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Swimming, Easter, Rummage Sale

Posted on April 16, 2012 at 1:54 PM Comments comments (47)
Happy Belated Easter! I can't believe it has come and went so quickly! Busy, busy times right now - Spring is full of field work, seed delivery, and chemical pick ups. I need to back up a little and catch everyone up on what we have been doing. The Thursday before Easter we took Weston and his friend Laine to a hotel with a water park and they had a wonderful time. Those boys played till they were wrinkled from head to toe. And boy did they sleep good that night.
 
Does that look like a boy having fun or what!?!
 
We went to my brother's house for Easter this year. I think we had around 25 people there with some of our extended family on my Dad's side. We had a scrumptious dinner with a bone in ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, baked corn and about three different salads Yum Yum!! Who in their right minds would not love a meal like that. Good ol' Home Cooking!!!! We also had a visit by the Easter Bunny -
 
 
Weston was finding eggs so fast he couldn't take time to put them in his bag - he was trying to hold as many as he could in his hand! That darn bag kept blowing in the wind!
 
 
Weston's sisters (Jessa on the left and Jade on the right) enjoying the day and watching the kids run through the yard looking for their treasures.
 
 
Fruits of his labor!
 
I also finally finished my painting project in the house. Every room except one received a fresh coat of paint. It was a big job but I am so happy with the results. Fun new colors to spark it up. No more drab two color house. I hope you can see this ok - but the kitchen is painted a Toasted Seasame Seed color (muted soft yellow) and the bathroom is Gibraltar Cliffs (a gray). I fell in love with both the colors once they got on the walls. Perfect - Happiness!!
 
 
This is actually the before picture of the kitchen - can you see the leopard spots on the wall from where I filled holes. Lived with that long enough - was starting to see spots everywhere I went.
 
 
I guess I forgot to take a picture of the kitchen after it was completed - I will try to do that for you later but this is the bathroom. I now have the mirror up and my big horse picture on the far wall and it looks stupendous! (That sounds like something Spanky would say on the Little Rascals - love that word).
 
Yesterday we went up to my Grandma's house in Hartland to start getting ready for a rummage sale that we are going to have for the rest of the stuff that she didn't want to take with her to her new digs! I think it was a little over whelming for her as she was trying to sift through everything that we brought up from the basement. All questions where directed to her - she will be so glad when it is finished, all over, caput! We had lots of wonderful help!! Men, Women, Children - we took anyone willing to help!
 
 
Jessa helping Grandma look through clothes and boxes. They match - must have planned it!
 
 
Chris hard at work!!!
 
 
Hauling, pricing, and filling the rack. Everyone is working together - team work!!
 
That's been my life for the last couple days - wonder what this week will bring?
 
Everyday is a Blessing!

Spring is Upon Us!

Posted on April 3, 2012 at 1:32 PM Comments comments (61)
I think Spring is truly upon us! We have had such wonderful mild weather that all I can think about is Spring, Flowers, New Life, Campfires, Camping, Trailriding etc. just think of all the fun just waiting to be had! The other day we had our first "campfire" in the fire pit next to the house. Weston was pumped! He was building the fire tepee with wood and making his own version of fire starter blocks:
 
Here is an up close version of the fire blocks:
Isn't he the most creative child you have ever seen! I guess I am a little, just a little, biased on that subject! But we did have one of the most wonderful fires I can ever remember having!
Smores here we come! We did let the fire settle down a little before attempting the Smores or I am afraid they would have been sugar ash!!
 
Yesterday Chris set out a new round bale of hay for the horses and they hardly lifted their heads to take a breath - look at these silly horses
 
 
 
They always think the best is deep in the bottom and they are searching for it! They usually come up with hay hanging in their manes and off their ears. If I can catch that for you someday - I will it is hilarious. But they can be so inquisitive also-after I snapped this picture they finally realized I was there and had to come and say "hi".
Sorry everyone - I can't seem to get this picture to turn - Oops! But she is beautiful isn't she. This is Cheyenne and she was born on my birthday 8 years ago. We don't ride her to often but Weston refuses to hear of selling her because she is always the first one to the gate to be petted and given attention.
 
I was walking around the yard picking up the branches that forever seem to be coming down in all this Spring time WIND! The wind turbines by our house should be very happy to have all sorts of fuel and it put a smile on my face to see some of my perennials coming up.
I love to see the new growth coming - new life! When we plant our corn and soybean fields my favorite stage of their growth is when they are just big enough that you can row the field - babies that's what they are and who doesn't love a baby!
 
I have to show you our Momma cat that was peeking under the fence at me after she had just gotten a drink from the horse's water tank. I think she thought she was being sneaky but I caught her.
Weston is alway excited to see her because she does a lot of roaming this time of year and isn't always around. She does provide us with many litters of kittens through the year. In fact, she is due again very soon maybe you can see her round tummy. Anyway when the blessed event happens I will be sure to post some pictures.
 
