Thursday, April 30, 2009

My week, so far

Guess I’ve not been in a writing mood, lately. But it’s time to let you know what I’ve been doing this past week.

Friday, Norm came home with news that one of the goats had triplets. He told me that two of them looked kind of weak, but said “they’ll be okay.” Don’t you love confident men?

Saturday, Elizabeth called and said, “Can you open the nursery? The two are still weak!” So Norm went over and brought home two little girls and here we go again! I put them in a box with a heating pad (put it on number two to start, then back to number one when they warmed up). Then used a syringe for feeding (too weak to suck) and pushed a bunch of powdered colostrum into them. Peanut was excited to have babies to care for, but she gets so excited that she gets rather rough in cleaning them up, so we have to watch her carefully.

Sunday was “Reiki” day. Have you heard of Reiki? This is a healing method that is thousands of years old but rediscovered only about one hundred years ago or so. A Japanese Christian wanted to know the “how” of how Jesus healed with hands on and made it his life’s work to find out. After researching and meditating and with much help from religious leaders of many faiths, he was enlightened and given healing powers from God. He also found the way to transfer this power to others and began teaching others this way.

I found a Master of Reiki that lives about an hour from me, and talked to her via emails for several months. Sunday, Norm and I went to meet her so that I could get training – Norm was the “guinea pig” for my training. I also met two women who were getting their last training for becoming teachers / masters. The three of them are awesome, separately, and almost overpowering with their energy when all three are connected. They are Elizabeth, Belva and Andrea – and I hope to be able to be with them another time.

Norm was given “treatments” and they discovered (with no prior mention) that he had a severe problem with his neck. Afterwards, we told them that he had fallen and broken his neck. But afterwards, he said his neck didn’t crack or hurt as much when he turned it.

So, now I am officially a level one Reiki practitioner, and I am practicing on Norm to help him with many of his normal aches and pains. Elizabeth says that I will get better with practice. What an awesome day! We took the babies along to be able to feed them on schedule and everyone had to hold them and love them!

Monday – therapy … hopefully the last one.

Tuesday, we went to Sioux Falls. Norm had an annual appointment with his VA doctor and I had a twelve weeks’ appointment with my young knee doctor. My doctor was not too happy with my progress but was puzzled as to why I still had pain on the sides of my knees. He also said that I was building scar tissue underneath my scar …. I’m one of the “lucky” ones that have problems with scars, I guess. So I’m going to have steroids (start them on Friday), go BACK to torture for three times a week and come back to see him in four weeks. “WITHOUT THE CANE” says he! Otherwise, back to the hospital and he will bend my leg for me! (Sigh)

Wednesday, we planned on taking the kids back to the Farm to see if we could convince Momma to take them back. But when I checked on them, the white one, “Snowflake,” was bouncing and ready for breakfast. Little “Reiki,” the black and white one, was laying on the bed of the box in very bad shape. I sent Norm off with Snowflake and sat with Reiki in my arms until she left me. A hard thing to do, trying to convince her to stay with me while she slipped away.

I spent the rest of the morning depressed but Norm came home with good news, at least – Snowflake was sucking on Momma. Norm had put Mentholatum on Momma’s nose, Snowflake’s nose and tail and on her strong sister’s nose and tail. Momma was slightly accepting, so it looked like she, at least, was safe and going to survive.

When Norm came in, he brought me a small daffodil from the garden to cheer me up. And then we got ready to go to town for my last eye appointment. I was fitted with driving glasses. The doctor wanted me to have bifocals so that I could read AND drive with one pair of glasses.

No-way-hosay! I have reading glasses (cheap store-bought magnifying ones) all over the house so that I can find a pair when I need them. And all I need the other glasses is for driving!!! So he agreed (I guess he wasn’t going to force me to bifocals) and I picked out a new frame and headed home, tired and depressed and not feeling too well.

Tonight is Thursday and the week is nearly over. Therapy and steroids tomorrow and then a quiet (hopefully) weekend.

I will try to do better for keeping up on this, and will also work HARD at therapy and home exercises so that I will NOT go back to the hospital!

It was a beautiful day, today. You have a beautiful day!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Don’t you love toys?

