Saturday, October 31, 2009


Our beautiful daughter-in-law Morticia Tya, invited us to join their Halloween party tonight.  She greeted us in her holiday best but we almost didn't recognize her!

Their home was appropriately decorated.

Our granddaughters are the bride on the left, Jaden, and the pink princess on the right, Madison.  The other beauties are their friends.

These two little princesses are just as cute as they can be, aren't they?  Madison is on the right.

It didn't take the kids long to eat their supper and in no time they were out the door with their bags and buckets to collect candy.  Of course, plenty of parents accompanied them.  Small town it may be, but you can't be too careful.


Good Morning!  Do I have any people left?  I haven't posted in a week in case you haven't noticed.  It's been kind of a boring week, nothing exciting happening, which in a way is good, right?

I have spent a couple of afternoons with daughter, Gail, who is looking for an apartment.  This is exciting for her because she is one year sober and is looking at the world through clear eyes with a clear brain.  I am trying to be helpful, yet not too helpful, if you know what I mean.  She has to accept the consequences of her actions, and not rely on mom and dad to make everything alright once again.  We want to help, but not enable, and there is a fine line between the two.  She did find an apartment yesterday that she likes so we'll have to see what happens.  I sure would like her to be settled in a place before it gets much colder and the snow starts to fly.  She is in a safe place right now but I don't know how long she can stay there.

The trees are almost totally bare in our little town.  We've had a lot of wind in the past few days and the ground now holds what a couple of days ago was still hanging on the trees.  Our skies have been gray except for one day this week, and we've had steady rain and drizzle, not the sunny drying days the farmers have been praying for.  The beans should be all off and the corn at least half done, but because of the cold wet weather they are far behind in their fall work.  Fields are turning black, a sign that the beans have gotten too wet and are rotting.  Corn isn't as sensitive and can wait awhile yet.

Yesterday was our youngest son's birthday, but I failed to connect with him.  I tried both the house phone and his cell phone, but got no answer.  I hope Lance and Tya were out on a family celebration with their two girls, and that I'll be able to catch up to him today.  He is a wonderful son, and we are so proud of him.  He has had a lot to overcome in his life, and he has done so with blood, sweat and tears, making us beam with pride at his accomplishments.  I'll never forget the day he was born into our family.  He and his brother were coming to live with us, and were delivered to our home by a SW.  He jumped out of her car in his too small blue plaid flannel shirt, jeans that were also too small, and tennis shoes with no laces or socks.  He bounded up the sidewalk  hand and hand with his year older brother, with his long tangled bowl cut hair sticking out in a dozen different directions, and his four top front teeth missing, and when I opened the door to invite them in, he jumped over the threshhold and straight into my heart.  Happy Birthday Lance!  We love you dearly.

And now it's November, Thanksgiving month.  I love Thanksgiving.  I love the hymns we sing on Thanksgiving.  I love having my loved ones all gathered together, giving thanks for all of our blessings.  I think I'd better get some plans made and some grocery shopping started as I want a large group around my Thanksgiving table this year.  What are your plans for Thanksgiving?  Will you serve the meal or will you go to a family gathering elsewhere?

I have a couple of gifts to make, so I'd best get to the sewing machine today.  What are your plans?

Friday, October 23, 2009


We had gray skies all day today (shoot, all week!) until just a few minutes ago.  We were eating our squash soup when I glanced out the window and saw pink.  I grabbed my camera and ran to the back yard and snapped this photo.  By the time I got back inside, the skies were gray again, but for about 30 seconds there it looked like we maybe were going to see an end to this gloom.  The weather folks said nice tomorrow, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.


I just made the most delicious squash soup!  Thanks Charlie!  My friend, Charlene, gave me some hubbard squash so I used one to make soup tonight.  It was excellent.  Of course it had shallots sauted in butter, bacon, squash, chicken broth and heavy whipping cream in it, so it was very healthy and low fat!  Ya, right!  I should get out and exercise about four hours just to work off that soup, but:

That Maxine is right on, isn't she?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Look what I found at one of the local thrift shops today.  It's a moustache cup, and isn't it absolutely beautiful?  I took one look and grabbed it before anyone else could spy it.

It's mostly white, with the soft blue painted on the front and a little on the back.  The rim and handle are edged in gold.  The little white dot looking things are raised specks of paint.

This is the marking....if you enlarge it you will see that it is Royal Bavarian China, Germany.  I looked online and found the exact mark with the crown on top and the P.M. B is in the center circle.  I absolutely love i!