Remember:
 
Everyday is a Blessing!
 
 

Quilting on St. Patrick's Day

Posted on March 19, 2012 at 2:22 PM Comments comments (68)
Quilting, Quilting, and then some more Quilting! That is what I did on Saturday. I invited my quilting group that is named the "Border Babes" out to our place on Saturday which of course was St. Patrick's Day. We had a wonderful time catching up on each other's lives and quilting projects. It is always fun to see what creative and exciting project each of them are doing. We decided that a St. Patty's day theme to the food was in order. So I volunteered to make the Corned Beef Brisket and the rye bread, sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing, swiss cheese were all donated to the Reuben Sandwich cause. We also had a wonderful, lowfat coleslaw to get a little more cabbage into our diet and special K bars, a green frosted angel food cake, and a mint cheesecake to top off an awesome meal. Next time I will remember to take a picture of the wonderful spread. I will share my beef brisket recipe with you though as I have had excellent luck making this every time I have tried it.
 
4 to 5 lb Beef Brisket                                 1 tsp Onion Powder
1 tsp      Salt                                             1 tsp Pepper
1 tsp      Celery Seed or Salt                       2 T Garlic Powder
2 T         Worcestershire Sauce
 
Mix and rub into the meat on all sides. Bake at 250 degrees overnight in the oven. Pour off juice in the morning and refrigerate until cold. Slice thin; put some water in the bottom of a pan and bake it for 1 hour at 250 degrees to reheat. Put mixture on buns or make into Reuben sandwiches. (Absolutely Yummy!)
 
Friday Chris and I staged seed all day getting ready to pull and wrap customer's orders to be delivered or picked up. What an unusual year! Normally I have my big winter boots, Carhart jacket, ear muffs, and gloves on when we do this task but this year I was in short sleeves, no coat, tennis shoes and I was extremely comfortable! It is almost a little scary to have the weather so so nice. I just hope it doesn't make for a wild weather pattern and we get awful storms this spring and summer. After a couple years ago we are all a little nervous about such things.
 
Sunday we received a load of chemical so Chris and I inventoried everything and found a home for it. It is exciting to be getting all the product back into the warehouse. I really enjoy the customers when they come so I can catch up with them about what is going on in their lives. We really have some wonderful people that we work with! Sunday was also our Chili/Soup supper at Church. We had such a great time visiting with all the people as they came through the line and we served them either Chicken Noodle soup, Chili, or a White Chili (that my Dad made and it is absolutely WONDERFUL!) Maybe he will give up his recipe to me some time and I can share it with all of you.
 
Everyday's a Blessing!

Apache Junction, Arizona

Posted on March 12, 2012 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (27)
Sorry for the delay in posting but I went on a couple day vacation. Chris went out to Apache Junction, AZ to ride horse with two friends of ours and I flew out to see him for a couple days. It was absolutely beautiful and I got in on some wonderful weather! It was the Sun Therapy that I needed. Here is the view from the spot where Chris parked his trailer looking at the hills. He stays with a friend of his who owns this place and has room for 4 trailers and about 6 horses.
 
 
Just look at that clear blue sky - Heaven!!
 
 
I did go riding with Chris as it was important to him to have me see the countryside from the saddle. We did ride part way up that hill and around the bottom. Chris and his cowboy friends rode through the saddle part of this hill breaking their own trail but not this cowgirl - I like a trail to follow "Thank You"!
 
 
Chris is having his lunch (peanut butter sandwich and a granola bar). This is the day we rode for 5 hours up in the hills. I have to tell you the trails around here are like freeways compared to the trails out there. They are narrow, rocky and lots of hairpin turns (usually on the side of a hill where it is impossible to meet anyone cause there is no room to pass each other). I would have liked to take a picture of these trails but I was holding on for dear life so that I did not fall off my stead!!! A broken leg would have made it a little difficult to drag my baggage through the airport to get home and I had a little man to get back to.
 
 
Another picture of the hills we rode. Luckily it was a little overcast this day or we would have cooked. The temperature was about 84 degrees. It felt very nice to my Minnesota skin!
 
The first day I was there Chris took me to a place called Tortilla Flats. It was a cute little stop in the road with about 3 buildings. It had a very interesting restaurant that we had lunch at. The whole inside of the restaurant was covered in dollar bills and I mean completely covered!
 
 
What fun bar stools!
 
 
On the way to Tortilla Flats we stopped at an overlook - this is Canyon Lake. Aahhh so beautiful.
 
 
I hope you enjoyed the short tour of my vacation. Chris will be home tomorrow - we will have to see if he has any additional pictures from his time there. My bet is he did not take a one!!
 
Everyday is a Blessing!
 

