I’m just saying..

When I was little and growing up we never, absolutely never, got to light any types of fires. We never lit candles (other than birthday ones) and honestly I don’t ever remember even having a fire barrel. Now I’m sure we did because pretty much everyone has fire barrels to burn their trash, but I don’t really ever remember one when I was growing up. Maybe our parents lit it?   So tonight when I was coming home from town to pick up some Easter things for Kyle’s classroom in Korea, I noticed as I turned the corner this kind of a glow across the section. I thought, what in the world is that? Then I figured out that it was one of our neighbors burning their set aside farm acres.  Now thinking about how we grew up and deathly afraid of fires,there is no way on this whole earth that I would even consider sleeping tonight with this fire going if I was this farmer! I’m just saying.DSCN8258

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It’ s off to the Vet we go

When we got Kaiser we knew that he didn’t have any of his shots or his puppy check up so I made an appointment at our local vet office to start the process. I’ve been to this vets office before with some of our cats and our dogs, so I was pretty comfortable going there again with the puppy. But since I was going I thought I might as well take both of the dogs. Reno needed her 6 month check up for heart worms so I also made sure that they had time to look at both of them. I was kind of thinking that this was going to work taking both of them, but I wasn’t 100% sure. So after work tonight I beat it home to get the dogs out for a little while, comb out the burrs in Reno’s hair (I mean we were going to town and everything!) and then to try to coax them both into the truck. As soon as I put Reno’s leash on – she immediately became paralyzed. She went totally limp and for some reason neither her legs or her back worked anymore. She could only lay on the porch and look over at the edge at me. Kind of pathetic. But time was a ticking and I was already behind schedule, so I picked her up and half walked and half carried her across the yard to the truck. If someone would have driven by they would have wondered just what in the world was going on now!  I already put Kaiser into the truck and he was sitting pretty good. Then I had got Reno’s front feet into the truck and I grabbed her backside and gave it a push. After I knew no one was going to get caught into the door – Bam! I shut the door. I ran around the to other side and climbed in. Instantly I had Reno slobbering not only my arm but also Kaiser who was sitting directly underneath her. And both of them decided that they wanted to sit as close or almost on top of me when I drove. Reno’s teeth were grinding and she had this little shaking thing going on at first, but once we were down the road a couple of miles the only thing that she was doing was the slobbering thing. Finally we made it to the vets office and they both did a great job.IMG_1474 I was hoping that Reno wouldn’t have an ‘accident’ when we were walking up to the front door and she came into the office like a trooper. When it was all said and done, they both sat so nice on the way home I couldn’t believe it. What a good job done!

When I got home, Daryl was working on cleaning out the cow yard. He was worried that the fields were too soft to haul manure, but it must have worked because he ended up hauling a couple of loads out.IMG_1482 Then he put the blade on the tractor and leveled out our driveway. During the winter the driveway can get washed out and pretty uneven, so blading it makes it level again for awhile.IMG_1484

As for me? Well I made some more cookies tonight. I tried to make a batch last night and to say that I was unsuccessful would be an understatement. Last night I couldn’t read the recipe on the bag of chips so I kind of guessed how much flour to put into it. Now to my defense I could see a 4, and even though that sounded like a crazy amount of flour to put in.. it did say a 4. So I beat the butter and sugars, added vanilla and eggs, then it was time to add the dry ingredients. I had this bowl of flour, salt, and baking soda and it sure looked like it wasn’t even going to fit into the bowl. But it did say 4 so I started to dump it into the mixer. At first it wasn’t too bad. But then, I knew something was wrong. My mixer was going burrrthump burrrthump and the batter was just going around in the bowl likes some type of medieval weapon or something. So finally I thought I better look up this recipe on the internet. I did have the “4″ part right, but it was 2 1/4 cups not 4 cups. I tried to scoop out some of the flour and then I put in some more salt and baking soda into the bowl. But when I baked the first couple of pans last night I knew that I might as well start over another day. I didn’t have the chickens locked up yet for the night so I put everything back into the bowl and headed for the chicken coop. I’m guessing the cookies didn’t last long with the all the chickens and if you get eggs from our farm the next couple dozens just might taste like chocolate :) So tonight I looked up the recipe BEFORE I started to bake and they turned out just fine. IMG_1488

