Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Medley and More


I have enjoyed our beautiful springtime view across the road for the past 30 years
#rustic #rural_love

This view is at the Wausau house
The stream runs from the grotto, down a few waterfalls and into the pond.
Saint Francis** will be installed in a week or so.

 Back view of the Wausau house we'll be moving to this (late) summer

Although the house itself is nice, my favorite part is the nearly .5 acres of backyard with the pond, stream, and gazebo - and lots of trees! This is probably the best possible transition to town after having lived in the country for decades. Thank you Lord for your generosity!

Pond at our current home

I just got the pond plants on Sunday and cleaned our little pond on Monday. The next time I'm in Wausau, if it's not snowing or raining, I'll clean out that pond too. If you look closely, you can see the little last waterfall that empties into the pond.

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  (Who even knew this could be a day to celebrate in 2019?!!)

 Our first great grandchild with her sweet parents
Little Penny was dedicated to the Lord on Mother's Day, and
her parents took vows 'to bring her up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.'
It was a beautiful day with the family.
I'm going to be sprinkling family photos throughout.
1.  Do you (men don't have to answer) ever wear stockings today?

As seldom as possible. Ugh. But occasionally.

 Two of our grandsons at our home on the day before Mother's Day
'Grandma, come look! We found a whole garden of them!"
2.  Terri can remember her mom wearing hose with the seam in the back.  Do you have any memories of those?  During the war, when stockings were scarce, women would draw a line on their legs to simulate wearing stockings!  How far would you go to superficially fake something today?

I'm sure my mom must have worn stockings with a seam, but I was too busy riding horse, playing football, and climbing trees to notice. How far would I go to superficially fake something today? Well, let's just say that it's not going to be the real Saint Francis at the head of our garden stream in Wausau.

Our daughter-in-law and two of her (their) daughters
on Mother's Day. All lovely ladies.
3.  Women actually rioted after WWII because Dupont couldn't keep up with the demand for nylon stockings!  Is there anything today you would riot for if the supply dried up (other than basic food and water needs)?

Hmm. Would I riot for coffee? But I guess that would be considered a basic food need anyway, so my answer would be NO. 

 Our firstborn and I
He's still such a fun 'kid.'
4.  Pantyhose were first called Panty Legs.  I'm sure we all have worn pantyhose at one time or another (again, men don't have to answer). Do you still have a pair or three in a drawer?  Do you wear them?

One pair. For emergencies. Like tying to the bed and using them to climb down the side of the house in case of fire.

 My favorite photo of the whole day

The little brother had stayed with us for two (delightful) weeks, and I think his older brothers must have missed him. They couldn't keep their hands off him. It was hilarious! Anyway, this moment looked so Norman Rockwell-esque to me. I love it!
5.  This is also National Chocolate Chip Day.  Perhaps chocolate is something to riot for if we ran out?  Joe's favorite cookie is chocolate chip.  What is yours?

It's a three-way tie: chocolate chip with LOTS of chocolate chips, walnuts or pecans; molasses, or peanut butter made with chunky peanut butter. They're all good! Or maybe it's a lemon drop cookie with cream cheese frosting. Hmmm.

 Waiting for the Swedish Kringler to cool.
He was at the kitchen counter, doing his schoolwork.
I told him to be careful licking *those* beaters
and don't turn the handle!!

6.  Please share something with us about your week.

This week is starting out great. When I saw that the temperature early morning was 42 with a 'Real Feel' of 50, I knew it was going to be good. 

 Grandkids playing at the nearby park
on one of our trips to Wausau
They play so well together and I love seeing them having fun.

 Some pics from the past two weeks. We already miss him.
Clockwise, from top left:
Finding a snakeskin
Sleeping beside Smokey
Painting 'Wausau Rocks' *
His introduction to the accordion

*Wausau Rocks involves painting rocks and hiding them various places around Wausau for people to find, hopefully take a photo of and upload to Facebook on the 'wausau rocks' page. We took a handful of painted rocks when we visited and hid them (in plain sight) around the town. We've yet to see them on Facebook, so either people are walking around with their eyes closed or they decided to keep them. That's okay too.

 Smokey's favorite blanket is a soft, squishy white blanket
Tommy's favorite blanket is Smokey.

I hope the young woman who is interested in these two sweeties and is planning to visit us the second weekend of June, will be willing to take along their favorite sleeping boxes and favorite blankets as well. I don't suppose she would take their favorite chair. That might be asking too much.


