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Monday, October 30, 2006


Well, just in time for Halloween, the snow is starting to fall, the wind is picking up, and it is getting COLD!!! I got my bulbs planted this afternoon, just in time!
Spent time in my friend's classroom this morning. Only have one more student to interview. Would have talked with him today, but he was spending time in 'in-school' suspension for throwing a burrito in a girl's face at lunch last week.... Ah...sometimes I'm really glad I'm not a classroom teacher anymore!

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Thank You...

To everyone for your warm comments on my last post. I should know better than to post when I'm feeling 'down'...

I did make sausage gravy and biscuits, but it was the home-made bread kind of biscuits. But this week I plan to use Froyd's recipe for baking powder biscuits! Wish me luck!

Just finished editing my 99th book for 'Seeing Hands'. This one was "The Eyes of the Amaryllis" by Natalie Babbitt. Usually, I take a few days to do a book, and try to give my eyes a break from reading the scan on the computer screen, checking with the book to make sure my corrections are what are printed in the book, but I literally couldn't put this one down! Say what you will about 'juvenile literature', the books that Seeing Hands sends me are the top of the line! Award winners!

Also worked on two sewing projects, taking pictures of each step for our web project in class. My group meets again on Tuesday via MSN Messenger. Dr. Morgan will be out of town.

Tomorrow I go to my friend's classroom in Walker. Have 5 students left to interview and photograph yet for the cookbook we are putting together.

If the weather holds out, I will plant the tulip and hyacinth bulbs I bought yesterday!

Friday, October 27, 2006

I Wish...

I Wish That I ...
  • was thinner
  • was younger
  • didn't have arthritis
  • had more energy
  • didn't worry so much about bills
  • could think of something decent to make for supper
  • would remember to use my exercise bike more often
  • could think of something funny/interesting/meaningful to blog about

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

A Day in the Life...

Middle of the week... today I...
  • Did three loads of laundry
  • Gave my husband a haircut
  • Tied another baby quilt (#32)
  • Emptied all wastebaskets
  • Took recyclables to garage
  • Made home-made bread (buns)
  • Washed dishes (twice)
  • Worked on homework
  • Took a nap
Really, really boring day... looking forward to class tomorrow!

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Project Linus, Fifth Delivery...

Seven more quilts to deliver on Tuesday. This makes 30 in all.
I love the fabric on the right side, all cowboys and horses! Have enough left to make a couple more quilts from it. And on the left in the middle is a baseball theme.
The one at the top is my favorite. I used my machine embroidery attachment to embroider the tulips on a square of cream-colored fabric, then bordered it with the purple. Then I machine-quilted around the center heart, and around the cream square, and did a heart in each corner instead of tying this one.


Fall is here, and winter is peeking around the corner. Snow didn't stay, except for little piles at the edge of the woods. My husband and son are doing the last-of-the-season clean-up in our yard and my brother's place next door. They come in chilled, even though they wear jackets, caps and gloves.
I'm making a pot of potato soup, with bacon, onions, celery, and chicken broth. After potatoes are thoroughly cooked, I will add a mixture of butter, flour and evaporated milk. I will serve it for supper tonight with lefse!
For all the non-Norwegians out there, lefse is a flat bread made with flour and cooked potatoes. Spread it with butter, roll it up, and YUM!

Friday, October 20, 2006


Thursday, October 19, 2006

Bored? Try This...

Found a site that generates anagrams!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Blogging Vacation?

I guess I haven't had much to write about lately. I've been busy with homework from my 'Web Design' class. I have class today, then Thursday is a 'workday'. We are working in groups. My group consists of me and two other students. So far, we've done a lot of research, compiled interview questions, interviewed two (each) potential users of the site we are making, written statements about our goals, etc.
Our site is tentatively titled "FiberArts". We will be presenting information on - knitting, crocheting, spinning, and sewing. Each of us has our own area of expertise. Mine is sewing.
Grounding our site in such extensive research and planning hopefully will result in a site which will be: user-friendly, grounded in experience, easy to navigate, and contain information and easy-to-use patterns for each craft.
In the meantime, we've also been working through the 'modules' in the Dreamweaver manual in order to learn how to use the software to craft our site.

