Sunday, April 14, 2024


 The yard is in early Spring mode.  We need rain badly. 

We put out the bird feeders again and have our usual Woodpeckers, Nuthatches and Chickadees.  The Junco's are here on and off flying far they have not brought us snow.   Far Guy saw a Robin in town, my baby brother had a Robin at his house.  As far as I can tell we have one bunny rabbit. 

See that patch of tall grass/wildflowers past the trees in the yard...I will mow that in the next few days so it can green up if it rains. 

Such is life here in the woods.  Yesterday it was 72 F or 23 C eh! It was a very nice day!

I am still muddling through the big sort and Far Guy felt good enough to go out to his garage and transfer tools to his new tool box.

Far Side

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Blue Sky

 We had a wonderful blue sky day yesterday.  We sat outside a couple of times, our high temperature for the day was 54 F or 13 C eh!

We tackled a project in the garage, and we got it done! 

The Oaks are not beginning to look alive yet. 

Can you pick out which tree is a Piss Popple (Aspen) soon all the dangles will fall off the tree.  They make such a mess.  But it will be the first leafy green tree in our area. 

I worked on the big sort for a bit yesterday.  Very little progress was made. 

Far Guy continues to hold his own and is working on getting stronger everyday.

Far Side

Friday, April 12, 2024

Progress on the big sort

 I am done bringing totes into the house to sort.  The last two totes came home with me today.   I am not going back to my Mothers's storage garage to get anything else.  Far Guy says "ya sure."  He also asked how long I thought the big sort will take.   I do not know.  I am done sorting new cards ...I think...there are hundreds of them.  I started working on the photographs. 

My Mom and her older brother Alfred who was killed in a car accident when he was 19 years old in October of 1947. His death made my Mom the oldest in the family. 

Far Side

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Idle Hands

 There are no idle hands around here. 

The blanket is my tv watching project. 

I  sorted cards last Mom kept cards from their 25th Wedding Anniversary that was 48 years ago.   I found a few interesting letters some that connect the dots with family history and a few family related of my Aunt's funeral service on a cassette tape. I found a number of obituaries, that Mom said she had but couldn't recall where she put them. Guest books from Silver and Golden Wedding celebrations....I have no idea what to do with them. I have three file totes upstairs that are going to my siblings...mainly filled with photos...they might get a few surprises. 

My Mother was not only a fabric hoarder but a card hoarder.  She has new cards for every season and reason.  Ready to send out at a moments notice. I used to give her cards that I made thinking that she wouldn't have to go out to buy cards...boy was I wrong. 

The big sort continues. 

Oh yes the Idle Mother used to say "Idle hands are the devil's workshop."

Far Side

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

The Big Sort

 It was raining on Monday, so....I began the big sort.  Many totes full of "stuff" were brought upstairs after my Mom died.   Lets just say I have a rather large mess up there...Far Guy refuses to go upstairs. 

Rainy days and evenings will be time to sort.  I will eventually get done...I hope. 

My baby brother brought me three more totes yesterday, one tote had...greeting cards and a small box with some of my Fathers an old money in it...a leather belt that has seen better days...a Japanese or Korean book of maps....his drivers license ( I shredded it)...a razor, hearing aids and glasses. 

Not sure what is in the other totes as I didn't get to them yet.  Have to leave those surprises for another rainy day or evening project. 

I know the Lions take glasses...I heard they take hearing aids too!

Six pair...I wonder if that is all I will find?  I tried them on..and no I cannot see through them..he had two real fancy pairs of prescription sunglasses.

Just thankful I didn't get the totes with fabric in them my baby brother has stacks of them in his all season craft/gathering room. 

Far Guy had a pretty good day, we got the bird feeders filled, a Pileated Woodpecker was in the yard and I am sure he will be back for suet.  It was nice to sit out in the sunshine!  The high temperature was 55 F or 13 C eh!

Far Side

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Book Club April

 The book we read for the April bookclub was How The Word Is Passed by Clint Smith.

I gave it a 2 reads like a text book and the author is real wordy either that or he had a lazy editor. 

The book club girls were split some liked it and some did not.  

I hope that next months read is not dull and dreary. 

Far Guy is doing pretty good, knock on wood I think he is 3/4 of the way around the corner. I still  have an eye on him.

Far Side

Monday, April 8, 2024


 Our youngest Granddaughter is 25 years old today!  

I have no idea how she got to be 25 in the blink of an eye. 

Can you tell she hated my camera?  Sometimes she would hide from me.  I think she was 12 in this photo. 

Here she is when she was still 24, in the photo is her fiancee Cole and Cole's little Dachshund Rosie.

Happy Birthday Miss Paige...we loved you even when you hid from the camera, you have grown into a beautiful young lady who we are very proud of.  Love you now and forever!


