Tuesday, March 19, 2019
It is golden kiwi, specifically California Golden Kiwi. Far Guy thought the flavor was more intense. I thought it was about the same. The fruits seem a bit smaller than regular kiwi.
This is a fruit we had in Hawaii.
These are half peeled. The white part is the part you eat, there is a small brown seed inside the white part which you should not eat. This is a Rambutan and it is very rich in Vitamin C. It has the texture of a grape and kinda tastes like a tangy grape. Needless to say our grocery store does not have them.
Monday, March 18, 2019
We sat outside in the sunshine yesterday, the sun felt delightful.
The snow is melting some. I shoveled some ice off the patio. It is going to be a muddy mess in the driveway soon.
We have another appointment filled week ahead of us. I wish it was Friday...but then I guess I shouldn't wish my life away.
I have planned easy meals for the week; chicken and salad, brats and beans, Naan bread pizza, freezer meals and dinner out one night. I hate planning menus but when you live in the "sticks" you have to be organized!
Sunday, March 17, 2019
This group was collecting donations for the food shelf.
Remember to enter your snow stick guess HERE.
Saturday, March 16, 2019
Now for the Snow Stick contest! Please leave me a comment with the date you think the snow and ice will be completely gone from the snowstick. The winner or winners will get something special from me. Those of you too shy can email me with your guess. I will take guesses until Monday night at 9 PM.
Here is the Snowstick History:
2011 April 8
2012 March 13
2013 April 30
2014 April 10
2015 March 11
2016 March 8
2017 March 20
2018 April 22
March 26 LD
March 31 Denny Marilyn
April 2 Lisa
April 3 Marlys
April 5 Cathrin
April 7 Rita
April 8 Victoria Z
April 9 Pauline
April 10 Red
April 11 Dianne
April 12 Kay Marti C
April 13 Gemma's person Karen
April 14 Kathy KCD Dale
April 15 Phyllis
April 16 Jo Anne and unknown
April 17 Sara
April 18 sillygirl
April 19 Andrea Betsy
April 20 Unknown and Cathy M
April 21 Wendy D
April 22 Bonnie Linda
April 23 Gene B
April 24 Granny M Carol W
April 25 Joyce F
April 26 diane
April 28 Barb
April 30 Susie
May 1 DJan
May 5 Sonja
Friday, March 15, 2019
The roads were pretty fair this morning on our way to Physical Therapy for me and an Infusion for Far Guy…then a drive by at the post office and to the grocery store. We came home unpacked the groceries and had a long nap.
The time change has caught up with me I guess.
Parts of Minnesota are having a blizzard so far we have escaped. Yeah us!
Rain for two days
My Yak Trax boots got wet. Once my feet get cold the only option is a corn bag heated up in the microwave and some couch time!
No Bingo with my Dad last night, the roads could have turned icy anytime.
Thursday, March 14, 2019
I got home just before the rain started. Now the yard is like a skating rink.
June the snowbank is losing some of her tallness. Snow on top of the icy yard will make for some tricky footing. I have Yak Trax and I use them.
The snowstick registers 21 inches March 13.
Just before dark I went outside to take some photos of the snow on the roof…hopefully the rest of it will slide off in the rain. We will breathe a sigh of relief when the snow is gone from all our buildings….there have been some scary roof collapses in the area.
Rain is appropriate for our dismal mood.
My Tall Friend who I mentioned yesterday died early Wednesday morning. His daughters and ex wife are all very sad. You have to give kudos to the ex wife, she gave him emotional and physical support the past few months. They may not have been married but they were still friends.
We also learned of another death. Boner died…he was a fixture around town, always happy to see who ever he met. Recently the town council passed some kind of stupid law concerning the Golf Cart that he drove around town. He used to park it on Main Street and at the grocery store….get real people. His Mom Gladys used to own the small gift shop next to the theater, Boner took it over after she died….he ran it sucessfully for a number of years. Recently I noticed a street sign near his house it read “Elvis Presley Blvd” …now that made me smile.
Far Guy’s only living Uncle is struggling with heart problems….he is home and maybe his wish that he shared with me will be fulfilled. He said “I would like to die at the farm, they can carry me out feet first.”
Life is a journey full of a little rain, a little snow, illness, death, sad feelings…but eventually spring will come…the sun will shine and flowers will grow.
