Friday, October 31, 2008

Freaky Friday!

* Going trick or treating tonight at the old neighborhood. Trevor told me he only got 50 pc. of candy/junk last Sat. and at the old subdivision he would get nearly 300 (think close-together-houses) so he can make more stops
* I'm not dressing up. I'm a strange enough character on a normal day
* We have a special weekend planned starting tomorrow!
* A library book is missing! This isn't as serious as the move when we had other stuff missing. This is just one little book. R. tells me it was deposited in the slot yseterday. 'A Little Calf'. Sounds innocent enough. But now library people (and let me tell you, they take missing books very seriously) are looking as I type.
* I'm getting laser treatment on some various spots on my face. And wowser it hurt today! The lady asked what my facial regime was each morning. Um... whatever soap is on the ledge. Don't you use any facial lotion or sunscreen? Um... no. Maybe I rub some hand lotion on my face if I get too much for my hands. Horror. Shock. Disbelief. Sorry... I'm kinda an au naturale kind of person that is impatient with fussing.
* The kids have been at Gpa and Gma D's for 24 hours. We had a lovely long walk yesterday afternoon, then a fancy-schmancy dinner out (thankfully we had a gift certificate for a portion of it), and a quiet evening after. The silence is... nice and deafening. I'll be no good with an empty nest. I know it already.
* Better redeem the time. Happy Halloween! And Happy Birthday to Anita B. and Andrea J! Both are presents just by being who they are.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

I got to a gas station!

Yep. It's me. Lisi. You know that lady that yells at me but loves me anyway? Well yesterday right after those noisy small people got on the bus, she said, 'up you go'. You know what that means? A ride! I'm never sure where we're going. You see she uses lots (and lots and lots) of words. I'm limited in what I understand. I'm really good with sit, down, stay, come, front, treat... (but I don't always listen even though I understand). So I enthusiastically get in a vehicle not knowing if I'm going to the dog kennel/spa place I LOVE to go to. Or if it is the vet (scary fun), or to just run errands, or to Grandpa's. But I hop in and just wait it out to see where we end up.

Yesterday, we rode and rode (seemed like forever). I did a couple of heavy sighs so the big lady driving would know I was bored. Well then the van slowed down. Stopped! I perked up. Sat up. Then she let me out! She didn't bother with a leash and so I immediately ran in a frantic circle. I was at a place where there were these big things that smelled well, gassy. And there were people and cars and noise. The big lady took me to some grass and told me to 'go potty' (another thing I know what she's saying). So I did my business and then bossy lady told me to head back to the van. Um. No. I see a guy and a little boy. They must love dogs. They would surely love to be cheered up by me running up to them since I know I'm adorable. Sure enough they seemed thrilled. I heard the lady calling my name (another word I know), but I decided that right now was not the time to listen to her. I'm spreading goodwill and cheer to some people coming out of a store. Wait a minute! I see a door open! And I smell... is that meat? You see there is a big yellow M at the top of this builing that also sells the gassy stuff. We've been there before. I've tasted some of it. It is... well to me very yummy. So the open door beckons and in I go! There are lots of people smiling. Laughing in fact. The big bossy lady looks cross. I'm looking at the counter hoping a piece of something drops. But no! Here she comes! She grabbed my pink collar, muttered some more apologies (this lady does that a lot when I'm involved), and off we go. No taste of burger. No treat of any kind. Just an open door back in the van and to Grandpa's we go. I think the big lady that yells at me and loves me anyway secretly thought I was kinda funny running into that building. But she never told me. And if she did, I wouldn't understand her anyway.

So there was my latest adventure! Stay tuned.

p.s. some really nice, big guy came out a couple days ago and walked our whole lot. He was showing the big lady some stuff about keeping me in the lot with a secret fence that is hidden below the ground. It is making me nervous as my freedom might be soon coming to an end. Is there anyone I can sue for liberty???

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Diagnosis anyone?

Here's the symptoms:

recurring chest achy feelings for the past 4-5 days
some shortness of breath (but I think that is mostly in my head)
burning belly
lots of burpys (sorry if that sounded gross)
tired feelings

So. I'm wondering what it is. I'm usually healthy as a horse (what a saying!). But why am I feeling that yucky feeling all the time.

I don't think it helped when dear Ethel sent off all the heart attack stuff. I'm thinking, 'that's me!!!' I've got heart issues for sure. But reality says that there is no history of it in our family (thank goodness).

Anyhoo. That's the story. Any suggestions would be welcome.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Just because...