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Chiropractors, Churches, and Cats


I knew that I needed to get to the Chiropractor these past few weeks and I had made an appointment for tonight earlier last week.  Now if you’re like me you know when it’s time to actually go. As for me, well my neck was making this kind of crunching sound and my back? Well let’s just say when I showed Daryl how my spine moved he said ‘that’s not normal is it?’ So off I went to Cresco. This Chiropractor has been the one that both William and I have gone to for the past how many years and we really think he goes a great job. But I had to laugh because the waiting room chairs were filled with people tonight for their appointments and I knew that when I was in his office getting adjusted  it was taking way too long. The reason is because both the Chiropractor and his wife (the assistant) really like William and was wondering how he was doing. William spent a good part of one summer going to appointments there to  get adjusted and was even put into traction to get his back and neck back into alignment. And because William can talk to pretty much everyone, they got to know him pretty good. So we talked about how William was doing in college, how his girlfriend was doing, what he was going to do this summer, …. well you get the picture. And when I finally got out of the room I could just feel the people staring at me. Now maybe it was my imagination, but for my sake I didn’t make any eye contact with any of them.


On my way back to Lawler I hesitated when I was coming up to the sign on the road for the Stone Church. Now I’ve seen this sign quite a bit in the past but haven’t ever gone to see just exactly what this church was all about. Then I thought, well I was just at the Smallest Church a couple of weeks ago, do I really want to see another church? I mean what could possibly make it so different that the other churches?  But I was only me tonight  in the car and I found myself cranking the wheel and heading east onto the next highway. And for an instant I thought that I was going to be lost, but then as I turned on this one gravel road I saw this lonely church out in the country.IMG_1462 It’s kind of weird to say, but it was really almost beautiful. The church was standing all by itself without a roof but still looking proud just as a rain storm was moving into the area. I don’t know a thing about why this church was there and I did find this information to explain it a little bit. IMG_1451There are some really old gravestones that are on one side of the church IMG_1459and when you walk inside it just almost takes your breath away.

Wouldn't this be a cool place for a wedding?

Wouldn’t this be a cool place for a wedding?

OK, I know that this is pretty dramatic, but I’m telling you that it was about the coolest thing that I’ve seen in a long time. And as you can see by the amount of the pictures that I took, I really was glad that I stopped here.IMG_1460

When I got home I could see that the rain already passed and Daryl was working on moving around some farm equipment. Every year it’s the same thing. He brings out the tractors and other equipment to get them washed off from the winter and see if there is any repairs that will need to get done before field work starts. And when it’s about time to use them, the yard seems more crowded than it was in the beginning of spring. This year the farmers will probably get in the field a little later than normal. I took a picture of one of the ditches that I saw tonight on my way home.

Snow still in the ditches and a lot of it!

Snow still in the ditches and a lot of it!

Yea, with that much snow we’ll need to warm up soon to get all the frost out of the fields.


Well it was bound to happen. Little Kitty got in a brawl with someone and got her back all scraped up last night. I’m not sure if it was another Tom Cat or if it was Kaiser playing rough- but either way the scratch isn’t too bad, but it’ll take some time to grow the hair back!IMG_1471

And for the photo of the day I chose a picture that I took tonight of the church. I only had my little pocket camera with me, but I’m king of digging this photo!  I think if you stare at the clouds in the back of the church it almost seems like they are moving. IMG_1457

