Monday, May 10, 2021

Oranges and Grape Jelly

 I filled the Grape Jelly/Orange feeder for the Orioles.  They should be here soon and they will be hungry. 

My Dad made me this feeder a number of years ago...the gloss orange paint makes it easy to clean up. 

There are two screws to jab the oranges onto and two small plastic containers to serve up the Grape Jelly! 

Do you see the oranges on the post in the background? 

How about now?  I should paint the board on top orange also...I may put it on my list ...or not.  Some Orioles are shy...so this feeder is for the shy ones. 

We had a Purple Finch pair come in to the sunflower seed feeder ...she sure bossed him around and chased him off:)  Far Guy said "she must be cranky."  The Red Winged Blackbirds arrived down at the lake last week....now there is a cranky bird.

Far Side


Sunday, May 9, 2021

Happy Mother's Day!

 

I made this card for my Mom a number of years ago,  The photo was taken in 1953 with my first May Baskets.  The photo was taken at the Farm in Carsonville Township. 

Happy Mother's Day!

Yesterday we went to town to give Mom her card and package, they were emptying six very heavy bags of mulch...Dad took a tumble and said he saw stars....we helped them finish up with the mulch and got Dad into the house.   He seemed ok....we had coffee and cake...my sister and her husband were there when we left.

Far Side


Saturday, May 8, 2021

Oh Deer

 Can you find the hidden deer?  


They were on the edge of the woods.   Eating what ever tasty new growth on the brush they could find. 


Can you see the deer butt?   Soon after this two more came through the yard...running...and they all took off together...must have been late for a herd meeting.

It was a quiet day getting a few projects done.  Far Guy worked on his new old car...the back door that had all the broken glass in the door could only be opened from the inside...it is all fixed now and can be opened from the outside!!

My other baby brother and his bride along with Baxter came by to visit.  It was a very chilly day.  High of 54 F and windy.  It will freeze the next few nights maybe way into next week.

Far Side


Friday, May 7, 2021

Town Errands

 We had many errands in town yesterday.  Things just seem to pile up.  Far Guy had his infusion while I picked up the online orders.   He is back to normal...well as close to normal as he gets.   It was a one needle stick day...he is what the Nurses call valvey.  One day he had six needle sticks...so one is great!  I was disinfecting groceries in the parking lot when he called for his ride.   We went to the mail drop off, the bank,  hardware store, greenhouse and we picked up lupper (lunch and supper).

Far Guy got his Strawberry hanging basket.  


No one wearing masks except us.   We wasted no time looking around.  It is too early to look for bedding plants yet...and boy they could sure use someone who knows how to water and someone to level out their walkways...some had huge holes where water made puddles...some one will be seriously hurt someday. 

The grocery situation is getting worse here.  Seems like paper products are in short supply at least the ones we use.  And those darn Pretzel Buns and Outshine Fruit Bars...if you get some you better stock up! Not sure how Wally World does it...I wanted a six roll pack of Bounty Paper Towels...they were out so they substituted a twelve roll pack for the same price as a six roll pack...a good deal for sure! 

 I have not been inside a grocery store for over a year.  it sounds like the goofy governor of Minnesota will lift the mask mandate in July.  After that every business will have to decide for themselves. 

It will freeze again tonight. 

Far Side

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Early Chokecherries

 We have some chokecherries coming up where they should not be.  My other baby brother may get them and transplant them to a better spot.  These are growing at the edge of our septic system...grass can grow there but not trees or shrubs.  There is also a Popple Tree in there that has to go. 


The Chokecherries are getting ready to bloom...


The blooms are still tucked in between the leaves.  Hope they stay there for a while longer as we have been freezing at nights. 

Thank you for the thoughts and prayers!  Far Guy is much improved...almost back to normal...huge sigh of relief.  He drove the new old car which he calls "Bertha" home from town today....her extra roomy trunk carried a box with a patio table...who knew she could haul big stuff! 