Isaiah 41:10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Many years later we would live just down the street from my tall friend and his wife, our children would play together. I was day care for their two daughters for a time. Now those little girls are all grown up with children of their own. Lately they have had to make very hard health decisions for their tall Dad.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
I have started more socks. Imagine that.
Monday, March 11, 2019
I finished my first trial pair of socks. It is possible for me to knit socks. I learned much...and there are a few things I will do differently from now on. I need a list to mark off what I have done... not quite row by row but close. Since I am counting challenged I should mark my rows so my socks end up being exactly the same!
Yeah for socks!
Boo hiss for snow
Sunday, March 10, 2019
Saturday, March 9, 2019
I have packed up a boatload of craft stuff and headed up north to babysit Little Elvis and Miss Miney and keep Adam company during the storm.
Far Guy will stay at home where he is most comfortable. I will keep a close watch on him through Facetime.
Perhaps Adam and I can have some quality cooking/baking experiences. We can make big messes in the kitchen when we are unsupervised!
Friday, March 8, 2019
No Snow adventures yesterday. I did not hurt myself wallering around in the snow. Someone asked if I was making butt angels…maybe so.
Another Winter Storm is headed our way. I am thrilled.
Little June and sparkly snow in late afternoon.
Since it is going to snow I took a photo of the snowstick just before I left for Bingo with my Dad. We are a pathetic couple of losers. We were one number away from a Bingo 39 times in 35 games. It made for an exciting night but a win would have been nice. Oh well we will try again next week. It is kind of nice that I can drive into town to get my Dad in the daylight. His hand is healing nicely and he no longer wears a bandage.
We will hunker down at home for the weekend storm….we can always hope that it will go south of us.
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Every week when we shop I wander by the floral department. I admire all the different color roses and wonder if I could have roses in the house which bouquet would I pick? My moods are different just like flowers….mostly I like yellows and orange roses, next would be red and then pink, purple and ivory or white.
Maybe when spring comes I will find a heavy duty vase and have some flowers out on the table on the patio. I saw one of those old milk can carriers filled with vases…that may work…or maybe just an old quart jar in a wooden box.
I cannot have flowers or green plants in the house…my eyes will itch and my nose will run and I will get a nasty cough… the result of too many years in the greenhouses continually being assaulted by plants.
My roses that I had growing outside finally died…Minnesota (freeze your butt off) winters can be hard on plants.
Yesterday I got stuck in a snowbank. The snow is deep in the yard…very deep. (Waist deep) I wanted to retrieve a suet feeder (against Far Guys wishes) and put it in a tree that would be closer to firm footing. Well I busted through the crust of the snow so many times that I ended up crawling on all fours. I retrieved the suet feeder and tried dragging it along crawling. I finally sat down to re- ass-ess the situation and my butt fell through the crust of the snow…picture feet in the air along with my head. I rested and looked at the sky. Eventually I lifted my butt out of the snow and half rolled scooted to the patio. I was covered in snow, all my clothing was wet…snow had been shoved up my shirt and down my pants and into my boots. I was done being outside enjoying the snow.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
The twins use to live next door. They were almost the same age as Chance. At first hey were afraid of him and would scream bloody murder when their Mom pushed them over in the stroller. Chance was confused as he loved all kids. He didn’t like children crying…he was raised on a farm with lots of small children….I think maybe the Mom there raised her voice when children were crying..so crying children made Chance nervous.
As the twins grew older they began to throw the ball for Chance and eventually out grew their fear of dogs. Their Grandfather would hold the twins in his lap and then let them throw the ball. Now they have two dogs in their family!
Everyone looks so happy in this photo. I can almost hear Gavin giggling. Chance loved these boys very much and they loved him too. Chance tried to kidnap Jordan once or twice.
I think most everyone that met Chance loved him very much. We still miss him…everyday.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Frozen Tundra, that is what Minnesnowta looks like now.
Yesterday we had a Doctors appointment far away for Far Guy. A breathing medication has been changed and we see the Doctor again in two weeks. The Doctor is betting that a change in delivery ( Inhaler vs Nebulizer) of meds may make Far Guy feel better. The Doc says his airways are “angry” and hopefully this will settle them down.
We went to Costco, stocked up on some things we needed. It is a good place to get in a long walk.
