The preseason is finally over and now we can get down to the real business. Vikings were stuck with 5 preseason games this season and I watched about 2 quarters maybe. I found time to watch the first team offense without AP. Side note, I never expected to see AP play in the preseason and I am not bothered one bit he doesn’t play.
My expectations going into the season are follows.
1. The Vikings should have a better record than 7-9. Vegas odds are over/under 7.5 wins and I take the over. With AP back, with the addition of Mike Wallace, with one year under the belt of Teddy Bridgewater, and the same coaching staff how can you not expect better? I agree with some who say the offensive line will be the biggest question mark.
2. Trae Waynes is still a good pick. Many have criticized him with a sub par performance in the preseason but if memory serves me, Xavier Rhodes had the same problems. I like the pick and think with some playing time, he will improve and be a solid complement to Rhodes.
3. Rick Speilman needs to be gone. I don’t like his passing the buck when it comes to failures on the team. I feel the Vikings are very close to a long time of success and it took way too long for him to make this possible and now I am just waiting for him to screw this all up. He is not a good man to have in charge.
I like the Vikings finishing the season at 9-7. But I could easily see one more win coming out of this schedule if the Vikings get some breaks. Teams they could be but probably will be underdogs are the 49ers, Broncos, and Falcons. I also like the Vikings to split with the Packers this year. The Vikings will sweep the Bears and Lions this season and finish second in the division. Unfortunately no playoffs for the Vikings this year. 9-7 is not good enough for a Wild Card.
I have to brag and show off. The kids had a lemonade stand the other day and Nora was doing her part to get customers. If this video doesn’t make you smile I don’t know what to say. I smile every time I watch it. Enjoy.
It is hard to believe that Boomer is already 7 months old. I remember the day we got him and he was 7 weeks old and only 12 pounds. Boomer is now approaching 80 pounds and I am amazed every day how big he is getting. As I have said before, I have never had a dog this big and to imagine how much bigger he will get in the next 5 months is hard to believe.
To put his size into perspective, (because it was hard for me at first) he is too big to sit in my bucket seats in my Mazda 5. As you can see from the picture he takes up quite a bit of space on the couch. When he sits in the front seat of our Honda Odyssey, he sets off the seat belt alarm and he eats about 60 pounds of dog food a month.
Boomer is also quite strong. He loves to play tug of war with me and I can’t get his toy away from him.
The next 5 months are going to be quite fun. I’ll keep you updated.
Funny how the internet can bring everyone together in some way. I had the pleasure of emailing and speaking to Graham Gibbs on the phone about his company Golf Pipeline. Golf Pipeline provides golfers with a handicap tracking service, search local courses, read reviews on those courses, find other golfers in the area, and join a USGA club in your area.
Graham is very friendly individual who helped me get all set up on Golf Pipeline. I will be using this site as my handicap index this year. I have used other sites in the past but I find Golf Pipeline to be even more user friendly than others in the past and more affordable.
Golf Pipeline has provided a unique promo code that would give golfers in this area a 50% discount to the 1 Year handicap price of $18.00. A USGA handicap through the Minnesota Golf Association costs $40/year, so golfers would save $31.00 the first year and $22.00 every year thereafter. Just go to Golfpipeline.com and here is the unique promo code for golfers to use to get 50% off the first 1-Year USGA handicap: GP50%OFF2015
I recommend using Golf Pipeline and if you create an account be sure to look me up.
I never thought I would enjoy such a little dog but Jack has surpassed any expectations. When I tell people we have a 7 pound Morkie they say, “Oh he must bark a lot.” Nope Jack never barks unless Boomer is chasing him. He has always been super good when Cooper and Nora were babies, never bit them, always cuddles with them and when we got him at 16 weeks old, he was one of the easiest dogs I have ever had to house train. A 25 pound bag of dog food lasts us about 6 months and his favorite activity is napping in the sun. He doesn’t bother me when he sleeps in bed with me and he has never wandered off when we let him outside. I can’t believe it has been 5 years already. I would highly recommend a morkie and I can’t imagine our family without him.
Boomer, the Great Dane, is such a creature of habit already. He is only 16 weeks old and I would never need to set my alarm again because at 6:30 AM every morning he is whining for me to take him outside. After he does his business outside he comes and sits right by his food dish. He knows it is time to eat. He eats his food and immediately goes over to the couch and lays down in the sun. Every day the same thing without a doubt.
If I decide to join Boomer on the couch he loves to cuddle. If I try to “ignore” him he makes sure to get my attention and being 40 pounds he has his ways. Funny how every morning Boomer wants to go outside, eat, and then lay down on the couch and go back to bed. But who wouldn’t want to sleep on the couch instead of a crate with a not as comfortable pad?
He’s a good dog. Hard to believe in 9 weeks he went from 12 pounds to 40 pounds.
It appears as Boomer gets older he is less likely to chase our morkie, Jack, around the house. Boomer still has his moments but this picture was a classic moment in their friendship.
Here’s a little back story, Boomer was on the couch and something outside caught his eye. He quickly sat up, starred right out the window and started barking. As soon as he started barking Jack jumped up on the couch to see what was going on. Jack quickly starred out the window. I was lucky to be sitting close by to capture this moment.