This pretty cup was marked $1.00 but today was seniors day......25% off.  So I paid 75 cents for this gem!

Sunday, October 18, 2009


Forty-five years ago today these words were spoken in our church by our pastor.  Actually, all of Joshua 24:15 was read:  Choose you this day whom you will for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.  It was the marriage ceremony of a young (21) Airman in full dress blue uniform, and a young (20....too young!) woman in a beautiful white dress made by her grandmother.  These words had also been spoken twenty three years earlier at the marriage of this woman's parents, and would also be read exactly twenty years later at the marriage of the couple's daughter.

I was the young bride, Ernie the Airman.  We had a small wedding party, just my sister and his brother, and our honeymoon was our drive to Spokane, Washington where he was stationed with the Air Force.  Two months later he received orders for Bangor, Maine, all the way across the United States from Spokane!  While in Maine we were blessed with two children, then a move back across the USA again, to Marysville, California.  While in California our third child was born.  The next move was only half way across the states, to upper Michigan.  Then from there to Grand Forks, North Dakota where we completed our family with the adoption of a sibling group of four kids.  We retired back home to Minnesota  and  then both worked at the college until we retired again in 2006. 

We have had a great forty five years, have been blessed with seven kids and fifteen grandkids and one grand son-in-law.  We have our health and have been able to do some traveling.  And I can't wait to see what the future holds for us!  One thing is certain, the Lord will be in our lives just as He has been in the past.  And we will continue to serve Him. 

Thank you dear heavenly Father for the blessings of marriage and family.  Continue to be with us and keep us strong in our faith  and in our bodies, so we may continue to serve You.  In Christ's saving name.  Amen. 

Saturday, October 17, 2009


What is this?  Again?  Yup.  It's the second snow of our camping trip, the first being at Glacial Lakes S.P.  This time we are at Sibley S.P., which is the park where my brother is the park manager.  They have some new camping cabins, so part of the group made use of them while Ernie and I, and my sister Ruth and her husband stayed in our campers.  Then during the meal times we made use of the shelter house and the fireplace! 

Not exactly what we wanted for our campout, but it sure was pretty!

Another Dutch Oven meal, this one was a mountain man breakfast, featuring anything you want to put in it and adding eggs and cheese.  This one had potatoes, onions, carrots, sausage, bacon, and no fat or cholesterol!

The last morning we went on a short hike through a lovely stand of maples. 

I love all the vertical lines in this scene.

And finally, a stop at another state park, Monson.  I'd never been to this park before, and found a delightful little park nestled in the woods along a small lake.  We will be back!

I don't know the name of this fungus growth, but I like the way it looks like petals on a flower.


We had one really sunny, super nice day.  We of course got in another good hike.  We spied these beautiful white birches way across the field, so had to try for a shot of them. 

The sky was blue, with lots of pretty white clouds, and the rolling hills made for a very pleasant hike at Glacial Lakes S.P.

Aren't these hills pretty?  When I see this type of landscape I always think of the Native Americans riding their ponys across the distant horizan.

It sure was a pleasant drive that day.

This was our campspot at Maplewood S.P.  We woke up to frost thickly covering the ground, but it turned into a lovely day after the sun came up.

The prettiest trees in the park were right by the entrance.

These colors were absolutely beautiful.

Dutch Oven or cast iron pot cooking.  This was a mac and cheese dish that my sister made for us.  It was nummy!


We had a good camping trip with my sister, even though we experienced every single type of weather that Minnesota had to throw at us.  We were a little disappointed in the colors, too, as they were certainly not as brilliant as they usually are.  This shot is a boat landing in Maplewood S.P.  

Cooking hobo dinners, foil wrapped potatoes, carrots, onions, and sausage.  Top with plenty of butter and a bit of salt and pepper, and you have a meal in a foil packet.  Num num!

This was a rainy cloudy day, and the oranges and golds were very blah,

At our campsite (we were the only campers in the park!) we did have some pretty trees, but overall the colors were not what we are used to in Minnesota.

We found these red bushes on our hike at Lac qui Parle S.P.  It rain the two days were were there except for a couple of hours when we hurried out on a hike before it started again.

Rain drops on red berries at Lac qui Parle.

The trees along this dirt road were still pretty green, but we enjoyed our hike and the sounds of the honking geese overhead. 


