Sunday, July 31, 2016

it's been a crazy couple of days (picture heavy)

post spraying .. the feet are tired ..

best market customer of the day ... loved her new headband ... a button, a yo yo and a hunk of elastic ..

the view from cousin Gayle's hospital room
Saint Paul
my phone pics sometimes have the look of impressionist paintings
think I finally figured out the settings
but I like this one
love the arches on this building

my market booth -- it's colorful, really colorful

this will not become the campaign shot -- nope

Friday, July 29, 2016

Thursday, July 28, 2016

TGIT ... or where has the week gone

yep, I'm excited for Thursday ... damn the weeks are flying past me.  I'm not exactly sure what I have accomplished this week .. the usual crazyness and distractions sometimes trip me up.

the critters and the munching seems to have slowed down a bit in the patch -- although I've been diligent about spraying the repels all .. expensive stuff -- tonight since it is cooler there will be a bit of spot weeding -- it was fairly still last night -- I should have done some spot spraying but ... the bugs were thick.

the scrapping divas are finalizing the "trip" plans .. should be an entertaining weekend.  there will be 24 of us (in the same place -- at the same time) .. yep.

I managed to sew a bit -- and spill an iced coffee all over my sewing machine table (and pre wound bobbins) ya a sticky mess.  headbands, dresses, shorts and hopefully binding another toddler / crib quilt tonight.

Moved up to a new phone yesterday -- it's faster, the screen is bigger and it looks identical to the old one ... the same Otter Box ... for some reason the local Verizon store only carries camo Otter Boxes ... wth.

back to work.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

progress ...

scare crow #2 --- several years old ... dad made them up -- and they've stood the test of time

scare crows #'s -- 3 thru  10 are cat food and chicken food bags on t posts (that my friends is creative recycling -- and free) ... this end of the patch is generally under water when the downpours occur -- nor did it get sprayed with the pre-emergence chemical so it is weedier ...

the garden "peeps" .. after Saturday's rain (another inch) ... I finished this project and then mudded in two rows of beans and some radishes ... had seed and room so it seemed like the thing to try

oh ya -- she's back -- or rather she's never left. 

So in the heat Friday night I banged out 8 t posts ... with that post pounder gizmo of Dad's (the brown tubular thing in my ATV) ... 15 whacks per post .. farm girl skills.  I also pulled row markers.

Saturday -- finished the t posts and finally got to Menards -- $150 and several bags later --- another sprayer just for animal control, more bug dust, bungee cords, clamps, skeeter control, Rubbermaid dishes, fireball candies, light bulbs ... the list was endless
but NO perfect LAWNCHAIR -- dang -- finding the perfect lawn chair has been impossible.
Today -- I sprayed out 2 gallons (or 10,000 ) square feet of repels all -- we'll see .... pulled more row markers -- took a shower and headed to the CABIN
a nap, a book, some handwork and some cooking ... it was good for the soul.
back home and bug dusted the squash -- a few unidentified flying things happening .. and I want to control them now. 


Saturday, July 23, 2016


 have been banned from Daisy Lane and 3rd Street.

 I spent part of the night in the patch.  102' heat index was ignored I had work to do.  8 fence posts pounded in and 8 scare crows assembled.  Yep, time for deer patrol/control.  After the rain today/tonight -- out comes the repels all. 

 Since the weather is even more interesting today ... rumbling has begun and the humidity is even worse -- I've already spent 2 hours at the Bernina -- sewing, plotting and planning .... I'm headed back down there shortly. 

 Cool stuff to appear by the end of the day.

 Tomorrow is deer control, lawn mowing and a day at the lake.


Thursday, July 21, 2016


not sure if tired-ness is a word ... the V8 moment hit sometime on Tuesday when I kept screwing up an email....

Since Dad's birthday party ...

