Friday, October 20, 2017

October reflections.........

This is such a beautiful time of year. It's my favorite time of year, cool crisp mornings, the beautiful colors of the leaves.

This weekend is MEA weekend. The kids are off from school Thursday and Friday. When I was young, that meant that my mom and I traveled to Illinois to see my Grandma. She lived in a tiny, tiny home, but it was her home and I loved it. I loved traveling down there because the trees were so pretty. My mom and I would stop halfway and eat lunch, then make it to grandma's by mid afternoon.

When I had my daughter I stopped going for a while, then the three of us started going to Grandma's. It was still as special as always.  Unfortunately my son never got the chance to visit Great Grandma's house.

While we were down there, my moms cousin would bring us boxes of chocolates for Sweetest Day. I had never heard of it until he started bringing chocolates when we were there!

Grandma's house was always such a special place to be. There were a couple family reunions there.

Sometimes it's fun to have the memories, and to think about the visits.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A year later............

Well, it's been a year now that my mom has died. Still so much to do. I miss her everyday.
I closed out her estate on Saturday. That is done now, and I am thankful for that.
I still have half a garage of her belongings to go through. I will do that this spring and summer. My
daughter will help me with that. But it's still hard to go through her belongings. I feel as though I am
intruding on her privacy. It makes me sad.

My arm is almost fully healed. It still hurts sometimes.
My husbands knees are doing well!
My boy is doing well in his new school.
My daughter is doing well.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

An update

I haven't posted for so long. I'm still so sad about my mom. It's been almost a year. Her belongings take up half of my garage. My daughter and I tried to sort through her stuff, but it was too hard, maybe this summer I'll be able to do it.

My husband had both his knees replaced in December. He had them done one week apart. He is back to work this week!! He's done very well with the recovery.

In between his surgeries, I broke my arm. It was just awful. We both felt helpless to help eachother. My daughter came out for a short visit and she brought my son back to her place for a visit over Christmas time.

My daughter had surgery in December too!! She is finally feeling better and is back in school. I recently went to visit her and had a wonderful time.

My son has changed schools. He is going to a public school. He went through months of testing and there are services he needs that his private school couldn't accommodate. He's adjusted well, he's been there about a month. He will be a teenager on March 4th! Hard to believe.

I couldn't crochet for 5 long weeks, but I've been able to pick it back up with only occasional pain. But my arm is not fully healed yet. It will come. I can finally use my hand for most things now. I have a lot of crochet to post, but I'll do that later!

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Jacob Wetterling

 I posted about Jacob Wetterling in the past. The other post is linked below.

Today, there is news that at long last,  Jacob has been located and identified through his dental records.

My heart aches for his family.  Not knowing all these years where Jacob was, or what happened to him.

Now they have answers. And hopefully they will have closure.

I am glad we all know now.

Friday, May 13, 2016


My sweet mom died on April 24, 2016. I am so sad. Losing a dad is hard but losing a mom is a
million times harder.  

It's just the most awful thing I have ever been through. Going through her stuff feels like I am invading 

her privacy and snooping. It's a horrible feeling.
Mom had not been well for a while, and I brought her to the Dr. on a Wednesday for results of an echo

on her heart. The cardiologist sent her right to the hospital. The wonderful doctors got her fixed up in 

the hospital, but really, it was only a band aid.  She had congestive heart failure and kidney failure.  The doctor told me and one of my brothers that she likely would not make it til her birthday in July.  

She wasn't ready to die right then anyway. She was sent to rehab to gain strength and she died in rehab. 

I was fortunate enough to be with her when she drew her last breath, and all of my siblings and sister-

in laws and nieces and nephews were able to visit with her.

I am just so sad.......

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Word Cloud

Circle of shoes.........

These are the six pairs of handmade shoes I have. The top three were made for me and the bottom three are the pairs that I made!


These are my new purple shoes! I made them the first week of February. The class was supposed to be

held at Northhouse Folk School  but there were not enough students so it was cancelled. I traveled out

to New Hampshire to Cordwainer shoes to make these shoes.  I have taken two of the workshops at

Northhouse, and this was to be the third. I had such a good time at the shop. I was able to see all the

tools and equipment that are used in making shoes.  And I got to see the wall of leather. There were

just two students and it was very relaxing.

I wanted to make purple shoes and I did. I have a sweater to match these shoes perfectly.

Baby blankets.....

These are two blankets I made for my niece who is having a second baby girl any day!

The purple is made with Bernat Babys breath. It's a bulky yarn and it turned out beautifully.

The little purple blanket it made of fleece that I crocheted around the edge.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Blankets etc........

This is a scarf I made for my Great Niece Isabel. She is just two but she loves the blankets I crocheted

 for her. I made this with Red Heart yarn.

This Pink blanket is made for my friend Lisa, for a friend of her. I worked with Lisa at the VA for three

 years and taught her how to crochet. But she is busy so she asked me to make one for her. I made it

with Bernat baby yarn and it is so soft!!