Thursday, August 28, 2014

My World

I was down by the lake the other evening.    
The natural lighting was perfect for taking photos, and the winds were calm.  


Yesterday I found the following quote by Anthony Douglas Williams.   
His quote sums up my life in the Northwoods perfectly. 


“I would rather be amongst forest animals, 


and the sounds of nature,


than amongst city traffic

and the sounds of man.”


 



And that's the way it is.................

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Late Birthday Present

Last year, I took the youngest grand to Build -A-Bear for her birthday.  When she showed her older sister her birthday present, the older sister was just crushed that she didn't get one for her birthday. It just broke my heart that I could have been so thoughtless.  I then made a promise to her that I would take her to Build-A-Bear for her next birthday.   
 So this year, true to my promise off to the mall we went.


Her choice was a white puppy.  I don't know how much her mother will appreciate the color.  But Oh Well!!!
She then picked out a heart and sealed it with a kiss; gave it to the attendant to put in Lacy.  


Next we went to the computer area to create a birth certificate for Lacy.  Lucky Lacy getting a big hug from this precious grand.  


As newborns do, Lacy also needed a bath before she was dressed.
  


Two outfits were chosen for Lacy, one purchased by me and the other as a gift from her Aunt Kel.



The whole adventure was completed with a crown for Lacy's new owner.


Our next adventure was clothes shopping at the Justice Store.  


Shopping is right up this little one's alley.  You can just about see the wheels turning...

It was a perfect day... 



And that's the way it is...............

Saturday, August 23, 2014

One Summer Project

A while back, I was visiting my friend Barb.  
She had just finishing shortening curtains for her granddaughter's bedroom, and proceeded to throw away the scraps.
When I saw what she was throwing away; the wheels started turning and I saved those scraps from the landfill.


Those curtain bottoms turned into embellishments for the dresses I was making for my granddaughters.


Grand # 3 modeling her dress.


Here's a better photo of the embellishments:


They loved their new dresses!!  
So much so, they wore them to the mall when I took them shopping.




And that's the way it is..........................


Post note:  So many of you were asking about getting your blog printed.  I use Blog 2 Print.  You can google it.  

Friday, August 22, 2014

Poof---its gone!!

Time - that is 
Where oh where do the days go? 
From the last weeks in July until now it has been a whirl wind!!!
I managed to: 

  • Make the three youngest grands each 2 dresses and a nightgown.  
  • Had the three of them here for two weeks. 
  • Celebrated my birthday and our anniversary. 
  • Refinished two chairs for a granddaughter.  
  • Made a trip to Hinckley MN to reunite with our Lake Havasu friends who live in the Midwest;
  • Organized and lead two ATV trips 
  • Built a fairy garden with a granddaughter!!

Whew, no wonder I have no trouble falling asleep at night, here I thought it was my clear conscience!!!

I have my blog printed into book form about once a year.  One of my grands innocently said; "Oh grandma, when you're dead, these will be a real treasure!!"  We'll I'm not dead yet, so I make memories and back up those memories with a "Blog-to-Book"



Hopefully in the days to come, I will share our happenings from the past six weeks.  

And that's the way it is................

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Putting it in perspecitve







This post was sent to me by a friend through an e-mail. 

 I thought, as today is my 66th birthday

 it is a fitting post to share:

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BACK NINE


You know, time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years.
It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate.  Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went.  I know that I lived them all.  I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.

But, here it is - the ' back nine' of my life and it catches me by surprise.  How did I get here so fast?  Where did the years go and where did my youth go?  I remember vividly seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that 'I was only on the first hole' and the 'back nine' was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.

But, here it is . . . my friends are retired and getting grey.  They move slower and I see an older person now.  Some are in better and some worse shape than me, but I see the great change.
Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant . . . but like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we'd become.  Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day!
And taking a nap is not a treat anymore . . . it's mandatory!  Cause if I don't on my own free will, I just fall asleep where I sit!

