Saturday, August 20, 2016

School starts in next week........

So school starts on the 22nd and really I started work on the 19th since it was my first activity of this school year. I love driving bus. I'm not to fond of the 4:30 mornings but after a couple weeks it's not so terrible.

This past week I took my mama and daddy to the casino near Duluth. Mama had a blast and really she's the one that needed to go and enjoy. Daddy just goes with because he can't be alone any more. But enough of that for now, that will be another post one day when I'm able to put down in words the feelings that come with losing ones daddy. While at the casino my mom won enough money that it paid for the trip, our lunch and a bit in the back for another trip. 

We've been working on organizing that cleaning their house. They've lived in that house for almost 50 years and there is plenty to go though. This past week was closets and the attic. I have taken a few loads now to our donation center and have one more in my car for tomorrow. 

I am still beading and crafting. Not lots but every once in awhile I get to create something. Jim has been teaching me how to use his lathe. Tonight I made a brass fitting to hold the wick for the lantern. I hate plain prisms and since I love leaves I did a little bit of this. I also made a new necklace.

Mike is working in Aitkin and loves his job. His boss is awesome and  it makes life so much better when you love your job. Mike drops off his dog each morning so she can spend the day with Wilbur and I. And than comes home in the evening for dinner. I so love this. I am one very lucky mom that her son gets to work so close to home.

Thursday, August 4, 2016


What the hell happened? When did I lose my cooking and baking skills? I use to be able to whip up just about anything I set my mind to and have a decent meal. NOT TODAY!!!! The muffins are as flat as a pancake and tasteless.

Retry in bread instead....well it rose but taste wise, sorta flat like the pancakes. 

I made a chicken cold salad, it's not my best either. Hoping it gets better as it sits in the fridge. 

Since daycare has left I haven't been spending much time creating, well I am going to have to change that because I love working in my kitchen. I love feeding good things to everyone. The muffins, they are set out for the birds....wonder if they'll eat them. The bread, well we'll use honey butter on it or something. The cold salad, it's'll slide down no matter what but my taste buds won't be happy. 


Blessings my friends.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Train from Duluth to Two Harbors and the zoo....

While still able, I am taking my parents places and doing things to keep them busy and their minds working. I know that whatever we do day to day my dad doesn't remember but we live in the moment and not worry about that. Mama had a stroke 6 months ago and her memories of the past year has escaped her and lots of our day to day things get forgotten in the process so again we just live for the moments and if they stick that's awesome, if not....well we had fun at the time.

I took mama and daddy on a train ride this past week and also to daddy's favorite place, the Rose Garden in Duluth. 

 We also went to the zoo. We have just a small safari zoo but it's an awesome place to go. And daddy loves, LOVES!!!!, the deer.

Our lives have changed more than I could of ever imagined. I have an wonderful support system here at home and my friends have really stuck with me on those days that .... well are almost impossible. 

Praying that all of you are having an awesome and blessed week. Mine is filled with love and adventures, trials and tribulations but it will be a great week. 

Blessings my friends!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Meet Ms. Charlotte.....

Wilbur picked his kitten a couple days after she was born. She was born April 1st and she got to come home May 12th. Now she's Wilbur's constant companion and my new cuddle buddy. And he named her Ms. Charlotte.


Saturday, July 23, 2016


It was so awesome to check my mail tonight and see a couple comments. Thank you!

Today was a busy day. Really I had planned on being lazy and sleep in....or at least playing on my phone for an hour or so but it didn't happen that way. My hubby called my son for some help who in turned called me to come along so at 8:30 we were in town getting a freezer out of my husband aunts basement and taking it to my husbands parents home. That thing was huge and weighed a ton but it was taken care. Than Mike and I went to the farmers market and picked up some fresh snap peas, fresh baked bonnie buns and a jar of strawberry jam. Than we went for a drive before ending up at home. 

