Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Hodgepodging Hot Summer and Hot Dogs

Tuesday morning Bible study
from Zionlutheranwausau (fb)
on the screen porch.
It was raining like crazy.
Great for the corn and very pleasant to hear.

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1.  Do you think the pandemic has had any kind of positive impact on your mental health? Explain.

No, I'm pretty sure it hasn't. Maybe at the beginning I kinda enjoyed it, when staying home was a welcomed novelty for everyone except the most extrovert among us, but this has dragged on and on. I can't even take a loaf of banana bread to new neighbors!

View off the south end of the front porch
on a very rainy day
(Sorry I didn't straighten this photo. I know, it bugs me too)

2. A hot mess, hot under the collar, in hot water, hot button, hot diggity dog!, hot shot, hot seat....choose one and tell us how it applies to your life currently.

I'm sorry, Joyce, but none of the above applies to me. Hot and humid would apply to Wisconsin the past week, though, although I realize that Wisconsin's 'hot' isn't exactly what southerners experience when they deal with hot temps. Our suffering is in February and March.

Reflections in the garden pond.
Notice how the few water hyacinths and water lettuces
have multiplied!
The golden color in the water is just late afternoon light
on leaves that have fallen into the pond.

3. Speaking of the hot seat, do you work well under pressure or do you actively avoid high pressure situations?

Yes I DO work better under pressure. I can get a lot accomplished in a short amount of time. But I also do tend to avoid high pressure situations, but that's a different kind of thing. So for getting work accomplished, yes I do work better under pressure.

Mailbox at the farm and the old barn across the road

4. Hotdogs-yay or nay? If you said yay how do you like yours? Did you know July is National hotdog month?  I don't usually eat hot dogs but if I do [rarely] eat a natural hot dog, I like it with coarse mustard and jalapeno slices.

BUT, this is my favorite hotdog:

But because it was SO HOT,
she had sense enough to stay indoors and enjoy the AC

Bianca is a beautiful cow.
But for some reason, she thought she wanted my phone.

5. I read here a list of America's coolest Southern towns. They are Marfa Texas, Greenville South Carolina, Abindgon Virginia, Athens Georgia, Bentonville Arkansas, Florence Alabama, Oxford Mississippi, Abita Springs Louisiana, Wilmington North Carolina, Monroeville Alabama, McMinnville Tennessee, Natchez Mississippi.  How many on the list have you seen in person? Which town on the list would you most like to see?

I have been to Greenville and to Athens. I think of those on the list I would most like to see Natchez, MS.

Horsemint in the foreground
CORN in the background
On 5th Avenue, our favorite place to walk

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

Since we visited a large group of people in Minnesota over the weekend, we are quarantining ourselves on the farm for two weeks before returning to Wausau. No reason to suspect any virus, but I guess we're playing it safe. So here are a few more farm photos. The farm's not a bad place to be stuck for 2 weeks, believe me.

This is what it looks like at 5:15 AM
in the cornfield north of the house

The old milkhouse door
that I plan to take with me to Wausau
as soon as I can talk you-know-who
into moving that heavy beast.

A little blurry, but evening light
on the bean field south of the house

On our evening walk on 5th Avenue

Neighborhood farm on a very bright
Sunday afternoon

Seldom was heard a discouraging word,
And the skies were cloudy all day

I'm not a fan of church marquees,
but this is a pretty little church in Dallas, just down the road.

The stupidest church marquee I ever saw
(no, wait. actually there were even worse ones that I'll not repeat)
was on Mother's Day.
It read: 'God couldn't be everywhere at once, so he made mothers.'
I can't believe that pastor didn't flunk out of seminary.
I don't know who his god is, but it's not the One I worship.
Church marquees need to go. It's not a McDonald's, for Pete's sake.

Okay, I probably shouldn't have dredged up that bad memory.