I've planted and got the patch to the blooming stage ... haven't seen it since
    Monday .. headed out there shortly.
Kept up on the office lawn mowing
de-brushed all the crap growing in the office fence (more to go)
Made it to 3 Saturday markets

Coverted all of our general ledger and payroll clients to new software
Finished up a bunch of extended tax returns
Purchased 3 new computers ...
   2 desktops that had to have set up done -- and communicating with our
          network and software
   1 laptop with Windows 10
Added Office 365 to all of the workstations ...
Converted my Outlook to the new Office 365 Outlook
Started archiving old File Cabinet data to an external hard drive (today)
Purged one entire shelf unit in the basement (8 boxes)

All of my quarterly payroll reports are done (a freeking week early)
Just about all of my monthly financial statements are done
I have 4 Corporate extensions left
I have 6/7 Individual extensions left

Sewed 12 little girl dresses
Finished 6 crib quilts
Cleaned my sewing room
Finished Season 6 of Downton Abbey

Made all but one of my County meetings ...
This week is a heavy County week

Made it out to the cabin most weekends.
I think I'm going to spend all of next week out there ...

I cannot complain -- too much work is better than not enough work .... but
Damn when that vacation comes -- this Diva will be leaping into the vehicle to leave

ahhh .....

84' on Ruby for the inbound commute ... the forecast is for a high of 96' and a heat index of 110'.  The weather geek likened this crap to Vietnam or Thailand -- won't be visiting there anytime soon.  

I'll be the one indoors --

All day --

Haven't seen the patch since Monday night -- Gigs on Tuesday and Wednesday night -- I was going to walk thru it this morning -- alas it was still dark at 5:30.  Couldn't sleep -- came to work.

Stay smart and stay safe -- it's a corker out there.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

after the rain (picture heavy)

Critter Cam is back in action -- #1 is busy ...
3.1 inches of liquid gold fell -- and fell just in time.   needed the rain -- now with the forecasted heat -- stuff is going to grow!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Market Day ... with video

Market Video ... So Soderlund Productions did a mini video at market today .... kind of fun.   Jerry is the rock star -- the silent star holding up the PICKLES. 

me and my orange tent ... it's colorful -- pumpkin orange!  anyway the dresses hang from a tent stave ....haven't mastered the how to display the quilted stuff yet ...
the drying rack appears to be working ... if it isn't windyt

orange -- aren't the carrots gorgeous.
ditto the onions -- the onions are always photogenic

Friday, July 15, 2016

Friday in the Heartland

The only picture of the "finishes" for the week -- but truly -- there are 5 new dresses, 3 crib quilts (quilted, bound, washed & dried) and 2 table runners done for Market in the morning.
Since we are now able to bring handcrafted items to the Farmer's Market .. I decided early on to try some quilts and etc ..  I told Jean it would either be a "boom" or a "bust" ... I've been pleasantly surprised at the number of items I've sold.  It's been a good stash buster. 
Crib quilts (not fancy -- but durable), pillowcases, dresses, lots of dresses -- same pattern for all -- just different sizes and a mish mash of fabric ... table runners this week, some note cards ... a little bit of everything. --- I'm kind of in between seasons in the melon patch -- their growing and I'm attempting to control the critters ... until harvest it's watch and wait process, so I try and sew an hour a night ....and yep, mass produce (easy when I use the same pattern) ..

raining at the cabin last Sunday -- so I sewed -- and finished out Season 6 of Downton Abbey ..
Mom and I went out to the cabin for supper on the deck -- calm, calm night on the water ... I sewed buttons and basted bindings ... she read.

Linking up with Crazy Mom's Finish Up Friday ... check out the show -- it's always good ... link in on my daily reading (sidebar) ...
Happy Weekend y'all.

Monday, July 11, 2016

ah .... progress

  there are no pictures yet ... but progress was made attacking the weeds, brush and trees growing on 3rd street ...

  the flower beds have been cleaned out
  all of the trees growing along the fence, in the fence, on the fence, leaning over the fence
       have been removed
  and I have a path to thru the weed jungle to the electrical meters --
       hippy dippy trippy next door is in charge of the back 40 and it isn't getting done
       so I made a path for the meter reader.
       more to come on that project

  Nick and Dad helped - a lot.

  needless to say by the time I finally got to the cabin -- on Sunday morning -- just about every muscle ached .. 5 pickup loads to the City brush/weed pile.  a lot of crap.