 This summer has been a very different one weather wise for us. Lots of flooding and lots of heat.
 Jim and I went to Hill City this afternoon and the destruction for the last storm was terrible. We've lost some trees and have had some flooding but nothing compared to that poor town. They have been without power since Tuesday and it's been near 100* each day since. Pray for this town please.

 After we were there we went to Grand Rapids to do a bit of shopping. There is this little surplus thrift shop we stopped at once before and I found this awesome wooden box that I made into this.....(Mike and I went to Pebble beach near Split Rock Light House this past spring and collected special rocks).
I didn't find any wooden boxes or drawers so saved some money today but I did like the look of this. I am not positive what it is but maybe a cherry pitter? It was just cool looking anyways.
 After getting home I went to mama and daddy's and it had been a difficult day for them so I told mama to just go relax on the porch and enjoy a cup of coffee and I'd take care of daddy. I gave him a hair cut and than a shower and than put him to bed. Not as easy as typing it but what I do on a daily bases. 

So that's it for now. Except.........we have a new member of our family. I'll introduce her on my next post but I want you to try and guess. 
You get two hints.....
  • Little and soft
  • Wilbur picked her and named her 
So good night my friends and thank you again for being here after a year gone. 


Friday, July 22, 2016

one year ago or so ....

One year ago I did a Minutes post. I think I'll start up again with one of those posts.

:: Thankful
  •  for my husband. Without him I am positive I would go bonkers. 
  •  for my son. Without him I would never get to go and do awesome things.
  •  for being able to take 75% of the summer off to care for my parents.
  •  for my parents, for the love they share with me every single day.  
  •  for the Lord giving me friends in which I can complain to, cry to and lean on.
 :: Prayerful
  •  for patience and strength to keep being able to care for my parents.
  •  that the good Lord keeps my grandma around for a while longer cuz she listens and cares and makes sure I know that I am loved and appreciated.
:: Excited
  •  for this 100* weather to end
  •  for a girls night out. I hosted one last month and want to do it again.
  •  for a trip in October that Mike and I booked
  •  for school to start in 4 weeks 
:: Health
  • the never ending battle with over eating and being overweight
  • for not getting as sick as I was this past spring with bronchitis, pneumonia and double ear infection. 
:: Fun
  •  One camping trip down, hoping for at least one more if not two (same as a year ago it seems)
:: Delicious
  •  pork roast on the dinner spinner or maybe the grill
  •  brats on the grill with some friends
  •  corn on the cob, fresh peppers, fresh cucumbers, peas and beans
:: This week
  •  Driving preschool summer school. They sure are tiny and smart.
  •  Lots of care for mama and daddy. 
  •  Doctors visit for mama
  •  Music in the Park with daddy
  •  A train ride to Two Harbors with mama and daddy
And just a couple pictures of what has happened or special things we did....

Blessings my friends to whomever takes the time to stop by and visit.

If I were to start......

If I were to start blogging again. Just to get back into touch with you guys, are there any of you guys left to read and respond?

Thought I'd see and go from there. 

Have a blessed weekend. Take care my friends.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Time……none extra in my days…..

I keep wanting to do a post but unless it’s near midnight I don’t have the time but tonight I am going to take the time because I miss you guys. I am going to “steal” an idea from Angela from Keeping the Faith and use her format for an update. 

