Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Oh! I’m a baaaaaaaaaaaaaad ……….

I was going to say “girl,” but actually, I’m a bad influence!! Take Candy from New York! She got a loom without knowing if she even LIKED weaving!! All on my say-so that I felt she would enjoy it.

Then there’s sister Candy, who tried weaving FIRST, then had Norm and Wayne build her one like mine.

But, NOW ….. there’s Jody! One afternoon of weaving and what does she do? Buys a loom on e-Bay!!! Admittedly, I picked it out for her! Admittedly, I encouraged her, but she’s the one who got it. On MY say-so! “Yes, Jody, you will really love weaving – I can teach you – go ahead and spend $$$ millions that you don’t have on a loom!"


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So this noon, she won her first item on e-Bay. When things are meant to be, they are meant to be! First bid, only bid, and so it is now hers!!

Congratulations, Jody! You are now a member of the fiber-addicted club and will soon have EFD (Excessive Fiber Disease) and there is NO cure!!!

Anyone else out there that wants to become addicted to weaving? I’m your woman – touch me and become addicted or stay far away!!!

On another note, it’s my grandbaby’s birthday – Bubba is ten today!! It’s hard to believe that it was ten years ago that our sweet blue-eyed baby came into the world. She popped in so quickly that she is now making up for it by being a slowpoke when it comes to getting ready for anything!! Today she will be going swimming in the pool, then going out for dinner. A little bird has told me that it will be at Chuck-e Cheese. Wish I were there! Happy Birthday, Baby!! I love you!



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From the left - Bubba, Binni and Bitty - all sweet girls!

You all have a beautiful day!

Monday, September 29, 2008

A perfect Saturday

Jody and I went to a friend's house for "Llama Play Day" - and had a wonderful time. I won't repeat what Jody said, as she has blogged about that day, as well.

I do want to show what Jody made! I warped up a brown and cream Peaches and Crème on my tw0-harness loom and took it to the Play Day. I put it in front of Jody and said “here!” I explained how to put the shuttle through the shed, how to beat the reed / beater down and said “go to it!” Yes, she DID “break” the loom once – she beat too hard and the reed popped out of the frame! A simple twist with a borrowed screwdriver and the reed went back in and off she went again.

Before we set up, I took Jody down to see the llamas and meet Bill, the owner of most of the llamas.

Bill has prize-winning miniature llamas, especially “Wendy Darling” (I named her and feel part of her winning is the name!). Miniature llamas have to be thirty-eight inches or less at the shoulder to be qualified as miniature. They are just like their bigger cousins, only cuter.

In talking to Bill, we decided that his website was too difficult to maintain and I suggested that he try blogging. So after I return fromBig Island next week, I will go over and help him with a blog.

Jody (of course) fell in love with llamas, as I have, and hopes, SOMEDAY, to have one or two (or three or more) at Good Shepherd Farm. As Bill said, they’re like potato chips. You can’t have just one!

Here is a picture of the runner that Jody made. It’s about eighteen inches long and finished beautifully!


It was a beautiful day on Saturday; yesterday was also another beautiful fall day – you have a beautiful day!



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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Finished projects

I am taking a break from warping up a 12” demo loom for Saturday. That is the Llama Play Day and I promised my llama friend that we would go demonstrate. Candy is not going to be able to go, so friend Jody is coming and I’ve convinced her (well, twisted her arm) to do some weaving. She’s never woven before, so she will be learning – a demonstration on how easy it is to weave (not to take away from Candy D’s new rug that she did this week).

So I decided to show my millions of devoted fans some of the projects I’ve done this summer (and completed).

The first is a table runner, about six feet long, made of Peaches and Crème yarn (from Wal-Mart and other places). I like this yarn because the weaving is quick, but it makes nice thick towels, placemats and table runners. I have a fringe right now, but will probably sew along the edges with two rows of machine stitching and hem it. Fringes, to me, get gunky-looking too soon and hemming is more finished (again, in my eyes).



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The next is a cotton warp – a 6/2 cream and handspun, plant-dyed wool yarn. It is about four feet long and will probably be a table runner. This has a tied fringe because it will be hand washed, so the fringe will not mat up or tangle as easily as the Peaches and Crème.

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The third is, again, cotton warp and handspun wool. The wool came from New Mexico – I found a ball of about two pounds of “mill-end” and fell in love with the color. It reminds me of antique bronze metal. This one is about two feet long.

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I have finished the quilt blocks for a twin sized redwork quilt and need to get the material for the edges and the back, as well as the stuffing for the quilt. I won’t get the big quilt frame up when I quilt … I will probably do it on the big quilt hoop, on my lap. It’s easier to do, more comfortable and there simply isn’t enough room in the studio for the quilt frame!!

So, that’s part of what I’ve been doing this summer. Now back to the loom, or Jody won’t have anything to weave on Saturday.


Have a beautiful day!

Update on Mavis

I have gotten several emails from my sister-in-law and also from Glenda, her daughter. Mavis had a triple by-pass on Tuesday and is doing well. She was moved from intensive care yesterday.