  I earned my lake time.  spent most of it sewing -- 4 more dresses done and I finished season 6 of downton abbey. 

  this weeks projects -- a plugged shower in the upstairs apartment (oh joy) and the electrician.  might as well spend it all in one week eh!

  4 more dresses are cut out and ready to stitch -- 4 quilts need to be bound.


Saturday, July 9, 2016

foggy morning .....

and I'm out spraying weeds in the patch ...

with NO CAMERA .....

and I ran out of ROUND UP!

cool, still, damp -- best time to kill weeds and no juice.
Shopko had it on sale yesterday and I resisted the urge to purchase it
I'll be back this morning.

2nd flower bed at the office was de-foliated -- gotta love trees growing in flower beds ... they will receive an extra special Roundup cocktail.  undiluted -- painted on with a paint brush (best control)

so today ...
it's cut trees out of the fence at the office and attempt to make a path to the meter -- the meter reader has a difficult time thru the 5' tall weeds -- which hippy dippy trippy was supposed to remove.  famous last words from the idiot next door.  (not that I am a bit peeved -- understatement of the century)


Friday, July 8, 2016

this week's accomplishments

pretty slim pickin's here on 3rd Street and on Daisy Lane ...

It's rained -- it's been windy.

1.  The office lawn got mowed.
2.  I chopped down some more weeds -- many more to go.
3.  I turned vines in the melon patch and found a watermelon.
4.  I did a lot (a LOT) of payroll.

More importantly ... what I HAVEN'T done this week.

1.  Walk (other than gardening)
2.  Spend any time at the lake
3.  Spend any time at the Bernina
4.  Clear off my desk.

I really hate dislike short holiday weeks -- I fall behind and never seem to catch up.

((( big sigh/whine)))  and back at it.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016


A good Diva would have documented her holiday much better than pictures of a dog.  Alas, the previous post with the dog shots were just about all the photography of the weekend.

Yesterday, THE HOLIDAY

.... I went to the office at the normal 6:00am start time and finished up a couple of payrolls -- payroll is a schedule thing -- and doesn't care if it's a holiday ...

.... I then headed to my appointed shift in the PARK for the PARTY  where
.... I damn near got run down in the fun run...
.... I ended up helping set up the food booth
.... and mixing up 4 roasters (that would be 16 + gallons) of baked beans. ..... that's a lot of can opener action ... hand crank can opener ....
.... I finally arrived at my appointed location "the bank" where I handed out start up cash ... to
     4 water carts
     1 beer tent
     1 pop stand
     4 chicken dinner lines
     1 hot dog stand
     and somewhere else I can't remember
.... finally left 2 hours after my scheduled exit time.

Finally got to the lake ..... no sewing or crochet (forgot the hook and lost the desire).
I was cold, tired cranky all afternoon .... the boat parade was entertaining ....
Food was good.

By the time 8:00 pm  rolled around I was too freeking tired and too cranky to be polite -- so I went home (the plan was to stay over), took a shower and went to bed.

and this morning the whole gig started over at 5:15

I finally got to the patch today after the office  -- it needs a drink, a deep wet drink.  Soon.

Enough with the whining -- me and my tote bag of homework are going to work ....

Happy 2nd month of summer!


Monday, July 4, 2016

ah ... it's the life of a dog. . . .

stole this off a friends facebook page ... it's the entrance to the bay/cove/hole ... that's our dock on the right ....beautiful day/night at the lake yesterday ...
this unit was a head of me at the stop light on Saturday -- after sitting at the market for 4 hours I found it amusing ...

jake is a pampered pooch.  he just couldn't seem to settle down yesterday until Jean brought his bed out to the deck ... then it was snap at flies and bugs all afternoon
I'm up and off to work at the park for the "party" my shift should be over by 10:00 and then it's back to the lake ..... after a payroll .... 'tis good to be me.