Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Birthday Weekend, Storm Cleanup, Wednesday Medley

As St. Augustine said,  “Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.” There is nothing else that satisfies. There is nothing else. Period. Jesus Christ is not an addition to life to make it more wonderful and meaningful.
He IS life.
 I don't know about you, but this Google greeting kinda creeps me out!
I opened Google yesterday to see this.

I wasn't feeling lucky.
They might as well have said,
"Happy Birthday from your favorite spy!"

But anyway, that was yesterday.
Today is
Wednesday Medley!
Join Terri and the Gang

She writes the questions;
we write the answers.
Plug them into your own blog post
and link up at
Thanks, Terri!





Terri's questions are in black; my responses in blue.

1.  Let's start with a number! How many lighthouses have you visited?
 Lighthouse from Duluth at Canal Park
from 2009
I was looking through my photo files
but I guess this isn't a lighthouse. I'm sure there's one there and that I saw it. :-)
Dover, 2017
And I know I've seen the lighthouse at Marquette, Michigan, but evidently I didn't take a photo.
2.  Have you been inside a lighthouse and did you walk to the top? No. But I've walked to the top of York Minster and a few other cathedrals. Does that count?
3.  Do you seek them out when you are traveling the coastlines or are you not that big a fan? 
I don't travel the coastlines or I would. And I'd still like to get up north to Split Rock Light House along Lake Superior.

Morning light, October '16
4.  Do you have a favorite scripture or another reference to share with us concerning a guiding light in your life?
There are more than a few things I could insert here. The first, of course, would be Psalm 119:105 - "Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." 
" Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.'”John 8:12
"This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all." I John 1:5 
Paraphrasing theologian N.T. Wright, We are here to be God's image bearers, being good stewards of and bringing God's wisdom to his good creation and offering creation's praises back to him. 

 This morning's light

5.  If you don't collect lighthouses when you travel, is there something tangible that you tend to collect as a souvenir when you are on vacation or a road trip?

 Yes, I collect mugs. And now I have far too many, I know, but all of my England mugs are going with me to Wausau.
6.  Please share something with us about your week.

The weekend of August 3, family gathered here to celebrate three family birthdays, including mine - AND to clear the driveway of the huge eagle spruce that had uprooted and fallen across our driveway on July 19. (Previous post was all about that.)  It was great to have the family here working together, eating together, and for me, it's always so much fun to see the cousins playing together. I thank God for all the years that we've been able to host the family here, and I'm hoping that after we sell our country home later this year, someone else in the family will pick up the baton and keep the family reunions going. 

 View from the porch

 No, I will probably never remember to hold my phone horizontally while taking a video.
The star of the show was the newest member of our oldest son's family - a Great Pyrenees puppy, Freya.

I think I can; I think I can
A note about the guy in the orange shirt, our middle son:  He's holding two boards which he had hauled to near the top of that giant 90' spruce when he was about 14 years old so that he could sit up there and watch the world go by. If I had known, he would never have lived to tell the tale. But anyway, when the tree came down, those two boards were still in there, nailed across a couple limbs. The little boy in the red Ranger is his son and will probably give his dad a run for his money. We can only hope. LOL

I think the only one whose photo I did not get was our granddaughter Elisabeth, who accompanied us to church on Sunday morning. It was a joy to have her with us. She sat between her grandpa and me, and after church, a man in the congregation introduced himself and told her how lucky she was to be our granddaughter. We told her that Mr. Thompson was a wonderful man and a liar. :-) Actually, he had been Mr. C's and my high school music instructor. No kidding. And believe me, he's a great reader at church and makes everyone feel welcome. I love it!

I tried to get him to go get a haircut with me again...
No deal.

 This photo has nothing to do with anything.
It's just a bonus.

And, of course, the birthday weekend wraps up with the essential bonfire.

I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

After The Storm Wednesday Medley

The game of pick up sticks.
More like pick up branches.
There are currently 50 crews out working to restore power after our big storm last Friday evening that affected a huge area of NW Wisconsin. They say there were a few tornadoes and 80-90 mph straight-line winds. As of Tuesday afternoon, they're predicting another 2-3 days without power for us. Some places north of us they're expecting it will be another 3 weeks!