Sometimes I just get a big headache from all of this. But believe me, I'm also learning a lot, and having fun!

Friday, October 13, 2006

Buck Fight...

This afternoon we were treated to a sight not many have ever seen! Two bucks had a pushing fight! We watched it from our living room window. I just wish I had a better camera... but if you click on the pictures, you can see them better!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Instant Messaging...

I just 'worked' with two students in my 'Web Design' class, and I was still at home! We used MSN's Instant Messaging. The three of us could discuss the assignment, suggest things, take notes,....
It was so much fun. We worked online for an hour and got the whole assignment done! How cool is that!
First time I had used Instant Messaging and I think I like it. A lot!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

A Dusting...

The snow was only a 'dusting' as the weather man is so fond of saying... but temperatures today stayed below freezing, and the wind was blowing pretty hard most of the day. So, it was a preview of the winter to come, I'm sure!


Monday, October 09, 2006

The Lodge is Working!

The Lodge is up and running again. Some technical problem with messages going into and out of the building.

Stop by, do a little reading, comment if you are so moved. Suggest a topic for discussion! We are still new, still feeling our way. Be patient... as with a young child....

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Tagged by Loralee2...

Well, I've been tagged...but I'll just say, yes, I love TV, never committed a crime, Yes, I think O.J. was guilty!, Yes, I eat when I'm depressed (I have depressed myself to 200 lbs!!!), never taken drugs, but I do smoke..., I prefer Miracle Whip to mayonnaise, my hair used to be long and silky, now it's short, grey and frizzy...

I think that's all I want to answer of the list of questions. Sorry, folks, I'm a pretty dull person!


I recently posted on 'The Lodge' about diversity, or lack of, at Bemidji State University. A very good discussion ensued.
This article on WCCO's website, gives more perspective on the issue.
"The Lodge" is currently unavailable...some technical issue. Hopefully, it will be up and running again soon.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

The Maple Tree That I Love...

We live in the middle of the Chippewa National Forest. There are trees to the east of us, south, west and north of us. All kinds of trees. Oaks, spruce, Norway pine, white pine, birch, sugar maple, aspen, jack pine, I love them all. However...

...this maple tree stands just outside the north window of my sewing room. When the leaves lose their chlorophyl, and the red shows through, it is spectacular! I've even written a short essay about how breathtaking she is. The beautiful colors don't last very long, but they are so beautiful, so heartwarming, I cry when they fall...

Here is the story if you have the time - *EDIT* - I have tried and tried to get this font to work properly. It just won't.... @#$#@$ Sorry...


There is an old saying, “You can’t see the forest for the trees.”

We live on ten acres of land in the middle of the Chippewa National Forest, and with the red and white oaks, birch, aspens and other magnificent trees with their own personal uniqueness, I know how difficult it is to see that forest.

My three-year-old son, Colin, and I watched as the man pushed the birch down with his backhoe. He was a long-time friend of my father. Dad loved to watch him work, saying that he was an artist. Clarence didn’t look much like an artist with his missing teeth, face badly in need of a shave, patched over-alls, and battered baseball cap, but he worked the huge machine as if it were an extension of his arm. As he pushed against the birch, he saw something literally shoot out of a small hollow in the trunk. “Mike,” he yelled over the sound of the machine, “That was a flying squirrel!” He shut the motor down, and he and Dad went over to the tree now lying on the ground. Dad looked inside the hole in the tree. “She has a nest here!” The two men looked at each other and shook their heads.

Without much discussion, dad went to get his chain saw while the tough, grizzled backhoe operator carefully extracted four tiny, pink, hairless babies and put them in his cap. He gently placed the hat in a shaded area, and carefully covered it with his jacket.

