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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Early to bed and early to rise–sometimes

So, what time do you get up in the morning?  I have to admit that it’s been a lot of years since I’ve had a “real” job where I needed to rise at a specific time.   As opposed to being the stay at home wife of a farmer.  And truthfully, that job consists of mostly – nothing.  Oh  sure, I used to work in the field during sugarbeet harvest but I’ve resigned, retired, and quit that position after last year’s harvest.  I’ve quit a number of times in the past without the desired result but I must have used my hidden assertive side this time and they believed me.  They hired another truck driver and my brother-in-law took my spot.  Harvest started last night (technically it  was this morning, but it’s so hard to call it morning when it’s really the middle of the night, you know?) at 2 am, and I stayed in bed!  Can you say Happy Dance?   Woo-Hoo! 


I don’t know why you are reading this.  I do it every time.  I start out with one thought in mind to mention and before I know it, my fingers have run away from my brain and gone off on a whole other tangent.  What’s with that?  Am I dyslectic, bipolar or just a bit on the strange side?  (please pick option #3)  But getting back to the question of what time do you get up.  I was up before the rooster (again) this morning.  Yep.  5 a.m.  I find that as I get older, I tend to not sleep as late as I used to.  But seriously, 5 a.m?  I knew there was a 4 pm and a 5 pm but 4 or 5 am?  Apparently I didn’t want to miss a second of my birthday.  Not!  Who needs birthdays?  They are so over rated, unless you’re under 20.  After that, a person starts to get nervous about the number and then after that you just want to forget that number and then after that you really do forget the number.  My MIL is in that category.  She always asks, “how old am I"?  I tell her she’s 93 and she says she thought she was at least 100. I would think you’d want to reduce the number not increase it. 


It’s been so long since I’ve written so I have a lot of pictures stacked up.  I’ll try to not get too carried away.  One of our sons is an Optometrist here in west central Minnesota.  Last week at the Minnesota Optometric Association convention, he was surprised to receive this award:


This is a huge honor and we are so proud of him.  With or without an award, he’s a great man, husband, father and son. 


Now and then we are blessed to babysit our grandson, age 2.  After he’d been doing some gymnastic type moves, he sat nicely in the chair & looked innocent.  Uh, huh.  Innocent.    BTW, lovely chair, isn’t it?  I have 2 of them and they are fairly new – I love the chairs but I also have a farmer & a dog who like to sit in them.  Do you blame me for covering them?



When you’re 2 and you eat fresh peaches and cream, this is what happens:


There’s that innocent look again!  Ha.


Here is where I was going to add a million or so photos of a house tour I went to a couple weeks ago with Ms. Karen, Jolene & Jean.  It  was an 1890’s farmhouse that had been very lovingly and creatively restored and decorated.  I was going to make a smilebox but I discovered that most of my pictures were sideways which would really be viewed best laying down on your side.  Oh, botheration.  I really don’t want to take kthe time to learn how to rotate them without losing so much of the picture.  How’s this?  If you want to see some of the house, amazing wood shop and beautiful garden landscaping, just head on over to Ms. Karen’s blog  My Yellow Farmhouse.


At our last Threads “meeting”, Lori had these awesome pieces to show.  The little stitchery will be framed and given as a gift.  THEN, take a peek-e-poo at the little quilt.  I can only hope it will be given as a gift – to me of course!  No??????


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This little baptismal gown was made by a friend of mine for her granddaughter.  What a lucky little girl!



The Woolies enjoyed a great day at Denise’s newly remodeled lake home.  They made some major changes and additions and it turned out wonderful.  I wish I had better pictures but I have only a snippet here & there.  But maybe it’s enough to be a little teaser.






I want to point out – the coolest silverware I’ve ever seen!


I guess you can’t tell here, but this tray is mounted on the wall and serves as a frame for this little quilt.  Adorable!


I’m not sure, but I think Denise’s hubby made this super-simple bench.  I just love it.


Just a few more pictures and I’m going to let you go for today………..

A little show & tell from Ms. Denise.  Among her many talents is punch needle projects. I love ‘em all!

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     20130926_144945                20130926_145058  I made the little bread board for this one which she told me today she has painted and the old witch has been attached to it and hung on the wall.  I’ll bet it looks great.


And from Ms. Karen, a little project she’s working on.   Another winner Karen!



I’ve been working in my woodshop to make some crap – oops, I mean lovely works of art for a craft show on Oct. 12th along with Ms. Jean and Ms. Jolene.  Here are just a couple of the things that will be up for sale:

An iPad stand:

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A couple pumpkins of course  

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Yes, this is on Denise’s wall but I made similar ones in both black and red. 


I hope to get some decent pictures of my crap before the big show.


Well, this old lady needs to toddle off to bed.  Up early again tomorrow to leave the house by 6:40 to meet Ms. Karen and a couple of her peeps for a little road trip.  Oh, gosh, I hope we have some fun…………………………..don’t worry, we’ll be fine!


Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims said...

Well Happy Birthday Girlie......I always forget my age too...
Good luck with your sale, homemade wood crafts are always a great find. Thanks for the show n tell. Good job on getting retired, I'm working on that myself.
Enjoy the harvest, wishing you all the best!

Donna said...

Hello Ms. Faye

How are you these days besides sleepy? I usually rise between 5:30 and 6:45. My dogs insist upon it! I don’t know who they think they are with their little bladders telling me what to do. This morning, I got up at 2:30! I don't know why. Could it be the farmer in me? I don’t think I have farmer in me. As far as I know, I’m French and German. Come to think of it, I did harvest of couple cups of Joe. I was so worn out from all that mug lifting too that I had to go back to bed at 5:00. Sadly, (insert sniffling here) it was a very short-lived sleep!

The good news is that I love mornings. It's my favorite part of the day. I love everything about it. Oh, except for 2:30--not my favorite. Or 3:00 and 3:30--nope. Oh and 4:00--not really! I do kinda like 4:17 and 2 seconds A LOT but I really don’t want to get up quite that early. Okay, now my fingers are running away with my brain which is why I completely understand the fingers running away from the brain thing. As you can see, mine do it too! They're quite the little world travelers. In fact, I once had to have their picture posted on the side of a milk carton to recover them! Ugh!

Congrats to your son on his Young Optometrist of the Year award! That's just fabulous! I can understand why you are so proud.

Your grandson is a cutie pie Faye! That is such a fun age. I like his "Got Peaches" look. It truly is innocent.

I'm glad you didn't post sideways house pictures. I would have thought I had it all wrong and spent the day turning all the pictures on my walls sideways. You saved me a lot of work! Thank you.

Never fear though. I follow the lovely Ms. Karen's blog so I saw the yummy pictures. What a fun day. I wish I was with y'all!

I enjoyed all the pics in your post. Your friend's house is cute. I really loved her needle punch pieces, and your bread board is perfect. I'll bet it looks great too!

Good luck with your craft show this weekend. I hope you sell a bunch of your "crap." We’re going RVing in South Texas this weekend.

Belated Happy Birthday too! I hope it was great day for you even if you were sleep deprived!

Take care my friend and I'll type at ya later.

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