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My Rugged Life:  Ramblings of Minnesota resort owner.

Living at and promoting our Minnesota family resort.

 

September 23, 2019

I can’t believe it’s been a month since I’ve posted.  It’s been busy the last 30 days. We are still adjusting to having another teenage girl in the house.  We love it. Our exchange student, Carola is a gem.  So happy to share the next nine months with her.

Labor day weekend brought, the traveling art pub. The boat house was full of fun loving painters and was a huge success. There were many requests to do it again! The next day, Kim & Doug, a couple that helps us and stays at the resort, hosted a gathering, “Last Call Y’all”. Kim and Doug had Bingo, potluck and a bean bag tournament. It was a lot of fun.   After that, it seemed like the end of October with the chilly weather and lots of rain. I don’t know about you – but I am certainly not ready for the cool weather.

On Sept 14th – our niece was married hereon the grounds of the resort. It was beautiful and the weather finally cooperated and we had a really nice outdoor wedding and reception for 200 people.

Last weekend we were busy with houseboat tours. On Saturday, we hosted the Brainerd Ski-Loons, a water ski show team. For their annual Fall gathering they went a on a leisurely houseboat ride and then had a potluck dinner and campfire at the boat house. It was a nice way to end the ski season.  On Sunday we had a family book the houseboat for a Fall color tour. I was a perfect fall day and they also brought munchies and had  fun making memories.  A perfect way for family and friends to enjoy time together.

This week finds me catching up on laundry, (my washer broke down last week), computer work, substitute teaching along with tennis and swim meets. I hope the coming weeks find you enjoying your time spent with those you love.

Have fun and make memories!

Sheila

 

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August 22nd, 2019

I can’t believe we are at the end of August already. The weather turned and it feels like mid September. I’m not quite ready for that. The last few weeks and the next few weeks see the resort welcoming back many of our return guests.  It’s nice to catch back up with them and spend time enjoying each other again. Even though we love seeing our returning guests every year, we still need a break every now & then. We have arranged to have 1 weekend a month off in the summer, for a mental break and to spend some quality time with our family without the interruptions of resort life. This weekend we are traveling a whole 20 miles north.  Whoo Hoo.  Actually we are really looking forward to it. We will be staying in a small cabin next to my sisters house.  We can’t wait to sit and relax with our children. The only thing I’m disappointed with is the weather is only going to be 70 degrees – not the best to lay out on the pontoon for days.  Oh well, I’ll just do it wrapped in my towel.

We will also be spending time and getting to know our new foreign exchange student. She is from Spain and will be in high school with our daughter.  This weekend will be a good time for us to get better acquainted before we launch into the school year and school sports etc.

 

My wish for you, enjoy the rest of summer and cherish each precious day.

 

Have fun and make memories!

Sheila

 

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August 5th, 2019

 

August has taken off with a busy schedule – cabins are full and laughter is in the air.  I had to write to tell you about our Cocktail Cruise.

We had donated a Cocktail Cruise on our houseboat for the YMCA charity ball.  The fun loving winner scheduled her trip for last Saturday.  We had a great time. There were 12 guests and my husband, Corby & I were the Captain & first mate. Corby’s captains shirt was in high demand and he eventually lost it to one of the guests. We provided a signature drink (this night is was “strip and go nakeds”) and some light appetizers.  They brought more food and drinks and we set sail. It was fun right from the start – some of them arrived early and sunned on the top deck.  We headed up the scenic Mississippi River to Sand Creek and the group went swimming. Several of them jumped off the top deck! After everyone cooled off, we went further up river and about an hour or so later found another swimming hole. It was great – several floated on inner tubes and others with life jackets.  Then it was a leisurely ride back to the resort for a campfire and some even stayed and camped. It was a wonderful way to spend the evening and the group was great.   We decided we need to do this more often, so we are now offering Cocktail cruises as well as houseboat rental and cabin and camping stays.

 

I’m ready to go again, so call and book a cruise on the river.

Take care,

 

Have fun and make memories!

Sheila

 

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July 29th, 2019

I was making a supply run last week and found school supplies in the section I though I was going to.  Already??? please, don’t rush summer.  With the spring we had, it’s barely started.

Isn’t that how life feels sometimes, we just get in the groove of things and suddenly we feel like we are blind sided with a new season.  I for one am still going to embrace another month of summer.

My gardens were doing so well, and then those pesky deer ate almost everything.  The apple trees, hostas, geraniums, sedum, begonias….  I love seeing deer and watching them, just not eating my flowers.  I bought some Irish Spring soap to see how that deters them.  Perhaps a few will grow back by my nieces wedding in Sept.