Winter's Back

Posted on February 21, 2012 at 2:32 PM Comments comments (64)
Winter seems to be back for a little while. We got about 2 inches of snow between yesterday and last night which I think all piled up in my driveway. Luckily when I backed down the hill from the house to take Weston down to the bus this morning my head lights flashed across a very deep drift that lay in wait to trap us in its depths. It is a wet heavy snow but this time I out smarted it and drove way around the drift and got into the tire tracks made by the early morning garbage truck.
 
I have some more of my house painting to share with you too. I forgot to take a before picture but I snapped one that was close to before:
 
 
I guess this one does only show the before color - Ooops! I did two walls of the Livingroom in a real pretty milk chocolate color. I love it!
 
 
What do you think? Looks good enough to lick doesn't it? I love Chocolate! I just faxed my wall measurements to the paint store for the other two walls in the Livingroom, the Diningroom, and the rest of the Entryway. I know what I will be doing the rest of this week! We are suppose to get a rain/snow mix for tomorrow. That will be just fine as long as it waits til I can get to the store and get my paint. I can be snowed in and have plenty to do. (I usually say that about quilting! I always make sure to have plenty of projects waiting on a snowstorm. But, unfortunately my sewing room hasn't seen much of me this winter.)
 
Have a good day and evening - its off to Zumba for me!!
 
Everyday is a Blessing!
 

Painting

Posted on February 17, 2012 at 12:13 PM Comments comments (67)
Good Morning! And what a beautiful morning it is here. The ever longing Sun is shining brightly this morning and really makes me feel cheerful and full of energy. It is simply amazing how the sun will uplift everyone's spirits especially this time of year when it is more dreary and gray than bright and sunny.
 
I have started my painting project in the house and want to show you my entryway.
 
 
 
 
 
What do you think? I know it is a pretty dark wall but I love it! It is a dark teal/gray color that matches my rug wonderfully. Here is another shot:
 
This angle you can see it a little better - but doesn't it make my closet doors pop!! Wow it looks better than I could have imagined. So I am on to the next dark walls and they will be in my Livingroom. I will take a before picture first so you can see that and then the finished project. I am doing my dark walls first and then I am going to do my lighter walls that way if I don't like my dark walls I can just go over them with the lighter color. But - I am loving this one so I don't think I will be painting over them!
 
While I am downloading these pictures for the blog I am cutting out Subtraction Flash Cards for Weston. We had his conference with his 2nd Grade teacher, Mr. Abel, last night and we need to do a little work on subtraction. He had a very good conference though. His reading has improved already above what they had expected him to do by the end of the year. That's my Boy!! We also need to work a little on telling time. With all the digital clocks now days I had not even thought about the fact that he was having a hard time with a face clock. So I am on that too and I have printed worksheets off the internet for him to work on telling time. It really is amazing what a person can pull off the internet these days. I just love that!!
 
I hope everyone has a wonderful sun shiny day!
 
Everyday's a Blessing!
 
 
 

The Sun is Shining

Posted on February 15, 2012 at 11:22 AM Comments comments (28)
The sun is shining! That must mean it is going to be a very good day. Winter can be so cloudy and gloomy so we have to treasure our days of sun. It snowed a few inches a couple days ago and Weston has not wasted the precious time that he has had with the very little snow we have had this winter. Last night while I was at Zumba Weston and Chris played non-stop in it. They tied a sled up to the back of the Gator and Chris pulled Weston around the yard and into the hay field. When I drove up the driveway the tracks from their play where everywhere and every which direction. I could tell they had had the time of their lives. Chris said they had just come in at about 6:45 just before I got home and they were both exhausted.
 
Happy Belated Valentines to everyone! We had a wonderful supper together and just enjoyed each others company. Of course, Weston had to have a toy gun fight with his father which seems to be the event of the night since last weekend when I was gone to a quilt retreat. They run and chase through the whole house - I just locked the bathroom door and had a nice hot bath.
 
Everyday is a Blessing!
 
 

Uff da! It's been awhile

Posted on February 1, 2012 at 1:42 PM Comments comments (25)
 
I can't hardly believe where the time has gone. I looked back and my last blog was the middle of December! Uff da! - That's my Norwegian heritage coming out. Christmas is always so busy - isn't it? But we really had such a wonderful family time and this year we didn't have to fight the weather to get where we were going. How wonderful! But, a little added extra busy-ness (is that a word) came from my daughter, Jade moving into a new house on December 23rd. We went in on December 22 and cleaned as best we could with the amount of time we had and then right away the next morning we started moving them in. It really went very smoothly and had good help. That night we
had a meal and our Christmas celebration with both my daughters and their boyfriends.We fixed beef tenderloin on the Traeger smoker grill which had wonderful flavor. Then between Christmas and New Years is my Grandma's birthday. She turned 91 on December 29th. How wonderful to still have her with us to enjoy. We had a big birthday bash here at our house in the "party shed". It worked out wonderfully. We had plenty of room to set up tables and have a pot luck meal. We also played Court Whist  which Grandma absolutely loves to do! She really prefers "feffer" (a card game) or "500" (another card game) but with the amount of people we had and the different levels of card knowledge this just worked out better.
 
