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Solid Rock Minnesota

By Solid Rock Minnesota

Welcome to Solid Rock Minnesota. A place to jump off for a few minutes and regroup. Ramblings about family life, outdoors, multi-generational living, music, grandparenting, and life.
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That's An Hour I'll Never Get Back

Solid Rock MinnesotaMar 19, 2023

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That's An Hour I'll Never Get Back

That's An Hour I'll Never Get Back

And once again it it time to Spring forward...kind of like time travel if you really think about it.
Mar 19, 202306:36
When I'm 65!

When I'm 65!

THis week I turn 65 and here are a few thoughts on that. And pain, and adult children, and sourdough starter.
Mar 12, 202307:57
A Walk to Remember!

A Walk to Remember!

A walk down the Ice Road in Minnesota
Mar 05, 202308:02
Let's Take a Trip...Or Maybe Not

Let's Take a Trip...Or Maybe Not

Best made plans just sometimes don't work out. Oh well.
Feb 26, 202304:38
The Joy is in the Journey

The Joy is in the Journey

We've had enough of cold, snow and ice....taking a trip South. But first to pack.
Feb 19, 202308:46
Uncle Sam Doesn't Want Me

Uncle Sam Doesn't Want Me

It is coming on tax season. Time to gather all the info up and pray Uncle Sam ignores me.
Feb 12, 202307:25
Kwik Trip Conversations

Kwik Trip Conversations

Minnesotans and their love of weather...always something to talk about...any time, any where.
Feb 05, 202304:08
Knit 1, Purl 2...Cabin Fever Has Arrived

Knit 1, Purl 2...Cabin Fever Has Arrived

It is that time of year again where cabin fever starts to set in around our house. 
Jan 29, 202306:56
From a Distance...Monday Morning Music

From a Distance...Monday Morning Music

What do you do when you're missing your grasndkids and making music with them? You create a file in GarageBand and send it back and forth until you have a song together. Angel Band Jefferson Hascall My  latest sun is sinking fast My race is nearly run My strongest trials they now have passed My Triumph now has begun Oh, come, the angel band Come and around me, stand Oh bear me away on your snow white wings To my immortal home… Oh bear my longing heart to Him Who bled and died for me Whose blood now cleanses all from sin And gives me Victory I’ve almost gained my heavenly Home My spirit softly sings The Holy Ones behold they come and I hear the sound of wings…
Jan 22, 202305:47
A Clippin' and a Whippin' for Max

A Clippin' and a Whippin' for Max

After the past 4 1/2 years together with Max, he finally has employment and a job that fits him.
Jan 15, 202310:11
Random Thoughts at 3 AM

Random Thoughts at 3 AM

What else is there to do at 3AM??
Jan 08, 202306:19
Happy New Year 2023

Happy New Year 2023

A look back, a look ahead...and a reminder to stay in the moment.
Jan 01, 202306:43
Christmas Songs from Monday Morning Music 2020

Christmas Songs from Monday Morning Music 2020

Time sure does fly by. Here are some songs by the grandkids when they first were learning to play instruments. 2 and 4 year olds banging out the percussion instruments and ukuleles and guitars strumming wildly, but always beautiful voices. It was some of my best days ever teaching them how to make music and playing and singing together. Now half of the grandkids are out of state and the ones nearby are getting older and have jobs and other activities. Their voices have changed and deepened. And the richness of their voices is something special to hear. 
Dec 25, 202214:35
Three Blind Mice and Me

Three Blind Mice and Me

Wearing eyeglasses after 50. I am not to be trusted with them...but Max will take charge.
Dec 18, 202208:25
One Year Later

One Year Later

It's been a year since we both have been home together retired. How's it going...give a listen.
Dec 11, 202208:36
Rusty, Crusty and Trusty

Rusty, Crusty and Trusty

Learning a new old way...cast iron cooking.
Dec 04, 202209:09
Thanksgiving 2022 Ever Changing

Thanksgiving 2022 Ever Changing

A time to count all the blessings in this life.
Nov 27, 202206:25
Timber!

Timber!

After 43 years of marriage, My Best Half knows just what gifts are the best to give the Fleet Farm-Menards type o girl.f
Nov 20, 202206:49
If I Could Turn Back Time

If I Could Turn Back Time

Turning off Daylight Savings Time...until March.
Nov 13, 202207:57
Reunion Time

Reunion Time

A Minnesota Reunion was in order as high school friends came into town last week. 
Nov 06, 202207:38
Minnesota Weather

Minnesota Weather

Trying to make plans to work around Minnesota Weather.
Oct 30, 202207:41
A Trip to the Audiologist

A Trip to the Audiologist

Life with a Hard of Hearing person...and now there's 2. 
Oct 23, 202208:37
Season of Change

Season of Change

From 80 degrees to below freezing in a few hours...only in Minnesota. Welcome to the prepping for Winter
Oct 16, 202207:14
43 Years and You're Still the One

