Monday, December 5, 2016

w t h

rise and shine at 5:20am ...
office by 5:50am
newspaper arrived at 6:15am
yawning by 10:20am

there will not be enough caffine to get me thru the day

what the hell was I thinking -- I should have stayed home and did a load of laundry or sewed a bit or both. 

new building mates (renters) moved in on Sat/Sun and spent the night last night ... pretty quiet up there --- imagine their shock when the squeaky garage door opened at 5:50am ...

I am getting a lot done.
sort of.
in between the yawns.

Survived family Christmas yesterday. 



Sunday, December 4, 2016

sewing blitz

 table runner ...
not feeling the love like others ...
quilted via the Bernina
basic leftover layer cake squares gridded up

strips .. I honestly don't remember piecing this one might be
leftovers from something else

and I know this one is leftovers
The girls and I had an impromptu craftiness binge late yesterday -- I'm not sure what they got done but I've been pretty diligent about getting the unfinished finished in my world - 5 more on the long arm to quilt -- and 3 quilts/projects in piles on my cabinet -- then most if not all of the WIP will be done and I can play with something new.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Warming Tree

While at the Government Center (fancy name for Courthouse) ... I strolled down to take a peek at the warming trees -- I added another scarf ... and took a couple pictures ...

I crochet 14 of the scarves and have a few more to go ... the quilt peeking out came from my stash of crib quilts .. need to do more of these .. I think there is a need for crib / infant quilts.
Love the teddy bear tree topper!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

more classics!

1972 -- this classic shows it all -- 1800 Oliver tractor --in the back yard? swing set (some of us were young) .. ramp for snowmobile loading -- blue Jeep plowed snow and a crap load of snowmobiles -- at that point in this endeavor -- there was no inside storage for anything -- it all happened in a double garage, the selling, the fixing, the parts ... everything.

and then came some "inside" storage -- a little bit better ....

Nick is finding all of these classics for the 50th Anniversary gig this weekend.  All I can say is "we come a long way baby!" 

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

doings .... celebrations ...

    The shop/store is celebrating 50 years of business this weekend.  Nick has vowed  to post pictures every night his week on their wastebook site.  These are from 1982, when operations moved from the farm down to the highway. 

    I do believe that is I leaning on the tree stump and my rear end to the camera.  Trying to swear less, not sure if it is working.  Anyhow -- the pictures are cool, I can't wait to see what else he digs up and shares. 

    1982 -- I was 22.  Oh to be 22 again.  Well, probably -- not really.  I and everyone else didn't have a clue -- young and naïve.   Worked a lot back then too -- no play was the rule.  I worked almost full time and went to school full time -- and there was farm work too.  Skills and habits that 33 34 years later I still have -- over 1/2 my life has passed since then.  egads. 

   On that note -- time for some TV time, coffee and a good book.  Last night was a rough night and today it was a difficult day to be a Commissioner.  I don't always like spending 2.4 Million of other peoples money.  And the office chaos continued.   And it was cold and rainy.  And I'm whining.  Ya, I'm an old naïve whining workaholic.  egads.  (kind of like that egads!)
    As Uncle George would say -- "see ya later alligator" ...

Sunday, November 27, 2016

back to the River

Since yesterday was too beautiful to waste -- Mom and I took a stroll down to the river ... well, we drove to the Treaty Center and walked the Crossing Trail ....
dang it was a gorgeous day ....



Two roads diverged in a yellow wood;
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Happy Birthday

Today is Joyce's birthday.

86 ..... ah, the memories --

family that really isn't family ...

the camping/fishing trips when we were little
snowmobiling / sliding on the back hill
crazy days shopping for school clothes in Mankato

holidays and family gatherings
growing old with us ... celebrating new milestones
   divorces and new beginnings
   college graduations
   Montana road trips
   major life events  ....

   so many many little things

and all the things she's missed in the last nine years ...

today --- we celebrate and smile and remember with joy