Monday, July 29, 2013


Our RV was used in a new way on Thursday, July 25, 2013. It was a hospitality center and the large awning provided shade for my grandson Nathans cold drink stand for the 41st RAGBRAI ( register's annual great bicycle ride across Iowa.) 

People came from everywhere to ride the 7 day trip from the Missouri River to dip their bikes in the Mississippi River. The Des Moines Register, who started the event, estimated that 15,000 bikers participated. The ages varied from the girl of 10 who rode behind her father to people in their 60's and maybe older. The helmeted riders often added funny hats or decorations to their outfits.

Nathan made a poster with the 407 mile route on it and the words RAGBRAI -2013 and asked bikers to sign it with their name and where they are from. Most were from Iowa but he also got names from Florida to California and Massachusetts to Washington. Other countries such as Israel, Africa, and England signed the poster. In fact his first customer was from Hungary.

                      Nathan's second cousin, Jon, even stopped and chatted with us for an hour or so.

Nathan helped make posters, and helped with the set up and take down of his stand. He earned $142.00 on it and since he said that part of the money was going for college, he received $52.00 extra for his college fund. It was a time for making memories neither of us will ever forget.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Fun in the Sun in the Dominican Republic

I'm having a hard time choosing the photos from the 500 or so photos that I have taken to show you what our wonderful trip to the Dominican Republic was like. My brother-in-law, Bill Miller, was at the airport to pick up my daughter, Karol, and I when we arrived in Puerto Plata on March 12. Since he has lived in the area for 14 years, he knew all the beaches to visit, places to shop, and where to get the best food.

We had a nice apartment one floor below Bill's apartment for our nine day stay in Sousa. Karol is sitting on the balcony overlooking the lush tropical garden where flowers and fruit are growing.

The weather was perfect in the lower 80's with rain occasionally in the evening so lying on the beaches was our favorite thing to do. Karol found my glasses after a big wave hit me behind my knees and I fell down in the salty water. We watched as others surfed with kites. Several people wanted to sell us food or trinkets, a woman braided Karol's hair, and a singer came to sing to us. Of course we went shopping in town too.

The restaurants were very good. We even went to a clear river with friends, Ingeburg and Monica,where a Dominican man prepared barbequed ribs and rice for us. That is a mahogany tree behind Ingeburg and Monica.

In Puerto Plata, we walked the malecon which is a wide red brick sidewalk several miles along the ocean. The fort is the San Felipe Fort which was built on the harbor in the early 1500's after Columbus sailed to the area about 20 miles away in the 1490's.

Bill drove us into the mountains where we saw sugar cane fields, king palms and banana plantations. Flowers and fruit were everywhere. We saw poor homes and fancy homes. Then it was time for me to back to our RV while Karol returned to Iowa and a big snowstorm.


Friday, January 11, 2013

A Week in the Life of the Millers


                               On Sunday, we went to the River of Life Church at the Cove where Terry
                               set up the sound system, gave the opening prayer, served communion, and
                               put stuff away for the 80 people of the church.

                               On Monday we worked on the computer, I cleaned the RV, we went to the
                               hot tub and Terry cleaned the clubhouse.

                               Tuesday I went to a Minnesota card tournament and played cards. In the
                               evening I was the leader for the Christian Women's Fellowship.

                               Wednesday was the Purple Ladies of the River luncheon at Tommy's Paradise
                                 cafe. Guess who was elected Queen? Terry worked on creating the church
                                bulletin and cleaned again that night.( A couple of weeks ago he made an
                                error. He titled the song, "Holly, Holly, Holly" instead of "Holy, Holy, Holy."
                                Terry said that spell check said it was okay.

                                Thursday we went to Quartzsite where Terry bought some solar stuff from
                                vendors and we looked at new RV's. I saw a huge 45 foot RV, a wonderful
                                handicapped accessable RV and even one with a patio.

                                Friday I went shopping with Wendy, who is an Escapee Boomer friend.  Terry
                                and I went to the hot tub and plan to go eat fish at the clubhouse tonight.                               

                                Saturday is craft sale day at the clubhouse so Terry will set up tables.
                                 I will sell some of  my RV Chuckles and Chuckhole books.                    