43 Years and You're Still the One

What are the secrets to a long marriage? I don't have a clue, but these are a few that have worked for us...
Oct 09, 202206:59
Minnesota Nights

Minnesota Nights

Minnesota...you are my home. Minnesota Nights            by Susan McAuliffe Been up to the mountains, walked down by the sea Home is where I put my heart, the place I choose to be Sometimes my life’s been lonely, but it taught me how to cry Now I’m lying ‘neath the Northern Lights of a Minnesota night. The moon shines down on the lake tonight, the loon calls out her plea The pine trees tall in the forest deep, have set my heart free Sometimes my life gets crazy, but I’ve always gotten by Standing ‘neath the Northern Lights of sa Minnesota Night The lone wolf howls in the darkness, trying to find its way Walks beneath the Northern Lights into that promised day I’ll reach my destination, just keep looking to the sky Walking ‘neath the Northern Lights of a Minnesota night.
Oct 02, 202205:29
Catching a Dinosaur

Catching a Dinosaur

Summer is winding down and the mornings are cool and still. My favorite time on the water. 
Sep 25, 202208:06
Tippy Canoe...A Kayak Will Do

Tippy Canoe...A Kayak Will Do

After decades of having an Old Town Pack canoe, it is time to move forward with my kayak. The ending of an era.
Sep 18, 202208:21
Hannah Savana Gets Hitched to the C.O.W.

Hannah Savana Gets Hitched to the C.O.W.

Finally a few days camping, fishing and relaxing up North from us. Message us with your favorite place in Minnesota to visit.
Sep 11, 202211:03
It's August and Time to Go Fishing with My Brother

It's August and Time to Go Fishing with My Brother

Another Summer coming to an end, another fishing expedition with my brother and sister-in-law. Past memories and new ones made.
Sep 04, 202209:16
Meet Hannah Savana

Meet Hannah Savana

Another swapping of vehicles. It' just what we do...
Aug 28, 202207:04
How We Are Spending Our Summer

How We Are Spending Our Summer

Minnesota storms, insurance adjusters and home repairs lasting forever.
Aug 21, 202207:02
Policing My Brothers and Me

Policing My Brothers and Me

Ever wonder what life was like growing up as a cop's kid...give a listen.
Aug 14, 202208:48
Summer Critters Come to VIsit

Summer Critters Come to VIsit

Visits from Minnesota critters
Aug 07, 202208:00
A Visit With The Tootsie Sister

A Visit With The Tootsie Sister

A BBQ, a bike ride and some stories from the days of all girls Catholic school.
Jul 31, 202208:34
I'll Be Your Pinky and You Be My Thumb

I'll Be Your Pinky and You Be My Thumb

Baby Boomers Unite! Adapting to non-working body parts as the years go by.
Jul 24, 202206:37
Even if We Disagree (Monday Morning Music solo style)

Even if We Disagree (Monday Morning Music solo style)

Just one person's take on fanagling life's journey.
Jul 17, 202205:60
Breakfast at Keyes 50 Years Later

Breakfast at Keyes 50 Years Later

How is it when you meet up with a friend after 50 years of not seeing each other ? Come with us to breakfast at Keyes.
Jul 10, 202208:08
Fishing with Grandpa Louie

Fishing with Grandpa Louie

Tucked back in the bullrushes this week I am reminded of fishing with the best fisherman I ever knew, Grandpa Louie. 
Jul 03, 202207:13
Surgery Minnesota Style

Surgery Minnesota Style

Only in MInnesota can you walk in and have a surgical procedure on the spot...with some tools that look like they are from Fleet Farm.
Jun 26, 202211:01
Top Hat and Chicken Math

Top Hat and Chicken Math

One is too many and adozen are never enough when hving a backyard chicken coop.
Jun 19, 202207:07
Well Life on the Farm is Kind of Laid Back...

Well Life on the Farm is Kind of Laid Back...

There is nothing better than the early morning as the yard comes to life.
Jun 12, 202203:55
Up North, to the Cabin

Up North, to the Cabin

Come with me to a simpler time in life, to the cabin.
Jun 05, 202209:22
Canine Merry Maids

Canine Merry Maids

There are some dogs that just reach into your heart and leave a paw print there. For us there have been several. And the 2 we have now are a couple of the best that are also our unhired help.
May 29, 202209:28
Minnesota Fishing with My Friend Wayne

Minnesota Fishing with My Friend Wayne

That first Spring day the fishing line gets wet and sent out to catch some crappies and sunnies...can it get any better than this?
May 22, 202206:00
We Have A Winner! The Amazon Gift Card Drawing

We Have A Winner! The Amazon Gift Card Drawing

Thanks everyone who entered! 
May 15, 202200:33
It's That Time Again...Cemetery Clean-up Day

It's That Time Again...Cemetery Clean-up Day

For over 100 years there has been a gathering at Bearhead Union Cemetery...to rake pine needles.
May 15, 202204:04
Catholic Church, Family and Mother's Day

