Monday, July 16, 2018

Milkweed again and misc

You can smell the Milkweed from a long way away.  It has a heavy earthy sweet smell.  Some say it is like the smell of Lilacs…I don’t think so.  It has been a good year for Milkweed. The blooms are hanging down like huge earrings.


We have a number of plants in our area.  I am only noticing a few monarch caterpillars.  That makes sense as we have only seen a few Monarch Butterflies.


There were small butterflies feeding on the nectar the other day…he is brown with orange dots on the edge of his wings.  Not sure what kind they were.

We have had busy days. I have been working on painting Christmas ornaments inside on hot days and outside when it is nice weather. I have ten ornaments completely done and another ten just need strings for hangers, another ten are being painted.  I am trying to get all the ones done for relatives who will visit soon.  Almost all of the actual carving is completed or should be completed within the next week.

I mow the grass every few days, it rains nearly every other day too.

Chance has decided that he will eat ice cubes every evening.  He whines in front of the fridge until I get a bowl full of ice cubes and feed them to him one by one…can you say spoiled Border Collie. I cannot put the bowl of the cubes on the floor…he wants them from my hand.   Not sure what is up with that behavior …only he knows for sure. After he has had his fill he abandons me and goes to sleep.  He might miss the snow and ice that he eats all winter long.

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Wild Ride

Yesterday we had a wild ride.  We had not moved the three wheeler for at least a week.  I wanted to go down to my baby brother’s lake place…Far Guy went along…as he unhitched the trailer from the three wheeler he noticed a few bees.  He said “I wonder where the bees are coming from maybe under the trailer?”  I hopped on and we moseyed down the road…I was driving slow all of a sudden Far Guy  said “Bees!”  I slowed down a bit more…he said “Punch it” well we out ran them…got to my brothers without getting stung or crashing into a tree.  Far Guy dislodged the Yellowjacket nest from under the fender and took care of it.  The ride back home was much calmer.

Good thing too as I am allergic to most bee stings…we have Epi Pens in the house and in my backpack.  Those yellowjackets can sting you more than once and the stings are quite painful.IMG_0786

The yellow flowers are beginning to open. I like yellow flowers better than yellowjackets.

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Saturday, July 14, 2018


“NRTS” is short for Not Repairable This Station.   It is an Air Force “thing” with numerical codes.  The numerical code explained why it was not repairable .  Such as lack of parts, lack of technical knowledge, repair not authorized, lack of equipment…

Not repairable this station

Guess this must be NRTS Code 4 lack of parts.

A long time friend died yesterday.  As he left the hospital to go home to die the Doctors said he would live three days….and he made it ten days.  The extra time was well spent with his immediate family.  Jim struggled with lack of parts for years…mainly his leg which was eventually amputated.  Prior to his amputation he had recurrent Staph infections.  Later he would be on and off dialysis and have heart problems.  He was a “classic” friend. He had faith, faith in God and he knew that he was saved only by grace and grace alone not by works…should any man boast. 

Perhaps our friend is not repairable this station…but is in the next.  NRTS.. HB  Heaven Bound.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

The colors of summer

Quilts at the fair.


A Balloon Joint


Food Joints on the Midway


We dined at a place with picnic tables and homemade signs on the Independant Midway…the fancy smancy Carnival Food is way too expensive.  A Independant Midway…those are the places just outside the Carnival Midway.  4-H stands, church ladies food stands, pork producers and local people with food trailers or trucks….they pay for the “privilege” of setting up directly to The Fair Board and are not affiliated with the Carnival at all.


I hope you are enjoying the colors of summer.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Date Night: Chickens at the Fair

It is Fair time again which means a date night for Pork Burgers at the Fair…they were excellent this year…not too much sage.

French Fries were $1 at the 4 –H booth…so that was supper.

It was a very warm 88 F or 31 C eh with lots of humidity.  We walked through some of the exhibits.

Our Great Nieces exhibited their brown egg laying chickens.  We get eggs from them and they are the best eggs ever.

Great nieces chickens

Far Guy liked this chicken.  I think it was the hair do that made us both smile.

Chicken hairdoo

As we were leaving the Chicken Barn a boy and his chicken were sharing French Fries.

Hungry Chicken

You could tell that the boy and his chicken were bonded.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Wistful Wednesday: Lake Michigan

A long time ago eleven  years ago I took some photos of Far Guy and Chance walking on the shores of Lake Michigan in October of 2007.  Chance was three years old.


It was a breezy Fall afternoon and we all needed to stretch our legs.  I love the sound of the waves and could have stayed there for hours!


We had a nice walk along the shore.  We had been visiting friends and relatives all over Indiana.  We visited relatives in Georgetown, friends in Hymera, Warren, Ossian, Goshen and South Bend.  It was a real visiting trip.  Many of those old Indiana friends are now gone… we still have the relatives! We hated the thought of going through Chicago to get home so we headed up the Lower Penisula to the UP and then home.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018


Last week I got a very special gift. 

Something for my little flower garden.  It is just perfect!


Do you see it?


A sunflower!  Thank you Leah!  She is a neighbor and a fellow blogger!

The sunflower is a perfect addition to my not so perfect garden.  The squirrels damage/eat plants…it is what it is.  The sunflower makes it look lots better!

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Sculpture Number 5 and the Tube Dude

Beauty must be in the eye of the beholder.  This is the last of the new sculptures at the park in town.

