45th Anniversary…….January 14, 1972

45 years ago tonite was a Friday nite.   It was the coldest nite of the year.  Brrrrr…I remember it was below zero.  Rich and I were married in the St. Johns Lutheran Church in Toluca Ill.  We had a simple ceremony with the reception after at the church hall.  All we had was cake nuts and mints.   lol.  Really cheap.  My mom hired a photographer and paid for the cake.  We paid for everything else which wasn’t much.  The entertainment was everyone watching us open our presents.  I remember they were all practical gifts.  Sheets, towels and washcloths, a Mirro Popcorn popper, lots of kitchen stuff.  My dress was made by a friend of ours.  It was a simple A-line dress made of polyester and we added some pearl trim to it.  It cost a whole $16.  Rich’s sport jacket was made at the Toluca Garment Factory where I worked.wedding2

After the wedding we drove in my 1969 Camero to Peoria.  We stayed at a hotel that nite that had underground parking.  Thank goodness we did, cause the car probably wouldn’t have started in the morning.  Who would have ever thought that 40 years later the hotel would be gone, and a parking lot to St. Francis Hospital built their.  Tammy would graduate their with her BSN and probably parked her car in that parking lot.  lol  The next morning we drove to Keithsburg Illinois on the Mississippi to Rich’s grandparents.  I had never met them before.  What a strange honeymoon.  We spent Saturday nite their and Sunday we had to jump the car to get it started because it was so cold.  We returned home to our apartment on Sunday in Oglesby.  I was suppose to go back to work at the Garment Factory on Monday, but I called in.  So that was the beginning.  lolwedding-3

Now to tell you a little bit that you may not know.  When I met Rich, he was living with a bunch of his friends in Chillicothe.  It was about the time the Vietnam War was ending.  Every nite, especially weekends, they would party in the trailer.  Black lights, Brightly painted orange walls, and 8 track tapes.   The music was loud, the lights would flash and kids would come and go.  As I hung around more, I realized that the guys were all divorced or separated and the girls that come had husbands that were over seas.   That is all but Rich……Well as I found out…..He was also married…..With a 2 year old daughter….Wow….He was working at Caterpillar in Peoria but had been calling off work telling lies.  Finally it caught up with him and he was fired.  I found out about his marriage, he found another job in Mendota at Motor Wheel.  He filled for divorce the next summer.  It took awhile, but around Thanksgiving he got the divorce in Peoria.  On the way home he stopped at a jewelry store in Chillicothe and bought my ring.  We were married by January.


Now I was so innocent, I never even thought what people would think.  About a month later finally I was asked the question they all were wondering…….


What on earth were they talking about.  lol.   Finally April 6 1978 the baby was born.   Fooled them.   Well here we are 45 years, 3 kids, and 5 grandkids later.  Its really something as you think back to all those years.  At first your life is eternal.  You see old people who retire.  They have grey or white hair, and they simply stay home and grow older and die.  Either in the hospital or nursing home.  That certainly isn’t an age you will ever achieve.  Youth lasts forever.   It never grows old.  The family begins, baby’s come, before you know it youth is gone.  The weight problem gets worse.  Things start sagging.  lol.   And here comes the grey.  Finally retirement is before you……WHERE DID THE YEARS GO……We have retired ….  yes…  but were not sitting at home…..Nor in the Nursing Home…..Life has changed so much in the last several years.

We are now doing what we want.   Following the ADVENTURES in Life. 

It Is Our Plans.  These are the Best Years. 

Retirement is Grand……It Can Be What Ever You Want It To Be…..


This is not my picture, but this is what my 1969 Camero looked like……If We Only Had it Today….


One Paw’z Pub-2nd Annual Pre-Harvest Throwdown & Cruise In

On Sept 10 2016,  Scotty and Brandy hosted the 2nd Annual Pre-Harvest Throwdown.  Now in McNabb this is a huge affair.  The town is a little farming community on Rt. 89, but surrounded by corn fields.  It is one of the six little towns in Putnam Co., which is also the smallest county in the state of Illinois.  Our little village only has a population of 285 as of the census of 2010.  It is down from 310 in the year 2000.  McNabb has 1 gas station, Jacks Gas, 1 little convenience store attached.  It also boasts of Grassers Hardware and Heating, Morenos on Main Resturant, and a very modern Bank.  On the corner is One Paw’z Pub, our son’s tavern.