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Getting groceries – Sunday

I needed to keep space in our refrigerator until the baby shower was over because I wanted the space for thawing out the frozen lasagna. So this morning when I looked just what was in there – well not so much. Of course left over lasagna, a couple of cupcakes, and beef jerky. Yup, that’s about it.  I decided that I better do something about this, so after I got some coupons organized, off to Decorah I went for groceries. It’s not that far from us, and on Sunday it’s about the closest place that’s open to buy groceries. I didn’t buy too much, but I did buy the garden seeds for this year. I’m so hoping that I have better luck than last year. I honestly don’t think it could ever get worse. So when I was picking out the seeds for this year  it took me forever to find just the ones that I wanted. And it was one of those times when you think you found the ‘best’ one and then you looked some more and found even better ones. Honestly, I just need something that can hold it’s own against the weeds! Finally I checked out and grabbed a quick sandwich to go. The sandwich turned out a little messier than I was hoping so I thought I’d kill some time and go out to see how the fish hatchery and the Bald Eagles are doing. It seemed to be a perfect quiet spot to scarf down my sandwich. OK, there were almost more people there than at Walmart. (just joking!) But there were a lot of people on the bike path just pulling up to see the fish or a group of people were looking at the bald eagle in the tree. If you have not heard about these Eagles, it started a couple of years ago when there was a live stream web cam filming this one family of bald eagles. And the story went viral! Even Kyle in Korea overheard some people talking about the eagles in Iowa. Crazy! It was the most viewed live-stream of all time in 2011 when the website reached 250 million views on Ustream, with roughly 2.4 million views per day. I was just checking the information out on the web and if you go to Wikipedia which is a web based dictionary – Decorah Bald Eagles is part of the dictionary now.  On Wikipedia it identifies all the birds by their names so you can keep track of when which one was born and such. OK, now people make fun of me for naming all my animals, these Bald Eagle stuff really kicks it up a notch don’t you think? But it’s something to watch and it definitely has caught a lot of peoples interest, so it must not be all that bad. We have quite a few Bald Eagles by our farm and I really don’t like them to get too close. I used to get worried about them taking our chickens and cats, but now that Kaiser is smaller than some of our chickens, I sure hope they don’t start looking at him too!  I only stayed a few minutes at the hatchery and then I checked out to see if anyone was trout fishing. This is also really popular around Decorah and the trout stream is usually stocked a couple of times a year with fresh fish. But only one person was out fishing today. I guess maybe everyone else was watching the birds.

Just some of the people hanging out today watching the Decorah Bald Eagles

Just some of the people hanging out today watching the Decorah Bald Eagles

When I got home Daryl was busy with getting the grain wagons ready to haul corn into town and then he was working on scraping out the cow yard. IMG_1450The fields were too soft to haul manure today and it was funny because there was still ice in the cow yard making it too hard for Daryl to get it all scraped. What a crazy year! I put a roast in the crock pot for sandwiches tomorrow night and then I also headed outside to work on cleaning up some of the yard. I was able to later get some of the seeds planted tonight so when the garden is ready, I will also be!DSCN8254I only have the vegetables planted and hopefully tomorrow night I’ll get the flowers started too. I have them set up now in the laundry room, but I’m thinking it might not have enough sun during the day.

I know that the seeds are planted pretty thick, but I can transplant them when they come up to other pots

I know that the seeds are planted pretty thick, but I can transplant them when they come up to other pots

I guess I’ll wait and see if the table gets moved to the back room. I sure hope I don’t have to because it’s not going to be that fun moving everything. But I want these seeds to grow, so I guess I’ll have to do it if it comes down to it.

Have you ever had one of those days that seemed to last a long time? Time today was like when you were a kid and it seemed to go on forever. Well that’s how my day went today for me and it was great!

The picture of the day is Decorah’s Bald Eagle. IMG_1447a

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What a fun day! Baby Shower

Everyone was planning to be at the farm around 11:00 this morning for my niece’s baby shower and I wanted to make sure that everything was ready for it. So when the alarm went off early this morning, I just knew that I needed to get up and get some things done before everyone came. So after I worked in the house and the sun finally came up, out I went to see what I should do quick.

I was up early this morning making sure that I would be ready

I was up early this morning making sure that I would be ready

I also tried to take a picture of how cool the grass looked this morning. I don’t know, maybe it always looks like this and I just never take the time to check it out. But it was  such a frosty night last night that just as the sun was coming up the frost on the grass just sparkled. As I was trying to get a ‘good’ picture, I finally came to the realization that it just wasn’t going to work and so I got a close up of the frost this morning on the grass.

