Oct. 20, Driving to Keosauqua, Iowa with Sistah Carol to Marvin's 50th wedding anniversary celebration, returning Sunday. Carol arrived promptly at nine-thirty AM to have breakfast with us at the Wheelhouse Restaurant. She gifted Ron a new wool neck scarf in the Clan Little Tartan plaid. Thank you, Carol. Thanks to YDNA testing, our Beatty line is genetically Little, with such a unique DNA marker it pinpoints the Borders Reivers (click here), the infamous Beatty and Little low land clans on the Scottish border of England; King James gave the Reivers (horse thieves) the boot by 1600. Instead of surnames, they used clan names. Hence, a Beatty woman kept her clan name when she had a child sired by a Little (click here) clansman. Cynthia loves this pun. Have recycling, will travel. Yes. a whole month’s recycling is packed to deliver to Litchfield recycling today.
Oct. 19, The move to pack is indeed slow. Sudokus are more fun. So is DNA! But we did walk the River Trail. The new restroom along the trail is completed and the horrid old one has been hauled away, filled in with grass planted. The Great Blue Herons in flight are fun to watch. Caterpillars decorate the sidewalks. The dam is silent; there is no water washing over any of the four divisions. Perhaps they are getting ready for the fishing tournament that begins tomorrow??
Oct. 18, And another heat wave hits Carlyle Lake! The temperature reached a pleasant 60 degrees by noon-thirty. We racked up close to 10,000 steps during the morning walk. We first toured the Nature Trail, where we spotted four turtles perched so perchily on a log. Then we hiked the River Trail, followed by lunch out of the refrigerator in our room. Don S. thought he was improved enough for company and a Rummy game or two, but partway through the second game he returned to bed. Now it is time for the second walk of this lovely day. 16,500 steps. Life is indeed good!
Oct. 17, Its a heat wave at Carlyle Lake! 62 Degrees warm. Ron spent the day with sistah Carol on her farm using lopping shears. The ATV ran out of gas, but the mower had gas to go get gas to fill the ATV tank. Carol roasted chicken, potatoes and baked an almost fat free pumpkin pie. From scratch.
Oct. 16, Another day just like the other day, except we walked 7 miles enjoying the antics of Great Blue Herons in flight. Ron is hardly working. Cynthia is very hard at work, being an industrious preacher lady, she has completed 6 essays of the #52 Ancestors 52 Weeks with a huge shoutout to Jane B. in Kensett, Iowa, editor-in-chief!
Oct. 15, Happy Birthday to nephew attorney Benjamin, who reported, “It’s been all downhill since I turned six.” Our friend Don is still in bed suffering from a cold or flu. We did our usual routine with eating alot, exercise and more eating. Pritikin is such a terrific program that allows us to eat non stop. The housekeepers cleaned. Cynthia did her favorite exercise: laundry, despite the howl Ron's clothes were just washed last year.
Oct 14, Ann reports Don is sick in bed with congestion after overdoing the gardening. Hence, no trip to Trenton in 44 degree temperature. Instead, we walked the river trail, rode to Wally World to replenish our food supply, and we worked on our computers. Before dinner at the Wheelhouse, we walked the Nature Trail once again and explored the Corps of Engineers outdoor storage. The birds were so fun to watch. The pelicans sat on one side of the jetty while the sea gulls were across the jetty on the landside. A huge great blue heron was wading in the water foraging for food.
Oct. 13, Sea gulls, great blue herons, and pelicans were out and about while we hiked the River Trail. It was most amusing to see a large community of pelicans gathering, circling, dipping black tipped wings in flight as we approached the hotel. We wondered if a signal was going out to cluster for the flight south for approaching winter. The temp is colder this morning, but we managed the 2 mile ride to Walmart to replenish our mainstay vegetables and fruit. Don's newly planted grass is growing higher! Cynthia reports a new TV station, "The Chosen" byVidcom. is going to have a TV series about the Life of Christ. She watched a premiere, The Shepherd.
Oct. 12, Happy 18th Birthday Granddaughter Zoe. Well, we tried to prevent winter’s arrival as long as we could, but it sneaked up on us, arriving with another rainy day. But we did get in a four mile walk on the Kaskawaka River Trail accompanied by spritzes of rain. The Restaurant next door is open weekends so they baked sweet potatoes for us. It is exceptionally heartbreaking to read about the devastation at Mexico Beach, FL. One wing of the El Governor Hotel is gone and so is the pool. The town is demolished, it looks like a war zone.
Oct. 11, Finally, summer heat has ceased; the high temperature was 58 degrees. Why do people post gedcoms on GEDmatch.com that do not show direct lineage? Junk genealogy. After the morning walk we got hooked up into more genealogy and time whizzed by so fast it was 3 PM. Despite the chill, Ron rode to Trenton and helped Ann bring in green tomatoes.
