Sunday, July 23, 2017

Yard Report

Early last spring we crawled around the big bunch of grass that grows on the east side of the house, picking out lots of dead stuff and some weeds.  We hauled off two wheelbarrows full of dead stuff. This grass was growing here naturally when we built the house.

Big Bluestem

The clump has gotten larger over the years.  It must like this spot.  We never water it so it is a maintence free plant except for the spring cleanup…I think it is some kind of Canary Grass but I am not sure. It is quite tall, Far Guy says three feet, I say five feet so we are calling it four feet tall. I may measure it sometime in the light of day.

About 18 years ago I planted a Japanese Tree Lilac (Syringa reticilata) on the west side of the house.  I am still waiting for it to bloom.

Japanese Tree Lilac

Waiting and waiting…  perhaps it is unhappy living amongst the oaks.  I am tempted to give it a trim.  Perhaps it was not a Japanse Tree Lilac afterall.


I have left the clover in the west yard for the bees but I will probably have to mow this week.  I saw only two bees over there this past week.  We don’t have bees like we had twenty years ago.

Pathetic Garden

My flower garden on the south side of the house is a failure this year. The squirrels have eaten many of the flowers and what is left is struggling to survive.  The only time the squirrels leave the area is when Chance is outside.

So much for my yard report. One of these days I will photograph the wild gardens and our newest planting.

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Busy Week

We had three doctors appointments this past week, so far only one appointment for next week!  A week off for me as Far Guy can go to his Physical Therapy appointment all by himself.

Far Guy has a new Pulmonary Specialist who trained with the Doctor ( Alpha 1 Specialist) that we saw at the Mayo Clinic…so we feel that Far Guy is finally in good hands.  Far Guy is no better, but he is no worse either in regard to his Alpha1 Antitrypsin Deficiency.   The no worse part is in part due to the weekly infusions and staying away from sick people and anyone wearing fragrance of any kind including bug spray.

We had a date night last night and went out for a quick Walleye dinner and then headed over for the Spirit Lake Concert.  It was Bluegrass this week, there was a change of venue due to rain so it was moved indoors to the high school.  We stayed for half of the concert and then it got really warm so we came home and played cards with the neighbors.

We managed to up the total of Christmas Ornaments Ready to Paint: 55  Painted :3 Total 58.  This next week I will begin to paint a few more.

Far Guy is doing R and D on a new flower carving.  Here is the inspiration.

Indian Paintbrush

We headed to Sheilas place one night to take photos.  Sheila is attempting to carve Indian Paintbrush also.  I have an idea how I would do it…but right now I just don’t have the time to carve it…only to think about carving it. Sheila graduated from High School with Far Guy and is also in our woodcarving group.

Oh yes Community Education called and would like us to teach another soap carving class this winter. So I said yes…Far Guy and Sheila have agreed to help.

I didn’t mow the lawn this week, but I did spray a bunch of Poison Ivy along the road….It is a job I really enjoy.  I also weeded my poor pathetic flower garden that the squirrels have decimated.

We finally got about 2 inches of rain Friday evening.

Sun setting on Reinos Runway

Nearing sunset on the runway at Sheilas.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

A sign for Josh

My nephew Joshua asked me to paint a sign for his rock at the end of his driveway.  I said “Fine let me look at it.” Now his rock is pretty huge so I figured the sign would be a “project.”

The sign

As you can see it took up a large portion of my desk.  The letters were deeply imbedded in the wood and I used a dental syringe filled with paint to work my magic. 

That fish worried me.  Was it a Walleye? Possibly.  I knew it was not a Northern Pike.  It was not a Sunfish. I decided to just do some fish like colors!  I had never painted a fish before.  Uffda what have I gotten myself into???  Good thing I love my nephew! I will drive by this sign on the rock when ever I leave and return home …so it better be good!

Mason and Josh

I worked on it a number of hours days and fretted over that fish.  I finally called Josh to pick it up…he was in charge of sealing it.  He liked it and so did Mason.

Sign attachment in progress

Josh and Missy sealed it and last weekend it was attached to the rock.

Finished signs

An unexpected project was finished! 

I am not going into the sign painting business anytime soon.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Photo Bucket List: Flax

I have a photo bucket list.  One of the things on that list was to photograph a field of Flax. 

