Wednesday, March 30, 2011

okay, miss me this week ...

  this one's for Lori ... evidently she starts her day off reading my wanderings.  scary -- i'm sure there is much more wisdom (or whimsy) out there in cyberspace somewhere.

  my week so far has consisted of a lot of paper and well, crap.  so it will get better and soon.  the new camera arrived today but the memory chip was backordered... new things to learn ... kinda cool for a few bucks. 

  off to bed this diva is pooped.


Sunday, March 27, 2011

and on the 7th Day ....

  this Diva lost her camera again.  all the wonderful flooding and I'm missing out on multiple pix snapping opportunities.  I dashed out to the Scrap Shack for lunch and a big ol' goose was swimming around and I had no camera! 

  we are becoming an island again.  the only way to exit is to go west ... damn stuff.  cold too. 

  back to work -- first I'm dashing off to best buy and going to purchase a camera!


 so, camera ordered ... got to love Office Max, they deliver (next day ) they probably don't realize just how tough it is to get here !!  I won't be upset if the water recedes before the camera arrives!!!!

 and now I found the old camera -- and the wicker chair in my bedroom ... the chair was holding an entire closet's worth of clean clothes !!!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

productivity ...

  the art of getting lots of crap done in a 24 hour period.

  22 days peeps --- 22 days and FREEDOM (well sorta).


Friday, March 25, 2011

A week to remember

jan, me, deb, jean & becky

It's been a memorable week, disbelief, shock, and saddness.  The weather was flipping awful.  It's not necessary to have rain, hail and 3" of snow in a 10 hour period.  And yes, pumping gas this morning in the chill was a task I care not to repeat.  We're overtired and overworked and a bit stressed out.  -- But thru it all -- I think I've learned not to sweat the small stuff -- it just isn't worth it.

Tuesday night amid the deluge and just before the snow -- the super stampers? scrapping diva's + two enjoyed the Women Celebrating Women Banquet -- this years theme was "Threads -- the fiber of our being"... we are standing in front of two beautiful quilts ... good food and good company made for a fun night.  I haven't laughed or giggled that much in a couple of decades! 

We are a fine looking group of Diva's !!!

The Mn River is holding but as it warms up rising is expected -- one more road washed away -- bridges are still open and there is still a whole lotta water hanging around.  We still have snow.  It's cold and that will slow things down a bit.   Wait and see, wait and see.


Tuesday, March 22, 2011


  I'm all done sweating over the small stuff.  The rain falls, the snow melts, the river floods and well, in the big picture it just ain't worth the fuss.  Much ado about nothing.


Monday, March 21, 2011

spring SPRING S P R I N G

the rock ends up in the lawn every year ...

tulips .... less than a week ago they were buried under 18" of snow.

more tulps ... literally popping out of the snow...over next to the neighbors building ... a micro climate ... warms up faster....

my gazing ball didn't make it ... it too was buried...lasted 4 years...

Sunday, March 20, 2011


  focus, just got to focus today .....

  got out of town last night -- food and kitty litter.  quickest trip ever thru Sam's Club ..

  3 more Saturday's and 3 more Sunday's  - the excitement is building

  I think on my first available sewing time I need to turn the picture in my header into a quilt.  challenges !


Saturday, March 19, 2011


  If you came here looking for wise words of wisdom.  You are at the wrong blog.  Just a bit tired and cranky today ... spring fever has arrived (also the rising river) ... so life goes.

  Roads are already starting to get closed (oh joy!) ... shouldn't bother any of us .. we all live on this side of the river ... hoping for a continued dry basement .. will start to move boxes to the garage mid-week. 

  Emily's done for this week -- 10 days of Emily has been fun.  She left today with a spiffy pair of cowboy boots -- a pair of my Mom's from the '70's!  Antique Dingo's no less!  They looked fab on her feet !!! 



Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St Patricks Day !!!

okay I've shared this one before -- the PARADE passing in front of my shack in 2009!  the scary moment -- I read the paper and didn't realize it was my shack until someone pointed it out to me ... fatigue.

same year -- on the sidewalk in front -- gotta be prepared for a parade !! 

THE PARADE STARTS AT 5:30 --- THE GREEN BEER IS ALREADY FLOWING!!!  They started early last night -- the stew was brewing (the aroma's were drifting out to the street) ...

happy - happy


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

my camera has been taken over by evil spirits.  it went off on it's own on Sunday -- thought I'd share this lovely landscape of cutting board, stove, teapot and in the far vista -- the microwave .. and oh, please don't notice the not so clean underside of the upper cabinets... from this view they need a bit of work ...

ahhh, I didn't think 50 could feel so good.  the melting has begun, awaiting the flooding, not if but when.  'tis good to be us, eh!


