Monday, August 31, 2009

Happy Birthday, Joy

On August 31st, many many years ago, Joy Natalie Peterson came into this world.  I cannot say how many years ago, as she will kill me if I do. 

Joy was our first child and the first grandchild in my family.  We were all very excited to welcome her into the world.

As all parents can honestly say, it is not been a “happily ever after” life with any child, but when the child you struggle to raise properly turns out lovely inside as outside, it is worth all the struggle.

Joy is as beautiful inside as outside.  She is generous to everyone she loves.  She is talented in any craft that she chooses to learn and becomes extremely skilled in that craft.  She is a hard worker and unstoppable when she begins a job.

Joy has given us a wonderful son-in-law and 2 beautiful grandchildren.

I don’t know anyone who does not love and admire my sweet baby. 

Happy birthday, sweetheart.  Stay as lovely as you are, forever.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Yarns, anyone?

We went to the State Fair this Thursday – spent a lovely day with loved ones and came home with a State Fair Hangover – too much noise, walking, fair food and excitement.

Friday, I gathered our yarns to sell. I will take them to the events this fall and hope that they sell.

Which reminds me, I have not mentioned the new business, have I? Candy and I have started “A Sisters’ Thing” – we hope to sell raw fleece, processed rovings and top, handspun yarn and finished projects. This is our first batch of yarns. I will soon put them up, individually, with prices, so that if you are interested, you can purchase them.

Joy is a spinner extraordinaire and Bitty is coming close to matching her. Bubba is more interested in crocheting than spinning right now, but does a fine job for her age (nearly eleven!).

And speaking of crocheting, Bitty put in a cotton baby blanket and two skeins of handspun yarn into the County Fair – 4-H – and Bubba put in a small handbag and handspun, crocheted hot pad. They received blue ribbons on all their projects! I’m hoping Joy will put the pictures on her blog!

It was a beautiful few days with family; it’s always fun to be around them. Ken was as loving and helpful as always. I enjoy picking on him, as he picks on me unmercifully!

It will be a beautiful cool fall day today. You have a beautiful day!

Monday, August 24, 2009

I love black walnut

Black walnut is my all time favorite wood.  And to my great surprise and thrill, I found out that “Anna” is made of black walnut. 

If you will remember the picture I had of her last week at the Threshing Bee, she was pretty.  But oiled with boiled linseed oil, boy, oh BOY!!!  Look at her shine, now! 

On another note, I have done a bunch of pickles this past week.  Dilly beans, sweet sticks, bread and butter, German dills (brother Charles’ favorite), sweet banana pepper rings.  Now, tomorrow, I am going to put Aunt Mary’s sweet pickles in syrup to soak another three days (three days in brine, three days in clear water, syrup for several days, with taking out, heating syrup and re-soaking, then putting in the jar with hot syrup.  A lot of work but worth it).  And have some sweet dills soaking in brine.

Our sweet sticks are so yummy that I’m going to have to make some more – these are a first and are winners. 

It’s been hot out and windy, all day, but tomorrow is supposed to be less windy and not as hot.  It was a beautiful day today – you have a beautiful day.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Forty three years!

August 20, 1966.  Can’t believe it’s been that long ago! 

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

I'm being held a prisoner!

I am stuck in the house today – and don’t know when I can get out.  There are sweat bees all over the place!  According to the experts: “Sweat Bee, common name for any of a large family of bees, many of which are attracted to the salts in human perspiration. Most sweat bees are small to medium-sized, 3 to 10 mm (0.12 to 0.40 in) long. They are generally black or metallic colored, and some are brilliant green or brassy yellow. Sweat bees are among the most common bees wherever bees are found, except in Australia, where they are relatively uncommon. There are about 1000 species in the United States, Canada, and Central America.

Sweat bees are particularly numerous in North America. Although their small size makes them relatively inconspicuous, hundreds may swarm over flowers in gardens or meadows. The different species are often difficult to distinguish. Most sweat bees visit a variety of flowers. They sting only if handled.”

Not only am I allergic to bees, but also I have been “hit” by sweat bees each time I’ve ended up in the emergency room.  So Norm is working outside and I’m working inside (well, pretending to work).  I can’t even go out to hang out clothes because the back door has about 20 or 30 bees hanging around in the sunshine right outside.  They sting only if handled.” – HA!!!  They will sting me if they land on me – I don’t have to move or anything.  I watched one land on my foot (before I knew I was allergic) and walk on it then take a big bite!!  And thus the trip to the emergency room.


We had 1-½ inches of rain this morning and now the sunshine seems to have brought the bees out to dry out and enjoy the sun.  Well, do so, little bees but then go away so that I can go back out! 

Threshing Bees

Well, I have some pictures from both places to share with you.  The weekends were fun (noisy, but fun) and we hope to do both weekends again.

Here is the slide show – enjoy. 

There are a few pictures that are not on there that I will add another time – Photobucket kept telling me they were not there!

It’s raining today – we already have an inch of much needed rain!!!  A beautiful day to stay in and try bread and butter pickles. 

You have a beautiful day!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Well, so much for good intentions

Did not get anything posted about our weekend, so will try to, next week.  Tomorrow and Sunday, Candy and I are going to a Threshing Bee in Butterfield (only about 45 minutes away).  This will not be in period costume, but will be showing off what “Storden’s Stitch in Time” does once a month.

Then, on Monday, I go to Dr Watts in Sioux Falls to see what he says about my knee / leg.  Hopefully he will be happy.

