The Grim Reaper Visits

SAM_0319Hello and welcome to the blog!

Last night was Halloween.  The first visitor was Shannon, one of the girls I work with at the local “golden arches”.  Dressed as the “grim reaper”, she sampled the sweets and gave a stern warning.  “Don’t eat the candy or you will DIE!!!”  Then the reaper said “Now give me a hug!”  Shannon is a hoot.  She often spontaneously hugs people at work – even my sister who was visiting one day.

I took the Grim Reaper’s advice.  After the last of the forty or so kiddos were given the cavity-inducing confections, the remaining candy was dropped off – in its entirety – at work. Halloween was a fun end to an enjoyable week.

KnotsLandingThursday was spent in Muscatine, Iowa visiting friend Johnnie.  Thanks to a terrific Amazon deal, I bought him the first two seasons of the TV show (night time soap opera) “Knot’s Landing”, a spin-off series focused on “Gary Ewing”, the brother of the infamous “J.R. Ewing” from the show “Dallas”.

Johnnie, his  roommate John, Boo-Boo kitty, and I stayed up late watching the collections of episodes.  Being a cheapskate, I’d cashed in a bucket of coins and showed the guys how to transform cheap grocery store pizzas to loaded masterpieces using a few salad bar ingredients.  We sure enjoyed each the chance to hang out and enjoy some great food.

I hope everyone had a fun Halloween.  So what’s happening next?  The birthday is a week from tomorrow so there will likely be something going on – maybe a camping trip and a new recipe to try?  It’s likely there will also be a little fishing again soon before the snow flies.  I have a little friend that likes riding along!

Take care, have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!  Don’t forget to set your clocks back tonight!

Brad,  Jesse James, and Serena in Jones County, Iowa

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About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"

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