Thursday, June 22, 2017

Hello Summer

Summer is finally officially here.  My husband says he wants a “do over” for June because the days are going so fast.

Blue Flag Iris June 20 2017

On one of our evening drives we found a wonderful patch of Blug Flag Iris blooming.

near the stream

Iris versicolor a Native to Minnesota plant.  I took this one near another patch on the banks of the Shell River, the water makes a beautiful backdrop.

Iris near the stream

Such a pretty flower!

I think I would like a do over too, there are way too many Wild Flowers to photograph in June!

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wistful Wednesday: Generations

A long time ago…well 65 plus years ago I had a photograph taken.

Four Generations 1951

I am the baby along with my Mom, my maternal Grandfather and my Great Grandmother photo taken in 1952.

1972 Four generations Elsie Madeline Trica Connie

Then in 1972 another photo was taken.  My maternal Grandmother, my Mother holding Trica and me.


In 1996 Savannah was born.  Me, Trica with Savannah and my Mother.  This is a unique photo because it is of all the oldest daughters.  My Grandmother died in October of 1995 and Savannah was born in July of 1996.  So my Grandma just missed seeing her first Great  Great Grandchild by nine months.

Four generations Me, Trica, Savannah and Maddie and Madeline 1998

In 1998 we took another photo this time when Maddie was born. Me, Trica, Savannah, Maddie and my Mother.

Now it is 2017 and it was time for a five generations photo.

five Generations

Maddie, Me, Trica and My Mother in front holding Mikey.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Rude Awakening

I was sound asleep at 6AM.  Some people may be up by then but I am so not a morning person.

I heard  some sounds…something was hitting the window in the kitchen. It was a rhythmic noise kinda like a pop pop…pop pop.   I grabbed the camera.


Just another Wild Turkey in love with his reflection or else looking for bugs on the window….who really knows for sure.


This particular Wild Turkey had awakened me from a nap one day last week.  He is wandering around in our woods, I think he is a young male turkey.


He did not like me taking his photograph.  So he sauntered off.

Such is life in the woods.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Showy Lady’s Slippers

Just like clockwork the Minnesota State Flower appears near Father’s Day every June.

Lots of slippers

They are beautiful! I look forward to seeing them in bloom every June.

In bud

There are many buds, and the weather has turned rainy and cool so we may have a longer Lady Slipper season than normal.

turned to the side with a flying escort

Some seem as if they are marching along with an escort.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Rain and Father’s Day

It waited until Saturday evening to rain.
Chance behind the roses
It has cooled off. It was 72 F Saturday or 22 C eh, perfect Minnesota in June weather. We are supposed to have a cool week highs in the 60’s during the day.
Raindrops on roses
Raindrops on Wild Roses
Happy Father’s Day to my Dad and to my husband! We took my Mom and Dad to lunch one day last week we have a place we like to go out in the boonies for a burger!  It usually isn’t real busy in mid afternoon and not many perfumy people are there. Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there!
My Dad May 2017
Great Great Grandparents
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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Chance: Daisy Time

Didja know I am a model along with being one of the most handsome Border Collies in all of Minnesota. (Humble too!)

Chance and the daisies

The daisies are in bloom.

Still in the daisies

They are still in bloom, how many photos does she need anyway?

escaping the daisies

Enough already!

I had to stay home all alone one afternoon last week it was too hot to go in the car.  Far Side says “ You cannot go today because you will croak in the car, it is too hot.”  So I stayed all alone.  I did get to visit my friends Odda and Putz one evening, it has been stormy and my best safe spot is under the stairs or underfoot. Evening trips outside are quick and right down to business when it is thundering and windy.

Most days I still go and get the mail with Far Guy unless it is too windy.  They say I sleep a lot…I cannot get into the car by myself anymore…I need some help getting my back end to work with my front end…and someone has to lift my butt up to get into the car.  Far Side says “Getting old sucks Chance.”  I can still hear pretty good most days, and I can see the squirrels and Ravens in the yard and chase them off….and I almost got a chippy one day last week….Far Side says “A dumb chippy or a nearly lucky Chance.” I play a little ball but not for very long. 

At least I am still able to walk amongst the daisies instead of pushing them up!


Friday, June 16, 2017

Stormy Week and a Cooking Adventure

We have had storms a few nights this past week…the old warm meets the cold air stuff.  There are some leaves down from the trees and away from here trees are down and some people were without electricity.  We got about 3-4 inches of rain this week.  Our new rain gauge is a foreign one and we have yet to figure it out.

There was only only one doctor’s appointment this week, a pair of broken glasses fixed, and antibiotics for my tooth troubles.  We began carving on those Christmas ornaments and we tried a new recipe. 

Far Guy thought I was very courageous cooking something that is way out of the box for me.

