Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Many of you know that I have been immersed in health issues.
I typically am just an "annual doctor appointment" kind of gal...
but when I do get sick - boom, I go big!
Starting in November, two health tracks emerged.
One was work related, hurting my lower back while providing
books & more books at 12 events I hosted across the Chippewa Valley
at libraries and 4K classrooms during November.
For anyone experiencing back pain, it is quite debilitating.
My second track began as a persistent cough this past fall, ultimately
diagnosed as a very large mass in my left lung.
After weeks of scanning, poking, and trying to finalize a plan of action,
my lung collapsed, sending me on a wild ambulance ride through
a Wisconsin snowstorm. The plan had been to have medflight with a
Thoracic Surgeon on board meet the ambulance along I94 for an
Emergency procedure. I was fortunate that the Emergency Room
at Mayo in Osseo were able to stabilize me enough to transport me
all the way to the Emergency Room in Eau Claire without the
drama of a medflight rendezvous.
I ended up in the hospital for 11 days, and was deemed
strong enough for lung surgery while there. I arrived home
on Christmas Eve.
I will meet with my Oncologist & Spine Specialist to set a continued
plan for recovery later this week. Of course, this wasn't my plan
for 2020...but I will walk thru this door with courage.
Over these recent weeks & days, I have felt the lift of
kindness, care, and such goodness...it sometimes feels
overwhelming. From my son hopping a plane to fly home from
Seattle as soon as he found out I was heading to Eau Claire in an ambulance,
to Dave...taking care of this entire farm & me without complaint,
to my big sis, Randi, literally lifting stress off of my shoulders
with her generosity, to countless family, friends & neighbors
stepping forward...the kindness has moved me.
We do not know our path. But, with love & support, we can walk
through any door.
P.S. I have not been to the barn or pasture to greet my goats
& barncats in almost a month. That is one of my next goals.
Missing that old barn door.
Saturday, December 28, 2019
Friday, December 6, 2019
I know, I know...when you get 8 inches of snow way too early in November,
when treacherous ice paths lay in wait, when it is just too cold
too soon - what is there to celebrate? Really!
Well, I am trying to embrace the stay put, tuck in, slow down-ness
of winter. With two health issues looming large in
my life right now...I do need a rather forced hibernation.
So, I will take it, do that, slow way down, & be still.
(And maybe Pinterest a bit)
Sunday, November 3, 2019
Sunday, October 20, 2019
This is a favorite view from our outbuildings to the
back of our house. Add a sunflower, and
winter seems a long way off.
However, we are beginning our diligent preparation
for colder days: round of hay & bedding in barn,
last days of mowing with leaves bagged
for winter goat treats.
We hope to get new front steps installed & stained
and maybe even some trim painted.
Add to that, our twin baby goats are learning their own
winter preparation, where to go for warmth & safety.
How to get along with the bigger goats in inside space.
Sunny days to relish, as we knowingly prepare.
Monday, October 14, 2019
Sunday, October 6, 2019
Please help me welcome twin sisters, Tobi & Annie to
They arrived this afternoon, and I have been in the pasture
or nearby as they acclimate. Getting used to their
new grassy pasture and big barn and new herd involves
lots of bleating, exploring areas over & over...
and a few dirty looks from the older goats.
I remind the big kids that they arrived just like this.
It has been fun to watch them graze for the first time, play on
one of the bridges over & over and begin to figure this
all out. Once they settle in for a nap, they will sleep.
They have fallen for Sawyer, the resident Tomcat, because
he is more their size. The cats are not impressed.
I should mention, the names come from my sister, Lori. In her
final year, we often joked about me bringing her an animal to
cuddle. Due to her health, she felt it would be too much, but
she had chosen names. I have held those names in my heart.
Until today...sisters. 💙
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
I grew up as the youngest of three sisters: Randi, Lori & Kari (me).
3 was always my number.
This past Sunday, I met my brother, Jeff, for the first time.
It was always 4.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Beginning a bitty 25% off sale in my booth at
The Hixton Schoolhouse Antique Mall
in Hixton, WI.
Includes firm & items already reduced.
This is a limited time sale, and I believe my only
Sale in 2019.
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Saturday, September 7, 2019
Saturday, August 31, 2019
Rarely do I use or want to use the word "new" in this old
farmhouse. As antique dealers, we adore vintage.
And, as homeowners, we adore cozy & durable...
often not always found in "new".
This August, we decided to tackle our ceilings & electrical in
our living room & adjoining tv room.
It seemed well beyond the time to usher out
our 25-30 year old upholstered furniture and
welcome some new pieces.
We turned to our very own Ashley Furniture in Arcadia, WI.
Yesterday, they delivered two sable brown loveseats, an
accent chair, and a fog blue queen sleeper sofa.
Only this wing chair, that came home in the trunk of my
car from a thrift sale in Plainview, MN made
the keeper list in the living room.