You Are Eggs

Traditional and totally grown up, you truly believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

You don't skimp on nutrition or quality. You're likely to take the time to make yourself a decent meal each morning.

You're a great cook, even if you aren't a showy one. You can make a feast out of simple ingredients.

The food you eat may be basic, but you prefer to think of it as classic.

Wisconsin character

He stepped right out of a page in a book. Garrison Keillor has written about MN characters. Someone should write about my WI chimney guy. He drove in the driveway with his big truck and trailer. Came inside and answered all my wood stove questions as if he's burned wood since toddlerhood. Interjected 'you bet, ya know, up nort, yah sure, ain't dat da truth' and on it went. Endearing? Sure. To the point of me almost wanting to smile. I actually baited him and asked a few things to hear the response I wanted to hear. It was fun! And the best thing about him? He didn't charge a thing. I'm not sure why. Becuase he didn't feel we actually need the chimney swept? So yes, there are some honest service people out there yet.

Now I await Mr. Invisible Dog Fence man. He's to tell me the optimum placement to keep Lisi from visiting anyone that happens to come within 1/8 of a mile of our place. Boy she's in for a lifestyle change! For the better. I think she's sick of being on the little staked area all the time.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Monday malaise

A 3rd cabinet guy came to look at the island and back entry. They all have different ideas and looks. This guy looked like he just got back from pheasant hunting. Right down to the fleece and plaid jacket and unshaven face. But he's pretty good according to the builder types around here.

And the electrician is here getting the fan wired on the girls' solatube thingy. He's hooking it up so when the shower light goes on, there goes the fan too! Somehow I think the kids won't turn on the fan separately. So this should alleviate that problem.

I just cleaned bathrooms. The rest of the house is next. The bathrooms in this house hide dirt better than the old place. But again, the hardwood floors do not hide dirt. Not a hair or crumb. No siree. So the vacuum comes out time and time again. It doesn't help with Lisi having partial kitchen privileges. Even with vigilant brushing, errant hair falls.

Back to Halloween. Yes, we had early trick or treating. The kids got stashes off course. But I have a grumble. Some people think it is better somehow to give the kids junky stuff instead of candy. I'm not sure the thinking on it... it doesn't cause cavities. It is fun that lasts longer? I dunno. But the straws with a skeleton attached, pencils (actually not that bad of an idea), plastic spiders, teeth, whistles (terrible idea) really seem like nothing more than something to contribute to too large of landfills. Bring on the candy. And a toothbrush!

Office furniture comes tomorrow! You should envision our 'office' now. A teeny-weeny table that holds a desktop and a laptop. A printer/fax on the floor. Three boxes on the floor. School supplies on the floor. Folding meeting chairs in the corner. It needs organization. Now. Yuck.

Tomorrow the chimney sweep person comes. I doubt he'll show up with a top hat and cane. Why did they do that anyway?

It is cold. Windy. Raw, fall weather. Today is what I think of when I think of fall. Depressing. Dreary. And for some odd reason, about the time we got married (Nov. 5th). I need to walk and then I won't feel so cooped up. I might fly the coop.

Speaking of which, Sarah's will be less populated. I think some birdbrains are heading to market again. Lucky for us, we'll be grazing on chicken some more. Yum.

Our new grand-nephew-puppy came to visit yesterday with his people parents. He was so desperately cute and sweet. Nice. Well-behaved. And scared silly over Lisi who was acting like a teenage girl without control of her extremities. Mavrick is just sweet and he was nearly mauled by Mira. She was completely in love. Just like I used to be (still am actually).

My folks were here too! They travel let me tell you. They've been on three ventures since we saw them a month ago. No grass growing under their feet I tell ya.

I better keep cleaning... no 'tings' yet though...

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Trick or Treating 2008

* A little different in the new neighborhood. Bigger lots and so it takes longer to get a real stash. The three managed quite well nonetheless.

* Parents are driving their progeny in wagons on the back of their riding lawnmower. But I did see one drinking and driving. Yikes! He wasn't going over 5 mph. So that's in his favor.

* About 50% say 'thank you'. The others are prompted by parents. And some bigger ones simply give a 'duh' look.

* Cutest costume hands down was a 2 1/2 year old pink flamingo with webbed black feet. I think it helped that the little girl was just gorgeous too.

* Chocolate is appealing to the older ones. Twix seems to be the winner. The younger ones like garbage candy... and Ike and Mike's are (were) real popular They're gone now.

* All the kids look nearly frozen. About 50 degrees with a very stiff west wind.

