Monday, May 29, 2017


no pictures from evergreen lane today ... (on the other device!)
yep, scored a pair of blue jeans for $next to nothing at the local "hometown shopko" ... i really like our little shopko --it's convenient -- and well, convenient, items maybe less expensive elsewhere -- but this one is on in inbound and outbound commute

Mrs. Gray brought her babies over to the house and oh so quickly they've learned to climb the fence and play king of the hill amid the lilac
giant allium ... the only one and it's cool

always a favorite ..

and the lilacs smell wonderful -- the whole yard is fragrant ...
this variety is "Miss Kim" ... tough and dependable ...

Saturday, May 27, 2017


Bring on the spider squad this is not good

Friday, May 26, 2017

dang ....

I'm not in the mood .... to

__x__ work
__x__ sew
__x__ cook (or clean)
__x__ argh

  on the plus side .. the sun is shining and the morning is gorgeous (as I sit here in shorts and a fleece sweatshirt) ...

today's project list:

1.  Mow office grass (again)
2.  Pull weeds for 30 minutes
3.  Garbage out ..
4.  100 mnprs
5.  project WR
6.  project WGB
7.  project BEH
8.  project DSS

that's a lot of projects eh. 
I decided sometime yesterday (well, last night) I'm just pooped. 

Yesterday was Brown Nicollet CHB conference call, Elected Women Luncheon and well a whole lot of "not a lot of accomplishing anything" in between -- rain was forecasted and happening so I came back to work after supper.

a weekend away will be a good thing.
packing up the homework.



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

life amid the birds and raindrops

mr cardinal -- oh so bright

the orioles have returned

a few shots while sitting at the supper table

the sun popped out in between the rain showers
the greens were green
the orioles are slowly maturing to darker orange

and this goofy turkey sat calmly at the edge of the garden for an hour
not sure, but she might be injured
eventually she got up and wandered away

Monday, May 22, 2017

monday chaos

  wow, the Monday chaos is raining a steady stream of wackiness.  the lack of sunshine for 6 days must have created this mess.  I'm continually amazed at the clients who walk in off the street and ask complicated/in depth questions and wonder why I can't spit out an answer in 30 seconds or less .. truly .... it doesn't happen that way ... at least not anymore. 

  the sun is out and I got my office my grass got mowed.  4 of the 8 payrolls are done, the final sales tax is done, I had lunch, I wacked out on someone.  I, I, I   need to loose the word I in my vocabulary.

  groceries in the truck for the cabin, night gig at the history center -- might need to deliver the groceries and have a little deck supper and then come back to town for the night meeting -- I think I can, I think I should ... there is that I word again.

  me, me, me is the next word to ban .....

  along with weeds, weeds, weeds ..

hosta la vista ...




Sunday, May 21, 2017

weekend of projects (not)

so on the sewing project list -- the only thing I actually accomplished -- I cut out 15 sets of pillow cases -- one would think that after 15 sets of pillow cases -- the piles would be less ... guess again.
most of the bodies are white/cream/beige with pretty flanges and accent colors
and some are just too wild for words.
as soon as I locate my stash of kid prints = will cut out some wild ones.

a pile waiting to be cut and prepped.
So after I donned my long underwear yesterday -- the garage sale was much better.  It was COLD. 
Mom and I went on a road trip to Mankato -- my first trip to our local Fleet Farm (ya, I know) ... and the big Fleet Farm purchase --- a might mite vacuum cleaner for $59.95 ... love my might mites -- this will be #3 in the fleet --- don't ask, it is important to have multiple vac's
Then it was on to Sam's Club -- ya -- more punishment on a Sunday morning.
The Thrift Shop --- deposited two bags of goodness ....
finally -- drummm rolllll -- Joanne Fabrics -- haven't been there since Christmas (truly) ...and I had a gift card -- so .... 2 yards of fabric, 1 yard of fusible fleece, a lot of cheep yarn and an Ott lamp for out at the cabin -- then I came home and went to work for a couple of hours .... might as well, it was still RAINING ... eventually it was a gas station refuel stop and then home ...
My book awaits me .....
as does 15 sets of pillow cases ....

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Weekend Project List

oh the weather outside is frightful ... as in frightfully raining.
this I know at 6:05 am ... it is garage sale weekend -- not the best for the shoppers or sellers ...

Here's the list:

1.  100 MNPR's   just do it
2.  WGB
3.  Box of Issues
4.  Yr end DSS
5.  Payroll ACC
6.  Payroll STLLC
7.  Payroll HBG
8.  WMInc

Sewing Room
1.  Quilt 2 crib quilts on the HQ16
2.  Bind 2 quilts
3.  Finish the tissue packet covers
4.  Cut out a slew (ton) of dresses  attack that pile
           actually it was 15 sets of pillowcases

1.  Bond with the vac
2.  Bond with the dust rag
3.  Change sheets
4.  Laundry

1.  Vac/Clean Bedrooms
2.  Haul out the remaining patio furniture


Friday, May 19, 2017


yep, just got to admit it -- the world is a freeking crazy place.

