Sunday, May 26, 2019

Visitors

Our Grand Dogs Miney and Little Elvis are spending a few days with us.


They are happy here and know the rules...oh wait there are no rules!  Little Elvis is 9 and Miss Miney is 14 .  Miss Miney is very hard of hearing...almost deaf.  She watches for hand signals...and sleeps so sound you wonder if she is still alive.

Little Elvis walked to the mailbox with Far Guy and Miss Miney stayed with me...she only goes for short walks.

It is good to have dogs in the house again.
Far Side

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Connie's Kook ken (Kuchen)

Kuchen  is a dessert  that Russian and German settlers used to make.   There are many many old recipes out there.  I like to read recipes...and I also like to experiment.

The crusts were all a bit different and most recipes were for 8  yes eight kuchen.  I didn't need 8 I just needed one.

I had a plan...most were a sweet dough recipe..don't they sell cinnamon roll dough? Sure enough.

I buttered a pie plate... I thawed out the dough of five cinnamon rolls...I made a big ball of dough and then pressed it into my pie plate...I then pricked the dough with a fork and baked it at 350 for 10 minutes.

 Meanwhile I made the filling.   I whisked 3 eggs violently and added a half a cup of sugar and whisked some more then I added a pint (2 cups) of heavy whipping cream. ( I am certain in the old settler days this was skimmed off the top of a cooled pail of milk as cream rises) I heated this mixture stirring constantly over medium heat...stir and stir some more....when you are real tired of stirring it may become a thick mixture or start to burn on the bottom of the pan ...so you quit so you won't ruin the whole thing.

Add your fruit to the pie plate with your partially baked dough...I used raspberries. But you can use any fruit you like...frozen fruit should be thawed out first.

Pour on your creamy mixture and top with some cinnamon sugar.  Bake at 350 for 25 minutes...cool and store in fridge.

yes my crust could have been neater and I should have added some vanilla. This makes two kuchen...my other one was without a crust and featured frozen blueberries...so it was more like a pudding.

The Raspberry Kuchen got high marks from our friends who buy Kuchen every time they are in North Dakota.

Our friends did lamb on the grill, with oven fried potatoes and marvelous vegetables. ( Far Guy and I both like lamb...at least the way they prepare it!)

I said I would bring dessert...orange sherbet was the back up.
It was a successful foodie adventure!
Far Side

Friday, May 24, 2019

Red Headed Woodpecker

We had an interesting visitor!   I have not see a Red headed Woodpecker in a long time...our area is in his breeding range but he does not live here year round like they do in Southern Minnesota.


He was probably just passing through....or lost.


He enjoyed the bird bath.
I sure enjoyed watching him...he was only here one day as far as I know. 

Far Side

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Noah's Birthday

Yesterday we drove up North to meet Noah for lunch.  We went to a place that had a buffet...the pizza was awesome!

We had a nice visit.  He is working full time and looking for another job to work on his days off during the summer.

Jen and Noah
Jen says she feels really old now that Noah is twenty years old...join the club!

Far Side

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Wistful Wednesday: 2009

In 2009 Noah was ten years old.  Now here we are in 2019 and he is twenty...just like that in the blink of an eye ten years have passed.
He was unsure of those rollerblades back then.


But like everything else he tries...he was soon sailing along not looking back.

He is now a Senior in College and next year at this time he should graduate.

One more aging grand in our family...he joins Savannah, Maddie and Paige as young adults....leaving Adam as our only teenage grand.

Happy 20th Birthday Dude!  We are very proud of you and love you very much!


Far Side/Grandma

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Some kind of grass

We have this clump of grass on the East side of the house.  It is pretty but a pain in the butt in the Fall as it catches all the leaves...and then snow beats it all down over the Winter.

May 10 2019
Every spring I try to rake out the leaves and pull out the dead stuff.  If I miss a year it looks nasty all Summer long.
I am rewarded with green shoots.