Catholic Church, Family and Mother's Day

Every year Mother''s day comes along and while many of the traditions change, many will stay the same through the generations.
May 08, 202205:45
Possums, Trolleys, and Fancy Places to Stay

Possums, Trolleys, and Fancy Places to Stay

Come with us on our trip down to Nashville to see our son, the concierge of a fancy hotel and all around great tour guide. Don't forget to go to www.solidrockminnesota.com and enter to win an Amazon gift card. Just tell us your favorite episode and where you are from.
May 01, 202209:37
Monday Music on the Way to Nashville, Tennessee

Monday Music on the Way to Nashville, Tennessee

We are headed to Nashville to see our son and play and listen to some music. 
Apr 24, 202206:27
April Showers and My Not So Green Thumb

April Showers and My Not So Green Thumb

Planting season. Mineesota has about 4-5 months of growing time, so no chance for plantiing mistakes. I envy those with the Green Thumb.
Apr 17, 202206:40
A Huge Thanks to Our Followers

A Huge Thanks to Our Followers

Enter for an AMazon gift card drawing on May 15th. Listen here for details.
Apr 15, 202201:54
Eenie Meenie Minie Mo

Eenie Meenie Minie Mo

After years of commuting and needing different vehicles for different reasons, it is time to thin out the fleet. But which Minnesota Trusty but Rusty one has to go. Decision, Decisions
Apr 10, 202207:40
Monday Morning Music: Love Can Build A Bridge

Monday Morning Music: Love Can Build A Bridge

The other day I was going through some of the music that the grandkids and I have done the past year. After watching the news and seeing all the sadness going on in Ukraine, I just needed a little happy time. And that usually can be found playing music with the grandkids. But it was a day when that wasn’t an option, so I dug into some of the past songs we have done together and recorded just for the fun of it. There were lots of rowdy songs and old bluegrass songs they have been taught. Some like Rocky Top, Mountain Dew, and the classic gospel ones like Amazing Grass and Nothing But the Blood of Jesus. And there are the old rock classics like, Sloop John B and Brown Eyed Girl. All done in the classic off key, rowdy guitar, ukulele, banjo grandkids’ style. But I came across this song we did in a quiet moment when it was just a couple of the older kids singing and playing instruments. It is the old Judd’s song, “Love Can Build A Bridge”. I stopped and played it a few times, remembering that night we were together singing it and how the grandkids' voices blended together. There were the girls and then Eyasu with his adolescent changing beautiful deep sound. It got me thinking of the world today and all the bombing and destruction that is going on in Ukraine. We so need a bridge of love in Ukraine. We all need “to whisper love so loudly, so every heart will understand, that love and only love can join the tribes of man”. Here is from a special night of music with the grandkids. It is Love can Build a Bridge. Enjoy. Love Can Build A Bridge Songwriters: Paul Overstreet / John Jarvis / Naomi Judd I'd gladly walk across the desert with no shoes upon my feet To share with you the last bite of bread I had to eat I would swim out to save you in your sea of broken dreams When all your hopes are sinking, let me show you what love means Love can build a bridge Between your heart and mine Love can build a bridge Don't you think it's time? Don't you think it's time? I would whisper love so loudly, every heart could understand That love and only love can join the tribes of man I would give my hearts' desire so that you might see The first step is to realize that it all begins with you and me Love can build a bridge Between your heart and mine Love can build a bridge Don't you think it's time? Don't you think it's time? When we stand together, it's our finest hour We can do anything (anything) Anything (anything) Keep believing in the power Love can build a bridge Between your heart and mine Love can build a bridge Don't you think it's time? Don't you think it's time? Don’t you think it’s time? Don’t you think it’s time?
Apr 03, 202206:12
Electrifying Biking

Electrifying Biking

Let the E bike riding adventures begin. Spring is almost here and biking is coming. It's time to dust off the Ebikes and helmets and take to the bike paths.
Mar 27, 202209:30
Tick Tock Goes the Clock

Tick Tock Goes the Clock

Daylight Savings Time back to the future or time travel through the time tunnel, it always leaves it mark for the first week or two.
Mar 20, 202206:21
A Message from Solid Rock Minnesota: For the Children of Ukraine

A Message from Solid Rock Minnesota: For the Children of Ukraine

Ukraine and how to help.
Mar 16, 202201:14
Cloudy Days, Sleet and Spring

Cloudy Days, Sleet and Spring

It is getting closer til Spring in Minnesota...maybe another few months? We can only hope.
Mar 13, 202204:22
Northbound and Down, But First a Little More South

Northbound and Down, But First a Little More South

Wrapping up our 4000 mile travels to El Paso to see family and the drive home through ice storms and a Minnesota blizzard.
Mar 06, 202210:45
The Ukranian Battle and How We Can Help

