Friday, July 21, 2017

A sign for Josh

My nephew Joshua asked me to paint a sign for his rock at the end of his driveway.  I said “Fine let me look at it.” Now his rock is pretty huge so I figured the sign would be a “project.”

The sign

As you can see it took up a large portion of my desk.  The letters were deeply imbedded in the wood and I used a dental syringe filled with paint to work my magic. 

That fish worried me.  Was it a Walleye? Possibly.  I knew it was not a Northern Pike.  It was not a Sunfish. I decided to just do some fish like colors!  I had never painted a fish before.  Uffda what have I gotten myself into???  Good thing I love my nephew! I will drive by this sign on the rock when ever I leave and return home …so it better be good!

Mason and Josh

I worked on it a number of hours days and fretted over that fish.  I finally called Josh to pick it up…he was in charge of sealing it.  He liked it and so did Mason.

Sign attachment in progress

Josh and Missy sealed it and last weekend it was attached to the rock.

Finished signs

An unexpected project was finished! 

I am not going into the sign painting business anytime soon.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Photo Bucket List: Flax

I have a photo bucket list.  One of the things on that list was to photograph a field of Flax. 

Yesterday Chance had to go out early so after he did his business we headed out.  My other baby brother told me about a field up on the prairie.

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Flax only blooms for part of the day.

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I will wait a few days and go back again.  There are new flowers everyday…until it is bloomed out and the seed heads are formed.

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Flax fields are rare in this area. Of course there are different kinds of Flax…oilseed or linen seed.  The oilseed type can be used to make a flour, as a cattle feed or pressed for their oil.  The linen seed type can be used to make  fiber that can be spun …it is called linen (The stalks are dried and pounded and the fibers spun.)

It has been 60 years since I first saw a Flax field south of Lake Park Minnesota late one Sunday morning on my way to Uncle Theron and Aunt Skip’s house.  I have never forgotten what a beautiful sight it was.

Baby Buffalo and Lightning are still on my photo bucket list.

We have smoke in the air from the fires in Canada.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wistful Wednesday : Old Car

The old cars are the best cars.  Remember when the new models came out and you could tell the Fords from the Buicks from Chevrolet?

Then there were the oddball cars… Edsel, Packard, Nash Ramblers, Studebacker, Hudson…and of course Desoto.

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The pastel colored car…this one was Mint Green…although Far Guy called it Willow Green.

Last winter we found a drawing that someone did and it made us both chuckle.  Oh the “stuff” we keep!

Desoto drawing

1959 Desoto Stationwagon with pushbutton drive and an add on air conditioner that sat on the floor in the middle of the front seat.  No sitting next to a beau unless you wanted to put your feet up on that air conditioner unit.

Far Guy shared this story with the carving group last week

“It was winter, we were bored.  Barry and someone else got on the roof of the old Desoto, I headed out to the old fairgrounds and sped around the track, sliding around the corners.  Cruised Main and then out to Crocus…got out and no one was on top of the car. I wondered what the heck, where did they fall off at?  They could have been way back at the fairgrounds.   I turned around to go and find them and here they came walking down the road apparently a low branch knocked them off.  There were other people on top of that car but the only one I can recall is Barry. I was not all alone in the car either, someone was with me…but who?”

I asked him who drew the picture.  He says “Mark.”  Could be it is not signed …

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

21 years ago

Back in 1996 Far Guy and I became Grandparents for the first time.

1996 Savannah

She smiles and we smile back!

Savanna and Grandpa 1996

Savannah and her Grandpa in 1996.

Savannah and Grandma 1996

Savannah and me in 1996.

She is still making us smile.  Happy 21st Birthday Savannah!

Savannah July 17 2016

This photo was taken last year on her 20th birthday.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Lazy Summer Days

I am looking forward to a few lazy days…probably not yet this week.

My list of summer projects is so long it is only in my head instead of on paper.  Sometimes just getting the normal…cleaning, dusting, laundy and cooking is enough for a day with nothing extra done.

Lazy Days of summer

I did carve a bit yesterday.  My goal of one ornament carved and ready to paint a day must have ben a pipe dream.   We do have 39 ready to paint and 3 have been completely painted. (Andy and Jen carved their own ornaments and Jen painted them.) 42 total or just about 1/2 done.

I can paint when it is too hot to carve outside.  We both enjoy time carving outside…cleanup is a breeze Far Guy uses the leaf blower to blow the chips off the patio.

We took the time to inventory the deep freeze and the refrigerator freezer…seems we are stocked  up just like it is winter and we could be stormed in for days.