* At our house we had two witches and one hunter (gun included). I have pictures, but the computer with my camera's software has no working monitor. So you'll have to wait (and quite frankly I might forget by the time I figure out what to do with my camera thing). The girls have black faces and T. is camouflaged.

* The carved pumpkins turned out nice, but again no pictures. T. picked out a skull and crossbones. Rayna wanted a happy face. And Mira has a haunted house

* I have a pumpkin pie in the oven. Dinner rolls and two loaves of bread done. But no supper! I think it'll be burgers.... since I'm so easily distracted tonight.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Short fuse

I just had hopped into my van at the local Walmart (needed one more witch hat) and there's a skinny guy that looks like he smokes too much shooting off a rash of expletives. Lucky for me I had my windows up as I am not into swearing. He couldn't find his vehicle. And he ranted and raved and swore up a storm and said some bad things about everyone including his mother. And finally I saw him wander down to find his truck.

But who in the daisies was he swearing at? Himself? And why are all those nasty, bad words so necessary at the point of frustration.

Super dumb.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Thurs. Thinkings

* Solatube should be here any minute. They're installing two things in the roof to bring in natural daylight so the rooms aren't so dim.

* I need birthday party gift ideas and what to do. Kids invited to a neighbor girl turning 9. I bought one game already. But... three kids going to a birthday party. Do they all need to take a gift? Or one combined? And what in the world for a 9-year old girl? Yes, I have one of them myself. But she still loves Polly Pockets and dollhouses. So I'm not sure she's a good reference point.

* The wood stove doing its wonderful work. But it is a bit of a pain getting it up and running in the morning. And there are those pesky ashes to contend with. And it gets really nice and warm once everyone is out the door. So the mornings are chilly. Don't suggest getting up at 4 to stoke the fire. It ain't happening.

* I used to have insomnia issues. Not anymore. No way Jose! I'm exhausted and love, love, love hopping into bed by 10 at the latest.

* We have people coming! I love that. Not that we haven't. Last Sunday, and Tuesday night already. This week is family. My folks tomorrow hopefully and then niece, husband, and puppydog on Sunday. They have a golden puppy that is a wee little thing. I hope Lisi is nice to him. I'll have to post a picture as there is hardly anything cuter than a little golden puppy is there?

* Thank you for those of you that wrote so many kind things on my posting yesterday. I wasn't looking for that. Just writing from the heart. Duane said we should go to the cemetery on Saturday with the kids again. We don't get there enough. Our uncle and aunt on Duane's side kindly donated two spots when she died and Amara is buried between the places where Duane and I will one day rest. It is sobering to see our names there already.

* I want to make lemon poppyseed something today. For some reason, that is Rayna's all-time favorite flavor. That and pickles. Might be muffins or bread today.

* I'm completely new and green to Facebook. Have signed up and am getting comments. But new things scare me. And it feels like another thing to take up time. Which is scary too.

* So I better get to the tasks at hand. I certainly have job security here!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Our littlest one

Twelve years ago today our first baby was born extremely premature. Amara Kay was born with a small cry and lived just three days. We had the best of doctors in the NICU. But her little body wasn't ready to live on its own yet. We still have an ache in our heart. For who she would have been. For what she would have brought into our lives. For what she could have done for others. But her little spot in the big plan of life was to come just for a tiny bit and go back from where she came from. She was the forerunner of our family. She enabled us to go to China. To be called to be Trevor's parents. And for that, we are so thankful for what she has done for us.

When she died, a little piece of our hearts died too. And it still is there. And it still aches. And we miss her. But our hearts and lives and spirits are richer because of the experience of having her a part of our family.

Monday, October 20, 2008


* my foot is sore! i don't know if i strained it, sprained it or what. but it just aches under the arch all the way to my big toe. not fun when you're hauling laundry baskets around. speaking of which. i used to jam a HUGE amount of laundry into each load when the kids were smaller. could do a lot of wash but then the folding was more tedious with all the teeny shirts/pants/socks. but now the clothes are bigger and it takes more loads!

* yesterday we had 20 total here for dinner. a great time. and lots of teenagers which i'm so immesely impressed with. they are kind. engaging. fun. polite. and boy can they eat! and i mean that in a nice way. the mom said she shops at sam's a lot. she'd have to! and she has some very nice kids to show for it.

* the wood stove sure is cranking some btu's these days. to the point that duane was reading the paper in the bedroom to stay cool!

* trevor is going as a hunter at halloween. but he wants to carry a gun. um. i am not sure that's a good idea son. trick or treat! this is a hold-up. he's desperate to get to gander mountain to pick it out. oh boy. i told him when i tucked him in that dad can handle that question.