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** Saint Francis

Lest we think that Saint Francis was a harmless animal lover and was created merely to decorate our backyards, you might find interesting this bit of information on Saint Francis, excerpted from The Pivotal Players (

"Saint Francis was born in 1182... The charming troubadour of God was also a fierce ascetic...practiced radical self-denial...represented a back to basics evangelicalism, a return to the radicality of the Gospel. This is what makes him a permanently relevant figure in the life of the Church... Francis was and is like a bell ringing, especially now in our hyper-secularized time, when we're just content with the things of this world, a flattened out sense of life. He is like a wake up call - that God is real, that we find our joy only in Him, that Christianity can be lived in this radical way... Wake up to the reality of God!...He was a radical follower of Jesus who wanted to go all the way with the Sermon on the Mount. That does make him a counter-cultural figure for sure. I do think we tend to domesticate him..."

So when you see Saint Francis standing in my backyard, please do not get him confused with Doctor Dolittle.


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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

May Day Wednesday Medley and Kitty Update!!


The Wednesday Medley

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1.  Ahhh... May Day!!  Happy May!  Did you celebrate this when you were a child by dancing around a Maypole or leaving flowers on someone's porch? Will you be celebrating a special occasion in May?

Yes, I actually remember dancing with the other 3rd graders around a May pole, weaving long strands of crepe paper in a pretty criss-cross pattern. It was fun. Also, in our neighborhood, we made little May baskets with candy and May flowers and springing beauties - and hung them from the neighbor's door, then ran away so they couldn't catch us. I'm not sure what that was about, but it was a fun tradition. This year we most definitely will not have May flowers up to give to anyone. We've had a very long and cold winter, and nothing is wanting to bloom here yet.
(There are so many other things being celebrated today that I
think we need to give them some attention, too!)
 Most of these photos are from other Mays

2.  National Mother Goose Day was founded in 1987.  Can you name a nursery rhyme that would fit your life as it was in 1987?  If you are a youngster and not yet born in 1987, you may pass, of course, but do you have a favorite nursery rhyme?  HERE is a list of nursery rhymes.

I memorized lots of nursery rhymes from these books when I was little.
It was the 1949 edition of Childcraft, a division of World Book Encyclopedia, I think.
I don't know what happened to the original set we had then, but when our youngest daughter was born, a friend managed to dredge up a set for me and gave it to me as a baby shower gift. It was my FAVORITE!!! 
I also love the rhyme about The Vulture

The Vulture eats between its meals
and that's the reason why
it very very rarely feels 
as well as you and I.

Its eye is dull, its head is bald,
its neck is growing thinner.
Oh what a lesson for us all
to only eat at dinner!

 Trying to get his money back

So this young grandson is staying with us for a week or so, and yesterday morning he woke with a look of great disappointment on his face. He had dreamed that he had won $100,000,000 and when he took it to the bank, he was only given $125 to keep. I tried to explain to him that it was more than he had started out with, but anyway...  So he frowned, rolled over, and said, 'I'm going to try to go back to sleep and see if I can get my money back.'

This kid is so much like his father was as a child, it just makes me laugh!

3.  National Chocolate Parfait Day is also honored on this day. Parfait means perfect in French. Tell us about a perfect day, in your mind, and would/could it end with a chocolate parfait?

 A perfect day would involve getting a great walk in outdoors - temperature 71 degrees on a sunny day with a slight breeze -  having a picnic above a river, seeing a beautiful herd of cattle, having the grandkids with us, and maybe even their parents. It would not end with a chocolate parfait, but might end with coffee and a campfire and reading a story aloud to the grandkids - and maybe with a few minor chords played out on my accordion.

4.  National School Principal's Day was founded to celebrate these school administrators who support and guide quality teachers and staff to provide productive learning environments for our children.  Did you have a good Principal when you were in school? Do you remember his/her name?

Don't worry. They survived. But I was worried.

The principal in highschool was Mr. Darcee, I think his name was. He was very nice, so I don't remember much about him. But I DO remember, vividly, Mr. Kempkis, who was an absolute tyrant. I remember him getting so mad at some of the boys that he would pick them up by the collar and slam them against the locker, then snarl at them through gritted teeth. These days, Mr. Kempkis would be hauled off to jail. He should have been.

