Golden-winged Warbler

Coffee on the deck watching a very active back yard.  A flash in the crab apple gets our attention. On closer look, we find not one but two Golden-winged Warbler

“A boldly marked warbler with a color pattern all its own, Golden-winged Warblers are slim, silvery gray birds with golden flashes on the head and wings. They breed in wet, shrubby tangles of the Upper Midwest and Appalachians, and spend winters in open woodlands and shade-coffee plantations. They have suffered severe population declines in the last half-century.”  http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Golden-winged_Warbler/id

Uncle Fred

Frederick Dean Wilson

Frederick Dean Wilson,
born 16 Feb 1935 in Guthrie, Logan, Oklahoma
died 28 April 2015 in Boerne, Kendall, Texas

My dad’s youngest brother, Frederick Dean Wilson, died peacefully last night in his home in Boerne, TX.  We had the pleasure of visiting Uncle Freddy in March escaping some of the Minnesota cold.  He was a very funny guy, always the sales man.  He leaves behind 2 daughters Cindy and Danna and a son Tony.  Cindy will take over the reins of Fred’s company in Houston, Armor Plate, Inc.

49th Annual Mn Ironman Bike Ride is in the history books

Yesterday, I participated in the 49th Annual Mn Ironman Bike Ride.  I did not make it to 100 miles, but enjoyed a glorious 87 miles with 2,800 other cyclists.  The weather was great, cool in the am and warming up nicely for the afternoon.  We started with about 2,200 registered riders and an additional 600 showed up for day-of registration.

Thanks to all of our sponsors including Erik’s, Penn Cycle, Maple Grove Cycling, Gateway Cycling, CARS bike shop and others.

Finding my new home.

Tina and I closed on a new home yesterday are spending the week moving all of our stuff. If you want to stop by and see us, you may need a GPS or a guide dog.  I had to keep looking at the map to remember which dead end I was on.  Note: It’s Woodview Ct, not Woodridge.