January 2018. Part 2. Not sad.

Life does go on. And that as it should be. No one can or should stay sad forever.

So this month the huge event happened. The Child went to Germany (Berlin) for the whole month and not only survived the travel and the time there, but passed with flying colors, in our opinion.

I do need to mention, that she did this with only one semester of German under her belt, and this language is no picnic! Apparently people over there were so impressed that they gave her a scholarship. For guts!

And let me tell you, after all the sad things we’ve had going on at home, this was like a little shining star cheering us on.

I do have some pictures from the trip, but hoping that I will get more from her at some point.

She also had to spend her 23rd birthday away from home. But it does look like good times were had by all.

‘Sometimes you just have to go away , so you can come back. It is not the same as never having left’  Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full Of Sky.

Between the worlds.

And this is how it all started.

 

 

As always,

Thanks for reading

Tat 😉

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January 2018. Part 1. Sad.

This month’s post will have to be in two parts. Because it is difficult to group together things that are so different in nature.

When someone asks you, good news or bad news first, what do you pick?  I always picked bad news first. At least I will have something good to look forward to.  But in reality no one wants to hear sad or bad news. And I am no exception.

So will start with the sad news.

Frank’s Mom had a stroke and passed away a week later. That was rather unexpected. Unfortunately I have no pictures of her.

Within a week of this sad event we lost my beloved old and grumpy pig, Circe, and my gentle horse , Secret.

I am still broken up about all this, so won’t talk much and will only post the pictures.

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As always, they will be missed.

Love to all

T

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More pictures for end of the year 2017.

It appears that the previous post has reached it’s capacity  before I was even able to say thanks for reading, let alone add more pictures. So here is the separate post, showing all the little precious preserved moments.

The Child.

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The New Year celebration (ignore Frank’s finger up his nose 😉 )

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Mr and Mrs Santa , he fat cat and the dolls, some of them new arrivals.

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Puzzle in my vest, Zombie cat on warm freshly baked rolls, Hogwarts spatulas, Sirius making dog angels in the snow in -20 degrees weather and Spike and Skittles making the perfect, if somewhat misshapen ying and yang sign.

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Thanks for reading, stay warm

Tat 😉

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End of the year, 2017.

November, December 2017.

As I obviously neglected to write both in November and December , I will try to recap it all in one end of the year post. The holiday season was busy, like for the most people. And while we don’t have a large family to go visit and buy gifts for, the few people we do have, are treasured.

A few more projects got completed. We loaded our annual big dumpster, hopefully the last one for a few years. Put dirt on the driveway. And we finally took the huge heavy doors from the inside of the big shop, which made plenty of more room inside for hay, straw and equipment.

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We released the male ducks into my friend Marife’s pool. They seem to be happy to be in the croud

 

 

 

 

 

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Food and water for the outside people is important. We have since added a water heater to the bowl, should have really splurged and bought the heated bird bath, but they were pricey, so we just made do with what we had. The animals don’t seem to mind.

New addition to the outside family. Possums are a lot cuter than I expected. The body is more like a bear’s and they walk slow and sort of sad, with their noses drooping. She comes up to the back of the house for bird seed and water. We also give her cat food and fruit occasionally. It is cold and they are hungry. I think she lives in the old root cellar.

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Alice had two winter concerts. One at St.Tomas , just for guitar ensemble and one at Minneapolis Orchestra hall, where the guitars opened the big show.  When we watch her play, everything seems right with the world.

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Then there was squeezing of the honey

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Decorating of the tree, a new, smaller tree this year.

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Franks’s birthday, with new Beretta items and a cake that looked magnificent and tasted like sawdust with chocolate.

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And, of course Christmas. With gifts and a much better, if smaller and less fabulous looking cake.

 

 

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October 2017.

Comfort, the Dachshund went to the Bridge on October 4.

She was estimated to be 17 years old. While it is sad to let the friend go, we are happy to have been able to give her 10 good years of life, especially considering that her first 7 or so years did not seem to be that great.
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Here is Puzzle, Sirius and Phoebe by the barn, just because.