* mira came home hopping mad off the bus. the crabby, skinny, older lady bus driver is now assigning seats and she has to sit with the twin boys that live nearby. she's horrified that is how she has to get to school now. i actually think they are cute little guys. but maybe they are rascals once the bus starts rolling. i dunno.

* i'm still a baby at it, but discovering facebook. i still don't know much about it, but it was fascinating seeing the pictures pop up of people i went to h.s. and college with. really, if you were looking for someone... bam! there they are! but it is a scary time waster. and i don't want to get very 'good' at it. it wouldn't be good for me or my family.

* we got a new computer monitor and it is icky. not clear enough. so back it goes to the store.

* i bought the game of life today. was cheap at fleet farm. i played it daily after school when i was about 10 or 11 with a neighbor girl lisa. we changed the rules and both automatically became doctors. that way it went faster and seemed somehow more 'fair'. i played it with rayna tonight and she loved it. good practicing with making change and playing banker. but it's kinda weird though. you end life by going to millionaire acres. no death and dying in life when it comes out of a box!

* i can't wait for the election to be over. i have a deep conviction which way my vote should go. and mr. chairman does too. and luckily it jives. but... our anniversary (#14!) is the day after the election. either he'll be happy, or not so happy. at least he's still happy with me! and i him...

i think this is enough musing. i'm mused out. and i'm sure it isn't amusing to you either...

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Freddy Four's Final Fight

It didn't look good. The past few days he silently swam. Without his usual vigor. I thought he was turning into an old-man fish. By today he looked more pale than usual (have I gotten too attached to the fish?). Well, we got home from the pumpkin farm only to find that Freddy had his final swim.

So after 3 years and 10 months, he's been flushed off to sea (or rather straight to our septic system).

Somehow I almost feel melancholy. Not sad. Just... well, so much for him!

The kids helped with the final flush. And they immediately started begging for Freddy Five... which I'm not so anxious for in my life right yet.

Good night.

Friday, October 17, 2008

The Hutch!

So here it is. In all its splendor. I got some of our company dishes and serving stuff in it today. Lots of lower shelving space. Tonight we got our chair at Crate and Barrel and I happened to have a 10% off so got the two blue pieces. I didn't want the clutter of glasses/cups you name it. And I LOVE blue. But after the fiasco of the bedroom, we'll use it as brilliant accent pieces.

Big sister... the silver bowl is so pretty on the bottom shelf!

And so today was good. All this 'stuff' doesn't really matter in light of life in the big picture. A feeling of a heavy heart for the servant lost. We hope it encourages others to think of the needs out there and it just is so vital for us to encourage them in any way we can. And that is what we live for, no?

Tonight as we ate supper, Trevor was telling us about his teacher. He was feeling ill during the day yesterday. And then he told the class when they left for lunch, 'if I'm not here when you get back, go find someone'. Well they get back from lunch and there is no Mr. Moore. Today he tells us that Mr. Moore had to go to the emergency room to get his 'independix' out! Wow! I wonder where you find one of those???

I'm hearing of friendly lurkers more and more. Those that silently come onto the scene, read and look at what they want at this blogspot and slyly sneak out again. But you know what? Somehow that doesn't bother me. As long as you are nice people!

Thursday, October 16, 2008


There is no new bamboo tree. I got close to seeing what we might want. But there is something online that is better. So we'll wait on that. So please don't wait with baited breath.

Got a huge canvas via FedEx that will fill up a spot in the great room. Super cool. Is of Italy, but brings in lots of colors. And it is 72" tall! I like it but Chairman Mr. said to wait and put it up once he's back in town. Because he left me! Just for the night. Work 'up north' as they say here in SE Wisconsin. I think it is funny because we are so far down on the south side of the state - no matter where you go, it is 'up north'. Culture!

And I'm sad. The latest is that a very true servant may soon find peace at a very young age. We were privileged for him to be with us at the Dells in September. I'm thankful for the wee visit I had with him. A soft, gentle Spirit in every way.

Chairman Approval

Lets all have a collective hand-clapping and cheer! The Chairman approved. With gusto. He's very pleased. And so am I. It is nice when the empty walls of a house starts to feel like home. I know we're a long ways off, but it feels good for the nest to start feeling like 'ours'.

Got up early to get the wood stove fired up. After I let the dog out of the garage, there were R&T sitting there getting warmed up. It's kinda like the old days having a real fire to keep us warm, but it sure adds an element of coziness and togetherness. I will post one of M. so she doesn't feel left out. This was eating toast this morning before school.