And now, for the GOOD NEWS:

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Farmhouse News

Dear Neglected Bloggers:

As I sheepishly crawl back to my blog, I'm hoping that you'll remember that Mr. C. and I have been occupied working on renovating two houses, one in Dallas and the other in Wausau over the past year and a half. We're too old for this monkey business, but you do what you have to do, right? Actually, the Wausau house is the one you've most recently heard about here on the blog, because we finished the apartment part of the house and moved into it. I love it! (That project was shown and explained in a previous post, but it's still my best excuse for not showing up until now.)

Back at the Wausau house, I took a few photos of the backyard in the early morning today, when the light was streaming in. I don't know the name of the plant with the huge leaves in that beam of light . Each set of leaves is nearly 2' across. They're beautiful. I know, I'll look it up. In the foreground are a few Dragon Wing begonias. They're a favorite of mine because they're so bright, beautiful, and not messy like some other begonias, but they're definitely feeling the stress of the 88 degrees.

I strung some little white lights inside the gazebo this forenoon, but since it's not yet dark, I won't have a photo of how that looks. The branches you see in the background of this photo represent another job we'll have to do, maybe this fall.

During the recent the full moon, we took a walk through the cemetery. It's pretty and surprisingly quiet. ;-)  The rest of the neighborhood was pretty noisy with private fireworks, because the city fireworks had been cancelled. I hope no one's missing any fingers today.

NEWS ON THE FARMHOUSE: We've Accepted An Offer To Purchase!

In this kind of strange economic climate, it's a little scary to put your property on the market. But God brought exactly the kind of people we were praying for and in one month. We are thrilled. They are a young Christian couple in their 30s with three little girls, ages 7, 8, and 10. They told us later that the moment they stepped into our house, they knew they couldn't pass this one up. And when they saw the map, the chalkboard, and the gazillion library shelves, they were so excited. They are readers, have books to fill those shelves, and have been contemplating homeschooling. Well there you go! It was fun to see the kids on the tree swing and running around the yard and looking forward to sledding on the hill in the winter months. I can't believe I even wrote that W word. :-(((

A view from the front porch:

Early morning light on the farmhouse porch

Back at the Wausau house, the little granddaughter had asked me to put braids in her hair. Mr. C. snapped this pic of the two of us, me still in my robe and looking so much like my Grandma Nelson! Good grief! At least I really liked her. The notch out of my robe is a sweet reminder of the grandpup
(RIP) . She only did it because I had a bad habit of carrying dog treats in my pockets. But that chunk taken out is no reason to throw out a perfectly good robe, right?. LOL

By the glow of the iPad

A little daughter born to our youngest son's family -  Our 12th grandchild!
And a couple weeks later, our second GREAT grandchild was born.
I don't have their family photo at this time.

We spent Father's Day weekend at our son's home in
New Ulm, Minnesota. What a fun family and fun place!

Fred and Glenn 
Glenn is the one who sent me the video thank you a bit ago.
Hint: Glenn is not the goat.

Back in Wausau:

 City Campfire

Country Campfire

We won't have many more opportunities to sit on that farmhouse front porch and look out at the amazing views, but I am so grateful that God sent the perfect buyer -  a young couple to whom I'm ready and willing to pass on the baton. I know they are a family who will truly love and care for this home, and will make a lot of good memories there. I hope they'll keep the star. We'll see. I told them that it reminded me of the Bethlehem star, and we leave it on all the time for passersby at night. I think it's such a warm spot of cheer and hope in the dark night.  (I made another star that we leave on, day and night, for the front of the Wausau house.)

(sneaky Mr. C. took this one)

Vespers in the Gazebo
during this time of social distancing.
zionlutheranwausau (Facebook) 
Zion has a great schedule of morning and evening prayer, Bible studies, and music at the middle of the day. Check out their facebook page.