Far Side

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

A Turkey

 It is Turkey Hunting season.  This one found sanctuary in our yard. 


Far Guy saw him out the window and I grabbed my camera...so I shot him with my camera. 

We are not seeing as many turkeys as in previous years. 

Far Guy is about the same...a bit better no worse. 

Far Side

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Holding

 Far Guy is in a holding mode...a tiny bit better ( he can breathe better and is not turning purple)... so he is not worse but I am still keeping an eye on him. 

Someone said the "S" word again...it has turned cold here. 

I changed the flag. I vacuumed out the car.  We had to make a trip to town for an online order pickup and checked on his new old car.


Far Guy may get his new old car back this week.  It has new brakes, a new fuel filter a original one not electric and some new hoses.  I sure hope he feels up to driving it home...

Far Side

Monday, May 3, 2021

Sunday

 Far Guy has some kind of lung infection, we are doing the best we can to monitor his oxygen and he has contacted his Doctor.  That is all we can do for now....I started him on steroids as he has standing orders for them.  I am keeping one two eyes on him.  He has been going downhill over the past week, more out of breath and his oxygen sats were slowly decreasing.  One day at a time.  

We watched online Confirmation of one of our Great Nieces.  We were invited to the dinner afterwards but declined.


It was a large class of sixteen young adults.


This was Olivia's  Confirmation Bible verse.

When Far Guy was going through Confirmation classes, he wanted to go fishing one Saturday...why they picked Saturday mornings at 8 o'clock to have Confirmation Classes is beyond me.  The Pastor said he should follow his conscience...so he went fishing.    

When I went through Confirmation classes we got to hear all about the adventures of the Pastor...he was a bachelor and had some real big stories...one day a bridge was out and God carried him safely over the water...

Far Side

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Be a Helper

 We had a few frustrating days, with medical appointments changed and cancelled.  The right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing and they are not consulting each other.  They are not helpers...well we had one helper who scheduled everything and later in the day a different nurse (Nurse Ratched type) called and cancelled everything...she was a real bitch non helper.

My eye doctor called I have a wrinkle in my retina, he says he is not concerned at this time however I have to do the test over again in six months.  Should my vision change I should call him immediately.   He is a helper. 

We went for a ride on the trails yesterday and while we were gone our patio table exploded...the glass top shattered into many pieces...Far Guy says a million pieces.  We were getting it cleaned up when my other baby brother and she who sees robins first stopped by.  She who sees robins first helped me sweep up the glass.  My other baby brother said we could put the steel frame in his bin that will get recycled someday.  Their Grand Ava was along...she helped by carrying a vacuum cleaner from the garage.  They were all helpers.  It took a while to vacuum all the cracks and crevices between the pavers.   We were tired had a nap and after supper we vacuumed some more...we are reasonably sure we have that huge mess cleaned up.


Even Baxter can be a helper! 

Our area has a number of anti vax people...I have relatives that are against vaccinations.  How are they helping vulnerable transplant patients or children that are immune compromised.  Of course none of them have Polio, Diphtheria, Whooping Cough, Measles, Mumps,  Ruebella or Small Pox...why are they protected from the diseases that could take their lives...because they had mothers (helpers) who cared about them!  Yet they choose to play the Covid lottery...I guess that is their choice.  Sadly they are not helpers.

Far Side


Saturday, May 1, 2021

May Day!

 Happy May Day! 

We will deliver a few baskets today.   Some will go to my other baby brothers house for some of his grands that will be visiting on Sunday. 

Far Guy delivered some on Thursday to the Infusion Nurse's children. 


I put bits of tissue paper inside the owl baskets and then the candy.  The glasses turned out really cute! 


Delivered May Baskets to my parents on Thursday night before Bingo.

Hope you all have a wonderful May Day! 

Far Side

Friday, April 30, 2021

Butter Butt and Bingo

 We have more Butter Butts (Yellow Rumped Warbler) all the time.  They are only here for a little while in the Spring then they move on...we must be a rest area.


