Friday, February 23, 2024


 Today we have visitation at the church back home.  We are displaying quilts that my Mother made on the back of the pews.  I have just a few to pack up and take.  We have lots of helpers, so the project should move right along. 

Here in Minnesota visitation can either be the evening before the funeral/celebration of life or an hour before the service.  We decided to have both for my Mother as she was very active in many Volunteer organizations, she has many relatives, my Father has many relatives, my Mom was a very social person and knew a lot of people.  My Dad was a stay at home read a book and putter in the garden kind of guy, and Mom was just the opposite...think social butterfly.  So we are expecting lots of people at the visitation today.  People who work on the weekend can come in the evening.

A visitation is where you pay your respects to the family, look at the video and the picture boards. No food is served.  You can come and go quickly sign the guest book say hello and leave or you can spend some time sharing memories. 

I am certain that the Florist will be busy delivering flowers to the church today, my Mother loved flowers. 
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Thursday, February 22, 2024


 Later today after Far Guy's infusion we leave to go back to our home in the woods to prepare for my Mother's celebration of life.  

This is a very small photo that was folded and damaged.  I was lucky to find it in the bottom of a photo box.  There are very few photos of my Grandparents with their children in the 1930's.  Grandma is holding Vivian or "Skippy" as she would be known, and Grandpa, down in front is my Mom, Marion and Alfred.  I can date the photo as it is summer time. My Aunt Skippy was born in November of 1933 so this photo must be taken in 1934. My Mom would have been 4 years old soon to be 5, Aunt Marion 3 years old and Uncle Alfred 6 years old. My Grandmother would have been 23 and my grandfather 31 years old. My Mother was the remnant in this photo with the first four children born to my grandparents.  

My Mother is survived by two much younger brothers...Aldon and Kenny. 

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024


 Some great art is being created here.  Jen and Andy have a outlet for whatever they make at a local shop. 

I help with painting, it is something I enjoy. 

These are two projects that went out the door earlier this week. 

I sell crochet scrubbies there and small crochet purses.  Keeping busy keeps me out of trouble. 

Someday maybe I will go over to the shop and take some photos...I will have to ask permission first. 

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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

A book

 This book was a quick read and very entertaining.  I give it an eight out of a ten.  It is not the usual type of book I read, but it is this months book club read at the local library in East Grand Forks. 

Jen goes to book club there and I may tag along with her. 
Onto the next read for the regular book club that I attend via video. It is a short read also and one I am looking forward to. 

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Monday, February 19, 2024


 I am working on the Video for my Mother's funeral at the end of the week.  I am waiting on a few photos and then maybe I can call it done.  I have a limit of about 100 photos. 

Had lunch yesterday with Far Guy and my other baby brother and she who sees robins first...they were on their way back from Western North Dakota. 

Today I will work on the photo boards for the funeral, I picked up possibly the last batch of photos at Walmart yesterday. 

I did some laundry and finished a book. 

1963 photo, me in some of those fashionable stretch pants, my other baby brother, Mom and my baby brother.  The dog was a Spitz named Chipper...or maybe it is Wally.  Chipper went out on the highway and was killed, Wally lived a good life and died about 1974

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