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It was Wednesday this past week

Finlayson News
Maxine Meyer

Greetings to everyone. It was Wednesday this past week when Gary was able to return home from the Twin Cities. It was a long haul for Gary with his month long hospital stay at St. Mary’s in Duluth and then another month long stay at the University of Minnesota Hospital. Another two weeks he was kept close to the hospital for tracking progress and then they finally released him to go home. When he arrived, his horse Duke couldn’t wait to see him and ran to stand close to him. Once inside the barn, King kept shaking his head “yes” as Gary made his way around to pet them all. It looked like there was general approval that he was finally home and in good health.

Saturday, Gary and I attended the very nice memorial service for Eleanor Prokop.

Later on Saturday our daughter Tiffany Meyer, arrived. On Sunday, Todd drove up and visited for the day. Both are from Eden Prairie.

The snow was still a foot deep on Wednesday at noon. The reason I know is that I casually opened a gate to let the two Arabian horses out to exercise, when I noticed a 2nd gate was open half way down on the side. I began trudging through the foot deep snow to close it, just that quick I noticed Duke coming out of the barn and picking up speed. He had to first scamper over a lane of packed ice then he turned the corner and headed into the snow covered field. Even though I had a good head start, I barely reached the gate in time to close it. The race I had just won had me exhausted, but it really gave me a chuckle when Duke hung over the closed gate and gave a deep sigh of disgust. It is always better on the other side of a closed gate I suspect.

By Friday, we had the three days of warm temepratures and the snow I had ran through on Wednesday was almost completely gone from the field.

The April 15th tax deadline was just this week. Although we got our taxes done early this year, our daughter and her fiance were scrambling to get their taxes done this past weekend. Friday is my sister Roxane Mecl’s birthday. Then Saturday I am expecting a guest who is returning to Duluth from participating in a marathon in Minneapolis. The Easter holiday is this Sunday, a few days later its my brother Dennis Mecl’s birthday, and the day after that is one of my grandson’s birthday. This is one busy month for the Meyer/Mecl clan.

Hope you all have a happy Easter.

Our driveway was already slipping into a sad state of affair

Finlayson News
Maxine Meyer

Greetings everyone.

Our driveway was already slipping into a sad state of affair, an extra 10 inches of snow didn’t help the condition. This of course is not new for our dirt road driveways in the country so those nice warm and sunny days are more than welcome to help dry them out. This is one time of year when I wish we had a paved drive.

We gave Dennis Mecl, Apple Valley, a call over the weekend to see how over the road trucking went on Friday. He said his company shut them down when the roads got bad so he sat this last one out in Fargo, ND.

It was Friday when Gary and I celebrated our anniversary, 4/4/2014 was our 44th. We received lots of greetings and well wishes over Facebook. One friend, Veronica Sarno, Bloomington, says: “That’s a lot of fours!” We received several phone calls, too, and one call was from Carol and Dave Christensen of Rapid City, South Dakota. She said they hit 44 years last May, now closing in on their 45th. There is always a wise-cracker in the crowd.

Sunday visitors were Gary’s Aunt Esther, cousins Joan, Jill Shockley and Jane and Rob Shull, all from the Eagan and Burnsville area. Esther’s son, Larry, now lives in Wisconsin and was unable to make the trip but he keeps in contact with Gary. Larry is doing well, and owns a nice ranch where he keeps his 30 horses happy. He tells us he has two horses that sound just like our Prince and keep him busy with their tricks. Gary must be a favorite of his Aunt, she is 91 years young and baked Gary a fresh custard pie.

Gary’s recent illness has given us the gift of reconnecting not only with family members but also with friends. During Gary’s 20 years at the Eden Prairie Fire Department he developed many friendships. When we left that city behind years ago we also lost contact with those folks. Last week, the fire department hosted a ‘Breakfast with Gary’ and the response of attendees was overwhelming. Gary was served a specially prepared breakfast to suit his new diet, and we mixed and mingled for hours catching up. It was not only an honor, it was a gift to get to see them all again. We sure had a good time.

Deloris Schirmer got a bit worried

BORDERLINE NEWS – by Bob Brewster

Deloris Schirmer got a bit worried about all the snow on her roof so she hired it removed. She says when it all melts she is sending the water down the hill so look out below – LOL

The guest speaker at the March meeting of the East Pine County Wanderers was Kathy Nelson from Cloverdale, Minnesota. After teaching for 27 years in Colorado, Kathy then taught for 5 years at the International School in Kyrgystan. She presented an excellent slide show for the seniors on her experiences. Kathy also volunteered for a non-profit orphanage and was very instrumental in raising funds for a little boy from the orphanage to have heart surgery in Switzerland. Thank you, Kathy, for all that you do.

Last Friday at the Cloverton Town Hall, Lucy Basler from Webster gave a presentation about family-directed after life care and final arrangements that can be provided as an alternative to traditional funerals. A wide ranging number of topics were discussed, and everyone that attended learned a lot.

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