Finishing Up the Castle and Fixing the Comments

Jenny enjoying the new cat castle. The urn looking down contains Duke’s ashes.


Hi and welcome to the blog!  First of all, tonight I was able to fix a nagging problem.  Now when you comment, you’ll see it posted!  I’m sorry it’s taken so long to get it done but all should be good now.  The battle for better page loading speed continues but I’m working on that too…


The memorial tag on the post of the castle, just below the platform.


For now, the castle is at a stopping point; it’s painted, carpeted, and usable.  Jenny oversaw the majority of the work.  Even at the writing of this post, she is sleeping in it, 5+ feet above the living room floor.  In the coming days I will be adding a beautiful antique mirror to the interior as well as some faux exterior windows and other decorations.  The construction served its purpose – helping me get through a sad time – but what a relief to have it done and reclaim the kitchen table!


I live at the red “X”.  Most of the meteorological models are calling for about 7 inches of snow in this area. Yuck.


The first portion of the winter was spent making the castle but now the most difficult of the cold weather season is at hand.  Last week we had about 8 inches of snow in this region.  This weekend we are looking at up to 7 inches more… and instead of the powdery stuff, it’s going to be sloppy and heavy.  Oh joy….   It means another 5AM shoveling on Sunday to make sure the restaurant gets opened on time.  It’s surprising how many people – many of them snowplow drivers – will stop in during really bad weather.  I’m happy to feed them!

With more snow on the way, there won’t be any campground visits any time soon… perhaps later in February.  But I’m getting antsy and it’s likely that very soon there will be a driveway overnight camp out.  Truth be told, the bed in the van is far more comfortable than in the house!  Pictured below is a nice treat that will likely be enjoyed out there…


Made with “colossal” shrimp, this tasty treat is fairly diabetic friendly.


I love making shrimp cocktails for a tasty, somewhat healthy treat that requires little effort.  On the next post, I’ll share how to make them.  It would be a super easy and elegant thing to enjoy on a camping trip.

That’s all that’s new for now.  I know it’s been a difficult number of months with the virus, political unrest and such, but life is still good.  Some days a person just has to look a bit harder to find the happiness but it’s still out there… and spring will be here before we know it.

Safe and happy camping!  Thanks for visiting!


She got her shots and toenail trim Thursday night… Jenny was extra sassy. So much for positivity.  She’s a brat… and  loved!


Brad and Jenny
Jones County, Iowa


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