Silly Milli plays ball …

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It’s been a bit since I’ve blogged about Silly Milli. A few things  have happened. In about ten days, Milli is having surgery on her eye. It became sore about two weeks ago; after waiting a couple of days to see if it would clear up, we decided to take her to the vet. The examination showed that somehow Milli has a hole in what I believe is the outer part of her eye. While the veterinarian was concerned, immediate surgery was not needed. It is painful for Milli, so we are giving her a pain pill and using ointment on her eye. You would think she would be lying around, maybe acting sick … Nope, not Milli. Milli has been playing ball.


When the weather is good, we start our day with coffee on our deck and playing ball with Milli. She loves her tennis balls. We throw them across the deck and she quickly retrieves them – for a half hour or more. Most of the time she will bring the ball back and then stop short – so that we have to reach to get the ball. Sometimes she will put the ball on the deck and just look at us. I guess that’s the point where she’s had enough exercise.

Other times, I will sit on the deck – with Milli – but Milli plays ball on her own. I simply watch and chuckle – a lot.




As you can see, Milli enjoys playing ball and we enjoy watching her – even when she is being  very serious …

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Thanks for reading! I hope you will come again (and so does Milli!). We\’ll be sure to post some photos after the surgery … when she is wearing a cone around her neck. I wonder if she will be able to play ball?



A nice surprise … the Wall that Heals

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial Replica at Barker’s Island in Superior, MN. (Lake Superior is in the background.)

Recently we traveled to Two Harbors to deliver our son’s vehicle to him. After lunch with he and his family, we headed to Duluth to spend a few hours before we returned home. We visit Duluth – and Lake Superior — as often as we can. I’m pretty sure we could conduct one heck of a visitor’s tour of the area.

One of our mandatory stops is Canal Park, often to visit the Canal Park Museum – this time to get the 2018 copy of Know Your Ships. (We are long-time dedicated Great Lakes shipping fans.) And, then, of course – the visit to the popcorn wagon, that sits in the parking lot area of the museum, is a must.


Popcorn wagon in Canal Park, Duluth

We often also take  a quick ride across the Blatnik Bridge to the City of Superior to see the ships in port. This time we decided to see if anything had changed on Barker’s Island, home of the S S Meteor Whaleback Ship museum. (For more information on the museum, Click HERE.)

To our surprise, however, we found that The Wall that Heals Vietnam Veterans Memorial Replica and Mobile Education Center was on display on the lawn and parking lot area of the museum.

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The following text, as stated on their web page, describes the purpose of the display.

“On Veterans Day 1996, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) unveiled a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., designed to travel to communities throughout the United States. Since its dedication, The Wall That Heals has visited more than 400 cities and towns throughout the nation, spreading the Memorial’s healing legacy to millions.

Bringing The Wall home to communities throughout our country allows the souls enshrined on the Memorial to exist once more among family and friends in the peace and comfort of familiar surroundings. The traveling exhibit provides thousands of veterans who have been unable to cope with the prospect of facing The Wall to find the strength and courage to do so within their own communities, thus allowing the healing process to begin.”


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We arrived at the exhibit shortly before the day’s end; however, I was still able to peruse the displays in the mobile education center and walk most of the wall. My brother, and many of my friends and high school classmates, served in Vietnam so this was a very sobering experience for me, but it is well worth the visit should the exhibit come to an area near you.

For more information on the wall, Click HERE. 

Thanks for reading. I hope you will return.