I'm getting out of the house! Will do a bit of fun shopping and grocery shopping too. Think we'll have company on Sunday, so should get a bit ready for that. I love having friends over. When you enjoy cooking and love people, how much better can it be?

And no one is here today! I've had workers, painters, you name it coming and going for a week straight.

Better get at it...

And I promise! No more pictures of our bedroom. Even if the new bamboo tree I get is just awesome...

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Waiting for Chairman approval

Well it is done. For the 2nd time. I wonder if rooms get smaller with extra coats of paint? The color: "Comforting Green". I hope Mr. Chairman feels the comfort he's looking for. I nearly took a picture to send to work to alleve worries and concerns (like I did yesterday for the hutch). But I'll wait it out. I think he'll like it. A lot. Really. I kinda know the guy and how he ticks. I had fear and trepidation with the blue. Not now. Nope. Natural. Botanical. Comforting. When the bedroom gets put back together, I'll post a picture. But for now, the extra-thick-never-will-give-you-a-bad-night's-sleep mattress is a beast to move. Even me who can put my mind to do anything can't move that honkin' huge thing.

The house is getting slicked up for mtg. tonight. We have new lamps, so people will be able to read without holding their books up sideways to gain extra wattage. Actually no one needed to do that last time, but it'll be nicer now anyhoo.

And it drizzles all day. I managed a walk. Lisi loved it. I was miserable. But I got exercised anyway.

I haven't left the premises for two solid days now. I'm feeling a bit stir-crazy. But the house is clean. No, not one 'ting' yet. It is close. But not the 'ting' you could nearly hear from the old pad. It'll come one day and you can be sure you will be the first to hear about it!

Did I mention canned soup for supper? And leftover bbq pork. Oh. But fresh bread of course. I usually don't slack that much for meals, but tonight is mtg! And I have a floor to wash before they come in.

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Monday mush

* I have a garbage disposer! Know I can't use it for big stuff, but for all the gunk left in oatmeal bowls, teeny scraps of ick that are left on plates... I'm going to love having one again. Plumber and electrician came almost simultaneously. Happy day!

* The wood guy came back. Think redneck. Dumped a face cord of oak with huge apologies again. Then talked (and I'm not stretching this) nearly 1/2 hour on the economy. Hey buddy, your big ol' truck is sitting their idling. Why don't you just move along and save some diesel and me some time! I was polite as long as I could be. In the conversation though, he mentioned he was 43 which happens to be my age. And he looked... old and overweight. But we'll use them again I reckon since he's been so fair and the wood is so nice.

* The painter lady comes back! I like her. She's going to do some baseboard and shoe work for us. And! She may get a quart of a green to do a practice run to make sure it makes the approval of the said Chairman. Then maybe all our quandries will be over. The blue isn't cutting it. Thanks to many of you for suggestions...

* Tomorrow a hutch is delivered. And a chair. Lots of people coming and going it seems.

* Lisi loves it. She thinks they've all come personally just for her happiness. But right now she's waiting not so patiently for a walk. And I need one. I just ate one of those icky Little Debbie thingys. I think my carotid artery is trying to decide what to do with it.

* We were at a funeral yesterday that was so helpful and encouraging and huge. I think they set up 500 chairs and still added more. It was sad, yet it isn't either when the victory is won. I had the privilege of being among four other singers that are better than I am. For some reason, I really don't get nervous singing at funerals. Maybe I'm just not a nervous singer. My elder, who happens to sing as well, sits right next to me and whispers very interesting and sometimes very, very funny things in my ear. That must help too!

* We are invited to go over to friends for a birthday supper tonight for a good friend that is now 7. She is in Mira's grade at the same school. And she was adopted from China, so we seem to have a double-bond with her. I could add that right before we found out Mira was coming, I was thinking there was just 'one more' that needed to come home from China. It weighed heavy on my heart. Then I got a call to write a reference letter for this family. And afterwards it was very clear to me, "She" is going to live with them. One more has come home. But she'll live not with us. And this little "She" is a very special girl with a very wonderful family. And then Mira came shortly afterwards. So that's how the plan was supposed to be I guess.

Better go before the dog gets really ornery. Plus I have a face cord of wood to stack!

Saturday, October 11, 2008


Ok I must admit, I like fires. Of any kind. And since I'm so often cold due to extreme low blood pressure, genetic makeup, whatever, I really am going to love the wood stove as you could tell from an earlier post.