I'm sorry it's taken me so long to post anything. And I expect that the next few months will be just as overwhelming. Besides getting ready for the closing on the farmhouse, in Wisconsin we try to cram everything into June, July, and August, because after that it's a very fast downhill slide into WINTER, which is incredibly cold and lasts FOREVER.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Hodgepodging the Baldwin Piano

The piano was moved from the farmhouse to the Wausau house over the weekend.
It is good to have it there, although it would be nice to have it against a wall.

 The problem is, which sets of bookshelves do we sacrifice for the space?

So for now, it's partly in the archway between foyer and living room
with a really pretty piece of upholstery fabric on the back.
The six year old is beyond thrilled at the prospect of taking piano lessons.

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We still have about 5 feet between the end of the piano and the
archway wall, so it's tolerable.

1. Expect the unexpected on From This Side of the Pond. Here's my x-ray question...when was the last time you felt like Superman? What's your superpower? Explain.  
I feel very much like I have no superpower whatsoever, but if I had to choose one, it would probably be:  FINDING THINGS. And as a mom, I was always finding things that other people in the family were hunting for but had given up finding. I don't think I found them because I had a superpower unless it was OCD, the inability to stop looking for something lost. OR, even just to stop looking for something, period. Have you ever been so intent on hunting for something that once you've found it you're still mentally searching for it? Like other places keep popping into your mind of where it might be?? Maybe I shouldn't have told you that.
Please don't tell them I posted their picture.
BUT, one lies flat on the ground watching Mr. Chipmunk
while the other rattles the corrugated drain pipe in which he's hiding.
It was the cutest thing. They took turns for all this excitement.

2. Are you a fan of the 'superhero' type movies? If so what's your favorite? 
Absolutely not. My only superhero movies would involve British detectives. WHICH reminds me, Mr. Bean plays Maigret in a series we recently watched, but evidently ITV didn't renew the contract. Too bad. They were pretty good. Darkish, but good. And it was really nice to see him with real acting ability - not just being a goofball.
As you can see, the above poem is a sample on Amazon
from a poem by Malcolm Guite. I love his poetry.
Check it out. And I'm at Mr. C.'s computer or I'd use my photo editing program to crop that screenshot.

3. Have you postponed or cancelled a trip to the dentist in recent weeks, and if so when do you think you'll feel comfortable going back? How about other routine medical procedures? 
No, I avoid trips to the dentist. I would never even have imagined a time when 'comfortable' and 'dentist' would be used in the same sentence. I am, however, looking forward to a time when I can get back to Mayo Clinic in Rochester and have the orthopedic guy check out my left hip.
One of my favorite photos from a few years ago

4. What's something that makes you feel youthful? Something that makes you feel 'not so youthful'? Tell us why. 
I feel youthful, using the term very loosely, when I'm outdoors, walking in the fresh air, visiting the cows, or walking beside a river. When I feel not so youthful is when I see my grandkids on their devices and I have no desires to join them. (Have you read Devices and Desires by PD James? or do you remember the term from the Book of Common Prayer? Just asking.)

5. I feel compelled to include some sort of corona related question in the HP these days. What's the strangest thing you've seen in relation to the virus? Something that really struck you as odd, made you stop and think, 'Dorothy we're not in Kansas anymore?'
The strangest thing I've seen is the face mask made to look like huge lips, and you open it up to reveal huge Chicklet-like teeth. I can't find it now or I would show it to you.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 
No real random thought today, because all thoughts are pretty much focused on getting the farmhouse on the market May 10-15. We had a downpour today, which isn't helpful when wanting to remove stuff from the shop and house and pitch it into the dumpster. No donation centers are open right now, so it's difficult to get rid of things. I realize that in the grand scheme of things and with what is going on in the world right now, it is certainly no more than a tiny gnat of a problem, relatively speaking.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Hodgepodging a Birthday Thank You

From a 1912 Men's Suit Manufacturer's Catalog
One of Mr. C's many finds, discarded as trash.
He wasn't dumpster diving; this old catalog had been used as
insulation in the attic of an old house he was working in.
I've photographed all my favorite pages.