As Boomer continues to grow it will be fun to see how a 150 pound dog can get a long with a 7 pound dog.
I wanted to share the video that was created by my sister for my Father’s Funeral. These are definitely some of the best pictures we had of my Dad and he sure loved Johnny Cash.
I am currently reading a book called Experiencing Grief by H. Norman Wright. It sure has been helpful for me during this time. Today during my reading a scripture verse from the book of John chapter 16 verse 20 says, “I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.” This book sure had been helpful during this difficult time. It is helping me put into perspective there is no set time as to how long I should grieve and mourn but everyone is different and has their own time line. I will say that having family and friends just a phone call away sure is helpful. Without the support of my family and friends I don’t know how I could have made it through the most difficult experience of my life.
I miss him everyday. My Dad and I talked everyday on the phone and when I didn’t get to the phone he would always leave a voice mail that said, “Nothing important just call me back when you can.” I sure miss those calls.
This past week was the hardest week of my life. I lost my father Ed Bashaw. He passed away from complications due to a heart attack. In case you missed it. Here is his obituary from the Duluth News Tribune. I miss you Dad. There will be more tributes coming.
Edwin Eugene Bashaw, 68, passed away on March 23, 2015 at St. Luke’s hospital due to complications from a heart attack.
Ed was born in Crosby, Minnesota to Earl and Helen Bashaw on March 28, 1946. Until he was 12, he spent his childhood on the farm in Deerwood Minnesota. His love for the outdoors and the solitude of the country life, began there. When he was 12, his family left the farm and moved to Duluth where he lived the rest of his life. While attending Duluth Central High School, he met the love of his life, Linda Doty. He graduated from high school in 1965, proposed to Linda on Christmas Eve that same year and then enlisted in the US Navy. He served on the USS Providence before returning home to care for his mom after the death of his dad in 1966. Ed and Linda were married on July 22, 1967 at Bethel Baptist Church and from then on, spent his lifetime devoted to caring for his wife and family. Ed and Linda raised their children in the city and in 2006, returned to his country roots and moved into his dream “3 car heated garage with a nice house attached.”
Ed was a true family man and family always came first, especially when it came to his wife Linda. He protected her, was her biggest cheerleader and loved her more than he could ever express. Many days, he would bring flowers or a card, just to let her know he loved her. He always called her on the way home to make sure she didn’t need anything. Every morning, no matter the weather, he would put on his slippers and drive to the mailbox to get the newspaper that he knew she loved to read. He changed the oil in her car, took the garbage cans to the curb, shoveled the driveway and rubbed her feet when they were cold – not because he had to, but because he wanted to. They loved to travel together. They celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on an Alaskan cruise.
Ed was happiest while holding a fishing pole, carrying a shot gun, sleeping in a tent or sitting by a campfire – especially if he was with his family. Some of Ed’s favorite memories and stories were about the fishing trips with his family, his father-in-law and his group of friends who made an annual trip to Canada. He was a true sportsman and he loved the outdoors. Ed and his dog Duke, spent countless hours in the woods watching for any new critter activity and keeping an eye out for the “one that got away.”
Ed could fix anything and he would help anyone at anytime. Whenever he visited his kids and grandkids, he completed their projects. He often bought “fixer uppers” like go-carts and mini bikes because he knew his grandkids would love them. He didn’t just build a deer stand, he built a place he could bring the kids so he could share his love for the outdoors with them.
Ed was never afraid of hard work. He started his own cleaning business , Bashaw Enterprises, Inc. while working at Russell Creamery in Superior, WI. He retired from the Duluth Transit Authority in 2008 after 15 years of service. Following retirement, he continued to drive for Stride part time, a job he loved. He was a member of Lakeview Covenant Church for 26 years where he served as Chairman of Facilities and Head Usher. He was a member of the Teamsters Local 356 as well as a member of the United Northern Sportman’s Club and a lifetime member of the NRA.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents Earl and Helen Bashaw. Ed’s legacy will live on through his wife Linda, his children Jeanne (Eric) Osgood of Shoreview, MN, Dawn (Jason) Schuette of Stafford, VA, and Eddie (Heather) Bashaw of Duluth. Ed was proud to be Papa B. to his eight grandchildren, Jacob, Kate, Tyson, Olivia, Emma, Duncan, Cooper and Nora. We celebrate the time we spent with him here on earth and anxiously await the reunion in heaven where he has gone to be with his Savior and wait for us.
The family extends a special thanks to Dr. Mary Boylan and the nursing staff in the cardiac unit and ICU at St. Luke’s hospital. Their exemplary compassion and care for our family during this time was a blessing.
VISITATION: will be 5 – 7 p.m. Friday, March 27 in Bell Brothers Jarvi Dowd Funeral Home, 925 East 4th St., Duluth. Visitation will continue at 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. celebration service on Saturday, March 28 (Ed’s 69th birthday) at Lakeview Covenant Church, 1001 Jean Duluth Road, Duluth. Burial and military honors at Park Hill Cemetery following the service and luncheon. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial gifts to Lakeview Covenant Church or the United Northern Sportsman’s Club of Duluth.