Tuesday, March 15, 2011


just dreaming of GREEN.  although I'm sure it was hot, sticky and the mosquito's and no see 'ums were unbearable when I took these pictures but still dreaming of warm weather.  RAIN is forecasted for this week and per the weather dudes -- a major meltdown.  the snow pack is diminishing -- at least here in the yard at the office .. to dark on my morning/evening commute to check out the terrain.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

eureka! the lost is found.....

the pot of geranuims and thyme is blooming nicely in the porch ...

quite a bit of snow in the back yard yet ... a lotta melthing action needs to happen -- this week I think

the melon patch -- under 2ft of snow

somebody's going up and down the hill .

the ICU couch -- sandwiched between the fridge and Kevin's "pod"

So last week on my attitude adjustment tour I saw this oak bench/table/structure for $35 .. today I bought it.  Mrs. H helped my haul it back to the office...Nick likes it ... now I need to find the perfect spot for it ... and yep, it's oak ... kinda brutal when they nailed it together .. but oak!

so ...

   I'm thinking the idiot who (whom) dreamed up the idea of "daylight savings time" is (was) insane.  It irks me every flippin time.  My morning start time is now 4:15 am but it's really 5:15 ... ugh.


ps. if you happen to see my camera please leave it either on my desk, in my car or on the computer desk at home ... can't seem to find it (again).  at least I know the location of my glasses today.

Friday, March 11, 2011

well, it's been

  quite the week on 3rd street.

   I got sick.  I got drugs.  Mrs. H got sick and well ,Kevin was in charge.  He's been such a trooper....phones, cranky customers, salespeople (he's learned to cut them off!) ... and he even managed to attend 2 baby classes, coordinate the trim carpenter at his own house and ... sign up for 200 acres of sweet corn. 

  He too will need a couple of days off.  Although I'm sure as soon as he can start farming -- he's gone until next winter. 

  Hoping Mrs. H can make it back on Monday for a couple of days -- Emily will be here during spring break -- it's a revolving door of bodies.


ps.  my drugs seem to be working.  I only coughed up one lung today.  the other one tomorrow.  less tissues.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

so, I

   went to visit the doctor this morning.  because after using up 2 full boxes of tissue, i felt the need for some drugs ... and she agreed with me.  the dripping has slowed up, but the sneezing, coughing, watery eyes are still with me. 

   love drugs ... really love drugs.  just can't get 'em to work fast enough.  worried about sinus infection morphing into bronchitis .. didn't know that was possible. 

   so light day today .. and oh ya, love, love, love the 3 inches of snow.  dad shoveled and plowed for me, he made some comment about the "looking like the walking dead" -- oh joy !


Tuesday, March 8, 2011


  retail therapy ... it doesn't get any better does it ...

  dripping nose and raspy voice today ....

  should be ordering seed ... decisions, decisions, decisions.


ps.  still trying to find the perfect magic wand.  you would thing i was Harry Potter in my search.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Monday, monday, MONDAY

  how's that for embracing Monday morning.   I was here until 7:00 last night, I didn't get my usual Sunday night off ... I left the office when the rest of the crew returned from Mankato -- yesterday was the last day of the boat show and by the time they were allowed out of the mall and loaded up for home it was 7:00.  and snowing, made for an interesting drive -- towing a boat.  I missed all the excitement but arrived in time for the food.

 i did however manage to accomplish most of the projects that had been on the "list" for the day.  41 days and counting.  do you think we'll still have snow ... (don't even go there).


 ... i'm working on my magic wand this afternoon.    poof --- gone goes the work! 

Sunday, March 6, 2011

today's wisdom

   Gotcha ... none to be had from this Diva.

   Took an attitude adjustment break this afternoon ... the little gift shop in the Nicollet Hotel sells tiara's .... beautiful tiara's ... not exactly sure where I'd wear one ... kinda spendy, pretty but spendy ... and then I remember that ugly TV Show "Toddlers and tiara's"  so I won't be getting one any time soon.

  However, I think I need a magic wand.....


Friday, March 4, 2011

$329 Peace of Mind ...

Flood Insurance ....


start screaming it from the rooftops .. we're getting burned out on work, weather and the wackies .....

Thursday, March 3, 2011

a day at the Capital

so I did something today I haven't done since 4th grade --- eons ago.  I went to the State Capital.  County Business ... meetings at AMC -- then off to meet with our elected state officials, Senator Sheran and Representative Morrow.  We then sat in on a Senate Tax Committee Hearing, it got better -- on to the full Senate which was in session.  kinda cool.

   i scammed this pix off of some website (sorry can't remember which one) ... the rotunda and dome are currently surrounded by scaffolding.  So ...

  It was fun.


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

yes, it feels like this around here too .. 78" so far ... aren't we blessed....more on the way for the weekend.  gotta love life's little snowy moments.