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:



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.
Remember, "It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver."
~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


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.  


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.................

Monday, June 23, 2014


Oh my, its been a long time since I've posted.  Some of you inquired how I'm doing, and I thank you for your concern.  I'm fine. 
 We did arrive home mid April, just before Easter.  We blew in with a snow fall of ten inches.  Perhaps that's what put me in a funk, perhaps I hit the wall and couldn't think of anything to write about.  Or maybe I just needed a break from blogging for a bit.

So much has happened in the last two months, let me catch you up.  When I got home, I house cleaned and reorganized my cupboards and closets.  Boring, but needed to be done.

We endured a couple more snow falls, and eventually it all melted. 

  We purchased a new vehicle, I now drive a Buick Enclave.  We traded the truck, for something that would get a little better gas mileage.  I think it will serve our needs perfectly, plenty of room to get our stuff to Arizona, and a comfortable ride.   We also kept the 'chevy' for just running around.

The grands are growing and are anticipating their week's stay for 'Granny Daze'.  I have decided that having all five at one time is too much.  So they are taking turns.  
Grand #2 (our only grandson) can come for a week and bring a friend. 
 Grand#1 will drive over after the fair, where she shows her horse. 
Can you believe it -- she drives.  She is also bringing a friend.  
Grand #4 will spend her week with her cousin Grand #3, as will Grand #5. 
 So if you do the math, Grand# 3 gets two weeks.   

We haven't been fishing much, it is a slow start to getting in some good fishing.  Our pontoon is in the water though, so that's a step in the right direction!!  

The yard work is at a standstill, we were going to do some reseeding of lawn and establish a few flowerbeds around the house, and take down a few scrub trees.  Our septic is acting up (more about that in a later post) so we have to get those issues taken care of first.  

Our ATV club has started up for the season, and I'm involved with that!!  The treasurer has resigned; so I'm doing that job in addition to the secretary job.  
We've gone on a few rides already.  Saturday's ride was a bit muddy. 
 I decided not to be a girly girl, and get muddy!!!

I've been doing some sewing for the granddaughters.  I inherited some material that was designed to sell as pillow cases by the yard.  I am in the process of turning the material into summer dresses, with just one more to go.

One of my goals was to paint our four-season's room furniture a cranberry red, to match the fireplace.  That was completed!!   The color in the photo is deceiving. 
The next goal is to paint the trim on the garage, not as much fun!!!

So, it has been a busy spring.  And it looks like summer will be the same.  Thank you for your patience.

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

Monday, April 14, 2014

Going Home

We finally had to leave sunny Arizona for snowy Wisconsin.  Yesterday we took a lesser traveled highway, north from Flagstaff  through Utah.  I did manage to get a few neat shots I am sharing with you. 

Today, we are waiting a bit in Grand Junction Colorado for it to warm up.  It's 25 here, and colder in Denver.  Denver had snow yesterday, and our winter driving skills are pretty dull!!!

Getting reports from Wisconsin that Mother Nature is throwing a party including confetti to welcome us back home.  

Meanwhile, enjoy my photos from yesterday!!!

It was a bit windy, this was the only area (about 500 feet) that we experienced a dust storm.  

Rain clouds ahead, made for an interesting picture

This formation is called 'Mexican Hat'.

Traveling along the Colorado River.

This one says it all...."

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

Monday, March 31, 2014

More Flowering Cactus

Around noon, my friend Deb called me.  Last year  there was a cactus that had an unusual shape!  (Well -- to us old ladies and wild imaginations; it did!)

The nature of Deb's call was to let me know that this unusual shaped cactus was blooming. 
 It had four blooms today. 
 Each bloom would only last twenty-four hours.  

This afternoon I walked over to Deb's condo complex and took photos. 
 I think the close ups are stunning. 
 I don't know what kind of cactus it is but I think the blooms are beautiful.

Don't you agree?

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