Once upon a time, boys and girls, there was a little girl who loved to ride bicycles. From the time she was given a shared bicycle with her little brother, she was extremely happy on a bike.

Now the shared bike had training wheels, as both children had never ridden before. However, the little girl wanted the training wheels OFF and the little brother (a born chicken in all forms) wanted them ON. But he soon discovered that he could possibly fall off the bike even with training wheels, so the little girl got her way and was able to ride without training wheels.

She soon got another, bigger bike, all her own (and her brother got one, too, and learned to ride without training wheels, as they were not offered on the bigger bikes). This transferred to a big one when she was in Junior High (back in the “old days,” there was no “Middle School”) and she rode that one to school and back, shopping and even took her Siberian Husky, “Seegoo,” riding with her – Seegoo would pull the bike as she ran, so there was not a whole lot of effort, sometimes, as she rode.

As she moved into college years, she purchased a brand new Schwinn 3-speed bike to go to work, to ride in college and to just enjoy at home.

Marriage brought another form of transportation (cars and horses) and she sold her last bike. Since then, she has rarely ridden a bike, except for using a friend’s bike once in a while, but she has never lost the desire or urge to have a bike again.

But just last week, boys and girls, this little girl, now grown to Grandma status, purchased a brand new bike! And as soon as her knee allows, she will be traipsing the countryside with her ever-faithful Peanut in the basket behind her. Rejoice with me!


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And, another toy – a stationary bike to help me exercise and GET that knee stronger and more pliable so that I can ride my “real” bike!

Last week was very busy. Therapy (torture) on Monday; Tuesday, we went to see niece Cookie – she had done our taxes so we needed to sign some paperwork and then take her and Binni out to supper to celebrate; Wednesday, we went to the last eye appointment and got clear sailing for my eyes. I can see 20/25! Thursday was therapy, again! Friday was the monthly (or so) trip to Mankato for Sam’s and Wal-Mart shopping. This is the first time I’ve gone since February, however, so I really enjoyed it. And got ANOTHER new toy – a convection toaster oven. My “new” one I got last fall did not allow me to do anything but cookies and toast. This one will do muffins, Cornish game hens, etc. We used it about 5 times on Saturday.

Friday afternoon, Joy and family followed me home – they were less than an hour behind me arriving home. They spent the weekend and Monday with us.

So Saturday was play-day and Sunday was a dinner with Candy, Wayne, Cookie and Binni. Binni came over on Saturday night to spend the night with the girls.

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Monday, the kids came with me to therapy, then came home and played for a while until they left around 6:00 that evening.

Tuesday was rest day (I think I’m getting a cold). Today is laundry (Norm hangs them outside) and catch-up day.

So now I think I’ve caught you up and it’s a beautiful day. You ha
ve a beautiful day!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Catch-up time!

It’s been a while since I’ve written. Guess I’ve been too busy just doing nothing this past week. So let’s see what I’ve done.

Sunday was resting day after being in South Dakota. We had snow on the ground from the storm that went through on Saturday, but the weather was warm so it disappeared pretty quickly.

Monday was torture day again. Crystal, my regular therapist is very gentle, in the main scheme of things but still pushes me past the point of comfortable pain.

Tuesday and Wednesday, Norm took me into Windom. The third graders of the county have a “day out” that day. They go to the courthouse, the law enforcement building (jail) and the historical museum. At the museum, there are several people who show the children different “jobs” and personages from the past. I demonstrate / talk about being a Pioneer Woman. This year I couldn’t spin, so I just talked. (Norm wondered what I could do if I couldn’t spin – I showed HIM!) I talked about the day in my life from sunup until sundown. The kids seemed to love it. I would tell about the seven meals that I would serve my husband, the work I had to do in cooking and washing dishes for those meals and what I did between the meals. I had a chant – “After the dishes were done, I could do ANYTHING I wanted to – clean the house, wash the clothes, mend the clothes, wash the floor, bake, sew, spin, weave, knit, garden.” This happened after each meal. (The extra meals, besides breakfast, dinner and supper were “little bit of lunch” to keep Mr. Peterson from having a growlly tummy.)


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It wasn’t too bad. Norm took my big Norwegian rocking chair and I had pillows so my leg was supported somewhat. Friend / neighbor Wally brought me home on Tuesday, then Norm stayed in town running errands and playing in the park with Peanut on Wednesday and took me home. Norm could have been there with me but chose not to.