5. And perhaps the most important one is Silver Star Service Banner Day which honors the sacrifices of the combat wounded, ill, and dying service members from all branches of the military.  Do you have family members who have served this country in uniform? Tell us about them, if you will.
 My father, left, and Mr. C.'s father, right,
both served in WWII
My father in Guam and Mr. C's father in England.

(Shouldn't we get free airfare to England for that???!!)  ;-)

6.  It's Hump Day! How is your week going so far?
 The week's going great.
It's fun to have this grandson staying with us for a bit.

The cute kitty duo

A young woman is very interested in visiting Tommy & Smokey with the likelihood that she will adopt them. I am so happy!  (And I am so sad) I made two character reference phone calls and she came through with flying colors, so I'm convinced she will make them a happy home. I'll let you know how the visit goes. It might not be until June as we're very busy right now and she lives three hours away.


I had no idea how time consuming it would be to downsize, especially my books. This is the BEFORE photo of the north wall of our library. My daughter gave me a link to some 'staging' suggestions for library shelves. They suggest you basically have library shelves without any books. They also said to not have anything on the shelves that's smaller than a cantaloupe. What???!!!  Okay, okay. I'm going with it. (My house in Wausau will have LOTS of books on the shelves and lots of things smaller than cantaloupes. Who makes these ridiculous rules, anyway??)  And why would you even have all these shelves if they weren't going to be filled with books??


So here are those same shelves, practically naked, after removing a couple of them and putting almost nothing on them. The east wall still has two sets of bookshelves, and I'm keeping books in those. I think it would look pretty stupid to have five complete bookcases with almost no books on them.

Great grand Penny and her Parents
who are Practically Perfect in every way!
Lots more family photos on Instagram.


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Friday, April 26, 2019

Amish and Kitties and Quilts!

This is just a quick post because a couple of you asked about Tommy and Smokey. I am sorry that I neglected to post a photo of them in Wednesday Medley. Well, they are still here and still snuggly and still happy kitties. Keeping them when we move to Wausau is absolutely out of the question. If you knew the respiratory issues our little granddaughter dealt with all last winter and the hospitalizations, you would understand. We desperately need to find a wonderful home for these two sweet cats. I even gave a few copies of my flyer to the FedEx man when he delivered their food yesterday! He said his mom and his sister are both cat lovers, that his German Shepherd, not so much. So then we started talking about German Shepherds. But anyway, he happily took the flyers and agreed to help.

If any of YOU would like to help us find a home, I would be happy to email you a .pdf of the flyer I made. Your librarian will most likely let you put it up in the library (one idea). Especially in the Wisconsin and Minnesota area. Anyway, here's the poster, in case you didn't see it before:

I condensed it into a 9" x 12" and you can email me at: if you would like to print copies to hand out. We will probably actually be moving in August, so we don't have a lot of time left. It's already the end of April and I'm getting a bit worried. Please post this on Facebook or wherever you are willing. I will not post it on Craigslist because I've been warned away from going that route. One woman responded to my flyer, but when I asked her for a reference from her vet and a friend, she never got back to me. Mr. C., as an asbestos abatement contractor has worked in homes that were animal hoarder homes (that had to be condemned and torn down or burned!) and we just want to make sure that Tommy and Smokey will go into a loving and healthy environment. I didn't think that the two references was too much to ask. After all, they're the two cutest and best cats ever and come with a two-month supply of food, four clean litter boxes, a sleeping box, and four bags of Fresh Step litter. We might even throw in a rocking chair and a queen size mattress! :-))  I mean, c'mon!!  Okay, I'll move onto the rest of the post:

One thing I will miss when we move to the Big City of Wausau (as opposed to the 67 acres of crops, woods, and stream and long driveway and neighbors few and far between) is the fact that I will no longer be able to hang my quilts out on the front porch rail to dry in the breeze (or maybe I can. I don't know about city life, but I feel kinda like The Beverly Hillbillies moving to LA) I lifted up the corners to show you these two Amish-made quilts that we bought years ago at an auction in Westby Wisconsin at the Syttende Mai celebration May 17. They're beautiful, and I just washed them so that I can get them ready to pack to move.

I am keeping only a minimal amount of bedding, towels and washcloths, etc. Always in the past, we've been the place where the family meets, so I've had a ton of everything on hand. No more. It actually is quite liberating to be packing up and donating stuff. I've come to realize that my life's most important things are, in this order:


And as I've been packing books, it's almost embarrassing how many boxes are labeled, "British..."