Such a pretty little bird! 

Grocery pickup was okay...missing a few things, but I can work around them...they sent Skim Milk instead of 2 % ...Pretzel Buns are in short supply again along with Lime Outshine Bars.  Good thing I have some of each in the freezer.

I took my Dad to Bingo, we didn't win but we came real close to winning several times.  Dad was a little more unsteady on his feet...we take his walker along, and usually someone happens along to help me with the doors and the step he has to go down.   He was a little more confused than last week.  He is working up some ground in his old garden spot because he wants to plant some potatoes... he gets around pretty good for someone 94 years old.

Tomorrow is May Day...are you ready with May Baskets? 

Far Side

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Trail Ride

 My baby brother dropped off his Ranger for us to take a trail ride.  We headed for the Smoky Hills. 

Not much happening there...we saw a Ruffed Grouse. 


It isn't green in the woods yet.  It was a beautiful day for a ride the afternoon temperatures were in the 70's.  No early Spring flowers blooming yet.


We did not go up this trail.  There are many State Forest Roads to follow. 

Can you see the Swan?


Headed for home. 
It was a great afternoon out and about! 
Far Side 





Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Bluebird Houses and Mice

 We cleaned out all eleven Bluebird houses one day...making sure they are ready for Bluebirds that should come any day now.   I really need to make a better pattern with a more slanted roof...and a piece of wood near the door with a screw in it so I can swivel it down or up to cover the hole for the winter ...so mice don't take up residence.  We cut down brush away from the houses...cause mice will climb up the brush and sneak their way in.


This bird house was a gift from neighbor Arvilla a long time ago.  It has hosted a number of Bluebird families.

Yesterday I mowed  the wildflower garden east of the house...I chased out a mouse that ran up a tree.  My lawn mower may make it another year...it doesn't smoke as bad since Far Guy changed the oil and the oil filter!  Our Lilacs on the far end of that area may have a few flowers this year! 

Spring is coming slowly! The Butter butts (Yellow Rumped Warblers) came yesterday however a number of Juncos are still here. 

Far Side

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Baxter: Burrs and the lake

 Baxter visited yesterday...he was full of burrs.   


I got out a special dog brush and in no time he was free of burrs.  Baxter is about 9 months old now. 

He is pretty good at sit and come and he shows a bit of interest in a ball, and sometimes a frisbee.  His herding instinct is strong.  On Saturday when there were lots of people outside he ran around herding them up.


He will come up to me and let me pet him and he really likes Far Guy!  He likes the snow.  He is learning how to get out of the lake as he has gone off the dock a few times ( my baby brother had to rescue him a few times).  He is a good watch dog (he even barks at doorbells on TV)...he misses Annie as she had to go back home with my sister...they kept each other out of trouble.   Baxter is keeping my baby brother and his bride on their toes.

Far Side

Monday, April 26, 2021

Snow again

 Winter wants more time with us! 


The huge icy wet flakes fell for quite some time late in the afternoon...it rained first and then it changed over to snow.   I took the photo just before supper.

We had a quiet day...church via the computer in the morning and the rest of the day was uneventful other than a Facetime call from our youngest daughter Jen...we got to see Adam's cat, Noah and his dog...and Little Elvis. All are doing well! 

The wild flower area in the distance really needs to be mowed...I had hoped to do that on a warm dry day.  Maybe when Spring gets here as sooner or later she must push old man Winter out the door.

Far Side

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Snow and Prom

 It snowed early Saturday morning. 


Just enough snow to cover the grass...it quickly melted but it was still a cool day.

I attended the virtual baby shower in the afternoon, it was fun to see my nephew and his wife.  We played some games...Name the Disney parents, Name that baby song, guess who and guess the price. There were people attending from all over the United States. 

Then we got company.  It is Prom!  


My other baby brothers grand...or our Great Niece Hailey and her beau.  Her dress even had pockets!  She was just beautiful! 