Sheet Pan Shrimp Broil
1 pound red potatoes cut into chunks
3 ears corn, each cut crosswise into 6 pieces
1/4 cup  - 1/2 cup butter
1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
Boudin ( boo-dahn) sausage fron Floyd and Jess in Louisiana

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat with nonstick spray.
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook potatoes until just tender and parboiled, about 10-13 minutes. Stir in corn during the last 5 minutes of cooking time; drain well.
In a small bowl, combine butter, garlic and Old Bay Seasoning.
Place potatoes, corn, shrimp and sausage in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet. Stir in butter mixture and gently toss to combine.
Place into oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the shrimp are opaque and corn is tender

It makes enough for at least two meals, if I make this again I will pare it down some.  It was a good way to use that Boudin Sausage that was languishing in the freezer.  Boudin is a Cajun mixture of meat, rice and seasonings.  Next time I will use a different type of sausage…maybe even a brat or two.

This whole meal is best served with beer…it was an after thought for us!   If you have an old cookie sheet to use on the grill you could put this on the grill too…of course it will take a bit longer.

Just so you know I separated all of these foods on my plate.

Baptisia australis Blue False Indigo

The Baptisia australis is blooming.  It’s common name is Blue False Indigo.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Pretty Penstemon

I think a bird relocated some seeds for us.

We have never had a Large Beardtongue or Penstemon grandiflorus outside of the sauna…but we do now.  We had some in a nearby wildflower bed one year.  It is a native wildflower.

Penstemon near the sauna

It is a wonderful plant…one of those no fuss plants that likes the sandy soil.

My abscessed tooth is feeling better, the antibiotics are doing their job.  I will follow up with the dentist soon. He is due back today, he has a small office, it is just him, when he is gone there is no one to cover for him.   If you have a problem you go to the ER and I didn’t feel that it was that much of an emergency.  He will probably change my antibiotics when he returns and schedule an appointment for an xray. I will probably have to see an Oral Surgeon..yippie for me. Oh well for now I won’t put the cart before the horse.

I watched a movie called Wild Oats on Netflix it was pretty good I give it 5 out of 5 stars.  Some parts just cracked me up…especially the phone scene.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Flag Day

Today is the day we honor our flag.

Madeline Yliniemi Flag Bearer My Mother was a flag bearer and marched in parades with the American Legion Auxillary.

Here a few more flags.


A flag on Bunker Hill


Flags at Hector International Airport in Fargo ND

Avenue of Flags in Detroit Lakes (2)

Avenue of flags in Detroit Lakes Minnesota

When I was in sixth grade in a two room schoolhouse we had a flag pole and our teacher Mr Martin Cox taught us proper flag ettiquette.  I didn’t know at the time but he was a Veteran and after he served his time at various army bases and a year in Korea he was honorably discharged and took advantage of the GI Bill to further his eduation and become a teacher.

Osage Community Center Oct 2008 (2)

This was the old school house: fifth grade on the left and sixth grade on the right!  In later years it became a Community Center and nowadays it is a rental.

I am certain that the time Mr Cox spent teaching us how to honor and care for The American Flag touched more students than just me. Mr Cox died last winter he was 83 years old.  I wondered then how many students did he teach flag ettiquette to over the course of 32 years?

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017


My Fern Leaf Peony had one bloom on it this year.  It was a gift from Larry in Iowa several years back.
One blossom this year Peony
The regular peonies have not opened yet.
Ants are busy
The ants are busy!  As far as I know ants are always on peonies.

Peonies always bring up old memories for me;

Bringing in bouquets and having to massacre the ants that escaped to the table top.

A Calico kitten who thought she was a fierce tiger hiding in the jungle of peonies.

The smell of peonies hanging in the air during church on warm humid Sunday mornings….back when ladies brought bouquets to church to decorate the altar.

Oh the petals…as the flowers faded the petals fall off in the slightest breeze.
I have an abscessed tooth, it is very painful and my Dentist is in Mexico on vacation.( Who vacations in Mexico in June anyways?)  If it isn’t one thing it is another.  I felt “off” and achy all day Sunday and in the nighttime I woke up with throbbing pain that could drive you to drink. For now the pain is controlled with Ibuprofen and I started on an antibiotic….just another bout with old age.
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Monday, June 12, 2017

Ongoing Projects: Christmas ornament

The research and development of the 2017 Christmas ornament is complete.  

IT WAS A STRUGGLE.  The ornament I had in mind was just not making it from my head to the pattern to the wood.  I gave up and said “Let’s do this instead!”

One is complete with Chance’s name.  We need to round up some more wood…probably from the carving guys.  I cut out a few with the band saw, and will cut out some more one of these days….I think I have enough wood to do thirty and I need eighty something. ( The rough shape is cut from a piece of Basswood.)