***This post was written yesterday on my phone. After supper last night, power was restored. Yea!! But anyway, now we have glorious running water again, for which I am so grateful!***

Please join Terri and the gang

Wednesday Medley.
She writes the questions; we write the answers.
Plug them into your own blog post and link up at Terri's blog,
Your Friend From Florida.

In spite of 80-90 mph winds, and losing our 90' eagle spruce as well as many trees and branches, nothing fell on our buildings. And of all the branches that fell in our front yard, not one punctured the screen of our porch or did any damage. Thank you Lord. What a miracle!


1.  What can you tell us about your cousins, please, or someone who is close like a cousin?

When I was a kid, many of my cousins lived in the area. We got to see them and play with them regularly. We told ghost stories, played starlight moonlight, and had lots of fun together. It was a fun childhood. David and Bobby were my favorites.

2.  Do you still see your cousins and will you contact them on National Cousins Day?

I see my cousins only at funerals. That older generation that kept up the reunions is no longer here. And my generation is busy just trying to get our own families together. But I do have a special favorite cousin who moved to Montana some years back. I need to phone her. We always have great visits!

Update: I phoned my cousin at your prompting and we had a great two-hour visit of serious stuff and total nonsense. We have so much shared history. I told her it was like spending a day back in country school. It was a real treat!

The bonfire for our August family reunion here is growing, thanks to last week's storm. Mr. C and I are cleaning up the back and front yards, but I let the family know they should come prepared to help with cleanup (the giant spruce.) 

The huge spruce missed our house too. So thankful. I will miss the eagles who used to visit there. ☹️


3.  Terri had a favorite aunt and uncle she will tell us about.  How about you?

I had lots of favorites, and usually it was because of their sense of humor. Aunt Ruth, Aunt Elaine, Aunt Ruby, Uncle Merlin, Aunt Lois - especially those.

4.  Did/does your family have reunions and can you tell us about them?

We did have occasional reunions with the Canada relatives. We would meet in Solon Springs, Wisconsin and all the adults would tell us my how we've grown. It was very boring. I just remember the men being tall and gray and old. The women were shorter. The best reunions were the Sunday afternoons when we'd go to visit one of my dad's siblings and their family or my mom's sister and her family. Mini reunions. Very often. Cake and ice cream. Those were the days when the ice cream man had a rural route and people kept like 5 gallon ice cream cylinders in their freezers! Really, I'm not kidding. One neighbor could be counted on to have BOTH vanilla and chocolate in those huge containers. It was wonderful. And no wonder I was a chubby kid.

5.  If you have children, are they enjoying relationships with their cousins, aunts, uncles?

To the best of my ability they are. That's why I try to host the August reunion and an early Thanksgiving. Just so these cousins can get to know one another and play together and make fun memories. I'm hoping this baton can be passed to the next generation pretty soon.

6.  Tell us something random about your week so far.

Eating on the screen porch

Heating up chili I had in the freezer
I am sorry, Pam. I see that Mr. C. grabbed one of your beautiful coasters to use as a shim to level the legs on that LP burner! Please see Pam's Coaster Doodles shop on Etsy. The coasters are SO CUTE (and not to be treated as common shims).

Enjoying an evening during
The Great Power Outage of 2019

We are so truly grateful to God for keeping us safe through the storm, for preserving my screen porch 😊💗🙏✝️ and for giving us strength for this cleanup operation.

Always be prepared for something like this. Things I'm so glad we had on hand include:

Bottled water, several cases
Generator (about $300)
Mr. C brings home 5 gallon buckets of water after work each day to keep on hand for bathing and flushing (not at the same time). 😊
(We run the generator during the day only, hooked up to the refrigerator and freezer and a power strip for charging our phones)
A can of gasoline on hand, and we get more as needed.
A few meals in the freezer
An LP burner
Paper plates and bowls
Antiseptic wipes
9V itty bitty flashlights for nightlight
(I still hate the pitch dark, but then my deeds are not evil. 😊)
And of course we always have canned and dry food on hand.
And T.P.

And most important of all on my survival list:


Power restored at 6:55 PM Tuesday.
Our little pioneer adventure is over.

What a luxury electric power is!


My soap shops are closed for the summer.
They will hopefully be re-opened in the fall.

and at

Our ETSY Shop

I wrote this post on my phone and what a pain that is!


Although I wanted to join in with other Meddlers, I have a few projects to do today: Laundry, dishes, branch pickup.
I can't promise when I'll be getting back to the computer.
Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone.



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