Sunday, April 7, 2024


 We had a nice day, we sat outside with my other baby brother and she who sees Robins first...she has not seen any yet this I still have a chance.  It was a windy day.  They helped us get the patio furniture out of the garage. 

We went to the dump in the morning and to recycle.  Cross that off our list.   I managed to give the downstairs bathroom a real good clean! 

Far Guy had a good day, he feels better than he did a few days that is progress.  If he keeps improving I can take one eye off of him and relax a bit. We might be at the edge of the woods...yeah us! 

Far Side

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Baxter and Lolli

 Baxter and Lolli are good friends. 

As you can see there is quite a difference in size.  Baxter is a Mini Australian Shepherd...with little emphasis on the mini part.

Yes you get a closer look at her ears! I am not sure if she is considered a Brown and White Boston Terrier or a Lilac or a Fawn Lilac. I call her a blondie but that is not an official color.  She has had to grow into her ears.  She liked lounging on that blanket on the couch between Far Guy and Beth.  Lolli is staying a bit longer with my baby brother Carey and his bride Beth.  They love her and are taking good care of her with Baxters help! 

Both dogs were happy to see us.  Lolli's bum ( rectal bruise) is looking better too.

Far Guy had a reasonably good day, he did a few more activities and we went for a short Ranger Blue ride before dark.  We saw four deer. 

I crossed a few things off my list of things that I must do soon!
Far Side

Friday, April 5, 2024

Meat with your meat

 Andy made the most incredible meat for Easter Dinner. 

No not this although the double smoked ham was delicious!

This is what we are talking about!

Melt in your mouth Pork Belly! The strips of pork belly were rubbed with a special spice mix and then put out in the smoker and then were covered with some fancy kind of glaze after they were sliced into bite size pieces. 

We call this have some meat with your meat! 

I haven't had pork belly in years...back on the farm when I was growing up and a pig was butchered we often had pork belly. 


Brother In Law Dean is out of the hospital and recovering at home after the car accident.

Lolli is having a blast with Baxter, they ran around in our yard for a long time today so they should both be tuckered out.  Her rectal bruise doesn't seem to bother her. 

Far Guy is still hanging in there, he had his infusion yesterday and had fun visiting with his favorite nurses.  Hoping we can avoid a hospital visit in the next few days maybe we will be over the hump. 

Me I am not all unpacked yet or caught up with laundry.  We have enough groceries in the house now that we can stay home a few days and just rest and sit outside and enjoy the sunshine.  

Far Side

Thursday, April 4, 2024


 Not too much snow left yet. 

June the snow bank is barely hanging in there.

Far Guy had blood tests and a chest x ray.  No pneumonia although his white blood count is up, after two days trying to get a script to the correct pharmacy I recalled a bottle that had a fill left on it.  Who knows when or if the script will get to the correct pharmacy.  No one does their job anymore.  Anyways...I am trying my best to keep Far Guy out of the hospital. 

My other baby brother called Wednesday morning, our brother in law Dean was in an accident and life flighted out to St Cloud and the puppy Lolli was with the Highway Patrol.  We went to the scene of the accident to get the puppy. We found out later that Dean has a broken sternum.  I took Lolli and gave her a quick exam...she seemed okay...everything worked.  I dropped her off at my baby brothers, he has Baxter and dog food.  He discovered a small spot near Lolli's anus after she pooped...he took her to the Vet and she has a rectal bruise. Poor puppy.  My baby brother and his bride, Baxter and Lolli went to St Cloud to see how Dean and my sister were doing.  My sister Julie was on her way to work at a Regional Office in Thief River Falls when she got the phone call about the she had a really long drive.  We are thankful that Dean will be okay eventually, he will have pain for a really long time. 

Far Side

Wednesday, April 3, 2024


 Ree has a new nickname that has stuck.  Peach is what everyone is calling her so me too!

She has seen us enough over the Winter that she no longer has stranger danger.  She is on the move now as she is creeping.  Easter Sunday she entertained us!

Peach is learning new things everyday!  It won't be long before she is pulling herself up on furniture.

Far Guy had a little set back after we got home...too much activity. So he has slowed down and feels a bit better...I think.  At any rate I am keeping an eagle eye on him. 

Far Side

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Italian Dessert

 Andy  grilled one evening.  Steaks, salad with cheese, strawberries and blueberries, gluten free popovers, roasted carrots and wine.  Then an Italian Dessert...Tiramisu, that we had much later in the evening. 

It is Andy's favorite dessert. A sliver was just about right for me as it is a very rich dessert. 

We made the trip back to our home in the woods yesterday. We got the car unloaded but not everything is put away yet. Far Guy is doing so so, just the change from one house to another is a breathing adjustment for him. 

