Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween Action

Well, I'm not expecting many, if any, trick or treaters tonight, but I did have some little ones at the feeder today.

A new edition, make that ADDition

Big news here, I'm going to be a Great Aunt!

I have to admit, this is not the first time, in fact...when the new baby comes in May of 2009...I will be Great Aunt for the 20th time.

Kaija and Mike are expecting a baby in May. They have Charli and Milli who will be big sisters to the new babe.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

They're Here

The birds are starting to come to my feeders, yippee!!

I've been hoping to see some feathered friends, but it has taken a little while for the word to spread about free food in my backyard.

Today I had several Chickadees, a few dark eyed Juncos, a blue Jay and most exciting.................a female Cardinal.
Some of you know how jealous I've been of my Wisconsin friends and relatives when they have cardinals at their feeders in the winter. I got pretty excited when I saw that female cardinal in the tree today.
My priorities sure have changed since retirement!

The following are not my photos, but I am hopeful to take a few as the birds get used to me.


Dark Eyed Junco

Blue Jay

Female Cardinal

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Iowa & Anders

The trip to Iowa was great. Nice visit with Aunt Johanne & Uncle Thorvald, Uncle Chris & Mary Riber and fun staying with Dad & Ev for 3 nights. Lois and I even squeezed in a little shopping, both for cross stitch stuff in Des Moines and Amish baskets in Clarion, IA.

The unexpected route home includes a stay tonight in Durand to help Kris take care of Anders. Lora has an infection of her intestine and there was an ER visit in the middle of the night for Kris, Lora & Anders. These infections are becoming more common after post surgery antibiotics. Lora will be in the hospital for at least tonight so Lois has been tending Anders and I've been doing other minor house chores to stay busy. I'm not sure if we will go home tomorrow or Tuesday.
Here is a short video of Anders that I took on November 27th, 2008. He's a cutie. Even better, his Mom is back home from the hospital and feeling better!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Lois and I are headed to Iowa for the weekend to see Dad & Ev. This photo was taken at Gus's cabin a couple of weeks ago.
We will also be getting into Des Moines to see Aunt Johanne & Uncle Thorvald and Uncle Chris.

I'll update next week.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Lazy Day in Rice Lake

Well, not much news today. I continued to work on the office and emptied 2 more tubs. The end is really near on the tubs.

Just wanted to share a picture of great nephew Anders. He is wearing a cap that I knit for him. He's getting so big. He is almost 2 months old now.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Morning Sky

Just sharing a picture of the pretty morning sky today.

Yesterday was my great niece Linsey's graduation from high school party.

She is the first of the greats to reach that milestone. It was a nice party with yummy food, Krista has always been the good cook and now that she is doing some catering, it's all quite professional! It sure is nice to be close enough to go for the day.

I'm excited about Monday night football this week, it is the Broncos! First time to see them since the move. We usually only see the Green & Gold boys out of Green Bay or those nasty Vikings from Minnesota.

Go Broncos!

Thursday, October 16, 2008


Well, I have found a safe renter for my Dover House. Rosalie will be moving in sometime between now and November 1. I am delighted to have her as a renter as I was starting to worry about the house being empty during the winter months. So, if you drive by and see a car in the carport, it is not me, but Rosalie the Renter. I'm also going to take the house off the market until Spring. Hopefully by then, there will be a few more folks brave enough to buy houses.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Dirty Dozen

Well, after working most of yesterday & today in the office, organizing and unpacking tubs, I am down to only a dozen more tubs that need to be unpacked. Whew! The end is finally in sight. I am only a little sad that I did not do a final count of all the tubs that came off the truck prior to starting to give the empties away to family. Owell, I think there were 90 some tubs originally, so to be down to 12 is nearly a miracle.

Fall has really come to Rice Lake, the high is barely 60 and the lows are in the 3o's now. But, there are a couple of trees in my yard which are still showing some pretty nice color.

Now, if anyone needs any free leaves, just let me know. I can't even imagine how big the pile will be once I start raking.

Monday, October 13, 2008

It's Official

Out with the with the new!

Speaking of old...Twister Games & Eskimo Kisses at Gus's cabin. Jack & Gage played many games of twister over the weekend. Their sister Stella handed out an Eskimo kiss or two.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Leafy Pictures

It is a pretty sunny morning here and with a little dew on the leaves, I had fun taking a few pictures. For more pictures, click this link:

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

A few projects completed

Before: shiny gold light fixtures. After: rusty look fixtures. I'm happier.
Filled the bird feeders yesterday. No business yet, guess the word has not spread that there is free food at Johansens! This maple tree turned the prettiest color of yellow. This is the view out my kitchen window these days.
I got my temporary Wisconsin driver's license today too. Tried yesterday, but didn't have the right documents. I needed a power bill and either an original birth certificate or a valid passport. I was pretty happy that I was able to find both of those in all this moving chaos. I still have not organized the office. Also got plates for the car. Had to show the Colorado title for that one, again, after some digging, I was able to produce that as well. Tomorrow I will attempt to register to vote. Hopefully that goes well. I live in Stanely Township and the townhall is only open Wednesday evening and Thursday morning this week, and only for voter registration.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Walk about my yard

Nothing exciting today, just lounging, but took a little walk around my yard this morning and here are a few photos.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

I'm Swamped!

Well, there has not been much, make that any!, boredom here for me. Laila and Scott left Tuesday, I headed south on Thursday. I met LeAnna at her Mom's house in Waumandee. We celebrated her Mom's (Betty) birthday that evening. LeAnna whipped up a nice dinner in no time, I brought a birthday cake, it was a fun evening. Betty opened a few gifts and we had cake with ice cream.
Friday morning was chilly, I took this picture from Betty's driveway. The swamp witches must have been brewing lots of beer because the low areas were socked in.

From Waumandee, I headed for Durand to spend the night with Kris and Lora and 6 week old great nephew Anders Dakota. He's a little cutie.

Anders made his Daddy Kris feel real tired, but even while napping, Kris kept the food coming!I left Durand and stopped in Spring Valley to see Glenn & Kathy and scam a free lunch of homemade chicken soup & homemade beer bread. Yum.

While I was in Spring Valley I got treated to Alyxis's recent loss of another bottom tooth. She's a Jack O' Lantern look alike now! Did you know the tooth fairy pays in $10 increments these days?

The leaves on the way there were so pretty, just have to post a few more pictures here. This barn looks to have been painted by a Packer Fan at some stage of it's lifetime.

Go Badgers! Go Packers! Go Broncos!


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