May 20 2019
The lawn is greening up nicely...soon I will have to mow. 

Only three Doctor appointments this week and time to get the oil changed and the tires rotated on the vehicle.

Far Side

Monday, May 20, 2019

Sunday

The Scarlet Tanagers arrived Sunday morning.  They brightened up a rather gloomy day.

We had two for sure.


Far Guy hasn't been coughing...but in the afternoon he began to cough again and is short of breath.  He just cannot seem to get over this "virus" or whatever crud he has.  I think he made it four days without a cough, and just like that he is sick again.
Far Side

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Rainy Day

The Pin Cherry blooms popped out in the rain yesterday afternoon.  They are the first of the shrub/tree blooms in our woods.

It rained.  We filled the grape jelly and changed out the oranges for the Orioles in the rain.  The Hummingbirds are here...three of them fighting over the feeder.  The birds don't care if it rains or not.

Friday we patched some spots in the lawn and spread some grass seed just in time. 

Saturday we made a big batch of baked beans for the freezer...we like them with grilled food.  Summer food!

Far Guy is busy walking...he is up to 4,000 steps...a big improvement from 10 steps from the bed to the bathroom.

Far Side

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Birds

We enjoy this time of year watching the different birds that come through our yard on their way North.

Indigo Bunting

Yesterday  we finally heard the Loons calling on the lake. 

Birds we saw;  Blue Jay, Chickadee, Nuthatches, Woodpeckers, Yellow Rumped Warblers, Goldfinches, Pine Siskins, Purple Finch, Rose Breasted Grossbeak, Baltimore Orioles and Indigo Bunting and Bluebirds.

But did we see a Robin in our yard...not yet.
Far Side

Friday, May 17, 2019

Fight

the Orioles sure like the peanut butter feeder...who knew?
A female Oriole took it over.


And the winner is...the female of course...she was there first!

She sure is a feisty little bird!
Far Side

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Crochet Nests

With so much going on, hurrying up to wait,  I made twelve nests to ship off to a wildlife rehabilitator in  Pine City Minnesota.  The nests are suitable for mammals or birds.  This group included a variety of sizes.

This is the third bunch I have mailed off.  I belong to a group that has a facebook page and a website.  They have a specific way they want the nests constructed.  Wildlife Rescue Nests

The idea was to get rid of yarn, use it up...well I fell off the wagon and purchased more yarn. Imagine that.

Far Side

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Wistful Wednesday: 2013

This is a photo of Far Guy and Chance before Far Guy was diagnosed with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency.

2013
We have returned from The University of Minnesota. 

We have a few more hoops to jump through.   Pathology reports from a previous Colonoscopy and possibly a Colonoscopy.  PSA results.  They will call us when we get the go ahead for a week long visit for numerous other tests.  The Lung Transplant Specialist sees no huge roadblocks for a transplant at this time.  One day and test at a time. 

Far Guy has lost even more weight.  The Doctor was young...in her 30's.  She said Lung Transplants  are one of the most difficult transplants.   Many people don't make it through the surgery, many don't live a week.  Some die within the first year....those that make it a year live on the average of 7 years.  She was quite brutal with the facts. Recovery will be difficult because of his age.  Anti rejection drugs are hard on your kidneys, there are three forms of rejection.  Cancer is a concern when you are on anti rejection meds. 

She said something that I have never heard a Doctor say before.  " Everyone has cancer, our bodies natural immune system fights it off all the time."

Far Side

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Tuesday Thoughts


East shore of the Big Island of Hawaii January 2019


“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, May 13, 2019

Hope

This week Far Guy meets with a Lung Transplant Specialist far far away.   Scary for sure.  In a few days we should know if he will be considered for a lung transplant.  It is a long process...this is step four of a five or six step process.  The wheels of medicine move slowly.  Far Guy's Pulmonary Doctor was  on the transplant team at the University of Iowa and he feels he will be a good candidate...so that gives us hope.

