It was a busy and fun last week in Blackduck. I had my initiation into ATVing, had a video movie marathon during a couple of rainy days, made a trip to the casino and came home with extra money in the pocket, had a shopping trip to Bemidji and saw the new George Clooney movie, took in two auctions, and enjoyed having my two sisters visit the resort. Lori brought a ton of Ranger food, and Terri took all our money playing Gin 13. It was difficult leaving the beautiful resort where I enjoyed so many great times over the summer.
And now it is time to pack the trailer and truck for the trip back to Arizona. It will be sad to say goodbye again to my friends and family. I guess I am fortunate to have the best of both words living in "WickiDayDuck", but will miss everyone in the north country. Carol has been such a fun person to share a home with in Dayton, and Wylee will also miss her and Hershey. Mom will be glad to have me back close by, and it will be good to be near her to lend a hand when needed.
The winter is already filling with lots of fun plans. It has been a wonderful first year of retirement. I have moved to Arizona and set up a new home, met new friends, and had lots of visits from old friends. The summer was busy with golf, fishing, camping, trail rides, class reunion, wedding, and fun visits with family. As always, I have loved spending time with my grandson and watching him grow into a fun little boy. His parents have done a tremendous job of raising him.
So another chapter ends and another will begin. Who knows what joys and heartaches will lie ahead. I am so grateful to those who have blessed my life with their friendships, and pray that they will stay safe. Every day is a blessing, and I am so appreciative of all the joys of the past year. Thank you friends and family. I love you all!