I recently read an excellent book. It is Bart and Claudia Fletcher's book, Out of Many, One Family: How Two Adults Claimed Twelve Children through Adoption. Claudia is my daughter Kari's friend, and I call her my friend, too, as there is always a connection between adoptive families, especially those who have adopted from the foster care system. Bart and Claudia have adopted 12 children, 10 boys and two girls, and this is the story of how they found each child and made them their family. At the end of each chapter Claudia tells what they learned from that adoption. I think it would be a very helpful book for anyone just starting on their adoption journey, and a must read for those adopting from the foster care system.  If you are interested, you may contact Claudia here.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Good Morning.  No, I did not fall off the face of the earth.  But I did go nine days without computer access.  I tried hooking up to my phone a couple of times, but the signal was too low.  I now have a week and a half worh of camping stories and photos to post.   Right now I am drowning in laundry and have a mess to put away, but by this evening I hope to be able to put something together to post.  See you then.

Monday, October 05, 2009


Good morning!  In two hours I need to pick up  my sister, Lois, for a late season camping trip.  When we went to Alaska this summer, we promised her we'd take her out for a weeks vacation when we came back, and this is the first her schedule and our schedules have permitted the trip.  We are going to four different Minnesota State Parks for two nights at each of them.  I don't know if I'll be able to update, although if my cell works I should be able to post. 

Do any of you  folks keep track of Minnesota sports?  What a weeked we've had!  Saturday our Gophers met the Badgers in the border battle (Minnesota/Wisconsin).  The Gophers lost, but this game always generates a lot of excitement.  Then yesterday our wonderful Twins beat Kansas City to cause a playoff game with Detroit for the title.  The Twins have come from behind in a late season flurry of wins and have caused much excitement!  Go Twins!

Then today is the game of games.  The Minnesota Vikings meet their biggest rivals, the Green Bay Packers.  This is always the biggest game of the season, made much bigger this year by St. Favre leaving the Packers and going to the Vikings.  The media has been hyping this game for days now, and I just heard that the pre-game show starts at 4:30 for a 7:30 game! 

Okay.  Back to the first paragraph of this post and you'll see we will be camping!  I was expecting hubby to cancel the trip, or at least postpone our departure for a day, when he realized that this was the big game on Monday night football.   But he fooled me!  We recently switched from cable to dish.......and he bought an extra dish so he could be portable.  Do you think he was planning ahead to this game?  So he plans to be all set up in the campground, ready for his 6  hours in front of the TV watching St. Favre meet his old team for the first time.  Should be fun, even if it's going to be cold and rainey.    

Saturday, October 03, 2009


Now the day is over, Night is drawing nigh, Shadows of the evening, Steal across the sky.

Jesus, give the weary, Calm and sweet repose; With Thy tenderest blessing,  May our eyelids close.

Comfort every sufferer, Watching late in pain; Those who plan some evil , From their sins restrain.

Through the long night-watches, May Thine angels spread, Their white wings above me, Watching 'round my bed.
When the morning wakens, Then may I arise, Pure and fresh and sinless, In Thy holy eyes.


Big number 64 below is our grandson Nicolas who is playing in the 4th grade football league.  We attended his game last Saturday, but it was raining this morning so we didn't venture out.  Nicolas has beautiful red hair! He is the son of our son Chuck and his wife Thea.

Below is our son Lance who has recently completed the course to become a part time policeman.  He loves it!  He is a very calm, cool. level headed young man, so I'm sure he will do a wonderful job.

The cutie below is Jaden, Lance and Tya's oldest daughter.  She is in 6th grade this year, being bused to a neighboring town for school, and having to change rooms for every class.  They grow up too fast!

And this is Madison with their new dog, Chance.  Madison is in 2nd grade.

Thursday, October 01, 2009


Now I know that Anna is truly comfortable with me. She went into her normal everyday nasty mood this morning. I guess she figures grandma has been around long enough now that she doesn't have to be good anymore! And she gave it to me good. And I'm sorry to say I raised my, I'll admit it.....I yelled at her! Me, a 65 year old grandma of 15, veteran of raising 7 kids, let this little 7 year old push my buttons big time this morning!

I asked Anna to hurry because it was raining and we had to bring Adam to his school. So she switched to putting one cheerio on her spoon at a time and letting her hair almost hang into the cereal bowl, then flicking it back like a super model on the runway. I yelled at her.

Did you know it takes 14 bites to eat one teaspoon of applesauce with meds hidden in it? Or a couple dozen fake swallows to get the three teaspoons of antibiotic down, even if it is flavored with that stinky grape stuff? I hollered at her.

Then I threatened to leave her at home with sister Katie while Ben and I went to buy a balloon to welcome her mom and dad home from Washington DC. She didn't care.

The honeymoon is over and she was in total control this morning! Her mom probably won't leave me in charge again!