October 13 — Minden, Nebraska (SW quadrant)

West of Brown Avenue (highway 10), south of 1st Avenue (highway 74) 

Total for today :   23,480 steps and  4:30 time. 

This is the quadrant of town that I have been least familiar with… just haven’t had occasion to go there much, either while back in high school, or in the years since I’ve moved away.

Sorry, but I’m going to start out with two dead animal pictures… both somewhat unappetizing.  So let’s get those out of the way.  I promise these are the only two pictures of that kind today.

a possum a bit past it's expiration date for a 'road kill cookbook' recipe

a possum a bit past it’s expiration date for a ‘road kill cookbook’ recipe

 

partially de-hided squirrel

partially de-hided squirrel  – not sure what happened to it

 

OK… we’ve got that out of the way.   One thing I noticed today is that Minden must have fairly lax ordinances on things being located on the sidewalks…

sidewalk mailbox # 1

sidewalk mailbox # 1

 

sidewalk mailbox # 2

sidewalk mailbox # 2

sidewalk mailbox # 3

sidewalk mailbox # 3

 

utility post and TREE STUMP in sidewalk!

utility post and TREE STUMP in sidewalk!

 

broken thermometer (in two ways)

broken thermometer (in two ways)

 

I think this thermometer is a little more accurate (Bethany Home courtyard)

I think this thermometer is a little more accurate (Bethany Home courtyard)

 

BETHANY HOME

Bethany Home was kind enough to let me use their facilities half-way through my walk…

Bethany Home

Bethany Home

 

fishtank in Bethany

fish tank in Bethany — with my legs reflection

 

above the fish tank

above the fish tank

 

Husker fans at Bethany

Husker fans at Bethany

 

First picture in the dim morning light.. south of town "chickens"

First picture in the dim morning light.. south of town “chickens”

 

... there were a LOT more birds just a few seconds before I snapped this picture

… there were a LOT more birds just a few seconds before I snapped this picture

 

faded Jack & Jill (grocery store?)

faded Jack & Jill (grocery store?)

 

The Pallet Man from Gibbon (where I lived until 3rd grade)

The Pallet Man from Gibbon (where I lived until 3rd grade)

 

nice ball field

nice ball field

 

nice house

nice house

 

portal of the day

portal of the day

 

Funk elevator off to the west

Funk elevator off to the west

 

colorful footwear mailbox

colorful footwear mailbox

 

2 deer, 1 pheasant

2 deer, 1 pheasant

 

Halloween porch

Halloween porch

 

rocks against the house (energy conserving??)

rocks against the house (energy conserving??)

 

nice house

nice house

 

nice house with water tower in the distance

nice house with water tower in the distance

 

back yard pond

back yard pond

 

watch dog

watch dog

 

3 cherubs

3 cherubs

 

plow mailbox

plow mailbox

 

another Husker family

another Husker family

 

eagle # 1

eagle # 1

 

eagle # 2

eagle # 2

 

eagle (or hawk) from the back, with antlers

eagle (or hawk) from the back, with antlers

 

Purple Heart

Purple Heart

 

mailbox in the back yard

mailbox in the back yard

 

hazy deer and owl

hazy deer and owl

 

vegetation of the day

vegetation of the day

 

giant hedge

giant hedge

 

front yard artwork

front yard artwork

 

 

harvest time

harvest time

 

the only Loper signage I've see so far (once Kearney State, now U. of Nebr.- Kearney)

the only Loper signage I’ve see so far (once Kearney State, now U. of Nebr.- Kearney)

 

bottle art

bottle art

 

a boy and his doga boy and his dog

 

two lambs

two lambs

 

lots of pumps

lots of pumps

 

the Cornhusker Defense

the Cornhusker Defense

 

dogs by the Blackshirts flag

dogs by the Blackshirts flag

 

poor guy got confused... he accidentally misspelled HUSKERS   ... (lol.. jk)

poor guy got confused… he accidentally misspelled HUSKERS … (lol.. jk)

 

new roof going on

new roof going on

 

mail box art

mail box art

 

nice porch... but how do you get there?

nice porch… but how do you get there?