Canda Geese babies fuzzy Canada Geese family

No doubt the statue of the little girl that is on the dock scares Canada Geese away and keeps them from making a mess on the dock. Canada Geese are poop machines.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Friday Night Concert

We were tired after the trip to Fargo on Friday but we drug our tired bodies and a couple of chairs to the edges of Spirit Lake in Menahga Minnesota for the Sounds of Spirit Lake Concert.Sounds of Spirit Lake

I heard the entertainer was really good.  My other baby brother called and said “If you can go you will love Mylo’s show.”

We got to the lake early and set up our lawn chairs in the front row.  The breeze was coming off the lake, so it was the safest spot for us to sit.  No one sat in front of us with heavy perfume or aftershave or bug spray!

Mylo S.Hatzenbuler is a Rock n Roll Farmboy.  He sang; To all the cows I’ve milked before, Return to Slender, Hens with low faces, Send in the cows…just to name a few of his biggest hits.

Mylos shoes

He rocked these red shoes!


He is a NorDakota farm boy, he was 15 when he heard that Elvis died and he told one of his teachers “The world needs me.”

Nobodys perfect

Ya  Nobody’s Perfect Ya

Costume change

There was even a costume change just like the big rock n roll stars. (Hat and glasses were tucked into his Wall Drug bag)


I really enjoyed the rock and roll farm songs.   It was great fun and everyone was laughing.

He even picked on Far Guy…he asked him where he was from when he replied”Osage” Mylo sang Osage can you see.  He asked how long we have been married Far Guy said 47 years, Mylo said “Better hang onto her, she could do better.”

After the intermission Clyde came out and sang.  He is a very talented Tenor.  He sang one Folk Song and a bunch of Hymns.   It was okay just not as good as rock n roll.

Mylo is Clyde

Yes, this is Clyde he is also Mylo.

The Sounds of Spirit Lake will have a few more concerts throughout the summer.  We like going there.  The event is sponsored by local Menhaga businesses and they pass the orange buckets for donations.  The church serves ice cream cones and popcorn.

Park Rapids also has free concerts they are on Thurday nights on 2nd and Main Street but they promote a Beer Garden along with their concerts. (We have no need to go someplace where there is lots of drinking going on and then driving.) Bagley has free concerts on Sunday afternoons.  There is also music at several area resorts.

Mylo is famous throughout NorDakota, SouDakota, Neebraska and even into Mountana. He gets around.  Ya!

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

On the road

Far Guy had an appointment yesterday (the last one this week!!)…well it was Friday anyways …duh?

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He saw his Neurologist for his Trigeminal Neuralgia, nothing has/is changing other than old age neuropathy that may require a cane.  He has a walking stick, but the Doc wants him to be fitted correctly so he will go to Physical Therapy for instructions.

Traffic in Fargo

It was too warm and sunny for Chance to go along, so he stayed home and guarded the house and we made the two hour trip over and back and an hour there for the appointment. Five hours total.  Chance was happy to see us when we returned!

Road construction in DL

This is what will greet the We Fest thousands of people the first weekend in August. What a mess. Welcome to Detroit Lakes Minnesota and the construction season every summer.

Headed home

Finally almost home, no freaking traffic or construction areas.

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I get real bored in the car and usually have my camera ready, if I take photos I am not falling asleep.

So this was our daytime date, no stops …just trapped in the car together for four hours. We saw one accident and several other situations that could have been accidents if we had not been paying attention…I swear some people should not be driving.

Cross another Doctor’s appointment off the list. It is often said that there are really only two seasons in Minnesota …Winter and Road Construction.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Fair Date

My pupils have finally returned to normal after my eye appointment! So we could have our yearly fair date. We go into town to the Shell Prairie Fair, see the midway and walk around in the barns and exhibit buildings.  We always look forward to the outing.  Especially the local Pork Producers Eat Stand that has the best pork burgers!  We found some french fries in one stand but should have walked further and saved $4. No cheese curds this year they were only available on the midway….and there was a line of people there so we bypassed those calories.


Rock It

I bet this ride is real pretty at night.

Rock it on top

It is one of those screaming pee your pants kinda rides.

Our weather was cool yesterday with a high of about 60F or 15C eh!

Big wheel

This particular carnival splits their show in half to play two smaller county fairs at the same time. There was about 5 kid rides, a Scrambler, a train, a super slide and three other major thrill rides.  They are a southern show from Louisiana who just plays fairs in Minnesota all summer long.