A truck delivered a full cord of wood today which we stacked on 2 1/2 racks. Hope it is a long, cold winter! But it was mixed woods. We ordered all oak as it burns hotter and longer (hence, good for wood stoves). The Chairman was disgusted and asked what the firewood delivery guy could give us. More wood? Free? But gasp! Where will we put it. Ok. So a face cord of oak comes next week. We're more than set with stuff to burn.

Spent a good part of a spectaculicious (is that a word?) gorgeous fall day stacking it neatly (the Chairman did that actually while Trevor and I hauled it). There were some weird pieces at the end. They don't fit on the rack! Now what! Well, I've been hankering for a fire pit in the back yard, so I went out and put one together with left-behind bricks from the previous owner and made one today! Set a bunch of scraps on fire tonight and voila! A campfire! We'll really enjoy it. I smell right now like I've been camping. But it is so nice. Ahhhh. Bring on winter.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Chairman speaks

And he doesn't like it. No, not one little bit. At first he was being polite. Then he said 'you know, I don't like it. Really. It is just awful. I feel like shutting the door. I don't think I can get used to it.' Then he calls poor painter lady and explains how it was all his fault. You see we had picked out a green tone for the walls. Then D. was inspired seeing a blue on the walls of our niece and he liked how that came off. So we looked over a bunch of samples and came up with 'Honest Blue'. Sounds neat and very... honest! No lies could be told in the bedroom right? I'm digressing. So after telling Yvonne how great of a job she did and how very much he likes how the kids' rooms came off he says, 'I don't like our bedroom. And it isn't your fault.' She was polite and listened to his concerns and said she could be over with the paint strips again and go back to start again.

So! Some day this will all be very funny. But tonight it is... kinda funny. Stressful. Silly. And mind numbing.

And you know, the blue tone looks like a baby boy's room. All that is missing is a sailboat and a soft puppy.

Any thoughts?

I'll post a picture. But the room is a mess. You see there is a story on the bed. When we moved two months ago, the movers set up the bed but the center support post thingy wasn't supporting like it should. Unbeknownst to us, Duane sits down at the end of the bed to talk a couple nights ago and CRASH/THUMP, the bed collapses in a heap on the end as the wood shattered. So! Now we are living like we did in college days. Until I can get to the hardware store to get another slat made to support us heavyweights!

And I promise, I won't ever post four times in one day again for a very, very long time.

Me again

Three posts in one day. Yes, I've gotten a lot done today. But will post these before I head on to the next project. The rooms are painted! But the stuff isn't on walls yet. I'll move ahead slow on that. Our room - no pictures yet. But the blue is wonderful, fresh, and matches great. The kids' rooms all turned out great. I'm so happy for a good recommendation for a painter! She was timely, neat, nice to have around, and a touch expensive. But hey! You get what you pay for right? So here goes... they'll be decorated more in the near future.

Baby Talk

(Some have posted this all about their first baby. I will do it for our last since our first was a premie and that had complications. Our second and third children were adopted. And between all that we had a total of five miscarrages.)
1. Were you married at the time? Yes, for 7 years
2. What were your reactions when you found out you were pregnant? Scared silly, worried about needing another D&C, and being sad again. And secretly, very very thrilled.
3. How old were you? 36
4. How did you find out you were pregnant? Felt the familiar 'fullness' feeling up top. And something was 'missing' that should have started.
5. Who did you tell first? Duane of course. His reaction, 'Oh no!' :-) He, like me, expected it to end badly and sadly again.
6. Did you want to find out the sex? Yes. And since I was such a high risk pregnancy, we had ultrasounds every week for 32 weeks, we saw her lots and lots and lots.
7. Due date? July 6
8. Did you deliver early or late? 3 days late
9. Did you have morning sickness? Yes until 8 weeks. Then it completely went away and I found out that my estrogen was 'dangerously low' and so I had suppositories for that until week 12 or so. Then morning sickness came back with vengence. And I was thrilled as I thought this kid might have a chance! And the worse trigger for nausea? The smell of chicken. Any kind.
10. What did you crave? sub sandwiches. I'm not sure why as I can't say I'm fond of them now.
11. Who irritated you the most? I couldn't say for certain. But the most irritating thing in our case was people commenting or implying that NOW we finally will have our 'own' baby. I still cringe when I think of it as our family with Rayna and Trevor was just perfect as it was. But Mira adds spice! And humor.
12. What was your first child's sex? girl
13. How many pounds did you gain throughout the pregnancy? Ready? Nearly 50! I lost it all over a course of a year and then some. Who has time to eat with three kids under 3???
14. Did you have any complications during your pregnancy? No. But I was monitored by high risk perinatologists constantly until week 32. They were worried about pre-term labor the most.
15. Where did you give birth? Waukesha Memorial Hospital.
16. How many hours were you in labor? all night that was mild. Then just three hours in hospital after they broke my water.
17. Who drove you to the hospital? Duane.
18. Who watched? Duane... but he was watching the baseball all-star game that was in Milwaukee that day. No one else thankyouverymuch.
19. Was it natural or c-section? Natural
20. Did you take medicine to ease the pain? Yes, but only a little drip of Nubane (sp?). I'll add this note: the day or so before I went in, my sister was telling me that really labor is 'fun'. Well when I was lying there gasping for breath and feeling like I couldn't do it anymore I thought, 'Karen is really nuts!'
21. How much did your child weigh? 7 lb. 9.9 oz
22. What did you name him/her? Mira Sue. She was going to be a Sonya or Mia/Maya, but we couldn't agree on spelling.
23. How old is your last born today? 6 yrs
24. Where did your water break? At the hospital. They did it.