 

Aside from that, things around here are the usual resort busy, cleaning cabins, doing laundry, weeding, mowing lawn,doing laundry, cleaning the pool, cleaning the fish shack, doing laundry.  Did I say that yet?  We are looking forward to the cocktail cruise this Friday.  We donated a night on our houseboat for the YMCA Charity ball, complete with captain, first mate & snacks.  The lucky buyers are heading out this weekend.  It should be fun.  I’ll post some pictures on my facebook.  Maybe we will have to do something like that more often.

That’s it for today, I’m off to, yep – you guessed it, do laundry.

 

Take care,

 

Have fun and make memories!

Sheila

 

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July 3rd, 2019

Let Freedom Ring!  It is that time of year when we celebrate the freedoms we have in our country.  Some view it as a day off, others a day to enjoy with family and friends and still others, the day has a much deeper meaning. Here at the resort we view it as a celebration for the rights we have and we try to honor those who have made our freedom possible. We have 3 vets in our immediate family and many more here at the resort.  We also have many people who work to make our lives better, whether it is through government work in our cities, counties, state or country, or those who work with the best interests of others in mind. As we go to parades and listen to music and watch fireworks, we encourage all of you to think of the freedoms you have and thank someone who has made a difference in your life.

 

Speaking of parades, we will have our annual golf cart parade tomorrow. Our guests will decorate their carts and ATV’s and parade through the  RV parks and then gather at the Boat House for coffee & donuts.  it is always fun to see how creative some people are. It’s one of the highlights of our summer gatherings.

 

Take care and have a safe & happy Independence Day!

 

Have fun and make memories!

Sheila

 

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I always have good intentions and then run out of time for all my ideas.  Blogging included.  We have had a mixed beginning to the season. The weather didn’t cooperate at first, and bookings are so-so with lots of cancellations.  Life just gets in the way sometimes.  It’s stressful for us, but on the other hand it’s good for you late planners.  Check out our last minute openings for a good deal on a relaxing vacation.

This week, I got a few flowers planted.  Since it’s so late I’m hoping for bursts of Fall color. Hopefully it works. We are progressing on the new houseboat roof, and some new docks and boat lifts and a canoe & kayak rack by the boat launch. The pool  looks beautiful and had a lot of use this week. It’s so nice to hear the laughter of families enjoying time together.

Today as my wonderful cleaners take care of the cabins, I am doing laundry,  planning the week, getting papers ready for new guests and wondering what in the world I am going to make for supper. I’ve been trying 2 new recipes a week and so far it’s going well.  But they need to be quick and not involve a ton of new ingredients I’ll only use once.  I’ve tried, Shrimp tacos, Tortellini soup (a big hit), taco filled pasta shell bake,  I’m thinking fondu or a Shrimp boil sound good…. We’ll see.

 

Well, this is my rambling – I’ll post again – much sooner than last time.

Until next time,

Have fun and make memories!

Sheila

 

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My name is Sheila Niemeyer and I have decided to write about our life at the resort.

 

I thought about this for some time. I not only wanted to promote the resort, but I wanted to update and engage our guests. Then I realized I could also preserve some of our stories and memories created, while sharing them with you.

 

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Resort Background:

Fun-Stal Resort was started in 1935 by Bess & Ted Stallman. Bess’s maiden name was Funfar & they combined the names to create Fun-Stal. They bought an old logging recovery camp on the Mississippi River. The cabins were no longer being used by loggers and some were used by trappers. They built a home for themselves (now Cabin #1) and converted the small mess hall to a cabin (now #2) and moved 2 cabins down a hill and set them right next to the river bank. The cabins were plain and had been used as bunk houses; no bathroom, no kitchen- no living area, just space for a few beds. They added, bedrooms and kitchens, with cold running water.

I believe it was around 1970 when the Stallman’s sold the resort to the Romers. They owned the resort for 7 years and then in 1977 Judy & Lyle Niemeyer bought the resort. Lyle used to come to the resort with his dad, and then again as he and Judy brought their kids to the resort to vacation. In 2003 the two oldest children, Kelly & Corby, purchased the resort and remodeled or rebuilt 3 of the 6 cabins and added a pool.

 

Today:

Corby & I, and our children continue to carry on the family tradition. It’s our family’s 42nd year. We have finished the old boat house and created a gathering area for guests, added some acreage to the resort and a houseboat. We continue to make plans to improve cabins and amenities.  We are so blessed to have this opportunity and environment to raise our kids and serve others.

Until next time,

Have fun and make memories!

Sheila