Sculpture 5

I could find nothing interesting about this one…I thought the picnic table and the bridge were more photo worthy. (Remember Elaine on Seinfield deciding if her boyfriends were sponge worthy because of a shortage of contraceptive sponges?) Anyways…

This is the “Tube Dude” that started the sculpures at the park. I think he is missing part of a tube…but I digress.

Tube Dude

He was on the ground for awhile then they put him high in the air on an information kiosk. He has been at the park a few years.  The Park is on a Bike Trail and has a bike repair station.



The bike repair tools are secure.  It is almost a work of art all by itself.

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Another Sculpture and Goose Poop

I am on the fence about this sculpture…not sure if I like it or not.

Eagle spirit

The base is kinda creepy.

Eagle spirit two

Eagle Spirit three

It is called “Eagle Spirit.”  The sculptor was a gal from Longville Minnesota.

See those Canada Geese in the background?

The geese have claimed this park as their own. They are raising lots of little poop machines baby geese.IMG_0582 

You have to watch where you step…I am certain I looked like a drunken sailer as I went from sculpture to sculpture dodging goose poop.  IF I were going to create a sculpture for this park I would make something with a fountain so people could wash their shoes… perhaps this park should be called Goose Poop Park.

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Milkweed and Misc

The air is heavy with the sweet fragrance of the Common Milkweed….or Asclepsias syriaca.


The blooms are full.  I did not see any larvae on them…sadly we have only seen a few Monarchs lately. Fibers from the old stems can be used for nest building by Orioles.


Minnesota has thirteen different kinds of milkweed.

Busy days after the 4th of July.  I went to Bingo with my Dad, he hollered Bingo once! In the N’s …he never Bingos in the N’s… he said it was a historic bingo.

Far Guy and I are working on the Christmas Ornaments, we have 70 ready to paint and 10 are being painted…so 80/100 are carved.  Last year I was done with the entire project by the end of August…time will tell if I make it this year.  The projected heat wave may give me a chance to paint indoors.

Chance is in a funk …again…he gets depressed after Jen visits…Miney and Little Elvis are missed.  Chance got to play “Lassie “ one day…I was keeping one eye on all three dogs as I worked in my garage.  Suddenly Chance appeared and just stared at me….interrupting my work….something was wrong. Little Elvis was with Chance but Miney was no where to be found…I hollered and hollered (she is quite deaf) …I went to the house to see if Far Guy had let her in the house…he hadn’t but said “She is right out the window.”  What a relief.  Not sure where she went but luckily she came back.

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Hey Mikey: 13 months old

Mikey and Maddie visited yesterday.  It was so good to see them. 

Maddie and Mikey

Mikey and his Mama

Mikey and the flowers

He is walking now.  He can still crawl faster than he can walk, but he walked outside for a long time.


He made us laugh and smile…little ones seem to have that kind of magic.

Maddie and Mikey at the lake

We went for a ride down to the lake and by some large machinery and stopped by my other baby brothers but no one was home.

Mikey can say Mama, Dada, thank you, milk and No (nope) and his has a word for Deacon the dog.  He has a whole mouth full of teeth that his Mama keeps sparkling clean.  He still gets two bottles a day…one at nap time and another at bedtime.

Maddie has one more week of her internship and then has to take State Boards.

We had a good visit!

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Report on the 4th

We went for a pontoon ride around the lake.  It was a beautiful afternoon with no rain!  Jen and Andy joined us.

Pallet Flag

Flag two


Ava was waving flags for us as we went by.  Her sisters were showing us how they jump into the lake!

Patrioyic pontoon

There was a pontoon parade on the lake earlier in the day.

IMG_0700 We had a nice ride came home relaxed a bit and then had supper.  Played cards in the evening and consoled Chance, Miney and Little Elvis as the fireworks commenced down on the lake.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy 4th of July!

Not sure what we will do today.  Sounds like thunderstorms will be active during parade time and probably during the fireworks too.  It has been raining every day…you have to mow lawn between rain showers.  We got another inch of rain in the last 24 hours.  You can almost see the grass grow.  The skeeters have hatched.

Flag day

I have eggs and potatoes all cooked up for potato salad, and Far Guy cut up a bunch of fruit.  We will probably put something on the grill…burgers or chicken… or cook inside…we have to stay flexible with the weather.


We have been enjoying the quiet, no fireworks every night down at the lake, if it ever stops raining they will have to be brave souls to light off fireworks covered in skeeters. 

We can always watch fireworks on tv….skeeter free tv.

Have a Happy 4th whatever you are doing!

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018


Summer is a great time for reading.  Well…anytime is a good time to read.

At the Red Bridge Park in town there is a “little library”  it was an Eagle Scouts Service Project in August of 2017. 

Eagle Scout project

This is the only little library that I have noticed in town.  This one has a missing pane of plexiglass…hopefully someone will repair it so the books don’t get wet.

I am making my way through the series of Trixie Belden Books…I am almost finished with book #5  The Mystery off Glen Road.  It is fun to read a book that I read 55 years ago..believe it or not… as I read some of the scenes I recall what happens next. 

I am still listening to the Audio Book Lincoln in the Bardo…my daughter gave me her real hold it in your hand book so I may read it along with the audio book someday soon. It is quite a tale…many parts are historical…with some fiction sprinkled in.

I am reading a recipe book…Recipes and Remembrances 125 years by the women of Bethlehem Lutheran Church Ulen Minnesota.  It was a gift from my friend Susan.

What are you reading this summer?

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