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Life gets in the way

It’s been a while since I posted anything. Life has been busy. My mother-in-law got sick the first of May. She had the flu, but quit taking care of herself because she didn’t feel good and ended up in the hospital with pneumonia. She has bad lungs and has been on oxygen for years and had a lot of trouble getting well. We almost lost her and she was on a ventilator for a few days. She has finally bounced back and is currently in the nursing home getting stronger. The over all hospital stay was about 7 weeks and had me there almost every night after work. Did nothing for me getting anything done at home. She was out of the hospital for about 1 1/2 weeks when I left for a trip to England with my mother and sisters courtesy of my mom. We went to visit my cousin that married a Brit and is enjoying living in England. She pretty much planned our trip asking us what we wanted to see and she and her husband and a friend took us around. We in no way had enough time and some things we saw we went through faster than we would of liked. We would all love to go back. As soon as I get some pictures ready I’ll post some of what we saw.

Monday morning after getting back we had a huge wind storm go through. We were one of the areas hit hard. The whole town had trees down. Our house came out with just a few smaller branches done and a broken window. My soon also got a broken windshield out of the storm. My mother-in-law had big limbs come out of 2 trees – one of which took her power off her house. Her neighbors tree lost about a third of their tree into her back yard and it squashed a shed. The shed was slated to come down any way, but we’ll turn it into insurance and hopefully we come take care of some of the deductible so there won’t be as much out of pocket expense. The corn fields were all laid flat, but have stood back up. It will still probably affect the final yield, but that won’t be known for sure until harvest.

Hoping life will settle down now. I have to get some things ready for the state fair in the next 2 weeks and so far haven’t had a chance to do anything about it.

Hope everyone’s life isn’t as hectic has mine has been lately.


It’s been a while since I’ve written. Too much going on. From the title you might think I’m talking about my Granddaughter. Well – while she gets very spoiled by her Grandpa (I would never spoil her) – the one I’m referring to is a new puppy. I came home Tuesday night to my husband holding a puppy. When asked about her he told me to ask my son. Royal brought the puppy home because she was the last of a litter and she needed a home. I told my husband I thought we had that discussion with Royal and he said he thought we had too, but he didn’t seem too upset about the puppy. She is a very adorable 6 week old lab-pit bull mix and she has very much upset my old dog and my cat. My old dog Misty is not thrilled about a new puppy and does her best to ignore her. My cat Demon hisses and bats at the pup, but doesn’t hit her with her paw and is mostly somewhere where he can keep his eye on the pup. My son decided on J.D. short for John Deere for the pup’s name. J.D. keeps Demon hopping. She runs at Demon and Demon hisses and tears off. He was upset enough not to eat his wet cat food for a couple of mornings, but did eat this morning. J.D. is a great deterrent when we come in from a potty trip outside for keeping Demon in the house. Demon waits just inside the door and tries to dart out, but when he sees J.D. he hisses and takes off. J.D. is going to be fun as soon as the house breaking is done. The reason for not getting another dog is that the old dog won’t be happy, but she’ll get over it – maybe. She stills resents Demon even after 3 years.

The Spoiled Child

This is the start of what I mean by a spoiled child. She has to sleep in this chair preferably on a lap. My husband Craig is good at making a lap dog out of a future big dog. This is the 3rd one he’s doing this to.

Have a great day.

Demon the Cat

Demon is our black cat. Technically he’s a black tiger though as he’s gotten older his stripes aren’t as visible. He is suppose to be a house cat, but he desperately tries to get outside – especially this time of year. In case you’re wondering my son found him on a country road by himself and he couldn’t have been more than a month old. He was still a bit wobbly when he walked. He went several months without a specific name. When he got a little bigger and could get up in the chair with you he would come running at you sitting there and up in the chair and attack your face. He also attacked your feet as you where walking. For a tiny cat he had no fear of the dog ( a black lab mix). He would attack the dog. He would sleep on the pillow next to your face and latch on if you moved. These are just a few of the things he did to earn him the name Demon. He is now 2 1/2 years and some things he doesn’t do any more like sleeping on the pillow and latching on, but he still knows what to do to torment the dog. He has learned that the dog can actually turn on him and attack, so he shows her a little more respect, but he still gets her to chase him. That’s not all bad as the dog is 14 and the cat keeps her moving. Demon will still attack feet, but now longer jumps into your lap and attacks your face. He does get into things on the counter at times so we have to watch what we leave out. That being said he can also be an absolute sweetheart and lay on your lap and sleep or next (or on) your legs at night. If you need to move your legs you have to move around him as he won’t move. As for him getting out of the house – the big fierce cat is scared to death when he gets out and usually only last a minute and then can’t get back in fast enough. Animals add so much to one’s life.

