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Reinforcements are here today!!! September 1, 2013

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Teh oldest Brat #1 arrived last night amid storms and other excitement.

We got up early and took a ride to see Mike; he was still groggy from sleep aid given the night before~we ate some lunch and day with him a while longer…he finally told us to get going. I hated leaving him like that, but he still needs much rest…

Time to call it a night; tomorrow is Rug Cleaning Day!



CJ comes to visit May 27, 2013

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My Firstborn daughter came up from IN to stay for the weekend; it sure was nice having her here!
After our 9th visit to St. Luke’s with Hubs, I needed some long overdue hugs and CJ time.
We spent Saturday inside and out on the deck, just enjoying each others company. For dinner I fixed oven fried chicken, mashed potatoes for hubs, and brown rice and broccoli for us. Then I popped a pan of brownies in the oven for dessert. I had to run next door to left Jo and Ed’s dog Wigeon, out to potty. I found more Shooting Star flowers and snapped a quick pic.

On Sunday CJ and I hopped in the truck with Igor in tow, and took a ride to Kutter H-D in Janesville, to see if we could find her a trailer hitch cover. We scored a nice chrome cover and a cute HD 110th Anniversary T for Rhonda 🙂
We got back just after noon, got Mike some lunch and his meds, then got the bike out and took CJ for a ride to Burlington for a Blue Cheese burger at the Sci-Fi Cafe where she got to meet Mary Sutherland and experience her unique store. The ride was excellent, and I got the biggest HUG when we finally pulled in the driveway!

For dinner I fixed oven juicy thick-cut pork chops, more mashed potatoes for hubs, and brown rice and broccoli for us. I made mini pumpkin custard pies topped off with whipped cream, for dessert.


I got a couple pictures of my beautiful granddaughter Rhonda-isn’t she an angel! 0:)



CJ heads back to IN this afternoon; the house will definitely have a void in it.
As the end of another month comes to a close, we come to our final countdown to June 15th for Mike to go on the liver transplant list. Then the real wait begins…

Snow in June…. June 9, 2011

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The weather has been pretty stinky for the last week, with temps in the upper 90’s; it even topped 100 by 4:30 pm. So, rumblestorms were a Given. They didn’t disappoint us.
@FOX6Weather wanted Tweet Peeps to post storm-related stories and pictures, which inspired my blog muse today.


I’m keeping in touch with DD34 frequently as her Kitteh, Kiki is apparently on a steady decline in health. Kiki is 13 years old, which is not seriously old, when we hear of other people’s cats living into their 20’s. Kiki is just a frail child, by nature and so her days are now spent sitting quietly in the same room as CJ, content to just be…
Kiki followed CJ outside today and She got this neat shot of Teh Tube Cat

We hope her remaining days are peaceful and that when she goes to see Ceiling Cat in Kitteh Hebin, they will have good things to talk about. We love you, Sweet Girl XOXO

Teh Babeh’s Birthday Bash February 24, 2011

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Looky what I got today!! My Amarylis in bloom, 10th year running.

My older daughter, her husband, Mother-in-Law and their 2-year old daughter came up this weekend, and we celebrated Baby Rhonda’s second birthday. She takes center stage in the middle of the dining room table as she opens one of her presents:

I received sad news yesterday, from a dear knitting buddy; her father has been diagnosed with lung cancer.

I had to go through the pain and suffering with my own dad, back in 2000. While I go about my day-to-day activities and try live a normal, productive life, I thought I had put it all away, all the pain, anguish, feeling of helplessness to do anything, yet this brought it all back out in plain view again. I feel helpless to do anything but be a good listener, and hope I can help her through this; she will be going through some very stressful days ahead. When I got up and began my morning ritual, I could think of nothing else. There is so much that goes through a person’s mind, when they have to come to terms with the reality of our mortality. Time stands still for just a moment, long enough for us to believe in wishing on a star, just this once, to ask for a miracle that will give us a little more time together, with those we love.

I’ve learned through the loss of a loved-one, that the time we do have here on Mother Earth is a gift and we are obligated to share it with everyone around us, because one day, we’ll be just a memory to someone else, and what we leave behind will be our legacy for shaping their futures. You choose your own path in life, and every step you take creates a ripple that flows out from your center, to everyone around you. How firmly you walk determines how far that ripple will reach others.

Sam and Laurena Ranelli
My Dad, in Garage World, listening to the S.F. Giants on his transistor radio
Me and Mom, two giddy girls, peas in a pod

I am determined that what I leave behind will not be measured by tangible things, because I am not a piece of furniture. I am soul and spirit, and I will continue to be, even after my body dies, when I will become like a ripple on the surface of still waters for someone else.