Oct 10, a day of adventure! The forecast was for thunderstorms so we planned to get in our walk in spurts during rain breaks. Surprisingly, we were able to walk the dam in mid-morning 45 minutes. After a couple of hours of computer work on Bankston DNA, we decided to take a second walk because the sun came out, and that's when the adventure began. We were fortunate to hike the entire Kaskawaki River Trail, just coming around the last curve when we spotted ominous black clouds approaching from the west. And the rain drops started. We walked up the hill very fast when the serious rain drops began pelting us while we got into our rain jackets. We boogied so fast staying under the trees and made it to the shelter with our pants and shoes soaked to the skin. The heavy downpour didn't last more than twenty minutes. We scarfed down some hot oatmeal and dried our clothes. Ron rode to Trenton to play rummy with Don and Ann.
Oct 9, The red-orange sunrise blazed across the morning horizon emitting such a glorious feeling of gratitude: Thanks for this day! We are doing a great job of keeping winter at bay! Wherever we go it is hot; today wasn't an exception, except we didn't sweat as much as yesterday. After buying some mouse poison at the Tractor Supply, we had a pleasant ride to Edwardsville. Harvest is fully underway with few cornfields remaining to be harvested, and most of the beans yet to combine. Our first stop was the Moto Guzzi Store for a test ride on this Italian beauty. It performs comparable to our BMW, and it is lighter. Next stop was the postoffice to return Cynthia's Hoka shoes (they replace under a year for any problems) and we mailed her absentee ballot. What a surprise to see Maxine (Credit Union) behind us in line. We quickly made arrangements to meet her in Collinsville for lunch at Ruby Tuesday's. The next stop was the bank to replace some coin sets in the safety deposit box and have Cynthia sign the card to access the box if necessary. After filling out all of the forms which took forever, the teller let us know that the entire document had to be resigned by others authorized to have access because of adding a new person on the list. The last stop was the storage unit. Cynthia asked where the space was after the motorcycle was given away? How is really there room for a mouse inside this storage unit? If one does get inside, the new mouse poison will take care of that problem. Lunch with Maxine was so fun. It cooled off by the time we got back encouraging us to go for another walk. Good night!
Oct 8, Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples Day: I still appreciate Columbus. Bankston DNA is foremost on the agenda before playing cards with Don and Ann.
Oct 7, Sun: Zooming our way through October, too, with morning stretches, 4 mile walks, we enjoyed a great lunch with Don and Ann at the Wheelhouse Restaurant. Ron rode into Trenton to play rummy, and beat them roundly once again. We are likely to stay at the Carlyle Mariners Resort until 15 October. The Wheelhouse had baked potatoes and tilapia for dinner tonight. It was too late for sunset views on the evening walk. The mosquitos like Cynthia.
Oct 6, Sat. We did another 4 mile morning walk in August-like heat. Cynthia spent the afternoon on the computer, doing laundry, and wishing it wasn’t so hot. In the meantime, Ron enjoyed the afternoon playing cards with the Stalcops, beating everyone! Don’s gardening is done. He can’t do much by himself any more; he is quite pleased to have the assistance of two extra hands and a strong back. Don is really celebrating seed that is now planted before it turns cool, allowing it to germinate while the temperatures are yet warm. The ride home from the Stalcops was spectacular riding into the center of vivid double rainbows. The rainbows continued to increase in intensity approaching the hotel. We dined at the Wheelhouse Restaurant, now open weekends. A perfect ending to a great day.
Oct 5, Fri. Was a long day! We walked in horrid heat before riding into Trenton to visit a blind minister who uses a talking computer to write his sermons. Unfortunately for us, he wasn’t home. Lunch at Ruby Tuesday’s in Collinsville at two PM filled us up.
Oct 4, A morning walk to beat the rain with cool 70 degree weather. Ron rode to Trenton to enjoy the afternoon with the Stalcops hitting golf balls. Cynthia was hard at work on 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. God answers prayer.
Oct, 3: We spent the AM walking the dam and river trail until Ron took the yellow blaze trail on the motorcycle. Cynthia spent the afternoon trying to pull together a Christmas Dinner for our huge family with so many other conflicting schedules.
Oct, 2th! Ron is enjoying his time with Don and Ann in Trenton. Cynthia was abandoned in Carlyle, but that's ok, there was hiking to do, a lake that held a huge community of seagulls this morning, a black squirrel, and lots of bicycles on the trail. Cynthia didn’t want to sit inside.
October - 1th, Carlyle Lake, Illinois: Turn the page to a kaleidoscope of color; autumn soon dressed in her finest apparel. We are hunkered down at a quiet, pleasant resort with hiking trails, a woods near by, and a room with a view of a lovely lake, in yet another hot week. Ron spent the day with Don and Ann S. Gardening. Cynthia hiked 5 miles after publishing the first of 52 Ancestors a Week Challenge. https://www.treesfrompeopleseeds.com
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