Archive for July, 2010

Just the Dogs

and a friend.

The other night it was cute to see Nina laying down outside.  I found it odd she was in the driveway instead of the lawn.

And then I saw she had a soft, furry friend.  Phil said Nina even took the friend to bed (in the barn) with her that night.  😉

So as not to feel left out, here’s Molly —

Molly goes up & down the basement stairs best with me this summer so I guess we are friends.  She usually wants in all. the. time.  If she is outside when I am outside, she makes a quick beeline to the door so as to get in when I go back in.

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On My Mind

These thoughts started formulating during a radio program I got in on about 15 mins of this afternoon.  Now my version….  😉

I thought back to my junior yr of high school when Dad came up from working on the furnace and asked me to get him a band-aid.  I did but then I drove him to the ER since his “owie” was WAY beyond the band-aid level.  (Phil tries that trick too…. )  At least I could help until Mom got home from work.  (She had to come to the ER as I had a football game (I was in the band!!) that night.

When Dad was out here in the fall helping Phil with the harvest, it frequently was over his birthday.  I’d try to make the best of it and we’d have apple pie for him.

There was really nothing I could do when the doctor gave him the cancer diagnosis… so I turned it over to God.  I couldn’t help.  He could.

This week Dad got a “pass” on his treatment as his white blood count is low.  He had completed his 3 weeks of treatment and a week off last week so this week was to start cycle 2.  Maybe he can do that next week.

Meanwhile, we continue to pray.  But I also thank God for the peace He has given them (and me), for Bruce & Sue being there, and for so many that care for them.

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Not Mine

Saturday night was Phil’s 30th class reunion.  I’ve never been to my reunion (the second one is planned for next year for my class & I plan to go!) but I’m pretty sure my reunion won’t be like this one.    😉

(It was just a casual affair but at the same time I had to look better than the ones that wanted Phil but didn’t get him.  KWIM?  🙂 I pulled it off, even tho I’m in desperate need of a haircut!!)

The small town class reunion differences hit me after supper while they were chatting around the tables and reminiscing as a group.  Forty percent of them still live in this same town where they all went to school!  They had 47 in their graduating class and 20 of them were at the reunion.  (Along with some spouses, the group on Saturday totaled 40.)

But with the whole small town feel to it, I found it interesting that they were even sharing grade school memories.  Most of them went all the way through school together!  They talked about their grade school principal and the second grade teacher just as much as their class advisor & senior trip!   They had a yearbook from their second grade there (all grades were included in the yearbook) so had fun looking at those pictures.

(sorry I had a hard time getting a good picture with a low-level camera in the dark room!!)

Phil & Steve

Steve wasn’t in Phil’s class/school but they grew up doing a lot together and are friends still today.  (Steve runs the Bridge ministry where Phil volunteers, too.)   Steve’s wife was the main organizer of the reunion and these two are always glad to see each other!

Phil, Jerry, & Mike enjoying the second grade yearbook.

I know a lot of the others in his class so it isn’t like I don’t know anyone.  Again… the whole small town thing.  Plus I’ve lived here 27 yrs and have heard plenty about his high school days.

Thankfully we didn’t have storms while we were gone and the water has continued to drain.  Our lawn is still quite squishy which surprises me.  Phil would like his gravel back but a load of new gravel was delivered here today.

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We, but especially JP, have been fully cultured for the new decade. (It doesn’t take much!  😉  )

As part of JP’s summer college class, he needed to attend a concert or more.  The grandparents attend the closer park concerts nearly every Sunday so they took him to one of those last week.

Then I found a few offerings in the next bigger town an hour away.  He chose the Tuesday night performance of the Concert Band at their park.   We headed out and arrived quite easily!

We found good seats on the provided benches and we all felt young!!  😉

It is such a nice location, nestled in the woods near the downtown!

The conductor for the concert was from an area high school and brought back 2 of his students for solos.  JP & I were glad to be in front of the percussion section and were quite impressed!!

It was actually fun  🙂  and maybe I could convince Phil to go again!

Last Thursday, JP went to another local concert with the grands.  This one was a youth symphony of mostly homeschooled students and he is doing his final paper on that.  The other concerts (if he writes an essay on them) can go for extra credit.

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Flood of 2010

We had 6″+ of rain on Thursday night – Friday morning.  Then Friday night – Saturday morning we had more.  Much more.  I’d estimate another 6″ but it is hard to get a reading and most places don’t measure and report for our town.

Our power only went on & off several times, never staying off for long.  However, JP was trying to finish and submit a paper last night so moved to our computer with the battery back-up.  It just poured!  Lots of thunder & lightening too.

About 9:30 this morning, we took a tour from our house, south & east.  We found —

The force of the water rushing out of the creek banks flattened grass & shifted logs & limbs.   I’ll post the pictures smaller like this but you can click on them and see them larger.

