Monday, November 19, 2018


Our daughter Jen likes buttons…she collects them.


She lost her black winter hat…so I crocheted her a new one while she was here.  The button came from the button jar…not sure where it came from or what piece of clothing it came from.  Perhaps it is from an old sweater or winter coat.

Finished hat 

Here you can see the yarn and the finished product.  The yarn is called coffee beenz it is part wool, part acrylic and very soft.  I used a single crochet stitch throughout and a crab stitch to finish off the edge.

Jen and her hat

Here Jen is modeling her new hat…good thing I finished it as it was a chilly Minnesota morning when she, Andy and the Granddogs headed home. 

Our house is very quiet again.

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Sunday, November 18, 2018


Our youngest daughter Jen and the Granddogs came to visit.  Hockey games and Vex Robotics Tournaments on the computer were watched.  Card games have been played, craft projects worked on, walks taken, dogs enjoyed and good food eaten.
Watching Hockey
Miney is inbetween them on the couch.
Miney inherited Chance’s  red harness…it helps her get down the stairs safely.  Chance would have approved…he always shared with Miney.
Little Elvis
Little Elvis has a spot on the other couch.  He chased squirrels and almost caught them…he got into a bunch of burrs…so he was brushed.

This is their first trip here since Chance died, they looked for him a bit and sniffed spots outside that Chance frequented.  They seem much more accepting of his absence than us humans.
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Saturday, November 17, 2018

On my desk

Crocheting some hats…the one on the upper right is done…it is a tad large…but comfy….and colorful!  I love the colors!

The one in the lower right is for a child…maybe…we will see how big it ends up.

I felt like crocheting a bit and using up some yarn…I might be a yarn hoarder.  Maybe. I have three hats in the works at one time…go figure!

On my desk

A very long time ago I crocheted some mittens.  I found that old mitten pattern on the internet…and may attempt a pair for Hey Mikey.  I know when I made them for our girls it was wonderful to have several pairs of mittens.

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Rain and snow

It rained then it snowed.  Fun.  I passed up Bingo with my Dad again.  Wasn’t looking forward to crappy roads and was not quite feeling up to it….so I had a long nap.

Saw my Primary Doctor on Thursday because I needed a refill on my BP meds, most of the time she just renews my script but I had not seen her in over a year.  She wants me to take a course of antibiotics….she thought I was getting a secondary infection and didn’t want me to get sicker.  I didn’t want to get sicker either.

Good news is Far Guy has finally rounded the corner…it was a long seige for him…32 days.  Now he is working on getting all his steps back up to where he was a month ago.


Turned the Pumpkin Welcome sign over to Give Thanks…I need to change the flags soon.  Turkey Day is right around the corner.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Snow Report and A New Recipe

We have three inches of snow at the snowstick and I think it is staying for the winter.

3 inches of snow Nov 13

The tracks are squirrel and fox.  And so our winter begins thirty-five days early…as we are technically still in Fall.

We have had a quiet week.   I am crocheting some winter hats…my pattern, yarn and hook have been adjusted several times.

We are trying two new to us recipes this week…one was a keeper and I should have taken a photo of it.

Monte Cristo Pull Apart Loaf

Our recipe serves two people ( adapted from a recipe in the latest Kraft food & family magazine)

3-4 slices of bread  we like potato bread…flattened with a rolling pin.

Top with swiss cheese, sliced ham or turkey or both. Fold in half and place fold side down in foil lined bread pan or corningware. (Spray foil with a bit of olive oil first.)

Mix together  1 egg,  a few tablespoons of milk, 1 Tablespoon Miracle Whip and about 1/4 teaspoon mustard.  Mix well…pour over bread. Refrigerate for 4 hours. Then Bake 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

You can add more bread, cheese and meat and use more eggs and milk to make more servings.

We both gave this recipe 5 out of 5 stars and will make it again.  Oh yes you can sprinkle it with powdered sugar just before serving and serve it with jam if you want to be fancy smancy.

The other new recipe will be tried later this week.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Wistful Wednesday: Logan and Captain

Not sure what year this photo was taken.  Logan was 31 last month and he looks like he may be 2 or 3 in the photo.   So that puts it somewhere around…1989-1990.

Captain and Logan

Captain and Logan

Logan obviously has something in his dish that has Captains full attention. The photo was taken at my parents resort sometime in the summer.

Captain would have been 4 years old.  He was the runt of one of my Sheltie litters and lived with my parents on and off for a few years.  When they were gone on vacations he stayed with us…one time he just stayed forever…and that was fine with us. He lived until 2001 and was our last dog before we got Chance.   He was a undersized Sheltie…just a little bit of a pup when he was born he weighed about 4 ounces…with round the clock care for about ten days nursing everytime he woke up he grew.  His name back then was Captain Stubby Grunter…he was short and grunted when he nursed.  He was the last born in a litter of four remarkable pups.