The Ukranian Battle and How We Can Help

Watching the battle going on in Ukraine, keep the people of Ukraine in your thoughts and prayers. And those taking in Ukrainian refugees, and also those prtesting in Russia. Keep them safe from Putin and his people.
Feb 28, 202201:29
Monday Morning Music, Texas Style

Monday Morning Music, Texas Style

A couple songs from the C.O.W. (camper on wheels).
Feb 27, 202209:34
Happy Trails Thru Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas

Happy Trails Thru Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas

After a snowy and slippery start, we are getting to a warmer climate. Join us with Big Eddie and the C.O.W. as we take a travel out of the deep freeze of Minnesota and cabin fever and head South to see the sun and family.
Feb 20, 202208:24
All My Bags are Packed, I'm Ready to Go

All My Bags are Packed, I'm Ready to Go

After months of waiting for the day to arrive, we are finally on the road and attempting to vacation as a retired couple. Stay tuned!
Feb 13, 202205:04
Enough Already, We Are Heading South!

Enough Already, We Are Heading South!

How does a Minnesotan pack for a trip South when the temperatures will be 60-80 deress different?
Feb 06, 202206:51
Monday Morning Music Doing it Solo: Words Get in the Way

Monday Morning Music Doing it Solo: Words Get in the Way

With half the grandkids in Texas and half up North from us, Monday Morning Music has been a bit out of reach lately. I have been playing solo for a bit due to teenager work schedules, distance and the freaking cold weather. But soon we will be together to play again.
Jan 30, 202206:24
Is it Cold Enough For Ya?

Is it Cold Enough For Ya?

Minnesota cold snaps can cause reason for change of wardrobes and conversation at the pumps.
Jan 23, 202204:55
Old Friends, Olive Garden and a Visit with the Tootsie Sister

Old Friends, Olive Garden and a Visit with the Tootsie Sister

For other episodes with the Tootsie Sisters 12-18-20 The Tootsie Sisters 3-7-21 Tootsie Sister on Ice
Jan 16, 202206:11
Catching Up a Little at a Time

Catching Up a Little at a Time

Many have asked how the first month of retirement has been going, so here is an update.
Jan 09, 202207:34
Be A Better Friend

Be A Better Friend

To quote Paul Wellstone, " We all do better when we all do better". Such a simple statement with such a powerful message. Let's all work at being a better friend to those around us and hope it circles the globe.  Be A Better Friend (See Below) Life can seem hard in this crazy world And sometimes I just pay the cost I think about all the life that I've  lived And then I don’t seem so lost CHORUS: I’m going to live my life one day at a time God Lord willing and the time don’t end I’m going to sing my songs, and love my dogs, And be a better friend I’m going to spend the day, do the best that I can Looking for the good all around I’m going to take the time to help someone Going to plant my feet on solid ground... It’s time to save this world one day at a time It’s time we love someone we may hate For the time will come, we may stand alone Let’s do it before it’s too late... music and words by Susan McAuliffe 
Jan 02, 202206:23
Ice Fishing in Minnesota

Ice Fishing in Minnesota

Many Minnesotans ice fish thru the winter months. I have tried a few times over the years and it pretty much was more like a form of torture.
Dec 26, 202107:14
Christmas, Covid and Cabin Fever

Christmas, Covid and Cabin Fever

Minnesota winters are fun...until it happens...Cabin Fever sets in.
Dec 19, 202106:38
Minnesota Senior Safe Driver Course: Keep 'Er Movin'

Minnesota Senior Safe Driver Course: Keep 'Er Movin'

Taking a Senior Safe Driving course is harder than driving itself...
Dec 12, 202107:10
Time Will Be Our Friend

Time Will Be Our Friend

Retirement Day has happened for my Best Half! What does the future hold? Who knows, but part of it will be spent growing older together. This is a song I wrote for all of us who have a Best Half or Best Friend that we will grow old with. Time Will Be Our Friend  Words and music by Susan McAuliffe Do you think of me sometimes At the setting of the sun? I know I think of you In everything I do  Time keeps moving on Will you love me  When I grow old Will you still hold my hand? Will you walk with me into the sunset And look back on the years gone by? Well I know we move a little slower And we hold each other up All  the years that pass All the memories filled with love. As I look into your eyes And I see the age in your hair Ill keep loving you in everything I do And time will be our friend
Dec 05, 202105:09
Joint Custody, Minnesota Style

Joint Custody, Minnesota Style

What do you do when you have farm animals needing attention and you want to travel in the winter? You share joint custody of course. 
Nov 28, 202110:04
Happy Thanksgiving 2021

Happy Thanksgiving 2021

Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate. 
Nov 25, 202100:55
Grandpa and the Engström Rooster Gene

Grandpa and the Engström Rooster Gene

The Rooster Gene: the inherited ability to consistently wake up at the crack of dawn without setting any alarm and be ready to greet the day cheerfully. Just one of the genetics we have inherited through the generations.
Nov 21, 202108:55
Red Buffalo Plaid and a Minnesota Fall Day

Red Buffalo Plaid and a Minnesota Fall Day

How can you tell if it is Fall in Minnesota? Just check for the plaid. 
Nov 14, 202104:56
Tai Chi...Yah, You Betcha!