It's Friday -- should be cleaning up and sorting the piles -- getting ready for next week -- oh no, I'm surrounding by weird shit.  Seriously weird shit.

It's cold, it's windy and I turned on the furnace. 

I picked up my "lunch to go" from next door -- I ordered kids chicken strips with tator tots and got mini corn dogs with tator tots ... yuk.  trudged that back and got a replacement

on a happier more pleasant note -- Jean and I were the kitchen Diva's at Corinne's retirement party yesterday and frankly, we rocked it!  the sandwiches were hot, the salad was cold -- and the 13 bundt cakes were carefully sliced and enjoyed by all -- ya, 13 different bundt cakes

1.  chocolate w/powdered sugar
2.  chocolate run w/ nuts
3.  poppy seed w/lemon
4.  orange w/choc chips and choch frosting
5.  gluten free
6.  raw apple spice
7.  fudge brownie
8.  pistachio w/ fresh strawberries
9.  choc w/choc frosting
10.  choc with some kind of candy bar
11.  choc w/choc chips and cream cheese frosting

and I can't remember the other two ...


Thursday, May 18, 2017

the wail (whail) eerie whail ...

of a tornado siren ....

  I had a R9 meeting in Mankato late yesterday -- the radio dude mentioned the "h" (hail) word on the inbound commute so -- I parked Ruby in a nearby ramp and as I was strolling over to the meeting the tornado sirens started to chime ....

  I made it in the building, up the elevator to the third floor and then followed the caravan of R9 employees and Commission members down the stairs (lots of stairs) to the basement where for 40 minutes we all played with our phones and devices ...

facebook friend Cindy E posted this shot --

   When the all clear was okay'd --- we (some of us) took the stairs back to the meeting room and some of us took the elevator -- for the next hour it was heavy rain and hail -- phones kept going off with flash flood warnings and other messages -- damn hard to get anything done in a meeting!

  I got home at 6:30 -- didn't need the windshield wipers the entire time -- weird fog, haze and clouds -- good to be home and I finally had a couple of quality hours at the Bernina!

  More time for sewing over the weekend!  The crafting divas have a garage sale on Saturday -- only crafting supplies at Becky's ... I have tissue holders to trim and stuff and dresses to cut out while I sit there and visit ...



Tuesday, May 16, 2017

life on the lake

some of us work on projects

and these strangers had a calm bay in which to kayak

pooping goose ...

the fall rains and flooding did a bit of damage to the grass I had thought it would have been worse .

missing a boat or two ... this week
sorry -- but it was a great weekend to be at the happy place, we cleaned a lot, sat around a bit, ate, worked on projects and just enjoyed the beautiful weather .. we also ferried elder #1 from place to place on a regular basis ... can't wait for the next weekend!
Although the forecast is cold and wet ... but there is always indoor projects....

Saturday, May 13, 2017

my shack!

photographer Jon posted this on wastebook last week ... my old house! 
I am blessed to own this money pit ...
truly -- its a great space to work in ....
(3rd building on the left  -- for you lurkers) ...

and here it comes

the big green machine ...
headlights and flashers
rolling, rolling, rolling
and dust ...
he whips that thing around like it is the lawn mower

after we delivered him to his pickup truck we stopped at our happy place to open the windows and let the joint air out overnight ...
we'll be back in the morning and plan on spending a good share of the day .... have a couple of projects for Mom and one of the Aunties ... let's hope they like to fold and stuff !

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Life as a County Commissioner (ya) ...

I started my day at Appliance recycling in Nicollet ...$50 and a truckload later there are less dead computer parts in this office  ---  this is what I saw on the way to Schmidt's Meat Market ... Farmall H with a wagon full of dead appliances ... freeking adorable.
Schmidt's Meat Market -- $73 of beer sticks ... we should have enough to last thru the 4th of July ... love those crazy things ..
And my afternoon was spent trekking thru the woods (like a mile -- one way) ... to view a damn dam.  A plugged dam on JD20SN ... ya ..
a wood tick infested mile walk .. so far I haven't found any .... so far
floating cattail bogs can't seem to get over the weir ... they're plugging it up

and another view ...

and they are plugging the entire channel ...