Demon the Cat

Mother Daughter Banquet

Last night my home town had their Mother Daughter Banquet. I’m not sure exactly how long they have had this, but I have been going my entire life. The number attending has been dropping as people these days just don’t seem to appreciate such things any more. I have 2 sisters, but one lives in Alaska and seldom is here for it. When my sister’s granddaughter was born it was the first girl baby in our family since my brother was born in the 50s. Her mother was warned her daughter would probably be spoiled because of it. She is 3 now and is a very precocious and smart little girl. My granddaughter is 16 months. Between the 2 of them Myah (mine) was much better behaved last night. She ate well and enjoyed the program of puppets afterward. Actually they both enjoyed the program and behaved pretty well for that. We had Myah for 2 nights this weekend and because of the nice weather got to enjoy some quality time outside with her Dad and Grandpa. They all had fun. Hopefully I got some good pictures of them.

I need to get to work outside. It’s hard to do too much when Myah is here and today the wind is blowing way too hard to rake leaves of the flower beds today. Though we didn’t get storms last night one town in Iowa got hit hard last night by a tornado and we may have some more storms tonight.

I need to work on some quilts. Seems like my energy level at night after work just isn’t there to get me motivated. If I start I do get a lot done, but if I sit first I’m done. Maybe I’ll get myself in gear in a little while.

Better get going – I need to get some fabric listed on Artfire.





Busy Weekend

I started this weekend with my granddaughter here. My son gets here every Friday and keeps her until Saturday afternoon. She is so much fun. Myah is 15 months old, walking great, and thinks she needs to have a snack in each hand pretty much all the time. She enjoys here stacking blocks and thinks its great fun when we make her stuffed puppy bark at her. She also makes him bark at us. She really wanted to go outside to play, but it was still too chilly for that. I can’t wait until it’s warm enough to get out with her. She loves her eggo waffles in the morning and since it seems lately that 1 isn’t quite enough I gave her 2. For a little girl she ate all but about 1/4 of one. She thinks her daddy is just the thing and grandpa isn’t half bad either. But when it comes to wanting to just be held she still comes to me. Myah loves the cat and dog, but neither one really want her to touch them. The dog will allow it some, but the cat pretty much doesn’t let her get close. That’s okay because he’s apt to claw and bite her if she got him and we don’t want that.

The weather has teased us with some warm days and now we’re back to colder days. Had snow on Friday. I wouldn’t mind if there was enough to snow dye, but it came down wet and by the time I got home it had melted off. If that’s all it’s going to do we don’t need any more snow. One thing about it being cooler – I had a couple of horses to trim feet on today and the cooler weather keeps me from getting hot and makes it easier to do. Both of these horse I have done for years and are almost always good boys for me.

I’m going to see about adding a page with some of my quilts on it so look for it.

A Sad Day

Thursday last week the husband of one of my co-workers came to the office. She just retired last June and I had worked with her for 25 years. She recently had some surgery, but was home and recovering nicely. Her husband went to wake her up Wed morning and she was gone. He is lost without her. It came as a shock to us all. He is holding up and has family support, but it’ll be very hard on him as people go back to their normal routines. I guess it just goes to show that you never know what will happen. I know she always expected she would out live her husband. My thoughts are the same towards my husband because of his health issues, but my brother was only 46 when he died from a heart attack. And there is also other things that could happen such as accidents. Hopefully we will both live long lives together and the last thing you should do is live life fearing the worst. That is no way to live.

On the up side all in my family are currently alive and well and looking forward to many tomorrows. I wish all of you the same.


A little more about me

I started doing things with my hands in grade school. I was in4H and learned a lot doing projects for fair. I sewed a lot of my own clothes, refinished furniture, cooked and had hogs. 4-H has changed a lot since I was involved. We always had a dog and since we lived in the country we had numerous cats. When I was in college I got a horse and spent many hours on horseback. After college I worked on hog farms and still had my horse. I had a few years without a horse after mine died from old age, but I had learned to shoe horses and kept around then taking care of the feet for a few people. I had access to horses to ride so I kept that up until I got one of my own. He died from old age a couple of years ago and I’m currently horseless again though I still do some shoeing. Not sure how long I can keep that up.

In my home I use to say I had 3 kids – 2 four legged and 1 two legged (dog, horse and husband). So now I guess I have 4 kids – 2 four legged and 2 two legged (dog, cat, husband and son). I think the animals are much easier to deal with. My husband is a diesel mechanic and my son is going to school for diesel tech. They are both currently working for the same repair shop.

More later.

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