Mexico – and Bemidji Regional Airport is one of the checkpoints. Awesome! After speaking with the airport last week, I knew the majority of the racers were anticipated today. Racers have the option of doing a flyby, landing for fuel, or stopping for the night. (Racers have to be landed by sunset each day.) I experienced an almost-buzz walking into the supermarket. Sitting at the stoplight coming home from the market, I experienced a honest-to-goodness buzz. Whoohoo! Yes, I was the crazy lady sitting in my car whooping and laughing. “Oh my gosh!! That was such a rush! “ Once home, I was getting some things out of the car and another racer was approaching overhead. My neighbor/friend was out, so I pointed to the plane and called her name. She saw it. We saw several more while visiting and, yes, we were the two silvered-hair “crazy ladies” waving. I had to run to Walmart for a few things, and I noticed on my way out that she had indeed gotten out chairs and was set for more viewing. I heard probably 5-6 planes buzz over Walmart while I was inside.
So I basically did my marketing and shopping walking around the stores grinning like a Cheshire cat.
I’ve been able to follow race progress with the interactive map, and even listen to pilot-control tower chatter, so it’s been a pretty fun couple of days.
It is experiences such as this I had been missing until we moved here. Experiences I had not had, really, since we were in New Jersey. Moments that cause me to laugh outright with joy, to “whoop!” and that cause my soul to soar. Sure do like living here.
Back to between last post and our weekend …
We took a stroll around Diamond Point Park at Lake Bemidji after attending the library book sale.
Totem on the campus of Bemidji State University at Diamond Point Park.
More treasures being unpacked and enjoying being out in the Light again.
My drums will go on a wall somewhere, just not sure yet (drums are much bigger than this photo seems).
Took my djembe for a wee spin on the porch. It still sounds and feels great!
Picked up this shelf for my stones at the antiques flea market recently. Good find for $4.00.
Went to the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store today to check out a cedar chest posted online. (We’re still looking for an entryway bench of some sort for where we take off shoes.) While it was in very good condition and was a quality piece at a very reasonable price, it just didn’t say, “Take me home.” This wee bookcase, however, did whisper those words to me and, at $3.00, how could I resist? A dusting, cleaning and some furniture polish and … perfect!
That pretty much catches up from last post until now. Tomorrow we’re back to work. The days and weeks seem to be moving along at a pretty good clip. That’s fine, because we’ve scheduled a few days off in July for a “staycation” and some R&R. Who needs to go somewhere else when there’s so much to explore in our new hometown and the surrounding area!
Thanks for stopping by! Ya’ll be safe out there, okay?