The roads were pretty good when we left but lots of blowing snow on the way home.
Some snowbanks are taller than vehicles.
We are happy to be home safe and sound.
Monday, March 4, 2019
The wind is just raw. It was way below zero with the wind chill….some obnoxious number –40 or –50. It is enough to drive you batty!
Bat Plant January 2019 Hawaii
I am working on my socks. Far Guy is inbetween projects.
Probably another five appointments this week.
House work, feed birds, shovel snow, cook, do laundry repeat as necessary and go to appointments. Such is life in the elderly fast lane.
Sunday, March 3, 2019
I have been making slow progress on my pair of practice socks.
Top sock …I learned how to do the heel flap. The bottom sock has a heel flap and a heel turn!
The purple yarn is a lifeline I put in just in case I made a mistake…and I did use it on the first sock. When you use a lifeline and make a mistake you can just rip back to the lifeline and put that row of stitches back on your needles and start again.
Work has begun on one socks gusset
I use the plugs on the needle ends when I am not working on them…that way I can put them in my workbasket and all my stitches will stay put.
Learning to knit socks sure has been an adventure. I have notecards with directions for each step…I watch Marly Bird Red Heart Videos. I usually watch the video and make my notes and then follow the video step by step.
Last week I thought…maybe I can find someone to finish these socks if I can’t do it…but step by step I am getting it done myself!
Onward to finishing my gusset decreases and get back to my original amount of stitches on my four needles then the foot and toe and I will have a sock!
I have begun a sock with real sock yarn…I frogged it several times. Apparently I cannot count correctly.
It is working up nicely. I really like the bamboo needles.
The weather is very cold, I fed the birds and power shoveled the walk as we got some more snow just before it turned cold.
Saturday, March 2, 2019
When Jen did her Ancestry DNA test, she found out that she has some Greek in her background. So wanting to know more she gave her Dad a Ancestry kit for Christmas.
Well guess what? He does not have Greek in his DNA.
So…I must have a Greek Goddess in my background…who knew.
Probably the Goddess of War….maybe Athena who was the goddess of crafts and domestic art…and war!
A cruise ship leaving the Big Island of Hawaii January 2019
Friday, March 1, 2019
Look ma no cavities! Dental appointments have been accomplished.
Physical therapy appointments were no fun but they were accomplished also. No huge improvements. My one leg is longer than the other and they cannot figure it out…they have tried everything to get them the same length…yesterday one pulled one way and another pulled the other way…uffda.
The weather is to turn really cold this weekend and hopefully we will just stay in and hibernate. I am ready for a few days at home. Sounds like March will come in like a Lion.
Last night my Dad finally felt up to Bingo, he fell and injured his hand but after three weeks he says it is good enough to resume Bingo activity.
Hibiscus in Hawaii
Thursday, February 28, 2019
We received word yesterday that Far Guy’s cousin Stevie died from “lung problems.”
Stevie was 70 years old earlier this month. Stevie was a bit of a loner and lived in Missouri. He stayed in contact with his sister and occasionally his father. He was a USAF Veteran. He is survived by his daughter, his father, his sister, one half sister and four half brothers. He was preceeded in death by his mother and a sister.
Every 5 or 10 years Stevie would come to Minnesota. I did not see him the last time he visited but in 2008 I took a photo of him and Far Guy.
Far Guy and Stevie 2008
Cousins: Stevie, Jay and Far Guy in 1957
"A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth.
It is better to go to a house of mourning, than to go to a house of feasting,
for death is the destiny of everyone ; the living should take this to heart." Ecclesiastes 7 :1-2
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Far Guy got the results of his DNA story.
England, Wales and Northwestern Europe 69 %
Germanic Europe 17 % ( Northwest Germany)
Norway 6 %
France 4 %
Ireland and Scotland 4 %
Northwestern Europe covers a large area: Ireland, UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Northern Germany, Luxembourg, Northern France, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Finland, South Germany and Switzerland. Some of these peoples were Celtic and some were Vikings.
The Vikings part is a bit interesting. There is a Genetic connection to Far Guy. The Vikings were eating raw fish and sometimes the fish had worms that would make you ill. Over the years their bodies adapted and they developed a mutated gene…that gene is what causes Alpha One Antitrypsin Deficiency. That is the good news/ bad news, you won’t get worms but your liver will not produce a protein to protect your lungs.