 
We had a nice New Years celebrating with some friends at their home on New Years Eve and then just relaxed at home the following day. We did have a bit of nasty weather on New Years Eve but luckily everyone got home with out a hitch!!
 
Now it's Tax Time! January and February are some of the busiest months for me. You probably would not think so but it really is. All the reports have to be gone through and all totals double checked. Plus of course state and federal reports for the farm and supply company. It's busy but a good time to reflect on the last year.
 
I had better call it quits for now as my Mom and I are going to travel up to Medford to pick up a sofa table that I bought for our entry way. I can't wait to see how it looks. So for now - Take Care!
 
Everyday is a Blessing!
 
 
 

Gloomy Day

Posted on December 13, 2011 at 4:56 PM Comments comments (31)
Gloomy Day! It has been such a gray gray day today. But it really didn't bother me. I have been so busy in my office sitting at my desk just plowing through the paperwork making tons of head way. Even if it is an overcast and sad day I am elated with the progress that I have had. There have been a couple projects that have been calling to me for weeks for their attention and because of one interuption or another I had not gotten to them. But - today I did and it feels absolutely wonderful!! Chris was gone all morning and that gave me a chance to concentrate on those projects as they needed my full attention. Sigh! You know how that feels when something that has been on your mind and nagging at you is suddenly gone. I still have a pile of work to be contended with but the couple things that I was liking the least are now finished.  Ok - I know enough of that you get the drift right?!? 
 
Tonight is Weston's winter program at school. I am so excited because I am going to try out my new camera that I bought up at the National Camera Exchange store in Burnsville. I did have a chance to play with it a little at my two niece's school programs. It is so much fun to get really good pictures. I can't wait to have a friend of mine, Marcie who used to take professional pictures, take a look at the camera and give me some tips and pointers! I will try my hand at uploading some pictures to this blog tomorrow so that you can see just how handsome a lad he is. I took him to my oldest daughter's hair salon yesterday to have him trimmed up and looking good. And I have to admit I can't wait to see him in his new clothes. He looks so much like his Dad and when he is in a button shirt and tie he is really looking good. He loves to wear a tie. One time he went with Chris to a Ranch Rodeo ahead of me and when I went up to join them I caught a glimpse of my son off playing with the other kids and he was wearing one of his good ties clipped to his t-shirt. I could hardly believe his father let him do that. When I asked why he was wearing that tie he just replied that he liked it and wanted to look good that day. Well look good he did and he also got a ton of attention!!! 
 
Wes will be home in a couple minutes and then a whole new set of things will need to be done so its good bye for now.
 
Everyday is a Blessing!
 

December is here!

Posted on December 2, 2011 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (110)
December has arrived! Wow where has this year gone? It hardly seemed like we had any summer with all the rain that we had this spring.It took that much longer to put the crop in this year and so therefore it shortened up summer! But, I have to admit this year's fall harvest went the best of any that I can remember in our 16 years of married bliss. I think we pretty much had everything out of the field in 3 weeks. That is incredible! And now we are looking the end of the year in the face. I went yesterday to Mankato and did some Christmas shopping with my Mom and two daughters Jade and Jessa. What a wonderful day. We shopped, had lunch, and enjoyed each others company. It is not very often that we can get all us ladies together at one time and especially for a whole day of shopping. I love those ladies so much I can hardly believe that I am lucky enough to have them all in my life. All of us are at different stages of our lives but can totally appreciate each other and give the support needed.
 
Last weekend Chris, Weston and I went to the cities to buy a different pickup for the farm. One that has a flatbed on it with boxes for tools. Everything he wanted except that it was a 2 wheel drive pickup instead of 4. Well we got 10 minutes from the place that we where going (which we had called the night before and made the arrangements to come up and see it telling him when we would be there) and he called to tell us that he had just sold the vehicle to another person. Can you believe that? We were on time as to when we told him we would be there and he didn't wait for us. If someone else was coming to see the truck he should have told us so the night before when we called him and set up the arrangement. Disappointing! Sometime you wonder how people think. So we got back on the freeway and headed back south. I wanted to check out the National Camera Exchange store that is located just south of the Burnsville Mall. I came out smelling like a rose in this deal though cause I purchased a new wonderful Sony Alpha camera. I am so excited to learn more about this camera and what it can do. I will start posting some pictures to the site so you can see how I am doing. Wish me Luck!!
 
Everyday is a Gift!
 
 
 
 

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