When Dad returned with the chain saw, he cut away a three-foot section of the tree’s trunk, including the hollow area. Clarence found some rope and the men lashed that piece to another birch some distance from where the house would be. When the section was secure, Dad took the babies from their temporary nest and placed them in their original nest now in a new, safe place.

My son, Colin, was fascinated by the procedure. His grandfather explained to him, “They’re nocturnal, or night-time, animals and the sun could blind them when they’re this young. The mother will find them now and they’ll be OK.” Colin grinned at his grandfather, “I knew you’d help ‘em.” The process had taken over an hour, and once again I was impressed by the gentle compassion of my father.

Years later when planning to build a garage, we had to make a big decision. There was only one logical spot to place it, and that meant cutting down a large beautiful maple. I couldn’t watch. I felt as if a dear friend was about to die. Trying to keep busy in the kitchen, I heard the chain saw whining, then heard and felt the crash of the huge tree. It literally shook the house. I leaned against the kitchen counter and let the tears come. “Thank you for sharing your beauty with us, we will miss you.” The tree was cut up for firewood, and it warmed us the following winter. I could watch the flames dance in our Wilkening fireplace, and remember the same colors on the living tree.

In spite of all the trees around the house, there was a void. We needed another maple to watch from the east window. We found a young sapling deep in the woods, and transplanted it south of the garage. It is about twenty feet tall now, and its fall colors are a repeat of the tree that was lost. It is a wonderful accent against the dark green pines behind it.

The birch trees near the house provide launching areas for the squirrels that daily steal from my birdfeeder. The multi-trunked basswood was the framework that held my son’s tree house. When the county highway department was preparing to tar our road, they detoured several feet to avoid cutting down the two hundred year old red and white pines at the end of our driveway.

Over the years we have cut down several trees to make more space in the yard. All of them became part of our woodpile to keep us warm in the winters. However, there is one tree that will never be cut down. It is a sugar maple just north of the house.

I can see it from the window in my sewing room. This fall, its colors were so spectacular; it is difficult to describe them. With the fall sun shining on it, the tree seemed to glory in its ability to dazzle the human eye. There were yellow, gold, orange, and red leaves all vying for attention. The over-all impression when viewed from the window was that the maple absolutely dominated the back yard. Actually, it is a fairly small tree compared to its neighboring oaks. But it’s the one that shouts at you, ‘Look at me, see what I can do! I’m gorgeous!’ This fall, I decided that I wanted a picture of that wonderful tree. Using my digital camera, I composed a shot through the window. The picture turned out so well, I now use it as ‘wallpaper’ on my computer’s desktop.

Two days later, I went to the window to look at it again. The leaves were there, but they were all on the ground. I just stood there, not believing that it had happened so quickly. Then I remembered the strong winds of the day before. I stared at the bare tree. She was a young maiden who had dropped her colorful gown in preparation for her long winter’s sleep. I could feel tears running down my cheeks. Thank you for giving us such beauty. Thank you for sharing your gift of color. Sleep well, my friend.’

The forest is all around us, but I see the trees.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006


I'm celebrating completing some of my homework by taking time to post!
Dreamweaver is becoming just a bit clearer for me. Sure hope I'm not getting over-confident. But I did complete 3 of the modules, and printed out the final pages to hand in tomorrow.

I have a pot of chicken soup simmering on the stove, and will add dumplings before I serve it. Did four loads of laundry, too!

My 'outside' project today was putting together a 'sure-fire' mouse trap. OK, you take a 5 gallon pail, drill two holes across from each other close to the top. Insert a metal rod through one hole, then through a pop can, then out the other hole making sure it will turn on the rod. Smear the pop can with peanut butter. Fill the pail half full of water. Brace a thin board against the side of the pail.

The idea is that the mice will smell the peanut butter, climb up the board, try to reach said peanut butter, and because the pop can turns on the rod, they will slip off, land in the water and drown.