Debris on top of the bridge tells us the water was over the bridge edge and across the road during the night.  (this is Grandpa’s road)  Phil says he would have loved to been able to see this.  I’m not so sure….

Water covered the road….

One mile south of us and then just to the right we found the water had wiped out the road!  JP hopped in the hole and he was lower than the road at his 5′ 8″ when standing on the tube.  Plus there is a 12″ curb of gravel at the edge so a foot of road had already washed away.

Were you wondering why your phone didn’t work this morning?  The rest of the line is at the bottom of the tube.  Oopsie!   (Just now after 1 p.m. we saw a twp dump truck go down the road so maybe they’ll put up a sign.  ha!)

Some of the washed area past the washed-out road.


South of the small town to the east of us.   Two of the 4 ways in are flooded.

Our highway near the small town SE of us.

The only church there… I think tomorrow’s lesson is on Noah’s preparation.  There were several vehicles there with lots of pumps running.

The other side of where the highway splits… this water was very near the point of coming over the highway.

Now these people have a bigger pool in the backyard.  There are 2 calves up by the barn trying to find ground to stand on.


The current was strong enough to move these rocks from the tube under the highway.

~~ back to our place…

Our waterway east of the house.  Normally there is no water here, just grass.

The other side of the tree shows it took out just a bit of soybeans.

And some rocks were carried from the other side of the highway to here as well.

We are safe & fine.  Thankful for the house up on the hill.  The water is filling in the cut-out area where the water pump sits in the basement but hasn’t overflowed.  So we lent our dehumidifier to one with a wet basement and pray for those with so much damage.

ETA: This just borrowed from a friend.  This is from the bigger town north of us.

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First Market

Saturday I attended my first farmer’s market!  It was so much fun!!

I left here at 5:40 a.m. (argh!!) and met up with 3 others and left Lori’s at 6 a.m.  About 1/2 hr later we added another vehicle and 3 more friends to our trip.

The seven of us had SO much fun!  It was funny to be in Madison, walking the capitol square, before 8 a.m.!

I found this sign outside a coffee shoppe’ but really thought they were describing me…

The farmer’s market was HUGE and full of goodies!

Each side of the square is 2 blocks and every space of the 8 blocks was packed.  Packed with things to buy on the tree-lawn and packed with people on the sidewalks.

I think I took this picture (above) on our first lap.  By the second time around it was much more crowded.

The displays were gorgeous!  (This pic is borrowed from Lori as I thought my camera was playing the dead battery game again.  If it was, it revived later…)

Even gorgeous bouquets were available!  I got pulled in and bought a bunch thinking they’d be nice for the refreshment table at guild on Monday.  However, they didn’t like the ride home so were 😦 by Monday.

I bought:

  • 4 herb plants for $1 each   🙂
  • 1 huge head of cauliflower for $2
  • 1 huge head of cabbage for $1.50
  • fresh cheese curds which neither Phil nor I have ever had $4.75  :\
  • 3 zukes for $1
  • 2 heads of fresh garlic for $1  (I’ve only used dried cloves so what do you suggest I use these in?)
  • a bunch of green onions for $1

I was quite pleased with what I found.

We left the market just after 11, dripping hot & tired of walking!  Thankfully Shelly had led us to a close parking garage where we unloaded and packed our goodies into coolers.

Shelly led us through a mountain of road construction to a restaurant on the UW campus that overlooks a lake.  Our table on the terrace in the shade was PERFECT for our lunch!

Lori also took this great picture —

The metal chairs were so cute they also had jumbo chairs so we took another group picture there —

L – R: Judy, Ami, Lucinda, me, Lori, Sue, & Shelly

We stopped at Whole Foods for a few things and then were home by 3:30.   I quickly trimmed the flowers, ate, and showered as Phil & I were sub greeters for the early service so headed back out the door by 4:15.  Whew!  Saturday was so much fun and we are still enjoying the yummies I found there.

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First Class

I had my first Beginning Fabric Dyeing class on July 9 and it was so much fun!!

We had a perfect morning to be outside in the shade.   I hung some of my hand-dyed pieces on a clothesline between 2 trees.  The gentle breeze was perfect!

I had a table out for supplies we’d need and they could use it for mixing if they didn’t want to work from their lawn chair or the ground.

Nine students came for the morning.

I loved having the class and received happy comments back as well.  Plus I learned a few things to help work out the kinks.

Nina & Molly enjoyed the cool of the basement but Nina was glad to hang out with me while I gathered supplies that afternoon to take back to the basement.

The next class, Beginning Fabric Dyeing, will be here on Friday, August 13, 2010 from 9 a.m. – 11:30 (or so).  A few would like to take the class again and that is totally fine!   I have created a page at the top above our picture for the class information.

Send me an email (jmquilts AT gmail.com) or a Facebook message to let me know you’d like to come and I’ll put you on the list.  Class is limited to 12.  Raindate is Saturday, August 14, 2010.

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