Beautiful birds in Hawaii January 2019

“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.”
― Emily Dickinson

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Colorful Gift

This week the mailman brought me a package from Kansas.
Imagine my surprise!

Thank you Mary Lou!  It has a home on our couch  where it's warmth can be enjoyed!  I have been following her blog and she has been following mine many years now.

Far Side

Friday, May 10, 2019

Spring is taking a long time

Most everything is brown.  The grass is starting to green up slowly. 

Oaks are very slow to leaf out.

Farmers have begun working in the fields.

  A survey crew was by and began surveying our County Road...rumor has it that it will be redone this summer.  Only four miles are marked...who know what that means.

We had lunch with my parents for Mother's Day and last night I took my Dad to Bingo.  Neither of us bingoed but my baby brother did...so we weren't total losers.

Far Side

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Dreary Rainy Day

No sun yesterday and it spit rain all day...it was chilly too.  ( Some parts of Minnesota got snow!) I decided it was a good day to get my twice a year haircut...she cut off about six inches...it might be manageable again...maybe.  Since you can fart around all day long looking for someone to cut your hair in our closest town we drove further away where there is no waiting...and they have a Craft Store.  I didn't need anymore yarn....but I bought some anyways...just because....and some envelopes and cards and sparkly pens. 

We enjoyed getting out of the house and saw Swans, Geese and Deer.  Far Guy waited for me in the vehicle when I got my haircut.

One of these years this barn will be history...but not yet.

Far Side

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Catch up


I am still real tired as is Far Guy.  He has seen the Doctor for a follow up and is still wheezing and coughing. ( The Doctor says that this flu/crud takes time to recover from.) Next week we go to the University of Minnesota for an appointment.

I am finished with Physical Therapy for my injured hamstring/sit bone.  The next step is injections...they suggested that I see how it goes. I do the whirlpool and heat packs here at home.

I saw the Hand Surgeon, I have Dupuytren's Contracture.  He will do surgery once my fingers start to curl....he said it is slow moving and right now only one finger is affected.  I am to keep massaging my carpal tunnel scar tissue daily...he won't do surgery on that either until my arm sleeps during the day.  He said "use what ever pillows you can to support that whole arm all night long."

We attended the Confirmation Party for our Great Niece Hailey on Sunday, it was a nice party with lunch at my other baby brother's home.

We got to see new baby Erwin he has a head full of black hair! He looks a bit like his brother Harlow.  Erwin is now 12 days old.  He weighed 9 Ibs  7 oz when his was born.  Our niece Meg is very busy with four children under the age of six.  Erwin is # 14 Grand for my other baby brother.

My baby brother and his bride are here for the summer at their home on the lake.  We haven't seen much of them as we have been recuperating.  We did get to see our two nephews Logan and Kirk and Great nephew Turner briefly.  They flew in for the weekend to work on a Zipline.  Logan lives in Seattle and Kirk in New Jersey. They will be back later in the summer.

Only two Doctor appointments this week... practically a week off.

I am still crocheting nests for Wildlife Rescue Groups.  It is something that doesn't take lots of concentration!

There you are all caught up.
A Nuthatch at the suet feeder.  His nickname is Assup.

Far Side

Monday, May 6, 2019

Prom: Adam

Adam had many girls ask him to prom...one gal even asked him twice.  We were shocked when he finally said yes.

Adam  headed to his Junior Prom.     Photo by Jen


Adam and his date  Photo by Jen 

Since it is a very small school the kids all go through the Grand March twice.  One of the gals from Fisher  took a video of the Grand March.  It was almost as good as being there! 

I was sad that I didn't feel up to going...but Jen took some good photos which I shamelessly stole from Facebook. 

Far Side

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Butterbutts

The Butterbutts came this week, everyday new ones seemed to arrive...perhaps a family of Butterbutts.

They are really a Yellow - Rumped Warbler

Here you can see why they are nicknamed Butterbutts.

We sat outside last night after supper...it has been rainy and cool here.
Far Guy is getting a bit stronger everyday.