And so, now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!
But, at least I know, that though I’m on the ' back nine' and I'm not sure how long it will last, this I know for sure, that when it's over on this earth . . . it's over.  A new adventure will begin!

Yes, I have regrets.  There are things I wish I hadn't done . . . things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I'm happy to have done.  It's all in a lifetime.

So, if you're not on the ' back nine' yet . . . let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think.  So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly!  Don't put things off too long!  Life goes by quickly.  So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether you’re on the 'back nine' or not!  You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life . . . so, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember, and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!


 
"Life" is a gift to you.  The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after.  Make it a fantastic one.
 
LIVE IT WELL!
ENJOY TODAY!
DO SOMETHING FUN!
BE HAPPY!
HAVE A GREAT DAY!
Remember, "It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver."
 
LIVE HAPPY IN 2014
 
LASTLY, CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:
 
~Your kids are becoming you .. . . . . but your grandchildren are perfect.
~Going out is good . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming home is better!
~You forget names . . . . . . . . . . . . . . But it's OK because other people forgot they even knew you!
~You realize you're never going to be really good at anything . . . especially golf!
~The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don't care to do them anymore!
~You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed.  It's called "pre-sleep".
~You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" switch.
~You tend to use more 4 letter words . . . "what?" .. . . "when?". . . ” ???
~Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it's not safe to wear it anywhere.
~You notice everything they sell in stores is "sleeveless"!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

My World

For the last week, I have been working out in the garage.  It is a two fold project; one being -- I am taking all the photos from my parents and my grandparents, attempting to make them digital.  That alone is quite an undertaking.  I have boxes and boxes of photos.  
Secondly, we are in what we call "phase 2" of our move making the cottage our permanent residence.  Two years ago we had a rummage sale getting rid of all our duplicates, now we are getting rid of all the things we don't want or need.  The sale is slated for the 4th.  That weekend brings lots of visitors to our area.

I needed to take a break, and it being such a pleasant day, I mounted my steady steed, (ATV) and grabbed 'Mr. Canon', and away we went.


My first encounter was a field of wild daisies. 



Once I crossed the creek, I was greeted by this sign:   


The only thing I took was a picture of the Lupines growing in the ditch line:


Traveling in another direction I found this neglected dwelling:    I don't know if it was a shack used for making maple syrup, or if it may have been a warming shelter for deer hunters.  Maybe its intent was to be the 'inlaws' suite!!!


When I see signs like this, I chuckle to think that city folks want to come to the northwoods to get away from it all.  Then they post a sign for those that they are probably trying to get away from to find them for a visit!!!!


Pickerel Creek, winds throughout our township, and finally flows into the Wolf River.


I decided to take a little used trail to get back home!!!



And that's the way it is.........................

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Communications



At times living in the northwoods, communication seem to be from days gone by.  We are in what they call a 'dead' spot.  We must maintain a land line because cell reception is not possible. 
 We and our friends have tried every brand of cell phone made-- to no avail.  

When we first moved here my internet was dial up, that put me over the edge in no time.  
I did some research, and found Hughes Satellite would work, so had it installed.  It was a huge improvement over dial up, but I never could watch anything on U-tube. Facebook was slow; and sometimes trying to post a blog or even read a few blogs took all morning.  

NOT ANY MORE!!!

Hughes net has been advertising 'Gen 4'.  When I called them two years ago, that service was not available in our area.  Then the post cards offering Gen 4 started arriving in the mail.  I called again, and yes, it was available!!
  The service man was here yesterday.  Gen 4 uses a different satellite than our old one did.  
That is a slight problem.


These two trees are in the way, and have to come down.  It was almost the deal breaker!!!
The Mister will find someone to help him take them down.  It does break my heart to loose a tree.

For now the satellite dish sits on the ground. 


The installer has to clear it with Digger 's Hotline, and will return to put the dish on a pole.  Already, it is working better than what I had and should even have more speed once the trees are down, and it is permanent.


And that's the way it is.................