The one of the others that was there was the Victorian Lady, across the isle from me. She talked about the differences between her life and mine, but emphasized that though her family was rich and they had a lot of land, it was the pioneers that lasted through time.

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Others were the schoolteacher, the fireman and Wally, the trapper. Also there was a representative from the Jeffers Petroglyphs who talked about the ancient peoples who lived here and the “modern” Native Americans who lived here before the white settlers moved in.


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Thursday should have been a day of rest but it was torture day again. Friend / neighbor Jody stopped by to have some tea and learn how to knit a cable pattern in her wrist warmers she’s making.

She also tried my double treadle spinning wheel and found that despite her back problem that she COULD spin. (She went home and ordered an Ashford Kiwi double treadle!)

Friday – time to REST and get better? Nope …The Farm called, saying the shearer was going to be there at noon, so I had to help Norm load the two sheep so he could take them over for shearing. Norm helped catch the sheep and then stuffed the fleeces into a bag for taking for sale. Candy came to get me and took me over. She chose a yearling ewe for her fleece and watched it come off with great excitement. Norm brought over a bit of the fleece for her to feel and accept, and then he put her fleece onto a sheet she brought and wrapped it up for her. Norm also picked out a fleece for Joy and one for Jody and wrapped them up to take home.

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Arthur Godfrey, being a bottle-raised lamb, was more of a problem to shear than all the rest. He was used to being handled, so objected to being turned upside down and wiggled a lot. Soot, being a little tamer than the sheep at the Farm, was wiggly but not as bad. Soot is black with the reddish-brown sunburned tips like most black sheep. However, when she was sheared, we discovered that she is a “gun-flint gray” … not solid black! I’m excited because it’s such a beautiful color!


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Saturday – rest? Nope – it was the “Stitches in Time” day in town. Norm took my rocking chair, my spinning wheel and me, with lunch. I made it almost all day!! We had several people stop by and a couple stay part of the day. Ellen is teaching Candy how to do “net-darning lace.” Lois is teaching me how to do Swedish Huck embroidery.

So yesterday – Sunday – rest? Well, sort of. Candy and Wayne came over for dinner so I put a ham in the oven. Otherwise, it was pretty easy – just a small meal and good conversation. Then Wayne and Norm played a game of cribbage while Candy and I planned this NEXT week! But after they left, I took a looooong nap!

I will admit, though, that it was a tough week because my pain was pretty bad. When I called the doctor for a refill of Vicodin, his assistant said that I should be done with pain medication by now. I told her I couldn’t live without it – I was in too much pain, even WITH the medication. So she switched me to another medication and this one seems to be working!!! I got the pills on Thursday and that night I slept for three hours straight without waking up! And the pain is tolerable, most of the time. So I have hope that someday it will be gone, totally!

We had no family other than Candy and Wayne for Easter. Joy and family will come next week and Cookie and Binni will join us, as well as Candy and Wayne. Jill and Eric did not come home for Easter (sigh) but I did have a nice long talk with her yesterday. Cookie stayed home and didn’t come down because of the weather and taxes. She did our taxes and was busy doing them on Saturday. Then she stayed home and worked in her yard … it was in the low sixties on Saturday!!!! And almost as nice yesterday!

So, that’s my week. It’s been a busy but beautiful week. It will be a beautiful day today. You have a beautiful day!

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Help One-Another Weaving Weekend X

This was sponsored by Prairie Fiber Arts Guild in Groton, SD and this was their tenth anniversary. Candy and I went (finally – I’d been invited to join them for several years and never had the weekend free!) on Friday afternoon.

There are mostly pictures with this post. We got to the “Guest House,” which can sleep fifteen people. Candy and I had a room with a double bed and a bathroom in it … actually all of the three bedrooms on the main floor have bathrooms in them. There is sleeping upstairs (I never made it up there) and there is sleeping downstairs in the basement (didn’t go there, either). There is a dining room and a very spacious kitchen.

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We had twelve gals come – some I knew from Rendezvous and History Fairs and some were new people. We had spinners, weavers and knitters. Some did several different skills during the weekend.