Far Side

Monday, April 1, 2024

Easter gathering

 We gathered at Jen and Andy's for Easter.   The food was marvelous!  We enjoyed way too much food and a rousing game of Bingo.  The Great Grands hunted for their Easter Baskets and had an egg hunt. 

We missed Miss Paige she had to be elsewhere, it is always fun to see these "kids" together.
Far Side

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Easter Joy

 Happy Easter from our family to yours!

Far Side

Saturday, March 30, 2024


 My baby brother sent out this photo of the Good Friday sunrise from his home. 

What a beautiful way to start Good Friday. 

Far Guy is doing a tiny bit better every day.

Far Side

Friday, March 29, 2024

Sunflower scrubby

 I had this wacky idea to crochet a sunflower scrubby. 

Who wouldn't like a bit of sunshine in their kitchen anyway? 

This was one of the rejects, the brown area is a bit large....but it does resemble a sunflower.  I perfected the pattern after I made this one. 

Far Guy was feeling much better yesterday..we even went out for supper...the first time in a very long time.  We are packing up a few things to take home with us the first part of next week.

Far Side

Thursday, March 28, 2024


 The winter storm went South of us.   It was a big ta - do about nothing. 

Here is the lawn before the big bad three day storm.

There was still a bit of ice in the neighbors lawn.

After the big storm.

The sun came out and it warmed up...and poof all the snow is now it looks like the first photo again. 

Far Guy had an appointment with his Pulmonary Doctor.  She says it will take a long time to get back to normal...many, many weeks.   So he should be patient... 

One day at a time. 

Far Side

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

A different craft

 Quilting without sewing is what daughter Jen said. 

Yes but at the end you have to sew down the strips.  So I will just remain an assistant!

I helped her create this piece of art this week.  Mosaic fabric art.

The design is drawn on the paper...then you apply some kind of paper with sticky stuff onto fabric, then you cut the fabric into a million strips, pull the backing off and apply the strips to the design.  I was a stripper...ya know pulling the backing off and I designed those mountains off to the left...the ones that look like pointy boobs.  When the pattern is completely covered you hang it in front of the patio door to see what areas you missed.  Then it is pressed ...the iron heat activates the sticky stuff on each small piece of fabric, then Jen sewed straight lines all over the piece.  It is quite a large piece even if it looks small on the floor.  Andy will make a frame for it and it will be for sale at Flippin Happy Home. 

Far Guy had a pretty good day yesterday, and he has a Doctor's appointment today. 

Far Side

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

63 years ago

March 26 1961 my baby brother was seven years old, my other baby brother was five months old and I was 9 1/2. 

It must have been close to Easter that year as my baby brother has a bunny amongst his seven candles. 

Not sure who the hair dresser was most likely my Mom...those bangs of mine will take a long time to grow out..those curls were made with those spongy pink hair rollers.

Happy Birthday to my baby brother! Welcome to your 70's.

Far Side

Monday, March 25, 2024

The little girls

 Maddie visited the other day with the children.   Everyone is growing up! 


Ree is really growing.

She has six teeth now and is getting a few more teeth.  Her Mom called her Miss Crabby Pants but she was perfectly fine when she was here.  She has a wonderful giggle and belly laugh that ends in a snort. 

Far Guy is holding his own for now. 

We have snow in the air but it is not staying on the ground for now, we are in a Winter Storm Watch until Tuesday morning. 

Far Side


Sunday, March 24, 2024


 Any port in a storm or Grandma will do.

Her paw is on my foot...socks with crocs....that way she can snooze and know when I move.

In the afternoon Jen and I went to the dog park.  Sadie had some interaction with other dogs but was mainly interested in a stick.  She was the prettiest dog there!

As you can see there is no snow...but that may change on Sunday. 

Far Guy had a decent day, he is getting stronger. 

Far Side

Saturday, March 23, 2024

A reminder

 In 1997 we were preparing for the historic 500 year flood. I began writing about it here.

I try not to think about that flood too often, but up here in East Grand Forks when I leave to go anyplace I go by the dikes and the flood walls. 

Recently we saw cans of drinking water donated by Anheuser-Bush.  We wondered how many cans of water were donated.  I googled it and found that Anheuser-Bush is known for donating water when it is needed.

The use by date has long passed. 

Far Guy is still doing okay, he is getting stronger and doing more things everyday.
Far Side

Friday, March 22, 2024

Another Thursday

 Thursday is Infusion Day, only two pokes this week.  We went out for late lunch after the appointment.  That way we don't have to cook supper! We both had eggs. 

We both had an afternoon nap.  My Doctor put me on an antibiotic because he said that 23 days with a cough was too much and I needed help getting over it.  

Far Guy is making progress, he even read two books!  He is getting stronger everyday.  Knock on wood.