Minutes – July 26th, 2015 12:00 am

  • my summer job and a great boss that knows I need time for my parents and is willing to work with me and really I work with them too since they have ailing parents too.
  • a understanding husband. He knows that just cuz I have a day off doesn’t mean I have a day off. He’s doing laundry most of the time, he lets me sleep in on days I can, he fixes dinner on Sunday nights, he laughs when I get that 10:00 call at night because either mama or daddy have misplaced something or they are worried about something.
  • a wonderful son that wants to still be with his mama.
  • parents that are trying their hardest to still be as independent as possible.
:: Prayerful
  • for patience cuz at times they get pretty thin and it’s not any ones fault that life hard.
  • friends that listen and care and offer help.
  • for my grandma that always makes sure I know I’m appreciated.
:: Excited
  • for school to start and a regular schedule again
  • for the extra hours at work to keep up on the bills of two households
:: Health
  • the loss of a few pounds and a DOT physical appointment
:: Fun
  • Camping. Only once so far this summer but another one planned and maybe even two.
:: Delicious
  • pork roast for the crockpot
  • fresh fish
  • cold salad
  • 5 12 hour days at work, not sure yet
:: This week
  • a 52 hour week between managing mini golf, driving special needs and the hospital courier plus a shopping trip and 5 hours of mowing lawn.
And pictures:

Blessings my dear friends!!!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

About time you think?

Being the only caregiver to my parents has been time consuming and full of adjustments. It’s all manageable and doable however it leaves little time for much else other than our life too. School is over now, at least mine is but that means I’m driving for two other districts until next Wednesday and than I’m done till summer school. I have worked the past two weekends at my summer job, the mini golf, and am seeing that it’s going to be an awesome year there. I told Jim I don’t think I can handle a huge garden this year but this weekend will plant one anyways and just see what I can do and Mike is doing wonderfully which makes this mama one happy mama. 

So my poor blog gets put off all the time and I miss hearing from your guys so I’m taking a bit of time this morning to just share some pictures with you. 

Jim’s been working on the camper. It’s just to top heavy so he’s putting on a different axle that’s longer so hoping that the wider stance makes for more stability.

While Jim is working on that I’m getting the other outside chores did and done. Like taking off and sharpening the blades on the lawn mower. Goosey is always with me, he loves me you know. So he was there to tell me how to do it.

Before Goosey goes to bed at night he makes sure all the other chickens and Chuck is in. Than he gets a bath with the hose and goes to bed. He doesn’t like our pond and the little swimming pool we had finally died so the hose makes him happy.

My most favorite flower in the world. I have 3 large bushes of them and usually can’t bring them in the house because they bother Jim but for some reason this year this didn’t so for the full season of the lilacs I got to have a bouquet on my table.

I had an old music chair that was getting more unstable as the years went by so this was my spring time project. I love the way it turned out. See the little black stool in the background on the first picture? I got that at a garage sale but didn’t like that is was all white so I repainted that too and now it fits perfectly in the kitchen under the table instead of the music chair.

This frog use to be a bath tub toy holder for daycare but since we know daycare is over there are a few toys or items I kept. I turned it into a strawberry hanging planter. Today I was out there and it looking mighty fine. Cool to repurpose things.

I am always trying to find time to just do a small craft project here and there. I have a friend that loves to shoot, like me, so I made her this 9mm necklace. It’s hard to tell but it’s brushed nickle. She loved it.

The babies are growing. Wilbur checks on the every day to make sure they are okay. I am thinking next week it will be time to make them their new home in the chicken coop. Soon they’ll be out and about like the big ones but since mostly banti’s hoping that they will fly when the wildlife comes around instead of becoming lunch.

One morning on my way to work I got to see the full moon and the sun rising at the same time. It really was pretty so had to try and take a picture of it.

And last but not least. This is Mike with his friends Remington and Winchester (yep, gun nuts too and not just by name). They came to visit me at mini golf. They have been friends since tiger cubs, over 16 years ago. Today they are out fishing on Rabbit lake. Last week they went too and brought home enough fish for a tiny fish fry. Hoping for more this weekend.

So for now that’s that. There’s more but a person only has so much time to spend on another’s blog so I’ll leave you for now. I am hoping to be back more often but we’ll just see what life brings. I hope you all are having an awesome weekend. I am on my way over to my parents shortly and than going to lunch with Jim. I have a truck load of wood to unload and a to garden till and plant. Tomorrow I work the golf but not till 2 so have time to go shopping for next weeks groceries. Life goes on and I am blessed more than I really deserve. 

Have a blessed day!