Oh yes …Logan he is all growed up too…married and lives in Seattle.  He has a PhD in Robotics and Mechanical Engineering, he is working as a Research Scientist. Logan is my nephew…the youngest son of my baby brother.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018


What is black, sucks and is afraid of sunlight?

Why Dracula of course.


My husband’s robotic vacuum.   He is amazed at what it picks up.  He sends it out just about every morning to go through the house…somedays he carries it upstairs and lets it work up there…perfect for getting under beds.

Sunlight shining on the kitchen floor confuses it and it retreats.   It loves the laundry/furnace room where it always gets caught up on the drain for the furnace.  You can direct it with a remote but Far Guy usually lets it go where it pleases….and rescues it when it gets caught.  It will try to suck up the bathroom rugs…but not the kitchen rug…go figure.  

It is a Robo vac made by eufy.  Disclaimer:  I have not been compensated in any way for this review…but it the company wants to send me one for a permanent home upstairs that would work for me.

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Monday, November 12, 2018


The start of a new week, hopefully better than last week.  I am feeling better…my fever has finally broken. I have fever blisters that are really sore…some are even blood blisters….go figure.  I am not 100%… but better, I have cheated death once again.

I watched TV …cooking shows and two Netflix movies  A Beautiful Mind and A Wrinkle in Time.  I enjoyed both movies very much.

It snowed a bunch…not sure how much as I did not venture outside.  Must be 3 or4 inches.

Seemed like every time I woke up from “a nap” I announced it was snowing and Far Guy would say “What else is new?”


Flowers in the wild garden last summer

I think Far Guy is finally on the road to recovery too.  He did a marvelous job of taking care of me!

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Deane Park

There is a park in town called Deane Park.

Deane park

There is also a plaque at the park.

Deane Tabor placque

The placque resides on a large boulder.

Now for the rest of the story.

Deane was born January 10 1896 and he died at the age of 22 on November 10 1918.  Exactly 100 years and 1 day ago.

Deane graduated from Park Rapids High School in 1914.  He attended college but then joined the service.  He was training to be a flying cadet when a influenza epidemic swept through the training camp in Berkley California.  The ladies of Berkley assisted with the care of the soldiers.  Deane died of influenza and pneumonia.  He was in his last 12 weeks of training to be an aviator and scheduled to go to France.  His body was returned for burial in Park Rapids. He was survived by his wife, his parents and step mother, a half brother and a half sister.

His father was a banker and very prominant citizen of Park Rapids. 

The Flying Cadet program was the prototype for the development of our Air Force.

During World War I the cadet was under the age of 25 and had at least two years of college, was physically fit and morally sound. 

Can you imagine in the early years many of the young men had never seen an airplane or been in one.

Hats off to all our Veterans.  Thank you for your service.

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Still Alive

Multiple naps keep me going.  Far Guy brings me warm rice bags for my feet and makes sure I am covered up….and reports I was snoring.

My sore thoat is finally gone…just have a stuffy head, temperature and a headache.

Far Guy is feeling a bit better.

grey day 

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Friday, November 9, 2018


It was bound to happen.  Far Guy shared his sore throat with me.  What a bummer.

He will have to take care of his own self for a few days.  He feels a “tad” bit better.

Good thing I made soup when I did.

I had many long naps yesterday until the throat or the bladder woke me up.  I missed my usual Bingo date with my Dad…he probably went by himself.

Sedum with snow

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Snow November 6th and 7th

It snowed for two days.  We have a couple of inches at the snow stick.

Snow Nov 6

The first day the snow was kinda pretty after that the novelty wore off.

I moved the snow shovel to the front door.  Seems like only yesterday that I moved it away from the front door.

We finished off a number of Far Guy’s woodcarvings.  They turned out real nice.  He likes to carve flowers and that butterfly was a first for him.  He did lots of painting!

Genes Carvings

Far Guy is still ill.  No better no worse.  He is up and about walking and doing small projects.  One of these days he should get better…he is real tired of being sick.  I think he is a bit stir crazy too as he hasn’t gone anyplace other than the clinic for a week.  He started a new carving project…he can carve at the dining room table.  I did our weekly shopping alone so he wouldn’t be exposed to more germs.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Wistful Wednesday: 1990

A Lucille between two Evelyns.   That was Far Guys old neighhborhood.   His parents Marvin and Evelyn, next door was Emil and Lucille and then Ray and Evelyn.