Tuesday she was pretty "out of it" all afternoon, but she was sitting up in a wheelchair and talking some on Wednesday. She is kind of short of breath, is still on oxygen, and in quite a bit of pain, so she has asked for no visitors or phone calls for a few days.

I hope to call her on Friday to see how she is doing.

Thank you all for your thoughts, prayers and healing light you sent her.

Have a beautiful day.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

The “chill’ens”

My family is spread apart even more, now! Jill and Eric remain in Washington State. Joy and Ken moved back to the Cities but then Ken was asked by his boss to work in the office, not out in the field.

Ken’s job, in New Mexico, was to help a company that was behind in construction so that it could catch up and be closer to the deadline at finishing time. The plan was that he would continue to do so at other sites around the country, but noooooooooooooooooo! His boss loves him! His boss wants him in the office to help get new jobs and train others to do what Ken did so well in New Mexico.

And the “office” ????? Miami!!! (Ooofta, so far away, AGAIN!) So Ken went down to start work, flying home on weekends and started looking for an apartment. He found a condominium that he could sub-lease; Joy went down to help set it up, leaving the girls with us for a week. She then came home to collect the girls (and dog Tasha) and start packing.



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One of these buildings is their home (not sure which)

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View from their balcony - coast waters, bay and ocean

Then Ken flew home, helped pack and they headed back down. They drove his club cab pickup, pulling an enclosed trailer with the car inside as well as all the household items they would need. The two are still young enough that they are able to drive straight through, trading driving and sleeping. Joy knit (of course), the girls read or did schoolwork or slept. Tasha slept.

Fortunately for their life style, the girls are home-schooled so they are not bounced from school to school as Ken moves from job sites to his (now) semi-permanent office position.

And the plan for us? Well, we hope to drive to Washington this fall to see Jill and Eric. Then perhaps February for a trip down to Florida. And the kids will be home for Thanksgiving and for Christmas. So all is not lost – we are not as lonely as we could be. But shucky-darn, it would be great if both families were closer, like both back in the Cities!!!! That’s only three hours from here!

Oh, well, at least they are not over-seas (shhhhhhhhh! Don’t mention that, it could happen!!)………….

It’s a beautiful fall day, again. You have a beautiful day.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

A non-plastic day!

Now, I’m not saying I spent the whole day not TOUCHING plastic – oh, no … that would be nye-on impossible. What I am saying is that I went shopping and did NOT use the plastic bags at any store!

Candy and I went for our monthly trip to Mankato. We stopped at all of our favorite stores, plus extra ones. Each time, I forgot my cloth bags (at least they were in the car!), so would carry out the stuff in my hands – admittedly not much.

At Office Max, to start out the day, I bought a document holder for the computer and a few neat Sharpie “bleedless” pens. The clerk put them in the plastic bag and I stood waiting for Candy. She mentioned that SHE had forgotten her bag in the car and I said, “what am I thinking about?” and put the plastic bag back on the counter and carried the purchase out.

At the pet store, I didn’t take a bag in because I wasn’t going to get anything. But I did (what else is new?) so carried it out in my hand.

At Sam’s… well, there is no reason for bags in the store – everything goes back into the cart to take out, so I put the frozen and refrigerated things in the cooler and stacked the other stuff around the cooler.

But at Wal-Mart (yes, I do shop there when I’m with Candy – she prefers it over other stores), I forgot, AGAIN!! But when it came time to check out, I requested that I not have bags and put the stuff back into the cart, carried my receipt in my hot little hand and took them out to the car, when I placed the stuff in the bags in the car!

So I am proud of myself. No plastic!! And perhaps I can remember, next time, to take the bags IN. I have plenty – companies were giving cloth bags away at the State Fair and I gathered enough to give Jody, Candy and niece Cookie several as well as have them for myself. So I have no excuse now, except a feeble brain. And if I continue to work at it, I might train that brain to grab a bag or two when I go into a store.

It was a beautiful day, yesterday, even though it was windy. Candy and I had a great time (well, I did – I hope she did, too). We ate at Applebee’s and had an almost matching lunch. I love when that happens. We both had soup and salad – French onion soup – and raspberry iced tea. The salads were different, but still, we had almost the same thing. This happens a lot. It’s not deliberate; we just have similar tastes. (Wonder why?) And the bill was exactly the same for us both. That makes me giggle – but then, I’m a simple girl and simple things make me giggle!


It will be a beautiful day, today. Norm will work in his new shop, I will probably try to make some apple pies with all these apples that I have. Jody may come over and get some apples, as well. You have a beautiful day!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

It's here!

Norm's "new" building is finally here! It is bigger than I had imagined. The cost was just for moving - our friend, LaVerne gave Norm and Wayne the buildings if they moved them off. The size of both buildings are 24 feet by 40 feet. Doesn't sound like much until you actually SEE it!

So, here for your enjoyment and perusal, are the pictures of our building coming home and being set up. Is Norm happy? Is grass green in the Spring?

This was MY anniversary present to Norm, as *I* paid for the entire thing out of my Minnesota retirement and State Fair money. Happy Anniversary, Norm -- NOW can I have my garage???

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Yes, Kitty!

