Friday, July 31, 2009


Our new garden cart - just finished putting it together.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Shh... It's a Secret!

We have chosen the color of the house and trim.  Ken is going to try to find a bargain with the cost (he’s good at that) and we will hopefully paint before fall.  Norm and I have to “prep” the house for the painting, and then Ken will bring his big paint sprayer down for the job.  The WHOLE house will be painted!!!


Candy, you might remember the night you and Wayne came over for supper a couple of weeks ago?  We had the paint charts out and chose colors – they are still the same.  Jody, you were right in your guess – it’s what we chose.


The rest of you will have to wait until it’s done to see.  It will be great and help this house look “old.” Not the shabby old that it looked before the new siding, but “cool” old, like in old-fashioned.


Today will probably be the day that I re-format my computer to get rid of the problems that started up a couple of weeks ago.  I have most everything backed up, I hope, and the programs to re-install.  Cross your fingers for me, please!


It’s a beautiful day today - not very wind and won’t get very hot … my kind of day!  You have a beautiful day

Monday, July 27, 2009

Before and after

The house is not “done” but the south side is ready for painting!  We have the west wall to finish and the garage wall to do.  But Ken and family are heading home today after ten days of massive work!


Thank you Ken and Joy!  And thank you, Bitty and Bubba for all YOUR work!


We love you more than we can say! 

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Sunday, July 26, 2009


I have gotten the first slide show to come up.  So enjoy it.  I have enjoyed the work progress and will post more later, since I can finally get things onto to blog.


Next step is to FIX the problem.



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I am unable to get onto my blog editing page, so Joy had to send the blog in yesterday.  She says that I can send in by email, so I am going to test this.


Here are two pictures that I took of the house …..




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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Surprise, surprise, surprise!

Thursday night about 9:30, I got a call from Joy, saying they were on their way down. This was a total surprise, because I had hoped they would come down on Friday, but Joy said “maybe next Wednesday.”

There are two reasons that we were expecting them “sometime.”

Saturday was a Laura Ingalls Wilder event at Walnut Grove that I had hoped they could join us for.

The second reason was that we received a “windfall.” My folks sold their house and decided to share a bit of their profit with us three children. They sent us all checks and requested that Candy and I use ours to work on the house. (Thank you, Mom and Dad!)

We had been talking about re-siding the south side of the house (kitchen side) and putting new insulation in. Well ……………. When Ken got involved, it grew to a bigger project.

Ken is a contractor and excellent in house-building and re-vitalizing. We offered to pay him a small amount (after what we paid for supplies) if he would come down and “help” Norm do this re-siding.

So they came down, in time for Walnut Grove and to start work on the house.

Well ……… (again) ……. We (I speak “lightly” of we – it’s Ken and Norm) have now torn most of the front of the house and (former) porch that we use as a panty, ripped up the foundation and will be putting new foundation as well as a whole new side of the house. They have found the original wood and framing, as the house was built in 1886. There were flour sacks stuffed in for insulation on one spot. There were corncobs used as filler in the cement that they used at the bottom of the foundation.

Today, Wednesday, Norm has headed into town to get blow-in insulation for the attic and more supplies. What should have been a three-day job (we thought) is going to be even longer.

Joy and the girls tackled the stairwell going upstairs to the girls’ room and also the basement bathroom. I’ve been busy washing dishes, washing clothes (girls hang them on the line) and cooking for the hard-working crew (biscuits and gravy for breakfast this morning).

So, I have some pictures of the house as well as of Walnut Grove to show you – it’s exciting to think that this winter the kitchen will be warmer and the house will be more solid. It seemed solid, but there was so much that was rotted out that the house could have fallen down any time in the future and we wouldn’t have know it until it happened.

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It’s a beautiful day with lots going on. You have a beautiful day!

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Happy Anniversary!

Yesterday was my folks' 67th anniversary. For me, the 4th of July is less fireworks and Independence Day celebrations as anniversary celebrations. When I was little, I remember thinking that the whole world was celebrating my parents' anniversary.

Later, as I grew older, I understood that they had chosen the 4th because it was the day after Dad got his wings while in the Air Force.

Nearly every year we would celebrate the 4th and the Anniversary in a different place. My dad was in the Air Force, so we traveled to many different places. Every year, just about, we would have a different type of celebration.

There are 2 that I remember the best.

The 1st was in Japan; we, along with many other military families, sat on a hill overlooking a river and watched the magnificent fireworks that the Japanese put on. I don’t know if it was actually on the 4th or not, but it was magnificent and I don’t know if I’ve seen a better one, since.

The 2nd was in Deadwood, SD. My folks took their motor home and parked it on the street; there was a big wingding party with lots of street sales and good picnic foods offered. We had the whole family there, except for Candy and Wayne, who lived in Oklahoma that year. Cara kept a deep dark secret; she had collected Candy at the airport so that Candy could join us for this celebration. The funny thing was, Mom and I were in the motor home when Cara and Candy arrived. I was excited to see Candy but kept my mouth shut (a hard thing to do) until Mom could say hi to Candy – but the thing was – Mom didn’t register that Candy didn’t BELONG there at that time and just talked to her normally. It wasn’t until Dad came in and was surprised that Mom realized the trick the girls had played on her!

The fireworks were set off in the Deadwood open mine pit so we were fairly close to the base of the fireworks. Dad mentioned that when he saw fireworks, it reminded him of being in a bomber with flak from the ground shooting up at him. His explosions were dangerous, ours were just noisy and pretty.

Which reminds me of a dear friend, Joanna. When living / working at Historic Murphy’s Landing, the “gang” would have a get-together, picnic and joint fireworks watching party. Joanna would say, every year, the same thing. Let me see if I can remember it closely. “In other parts of the world, the noise like we are hearing is fearful and represents war-fare. In our country, it represents freedom from fear!”

So, how was YOUR Independence Day celebration? We had brother-in-law Wayne come over for hamburgers and brats. Norm and Wayne played cribbage (as always) and got the food cooked outside in between rain downpours (we got about ¾ of an inch in 24 hours) and we ate inside. Then Norm and I watched the PBS special display in DC. I enjoy fireworks if I’m comfortable and they aren’t so close that the noise is deafening. I enjoy them more if I can hear music while watching the display. Then a surprise after the special – a “Prairie Home Companion” special at Tanglewood. I listen to PHC most Saturdays on the radio, and it’s a great pleasure to see “live” the people I listen to so often.

It was a beautiful day, yesterday. We had sunshine, overcast clouds, rain and comfortable weather. The rain didn’t bother us as we were not picnicking or going to see fireworks. Near sundown, Norm called me out to see the fog and the moon. What a beautiful sight on a lovely 4th of July. You have a beautiful day!

Fog in the pasture
Full moon above the barn