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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

An Awesome Potter

Just so you didn't catch the website for my friend who is a potter I will list it again here. Please check it out. Not that she needs the business, They are worrying about how to ever retire, they keep so busy and it is not the kind of business that you just sell or pass on to the kids, unless they have the talent.

Go there!! and you will learn why the iron and the lace. Sort of gives me chills.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

back from Ia.

What a great weekend!! Brother and I drove up to Ia. on Sat to go to he high school alumni. Man what a room full of gray headed people. Not many there from my class as it was an in between year. Brother had a good time as there were 28 from his class. Got to go to the historic village of Bentonsport on Sun. and hung out with an "old" friend that I grew up with. There was a weekend craft show going on so ran into other people that I knew. My friend and her husband have a place called Iron and Lace, She is a potter and he is a blacksmith. They are the real thing and do wonderful work. Came back on Sun. Rained off and on but was a safe drive and good time for a road trip with little brother.

Go to Betty's web site and see what wonderful stuff she does, oh, and
Bill too! You won't be sorry.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Holiday Weeked

I rarely travel over a holiday but my brother and I are leaving Sat AM and headed to Ia. to spend the weekend. It is his class reunion and I am going with him, then visit some family, and on Sun there is a festival thing at a local little town that should be fun. And will probably meet folks I know, music, crafts, and friends, can't beat that.

Big sister just got out of the hospital this week after going in to have a large "lump" removed from her inner thigh. It had started out as a marble size lump about 10 weeks ago and had gotten larger, I guess about orange size, and was quite painful. Everyone was surprised to find that it is malignant. She says they are sending the pathology to Mayo Clinic for testing as it is something rather rare. So we won't know for a week or so what the outcome of the tests and treatment plan will be.

Other big sister is getting ready to move down from KC this next week. So it will be good to have almost all of us living locally. Only big brother is still in NC.

I think I have mentioned that I have been selling books on e-bay. Usually I have done pretty good. Have sent 3 packages to Canada and had charged an extra fee for that. Well with all the new postal rates and all, I sent out a package with 8 hard back books, and it had to go priority mail {anything over 4#} Ended up the books that I sold for 25$ {which was a low bid to start with}plus 16$ for shipping, ended up costing me 30.50$ to ship!!! Guess I won't be shipping out of the country again.
I order books for people and it is outragous. I order a book for 50cents, then it is 3.99 for shipping. Then I have to charge a little fee for ordering and paying for the book on my account. So the customer ends up paying close to 7.00 for the book. But guess if it is something they really want they don't care.

Oh, and hubby got home Mon. Gee I almost forgot. Oops. Glad to have him home safe and sound. Now he can get in on this yard mowing thing! I was needing some help here. But life is good. Will post some pictures of my flower bed later, things are sure growing nice. Have a good weekend and be safe.

Friday, May 18, 2007

What's the Book Lady reading now?

Just finished reading a great book. I am into Nicholas Evans book The Smoke Jumper. What a good read. Of course its about these Montana fire fighters, about friendship, honor, bravery, and love. This was my book store read, so at home I am about to finish up the third Odd Thomas book by Dean Koontz, This one is called Brother Odd. I have enjoyed this series and think there is another one to come.
Before this I read Koontz book, Seize the Nnight, which I found out was the second of a set so now have to find the first one, Fear Nothing. They are about a guy that has a genetic disorder that prevents him from being in any light,called xeroderma pigmentosum. So he lives by the night and near his town is an abandoned military base that had been doing experiments and people are "changing". A fun book to read.

Hubby will be home on Mon. Wow, can't believe its been 7 weeks and was only to be 3. SIL is doing well at home and follow up Dr. apts are good. She she will continue to get PT and OT at home for awhile and a bath aide till she can safely shower alone. Looks like she will be getting moved in about 2 months. So crossing my fingers that nothing else happens.