My Parents and Hailey and her beau.

Far Side


Saturday, April 24, 2021

Blue Dishes

 I needed a project on Friday morning. So I washed those blue dishes in the open cupboards.   That was the end of the Spring Cleaning in the kitchen.   Far Guy helped!  Somehow we drag each other into some projects. 


We finished just in time to head for town for my last eye test.   I have looked at the green star twice now ...they told me they were two different tests and the test for macular degeneration where there are lights that move around and you have to press the button.  Old people tests.  I would guess I passed the tests..the Doctor will send out a written report after he has reviewed everything.  

It rained most of the afternoon and the temps were in the 40's.  A chilly Spring day in Minnesota.

Far Side




Friday, April 23, 2021

Not much new but yarn

 I am certain I will become bored with these colors before long....since I have 26 skeins. 


These are the colors for a new project.   It will be interesting to see how the colors come together on this  Mosaic Patchwork Project. 

The grocery adventure was okay this week.  Made a trip by the meat market too.  Our new fridge has more space on the top freezer than our old fridge...and less space in the bottom.  Go figure. 

We are getting a bit bored with our normal menus...I suppose the comfort food of winter should be replaced by more summery menus.  I should try some new recipes....we got some farm fresh eggs...and that made a great breakfast for supper! 

I took my Dad to Bingo, I won $45  (we play one wins we all win and split the pots) so we can go back again next week:) 

Far Side


Thursday, April 22, 2021

Cool

 Our weather is real cool.  Highs only in the 30's and 40's during the day and 20's at night.


It will be a long time yet before we see buds on the Oaks.  

Yesterday I made a few more cards...from my last watercoloring project that brightened my day.  I also worked on the newest Mosaic Crochet CAL ...one swatch to test for gauge....I am not pleased with it yet.  I will get it all worked out soon....well before the new event begins.

 I also tried a new technique...called COM (Continuous Overlay Mosaic)...not impressed as it is too fiddly for me.    I gave it a good try.  I can see where it might work for some projects. 

We got Far Guy's photos all transferred over from his old computer to his new computer.  Yeah us!   He does way less cussing now that he has a decent computer.  We found one image on his computer that cracked us both up...that was the most either of us has laughed in a long time!

Here it is. 



Far Side

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Rainbow of colors

One more project completed!

 I finished up the baby blanket I was working on.  It was a fun project.   It was Mosaic Crochet a pattern called Apache Tears.   Each row is a different color.   I have enough yarn left over to make a couple more baby blankets!  When I order yarn I do it up good!


Can you tell the baby is a boy ...hence the blue border! 


I found a book to send along and a thermal sleeper....the package is on the way to Seattle where my Nephew and his wife live...the virtual baby shower is this weekend.  I have never attended a virtual baby shower before...it should be interesting.  We may get to see the baby in August when his parents visit Minnesota!

We had a busy day yesterday...I had some eye tests...and after that I had a Dental Appointment because I cracked a tooth and couldn't chew anything...it is all fixed now.   Two more appointments for us this week, Far Guy's usual and another eye test for me. 

Far Side

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Trail Ride with Jody

 My other baby brother picked me up one afternoon and we went for a ride around the lake. 


He has a very nice Ranger and even lets me drive it sometimes.


The woods are still in early Spring mode. 

We saw one squirrel and this Ruffed Grouse.  Grouse are often along trails as they come out to get sand, they need sand in their gizzard to help grind up their food.

The old bridge.  No fish were running.  

We were hoping to see a bear or two...no luck.

It was a fun ride...soon he will be back at work more than full time as his construction business takes off with Spring, Summer and Fall work.  I really like his Ranger...I am kinda sold on the idea. 

The S word...it snowed here yesterday morning enough to make the ground white...the sunshine melted it...it is cold enough to snow again and probably will.