Tai Chi...Yah, You Betcha!

Over a decade ago, alone on a lake in the BWCA, I met with misfortune that I am still whining about and paying the price for at times today. But I think I have solved the problem and will be back out there next Summer to portage my canoe to that little pond full of fish.
Nov 07, 202111:31
Ope, Sorry

Ope, Sorry

Minnesotans are known for their lingering good-byes and lengthly conversations in the driveway before heading out. There is only one thing that compares in length to a MInnesota good-bye. And that is the "Ope, Sorry". Come on along to Fleet Farm and see what I'm talking about.
Oct 31, 202105:21
Monday Morning Music: I've Been Everywhere

Monday Morning Music: I've Been Everywhere

One of our last Monday Morning Music Sessions before 1/2 the grandkids moved to El Paso, Texas. Nothing more fun than doing music with the grandkids!
Oct 24, 202105:48
"Big Eddie" Meets the C.O.W

"Big Eddie" Meets the C.O.W

The Maiden Voyage of Big Eddie and the C.O.W. Take a trip with us to the North Country.
Oct 17, 202116:28
"Big Eddie" Please Take Care of Us

"Big Eddie" Please Take Care of Us

After many changes and discussions, we are hoping we have our stuff together as retirement nears in the next 2 months. Here's to taking the roads less traveled and taking the time to enjoy them.
Oct 10, 202110:12
My New Best Friend, Ziggy

My New Best Friend, Ziggy

The nest is officially empty for the first time in about 10 years. Our house is pretty silent. How will I survive the deafening silence during the day at the house? With my new friend Ziggy.
Oct 03, 202107:39
Until We Meet Again Old Girl...

Until We Meet Again Old Girl...

Those four-legged furry family members manage to work their way into our hearts. For 11 years. we have had not only a furry family member, but one who has given her life to service, being the ears for her deaf best friend. This by far is one of the hardest stories I have shared...
Sep 26, 202110:11
America...You've Become Such A Habit With Me

America...You've Become Such A Habit With Me

Traveling cross country 3400 miles makes me think of the old Waylon Jennings song "America" "America" Some have said, down through history If you last it's a mystery But I guess they don't know, what they're talking about From the mountains down to the sea You've become such a habit with me America, America Well, I come from, down around Tennessee But the people in California Are nice to me, America It don't matter where I may roam Tell you people that it's home sweet home America, America And my brothers are all black and white Yellow too and the red man is right To expect a little from you Promise and then follow through, America All the men who fell on the plains And lived through hardship and pain America, America And the men who could not fight In a war that didn't seem right You let them come home, America And my brothers are all black and white Yellow too and the red man is right To expect a little from you Promise and then follow through, America Well, I come from, down around Tennessee But the people in California Are nice to me, America It don't matter where I may roam Tell you people that it's home sweet home America, America America, America It's home sweet home, America America, America...
Sep 19, 202106:25
End Times for the Guzzler

End Times for the Guzzler

The continuing saga of our RV experience.
Sep 12, 202107:30
Our 6 Miles to the Gallon Home on Wheels

Our 6 Miles to the Gallon Home on Wheels

Someone once said that if you need to ask how many miles to the gallon an RV gets, you can't afford it. They were right!
Sep 05, 202110:57
Thou Shalt Not Steal

Thou Shalt Not Steal

The wisdom of our grandma when my brother and I go to steal something. Take a ride with us in my '64 blue painted with a brush Plymouth Valiant.
Aug 29, 202108:24
Selling the "Damn Camper"

Selling the "Damn Camper"

Time marches on, good bye "Damn Camper"
Aug 22, 202106:31
Operation:Go to Your Room

Operation:Go to Your Room

We have been shot, sanitized, masked and followed CDC guidelines and yet one of us got Covid. It has been an interesting week. 
Aug 15, 202107:51
Vote Vote Vote Bumper Sticker Contest

Vote Vote Vote Bumper Sticker Contest

It is time for everyone to go over to our facebook group (Solid Rock Minnesota) and vote for your favorite bumper sticker picture. And while you are there join our Facebook group!
Aug 11, 202100:60
Banking in a Small Town

Banking in a Small Town

If you thought MInnesota good-byes took time, try a MInnesota "Hi how ya doing" at the bank
Aug 08, 202107:33
Hello, Goodbye, Hello, Goodbye

Hello, Goodbye, Hello, Goodbye

Living together with kids and grandkids for several years on and off has left us loving the time spent together and realizing life daily is about learning to let go and learning to be grateful for the moments spent together. Are we really facing the empty nest? For how long...could this be forever...? Lessons learned in living one day at a time. 
Aug 01, 202109:16
Sisters from Another Mother