Cross your fingers, folks, I hope it works. We have traps set in the house because the mice are moving in like crazy! But haven't caught any yet. I found a large pile of dog food behind some cans in the pantry, so they have been snitching from the dogs' dish!!!

Sunday, October 01, 2006

The Amazing Fabric Stash...

I decided I was a little premature in buying new fabric... I took time to look a little deeper into the closet shelves in my sewing room this weekend... Folks, I think it's multiplying in there!
I can't belive what I found! What did I think I was saving all this for? What was I going to make? Can't for the life of me remember what any of it was for originally. Guess I should be thankful that I have it, and can use it for more baby quilts. Right?


Wenda thinks I've been keeping secrets... (Read comments on post with accordian picture).

She may be right. Here are a few things you might or might not like to know about me:

  • I used to play the piano and organ, also... don't have them anymore. I took a few piano lessons, but mostly taught myself.
  • My father gave me a guitar when I was 10 years old because I stopped biting my fingernails. He and my grandfather taught me how to chord on it.
  • I bought myself a violin for my 50th birthday and took lessons for 2 years. My teacher asked me to play a duet with him at a concert he was giving. (He was an awesome player!) I had to give up the violin because of my arthritis.
  • I love music - classical, rag time, and old hymns. My husband gave me a Bose radio/CD player. I have it tuned to Minnesota Public Radio.
  • My car radio is also tuned to MPR.
  • The only CD's I buy are classical music. My favorite is Horowitz playing Chopin. "The Polanaise" is my absolute favorite!)
  • I absolutely LOVED teaching and when my job was cut, I went into a deep depression.
  • My husband, son, brother and my friend, Pat, all helped me come out of the depression.
  • Going back to college at age 60 made me feel much better! I am in my fifth year now at BSU.
  • Sewing is a passion with me. OK, maybe you did know that... but you probably didn't know that if my sewing machine is being serviced, I can actually go into withdrawal...
  • My 'internal' clock runs on the public school calendar. I have been going to or teaching school since I was 5 years old. (OK, I'll do the math for you. That is 59 years.) OK, I took a few years off when our kids were little, but worked with them each night on their homework, and still taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School...and took them along.
  • I love nice jewelry, and my husband has given me some very nice gold rings/bracelets/earrings over the years. Even my son saved up and bought me some lovely opal earrings.
  • I'm the 'story keeper' for our family. I have all the old picture albums and have researched my family tree. I remember the stories my parents and grandparents told me about events in our family history.
  • I still want to cry when I think about cutting off my long hair... I'm trying to grow it back...
  • I can probably type faster than anyone I know. I learned on an old manual typewriter (WITH NO LETTERS MARKED ON THE KEYS) over 47 years ago.
  • I love chocolate too much!
  • I used to be a size 9. Now I wear a 3X. (Read previous entry)
  • Arthritis creeps up on you and changes EVERYTHING in your life!
  • I'm started to be forgetful, and it scares the shit out of me.
  • I very seldom swear. I have to be really, really angry or frustrated to even say damn.
  • I will never, ever say the 'F' word.
  • I love talking to people...even strangers in the grocery store or Walmart. You never know where you will find a new friend.
  • Learning how to blog and having a blog has added so much to my life.
  • I cry easily - sad movies, books, even some TV commercials can make me tear up. I used to be embarassed about it, but always feel better after I cry.
  • I have been in nine automobile accidents, and one bus accident
  • I have had surgery 10 times.
  • I have been hospitalized twice without surgery...tonsillitis and car accident.
  • I love working outside in my flower beds.
  • I hate the fact that my arthritis limits so much of what I want to do.
  • I will never, ever get into an airplane again. I flew 15 times (because I absolutely had to) and was a basket case every single time...even though I was semi-sedated!
  • I miss being able to wear cute shoes.
  • I love to dance... but no longer can.
  • I guess that's enough for this time...