Aren't old pictures great?

This one was given to me by Karleen. Her family came out from the Milwaukee area to SD to visit us shortly after we headed west to call the prairies of SD our new home. I'm guessing based on the picture we had been there a year or less. The older lady on the photo is my Grandma Rowland. The tall fella in the back was a single man in our meeting. Anyway, it is fun for me to look at at least. I remember that Evie pulled my tooth on this trip....

(for some reason it scanned very weirdly... sorry I'm not a techie)

Tuesday, October 7, 2008


I'm trying to wind down before bed. And I saw this while blog hopping tonight. Move on to the next blog people if this isn't interesting. I have no guarantees as I haven't even read the questions yet. Here goes nothing:

What are your initials?

What is your favorite thing to wear?
Fleece - tops or pants (lazing around home)

Last thing you ate?
supper - Beef tenderloin w/peppers, pasta, corn, fruit salad

Name one thing that scares you:
snakes (I won't answer too heavy tonight)

I say Shotgun, you say:
A baby is coming before it's due

Who was the last person in your bed?
Duane - I was up first today

What were you doing at 7:00 am?
Waking three kids

Last person you hugged?

Does anyone you know want to date you?
I think Duane would

When was your last encounter with the police?
When Duane got pulled over a couple months ago. That wasn't me directly though...

Have you ever driven without a license?
Like not having it with you driving? Lots of times when running to the school less than a mile away

The last place you went out to dinner?
Wow... that was too long ago. Can I say Stier's?

Do you like your name?
I accept it. I think I said before that I wanted to be Rebecca or Jennifer. They were more hip in my day. Linda sounds nice now, but as a tween, it felt old.

What time of the day is it?
a touch after 10

Who/What made you angry today​?
Nothing! Really! It was a very good day. And I'm usually not angry.

Baseball or Football?
If Trevor is playing, than baseball. If just watching, football.

Do you want anyone?
dumb question

Do you like birds?
Yep. I feed them. I'd even like an indoor one as a pet but D. says they are way too messy. I think the little chirps would be cheery.

Favorite holiday?

Do you download music​?
No. I don't know how nor have a reason to do it. Once in a great while I think of some old 80's song that I wonder what the lyrics are and look it up and maybe even (gasp) listen!

Do you care if your socks are dirty​?
For sure. Ick. Wet is worse though...

Opinion of Chinese symbol tattoos?
I love stuff having to do with China, but I think some people that have them probably hardly know what they really mean!

What are you doing tonight?
The night is far spent. But I did just put together the new firewood rack tonight!

Do you like to cuddle?
of course

Do you love anyone?
I love a lot of people.

Whose bed did you sleep in last night​?​​

Have you ever bungee jumped?
No, and I never will...

Have you ever gone whitewater rafting?
Yes! Yes! In '88 through the Grand Canyon (thank you again Jane!!!) and also in '92 where I met my dear husband in SE Utah on the Green River

Has anyone ten years older than you ever hit on you?
Icky question. No.

How many pets do you have?
Two - dog and fish.

Have you met a real redneck?
I think so. Do they live in SD?

How is the weather right now?

What are you listening to right now?
The hum of the computer

What is your current favorite song?
Couldn't narrow it to one

What was the last movie you watched?
Um. Finding Nemo?

Do you wear contacts?
no. I used to.

Where was the last place you went besides your house​?
the bank

What are you wearing?
Fleece! See earlier question.