Far Side


Friday, May 3, 2019

May Day Funeral

On May 1st we celebrated Uncle Archie's life.  ( Arch is the last of his generation, he and Far Guy's Dad were brothers.)
The church was full, he had many friends during his 89 years.

Jen and I attended the funeral.  Far Guy was just not well enough to attend. After the funeral I came home to get Far Guy so he could go to the cemetery.

It was also a funeral service for Archie's son Steve who died in February.  His ashes will go back to be buried in a Veteran's Cemetery in Missouri as per his wishes.

Archie enjoyed his sunny yellow 1969 Mustang Convertible.   It was only fitting that it made it to the cemetery.

While we were at the Cemetery many Loons were calling down on the lake and as the Minister kept saying prayers there were a few flakes of snow in the air.

Full Military Honors were conducted at the church.

Arch was a career Air Force man, a Navigator on the B 52's.  I took this photo on Memorial Day 2016 when Arch was the speaker for Memorial Day. 

This past winter was tough for Arch, he had stents placed in blocked arteries on two different occasions and both times the stents failed.  The Doctors did what they could with medications but he was sent home on Hospice. We were able to visit with him several times before he died.

We will miss him.

Far Side

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

May Day

I had doubts about  May Baskets getting done this year...and I had such a cute pattern too!

Jen came to the rescue...she got out the die cut machine and began to make pieces.
It was just the push I needed to make more baskets.


The body of the Fox is a small sack...the die is called Sack it.  The tail sits at the back of the sack, the head is glued to the front of the sack.

A few will be delivered later today and some more tomorrow. 
Happy May Day!
Far Side



Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Turning the corner

Far Guy has finally turned the corner, he is feeling a bit better.  He is still coughing and wheezing but can breathe easier.  He was in the hospital last week. Respiratory distress and Acute Bronchitis and most likely a nasty virus.  He has a long way to go for a complete recovery, it will take time and patience.

I am feeling better also ...just real tired.  That was one wicked virus.  Our youngest daughter Jen made many trips here to check on us and make sure we had what we needed.

Our winter weather has returned with a late April snowfall yesterday.

Just what we needed to feel all "springy."

My main objective is to take care of Far Guy and get him back to reasonably good health.  I will write the blog when I can...no promises.
Far Side


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Difficulties

When it rains it pours.  Internet, TV and telephone are intermittent.
We are still trying to recuperate.  Two sickies with no TV to entertain them sucks.
I won't share what Far Guy wants to do to the provider of these services.
Far Side

Monday, April 22, 2019

Saw one Grand

There was a wedding shower for Maddie on Saturday.  I arranged to meet Paige...I was coming down with the Flu.  Paige took my gifts and I came back home.


Paige April 20 2019   20 years and twelve days old.

I was sad to not attend the party...but I would have shared this awful bug.
It is a head cold that goes to your chest and makes you ache all over even your toenails and teeth.  I ran a temperature for about 24 hours.  I am better now but weak.

Far Guy is still struggling.  His cough and chest congestion is worse...he is taking his steroids, an antibiotic and doing extra breathing treatments...I am not sure what else we can do.

Far Guy's Uncle Archie died on Good Friday,  he will be missed.  He is the last of his generation.
Far Side

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Saturday

Far Guy is a bit better...not out of the woods yet but better.  His breathing is not as labored or difficult as it was and I think his fever has broken.   The Chicken and Noodles I fed him for supper last night may have helped....or my hovering...maybe both.

I have a sore throat now too...hopefully I can fight it off.  STRESS!

We will stay home until we are better. 


Orchids in Hawaii January 2019.
Far Side

 


Friday, April 19, 2019

Concerned

Far Guy is having a real hard time breathing.  He is very short of breath and wheezing.  I insisted he go to Urgent Care after his weekly infusion... luckily he got to see his own Doctor...not a specialist  just his primary care doctor.