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Garden, cookies and pirozhki.. Found a great recipe and modified it for less sugar and smaller batch. Look for it here: Cookies linkPirozhki link .

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The highlight of the month was out train ride. 1.5 hours on the train to see the fall leaves, talk and eat snacks. Hoping to do a whole day trip in Duluth next year.

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Dino Bambino went for a ride as well. More about it on the Doll page.

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Thanks for reading

Tat 😉

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September 2017.

The garden shed-mahal is going up. With the help of faithful Dino Bambino and Puzzle, of course. You can see on the first picture Frank posing like the Dino 😉

The old plastic green house served us well for four or five years, it flew across the garden into the corn field on a few occasions, grew some tasty vegetables and saved trees from freezing. Time to retire it.

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Frank posing with the green apple from our tree after checking the hives. Looks like the apple was a bit too green 😉

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A visit from the farrier and a walk to the barn with the hay. Summer is behaving necely for Rob the farrier. You can see Beau looking for stinky  hoof chips to chew 😉

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Me and some of the dog children in the barn.

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When you dig up potatoes, make absolutely sure you have a pit bull handy. Cleo here takes her payment in potatoes as well 😉

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Ivy, the grandrat. Like a grandchild, just a rat 😉  Apparently rats can have double chins…who knew?

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Clearing the brush, bonfire and smores with tea.

 

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Garden is good to us.

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Lunch with the Child.

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How to catch a cat…put an empty box out.

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Bees page and Dolls page have been updated

Thanks for reading

Tat 😉

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More August 2017 pictures.

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August 2017.

As it happened at the beginning of the garden season, I was very late with one of the posts. So it happens now, simply too much to do and not enough time to organize the thoughts.

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I will start with the sad news. Molly went to the big pasture by the Rainbow Bridge.. We’ve had her for 10 years or so, and she was old when we got her. She had a good sheep’s life for the last 10 years. No more babies, eat all the grain and hay you want, get out into the garden. Treats like cucumbers, apples and squash were her favorite. She moved with us from Colorado. And she had the cutest little wrinkle on her nose. She will be missed, like all that went to the Bridge before her.

 

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On a lighter note, Comfort, the dachshund is 17 and Puzzle , great dane/mastiff is 12 and they both lived another year. Here they are charging in the sun. We are grateful 😉

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Some garden pictures and a tub of cucumbers pickling. I don’t can them, for one reason, they never last long at our house for the other, well…I am not very good at it and they come out cooked. And this is not a very tasty, believe me 😉 so I just put them in the fridge after  24 hours.

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Frank and I were off for the whole two weeks! We’ve never had two weeks off together, even when we got married, only were able to get one week off work. It was a blast! We left the house three time in this whole time and simply enjoyed our life. Something to be said about getting old 😉 simple pleasures are so much more attractive and enjoyable, to us, anyway.

We helped the child move to the dorm, went to the Doll show and worked on the projects around the house and garden.

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Alice went to the State Fair. I want to go every year and every year I end up not going. mainly because , I think I ‘faired out’ in Alice’s younger years, when we did 4H 😉 It was fun then, but we went to Colorado State fair every weekend (4hours drive one way!) with different projects, not to mention the whole week on the county fair before that. And I am thinking I had enough of that to last me a long time. 😉

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This month’s doll addition is  Dino Bambino. A little pink Dinosaur, that came all the way from Poland, made by a talented artist Mirella von Chrupek. She came with her sister, who by now has moved away with Alice and lives in St. Paul. So we have a country Dino and a city Dino.  She announced that her name is going to be Clover and she will have her own story posted on the doll Page some time later, when the garden is put to bed, tomato sauce is mage and squash is in the freezer 😉  But meantime here are some pictures.

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We did not touch the Bees in August at all. Just let them bee 😉

 

Thanks for reading

Life is good

Tat 😉

 

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