What's one thing you've learned this year?
Home isn't a place, it's the people inside the place

What do you usually order from Starbucks?
Not there - White Choc. Mocha from Caribou

Ever had someone sing to you?

Have you ever fired a gun:
Yes! I tried to fire a pellet gun. And my brother Keith and I would shoot BB guns. He still denies I was a better shot than him...!

Are you missing someone?

Favorite TV show?

What do you have an obsession with?
hmmm. Black tea in the afternoon?

Has anyone ever said you looked like a celeb?
Yes. Ready for a funny one? A bus driver in Mpls once told me I was a spitting image of... Brooke Shields!!!

Who would you like to see right now?
Right now? As in NOW? No one. I'm tired.

Ever had a near death experience?
No. thank goodness.

Are you afraid of falling in love?
No. I am in love.

Have you ever been caught doing​ something you weren't supposed to?
Who hasn't? One incident was shoplifting at my dad's store - a plastic tooth you could put around your neck and it was full of bubble gum. It was too tempting. And boy was I ever in trouble!

Favorite smell?
Bread in the oven? I'm not sure on that one.

Has anyone you were really close to passed away recently?

Our Lady Peace or Nickelback​?
Ok. No clue on this one.

What's something that really bugs you?
People that aren't timely.

Do you like Michael Jackson?

Taco Bell or Burger King?
Taco Bell - if you must choose one.

Next time you will kiss someone?
In a couple minutes

Favorite baseball team?
The Yellow Jackets! (Trevor's team that he got a spot on again for next year!)

Ever call a 1-900 phone number​? Uh, No

Nipple or Nose rings?

What's the longest time you've gone without sleep​?​​​​​
I did two days and one night between them back in my Target inventory days.

Last time you went bowling?
A couple years ago with Mira's preschool class

Where is the weirdest place you have slept​?
In a car in the Santa Barbara, CA airport parking lot. I had just left the Target Store at 3:30 am and had a flight out at 6:45. This was years ago when the world was a safer place

Who was your last phone call?

What does your last received text message say?
I couldn't say. Oh! Jane texting me at the Dells wondering how her dad was doing there. (I rarely get text messages)

What's the closest orange object to you? a pencil (these questions are getting mighty dumb)

Tuesday talk

* Will post the latest grins from school
* It is gray. But almost warm out.
* But it doesn't matter! I have the stove!!!
* I spent more yesterday than Duane toiled to make. I can't do that too much. Got a chair, lamp, and picture ordered. Plus ordered a cord of wood. And bought stuff at Menards (I hope I "Save(ed) Big Money"
* Last night I was frantically trying to figure out what we'd eat since I was spending lots of time with Rayna's homework. Well I threw together a ground beef, pizza sauce, macaroni thing and it went over with a bang! The kids just loved it. Went well with the fresh bread and fruit.
* This area lost another dear one. We have a funeral this coming Sunday. Again, I'm so thankful this is a 'Family' and not just a group.
* I get to meet a friend for coffee today!
* The painter comes tomorrow. I hope to post pictures. I need to get the girls' PB letters for their names up on the wall. I have a lot of stuff to move to get it ready for her.
* We might trick or treat twice this year. Is that ok?
* I better shower.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Vermont Cast Iron Stove

It was a negative when I first looked at the house. Why in the world did they put that wood stove in a new house? Why is it off-center in the vastly high living room? Is that something we can change right away I asked Duane (on the wild thought we'd place an offer on the house). He assured me it could be changed if we did buy. Well we bought. And it ain't goin' nowhere. You see today was a gray and stormy day here in Wisconsin. Not super cold. Just chilly enough to make you think of your LL Bean Fleece jacket. And slippers. And curling under the down throw on the sofa. And so after our chicken dinner - I might add not ANY chicken dinner, a farm fresh raised running around the farmyard being chased by Joey chicken (and I hope not one of Stacy's spring chickens), Duane asked his dad if he'd like to see the wood stove fire up. Sure! And so they went to get it going. After one mild smoke incident (and several incidents of me trying to tell Duane to do it this way or that and nearly getting him irritated with me but we've been married long enought that I know just when to back off) it got going. Roaring actually. Then we read the manual about dampers and air flows and thus and such and had a lazy, warm up the room fire. Like deliciously warm. And cozy. After 7 hours and six smaller pieces of wood, the house is 74 degrees. The upstairs is toasty. The bedrooms slightly cool. And I'm a believer! I'll fire up the stove in the morning! My feet are warm for the first time since July! And I'm so desperately happy for a simple feature that I actually despised for the first two months. So there you have it! I might even post a picture!