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September 25, 2010

Goldie, Goldie, Goldie

Dressed for Decorah Centennial














Kathleen here,


One little birthday party. How about one hundred little birthday parties? Or maybe one big party for all. My Aunt Goldie Lucille Rocksvold celebrated 100 years of healthy living on September 15, 2010 in Waukon, IA. Sister Beryl Pokorny traveled from Lake Ozark, MO. Brother Roy Tom Sires came from Waverly, IA. Grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends came to share hugs and tears, stories and laughs, cake and ice cream, and lots of love. Always the gracious host, Goldie saw to it that everyone was offered a piece of cake and ice cream.


Goldie is healthy and active. The second oldest child of nine, she was born to Roy and Lena Sires who lived in Dorchester, IA a long time ago. She has had a full and active life. One may call to chat a bit with her, but she might be out playing cards or helping in the kitchen. My darling aunt’s beautiful smile brightens the room when she sees company approaching. She will invite her guest to sit and visit, asking about family and friends.


I remember as a little girl, Aunt Goldie welcomed me into her home ready to serve lunch, ready to visit, ready to be what an aunt should be, and I love her.


September 23, 2010




Sister Beryl (Betsy) and Goldie













Brother Roy Tom, June-Goldie's Niece, and Sister-in-law Marce
















Kathleen and Goldie















Kathleen, Goldie, Jim















Goldie Lucille Sires Rocksvold















September 12, 2010

We Never Tire of The View

The Beloved Mississippi River and Valley















     As we rounded the corner on our descent in to the Mississippi River Valley just a few miles from our old homestead area I saw Kathleen reaching for the camera.  The above picture is just like ones we have taken a zillion times but no matter how many times we catch our first look at the flowing water after months of being away, we are still excited to see it.

     We arrived in the La Crosse area yesterday after an uneventful trek from the NW (Washington State), and a super summer with our boys and their families.  If you have followed our blog you know that we did truly enjoy our summer with all that we did and the contact we had with family and friends.

     Once again we chose to drive HWY 2 from Monroe, Washington to Bemidji, Minnesota before cutting a bit further north to visit four of our special RV friends. (Pictured Below).  Debbie, Ken, Alan and Jean have been Workamping at a Resort on Kabetogama Lake in the far north of Minnesota just to the west of International Falls, Minnesota.  We first met these four when we all were part of the group that wintered in Mexico for two winters, 2007 & 2008.  The years are being kind to our four friends as they all look fabulous.  It was a treat to get to visit with them for awhile.

     Now back in the Midwest we will spend several weeks visiting family, and getting our medical appointments taken care of.  We hope to have enough spare time to also visit all of the many friends we left behind when we took off on our "Tininthewind" journey back in 2006.

     Sometime in mid October we will begin our journey south and once again our destination is Fun-n-Sun RV Park and Resort in San Benito, Texas.




Debbie, Ken, Alan & Jean













September 06, 2010

Tough to Leave

Mason, Maddie, Ellie, & Zak















     The above picture should be self explanatory to the Title of this Blog "Tough to Leave".  We have had the most fun any Grandparents could possibly have with our four Grandkids this summer of 2010.  The above was one last picture with Grandpa challenging them not to smile as we were in the process of saying our good-by for the summer.

     We departed the following day, Sept. 6th for the Midwest and our medical checkups before heading south again to San Benito, Texas and our winter of 2010/2011 stay.

     With heavy hearts we pointed the "Tininthewind" east as we ascended Stevens Pass just east out of Monroe, WA. for a new adventure.  See below.




Approach to Stevens Pass

















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