He began another round of steroids. The Doctor is not sure if he is getting a bacterial infection, a virus or has allergies.  He had a Kenalog Injection last Monday and it helped for a few days.   Thursday morning he woke up short of breath and it continued to get worse throughout the morning.

His Port is no longer safe to use for his weekly infusions.  It leaks and possibly has a kink...an appointment is being made at a far away hospital for a new port.

If it isn't one thing it is another.  It might be a bit rocky until the steroids kick in.
Far Side



Thursday, April 18, 2019

Another winner and Birthdays!

We have another winner.
Tuesday April 16 there was still snow and ice at the snowstick.

Then it started raining during the night.


April 17 and the snowstick is free of snow, ice and water.  Sara from South Dakota is the winner...please email me your address.  A woodcarving will be in the mail soon.

It is birthday week for our oldest daughter...she is 47 today!  Our Granddaughter Maddie was 21 yesterday!   Happy Birthday to them both!  Hopefully I will get a photo of them together this weekend.

Far Side

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Wistful Wednesday: Easter

Here is a polaroid photo of our niece Bethany in 1986.

A big rabbit, Bethany with an Easter purse and Baby Snuffer.

Since this is a Polaroid and was in Far Guy's parents photo album I am certain Far Guy's Dad took the photo.

Baby Snuffer was our Snuffer's puppy.  Snuffer had a rendevous in Florida when we were stationed there...she had four puppies, Fatty, Blackie, Brownie and Flowie (Trica named them...she was just shy of 2 years old)  Far Guy and I are pretty sure that it was Blackie that became Baby Snuffer and went to live a good long life in Indiana with Far Guy's sister and family.

Far Side


Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Monday Happenings

Two  health care appointments were accomplished.  Far Guy had a "Port Study" done by the Interventional Radiologist...who apparently doesn't know his butt from a hole in the ground.  The port leaks as the needle is being removed...yet did he remove the needle from the port??  No.  They are alive and walk among us everyday.

I need a second consult on my hand...both the scar tissue from the Carpel Tunnel Surgery and a growth on the palm of my hand...the Ortho PA said the growth  must go.  Now we will see what the Hand Surgeon says later this month. I  had ultrasounds and that horrible test where they test every nerve in you arm and hand (Nerve Study)

Two more health care appointments later this week....I swear our social life is mainly at the clinic.

Some snow melted but we still have a fair amount in our yard and at the snowstick.



I have been working on some cards.  I got some new Real Pen Brushes and I really like them. They can be used with water.

With my hand as wonky as it is...I don't do any one activity for very long before I switch. I have less pain that way. 

Part of getting older and having more aches and pains means that you must adapt your activities.
Far Side

Monday, April 15, 2019

Yard happenings

There is still plenty of snow...we don't have a shortage.

Three plus inches at the snowstick on Sunday afternoon.
We sat outside for a little while.  The wind was chilly...coming off the snow...but the sun felt good.


Our first Common Redpoll showed up....they like thistle seed just like the little Pine Siskins.


We had a quiet day yesterday at home, we went for a short walk...walking is tough in all the slush.
Far Side

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Gifts from friends

This was a great week for gifts!

Always fun to get something in the mail or from neighbors that stop by with a bag of gifts!

A Border Collie Table Runner and Coasters from special neighbors Leah and Jo.  The gift made us smile!  I had fun finding Border Collies that looked like our Chance...we still miss him everyday.


Soap, lotion, cuticle cream and lip balm from Araignee's Tangled Web...she has more hobbies than I do!

Yes Far Guy was woodcarving at the dining room table when I took photos.  He has a special board he uses at the table to catch chips and it also protects the top of the table.

Sheila at woodcarving shared a pattern with him...and another fellow was cleaning out his garage so we have all kinds and shapes of basswood for carving.   One of the pieces was just perfect for his project. 

We have not yet picked a Christmas Ornament for this year...we have two ideas and will see what makes the cut...so to speak.

Far Side