Friday, October 31, 2008
Okay, I'm over my trip down memory lane and back in the present. I know I haven't posted since Monday when I wasn't feeling well. I am fine. In fact I never really got sick, just the headache and funny stomach. On Wednesday I had my yearly physical, or should I say I had the doctor portion of it. Now to do the other tests she has scheduled for me. The first one is this morning, a bone scan. So I'm off for that in a few minutes.Our daughter is still in the hospital, waiting for her hearing next week. Please pray that she will be sentenced to alcohol treatment. She needs the help in order to save her life.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
We talked to six of our seven kids this weekend, three in person and three by phone. Last night we had son Chuck and Thea and Nicolas over for dinner and I totally enjoyed my grandkid fix. They are so busy that we don't see Nicolas as often as we'd like. Chuck and Ernie had been out hunting once this week, and plan to go again soon. We saw daughter Kari and Mike and part of their family this afternoon after church for a little while, and had fun with Anna and Ben but Adam was upstairs upchucking, so didn't get to visit with him. I was also up at the hospital to visit Gail, and I brought her a robe and pj's. Yesterday we had talked to the youngest, Lance, and this afternoon I was on the phone with Chris in Alaska, and Ernie was on his phone with our oldest son, Kevin. These kinds of days are the best; the days when I can talk with our kids.
The big damper of the weekend was the BLIZZARD we had this afternoon! Now, it wasn't really a blizzard, but it was great big snowflakes being whipped around by the high winds, and believe me, when I had to cross Sam's Club parking lot, it seemed like a blizzard. I like winter, but I want it my way with big fluffy snowflakes, no wind, sunshine, and blue skies, a Norman Rockwell scene.
And so begins another week. This past week had a few unpleasant events in it. I wonder what the Lord has in store for us this week? We just have to remember that whatever it is, it will be whatever He knows is the best for us.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
We hope and pray that is what will happen.
On Sunday when we returned from our camping trip, I was expecting a call from our #2 daughter but the call never came. Oh, well. Not as if it's the first time she didn't do what she said she'd do. Monday morning also passed, and no call, so I started calling her. No answer. Monday afternoon and evening I called. No answer. The same for Tuesday morning, afternoon and evening. No answer. I was getting a bit worried, but again, this has happened before, so I wasn't too upset. Wednesday morning's phone call also produced no answer.
Wednesday afternoon hubby's phone rang. It was the pastor from church, calling to see how our daughter was doing and was she still in ICU?!?!?! Turns out she hurt her knee or something in a fall, and went to the ER. While there she went into alcohol withdrawal and they had to sedate her, intubate her, and put her in ICU for five days. She's now in a regular room, not hooked to tubes anymore. I suppose they'll release her soon, but she has no place to go.
Why will a county pay for numerous ambulance trips, countless ER visits, and scores of hospitalizations to get her sobered up, and then they let her return to the same situation and within hours, the same state she was in before the hospital stay, but they won't pay for an attempt at treatment?
This daughter was exposed to alcohol in the womb, she was genetically predisposed to alcoholism, and I believe she has an undiagnosed FASD. Add to this her mental illness and her alcoholism, and you have a very sad situation.
And there is nothing we can do about it.
Prayers would be appreciated.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Anyhow, I really would like to be a leader just once, so if you want me to fulfill my dream, click on the follow me on the right side of this page. I promise not to lead you anywhere that's scary or dangerous!
Thank you. I wish my mom could see that I'm a leader now! Of course I follow all of you, so guess I'm still a follower, too.
Have you ever noticed that when you say a word many times in a short period of time it sounds really stupid? Try saying follower about ten times......doesn't it sound silly?
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
The camping trip this past weekend was filled with fun, food, and freezing temps. Anna found a nice spot in the lounge chair with her blanket, in front of the fire.
Breakfast on the first morning was pancakes on the griddle, and eggs, bacon and sausage made in the man pan!
Ben enjoys grandpa's pancakes.
We were lucky to find two spots right next to the tables that were covered by a shelter. So even the little sprinkles on Friday didn't phase us......we were covered! And right behind Ernie's green bike is my new red bike. I love it!
And this guy getting beat up by his father and his grandfather is my favorite grandson, Adam.*
Do you guys know about lefsa? Remember the lutefisk post? Well, lefsa is what you always eat with lutefisk. I describe it to people as Norwegian tortillas. It's made with potatoes and lard and very little flour. Well, there is a famous Minnesota lefsa factory down in the area where we were camping, and we had to go there on Friday to pick some up to freeze for Thanksgiving and Christmas, traditional lutefisk and lefsa days in the Norwegian community. I thought it was interesting to see how it's made in bulk. The pieces of dough are put on those surfaces where the rolling pins flatten them to paper thin thickness. Then they are moved on a lefsa stick over to the other line
And remember the post about the garbage can meal? The photo below shows what it looks like cooking in the pot. What you can see is the brats, wieners and sausage, on top of the onions. Below it are the potatoes, carrots, and corn on the cob. The green beans have already been taken off the top. It was wonderful.