Emil and Lucille’s lawn was off limits…the boys… Far Guy and his friends used the alley…cause no one wanted Emil to call their mothers.  Emil was a crank, he didn’t like kids and he made no bones about it.

Far Guy says “poor old Emil …he hated boys and he was always watching Mark and I, it seems like everything we did wrong Emil was there to notice.  One time I was locked out of the house …I knew how to get into the house by going through the basement window, so naturally I was on my way through the window when Emil showed up shook his finger at me and said “I’ve got your number.”  Emil had a row of cabins in his yard next to our property line…so he was the eagle eyed neighbor. He must have been watching everything in the entire neighborhood.   One of my sister Jan’s friends was accused of stealing vegetables from Emil’s garden.” 

Lucille Taskey and Evelyn Larson

Lucille and Evelyn

Evelyn Larson  dark dress

The ladies at Marvin and Evelyn’s 50th Wedding Anniversary in 1990.

Emil died in 1977 the neighborhood relaxed after that.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Trail Cam: Wildlife

We had over 900 photos on the trail cam…I weeded most of them out but kept some interesting ones.

The Fox visits often…at night and during the day.

Fox huting a bird

he hunts in the yard…here is a bird snack


Fox in snow


At night

oh deer

Oh deer!


A skunk

Big Cat

A big cat of some kind…with a curled tail…Cougar/Mountain Lion…your guess is as good as mine.

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Monday, November 5, 2018


I did some painting for Far Guy’s woodcarvings.  We have some other ones in progress.

Desert Rose

This is a finished Desert Rose, the base is some hard as heck wood from California.   Getting the colors just right…how Far Guy saw them was a challenge.



I painted some of my bark houses that have been finished and floating around in my carving bag all summer and fall.



I finished the Christmas Cards…I will show photos closer to Christmas.  I am boxing up all the 2018 Woodcarved Ornaments and getting them ready to deliver and or mail.

Not sure what I will work on next. I have some unfinished projects hanging around here perhaps I will tackle them one at a time.

Far Guy is still struggling, his cough is worse today and he is visibly ill.  Sure hope he turns the corner soon.

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Sunday, November 4, 2018

A Nap

We will need a nap today.  We won’t know when to eat or sleep with the time change.

Afternoon nap DL Ant Number1273

I will skip the hair net today.  This is an old photo from my vast collection of Forgotten Old Photos…an unknown couple taking an afternoon nap on what we used to call an Indian Blanket. ( A colorful blanket with designs on it.)  Not sure what other people would call it.

Today Far Guy will change all the batteries in the smoke alarms.  He stocked up on batteries last week…because he knows me well.  I insist that the batteries be changed with the time change spring and fall.  What if they don’t beep when the battery is low…what if we are gone when it beeps…that would be a false sense of security.  So he changes them so I don’t have to worry.  Like he says he can use the batteries elsewhere where it is not as important as saving our lives.

Far Guy is still struggling… now with a cough AND a sore throat to accompany his shortness of breath…he is on a different antibiotic after a trip to Urgent Care.

I made soup…homemade vegetable beef…with beef of course …rutabega, cabbage, carrots and potatoes….and fresh flat bread…boy was that yummy.

I dislike the time change…it makes me crankier than normal….I hate that it gets dark before supper.

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Saturday, November 3, 2018


Dewdrops formed like huge tears on the Lupine last spring.

Waterdroplets on a lupine

I planted seeds from my former brother in law years ago.


Some years the Lupines are sparse but enough seeds have been spread in the soil over the years that we always have a few blooms.

Lupine two

I thanked him over and over again for the seeds…and when they bloom I think of him. 

Our former brother in law lost his battle with multiple myeloma but gained his heavenly home late in the day on November 1st.  Private services were held with his immediate family; his children and their spouses, grandsons, his brothers and his mother.  His ashes will be spread next summer. He didn’t want a funeral.

Although he ceased being our brother in law about 20 years ago, we always considered him to be a relative.  As a single father he was instrumental in raising the children that he and my sister shared.  He was very proud of his children and grandsons.

I will miss his traveling adventures to far off lands…he always took photos of exotic flowers for me because he knew I enjoyed them. The last year since his diagnosis he ceased traveling except to Rochester and the Mayo Clinic.  His multiple myeloma was in remission but his doctors felt that he should have a stem cell transplant to be in permanent remission.  As with many procedures there are risks…the transplant opened the door for a very rare agressive form of cancer to overtake him…there were only 28 cases of this kind of cancer in all of the United States….and he was one.

2 Timothy 4:7 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

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