This is the 2nd year that Scotty and Brandy have thrown this party.  This year the Village Board agreed to close 2 blocks of Main Street to host the event.


The car club Blood Sweat and Gears were invited.  They showed up with some amazing cars for a Cruise – In. Their was such a nice collection dating from the early 30’s to new.   Over 70 cars were there


This was my favorite.   1969 Camaro SS.  Now in the fall of 1969, I bought a brand new Camaro from the showroom floor  at Imm and Son Chevrolet in Toluca Ill.  It had a 350 and wasn’t an SS or RS, just a basic car.  But it was this maroon color with white seats and black dash and carpeting.  My first and only new car.  You wouldn’t believe what I paid.   The new 70’s had come out, so I was able to purchase it for $500 off sticker price…….Final Cost…..$3,000……Amazing…..I was single at the time.  I remember the gas mileage was awful.  I had it in the shop several times and I think it was only getting around 12 miles to a gallon. Gas was cheap in those days.  It was only 30 cents a gallon.  We had gas wars back then.  All the stations would try to out do each other to lower prices and have the cheapest gas.  I remember the low 20’s.  Rich remembers 21 cents in Chillicothe but 16 cents in Missouri on a trip.  Unfortunately, after we were married, we traded the car for a used pick up truck…..Grrrrrrr….If we only knew then what we know today…..


This was a pretty car.  The gold looking trim paint between the red and purple was a pearl paint that changed colors when you walked by.


This is Brandy’s favorite car.  A practically new Camaro in a beautiful shade of green.


The head lights are awesome looking…..Eyes are looking at You….They are actually covers that are for show.  They take them off to drive…..



A few more of the awesome cars in the Cruise In.


A view down Main St.  This is a site this town rarely ever sees.  A Beautiful Site to see in this little village of only 275.


This is the view from the bank looking at One Paw’z Pub.  You can see the stage set up for the band, the small tractor display with the Grain Elevator in the background.


Now this picture I had to include,  These 3 red Dodges all belong to the Sandberg family.  They are HUGE MOPAR fans.  Far right is John and Trudy Sandberg (parents) Cuda,  middle-Sean(oldest son) Challenger,  in front of flower pot is Ryan (youngest son) Duster.  Tracy, their daughter and husband also had cars down the street on display.  Rich worked for Sandberg Trucking for a number of years on and off.  The kids all are part of the Company now and he still drives for them sometimes when were home.  Ryan’s wife Brandy is also the Mayor of McNabb.  During this time of the Cruise In the Restaurant and One Paw’z Pub were bustling with business.  The bar was full and really had to get through to the back.  Scott and Brandy have recently put in Slot Machines.  They remodeled the apartment on the side and incorporated it into the bar and installed 4 slot machines.


Rich said they were busy all day, sometimes even people waiting to have their chance at the machines.  Scott has also added a patio off the back now.  He is still working on it and more plans for next spring.


At 7pm. the Band was set up and began to play.  The RADIUM CITY REBELS was a 5 piece band that played some awesome music.  Scott backed his semi with trailer across Main St. It made a Great stage for the Band.  All traffic was rerouted through the back streets.


They played till midnight.  It was a beautiful evening.  It was a little chilly but Perfect.

My sister in law, Connie lives in a little hamlet…lol…Mt. Palatine.  Its around 4 miles as the bird flys.  She sat on her back porch and she said it sounded like the band was in her back corn field…..lol…


It was a really fun evening.  We seen many friends.  Carol and Jim came by.  Of Course Pam, your always their for a good time.  It was so good to see all of you.  Many more, but my biggest surprise was Lynn and Dale……They were celebrating Birthdays.  but Dale had just proposed to Lynn that day….He was even on his knees I believe…..How Sweet….Congrats to you both…..They are so Happy.  Also with them was a long lost friend from work.  Cindy was a supervisor.  She also went on to a better job.  lol.  It was a great time.


So here is Scott and Brandy, early in the evening.  Unfortunately my phone went dead later and my charger also died….lol…Always happens at the worst times……Walmart here I come…..But what a Great Nite for this little town.  It was really loud and booming with music.  I asked several days later.   Did anyone call the Mayor or board and Complain?

…..Nope, Not A One……Maybe better read the Village Board Minutes next meeting…lol….