Sunday, October 23, 2005

Dannielle Vitali.....Cross Country Runner

Dannielle Vitali daughter of Jeff Vitali is following in her Dad's footsteps and doing a great job running cross country. She recently ran with the Chisago Lakes team in their conference meet placing 11th. She looks relaxed and strong enough to surpass Jeff's accomplishments in running. WTG Danni keep up the good work.

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Danni runs like her Dad relaxed and confident.

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Dannielle pushing hard for an 11th place finish in their cross country conference meet

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Dannielle's cross country team photo from the conference meet. WTG girls!!

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Rudy and Ann celebrate their diamond anniversary – 60 years together

The Vitali clan gathered at Bill and Patty’s new home in Maple Grove to celebrate Rudy and Ann’s anniversary. Friday night we gathered at Bill’s to enjoy a relaxing meal (not for Gina who prepared Beef Wellington – delish) and an evening of reminiscing. Of course, we ate and drank too much in preparation for the continued celebration Saturday. Bella, Bill and Patty’s new addition (a blue eyed northern Italian – spaniel mix), was wary at first, but warmed up to the family invasion.

Bill documented all for the world to enjoy.


Salute! It doesn't get any better than this!

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Butterfly kisses.....Nona Ann and Poppa Rudy

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Brother Mike and daughter Ramona

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Familia Vitali - Sixty years of wedded bliss and wonderfully talented progeny.. Rudy and Anne , Jeff, Jackie, Gina, Bill, and Mike

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Jackie, Gina and Patty ...before the beverages....

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Michelle, Danielle, and Jacqueline checking out the menu at Sunshine Factory where we had the anniversary dinner Sat. night.

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Notice the bottle of Paisano on the table. Jeff just doesn't understand why posciutto is 19.95 a pound in the cities....

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Why doesn't anyone understand this conversation? A lull in the action before the Friday night feast begins. Notice Bill's back yard.

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Rudy listening to the conversation at Bill's house.

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Monday, October 17, 2005

Nirvana on Lost lake

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Pretty as a Picture Evening

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Sunday, October 16, 2005

Something to share with the golfing viewers

Gospel according to St Titleist

May thy ball lie in green pastures -- and not in still waters. Author Unknown

The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course. Billy Graham

Golf appeals to the idiot and the child in us. Just how childlike golfers become is proven by their frequent inability to count past five. John Updike

It is almost impossible to remember how tragic a place the world is when one is playing golf. ~Robert Lynd

If profanity had an influence on the flight of the ball, the game of golf would be played far better than it is. ~Horace G. Hutchinson

They say golf is like life, but don't believe them. Golf is more complicated than that. ~Gardner Dickinson

If a lot of people gripped a knife and fork the way they do a golf club, they'd starve to death. ~Sam Snead

Golf is a day spent in a round of strenuous idleness. ~William Wordsworth

If you drink, don't drive. Don't even putt. ~Dean Martin

If you are going to throw a club, it is important to throw it ahead of you, down the fairway, so you don't have to waste energy going back to pick it up. Tommy Bolt

Man blames fate for other accidents, but feels personally responsible when he makes a hole in one. ~Author Unknown

I don't say my golf game is bad, but if I grew tomatoes they'd come up sliced. ~Author Unknown

My handicap? Woods and irons. ~Chris Codiroli

The ardent golfer would play Mount Everest if somebody would put a flagstick on top. ~Pete Dye

I'm hitting the woods just great -- but having a terrible time getting out of them!~Author Unknown

If you think it's hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball. ~Jack Lemmon

It's good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling. ~Mark Twain

Don't play too much golf. Two rounds a day are plenty. ~Harry Vardon

Golf and sex are the only things you can enjoy without being good at them. ~Jimmy DeMaret

The difference in golf and government is that in golf you can't improve your lie. ~George Deukmejian

Golf is a game invented by the same people who think music comes out of a bagpipe. ~Author Unknown

If I hit it right, it's a slice. If I hit it left, it's a hook. If I hit it straight, it's a f**kin' miracle.~Author Unknown

I can sympathize with all of the about, be about YOU??
comments please....


Friday, October 14, 2005

Well if nothing else Mickey's predictable

Yesterday was Mickey's fishing day and left all the decisions to him. Well we went to Dark Lake as predicted and crawlers were the only bait that was going to catch fish. Being the the good guide that I am, I let him use the chosen bait of knowing anglers. Micky lost at least 5 big walleyes although he never had a fish hooked long enough to get a look at, he just had really big walleye bites. HMMMMMMMM. He did catch 2 northerns and snagged another in the belly. I struggled with a jig and a minnow and caught 8 northerns and 1 walleye of about 3 pounds, not bad using inferior methods and bait.

Other than the fact that it rained for most of the trip and then having to listen to Mickey's constant dialog of each bite, nibble and the ultimate...Dammit I missed another walleye, we had fun. I still have the rest of the week off so I think I'm golfing today and the 1 more fishing outing this weekend before the boat gets winterized. Yes I did say winter, ITS coming sooner than most will want to admit.