Just to have something in the works to grab and sit outside in the afternoon to carve is a good thing. Having the project underway is a good thing. It is a relief.

You have to make hay when the sun shines!


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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Yard Happenings

I have been mowing about every four days.  There are several trees that still need their branches trimmed.  I don’t mind so much when I get hit in the shoulder with a branch I have to hold back…but I had a branch that zipped right up the middle of my head and lodged in my pony tail.  I nearly had a head on collision with the BBQ Grill whilst being scalped, I may have said “bad word, bad word”and that branch well… I plucked it out, most of it fell to pieces in my hair…I had to use R and everything to avoid a close encounter with the grill.  I hate using R on the lawn mower, I usually just keep going around in circles and eventually all the lawn will be done.  ( It drives someone who uses R all the time nuts.)

We have a new hose…it is kinda spooky.  It is one of those “pocket hoses” we bought it way last winter thinking it would be easier to lug around and to coil up…it is… so far so good…the spooky part is when you shut off the water it shrinks back down and moves toward the water hydrant… all by itself! Do Do Do Do


I will wait to make my final opinion on this new hose until it has made the whole summer! 

I got new super duper lifting mulching blades on my mower…and was advised to “please lift the blades up when you go across the gravel”  okey dokey.

The yard isn’t always about hoses and lawn mowers…there are flowers too!


It seems to have been a good winter for the Lupines!

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Ongoing Projects: A Gown

For a very long time I have been wanting to do something with my wedding gown.  It is 48 years old this year.  It has been in several different boxes over the years, it finally ended up in the Cedar Chest upstairs. 

I bought a pattern for a long baptismal gown for a baby several years ago.  It has been on my “to do list.”

I finally took it out of hiding on May 31st.

old dress

It was very wrinkled.  Far Guy said “shouldn’t you iron it?”


I will take a photo of it outside…maybe it will look better.

Old wedding dress

Nope still wrinkled.  Well I wasn’t going to iron it just for a photo.  After all I was going to throw it into the washer in cold water and hope it would hold together and not be just a bunch of unreconizable threads.

Deep breath.

It worked…it held into the dryer keeping my fingers crossed.

That worked too.  Now to rip out some seams.  I called Jo and said “Got a seam ripper?”  She said “Sure what kind of trouble are you in now?  I will be right over.”

We ripped out seams and pinned the pattern on that first afternoon and cut out all the pieces.  The second afternoon we sewed some of it together.  The third afternoon it was all done except for some by hand stitching. I finished the hand stitching yesterday!  It was an adventure. Niether of us want to do a repeat anytime soon.  Jo is a much better seamstress than I am.

Cristening gown 

It is a baptismal gown and a cap.  I need to get blue ribbon to string in the cap for the ties instead of white.  Far Guy hauled out the ironing board and I pressed the entire gown….my old iron is practically an antique but it worked well enough to get out the wrinkles!

Hey Mikey your gown is done

The skirt of my gown was just perfect to make the skirt of the baptismal gown.  I wanted an old fashioned look of a really long gown. 

Hey Mikey your baptismal gown is all done on June 9 2017!

I am so glad this project is done.  Many thanks to Jo for going along this sewing adventure with me!

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Little flower garden

We have a little flower/solar light garden out in front of the house.

It is a little rough looking in the spring, there are bird feeders there and lots of sunflower hulls to clean up.

Garden out front May 30

Spring weeds and one Wild Violet.

I wanted certain flowers…Salvia coccinea ‘Lady in Red’, Dahlberg Daisys and Gold Marigolds. A red and yellow garden.

The Hummingbirds love the Salvia Lady in Red.  The lady that usually grows it grew a different Salvia this year…a pink one….there went my red and gold plan out the window.

garden June 8

I know it is hard to see the flowers amongst the old lady “stuff”.


This is the Salvia on the left.  Not really showy.  The Marigold I got was Lemon instead of Gold.


I love the little Dahlberg Daisy.  One greenhouse had two plants in a four pack left. It has been my experience that they re seed…I hope so!  I use to have them growing under the benches in the greenhouse.

The last place we went had a row of Pansy’s of all colors outside…I saw my husband wander that way.  He resisted buying anything.


I wondered how he could resist these?  So I grabbed them…he said “I almost bought those.”  I figured as much…they are his color.

Then he said how about some Moss Roses…so we bought some of those too.  One is Orange…the others have not revealed their flower colors yet.

So this year we have Lemon something marigold, Salvia coccinea ‘Summer Jewel Pink’, Salvia splendens some kind of red,  Blue Pansies, Dahlbery Daisy, Moss Roses and Gazanias unknown colors.

The squirrels have dug up or trampled two plants already…I may have to look for a few more plants to fill in some spots….any color will do this year.

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