Category Archives: Family

Jamie Miller, 7, peers out his back door at the blowing and drifting snow in his backyard in Bay City, Mich. February 2, 2011. The blizzard conditions shut down most non-essential schools, government and businesses in Bay City. Most of Michigan, including Bay County, has been hit hard by the blizzard that is sweeping across the Midwest. Officials report that the area has not seen this strong of a blizzard in 15 years. Snow thunder was heard early this morning.

For real. A flash of brown fur. Boom!!! Crumple. Crumple Crumple. We hit a deer head on. The mini van lurched but continued on trampling the large doe under our wheels. Lucky for us the deer went under the car and not through the windshield. We were almost killed while Jessie was driving me to the airport early this morning. We were astounded.

“Oh Kent! Oh Kent,” Jessie screamed. “We have to pull over!” The sign read, Mackinaw Rd. four miles from our exit to the airport. I said, “No! No! We have to make it to Garfield Road! Steam began streaming from what was left of the hood of the car. There was no way I was going to be stuck on the side of the interstate. Jessie protested as an exit went by. As Jessie continued to freak out, I calmed her down by showing her that the temperature gauge had not moved. Finally our exit was in sight. A gas station came into view. The temperature gauge climbed. She turned off US 10. The steam ever increasing spewed everywhere. The temperature gauge peaked just as we pulled into the gas station.

Still 5 miles from the airport. What to do. Jessie, the queen of everything, asked a man pumping gas if he could give me a ride. I surveyed the damage. Bad. Real bad.

Within 10 minutes I was on my way. Thank you to the man that drove me! Thank you Jessie! What a relief!

So here I am. Safe and sound. Now at Talkeetna, Alaska.

More to Come

Brian and I raced to Tawas on Friday evening June 26 starting at 7 p.m. aboard BetSea with 15-20 knot winds. Had great wind and sailing until we approached Au Gres. The wind slowly died. By 2:30 a.m. the wind died completely. We gave up, started the motor and got to Tawas at 6:30 a.m. I fell asleep against the bulkhead for about two hours. Brian slept for about an hour while we were on auto-pilot. We finished as a DNF (Did Not Finish). We would have pulled into Tawas at noon otherwise.

Met Jessie, Betsy, Jamie, Jeanne and Tayler at about 1:30 that afternoon. Had fun on the beach. Went to dinner at G’s. Jessie, Jeanne and Jamie went home to Bay City and the girls stayed overnight with us at the dock in Tawas.

Headed back to Bay City at 9:30 a.m. The wind was right on our beam at about 15 knots. Perfect! Didn’t last too long as the wind shifted to our bow and gained strength. We were heeling so bad that it became uncomfortable for the kids so we motorsailed the rest of the way home. Gusts up to 25 knots. Got back to Bay City at about 6:30 p.m. A great time!

Mary Wood-Premack is my dear sister-in-law. We celebrated her 50th birthday by surprising her at our cousin Laura’s house in Royal Oak.

Jimmy, Catherine, Jessie and Kent  arrived at Laura’s house at 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 20th.  At 5:00 p.m., Tim, Mary and their daughter, Rachel arrived at Laura’s house. Mary was told Rachel was to babysit Laura and Tom’s children while Laura and Tom went to a separate dinner. Rachel sent Jessie a text letting us know they were a few blocks away. Jimmy, Catherine, Jessie and I headed upstairs to the loft above the living room.

Upon their arrival, Laura told Mary she had a yoga video she wanted to show her. When she started the video, instead, it was the above video. As soon as the video began, we all yelled “Surprise!” from above. Mary freaked! She had no clue of our ruse. After lots of hugs, we watched the video together and then we all headed out to Clover Leaf for a wine tasting and then on to D’Amatos for dinner.

Happy Birthday, Mary!

My nephew, Joshua, graduated with honors and gave a speech at Edgewood High School in Ellettsville, Indiana. Josh is heading to New York University in Manhatten, to study things of which I could not possibly understand… Josh is a quiet yet deep person. He exhales, kindess and humility. We are so proud of you, Joshua! – Video by my brother-in-law, Bernie.