It still hurts, but hurts less and sometimes doesn’t hurt at all.  But only SOMETIMES. 

Then we have a week free (sort of) before thinking about heading to the cities for the State Fair.  I will not be working there this year – I have been retired (not my choice, but – oh, well).  But we plan on spending a day at the Fair with Joy and family to celebrate her birthday.

And THEN it’s Pepin, for Laura Ingalls Wilder Days; Bloomington for a weeklong educational rendezvous and then Albert Lea for a 4 day educational rendezvous. 

Then we are done for the year (whew!).  And, hopefully a second year in a row of being “bee free.”

It got up 91ยบ here today but is supposed to be cooler tomorrow.  This is the second day in a row that we’ve had the air conditioner on until nightfall.


It was a beautiful day – even if it was hot.  You have a beautiful day.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Her name is "Anna" -

- and she is “mine” – at least until this fall.

This lovely spinning wheel belongs to my lovely cousin, Ruth. She has stored it in her house since Great-Aunt Millie last used it in 1961. I believe I mentioned it the last time I was up to see Ruth, with Candy. But now I know the real story.

This spinning wheel was hand made and brought to the Big Stone area in 1880 by my Great-Grandma Anna Saueressig. She used it, then passed it to another person (name is known, relationship is not) and then came back to Great-Aunt Millie and her daughter Esther, who passed it on, then, to Ruth.

I coveted her from the moment I saw her; my fingers itched to spin on her! So when I knew we were going up to demonstrate at the local Threshing Bee (at Twin Brooks), I asked Ruth if I could borrow this lovely little lady.

When we got there, Ruth told me that Jerry had taken the wheel over to the site; Ruth took us over to set ourselves up and I got to get my hands on the wheel. I grabbed some wool from my basket and sat down to spin. I needed to find a hook to put yarn through the tiny orifice, so grabbed a small crochet hook for that purpose and started to spin. She SQUEAKED!!! So Norm oiled her important parts and she no longer squeaked.

Ruth was amazed that this little lady could actually work after all the years of idleness. However, all the important parts are there and there was no reason to NOT work.

Long story short – I spun on her all weekend – she told me her name was Anna, after my great grandma. She also told me that she wanted to spin “skinny” yarn. Ruth told me that I could take Anna home for the summer and they will come this fall to visit and collect her. I was so excited I could hardly speak! We will clean her up and oil her to make her shine. There isn’t much else that needs to be done to her as she spins so very well now, with no corrections at all.

I didn’t even touch my Kromski wheel all weekend, except to move her into a corner where people could see her and ask about her.

I will write more about the marvelous weekend later – probably tomorrow, including a wonderful (but short) visit from Jill and Eric yesterday! Right now I’m going to help Norm bring in all the stuff, push it into corners and deal with it tomorrow!

It was a beautiful weekend – you have a beautiful day!


Thursday, August 06, 2009


The picture of Soot’s yarn did not go through – here it is!




Apricots and cigarettes

I was at the store today to get some stuff for our trip tomorrow (more later) when the young man in training wanted to know what I was purchasing – he did not KNOW they were apricots!  I asked him if he had ever had a fresh apricot and he said no – he’d had dehydrated ones and wanted to know if these were better?


BETTER???  Is the grass green in Seattle?  Is God in His Heaven?  Is all right with the world?


I told him he HAD to have one of the ones on special today, not “someday” as he promised and told him that he probably couldn’t eat just one.


I have been picking up apricots every therapy day since they are on sale and are sooooooooooooooooooo good!


On another note, as I toodled around town doing errands, I noticed some young boys selling “lemonade” so I stopped by on the way out of town, had a young tow-headed boy with a cigarette in his hands to come to the car and tell me how much the lemonade was and then bought a glass.  The young boy reminded me of myself when I was about that age.  I would bike around town with a cigarette in my fingers, puffing away and hoping to upset adults.  Never worked for me – bet it doesn’t work for him. 


Oh?  Did I mention that they are CANDY cigarettes?  And oh, so good – I should see if I can find some to nibble on.  They have the same taste as the valentine candy with sayings on them!


Now, about this weekend – we are going to a Threshing Bee to demonstrate; this is in Milbank, SD.  My cousins, Ruth and Jerry, that Candy and I met this spring live very close to the site and Jerry works there for a friend.  Jerry was responsible for getting Norm and I invited … it should be fun and we are going to be staying with Ruth and Jerry during the weekend.  We leave tomorrow morning and will be back on Sunday night or Monday – depending on if we spend Sunday night with R&J or not.


As far as my computer is concerned – it’s running at half speed or less.  Won’t let me on any Google pages expect my main blogger page and other main pages. 


I cannot post or edit, so I post through email; thank goodness THAT works.  Any editing that needs to be done is done by Joy (thank you, sweetie) who goes on to correct problems.


I cannot even send comments, so all of you who deserve comments, consider yourselves commented on.  I will do so when I get this problem fixed.  I should re-format, but I’m a big chicken – afraid to lose what I have.  So I am holding my breath, saving my money and hoping to buy a new computer from Vern, my computer guru this fall sometime.


Today is a beautiful day – another mild day with very little wind – perfect weather for me!!  I am going to put a skein of Soot’s yarn into a ball and find a pattern for cable wristlets – I want to make some for Pastor Mark as a thank you for giving Soot to me.  She is a treasure – her wool is to die for!!!


You have a beautiful day!