Book Reviews and other up-coming reading
I can’t wait to read Troy Taylor‘s next book coming out soon: Suicide and Spirits, the first book ever written with cooperation from Lemp family descendants and features previously untold stories about the family, as well as rare photographs, detailing life among the tragic, St. Louis elite! Learn of the myths and misconceptions that have plagued the Lemp story as the real story as revealed in a way that only Troy Taylor can tell it!

Available to Order Starting February 25!

I once spoke with a relative who was living in Hannah House Indianapolis during a visit, back in the 90’s. The part of the whole Haunted House tour that really wigged me out was the basement, where the fire took the lives of several refugee slaves. I still get a chill when I recall that. Someone may have written a book about that; note to Self: Look up Indianapolis legends and tales of spirits.

I’m reading Death in a Prairie House, by William R. Drennan, the story of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin murders, right now; it’s pretty good, so far. I’m getting into the historical stuff that precedes the murders-I hear the second half is morbidly grotesque, when they get into the details of the murders. But I can sorta see how the Locals would have contempt for a person like that, back then….bringing his paramour to live in such a fine house as he had built for her, Taliesin, with a family back home and all…

Time to rejoin the living-DH is hollering for me to bring up a Coke when I get done blogging my life’s story~ 😛

This Little Light of Mine, I’m Gonna Let It Shine March 17, 2010

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(R)Honda’s new lamp for her bedroom arrived today~Mommy loves it and I think Baby Girl does too 😀

Today was a GLORIOUS St. Paddy’s day~ the sun shined down on us, warming the temps to the lower 60’s. It was a perfect day for a walk with Igor, so leash and plastic pooh-bag in hand, we headed out.

A flock of Sand Hill Cranes circled overhead, a cacophony of happy birds looking for new nesting spots, and returning couples ready to setup housekeeping at familiar nesting sites. The pond still has a thin glaze of ice left over from long winter months, a family of Canadian geese lounged on the edges waiting for a break. Soon, the pond will be alive with the sounds of bullfrogs, peepers, cranes and geese. We’ll enjoy an occasional Painted turtle as it crosses the road to find a nesting site down in the reeds.

Life begins anew in our little corner of the world, as we celebrate Spring with a jig in our step and a song in our hearts. ♥

We topped of our day with a Corned beef on pumpernickel rye, sauerkraut, aged Swiss and a healthy dollop of 1000 island dressing, griddle pan-fried, and a side of boiled buttered potatoes.

Sporting The Baby Turtleback March 3, 2010

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This hat is for the oldest of the April Girls, hope she likes it, it’s named for her. I’ve learned not to expect to hear one way or the other.

So I will model the hat….not that I like taking my own pix, just saying….

Heavenly Fireworks Hat

I got to speak with my older daughter on Skype today! We have pictures of Baby Turtleback ~ Skype + dark room + not-so-great shot, but I’ll take what I can get~

The Baby Turtleback fits with room to spare! Not bad for long-distance guesswork!

We had a riot playing Patty Cakes together via web-cam. Rhonda’s attention held longer than the last time we attempted this, and we had a riot! Igor even got in the picture when he heard us playing, and you should have seen her eyes light up when she saw the Doggy! I do believe she remembers him and gets the biggest grin on her face when he comes into the room, just like when they were here back in November.
I’ve got a renewed confidence now, from seeing how this actually fit her. It looked so small when I packed it up to send off in the mail.

Back to work, I am making yet another hat, this one for…..to be announced.

Look out, Danica, there’s a New Indy 500 Champ on the Horizon! January 16, 2010

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Just a quick update on Baby Girl, with a new picture to share~

The Kiddo is going to be 1 year old in about 4 weeks, I can’t believe how fast the time has gone since I last got to hold her, new from the hospital.That was the longest 2 months of my entire life, until they were able to release her and I could make the trip south to finally get to see and hold her.

Zooom, Baby!

She is just about the cutest little thing, always has a smile on her face!

Watching the Indianapolis Colts vs. Baltimore Ravens Playoffs. I’m fannin the Colts,and they are charging ahead, 17- 3 in the 3rd quarter… OMG. RAVENS INTERCEPT A THROW, RUN FOR 40, TACKLED AND FUMBLE>>>COLTS POSSESSION!

I’m nearing the end of the 3rd Woodland Lace Doily-this time it’s for D. I should just do the entire alphabet, LOL!