Yesterday Chance had to go out early so after he did his business we headed out.  My other baby brother told me about a field up on the prairie.

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Flax only blooms for part of the day.

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I will wait a few days and go back again.  There are new flowers everyday…until it is bloomed out and the seed heads are formed.

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Flax fields are rare in this area. Of course there are different kinds of Flax…oilseed or linen seed.  The oilseed type can be used to make a flour, as a cattle feed or pressed for their oil.  The linen seed type can be used to make  fiber that can be spun …it is called linen (The stalks are dried and pounded and the fibers spun.)

It has been 60 years since I first saw a Flax field south of Lake Park Minnesota late one Sunday morning on my way to Uncle Theron and Aunt Skip’s house.  I have never forgotten what a beautiful sight it was.

Baby Buffalo and Lightning are still on my photo bucket list.

We have smoke in the air from the fires in Canada.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wistful Wednesday : Old Car

The old cars are the best cars.  Remember when the new models came out and you could tell the Fords from the Buicks from Chevrolet?

Then there were the oddball cars… Edsel, Packard, Nash Ramblers, Studebacker, Hudson…and of course Desoto.

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The pastel colored car…this one was Mint Green…although Far Guy called it Willow Green.

Last winter we found a drawing that someone did and it made us both chuckle.  Oh the “stuff” we keep!

Desoto drawing

1959 Desoto Stationwagon with pushbutton drive and an add on air conditioner that sat on the floor in the middle of the front seat.  No sitting next to a beau unless you wanted to put your feet up on that air conditioner unit.

Far Guy shared this story with the carving group last week

“It was winter, we were bored.  Barry and someone else got on the roof of the old Desoto, I headed out to the old fairgrounds and sped around the track, sliding around the corners.  Cruised Main and then out to Crocus…got out and no one was on top of the car. I wondered what the heck, where did they fall off at?  They could have been way back at the fairgrounds.   I turned around to go and find them and here they came walking down the road apparently a low branch knocked them off.  There were other people on top of that car but the only one I can recall is Barry. I was not all alone in the car either, someone was with me…but who?”

I asked him who drew the picture.  He says “Mark.”  Could be it is not signed …

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

21 years ago

Back in 1996 Far Guy and I became Grandparents for the first time.

1996 Savannah

She smiles and we smile back!

Savanna and Grandpa 1996

Savannah and her Grandpa in 1996.

Savannah and Grandma 1996

Savannah and me in 1996.

She is still making us smile.  Happy 21st Birthday Savannah!

Savannah July 17 2016

This photo was taken last year on her 20th birthday.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Lazy Summer Days

I am looking forward to a few lazy days…probably not yet this week.

My list of summer projects is so long it is only in my head instead of on paper.  Sometimes just getting the normal…cleaning, dusting, laundy and cooking is enough for a day with nothing extra done.

Lazy Days of summer

I did carve a bit yesterday.  My goal of one ornament carved and ready to paint a day must have ben a pipe dream.   We do have 39 ready to paint and 3 have been completely painted. (Andy and Jen carved their own ornaments and Jen painted them.) 42 total or just about 1/2 done.

I can paint when it is too hot to carve outside.  We both enjoy time carving outside…cleanup is a breeze Far Guy uses the leaf blower to blow the chips off the patio.

We took the time to inventory the deep freeze and the refrigerator freezer…seems we are stocked  up just like it is winter and we could be stormed in for days.

Canda Geese babies fuzzy Canada Geese family

No doubt the statue of the little girl that is on the dock scares Canada Geese away and keeps them from making a mess on the dock. Canada Geese are poop machines.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Friday Night Concert

We were tired after the trip to Fargo on Friday but we drug our tired bodies and a couple of chairs to the edges of Spirit Lake in Menahga Minnesota for the Sounds of Spirit Lake Concert.Sounds of Spirit Lake

I heard the entertainer was really good.  My other baby brother called and said “If you can go you will love Mylo’s show.”

We got to the lake early and set up our lawn chairs in the front row.  The breeze was coming off the lake, so it was the safest spot for us to sit.  No one sat in front of us with heavy perfume or aftershave or bug spray!