I'm not sure I should admit that. I'm not even going to try to Google and find out what that must mean about my personality.

I actually took this photo at a long distance, from inside our house through the library window. I wasn't going to post it, but look how cute that little guy is standing between those two men. I think he spent the whole day with them as they were fencing. Three men hold onto a post pounder and drive 4" diameter posts into the ground. The posts do NOT have a pointed end. I don't know how they do it, but they're all young men, so I guess that helps. 

 Our big spruce with view to the S, SE, SW

That's it, folks. And I'm going to close comments today (which I HATE TO DO) simply because I have no business being on the computer. I've a ton of boxes to pack, items to donate, a new sofa and loveseat are being delivered this afternoon, and we'll get to spend time with the Minnesota portion of our family this weekend. Can't wait!

Be sure to let me know if you want the .pdf of that kitty flyer. And thank you!


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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Wednesday Medley and Amish Follies

Trying the backhanded approach to eating cake

National Pigs in a Blanket Day - April 24


On April 24, observe National Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day with just a few ingredients.  
Celebrated across the world, the term often refers to a variety of different dishes. In the United States, Pigs-in-a-Blanket are often hot dogs or sausages wrapped in biscuit or croissant dough and baked. Pigs-in-a-Blanket are generally served as an appetizer or as breakfast. However, it can be served any meal time!
Share your version of Pigs-In-A-Blanket using #NationalPigBlanketDay on social media.
Everything above this line is from the National Day Calendar website.

(My first thought was 'what am I going to do with this one'!! Bear with me, followers!)

1.  Typically served as an hors d'oeuvre, have you ever made or had a Pig-in-a-Blanket?  Do you like Pigs-in-a-Blanket?
 Never ever.
 "What? Pigs in a blanket? No way."
2.  Pigs-in-a-blanket are also known as devils on horseback, kilted sausages, and wiener winks. (Seriously.)  Please make up another name for this fun little appetizer!
I cannot hear 'weiner' without thinking of poor deluded Anthony. But about renaming? I guess I would rename them cylindrical poison wrapped in carbs. :-) I get a headache from any hotdogs or sausages, etc.
 Mr. C. and our new Amish neighbor chatting about farmland, fencing, cattle, and guns. Typical guy stuff.
3.  In the UK, pigs-in-blankets are small sausages, or chipolatas wrapped up in bacon.  Which country's version is most appealing to your taste buds?
Neither, I am afraid. Definitely not the UK version. The only pigs in blankets that appeal to me are these:
4.  The first written record of pigs-in-a-blanket occurs in Betty Crocker's Cooking for Kids in 1957.  In this digital world, do you still have a favorite cookbook you use most of the time?  Is there a recipe you can share with us from that cookbook?
I have a great 1969 Betty Crocker cookbook that I use quite often, although more often I use a recipe from my file folder (which have often been ones I've found online and printed out.)
 You know how in the UK, some manor houses will have follies in the back and beyond, structures built for no reason but apparently to spend money and have something useless on their land? Well, we call this the Amish Folly, a structure recently built on the adjacent property. We couldn't figure out what on earth it was, until... (see further down)
5.  What is your favorite cooking show on TV?
The ONLY cooking show I watch, and that's hit and miss, is The Great British Baking Show. They're all so nice and helpful and not horribly competitive. It's a great show. 
 ...we talked to our new Amish neighbor and asked him. He said it is a hunting shack with room for his horse beneath, to keep it out of the line of fire. Hm. Good thinking. So now we know the rest of the story, as Paul Harvey would say.
6.  Tell us something random about your week, please!
We had a wonderful Easter weekend with some of our family and here are a few photos to prove it: I wish I had a picture of the altar at the church. It was beautiful. We celebrated a risen Savior.
 This little guy, at 7 weeks, was sharing lots of smiles

Waiting on another photo...

I know you won't believe me, but it was the best hair day I'd had in a while
 - until I went out into the wind to have our picture taken. Grrr.
Oh well. BTW, that old man standing next to me turns 68 today. And  honestly, he doesn't look a day over 67 1/2. :-) He's quite amazing and one of my greatest blessings from God.
 This beloved old barn across the road will soon be coming down. It has deteriorated greatly over the winter and our new neighbor has plans to remove it.
I guess it's time to move.
This week I'm packing lots of books, sorting and donating a ton of stuff, and passing along a lot of unnecessary furniture to family members or donating it.

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