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This is a triangle loom that I was GOING to work on and decided not to. This will be a nice shawl when finished.

One gal, Annikki, is a knitter and a weaver and has an Etsy store. She is from Finland and is a fascinating person.


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Kelly and Marie (daughter and mother) have a store in Groton. They do mail-order, too, if you are interested. They have processed wool for spinning, yarns, patterns, books, completed items and tools for all crafts. It’s a fascinating place. Both Candy and I were told distinctly that we would bring home NO wool! I was threatened with the burning or burial of any wool I have stored in my storage closet if any new stuff was brought home. So we followed orders – we only brought home yarn (that’s not technically “wool” as it is already spun!).

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I spent most of my time helping Audrey dress her new loom and teaching her how to weave. She did a great job for a first timer and was very excited.

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It was a great time. Candy and I had to leave early, as did several other gals because of the storm – not just threatening, but also actually happening. The second half of our four-hour drive home was with nasty visibility and not-nice roads. But Candy was driving and she is an excellent driver, so I was not nervous and she got us home safely.

Here is a list of the girls that were there – maybe you know some of them!

Marie and Kelly - Groton, SD
Rose, Deb and Andrea - Aberdeen, SD
Annikki - Frederick, SD
Christi - Barrett, MN
Diane - Slayton, MN
Shay - Lake Benton, MN
Marty - Sioux Falls, SD
Connie and Candy - Storden, MN

It was a beautiful weekend. It was a beautiful day today. You have a beautiful day.

Kelly and sister Christi

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Thursday, April 02, 2009

I love surprises …

Especially when I am the one that does the surprising and especially when it comes together.

Norm and I went up to the Cities on Friday to see Joy and her family. Joy and Ken knew we were coming but Bitty and Bubba did not. Normally I will just open the door and holler but this time I rang the doorbell. I should have had my camera out for the looks on their faces as the girls opened the door.

After the excitement of our surprise wore off a little bit, I had Joy and the girls show me the rearrangements that they have been doing in their bedrooms. I kept the three of them busy while Norm brought in the second surprise, mostly for Joy. We decided to give Joy one of my spinning wheels.

Joy and the girls have been using a small antique wheel of mine that is difficult to spin on for any length of time. Joy has been “nagging” me to give her one of my wheels. After she had a dream that my knee became infected and it had to be amputated, I thought maybe her thoughts were going into strange places. She told me that the dream turned out well because I gave her a wheel.

So when the girls came into the family room and saw the wheel, they thought it was because I had brought it for me to spin on (fat chance for a while). I don’t know who was more excited when we said “Happy Easter!”

So, now I have some pictures of the girls and the wheels. Bitty has been spinning on wheels for some years, but Bubba has been spinning on a spindle because she wasn’t ready for a wheel. But she did try the new wheel (an Ashford Traveler) and was doing rather well. Guess it might turn out that the family ends up with three spinning wheels in the future (but no more of MINE!).




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On Saturday, it was a nice enough day so that Norm and the girls did some wood chipping and I went out for a few small walks on level ground.



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Sunday, Ken took us all out to Norm’s favorite place, Old Country Buffet before we headed home.

It was a great weekend, full of fun and love and beautiful children.


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Can you see the glass thermometer in the picture?
Each little glass ball goes up or down according to the temperature.
I love it! (Wish it were mine!)

Monday was Pain and Torture day. After a long weekend and long hours in the car, it WAS pain and torture. Plus a storm was coming in.

Tuesday was cataract day. So after the surgery, I spent most of the day sleeping.

Wednesday was check-up for the eye and a little bit of shopping in town, plus delivering eggs to customers.

Today is Pain and Torture, again, and now packing. Candy and I are going to South Dakota for a craft weekend. Candy is taking her spinning wheel; I plan on borrowing a triangle loom to weave a shawl with some wool that I spun several years ago. We will leave about noon tomorrow and come home Saturday night. This is at the
South Dakota Natural Colored Wool Studio. I have been promising to pop over and visit for years and this year, finally, the timing is right! Candy will be driving but we will take my van, as it is newer and in better shape than her van.

It is a beautiful day today – the April Fool’s snow is gone and it’s almost forty degrees out. You have a beautiful day, a beautiful weekend.