Mylo S.Hatzenbuler is a Rock n Roll Farmboy.  He sang; To all the cows I’ve milked before, Return to Slender, Hens with low faces, Send in the cows…just to name a few of his biggest hits.

Mylos shoes

He rocked these red shoes!


He is a NorDakota farm boy, he was 15 when he heard that Elvis died and he told one of his teachers “The world needs me.”

Nobodys perfect

Ya  Nobody’s Perfect Ya

Costume change

There was even a costume change just like the big rock n roll stars. (Hat and glasses were tucked into his Wall Drug bag)


I really enjoyed the rock and roll farm songs.   It was great fun and everyone was laughing.

He even picked on Far Guy…he asked him where he was from when he replied”Osage” Mylo sang Osage can you see.  He asked how long we have been married Far Guy said 47 years, Mylo said “Better hang onto her, she could do better.”

After the intermission Clyde came out and sang.  He is a very talented Tenor.  He sang one Folk Song and a bunch of Hymns.   It was okay just not as good as rock n roll.

Mylo is Clyde

Yes, this is Clyde he is also Mylo.

The Sounds of Spirit Lake will have a few more concerts throughout the summer.  We like going there.  The event is sponsored by local Menhaga businesses and they pass the orange buckets for donations.  The church serves ice cream cones and popcorn.

Park Rapids also has free concerts they are on Thurday nights on 2nd and Main Street but they promote a Beer Garden along with their concerts. (We have no need to go someplace where there is lots of drinking going on and then driving.) Bagley has free concerts on Sunday afternoons.  There is also music at several area resorts.

Mylo is famous throughout NorDakota, SouDakota, Neebraska and even into Mountana. He gets around.  Ya!

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

On the road

Far Guy had an appointment yesterday (the last one this week!!)…well it was Friday anyways …duh?

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He saw his Neurologist for his Trigeminal Neuralgia, nothing has/is changing other than old age neuropathy that may require a cane.  He has a walking stick, but the Doc wants him to be fitted correctly so he will go to Physical Therapy for instructions.

Traffic in Fargo

It was too warm and sunny for Chance to go along, so he stayed home and guarded the house and we made the two hour trip over and back and an hour there for the appointment. Five hours total.  Chance was happy to see us when we returned!

Road construction in DL

This is what will greet the We Fest thousands of people the first weekend in August. What a mess. Welcome to Detroit Lakes Minnesota and the construction season every summer.

Headed home

Finally almost home, no freaking traffic or construction areas.

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I get real bored in the car and usually have my camera ready, if I take photos I am not falling asleep.

So this was our daytime date, no stops …just trapped in the car together for four hours. We saw one accident and several other situations that could have been accidents if we had not been paying attention…I swear some people should not be driving.

Cross another Doctor’s appointment off the list. It is often said that there are really only two seasons in Minnesota …Winter and Road Construction.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Fair Date

My pupils have finally returned to normal after my eye appointment! So we could have our yearly fair date. We go into town to the Shell Prairie Fair, see the midway and walk around in the barns and exhibit buildings.  We always look forward to the outing.  Especially the local Pork Producers Eat Stand that has the best pork burgers!  We found some french fries in one stand but should have walked further and saved $4. No cheese curds this year they were only available on the midway….and there was a line of people there so we bypassed those calories.


Rock It

I bet this ride is real pretty at night.

Rock it on top

It is one of those screaming pee your pants kinda rides.

Our weather was cool yesterday with a high of about 60F or 15C eh!

Big wheel

This particular carnival splits their show in half to play two smaller county fairs at the same time. There was about 5 kid rides, a Scrambler, a train, a super slide and three other major thrill rides.  They are a southern show from Louisiana who just plays fairs in Minnesota all summer long.

It is a nice show, everything is clean and well kept.  There are benches for us old people to sit on and watch people.  While we were sitting, we noticed that the ride boys were picking up garbage off the ground and putting it in garbage cans…some people just throw their wrappers and bottles anyplace.  There were garbage cans in plain site about every fifty feet…really people just put your garbage in the can!

Pretty quilt

A quilt that caught my eye


A well designed pot of succulents

Alpca or a Llama

Not sure if this is an Alpaca or a Llama…he didn’t like me very much.

old chicken barn

Far Guy likes the chicken barn the best.  Me… I spend the most time with the goats.

The end of the fair

The end

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