Monday, August 17, 2020
On Thursday, my Emma arrived. She was here to help with overgrown gardens and to fill my heart with wedding chatter. We survived a lightning strike to the farm on Friday night that was only mitigated because our strong farmhouse & breaker box took the brunt of the hit, protecting us all. On Saturday, my Ian arrived...tired from good work at his new job in Milwaukee, thankful that I94 was all it took to bring him home. On Sunday, we walked The Condensery, taking in all the checklists that would need to be completed...yet relishing the thought of this lovely wedding & reception that was awaiting us in October. Sunday, my Dave and I attended a bridal shower at a neighbor's dairy farm, enjoying the kindness of folks just down the road and the excitement of their approaching event. And now I lay with my Lucy cat on my shoulder, taking a moment to catch up on my friend's weekends as I "like" my way thru FaceBook, often smiling. Life is good!
Friday, July 24, 2020
Thursday, July 16, 2020
That is my pride & joy, my Ian!
I am certain you know that feeling too.
Knowing that you are part of creating something so good.
He took FMLA to fly home from Washington and be
with me for over two weeks. He helped me
with my health needs, brought such joy to my days and helped
Dave with farm projects.
When he told me he was coming home, as a mom, I said, "no".
He sent me a copy of his plane ticket.
That guy, right there...love of my life!
Monday, July 6, 2020
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
If you were to count your way through our house,
I am quite certain you would find several flocks of chickens.
They work hard to keep rugs from slipping, doors ajar,
and "cute up" little spots here & there.
However, outside, the closest you will come to a chicken is
the rooster who crows to the dawn at our neighbor's farm.
Got this thing for inside chickens, I guess.
Saturday, June 13, 2020
June has always been the birthday month for me.
I have many family members & friends that celebrate a birthday in June.
My birthday & Dave's birthday are in June.
Years ago, before we had the ease of Facebook reminding us of birthdays,
I kept a very organized monthly card keeper. I kept Hallmark financially
stable during those years, and June was always my big investment month!
So if you have a birthday in June, you are in pretty good company!
It is the birthday month for me.
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Monday, May 18, 2020
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
That's Charlie...the brown & white goat with my friend
Jani & me. As you can see, he is very social.
Tonight was a very sad night as Charlie had taken
a serious fall on legs already riddled with severe
arthritis. A 10 p.m. call to a farm vet is never what
one wants to do....but a beloved animal suffering
is also not responsible.
Dave is especially missing this sweet goat boy, as
he had been working hard to take care of him...
even providing baby aspirin to help.
May his sweet memory be for a blessing.
Good bye sweet boy.
Sunday, March 15, 2020
When I first took the plunge into buying & selling
antiques & vintage finds, we were living in
Sun Prairie. I sold in Madison, Columbus and Waterloo.
I learned quickly to include the Hixton
Schoolhouse Antique Mall on my buying route.
When we moved to our farm in 2007, I was
tickled that we lived just 20 minutes from this
favorite mall. It was a place that you could
just get lost in, not fancy, just fun.
And I did just that, browsing the aisles
frequently enough for THEM to inquire
if I might like to rent a booth.
And I did!
My first booth soon became my very
own little room.
And, boy did I have fun with that!
But, the years have changed the market a bit.
More folks interested in repro, more folks
looking to haggle lower than most
dealers can justify. And you still
have to bring in stock, and keep the
interest going thru display, social media,
etc. Dave & I began to question over
the past few years if it wasn't perhaps
our time to exit this business.
Now...for every negative I may have felt in
the past few years, there have also been an
UNBALANCED 100 times the goodness:
*Wonderful customers that I have gotten to know.
*Kind, kind people who share their love for vintage.
*People who have lifted me thru health struggles.
*And, of course the hunt for that next find!
But, my current health has ultimately
provided the tipping point....because a
booth is not going to just run itself!😬
Today, my little booth at Hixton will be unloaded,
and remaining stock will travel to an antique
store that is creative and lovely and full of all
that is needed to inspire. And I like that!
I recognize that I may not have known you if not for
my booth at Hixton, my Barn Sales,
or maybe even this
little old blog (which will still be around).
And, it has been fun!
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.