EP – 165 A Grandfather Reflects on his Grandfathers

Curt Liljedahl from AdventuRetired is back to talk and share with us his memories of his grandfathers. Curt will introduce you to his grandfathers, James Bertelson, and JM Liljedahl. We take our time getting to know each of these gentlemen’s backgrounds and their lasting influence on Curt.

You will hear the fun stories of how Curt and his siblings used to roughhouse around and do things his father was not permitted to do. Curt shares a great story of going to the coffee shop/convenience store with his grandfather, and then a friend of his grandfather filled up each pocket of Curt’s overalls with candy bars.

We also talk about how Curt’s grandfather, James Bertelson, purchased a small lakeside resort where, for years, the family and the growing extended family have been invited to come and stay. This great opportunity allows for cousins and other family members who might not see each other regularly to reconnect.

You will enjoy this conversation with Curt. Be sure to check out the links to AdventuRetired and Curt’s book, Fix the Problem: and Other Life Lessons from a Pragmatic Dad!

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Click on this link to visit Curt at AdventuRetired: https://www.adventuretired.com/

You can click on this link to go to Amazon and purchase Curt’s book, Fix the Problem: and other Life Lessons from a Pragmatic Dad!

If you want to learn more about AdventuRetired, you can listen to my conversation with Curt and Cindy about their website and podcast by clicking on this link: https://cool-grandpa.us/2023/09/ep-149-adventuretired/

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My Grandpa’s Grandpa

When it is time for bed, Charlie’s grandpa tucks Charlie in. Charlie asks his grandpa many questions about his grandpa’s grandpa. Charlie’s grandpa shares a magical moment as he introduces Charlie to his great-grandpa through fun memories.


This is my children’s book, created to entertain and inspire conversations about other family members that the children may not have had the opportunity to meet.



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