A few weeks ago, I ran out of the green just 9 dtb’s from the last green row, and was lucky enough to get the last ball at WalMart yesterday-same dye lot even, and I bought the original ball back last Summer~

I love this color, and plan to make one for myself next.

Woodland Ferns and Lace Doily

Pattern from South Maid Book 364, Special Doilies For Special Times

Back tothe Playoffs,


Visit with Teh Babeh and Wrist-ies©, Part 1 November 21, 2009

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Mommy, Baby and Gal-Pal arrived at about 4:30 on Thursday evening, just as dusk was settling. They made it in under 5 hours, without incident and only minor road construction along 294.

I fixed a freezer-full of French Bread Pizzas, we had way more than enough.

Rhonda sure has grown,  what a cutie!

Rhonda and CJ Nov. 09

We went for a ride to Sorg’s for a little taste of Wisconsin cheeses, meats, sausage sticks, beef jerky, brats, pies, frozen vegetables, and award-winning sausages,  and of course, a little scenery for the Out-of-Towners. Rhonda was a hit at the Deli counter, got all kinds of looks from the ladies behind the counter!

Sorg’s is located in Darien, WI. Family-owned since 1943 and everything is done on-site. Located on US-14 1/8 mile south of the intersection of 14, WI-11, and WI-89. Mon-Friday 8 am -5 pm, Sat. 8 am-4 pm. phone:  262-742-5554

Friday night, CJ started to put together the Door County Breakfast Casserole, but discovered after the sausage was fried and all the Cheddar cheese was grated,  we didn’t have enough milk. So, we put that off for the next day.

Saturday, CJ and her GF went out for a bit to go grab some essentials at Walgreens, and picked up more milk for the Breakfast Casserole. Later that night, I finished putting the casserole together and baked it up for Sunday morning. I fixed Chicken and Rice for dinner, so with the oven already heated up, the casserole was done in an hour.

Sunday we hung out and lounged in our sweats, watching bad TV. I finished the first of my Mail Lady fingerless gloves (not to be confused with Wristies®) Thank you, Susan Gregory :  http://www.wristies.com/ for pointing out this amazing, albeit remote similarity~

Mail Lady Wristie-Cuffs©

Monday, the girls took a road trip to The House on the Rock, in Spring Green, WI. I stayed home and watched baby, she was such a joy to keep, didn’t fuss at all. She took a couple short naps, and slept through the night until they got up to leave on Tuesday morning. By 8:45 am, they were on the road back to IN.

The time went by too fast, as it always seems to do when family comes to stay, never long enough.

Rhonda Nov. 09

*Disclaimer: The use of the word “wristie” is generic to mass media and is not affiliated with a business or article for sale for profit in this or any blog under my name. “Wristie-Cuffs©” should not be confused with “Wristies®”, a registered trademark of http://www.wristies.com

Back to me knitting…


Hello, October! There’s Halloween Fun on the Horizon~ September 30, 2009

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Hello, it’s Hump Day, the week is half-over. The month is over and we’re on our way toward Halloween Fun!

I’m in flannels and a fleece vest, brrrrrrrrrr.  It has gotten really chilly here, is only 43 at the current time of 9:15pm. It started getting dark around 6pm….well, the shadows became much longer and the front held that mysterious glow of pre-dusk. The sun is lower in the sky, past the trees to the south of us.  I didn’t get to take Igor for his afternoon walk, work kept me inside tonight. But I’m glad to be finally caught up.

We had a good day, finished posting the last of the orders exactly at 9pm. 5 minutes later, here I am 😀

I’m still working on the LumberJill Socks, almost ready to turn the heel on the first one. I’m not getting far very fast, but haven’t had time to work on them as diligently as I’d like.  We’re expecting my older DD and Baby (R)Honda to make the trip up around Oct. 22, after speaking with her today on Skype. I got to see Miss GigglePuss, who happily bounced on Mommy’s lap while gumming a pink Accent Highlighter (lid on) and dribbling on her keyboard (at least it’s not mine she’s dribbling all over hehee!!!)

And I’m going to get started on some Baby Leggings, and try to have them done by the time CJ arrives later this month…whew, I dunno, it’s gonna be a close one. I’ll get what I can done, and can always mail them to her later…

Hope you’re having a nice day, cya tomorrow!

Skype-Babeh! September 16, 2009

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Two Giggleheads!

Two Giggleheads!

CJ called on Skype tonight, we chatted for over 30 minutes! Baby (R)honda bounced all over her lap, her attention drawn to some unseen object on the desk out of visual range of the camera-but for a second I got her to see me, and the end result was priceless,  a Kodak Moment 😀