Reminders and the #TourdeRob

My brother cut down a cedar tree and sent pictures because the smell reminded him of our grandparents. Years ago they had cedar trees that needed to be taken down. Dad had the trees cut into boards and those were made into clocks, boxes, and other items. Cedar reminds me of my grandparent’s farm. Flower…

Elementary School Days

My education doesn’t actually stretch back to a sod building or a one-room schoolhouse but it seems long ago. Here are a few random memories of my Elementary School Days: It was a privilege to smack the chalkboard erasers after school. The long ones made a lot more noise than the small black ones. I…

My Home Town

Everyone has a home town.  I grew up in Clear Lake, SD which has a lake that ironically it is not very clear.   Here are some of the random memories from my home town: Mangel’s Hardware had a toy section. The lights were single bulbs on pull strings and the owners would “light the way” by…

Halloweens

Since this Friday’s post is on Halloween Day, I was thinking about memorable Halloweens. As a kid in a small town in South Dakota, we’d start early and get more candy than a human should consume in a year. I remember one night the bag was so full it ripped and spilled onto the street.  …

Thinking Back, Not Way Back

It hit me the other day, many of my blog posts are from my childhood and none have been from the experiences of our own children.  I think there are three reasons.  One, I’m old so my memory skips from back to way back.  Two, I’m still traumatized by their teenage and college years.  Three,…

And It Was Huge

We had this awesome playing field between the house and the church.  We played football, baseball, and tons of other games and it was huge.  We had an upstairs bedroom with tons of room to play.   There was a staircase that we used to slide down on pillows and it was huge.  We had the…