The morning frost in the yard this morning

The morning frost in the yard this morning

After I put out the plates & silverware, and a couple of other things were done, Daryl went into to town to get a propane cylinder for our heater. Because it was pretty chilly last night, the Roadhouse was also pretty chilly. He also was on a mission to get me a Diet Coke. I needed one this morning to wake up! But when he came back he noticed that the cylinder threads didn’t look right and he didn’t want to use it. I heard him say something that he didn’t want to blow up or something.  Nope, not a good idea. Especially today! Back to town he went and got one that was threaded right. Just as he got the heater started, my sister, niece (Mom to be) and my nephews wife came. I wasn’t quite ready yet, so they also brought some decorations to be put up and they worked on that while I was in the house. But soon the cars started coming and coming. How fun! And I laughed when I saw Daryl helping people park cars in the yard. What a good guy.  I so would have loved to have him wear one of the parking vests that they wear at sporting events. I’m pretty sure that he wouldn’t be caught dead in it, but it would have been funny just to see his face when I handed it to him. But with having around 35 people coming today, the yard did have a lot of cars in it and I must admit they were also pretty organized. While he was helping outside, I was still inside the house. I told my sister that I was going to make the lasagna for the party and I was pretty worried that it wasn’t going to get done in time. I bought 4 of the mega size frozen ones from the store and when I was putting the first two into the oven, I read that the time increased that is needed to cook the second one by around 25 minutes! What !! OK, so if I put in 4 boxes in how long would it take? I had the roaster out to put the garlic bread in and thought why couldn’t I make two of the pans of lasagna in the roaster? Should work right? Whew.. they fit in the pan and it actually did work. But I was pretty nervous up to the point when we were going to eat to make sure that it was done. We had quite a spread and we even set up an additional table for the food today. DSCN8237After some introductions and games, my niece opened the baby gifts. Holy Cow they sure make nice baby stuff anymore.

Opening gifts

Opening gifts

She was excited to get quite a few things that they needed and it was fun to see all the little baby clothes.DSCN8246 They are having a boy and when I looked at how little the clothes were I just can’t imagine when our kids were that little. Some of the kids helped me out by getting Kaiser out and playing with him for awhile. The weather was absolutely beautiful so they were more than willing to help with that. And seeing how much they played with him, I’m thinking he’s going to take a nap when everyone leaves. I was impressed because even Little Kitty hung out for awhile. Now granted he just mostly laid in the warm sun, but he still made an appearance.

Little Kitty spent most of the day sleeping on a bench outside the Roadhouse

Little Kitty spent most of the day sleeping on a bench outside the Roadhouse

After the gifts were opened, everyone grabbed a quick snack and then the party was over just as quick as it started. With getting help taking down the chairs and the tables, the room was cleaned up and people were packing their things up to head home. My niece’s Mother in law told me how nice it was to see our family again. She said the last time that we saw each other was the wedding and the first time our families met was the bridal shower. And now? Well, it the baby shower. I think it’s kind of cool you how meet other families and you get to know & hang out with a them.  OK, so everyone was getting their stuff lined up and my sister who makes these killer cupcakes was ready to head back home. I said that I would take a couple for Daryl (key word here is Daryl) so when I looked how many she left – it was a plateful! They are cupcakes from scratch filled with fresh strawberry creme filling.



Well let’s just say that the plate is getting pretty empty and I don’t think Daryl had even one yet! Now that the day is over I was really pleased how it all went and I think everyone had a good time. And I don’t know if you do this, but after everything is over and done with you think about the day. Well as I was doing this I just had to laugh to myself. There was this one guest that stopped me when she was just leaving and said that he had to tell me something funny. She lives only about 10 miles from us and when she was at work last week she kept asking her coworkers if they knew how to get to the Roadhouse? They said they never heard of it and she told them that she didn’t either but it was on the invitation and it said Lawler, so it must be a restaurant or party place because she was going there for this baby shower on Saturday. Nope, no one had heard of it. She said she was pretty confused but thought since the town isn’t very big she for sure should find it. So she was driving around our town trying to find this party shed and just couldn’t find it. I think she must have called another guest or something because she did eventually make it to our farm. I think that’s pretty funny! I would have died laughing if she would have stopped at our one and only gas station and asked. Daryl’s niece works there and she could have given directions. I told her that when she gets to work on Monday she’ll have to tell the others at her work that the Roadhouse was at a farm. She just laughed and said that she will have to do that.