Sisters from Another Mother

A 60+ year journey through friendships with the "sisters" from MIdway.  "We've been educated. We got liberated. And had complicating matters with men. Oh, we've said "I do" And we've signed "I don't" And we've sworn we'd never do that again. Oh, we burned our bras, And we burned our dinners And we burned our candles at both ends. And we've had some children Who look just like the way we did back then. Oh, but we're all grown up now. All grown up, But none of us could tell you quite how." KT Oslin "80's Ladies"
Jul 25, 202107:45
Big Brothers, Baseballs, Hockey Sticks and Figure Skates

Big Brothers, Baseballs, Hockey Sticks and Figure Skates

Tagging along with my big brothers growing up in a large Catholic neighborhood as one of the only girls amongst brothers and boys playing sports.
Jul 18, 202111:36
A Mormon, A Jehovah's Witness and a Nurse Walk into a House...

A Mormon, A Jehovah's Witness and a Nurse Walk into a House...

Nursing is a job that has many opportunities and variety. In Minnesota it has many variances...for some it is being in a state of the art place like Mayo in Rochester or the U of MN doing research, for others it may be working in chemical dependency at the Hazelden/ Betty Ford Center. Or maybe even inner city at a large city hosptital. For me it was up and down the gravel country roads for 10 years...
Jul 11, 202111:11
5'4" Amazon Woman

5'4" Amazon Woman

Yeah..no not that kind of Amazon woman. 
Jul 04, 202107:16
Our Bumper Sticker Contest...Join Us!

Our Bumper Sticker Contest...Join Us!

Enter our Bumper Sticker contest over on the website. Head over to  www.solidrockminnesota.com. for details and message us if you would like a free Solid Rock Minnesota bumper sticker so you can enter the contest. The bumper sticker doesn't have to be on a vehicle, It can be on a fence post, outhouse, boat, cabin door...anywhere you choose.
Jul 01, 202101:10
Sink, Sank, Sunk

Sink, Sank, Sunk

A fun Summertime boat ride. What could possibly go wrong? 
Jun 27, 202110:29
Camping in the "Damn Camper"

Camping in the "Damn Camper"

Our first camping trip in about two years due to COVID and being at home. Some things like backing the trailer together never change, while some really important things have changed. As our neighbor 1/2 mile up the road said, “ if we want to camp, we can pitch a tent in our back field, it’s way more private than a campground”.
Jun 20, 202110:58
Is It Hot Enough For Ya?

Is It Hot Enough For Ya?

MInnesota nice and Minnesota good-byes take on a different element when it gets hot out there. 
Jun 13, 202108:49
Monday Morning Music "The Baptism of Jesse Taylor"

Monday Morning Music "The Baptism of Jesse Taylor"

Monday Morning Music has become one of the favorite things to do arouund here. Whenever we get together, the grandkids bring their instruments. 
Jun 06, 202107:57
A Closet Podcaster Outed

A Closet Podcaster Outed

It's been a little over a year since starting a weekly podcast. It was just me, my laptop, a cheap Amazon mic in the back room of the house where no one would know what I was doing. 
May 30, 202111:20
Waiting in a Minnesota Line

Waiting in a Minnesota Line

What's it like to wait in line with other Minnesotans? Take a journey with me to the DMV to get license tabs for the camper. 
May 23, 202108:30
To Mask or Not to Mask (it is now up to you)

To Mask or Not to Mask (it is now up to you)

THe CDC has reversed the masking of all of us. Now if you are fully vacinated you can go maskless inside and outside. What will that look like here in MInnesota?
May 16, 202106:25
My Mother's Daughter

My Mother's Daughter

Happy Mother's Day to all moms and to those who stand in the gap for mom's no longer with us.
May 09, 202104:13
That First Saturday in May We Are All Related

That First Saturday in May We Are All Related

A tradition that has been alive longer than many of my relatives...cemetery clean up day. Join me, my relatives and about a ton of pine needles on the first Saturday of May.
May 02, 202105:45
Riots, Roundabouts and Minnesota NIce

Riots, Roundabouts and Minnesota NIce

Minnesota nice is a cultural stereotype applied to the behavior of people from Minnesota implying residents are unusually courteous, reserved, mild-mannered and passive-aggressive. The phrase also implies polite friendliness, an aversion to open confrontation, a tendency toward understatement, a disinclination to make a direct fuss or stand out, apparent emotional restraint, and self-deprecation.
Apr 25, 202108:33
Ice Out!

Ice Out!