Far Side

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Sandhill Cranes

 The Sandhill Cranes are the oldest living bird species,  in fact they have been around for two million years. 

Perhaps that is why the sculptor named his sculpture "Thread to the past." 

If you have heard them flying overhead they make a prehistoric sound.  Here is a link to hear their calls.

Far Guy had a pretty good day.  He is improving a bit everyday.

Far Side

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

bird art

Last Fall I spent some time in the Red Bridge Park taking photos of the sculptures.  

This one is called "Thread to the Past"

This was my favorite sculpture that day, I thought is was very well done.  It too can be purchased for $4,000. 

The Sandhill Cranes have probably started there way up North already.  They could be in for a surprise because our weather has turned cold. 

Far Guy had a good day yesterday but after supper he was real tired. 

Far Side

Tuesday, March 19, 2024


 There is always one in a crowd.

No one is pushing up daisies yet. 

Recovery is still slow but headed in the right direction. 

Far Side

Monday, March 18, 2024


 I finally caught up with the Thank you cards from my Mother's funeral.  I ran out of the normal cards that the funeral home supplied us with (250 cards), so I watercolored some of my own.  After my siblings and I met to do the original cards from the visitation and funeral, each of us has been in charge of sending out thank you cards to cards we each receive in the mail

I appreciated all the cards and notes I got from blog readers.  It is nice to know that people care enough to send a card. 

Far Guy had a quiet day Sunday, no huge improvements, but no going backwards either.  I still have a lingering cough and fatigue.  But with my Arthritis fatigue is normal.  Interesting fact to note when I was on antibiotics for a UTI for ten days I had no Arthritis the back, neck, left hip, left knee and left ankle pain is back. 

Far Side

Sunday, March 17, 2024

Book Club: March

 We had book club a few weeks ago.  We read Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.

Although is is a young adult book, I enjoyed it very much, I give it a 8 possibly a 9 out of 10 stars.  It was an easy read. All the gals in the bookclub enjoyed it. 

I am going to send this over to my baby brothers house as he has some readers coming up that would enjoy this novel. 

Far Guy and I had a quiet Saturday, recovery is slow.  He is still improving a bit each day.

Far Side

Saturday, March 16, 2024

St Urho's Day


In Menahga Minnesota there will be the Changing of the Guard at noon and shortly after that a parade on Main Street.  We have seen that parade in warm weather and with a snow bank down the center of the street.  Finlanders and wanna be Finlanders will be there celebrating St Urho as he chased the pesky grasshopper off of the grapes or so the legend goes...

Sadly we will miss the parade and all the doings this weekend. 

Far Guy is hanging in there, he is spending more time upright and walking around which makes him very tired. 

The parade in 2014

Happy St Urho's Day to you all.  I heard that a news station out of Fargo was doing a story on Menahga Minnesota this weekend. 

Far Side

Friday, March 15, 2024

Keep on keeping on

 Far Guy had his infusion and shortly after that his doctor's appointment.  His lungs still sound junky, he is suppose to keep on keeping on with what he has been doing since he came out of the hospital.  Two appointments in one day tired him out.  The Doctor said " Influenza A is really hitting people hard this year ...even young healthy people are taking a long time to recover.  It may take weeks or maybe even a month or two to get back to normal."

This was a puzzle Jen and I worked on back in February sometime.  Lots of pastel colors and it was a nothing is exactly the same from the picture on the puzzle box. However they did include a special envelope with the correct picture that we never looked at...nice of them. 

Far Side

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Impatient patient

Far Guy is getting a tad impatient with himself.   He is taking his meds, eating well, drinking fluids and resting.  Things are just not moving fast enough for him.

I have to remind him that he is elderly now...that went over like a lead balloon. 

He has two appointments for his Infusion and then a Doctors appointment for the follow up after his hospitalization. I hope they both go well. 


My climbing roses before they froze out after a brutal Minnesota winter. 

Far Side

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Progress is slow

 Far Guy is much better than he was.  However I have witnessed respiratory distress many times with him, he can be fine one minute and struggling the next.  He says he is weak as a newborn kitten.   I remind him that he is stronger than he was a few days ago.  

I am finally getting some rest, I do not listen to his breathing constantly...I am not waking up every time he coughs or takes a deep breath.

So there is progress just a tad slow.

Flowers last summer.

Far Side

Tuesday, March 12, 2024


 Our Great - Granddaughter Cee Cee was 4 on Sunday.   She had a trampoline park party with Aunts and Uncles present.  Afterwards they had pizza and cake. 

Photo stolen from her Mom's facebook page.
Looks like she had a good time!  She got a bike from her Aunts!  That balloon creation was something special! 
We were not able to attend the party but will ask her over to retrieve her gift when Far Guy feels all better. 

Far Side