The picture of the day is some of the old milk cans that we had on the farm. I like how the sunlight caught the frost on them this morning.DSCN8226

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Almost ready

I’m really close to being ready for Saturday’s baby shower  and it’s a good feeling. I still have a couple of things to do, but they aren’t going to be too bad so that’s good.

What have I done so far? Well the first thing that I worked on was to ask both Kyle and William to let me know what is their favorite picture and then I made an enlargement and mod podged it to a large matting. Well of course when I picked up the matting it was the wrong size, so a mad dash to Waterloo and I finally had the correct one. But I don’t know if it’s the less expensive matting or what, but I’m having trouble with getting the photo’s to lay down flat. So after redoing both of William’s pictures twice, I am going to have to figure out a different way to keep the photo’s flat before they get hung. The next thing was to clean up some of the flower beds and put some mulch down.

Before picture of the old milk house flower bed

Before picture of the old milk house flower bed

After picture. It would look so much better with the building repainted and flowers - but it's the best I can do for now

After picture. It would look so much better with the building repainted and flowers – but it’s the best I can do for now

Now the area by the old milk house doesn’t get too scattered by the chickens, but man they go to town by the Roadhouse. But I got it cleaned up and that was another good job done! I ended up having to literally sweep the grass to try to get all the mulch in one area. I guess I could have used a rake , but if you want the truth.. I was too lazy to try to find one. This winter has taken a toll on William’s greenhouse so I quick put some of the panels back on it. I have to get that back into shape because soon I want to use it to start the garden seeds. Well, I hope anyway!  After I drug out some of the lawn chairs to let the rain clean off some of the winter dirt, I went inside to work on making sure that there is enough seating. Another table and a few more chairs and I think I’m good. I decided to put down brown craft paper on the tables and then stamped them with baby stamps instead of the usual table clothes. I’m trying to stay with the brown and blue theme you see. A couple of baby things hung on the wall and a Congratulations poster is also up now. I’ve got the serving tables all set and the gift table looks also really nice. The last thing on my list for the Roadhouse tonight was to reupholster this one rocking chair that I got at a garage sale about a month ago. I think I paid only $15 for it and it doesn’t need that much work to get it back into shape again.

The before picture

The before picture

I had some extra upholstery material left over so it wasn’t a bad job and better yet it didn’t take too long either! But I was trying to figure out where all the straw was coming from around the chair when I first started to take it apart. Then I saw that the chair must really be old! The cushion is stuffed with straw.DSCN8215 I was trying to find out when they actually used straw and the article that I saw on the web was in the 1920′s.  All I know is that it’s leaking straw for now but it looks good. DSCN8216 So all we have left is to make sure that the house is in good shape and vacuum the Roadhouse. And how does the new puppy spend his nights? Well, he’s learning from the experts.DSCN8212

The photo of the day is a picture of the eggs that Daryl picked tonight. Our chickens have started to lay again and it’s so nice to have fresh eggs! DSCN8219

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Working on crafts tonight

I’m still working on getting ready for the baby shower on Saturday and in my world that means trying to get everything done that I’ve probably put off for awhile. But my goal tonight was to get some of the decorations done and I was pretty successful with that. Now granted I didn’t get everything done that I wanted, but I did get most of it. My goal is to have everything ready for Saturday by tomorrow night because we are planning on heading out on Friday night for the next fish fry! You know, you just got to do what you just got to do right?

And an update on Little Kitty. I’m thinking of taking him to the vet to see if he is just depressed or if there is really something wrong with him. It’s got me worried so I might as well just do it and get it done! The only thing is that it really wasn’t on my overbooked schedule – but I’d feel much worse if he needed a shot or something.