I'm heading out to California on October 25th for a week, hopefully I will be able get some nice pictures up in the mountains and on the golf courses. Looking forward to seeing Bella, Griffin, Alyssa and D. Also the local live in zoo of 2 dogs and 2 cats. I'm looking forward to a nice day here, I hope you can enjoy yours.


Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Found another great day for fishing

Those who visit my blog daily.....Thank-you very much. I posted pictures of another great day of fishing, but i was too tired to write up the a narrative to go with it. Hey I can use big words once in awhile when I use them at work everyone laughs at me...HEHE. Well getting back to yesterdays fishing, it was a great day on the lake. The pictures will comfirm that fact. I caught a couple of nice walleyes and more than enough northerns. It was the time on the lake that was memorable, with only 2 or 3 other boats in sight it was a very peaceful day.

I'm going to try to get Mickey out fishing tomorrow and if it doesn't rain there might be a picture or 2. My guess is that he'll want to go to Dark Lake so it may be a fishless day but we can only hope for the best. I have finished the projects that needed doing around the house, bring on winter....give me your best shot.

Hope I can bore you again soon,


Tuesday, October 11, 2005

No limits of walleye today just 2 nice eating fish. Anne and Rudy will enjoy these fish.

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A boat of fishermen from Illinois looking for small mouth bass.

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A picture from another perfect day of fishing.

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A nice looking northern, most were bigger than this. The larger ones were too hard to hold and to big to fit in the picture.

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The fall colors are gone with most of the leaves, but this island is still a very scenic.

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Postcard perfect island cabin.

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Monday, October 10, 2005


I promised myself I would go fishing in October and as it’s flying by, I forced myself to get up early from my last night shift and go fishing. I got underway about 11 A.M. and decided to try Pelican Lake for some crappies. I haven’t hit them the last 2 years and was hoping to get lucky today. Today was a perfect day for fall fishing 60 degrees and very little wind I thought it would be a slam dunk for crappies. WELL the crappies had a different idea, I criss-crossed the deep hole where they should be 2 or 3 times and saw no schools of fish and probably didn’t see even a single fish. Go figure….where could they be. Being the fexible fisherman that I am I said lets catch some fish, whatever color they maybe.

Off to the rocky shore line near some islands that I like to fish. After catching 3 nice northerns and having them put up nice long fights I was optimistic. A little ways down the shore line I had a big fish on, and it didn’t feel like a northern. Surprise it was a 22” walleye, Pelican doesn’t have a lot of walleyes but the ones you catch are usually nice size fish. I found that the walleyes were in 18-22 feet of water and in the next 3 hours I caught 5 more large walleyes….I actually caught 2-22”, 1-20”, 2- 18” and a 26” walleye. I released the 26” fish. I had a lot of limits this spring but this may have been the nicest stringer of fish I caught this year.

I guess sometimes you do have to force yourself to get out and it does payoff. Besides the anticipation of some great meals of fresh fish to look forward too…the best part was the picture perfect fall day that I got to enjoy. I hope all readers get to enjoy a fall day of fishing, hunting or any outdoor activity because fall is the best season of the year in northern Minnesota. :-))

Enjoy the nice days…SNOW is coming…. bet on it!!


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Thursday, October 06, 2005

HEY ....Dummy SUMMER is over!!

Well I know that fall is here by looking at the calender, but winter is coming soon today we saw snow flakes . It had to happen and for once the forecasters predictions were right on. There were no accumulations but those listening to the news saw the feet of snow they had in the Dakotas. Soon to be moving east to Minnesota, then comes the fun....ICE FISHING. HEHE ....

Before that though I have to have more fun, I'm enetered in a golf tourney this Saturday, the starting temperature will be 32 and hopefully it will be 50 when we get off the course. When you need gloves and a stocking cap, you have to be having fun, well I'll let you know on Sunday.

It was too cold to ride my bike out on the trails today so I rode my stationary bike.....I HATE THAT WORSE THAN MY PAIN MACHINE!! It's going to take alot of will power to ride that damn thing this winter, my doctor say 180 minutes a week....SHIT, not looking forward to that.

Have to leave now, painting windows down in the basement, the fun never stops. NO you don't get to see pictures of me painting, boy are you guys a pain in the a$$.

May the flakes be with YOU too,


Sunday, October 02, 2005

I Will Never Catch UP !!

I know! I know!! Its been a while and I haven't even given you an update. Well between scrapping and painting windows mixed with golf and work I've been busy. No really just too lazy and in a hurry, I haven't taken my camera with me much, blogging is a bore to me without pictures. I've made resevations to visit the Hoover's in Cali in 3 weeks hope I have time to pack. Looking forward to seeing the grandkids, cats, dogs et al. HeHe hard to tell what I might find when I get out there. Nice weather for sure....I hope. I plan on doing some BBQing, some golfing and just gooooood old relaxing.

Well enough random BSing, I hope to get organized this week,


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