Far Side


Monday, April 19, 2021

Out with the old in with the new

 Finally after 5 months and 11 days we have a new fridge.  Not the fridge I ordered which was an Amana...instead it is a Whirlpool because the Amana might be available in June...but the couldn't promise anything.  When Bert called me he said "Don't hang up on me I have good news and bad news."  The bad news was that the Amana may or may not come in June...the good news that a Whirlpool was now available for delivery.  So they delivered it last Friday.

Switching out a fridge is hard work for old folks.  Far Guy said "Never again"  It makes ice cubes quite loudly.  He has been worried that the 22 year old fridge would die any day.

So our brains have to relearn where stuff is. 

old


new


We now have several appliances that match....the old stove is black....but the microwave and the toaster are stainless.   So we are almost matchy matchy.

Yesterday morning we sat outside watching the birds...it was 63 degrees and sunny...then it got cloudy and the temperature fell into the 40's.  The S word has been spoken again.

Far Side

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Happy Birthday Trica!

 Our oldest daughter is 49 today...how can she be that old?  Time passes...we all get older.


A long time friend sent us this photo.  It was taken of Trica and her Dad in the summer of 1972 in Janesville Minnesota.   I always made sure she wore a hat...Mothers don't do that anymore.  The blanket she has is one that was made by her Great Grandma Henderson...corduroy of different colors ( A Crazy Quilt) on one side and an animal print on the other.   Far Guy had lots of hair back then. 

Hold onto your good memories.   Live in the present and make the best of each day.  Sending our daughter birthday blessings all wrapped in love.  Happy Birthday Trica! 

Far Side


Saturday, April 17, 2021

Happy Birthday Maddie!

 Maddie is one year older today.   We will not see her for her birthday as she lives in Michigan.  Maddie is a Dental Assistant and enjoys her job very much...especially extractions...she says that the Dentist she works for is awesome!   

She has the two munchkins to keep her on her toes...she says that Cee Cee is not only walking but running everywhere.  Hey Mikey and his sister are good playmates for each other.

2003 Maddie when she was five years old..she had a Care Bear that was almost as big as she was. 



That is the famous Maddie smile!   Happy Birthday Maddie!!  She is 23 years old today! Practically an old lady! 

Far Side

Friday, April 16, 2021

Bingo

 We have no flowers except for the tin ones.   There is still snow in some spots....and we may get more snow next week.   Winter wants to stick around!


I took my Dad to Bingo, everyone well almost everyone wears masks until they are at their table, then they can take them off.   We did not Bingo, but we got within one number several times.   It gives my Mom a break and my Dad really enjoys Bingo.  He goes out to Doctor appointments, Church and Bingo.  I am not sure how many more times we can safely go...We are watching the Covid Case numbers and they are going up ...I also heard that the local hospital reopened their Covid ward....it has been closed.   One week at a time....if everyone would just get their vaccinations and wear masks we would have a chance of getting back to normal someday.

My Dad has some memory problems, I have to redirect him and explain things to him several times...he does pretty good for being 94.   He misses a few numbers here and there...he wants me to point them out...so I do. Together we make it work so we don't miss a bingo.

Far Side

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Glasses

 I have a prescription for new reading glasses...not sure that I will get it filled as I am doing okay with the reading glasses I have ...the change was minor...and probably just because they want to sell glasses. 

In the mail was an envelope with glasses...all colors. 


They are from Jen and they are for the owl May baskets! ( Jen has a Cricut and can cut all kinds of neat stuff out!)


I am going to use some sparkle on them...glitter...and maybe some jewels...before I glue them on the owls...putzy fun stuff. 

I was working on the baby blanket when Far Guys new computer arrived...his old computer was on its last legs...he needed help...so I helped him as much as I could....and by George I think we have most of it!  

It snowed a bit more and it is cold.  The car made it into the Dealership for an oil change and tire rotation.  Cross something else off our list!

  Far Side

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

April Snow

 It snowed.  About 2 inches of the white stuff fell.   Why is it that the snow in November and December seems so pretty and April snow lacks all beauty? We have had snow birds (Juncos) in our yard for days  foretelling of the snow that was coming....and my arthritis said it was coming also. 