 It will be another month before we see these again.
Winter is very slow leaving Wisconsin.

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1. What's something you resolved to do this year? Have you done it?
I guess I resolved to downsize. I know, you've heard this before - many times. But downsizing for us, who have lived in the same place for 33 years, is different than for someone who moves frequently. We have been downsizing at the same time as we've been creating an apartment in the Wausau house and doing renovations to the Dallas farmhouse. As Mr. C. says when I get discouraged and want to escape to someplace beautiful in the English countryside, 'We're getting there.'  Sometimes I just look at him like, 'yeah right,' but I do love the fact that he is steady and solid and always willing to keep going until it's done. God gave me that man for a reason. And I'm so grateful!

He makes a good grandpa too.

2. Where do you go to find quietude?
There is plenty of quietude at the farm. And social distancing is not even an issue out there, because we have no near neighbors. I've been living that way for a very long time, so when the social distancing thing is lifted in Wisconsin, it will be a new thing for me to have neighbors on either side. And quietude in Wausau is achieved simply by being home. It is a quiet neighborhood. To be really alone, however, to pray, for example, I go to the bedroom.

 Sorry if you've seen these before

3. A friend asked this question on her Facebook page and said I could borrow it for the Hodgepodge...you're only allowed to buy 5 things at the grocery store, and all must start with the first letter of your first name. Whatcha' buying?
Oh boy.  There's hardly a thing in my refrigerator or cupboards that begins with J.

 If I didn't make my own gluten-free pizza, I would definitely buy it.
But it doesn't begin with the letter J either.
With Kalamata olives and Feta and pepperjack cheese, I could eat this every single night of the week
(if Mr. C. didn't have an issue with that - or even if he did)

4. The television show Survivor, the Gloria Gaynor song 'I Will Survive', survival mode, survival of the fittest...pick one and discuss.
I guess my choice would be, 'I Will Survive,' because actually, almost everywhere you turn, there's talk of this Corona virus outbreak. I hope people will proceed cautiously in opening up businesses, however, and keep the social distancing and masks in place until we've got it figured out. To open the bars and restaurants at this point seems foolish to me. I did listen to a very thought-provoking discussion this morning with a Dr.Reed Wilson, a cardiologist from LA. He is one of the few voices I've heard lately that seemed reasonable, non-political, non attacking, etc. So refreshing. Quiet, reasoned discussion. A rare thing these days.

5. Share a favorite quote or saying about strength.

I hope all of you are able to attend church services online. If not, here's a great resource for you: www.zionlutheranwausau.com.  Besides the Sunday morning worship, they also have morning and evening prayer every weekday and Bible studies Tuesday and Friday. What a blessing they have been to us! 

(photo from Sunday, actually)

I also have to share with you a really great article by Bishop Robert Barron from Word on Fire. It begins like this:

"Last week, Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, made a rather interesting theological observation. Commenting on the progress that his state has made in fighting the coronavirus, and praising the concrete efforts of medical personnel and ordinary citizens, he said, “The number is down because we brought the number down. God did not do that. Faith did not do that.” I won’t waste a lot of time exploring the hubris of that remark, which should be obvious to anyone. I might recommend, out of pastoral concern, that the governor read the first part of Genesis chapter eleven."  Read the remainder of this excellent article HERE.

Sorry about all the stuff you're being bombarded with, but I didn't make it to the Hodgepodge last week...

6. Insert your own random thought here.

The best birthday gift thank you came in the form of a video from our grandson in Minnesota (whom we cannot see because of the safer-at-home order, wah wah wah.)  BUT, this was so fun to receive, especially because he has the greatest facial expressions when trying to convey his response to the birthday gifts I sent him. BTW, he shares a birthday with Her Majesty Queen Eliabeth II  - just in case you wanted to know.

Oops! Gotta go.
I'm getting a phone call.

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