As for the photo of the day? Well, I just hadn’t had time to get one done today again. Maybe tomorrow?

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Good People and Bad People

We all know that there are good people in the world. We see and get to be by them every day. We also know that there are bad people in the world and we all work very hard to try to stay away from them. We would like to think they don’t even exist – but we know that they do.

Why am I writing about this? Well because Kyle had met up with some people that were not very nice. What happened is that he was out for supper the other night and while they were in the restaurant he got his wallet pick pocketed. Yea, talk about not cool. Now we’ve tackled a lot of different situations before but never this one. I guess it was probably just a matter of time that this could have come up. Both boys travel a lot and it just shows that no one is ever safe. And what I told Kyle is that good thing that he didn’t have his Passport with him because that’s even more scary to have lost. When Kyle called I took a deep breath and thought to myself, don’t panic, don’t panic. But deep down I have to admit, there was some panicking going on!   So now the phone calls begin. I was able to put Fraud Alerts on his credit and debit card along with blocking and canceling them. I was also able to put a fraud alert on his drivers license. And then I put a fraud alert, blocked, and then froze his credit rating. I also registered to have any activity sent to my email so I can see if someone is trying anything with his accounts.  I had made copies of all his paperwork before he left and it really paid off for this. But as Daryl and I were talking about it, I don’t think that you should only be ready when you travel abroad. Now granted it’s still not cool when you’re out of the country if you get your stuff stolen, but you could have your wallet either misplaced or stolen right here in the good ole USA. So this weekend, I’m going to get our stuff scanned and saved. The good thing about Kyle is that we should have caught it in time so that he shouldn’t have any extra charges. And the person who stole it was just trying to make it work anyplace in Seoul. About every 5 to 7 minutes they were trying both his debit and credit cards in stores and were getting denied. The next thing that we had to figure out was to try to get him some money. With only being in South Korea a week he didn’t have any account set up in a bank, If he did, I could have money transferred over to him. So I bought him a wallet and two shirts and put some money in the wallet and then into the shirt pocket it went. I sent it express and he should get it by Thursday. Not that I want to know what to do in a situation like this, but I guess we did make it through it and more lessons learned. Like I said, there are worse things than this and as long as everyone is safe it’s not that bad. It’s just bad people.

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Christmas lights and naps

It’s true. I finally got the lights off the fence and most of our trees that were decorated for Christmas. Now to my defense, the snow around the fence line finally melted this last week so I could even get to the lights. I did have trouble with William’s tree, and I’ll have to come back later with a ladder to get it untangled. But what a good job that was to have done! After the lights were packaged up and put away, the next thing was to get the Christmas tree down in the Roadhouse. We’re hosting my niece’s baby shower on Saturday and I’m thinking that the tree just wouldn’t fit the theme of the party. I had some time to also work out in the Roadhouse getting it re-organized and cleaned up. I really like how it’s set up now for Saturday and it should work pretty well. I’ve got some decorations to make yet and a few other things and then we’ll be ready! One of the things that I needed inside the Roadhouse today was water. Daryl had shut it off for the winter and it was time to get it back running again. He had to replace one of the valves so that meant he had to shut the water off to do it. DSCN8192It’s kind of weird because he’s climbed into the pit a lot since we’re married to work on something down there, but today I realized just how scary it is to have him in there in case something happened. But he just laughs and crawls down in.

Daryl coming out of the well after he fixed the water in the Roadhouse

Daryl coming out of the well after he fixed the water in the Roadhouse

And just how is Kaiser doing? Well my niece and nephew came over this afternoon to play with him and after quite a bit of playing tag and chasing a ball, the puppy was pretty tired. We turned the nipco on because it was getting kind of cold inside the building tonight and it didn’t take long when the kids were gone that the puppy just couldn’t keep his eyes open anymore. He needed a nap after playing that hard. DSCN8202We let him sleep for awhile and then we got him up and brought him into the house to eat before he went to bed.  Now we noticed that Little Kitty was acting really strange all day today and didn’t want to eat anything and literally just moped around the house. If you picked him up he would just kind of bend in your arms and didn’t care about anything. So we finally came up with the idea that he must be jealous of the new dog. I mean, there really wasn’t anything wrong with the cat.