Far Guy’s parents. They were both carriers for the bad gene, one was an M (normal) and and S (deficient gene), the other was M (normal) and Z (deficient gene). We do not know which is which. ( If all relatives would take the free test we might be able to figure it out…as of yet few have been tested.) Far Guy is a SZ (deficient), his sister is MM (normal) he got the bad genes and she got the good ones. A child gets one gene from their father and one from their mother…the luck of the draw. I am MM (Normal) so we knew right away that both of our daughters were carriers. Only one of our Grandchildren is a carrier….four escaped and one did not.
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
First the drift.
This spot will drift everytime the wind blows…unless it rains then the snow will get a crust on it. The roads were pretty good.
We had to go to town for my Physical Therapy session. They think it is more than just my Hamstring Tendon that is injured…time will tell. I can sit by the dining room table as the bench is wood and supports my leg/butt…but sitting in a soft chair or on the couch…forget it…the only reason I can sit in the car is because of the heated seat! I have no pain walking or standing, just sitting, until recently I had no problem laying down…but now I have pain most of the night. Heat and Aleve and Extra Strength Tylenol help. I am supposed to avoid movements that cause pain.
I have finished the legs of my sock…actually two socks. I knit at the dining room table.
The two on the right are ready for the “Heel Flap”…I watched the video and it seems pretty easy. I am hopeful that I can do it. I also have written instructions and made my own recipe card for socks.
On the left…I splurged on two sets of bamboo needles for my Schachenmayr REGIA sock yarn and I have begun a cuff.
We have five appointments this week…one down …four to go. I am not real thrilled when it is an appointment week….especially dental appointments.
Monday, February 25, 2019
The wind blew. It blew so hard an inch of snow was moved from the snowstick. It was a blizzard.
We heard the driveways were all blocked by drifts and local roads were one lane covered by drifts…big ole 4 wheel drive trucks like my other baby brother has made it through…but when he got to the highway visibility was zero…so he came back home and stopped to tell us about it.
Back here in the woods the snow moved around and the tree tops were in motion all day long.
This is a view of little June behind big June. The old grain bin looks like it is wearing a cap.
I used the power shovel once during the day to clear off the walk in front of the house.
I knitted and did some indexing at Family Search. Far Guy worked on a woodcarving.
We cooked supper for my other baby brother and his bride…BBQ ribs, cooked carrots and french fries in the air fryer. Since they live next door they didn’t have to venture out too far. We really like our air fryer…makes great homemade french fries! My other baby brother thought so too. We have a french fry cutter that makes short work of a potato with the skin on…then they are air dried a bit and put in a bowl with about a half of a teaspoon of olive oil before going into the air fryer for about 20 minutes.
Sunday, February 24, 2019
The snow record in our yard has been tied. Will we set a new record? …have to wait and see.
I fed the birds and shoveled snow. We go to the Tranfer Station with our garbage every three weeks. Yesterday was the day. The roads were slippery.
After I filled the thistle feeders a whole swarm of Pine Siskens came into the yard…they were chirping happily.
This spot was right ouside our door. It seems we have a watch rabbit that sat here long enough to melt snow.
The snow is light and fluffy for the most part, it will blow around today as we have a blizzard warning.
Yesterday we entertained ourselves for a while watching unique snow removal tools that were used on roofs…ropes, wires and Minnesnowta Roof Razor. Fun videos to watch. Snow on top of roofs is beginning to be concerning for many home owners, in town it costs $385 to have your roof cleared. There was an ad up that said $5 a square foot, boy did he get some flack. We have steel roofs and sooner or later it will slide right off.
Saturday, February 23, 2019
It snowed again…imagine that. Big huge flakes.
Enough already! I went to the couch to hibernate…how do bears do it anyways…I had to get up to pee….and then the phone rang…so hibernation was not possible. Back to knitting and woodcarving and looking out the window.
The local television channels beep beep beep weather announcements don’t even make us pay attention anymore. Seems all of February has been bad weather announcements.
Friday, February 22, 2019
There are 22 inches of snow at the snowstick. In 2013 we had 24 inches of snow at the stick. I am certain with the snow forecast in the next few days we will see and raise a new record.