Other meals for the weekend included potatoes, carrots and onions with lots of butter, wrapped in foil and cooked over the fire, and 2 different mountain man breakfasts, cooked in the Dutch ovens. One was eggs, onions, peppers, bacon, and hashbrowns, and the other an egg bake of eggs, bread, ham and cheese. Needless to say, we did not go hungry! The bad thing is that I have my physical next week and I expect the weight gain and the cholesterol readings can't all be blamed on this weekend!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
What are you planning for the weekend? Whatever you are doing I hope it is a great one full of family, friends, and love, and don't forget church and Bible study on Sunday. Blessings to all.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Then I put together this table runner from a charm pack of Moda fabrics. I love Moda fabrics! I have been collecting patterns for table runners, and think I have six or seven now. And I have three more Moda charm packs of 5" squares. Sunday I went to the fabric shop which is right at the edge of town, up the road about four miles (Hubby is going to be sorry we found this apartment so close to the fabric shop!) and I found a big sale happening! I bought a bag full of fat quarters of kind of 1950's looking fabrics. Thought I'd make a couple of vintage looking table runners. And I picked up cotton batting for 50% off! Yay me!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.
Think on that. Anyone can give, whether they love the Lord or not. But those who do love the Lord, cannot help but to give. It is part of the love. Giving. A beautiful thing. Something to think about on this Sunday.
And remember, giving doesn't just mean money. It also means time and talent. What are you giving?
I hope your Sunday has been blessed.
Friday, October 10, 2008
October is the month in Minnesota that Norwegians wait for all year long. It's the beginning of lutefisk suppers, and a prelude to the upcoming holiday season when it is tradition to eat lutefisk as many times as possible.We went to a lutefisk supper last night, a yearly occurrence at the Norwegian Lutheran college where hubby and I attended, and then later worked for many years. The usual accompaniment to the jelly like substance is lots of melted butter, mashed potatoes, meatballs and gravy, and lefsa. Now do you know lefsa? Kind of a thin tortilla, made of potatoes and only a tiny bit of flour, rolled paper thin, and baked on a lefsa grill. In addition to these "required" side dishes, we also had carrots, cranberry sauce, and apple, peach or blueberry crisp with ice cream for dessert.
There are dangers to eating the stuff. Remember it is soaked in lye. It has to be rinsed in water many times before cooking, and then if cooked in aluminum cookware, it will still turn the pot black! Imagine what it does to your innards!
Yes, I had a little bit. Mostly because of the melted butter! I concentrated on the mashed potatoes and meatballs and gravy, but Ernie had a couple of plates full of lutefisk. He was in heaven!
As folks left their table we heard cries of "Tusen Takk" (a thousand thanks) .
Thursday, October 09, 2008
This is the largest park in our town. It has a little zoo with goats, chickens, and deer. There is also a large new playground with one of those big, colorful, multi-activity units that looks like the kids would love it. There is also a beautiful garden area, with lovely plantings.
I wish the sun would have been shining, but at least it wasn't raining.
Beautiful shade of pink, isn't it?
This is all new planting along the hill, and the restraining wall. I'm guessing it will only get more beautiful as time goes by.
So simple, yet so beautiful. Hey, these flowers are simply beautiful!
To explain the hairdo: It was wacky hair day at their school, so she had numerous pony tails all over her head. They were sprayed red, scalp too. But the ends looked like they had been twisted like dreads and dipped into a blue paint. A very interesting hairdo, I must say!
And this is sweet Madison. When she was little, she had red hair. It has changed to a blond, but still has the wavy curls. Madison must have eaten eight helpings of fresh green beans last night. I don't know if she ate the beef roast or potatoes and gravy, but she sure ate her vegetables! I think she had the minimum daily requirement for about a week, all in one meal!
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
I could have asked him to stop about a dozen times, but it was raining pretty hard so I didn't ask him to stop for me to take pictures.
I felt the need to snap a couple of pictures. It's supposed to be nicer weather tomorrow, so before I make a resupply trip to Sam's Club, I just might run back out to the park and snap a few more picture.
It really is lovely in the fall in Minnesota. See why it's my favorite season?
Saturday, October 04, 2008
The trees are beautiful along the street in front of this city park campground.
The flowers by the school corner are also beautiful, not touched by frost yet.
It's getting almost too dark for a picture, but those white fluffy plumes were in such stark contrast with the red and gold tree that I had to attempt it.
Right in the middle of the picture you see a big Ford diesel truck and a little Nomad trailer. That's us! There are a lot of trailers and motor homes in this little campground this weekend. Everyone of them has a couple of bikes parked behind the trailer. I think a lot of people had the idea to get out and enjoy one of the last beautiful weekends of the camping season.
market was going strong before nine o'clock. I love to see the Amish folk with their
horses and buggies and their canned goods, baked goods, quilts and beautiful baskets displayed for folks to purchase. What a wonderful day it looks like it will be! Hope your day is shaping up to be just as wonderful!
Friday, October 03, 2008
There were several trees, right by the trail, just begging for me to take their picture. So I did.
And we did another trail ride. We went out of town in the opposite direction this afternoon, and did another ten miles. There are many bridges along the trail, always a nice place to stop and rest and gulp down some cool water. I think this is where I had to flush my mouth after swallowing a bug!
One part of the trail has been blasted through some rock, and it's really pretty, and refreshingly cool on this portion.
A shelter is sitting down off the trail, on the shore of the river flowing in the front with the ripe corn field in the back.
Some of the old buildings right along the main street of Lanesboro. Many of the old buildings have been turned into small hotels or B&B's, gift shops, restaurants, or apartments.
And this is the pond in the little city campground that we are staying in. There is a bubbling fountain in the center of the pond. In just a few more days, the trees will be all kinds of shades of red, orange and gold. We are about a week or ten day too early to see the fabulous colors.