Neighbor put in a cross fence with and electric webbing that is new to me and has let her neighbor across from her put her 2 horses and mini donkey in the small pasture that she has fenced off. It borders onto our fence where our donkeys and horse live. What a little rodeo watching them get acquainted. The little donkey is older than Flossy but much smaller as he is a miniature and he is very vocal. Has a very different bray than ours. And so darn cute. My horse thinks he is a wind up toy as he puts his head over the fence and noses his back, like "where's the Key?"
Will take some pictures this weekend. Have a good weekend.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

The Four Agreements

I am at a little of a loss for personal words so wanted to share something I believe is very important. If you want to check out this site. I read this wonderful little book a couple years ago. The Four Agreements and I just love the message. So just want to share today. The one that hits home from me the most is no. 2 Thanks for peeping today!

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1. Be Impeccable With Your Word
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.

2. Don't Take Anything Personally
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won't be the victim of needless suffering.

3. Don't Make Assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

4. Always Do Your Best
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

A pinch of this and a dab of that

Well, just when you think there is a plan things happen to make changes for you. As posted previously, we were going to put SIL on a plane the 21st and movers scheduled again for the 23rd and then hubby could come home. WELL, now the plan is that she will get out of the rehab hosp this Sat. Hubby will stay there one week, and she is staying for 90 days. Then he will have to drive back again and move her by the first of Sept. It really makes sense, she can get her rehab at home and continue to gain strength and mobility and follow up with her doctors there. She is a very determined little old lady and I think is wearing the therapists out!
Hubby is sure ready to come home. But next week he can get her stocked up on supplies she needs, they had about cleaned her freezer out. She has a couple friends who will check on her daily and will be getting an alert "I have fallen and can't get up" braclet to wear. Her house there is safer for her at this point, level access to back yard. In the mean time she has some work on the sunroom on her house here that can be completed before she gets here and it will also make it easier to go out into the back yard for her. So I think it will all work out.

In the mean time, I have been working on a surprise for hubby. The carpenter has been back to work at the house and the new kitchen counter, sink and faucets are going in as I type. Yippy. Really the surprise if for ME. Will post a picture when done. Ever see a black sink? At least it won't show coffee stains, right?

Got 1 1/2 in of rain last nite and lots of thunder. Having a city wide garage sale Fri and Sat. Been sorting out books to put out on a table in front of the store to sell for 25 cents. Maybe it won't get rained out. Sure have had a wet spring. Hay is getting tall. Will need baled about the time we can get dried out enough.

Well enough rattling on and on. Probably lost most of you back there after the first few lines, but I don't care, cause this is MY blog. Right??

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Little Hummer

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About Hummingbirds!

Just want to report something I heard on the news. With the freeze we got this spring in the midwest, there are going to be fewer natural flowers for our little humming birds. So folks get those feeders out if you haven't already. I have at least 15 to 20 buzzing around my 2 feeders. They are such a delight to watch.

I am sharing the info on mixing your own food for them. saves alot of money.

To each cup of water add 1/4 cup of white table sugar. Stir in a pan and bring to a boil. {boiling helps to slow fermentation}. allow the sugar solution to cool before filling your feeder. Extra nectar should be stored in the refrigerator. Do NOT use honey. Do NOT use any dye or coloring.

The little guys will find you. Poor things have been flitting around my xmas lights. NO we don't have them down yet! But what the heck, had company over the weekend and we turned them on and called them PARTY Lights! Worked for me.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007


Have been busy and not very inspired to write much. So just an update, SIL is still in rehab and working hard. Hope to get her out and to her home in a few more days. Then they can get the movers reschedule, and get a flight booked for her. Don't know if I mentioned, she has a friend who says she will fly back with her, then turn around and fly back home, same day. I thought maybe I could do that but it would make me a long day and driving home from the airport at midnight, over 2 hrs. If this other gal will do it, that would be great. Hubby is getting tired of being stuck in Carson City. Besides I miss him.
Had 2 good days to mow the yard and beyond so that is caught up, but with all the rain this week looks like I will be back at it next weekend. Put some tomato plants out and have flowers set out.
Had a creepy guy in the store today. He stopped in trying to sell me some books. Seems he used to have a book store, well I ended up hearing his life story. Kids worthless, in prison, on probation, or addicts. He lives on disability himself and looking for more help for himself. You know we need more good citizens like him. He must have weighed in at least at 300#, complained about his 500$ mo. payments on a honking big truck that had a tonto cover and he had a bunch of books in the back. I was pretty glad when he left. Besides my coffee had gotten cold!