What lies beneath the water and within our souls duing ice out?
Apr 18, 202104:31
Mrs. Auntie Jo, The Legend

Mrs. Auntie Jo, The Legend

Meet Mrs. Auntie Jo, the Matriarch of or family. 
Apr 10, 202107:32
Easter, Passover and The Hatch

Easter, Passover and The Hatch

Baby Chicks have arrived. What do Easter, Passover and baby chicks have in common?
Apr 03, 202107:41
On My Knees

On My Knees

The Mental Health of our teen-agers during the pandemic. A song and a request for DAILY prayer for all of our kids who may be going through hard times during Covid.
Mar 28, 202107:37
WOW! We are amazed! Thank You to All That Listen

WOW! We are amazed! Thank You to All That Listen

Just looked at the stats for Solid Rock Minnesota podcast. Thank you to all of our listeners from around the world!
Mar 22, 202101:01
Home Alone (Revisited)

Home Alone (Revisited)

My thoughts on being alone rambling through the empty house for the next two weeks while the family downstairs is on vacation. What it is like to have 3 generations living under one roof.
Mar 21, 202108:12
That Thing on the Counter in the Corner: The Instantpot

That Thing on the Counter in the Corner: The Instantpot

I have tried it several times and it never comes through like everyone else's who can make it work. They swear by it....I just swear at it. I give you...The Instantpot.
Mar 14, 202107:17
Tootsie Sister on Ice

Tootsie Sister on Ice

Once again my friend shows me the value of a friendship half a century old. My visit with her after her extensive surgery for a broken leg.
Mar 07, 202106:15
I got my Covid vaccination!

I got my Covid vaccination!

I spent the morning driving down to the makeshift clinic to get my covid vaccine. This is my take on what happened, what I felt and what's next.
Mar 02, 202108:52
Vaccination Day

Vaccination Day

Follow me as I get my Covid vaccination. The pros and cons and side effects. 
Feb 28, 202101:53
I Know Where I Come From

I Know Where I Come From

Come with me and my Minnesota kids to a foreign land...down South. Where pop is soda or Coke, women are called Ma'am, and sentences don't end in prepositions. Want to come with?
Feb 28, 202110:11
When Hell and Minnesota Freezes Over

When Hell and Minnesota Freezes Over

The past few weeks we had -30 below zero temps. True Minnesotans live to talk about the weather more than any other topic around. We have become accustomed to those "few days or weeks" of bitter cold and we get out the gear and carry on. While this is a story to entertain during  our typical weather, please keep those in Texas dealing with winter storms and power outages in your thoughts and prayers. There are many places that you can donate to if you are feeling like you need to help. Solid Rock just donated to The American Red Cross. It was painless and took about 30 seconds and 3 clicks of the mouse. Texas, we love you. www.redcross.org/donate 
Feb 21, 202106:13
Cabin Fever has hit!

Cabin Fever has hit!

It has been pretty cold here the past week -20 degrees temps with -35 to -45 windchills, so and I am starting to feel the walls closing in on me...Cabin Fever. Between not being able to travel much due to Covid and winter, I am ready to hit the road. Next year at this time we will both be retired and able to do what we want without having to juggle schedules arouund with jobs. Can't wait for that to happen.  Song Taking to the Road copyrighted 2021 by Susan Engstrom McAuliffe
Feb 14, 202105:45
Minnesota Pandemic Travels

Minnesota Pandemic Travels

We didn't travel far to have a bunch of great vacation days.  "The joy is in the journeying and not at the journey's end."..Dorothy Colgan
Feb 07, 202105:54
Minnesota Nights

Minnesota Nights

I am always amazed at what the wilderness can give to me. Learning to listen to my surroundings, I am able to listen to my heart. A song from the MInnesota BWCA (Boundary Waters Canoe Area) Susan McAuliffe Copyrighted 2006
Feb 02, 202105:45
Finding My Way Out of The WIlderness

Finding My Way Out of The WIlderness

Northern MInnesota is thick with brush, bramble and woods. Take a walk with me, my dad and my Uncle Frank 50 years ago. 
Jan 26, 202108:22
Trucks, SUV's and MInivans

Trucks, SUV's and MInivans

A lesson from my minivan.
Jan 19, 202108:09
Through the Pain

Through the Pain

Protests, violence, destruction....the past week in the USA
Jan 12, 202105:21
Every Body Was Kung-Fu Fighting

Every Body Was Kung-Fu Fighting

Looking back at personal safety class for Nurses and expectations of how my day should go
Jan 05, 202105:55
Happy New Year To All Of Our Listeners, Join Our Postcard Club

Happy New Year To All Of Our Listeners, Join Our Postcard Club

A quick message to start the new year. We are lauunching our postcrad club. Listen in our podcast for information on how you can participate. We are so appreciative of all of you, worldwide, who have been listening to Solid Rock Minnesota. Thanks!
Jan 01, 202103:43
Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Silent Night, Holy Night.....the eve of hope to a weary world.
Dec 24, 202004:43
The Tootsie Sisters

The Tootsie Sisters

There are many types of friendships that develop over the years. There are those that are "out of sight, out of mind" and are the people who only think of you when you are together doing something, and there may be a little discomfort when you get together after a long period of not being together.. And there are those that you may not see often and yet can pick up where you left off from last time you were together. These are what I consider "Sacred Friendshsips".  Everyone needs a few "sacred friendships" to make it these days.
Dec 18, 202008:52
The Heart of the Home