Monday, December 17, 2012

My Grandson - Jake Klein

Jake Klein had four people as his parents and he called all of them Mom or Dad. He was born to Steven and Marsha Klein.  At age 4 or 5 he went to live with Sharon and Art West. Sharon saw to it that Jake saw his birth parents often. As his grandmother, I was encouraged to visit and take Jake to our RV whenever I wanted. In 2010, Jake flew to Iowa where he spent three weeks with me visiting his Iowa relatives by going to a cousin’s wedding,



attending the Klein Reunion, and visiting in the Hoven and Klein homes. Other fun places were the Knoxville car races and the hot air balloon races.  All the tall corn and people’s basements impressed Jake.


The last time I saw him was this summer when my daughter and I stayed for three days at Sharon’s home near Livingston, Texas to visit Jake and his families.

On December 8, he spent four and a half hours with Steve and Marsha and then went home and attended the Christmas party which Sharon’s employer, Brookshire’s, was hosting. Sharon and Art, her daughter Tiffany and Tiffany’s two children Chloe aged 10, and Tristin aged 4 also attended. Tiffany, who lived next door to her parents, said she wanted to return home with Jake. The rest of the family rode home with Sharon. Sharon stopped for gas. A few miles down highway 146 she came upon an accident.

I quote the Polk county Enterprise as to what occurred. “Caleb Luke Edwards, 18, of Livingston was driving a 2006 Dodge Ram pickup truck northbound and became distracted while removing some items from his pockets, he told Trooper Allen Stanton. His pickup truck drifted into the southbound lane and struck a southbound 2003 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Klein.

Edward’s truck ran over/ through Klein’s pickup then went into a skid and rolled, coming to rest upright, Stanton said. Klein’s demolished pickup was pushed into the northbound lane. (Tiffany) Semons-Lewandowski was ejected from the vehicle as it came to rest, according to the trooper”. . .

“Edwards, listed with non-incapacitating injuries, was transported by ambulance to memorial Medical Center in Livingston. He admitted to consuming alcohol in the hours receding the crash, Stanton said, and charges are pending results of a blood alcohol test.” Jake was a seventeen-year-old senior at Livingston High School. Tiffany was thirty-three years old.

To te     To telll you about the kind of people that Tiffany and Jake were and about their relationship.  I’m telling you the st     the story that Tiffany told me last summer.  She worked as a home health aide for Hospice. She asked one of he     her clients if there was anything that this elderly lady wished she had done in her life.  The woman said that she n     had never gone to a prom. So Tiffany found a prom dress, styled her hair and painted the woman’s finger nails.     nails. She told Jake that the woman needed an escort so Jake dressed up and went to the woman’s home and t     and took her to the prom in his beloved car, and danced with her before bringing her home.

Jake       Jake had an open casket but Tiffany was too damaged to be viewed. In Jake’s casket were his graduation phot       photos and a Bible open to the Psalm 23. Flowers were everywhere at the double viewing on December 12 a      12 and the funeral on Thursday, December 13. 

The           Klein family members went to one of Jake’s favorite restaurants after the viewing.  Members of  the Klein
                 family attending the funeral were l to r Marsha, Jimmy, (Ann's husband) Ann, me, Jamie, Bob Klein and
                 Steven Klein.
  In front are Baylee( Ann's daughter), and Carol Klein.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Lake Rathburn Fall Trip

We spent five to six hours traveling into each little cove of the Lake Rathburn area to see the beautiful fields and foliage. Of course, the camera doesn’t capture all of the color. You need close up photos to even get an idea of the brilliance of the leaves. 

In the resort area, we noticed the cabins are heated with geothermal heat.  Solar panels and a windmill is used plus there was a house built at Iowa state University and transported to Washington DC for a demonstration on energy efficient housing before it was moved to the park. We weren’t able to go inside but got a phone number to call for a planned trip next summer to check it out. 

We saw wild turkeys several times; a busy raccoon and I captured this photo of a butterfly.

Carter Eli's Trip to the Pumpkin Patch

My name is Carter Eli. I took my mommy Emily and grandma Karol and great grandma Darlene to Pierson’s Pumpkin Patch.

They had all colors of pumpkins, gourds and squash.

 Some of them were even bigger than me. 

We went through the maze that was made of huge bales of hay.  

We saw burros, ducks and even baby calves in it. 

They even had a store where you could buy Halloween stuff.

They tell me that if you make a face on a pumpkin, it’s called a jack-o-lantern.

Mommy bought me a little white pumpkin and great grandma bought a little orange one.