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Friday, August 26, 2011


Helen is one of the residents at CVM and is Mom's friend in putting puzzles together.
When Mom is gone she misses her, which is very nice, I think. They were sitting at the same table when we came with the cake...playing a game with all the rest of the residents. Nice to have friends even at 90!!

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Happy Birthday Mom...90 years..

Mom is 90 years old today.....when I was down in Iowa to take her to visit Freda, one evening after supper Vivian surprised Mom with a cake!!! Then on the Saturday before her birthday all of us kids and some of the grands and great-grands met at CVM to celebrate her birthday.

We did this at tea time and there was plenty of cake to share with everyone. Mom has a special friend there..her name is Helen ....they do puzzles together and wherever Mom is gone she really misses her...sad that Mom doesn't so much because of her short term memory loss. Mom is always missed when she is away.

cake at Wendell's house

at CVM

Jenae, Janna, Peter, Sydney, Brant
me and Mom

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

"little people"

A while back I found, on CL some garden "people" that I knew my sister would Kayla and I made the trip to get them....and I was able to keep the secret til I went to MN....when I got there the family was all gone so I was able to just put them by her pond.....when she came home it was dark but she still noticed them...she came in wondering if they were really for her!!!

kissing Dutchman and his Frau

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Produce Auction

We went with a pickup and car to an auction three and a half hours away.... Janna had never been there...but it is where Kerry goes to buy produce to sell...Laura and Evan had been there and Laura was the buyer...also along we Glenn and Jenae, Issac and Alyssa.

There were lots of different things to buy...tomatoes,peppers if different kinds, muskmelons, watermelons, mums and my favorite was purple fountain grass.

This was put on mostly by Amish and Mennonite people.....interesting to watch them and try to figure who is who..

We also went to a local store...lots to look at and buy...material and lots of books that I would like to read...

the load...

purple fountain grass

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

visiting Aunt Freda

A. Freda is fighting cancer and has been staying at her brother and sis-in-law's home while getting treatment...she was done with the first part and was just starting the last part when she started running a fever... Mom wanted to go see her so I was able to take her down to visit...we left Worthington after meeting on Sunday and got there around 4:30...later that evening U. Wendell and I went to the hospital to visit her....she is very frail but very clear in her mind... Bernice is there to spend a little time with her..

Freda, Mom, and Bernice

With her bonnet on Freda reminded me of a little Dutch maiden!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Chain of Lakes...Waupaca

All of the family took a day to enjoy the Chain of Lakes...we rented a pontoon boat and a jet ski for the day. We tour the lakes and them found a nice place to stay and swim and play in the water. They used the jet ski for rides and for pulling tubes. That was the highlight of the day...some of us ... like Terry and I did not try that...guess Chris didn't either.. I stayed on the boat and watched and got some sun.

getting ready to tube

Terry and I relaxing

having fun!!!

Mason would not give up until he couldn't go anymore...fell asleep in Mommy's arm in the water!!

Emily and Kayla off for a ride..

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

sweet corn

Chris planted a garden with his friend Kevin....we've been waiting for the sweet corn and now it is ready!!

Here are some pictures of us doing it....we boiled the cobs for 4 minutes and then cooled them is ice water for 4 minutes and then cut if off the cob.

ready for cooking

cutting it off the cob
Mason sat at the counter for over 2 hours while we did this..

he tried it out and played with it with his John Deere tractor!!

ready for the freezer bags!!

Saturday, August 6, 2011



This year Shawn is in football....and of course Mason needs to be involved too. Mason stays home when Shawn goes to practice....but he would like to be there.

another day of sewing...

We really kept at the sewing in spite of the bobbin giving me fits....I took two pair of jeans for the girls and made them into short, one long and then Erin made most of the pink skirt in the was a favorite of hers!!! We made two more skirts out of the simple pattern I got....did not have time to sew pj's from the other pattern I got..

The girls had fun playing with Mason...even got some babysitting in!!! One day Korrye and Bailey were over and they played on the slip and was hot but not as hot as earlier.

Erin's favorite worn two ways!! or three!!

slip and slide down the hill

summer time fun!!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

our first day of sewing

Emily and Erin came to spend a few days with me....I'm to teach them sewing...Erin wanted to make a skirt so we worked on the that and she got it done with help and it even fits and she really likes it...mistakes and all. It was a new I made a few it has been a while since I've sewn...really should read the pattern first..

Emily wanted to make an outfit for her American Girl I was showing her how to cut out the pattern and then how to sew it most of it done...but I decided to learrn how to make buttonholes with my machine...and I'm not getting how it's done....still working on it.

In the evening Chris went to watch Shawn practice Erin was babysitting Mason....Emily helped pick up the house it would be fresh and clean for a new day....

Granny and Erin


Erin modeling her skirt.

Emily waiting her turn....She was also the photographer..

Door County Wisconsin

Monday, August 1st Elaine, Marilyn and I made a trip to Door County for the day....on the way up to the tip we decided we wanted to go to Washington Island....which is off the "thumb" of Wisconsin. We took the ferry over which is a twenty minute ride and then when on the island we took a "train" tour of the island.

the ferry taken at Washinton Island

me,Elaine, Marilyn

enjoying the breeze!!