Many of you have asked where in the world I've been.

All I know is that after 7 plus years of blogging and a different lappy, which I don’t like, I seem to have lost my blogging fervor.

Someday, when you least expect it, I will post again.

For those of you still waiting I say thank you.

Meanwhile, I am rather prolific on twitter. Find me: @KeethaB
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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

America's Dairyland - AKA GOD'S COUNTRY


This says it all, don't ya think?

I have always LOVED these Wisconsin welcome signs - - - the "Indian Head State." (Do you SEE the Indian Head???)

Our final destination today was Eau Claire. However, on the way we stopped to visit my cousin Doug.

Here are Doug, in the back, and dad chatting outside Doug's "sugar shack." That may not be what you think it is - - - I'll have another post to explain later.

Dixie at French Licque Texas - - - THIS PICTURE IS FOR YOU!!!! (And your hubby) Just look at these "toys" in Doug's shop. He buys and restores these antique tractors. You can see four in this picture - - -

He owns eight!!!

You'll be hearing MORE about our visit with Doug later.

Here's dad after we finally arrived at our hotel. He was checking the map while I blogged!! Looks pretty good for an 80 year old, doesn't he!?!

Shortly after I took this picture, we went to visit my Uncle Arlan who's in a rehabilitation hospital, then we stopped for a very light supper, and now we are unwinding back at the hotel.

Another BIG day tomorrow!!!!



Lynn said...

You are having a priceless time with your dad! I loved the commode and the wooden box that brought the things from Germany.
I have nothing from the early family members and neither does my 83 year old mama!

Now I know why some call the potty the commode!

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

Some people collect shoes... some collect tractors. :)

Looks like you're having a great time. (And your dad does NOT look 80.)

linda t said...

Keetha!! Wow! How cool that you drove to Eau Claire through Osseo!! I am sooo jealous!

LOVE Doug's Allis-Chalmers collection of vintage tractors!! Very impressive.

We're John Deere only farmers... but I can sure appreciate his awesome collection!

And yes, AMEN to Wisconsin being God's Country!!

Kristin - The Goat said...

Those are some beautiful tractors! I really liked the pre-post that I saw in my reader :)

Your Dad doesn't look 80, that's for darned sure! Glad you have arrived and are blogging :)

Lori R. said...

Thanks for the photos. Did Doug have a clue that he was about to be famous in blogland? We used to be an Allis Chalmers family only until it got too hard to get parts on the QT. So slowly we have become JD people. And now my son is an engineer for JD, so I guess it was inevitable!

brokeintrovert said...

Thanks for taking us along for your trip! You're dad looks great!

Anonymous said...

No way, your Doug reminds me of my dad so much! He collects and restores antique tractors too! Dad is a retired dairy farmer. Your daddy looks great, enjoy him:)

Dixie said...

yes... you are right Keetha.. when Ricky sees this, he'll be making that "tim the tool man" grunting noise...

now it's nice to know that when my blogger pals see tractors, they think of me! LOL

have a great July 4th... celebrate safely!

LV said...

You are getting to be a world traveler. I think it is great and sharing good times with family as well. Wish I had someone that liked to travel and the time. I still get or and go, but not like I used to. You make everywhere you go such a fun time.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I remember seeing that Wisconsin sign many times. What they remind me of is the cheese. See we get these commercials here in California telling us that real cheese comes from California cows.
I know the truth because real cheese does come from Wisconsin! Where the cows really have a good life.

Trish said...

Your Dad looks awesome at 8o!!!
Love those antique tractors and the sugar shack at your cousins...enjoy your precious time alone with your are blessed!

Tonja said...

Drive carefully!

Dan said...

Hey, I don't see the indian head in the state's shape. Maybe I'm slow.

LOVE the tractors, that's sooo cool.

Tell Prof. Heavelin I said hello.

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

When you get time, I have an award for you.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

OMG Keetha,
Yesterday I was about 40 miles outside Indianapolis and your in Eau Claire! I was supposed to be there today, but my staff meeting got cancelled! When you come by BRF next time, let me know!!!! Cindy

Cindy said...

He looks FANTASTIC for 80!
Hope you're having fun!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Pretty good?! He looks fabulous!!