I got an email and photo from Kitty - saying that I was there, too! So I'll post my picture that she took. Please note the shawl - it's the Swedish (SWEDISH, Britta!) shawl that I spun the wool for and Joy knit. Very warm!



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More pictures

Thought I'd split the pictures up so that if you have problems downloading the page, it might help (especially Happy Owl, who is on dial-up). So here are the rest of the best.

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Laura Ingalls Wilder days

Okay, Pepin, Wisconsin is, to me, the most important event of the year. This is my family reunion; the best of the best come to be there and I feel honored that Norm and I are not only asked to come back year after year but are welcomed into the bosom of the group.

This year it was rainy and warm on Saturday, rainy and cold on Sunday. The nights were good for sleeping, the days were filled with flies on everything under the fly and in the tent, but there were NO bees to speak of.

As we were heading out on Friday morning, I realized, about half an hour away, that I had forgotten my camera! I was in mourning but what can you do? So I asked Kitty if she would share her pictures and she promised to do so. I was looking towards posting a blog with NO pictures, and was sorry to disappoint all of you. Friday night / Saturday morning I had a dream about flying in a hot air balloon and reaching for my camera to take pictures of birds. I woke up thinking, “hmmmmmmmmmmmm!” and looked in my purse! Lo! and Behold! There it was, smiling up at me, saucy little bacon!

So I DID get a lot of pictures – about eighty of them! Don’t worry, I won’t post ALL of them!

So, anyway, we arrived Friday about three and started to set up. Then along came Molly with one of my very, VERY favorite people, Patience. There was talk about Molly not having room in her truck and camper for Patience, so she would be strapped on the front as a hood ornament. However, she DID manage to fit in and got to ride in the front seat. Because I didn’t have my camera (yet) I couldn’t take a picture of the two women cautiously opening the back of the camper and standing back to catch what might fall! It was stuffed to the gills – even Patience, who is tall, couldn’t reach up to put any more inside – the “stuff” was right to the door and only about a foot from the top of the “stuff” and the top of the camper. I had planned on taking a picture of the teardown and the stuffed camper, but events (as you will hear) kept me from doing that.

Friday night is traditionally a supper at Kitty and Tom’s house – Tom is the organizer of the “Old Tyme Crafts” section of the Laura Ingalls Wilder event. Just about everyone sets up before dark or close to sundown, then heads to the house for supper. This year it was buffalo chili and was, as usual, very good.

As I sat at the table, I looked around in awe. There were over fifteen people around the table or in the living room and all were talking. Across the table to someone, leaning past someone to a person on the other side, from one end of the table to the other. I was amazed. So many different conversations, so many happy faces! I turned to Maureen and said something and she said, “Well, it IS a family reunion and we have to get a year’s worth of talk in only three days!”

Saturday morning was my “Brigadoon;” before guests came; we had breakfast, cooked by Molly, Maureen, assisted by Patience (this was her first visit). Then we all wandered around, visiting tents and people before the guest arrived.

After ten, the people started coming and it was business as usual for all of us. Except for the intermittent rain, it was a beautiful day. But every time I went for a walk to see someone, it would start raining again.

The kitchen crew (M, M & P) served a wonderful lunch and a great supper. Every Saturday night, at supper, there are awards given out. Someone is chosen to pick the awards and each year they are different. One of the gang supplies the neat award gifts. One year we got the award for the most authentic costumes. Another year we got one for the most useable “home.” (Cindy had used the bed for nursing a baby and resting and someone else had borrowed a bed for a nap.) This year it was the best demonstrator and something else. Norm got a special commendation for the “Best Pa Ingalls beard look-alike.”

I missed the awards but not the supper, because I had crawled into bed. Norm brought a plate of supper for me and then I had a nap. I felt refreshed enough to join everyone at the campfire that night; I sat until midnight talking to Patience (gosh, I miss her!).

Sunday was supposed to be sunny and clear and warm, but it stayed overcast all morning, and then started to rain (again) in the afternoon. We were to tear down around four, so everyone brought their trucks and cars around to the tents just as the heavens let loose and DUMPED rain for over an hour. Everyone was soaked to the gills! The only ones enjoying it were the children who ran in the rain and caught rivers of water coming down from the tent flies.

Now, one of the worst things to have happen is to have to work in cold rain and tearing down tents, packing up stuff and fitting everything into a vehicle in this stuff is not comfortable at all. But having wet canvas is not pleasant. You have to pack up wet, HEAVY stuff, then unpack at home and hang to dry. You must not put wet canvas away, as it will mold and be ruined. A good tent will cost hundreds of dollars so you don’t want to lose your money, if nothing else. The best wish anyone that camps with canvas can give you is “May you have dry canvas.”

We did not make it out to the cabin this time. Sorry, Happy Owl! But maybe I can find pictures from the last time I was there. There was too much rain and we got there too late on Friday to go out to visit.

But I have pictures of the weekend and will post them with this.

So, now we are home to sunny weather and are drying canvas and washing clothes and bedding. It was a beautiful, if wet weekend and is a beautiful day.


May you have a beautiful day and may your canvas always be dry!
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