it was a beautiful day --
I did not spot a morel mushroom on the wooded trek ... I was looking ...
I left my truck parked on the side of a gravel road -- doors/windows open
keys on the dash, purse on the seat
ipad, laptop and other gizmos on the back seat
only in rural America --
yep, it's planting season !!!! 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

good grief

I am truly not in the mood to work --
Motivation is gone --

Tired, cranky, meeting'd out --
the "I don't give a shit" meter is high

the only thing I accomplished in the last 24 hours -- mow 1/2 the office lawn and purchase 4 hanging baskets --- easier than planting ... just plop the basket in a big tub and keep it watered ... it is a lavender and white theme on 3rd street this season.

that being said -- there are projects and things to do, people to pay, taxes to pay, returns to file .... it appears that it will be raining soon -- so motivation to be indoors might be better ...

this however is a bad disease -- it's been around a while and needs to leave .... soon ....

so here's my list for the rest of my week:

1.  WGB - problem child A
2.   BEH - problem child B
3.   JM payroll
4.   R payroll, BEH payroll, SRC payroll
5.   one box of issues
6.   remove table from my office ...
7.   100 mnpr's

   it'll keep me busy.....

Monday, May 8, 2017

ah, the Happy Place


finally -- some lake time at the happy place -- I headed out Saturday morning with an agenda and a truck load of stuff -- cleaning, stuff, supply stuff .... and went to work -- or attempted --

the water & water heater weren't on .... once that happened the cleaning began -- food cupboards, bathroom, fridge, counters, tables, side table, end tables ... me and the pine sol .. a bit of vacuum cleaner time too!

I also put together the "some assembly required" furniture -- lounged on the newly stained deck (thank you landlords) and enjoyed the new furniture and my book!  came home and

Kept on cleaning -- the basement and the vacuum -- always entertaining -- it get's even better

Mom and I went back to the lake on Sunday (with a pizza) ... napped in the sun (pink legs) ... enjoyed the quietness and the noisy birds --- and then I proceeded to purge my closet.  I am ADDICTED to clothes.  There the first step to recovery is admitting there is an issue. 

so the tally for the last 3 days is ---

4 bags of trash
3 bags of thrift shop ....

20,000 steps on the fitbit.

who knew that one could get 3,000 steps cleaning a freeking closet -- truly -- I never left the room --- all I did was try on clothes, sort clothes and bag up clothes .... what the hell.....


Saturday, May 6, 2017

yes, she quilts ....

oh my -- I should title this post -- "the lost is found" ... or "I eventually finish what I start and I'm not done yet" ... while searching for a picture of the pieced top .. which I found from October of 2015... argh -- where does the time go?
pieced Turning Twenty from a pile of nine 1/2 yards -- must have been 1/2 yards it's pretty big for fat quarters ... see it's been so long I can't remember!   I remember buying the book at the local quilt show and going back to the fall crafting day and piecing it!
it literally hung on the rails of the long arm all winter -- Sunday night I actually loaded it ..

and this happened Wednesday night -- ya .. a lot of ripping
tension == back upstairs for a video refresher on setting tension

 yes, my sewing space is a disaster ...
but Thursday night after 5 minutes of tension fix ...
30 minutes of quilting -- it was done ...

ha -- this side of the room is tidier ...
so I'm headed to the sewing room to clean!   and then to the cabin (my Happy Place) to open up (translation -- more cleaning) and some quality time in my new lawn chair next to the water!
Linking up with Crazy Mom ( here's the link )-- it's been a long time!

Friday, May 5, 2017

A night on the wild side

William Kent Krueger spoke at the TSHC as part of the St Peter Reads -- so I met him and his wife out on the trail -- I took a pre-event stroll and then I had him sign my iPad --

Finally --- as in FINALLY got the tension set accurately/properly/ok on the long arm and did a little stitching last night ... 2 hours to set tension -- 30 minutes to quilt -- humpf!

The mighty Minnesota River on my stroll -- I made it down to the crossing -- dang it's gorgeous down there ... no bugs yet ..

and the path well traveled ... I also stepped out of my comfort zone and trekked to Target yesterday -- it's been 18 months ... ya, a bit -- me, the old people walking the aisles and the young moms with screaming toddlers ... I then wandered over to Hobby Lobby ... that too was a necessary evil ....
Happy Weekend -- I'm headed to the Happy Place!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

ahhh yes, it's Hump Day

Not a whole lot of productivity happening either on 3rd Street or Daisy Lane these days ... or so it seems.  Yesterday's accomplishment was emptying the truck of recycled cardboard ... an entire 6 month accumulation had gathered -- and it was trash day on 3rd  ......
I attempted to sew on Sunday -- demo'd a new crib quilt pattern, took a tub of scraps up to the shack for an afternoon of cutting and I have a pile of 5" charm squares -- whipped up a quilt back and have the long arm loaded ... I should have quilted last night but alas -- I had homework .... (and that recycling project!) ... so ...
Happy Hump Day!