It is a nice show, everything is clean and well kept.  There are benches for us old people to sit on and watch people.  While we were sitting, we noticed that the ride boys were picking up garbage off the ground and putting it in garbage cans…some people just throw their wrappers and bottles anyplace.  There were garbage cans in plain site about every fifty feet…really people just put your garbage in the can!

Pretty quilt

A quilt that caught my eye


A well designed pot of succulents

Alpca or a Llama

Not sure if this is an Alpaca or a Llama…he didn’t like me very much.

old chicken barn

Far Guy likes the chicken barn the best.  Me… I spend the most time with the goats.

The end of the fair

The end

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

eye eye

It has been 8 hours and my eyes are still big black pools.  I can hardly wait to go to sleep. I cannot be cranky whilst sleeping.  Good thing it was a cloudy day.  Good thing Far Guy had a meeting last night…Chance will put up with me no matter what kind of mood I am in. 

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We had storms on Tuesday night but the worst of it went south of us.  We got 1/2 inch of rain so the grass will grow again.

I had an eye appointment… my vision is pretty much the same.  I am getting new reading glasses.  Far Guy picked them out because of course I could see nothing. Isn’t it funny that the time when your eyes are getting dialated is when they want you to pick out new frames?  I know the glasses felt comfortable on my face.  I have another appointment for the usual Vision Field Tests…just to be sure I don’t have glaucoma.  My pressures are slowly going up 16 then 17 and now 18. I may have some cloudy spots that will have to be taken care of someday when they get bad enough, the Doc says my implanted lenses are properly in place and look good except for a few cloudy spots.

I have a headache and I am cranky…my blood pressure was way up…we had to wait about 20 minutes past our appointment time.  I know I am whining.  I will be better when I can see properly.

Far Guy was patient.  Chance went along because the high yesterday was 68F or 20C eh! A tad chilly for July but I hear it will warm up on the weekend.

Cross one appointment off the list. No rest for the wicked this week, one appointment or meeting after another. Next week isn’t looking real relaxing either.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Wistful Wednesday: Berry Pickers

Back in 2003 the Grand Girls and their parents would come to visit Minnesota from Nebraska.  One of their favorite summer activities was to pick raspberries with their Grandfather.  I have a photo “someplace” of them all …but couldn’t find it. No doubt I put it away someplace safe and sound…just cannot find it.

But I did find the girls picking berries.  I would give them cups and off they would go.

Savannah 2003


Paige and Maddie Picking berries

Paige and Maddie

They would pick and eat and share.  Paige was quite concerned about bears.  I stood out on the driveway and shouted at the bears to pack their bags get out of the woods and move to Hawaii.  Years later Paige remembered that and began to cry when she heard her parents were going to Hawaii…of course that is where all the bears were.  Grandma sent them there.

The wild raspberries are ripening now, Far Guy brought me one last night…I had saved two for him…I need to pick some everyday.   They bring back sweet memories.  If the berries are hanging low on the branches Chance will help himself.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Carving with kids

Last spring the carving group that I carve with asked me to facilitate an event.  They would “help” but did not want to be in charge.

It was a one hour program that should appeal to young potential carvers ages 8 and older.  It was part of an Art and Design Summer program sponsored by the Library.

Carving as art is hard to teach to a group of wiggly giggly kids.

We decided to have a display and let them see what we had carved out of wood and to let them carve Ivory soap.

I collected patterns, soap and fashioned some tools that would work to carve soap. A whole package of plastic silverware was modified.  Parts were cut off and smoothed out to make various knives, scoops and pointy cutters.  Far Guy buffed them all so the edges were not overly sharp…they would really have to work at it to draw blood.

Soap carving group

20 kids signed up and 17 showed up.  Good thing I had many helpers.

Canoe Soap Carving

This little girl carved a canoe.

Flower Soap Carving

A flower

Star Carver

And the star pupil of the day carved a snow bunny!  He asked me to take his photo with his carvings and his carving tools.

I covered their work spaces with wax paper, one little boy kept moving down the table to a clean spot.   Another little boy told me he was an artist and could do a complicated carving and he would need no help from me.  ( He was a turd.)

The girls carved hearts, flowers and lady bugs.  The boys mostly turtles and the snow bunny and a dog/whale/fish…it kept changing.

Most of the adult carvers made the rounds encouraging and offering assistance and they all helped me clean up…cause there was soap pretty much everywhere.

It was a good afternoon.

Dr Bill brought a First Aid Kit just in case, he also offered to give them real knives…which I kindly declined.

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