April 2011 Archives

Poor little Ella

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Ella was over here today, still not feeling quite herself.  She has had a bout of pneumonia this past week, and though her fever is gone her cough is not.  We did play a game of Apples to Apples, but that was enough to make her tired and ready for a rest.  She fell asleep for several hours!  After that she rallied long enough to join Delaney and I on an outing to the Blind School's greenhouse plant sale, where both girls chose several flowers and herbs to try their luck with this summer. 

Sending out Get Well Wishes to little Ella Dawn!

Hopelessly devoted

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Call me crazy, but I love all that royal stuff!  I watched the whole shebang on BBC TV this morning - it was done up royally right! (I hope that the bride's lacy long sleeved gown will start a trend so that we can say goodbye to the strapless style that has been around for too long now!)  As much as anything, it is always fun to see those famous locations on TV once you have visited them several times.  Well, I think it will be an early bedtime for me tonight.

Easter

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Our Easter was very nice, with the exception that Ella was sick and consequently both she and Melissa were unable to join in the celebration yesterday.   Church service was a celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus - lots of upbeat messages, glorious music and happy faces all around.  We did have our Easter dinner with just Steve and I, Taylor and Delaney around the table.  Not only did we miss Ella and Melissa, but also Matthew and Davie who spent their Easter at home in Cleveland.  And as always, we miss being with our folks and families up in Minnesota!

Excerpt from “The Tempest” Act 4, Scene 1

by William Shakespeare

Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.

Good Friday

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In observance of this holy day, Steve and I will be going to church at noon.  It will be a somber service, to mark the day of Jesus' death on the cross, followed by one more day to reflect on the sacrifice made in our names.  Then  on Sunday comes the glorious celebration of Jesus' resurrection - a happy  reminder of the completeness of God's love for us all!

Wishing everyone a blessed and wonderful Eastertide!!

Wet, wet ,wet

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We have had over 3 inches of rain today, and right now we're in the midst of a severe thunderstorm that is expected to last overnight.  Some of the streets in our neighborhood have rainwater washing over them, and all of the ditches are full.  Our sump pump is running like crazy and we have our fingers crossed that our power doesn't go out.  The lightening is unbelievable and whoops - the lights just flickered off and back on...better cross my toes too :)

Anniversary greetings

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Sending out a Happy Wedding Anniverary wish to Glor and Jeff, married for 41 years today!  (I was their "Maid of Honor"!)  They have two wonderful grown children, Tessa and Booney and best of all, Glor and Jeff live in the house our family owned in Pine City from 1960 until 1970 when my folks moved to New Ulm.  I get the greatest pleasure out of visiting my old stomping grounds, and my longest time friend Glor!

And hard to believe this, but Steve and I will celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary in June!  If times weren't so tight, we might have had a big shindig - but likely we will mark the day with a dinner out!

On the threshold

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Today Delaney had her first "girlfriends" movie date - she met 5 of her school friends at the movie theatre to see Soul Surfer.  After that they were going to eat supper at a fastfood restaurant a few doors down, then shop at Old Navy, Aeropostle, Claire's and Borders. She had earned some money over here, and was so excited to have a chance to use it.  When I took her inside the theatre to meet her friends (and one mom who was overseeing this outing) it was almost too much for me.  In the last few months she has grown to nearly my eye level, and definitely is moving into the next phase of growing up. 

Like the song says "Where did that little girl go to?" - and I know that the next few years will fly by way too fast!

Honoring Mr. Lioncoln

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Walt Whitman's poetry tribute written shortly after Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on this date in 1865 ~ here are the first three stanzas

When Lilacs Last in the Door-yard Bloom'd

1

When lilacs last in the door-yard bloom'd,  
And the great star early droop'd in the western sky in the night,  
I mourn'd--and yet shall mourn with ever-returning spring.  
  
O ever-returning spring! trinity sure to me you bring;  
Lilac blooming perennial, and drooping star in the west,
And thought of him I love.  
  

2

O powerful, western, fallen star!  
O shades of night! O moody, tearful night!  
O great star disappear'd! O the black murk that hides the star!  
O cruel hands that hold me powerless! O helpless soul of me!
O harsh surrounding cloud, that will not free my soul!  
  

3

In the door-yard fronting an old farm-house, near the white-wash'd
   palings,  
Stands the lilac bush, tall-growing, with heart-shaped leaves of rich
   green,  
With many a pointed blossom, rising, delicate, with the perfume
   strong I love,  
With every leaf a miracle......and from this bush in the door-yard,
With delicate-color'd blossoms, and heart-shaped leaves of rich
   green,  
A sprig, with its flower, I break.  

Almost like being there...

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Last evening at Poetry Plus, Steve and I presented a photo journal of our trip to Europe this past August.  Seeing pictures of our trip on the "big screen" made it all come to life again - sometimes I have to pinch myself that I really got to go on such a fabulous adventure.  Makes me want to do it all over again!!  Thank goodness for photo albums!

So much fun!

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We had a blast with the granddaughters at Turkey Run State Park - we all enjoyed the hiking, bird watching, swimming, eating, jigsaw puzzles, checkers, card games, and just plain relaxing!  This was our fourth annual Spring Break trip here, and next year we hope to make it our "Gala 5th Anniversary Trip"!  The girls are learning to identify many birds, wildflowers, trees and rocks.  They are so appreciative of all of these opportunities and Steve and I are so thankful that they are part of our life!

Excitement in the air!

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We have two little girls here tonight who ought to be sound asleep by now.   But I can hear them chattering away, making plans for "what to do first" when we get to Turkey Run State Park tomorrow!  This will be our fourth trip there, as it has become a annual staple of the girl's Spring Break. They love the beautiful lodge, indoor pool, vast hiking areas, a river to skip rocks across, a dining room with good down home food, and just the freedom of being away from home!

The weather is supposed to be warm, with a chance of showers - but we won't let that spoil our fun, no matter what!

For fools only?

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What a day!!  The 1st of April can be a fun one for some people, those who have a good sense of humor.  In my Minnesota growing up days, the best joke was always "Hey look, there's a robin!!".  Which was appropriate because in the old days the robins really did go south and stay there the whole winter, especially the ones from Minnesota!!  (here, they seem to stick around the whole year!)  So, to try and trick someone into actually turning their head to see one was always good for a  haha "April Fool's" joke!  Another try was the old, "oh oh, your slip is showing" (no pants at school for us girls in the old days!) or some other equally innocent joke.

The best April Foolee on the planet is my dad.  He is such a good sport about this day and he reminds me of Charlie Brown and Lucy, where she always claims she will not pull the football away at the last minute before he kicks it.  Charlie Brown believes her, and he, like my dad believes that "Hope Springs Eternal"!!  Every year he doesn't think he will get April Fooled, and every year he does!!

There have been some all time greats, my favorite being the time he patiently stood in a line of coworkers waiting their turns at the cafeteria microwave.  He held his little covered dish, filled that morning by my mother with the previous night's leftover hotdish, until it was his turn.  He finally gets to the front of the line, zaps it for a couple of minutes, goes and sits down to dig in and opens it up to a bowl filled with wadded up newspaper.  Some men would go ballistic, but he just opened up with one of his huge laughs!!  And then there is the old standard April Fools - he hates anything mint flavored - so it never fails that my mother will add some drops of mint flavoring to something that he eats or drinks on April 1st!!!  "Bahhh!" he will say as he is spitting out whatever it is the mint flavor's in!

Ahh, nothing like a good innnocent April Fools joke, and a fun loving "victim" on the receiving end!!!!

 

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