He wouldn't even LOOK at anyone today. Big baby!!

He wouldn’t even LOOK at anyone today. Big baby!!

And at the end of the day, Little Kitty was acting more like himself. I took a picture of him keeping an eye on the puppy when he’s in the house. Too funny!

Kaiser eating a snack before bedtime and Little Kitty not excited about this whole thing at all!

Check out Little Kitty watching from under the table

And I got done in the Roadhouse with what I wanted to do today, I froze the celery that was the fridge that I made the other day. Man oh man I think we’re really set for any soup or dish that is calling for celery to be added!

Maybe just a little bit too much celery

Maybe just a little bit too much celery

The picture of the day is one that Kyle took of some of the kids in his classroom in South Korea. The taller girl is the co-teacher for the room. The kids in his class are 4 to 5 years old.961020_683424016414_218968192_n

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Our Newest addition to our family!

OK, let me show you the really cute picture of our new puppy first and it just happens to be the picture of the day.



How sweet is that right? Well, we all just love him and he’s so spoiled already.

We were originally had to go all the way to south western Minnesota to get our new puppy, but the family that raised him was going to a volleyball tournament closer to us so score! It saved us 3 hours of driving and that’s never a bad deal right? So we were able to leave a little later than we originally thought and before we left William was in the laundry mode. He was trying to get as much laundry washed and dried as he could before he headed back to college tonight. After throwing some laundry in the washer and handing the last load to dry on the clothes line, we were off. A quick to pick up something to eat and on the road we went. We didn’t have any trouble finding the family and soon we were holding our new little puppy! The puppy is a boy and he seems pretty shy yet. You know you kind of forget that ‘new’ puppy smell. And to be honest it was also kind of strange being on the other side of this puppy business. We’re more used to be selling to the families not being one of the families that are buying. Now I really know and understand how anxious you can really be when you finally see your puppy. But we didn’t waste too much time and we headed back home again. We were racking our brains trying to think of a name and we all agreed on one. Our new puppies name is Kaiser. Now if you’re wondering why Kaiser it’s because Kaiser in German means Emperor. Cool huh. The ride home was uneventful and the kids took wayyyy too good of care of him. DSCN8158William and Jude took turns holding him and then they all crawled in back of the car and hung out. IMG_1430We knew that the 3 hours of driving might be a long time for a puppy not to go to the bathroom so we stopped at a rest stop/gas station so everyone could get out. The kids took Kaiser out to play and Daryl and I checked out the station. IMG_1428Now I have no idea why these huge statues were inside – but it looked like a photo op to me. IMG_1427I also laughed when I saw this one food display. Now normally no one thinks too much of this display in a gas station around us. But the other day I was watching a cooking show about cheese curds and she was making such a big deal that you can buy cheese curds in about any gas station in the midwest. So when I was watching it I thought, well yea. And then today I took a good look at not only this display, but there was also two other cheese curd and beef stick displays in this same gas station. I would love to hear what she would have said about that! IMG_1425Soon it was time to get back on the road and I really wanted to see if I could catch a picture of this really cool house that I saw this morning. You know how you think it was in a certain spot but reality was that it was about an 1 1/2 hours later? Yea, that’s what happened to me today. I was just sitting there with my camera just ready to snap the picture. I was also secretly worried that my battery was going to go dead in the mean time. But no big deal and when I finally saw it, Daryl pulled over so I could catch a shot.DSCN8170 He’s getting so good at letting me do this all the time! All of a sudden Daryl and I noticed how quiet it was in the car and when I looked back I saw this. DSCN8171Yup, everyone was sleeping. But when we pulled into our yard, well that was another story. Reno came to great us and I don’t think she knew exactly what to do. DSCN8173Kaiser was pretty shy at first, but later he would kind of dance around her and nip a little bit at her legs and nose. I was thinking at first .. poor Kaiser, but now I changed my mind and I’m thinking poor Reno! And with a new little puppy in our family – what an adventure this is going to be!

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