We had yesterday morning off and then in the afternoon we both had Dental Appointments.   Look Ma No Cavities!   We are good to go for six months...it was 13 months since we had a Dental visit.   The Dentist and his hygienist are married and are long time friends of ours...so we got in a good visit too....it has been a hard year for them...a death in their family, the dentist was in a bad accident and had to have a number of surgeries...and of course Covid and all that entailed for their business. 

One good thing about a visit to the Dentist is the bakery that is next door and the Cracked Wheat Flatbread they sell.

Baxter (my brothers dog) and Annie (my sisters dog) were here in the morning so I got a dog fix...they had a blast running through the fresh snow.   Baxter herds Boston Terrier Annie...it gives him a job.

I did not shovel, Far Guy said "let it melt" so I did.

Far Side

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Color

 It is dark and dreary outside...the rain became a bit thick and flake like late in the afternoon yesterday. 

So it was a blah day...I tried to cheer up a bit with some color.


I worked on some watercolor stuff for cards...then I worked on the baby afghan that I would like to finish up this week. 

My work basket is filled with color.  I have enough of this yarn to make several baby blankets.  I crochet while watching TV.

I watched a very strange show on Netflix called I Care A Lot...I give it a 5 out of 10 stars...I should have stopped watching it...but wanted to see how it ended. 

Now for a rant:  Yesterday I saw part of a popular day time show and could not believe the stupidity of some people.   An out of work mother was rationing plastic diapers and letting her child sit in wet diapers because she could not afford to buy enough plastic diapers.  News Flash...buy cloth diapers...wash them, hang them to dry and use them again.  If you cannot afford cloth diapers...use towels...cut apart old flannel shirts...there are many ways to diaper a baby besides in plastic diapers. 

Far Side



Monday, April 12, 2021

The Owls have it

 The May basket this year is an owl.  I am undecided if I want to put a handle on the baskets...most likely...anyways the playing with the paper and glue is now done.   They await handles and candy.   This year I made 24 May Baskets.  


They are all different..cause I am easily bored.  You have plenty of time to find a simple design and make a May Basket for a friend or a neighbor!  I missed doing May Baskets last year due to Covid...

There is a new Mosaic CAL (Crochet Along) starting in May.  It is a beautiful patchwork afghan.   I bought the pattern and proceeded to order the yarn...oh all those colors to choose from...I didn't want it too dark...because darker colors are harder on old eyes.  I was supposed to order three colors and 23 skeins then I added another color that Far Guy liked so 26 skeins should show up later this week and I can do a practice square.  This gal has a really good way of taking care of all the ends with the color changes so you have minimal ends...we will see.   It took me over an hour to decide on my colors.

In the meantime I am working on a baby blanket. With our weather taking a nose dive I should be able to finish it this week. 

I brought in the solar bird bath fountain and all of the glass rain gauges so they won't freeze and break.

Far Side

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Weekend

 We finally got a bit of sun, probably won't last long ...the S word is in the forecast.   It is not my fault either...I was tempted to put the snow shovels away...but I didn't want to tempt fate.

Far Guy changed oil and the oil filter on my lawn mower...so it is ready to go! 

My baby brother, his bride and Baxter visited with us in the afternoon.  Baxter has sure grown while he was gone...I will take some photos of the cute little bugger soon. 

I caught up on laundry, cleaned the bathroom and in the evening we watched the miserable Hockey Championship.

I worked on some of the May Baskets while watching the miserable game.  St Cloud lost. 


The other day when we were out and about we watched for protesters ...didn't see any but heard there was a bunch of arrests.  I am sure they were out by the next day...


This is Line 3 that will carry oil from Canada to Lake Superior.   It replaces an older line and will be safer than the old line.  

In other news I heard that a major highway will be closed all summer because they are putting buggy lanes in.   Making it safer for the people who use horse drawn buggies. 

Far Side