 

old barn?

old barn?

 

only parking meter I've seen in Minden so far

only parking meter I’ve seen in Minden so far

 

unfinished project

unfinished project

 

mini-truck

mini-truck

 

Arctic Cats (snowmobiles?)..  I haven't seen these in Colorado that much

Arctic Cats (snowmobiles?).. I haven’t seen these in Colorado that much

 

Minden Head Start

Minden Head Start

 

back yard Statue of Liberty

back yard Statue of Liberty

 

could use a trim

could use a trim

 

Funny sign # 1

Funny sign # 1

 

Funny sign # 2

Funny sign #

 

storm shelter

storm shelter

 

only Buddha I've seen so far in MInden... they're fairly common in Longmont

only Buddha I’ve seen so far in Minden… they’re fairly common in Longmont

 

 

scary porch

scary porch

 

giant spider

giant spider

 

Bloody Mary, Rhoda Broom, Vell B. Heresoon, AAA. Lien, Ima Goner, Westin Peace

Bloody Mary, Rhoda Broom, Vell B. Heresoon, AAA. Lien, Ima Goner, Westin Peace

 

renovation in progress

renovation in progress

 

nice to see the theater get some attention!

nice to see the theater get some attention!

 

old shed

old shed

 

spooky windows

spooky windows

 

empty house view 1

empty house view 1

 

empty house view 2

empty house view 2

 

tree man

tree man

 

apricots?

apricots?

 

whirling windmill

whirling windmill

 

graffiti

graffiti

 

seen better days

seen better days

 

I don't think it's a private drive any more

I don’t think it’s a private drive any more

 

couldn't find this intersection on my Google Maps

couldn’t find this intersection on my Google Maps

 

deer and windmill

deer and windmill

 

I'm not welcome here...

I’m not welcome here…

 

bottle tree

bottle tree

another old barnanother old barn

 

MINDEN CEMETERY

The rest of the pictures are ones of various gravestones I took on walking through the Minden Cemetery.   This may or may not interest you… if not, then this day’s blog is over.   One interesting thing that is fairly common here, that I haven’t seen that much elsewhere, is including a couple’s children’s names on the grave marker.

Most of the pictures I’m putting in are people that I know (or knew) to one degree or another.   I walked through fairly quickly, so I’m sure I missed a lot, but I was still surprised at how many people I knew, or at least the names were familiar.

I’ll start out with my parents, which is still a little unnerving to me since they’re both still alive!

Mom and Dad (married 62 years ago yesterday!)

Mom and Dad (married 62 years ago yesterday!)

 

niece Nikki... with us far too short a time

niece Nikki… with us far too short a time

 

Laura was my grandma's sister

Laura was my grandma’s sister

 

Harry is one of Laura's three sons

Harry is one of Laura’s three sons

 

I didn't know about this until today

I didn’t know about this until today

 

Ron was one of my very best friends in high school and college and beyond

Ron was one of my very best friends in high school and college and beyond

 

I believe these are the parents of Jim Haws, who I worked with many summers.

I believe these are the parents of Jim Haws, who I worked with many summers.

 

Parents of Lavern and John Eihusen, who I also worked with

Parents of Lavern and John Eihusen, who I also worked with

 

Used to ride the school bus with Kurt and Karma

Used to ride the school bus with Kurt and Karma

 

my friend Terry used to help out on Leroy's farm

my friend Terry used to help out on Leroy’s farm

 

I was in 4-H with both the Favenger and Newbold kids

I was in 4-H with both the Favinger and Newbold kids

 

Family doctor growing up --- Zoanne was in my class

Family doctor growing up — Zo anne was in my class

 

 

farmer neighbor

farmer neighbor

 

memorial to those fallen in war

memorial to those fallen in war

Mr. Houston was Minden High School guidance counselor

Mr. Houston was Minden High School guidance counselor