The Heart of the Home

Every home has a place where you hang out. Maybe a family room, living room or some other cozy spot. For our family, it is the kitchen. Many people crowded into one space. But it is the heart of our home, where stories are told and memories are made. There's always room around the table for all.
Dec 11, 202007:02
Making Music

Making Music

My son was home to visit from California. One of our favorite things to do is play guitars together. While I love teaching the grandkids music, it was quite relaxing just playing and listening to his instrumental, along with my daughter singing.
Dec 04, 202006:27
Making Thanksgiving Memories

Making Thanksgiving Memories

Pandemic ways to celebrate, memories of past Thanksgivings, Paving the wave for future Thanksgivings. We are making memories to pull up in the years to come.
Nov 27, 202006:15
Grandma always said “We will make do”

Grandma always said “We will make do”

My grandma was a wise woman. She raised her family during the Great Depression. Food sometimes was scarce, but she always shared with those who had less than her. She had the ability to always “make do” with what she had available. She passed that on and taught all of us how to “make do” when we maybe felt like we had less than we needed. In today’s world of lockdowns and pandemics, grandma’s wisdom could not be any truer.
Nov 17, 202006:19
Whiskey Joe

Whiskey Joe

All of us struggle with our troubles and demons. For some alcohol and drug addiction consume their lives. For others, it may be another addictive behavior. What a miracle when a person can turn their life around and walk a path of sobriety and help others stuck in the same spot. This is dedicated to my cousin's son, Chase, who lost his battle with addiction a few weeks ago. For every one who gets sober and has another chance to live life, there are many who lose the battle. Pray for the family and friends left behind.                           This song is copyrighted. 
Nov 10, 202007:35
Election Day USA

Election Day USA

Today is Election day in the united States. It is one of the more emotional days for me as a voting citizen. This year it seems has been built up more than ever to go out and vote. Voting is one of the greatest rights we have as citizens of a free country. So go, before the day is over, and vote your conscience. It is your right and your duty. And remember what grandma said.."If you don't vote, you can't complain!".
Nov 03, 202005:43
Three Days Before the US Election

Three Days Before the US Election

Vote vote vote
Oct 31, 202000:18
Social Media is Making Me Crazy

Social Media is Making Me Crazy

I like Facebook and Social Media. I like to stay in touch with family and friends that aren't close by......except during election time. If everyone could just see things my way, it would be a better world for us all. I say that jokingly, but during this time, during a very important election, and where our country is going, it is quite true.  I long to get back to pictures of new puppies and frolicking kittens, and families having fun. But for now, in order to make a more perfectly calm brain, I need to take a break from social media.....and yet I can't. I am too hooked on the memes and stories and the comments on social media. God help me. 
Oct 27, 202007:53
Under the Mask

Under the Mask

Many states have mandated the wearing of masks in order to get a handle on the spread of Covid-19. Whether you agree or disagree, there are factors that make it hard to function in a society of masked people. While trying to do our part, it helps if we can take into account that masking can cause a disability to those that are hearing impaired person. 
Oct 20, 202005:33
Marrying My Best Friend

Marrying My Best Friend

Wouldnt it be great if we could all marry our best friend? HEre's some ramblings on life, getting married young, divorce and the past 41 years of marriage.
Oct 13, 202005:55
Monday Morning music

Monday Morning music

Monday mornings this past Summer have been filled with teaching guitar, ukulele, percussion and putting together music to any grandchild that is interested. Surprisingly, I have had multiple takers on the offer and we have had some fun jam sessions with 12-13 of the kids together on a Sunday afternoon barbecue. This recording was one of the older kids, first take and she did pretty good. What a blessing to be able to pass on playing and making music to the next generation. 
Oct 06, 202005:20
The New Norm 2020

The New Norm 2020

Just today, it was reported our president and wife have tested positive for Covid-19. This podcast was set up before knowing the news. How many people were exposed to Covid during the rallies he brought to MInnesota? How many people refuse to heed the advice of the CDC regarding masking and social distancing? Our numbers are going up in MInnesota, over 100,000 positive cases and close to 2000 deaths.  This is a little rambling on what we can do to maybe get Covid under better control. It is up to all of us to do our part.
Oct 02, 202005:38
Never the Empty Nester

Never the Empty Nester

Over 64 million people in the US live in multi-generational homes. This is the story of ur families continuous journey of multi-generational living and empty-nesting over the past 9 years.
Dec 23, 201908:40
Retired and Living the Dream

Retired and Living the Dream

Retired one day and housing summer camp with 20 people living under our roof the next. Life is good! Join me on my 3 week adventure of having our family home for a  summer vacation and how we managed. 
Dec 10, 201907:51
Buckskin Jacket

Buckskin Jacket

A gift from my mom, a rite of passage, learning that forgiveness, however hard, is a necessary deliberate act we must do in order to grow.
May 13, 201907:18