We'll standby for a modeling of her final choices.
Saturday, August 31, 2013
|At Macy's with Mom|
Picking a Birthday present
Jennifer's new look (and her wanderlust ways) inspired thoughts about a favorite game we played in our grade school play yard.
Did you ever play it? Did you know that Rover is the Norwegian word for robber or raider and that some say the child's game was inspired by the Viking practice of pillaging the English coast. Hence, children would dare the opposite team to come and raid their lines, by breaking through their joined hands.
Red Rover, Red Rover, send Jennifer over. If Jennifer could break through the opposing line, she was entitled to take a captive back to her side. If she failed, she, herself, became a "prisoner."
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Friday, August 30, 2013
Her nephew Alex reports just a few credits remain before he completes his present course of study. Aaron and Amber recently returned from a leisurely Caribbean cruise for a hectic time at the auto body shop and the beauty shop. . . due to a damaging hail storm and back to school activity.
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Thursday, August 29, 2013
|Mostly Class of 1966|
|Brothers and Sisters|
We all enjoyed remembering the old times of our youth, and comparing notes with all the recent or soon-to-be retired boomers.
|Stan's spicy chicken mango|
salad with peanuts
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Bill will fly from San Francisco to Marysville, Ohio, today to handle arrangements. Aunt Marilyn had a lifetime career as a journalist for the Holmes County Hub in the Amish country in Ohio, and retired to the historic Shearer family home in Marysville.
She was 84. Our thoughts are with Bill, son Zachary, (the last of the Shearer line) and Solveig --- who is presently staying with us, as we reminisce about Aunt Marilyn, an interesting and accomplished woman.
Below is the family home in Marysville, which was built by the Shearers in 1895, and has never been sold. We'll post Aunt Marilyn's obituary when it becomes available.
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013
|Grillmeister Greg with Fish Finders, Joe and Mina|
Meanwhile on the porch, host Tom watches John pull on a beer.
|Deb and Paula gnosh in hostess Sandy's kitchen.|
These combined labors produced an enjoyable evening for a grateful community, and earned plaudits and commendations in a stand up toast offered by Head Fisherman Mina Daly, the one Joe claims to have boated the Big One.
(A poster proving Mina's prowess was displayed prominently in the foyer.)
The generous salmon platters were accompanied by a plethora of appetizers, side salads, (a caesar, a ramen, a wild rice and a broccoli), cheesey potatoes, and of course, desserts. -- key lime pie, chocolate loaf cake, and carmel tres leches.
It was agreed by acclamation that this annual event should continue indefinitely. Happily, Joe and Mina appear willing.
Wes, Shirley, Duane, Jane, Lisa, Carla
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013
We picked up Sosie at the airport last night, this afternoon she picked up her high school chum at the airport in her rental car. We're going for the Tuesday T-bones at Little Six tonight, but first things first: the ladies sat for a round of pedicures at Nails Lovely. Kathleen chose crackle silver, Cathy's are Black Gold and Sosie's are Fiat Orange, to match her rental, of course. Stan will be escorting three pairs of beautiful feet tonight.
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Monday, August 26, 2013
|The level says it's perfect, just as we expected.|
From left, Jerry, John the Plumber, Max
Today John put nipples on the copper and connected the gas, joined the dryer vent to the dryer, connected the water lines to the washer, installed the drain pipe and connected the steam hose to the dryer and. . . plugged 'em in. Spaces are tight, and John made the most of it. We're very pleased with the fit, which maximized a limited space, adding functionality to the layout.
We're washing and drying laundry as this is written, Wanda (washer) and Dora (dryer) like their new spaces and hopefully will perform these important duties without flagging for another decade or so.
|Sosie, meet Wanda and Dora|
There's still plenty of work left to do to finish the room, but we're taking a break. Our company's here.
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|Last April, Sosie brought her son, Zachary.|
Here they are stepping out onto the Gurthrie Endless Bridge.
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Sunday, August 25, 2013
|Washer connections in the box on the left, dryer vent|
and gas line in the middle, pass-through on the right.
The appliances are almost five feet high, eye level for Katie, so a shelving system will be mounted above.
John the plumber, at right, will make the gas and dryer connections around noon tomorrow. Alas, none of his lovely work will ever be seen --- nor will most of the mudding and taping and painting done by the homeowner.
Monday is wash day, right? We'll be ready.
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Click here for the walk-through and commentary.
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Friday, August 23, 2013
Tomorrow, more mud, grout; Sunday, paint, Monday the plumber comes back at noon to hook up the washer and dryer.
A good thing. We're running out of underwear.
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Thursday, August 22, 2013
Where's Kathleen in the audience? Look above Pat Evans in the photo. She's peeking out over the center of Pat's head. She dropped by the KARE11 Barn today to see the Midday show, which included a compelling interview with a vendor who makes bacon and candy cannolis (photo at right ) and another in-depth interview with the inventor of the "new" sausage and pancake breakfast on a stick with a syrup cup.
|Art Barn favorite. Welded stone and steel.|
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
|John the Plumber|
John and Jerry finished the laundry rough-in at 3:30 today, leaving a note and a pressurized gas line for the inspector, who will be here tomorrow at 9.
|Aaron the Nephew|
Tom, our wise neighbor, says he was told by a plumber relative that plumbing is easy. You just remember three things: that the hot is on the left, water runs down hill, and don't ever chew your fingernails.
John and Jerry had heard that old joke before, but chuckled anyway, and added their own version. They'll be back next week for final hookup.
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Master plumbers will arrive mid-morning to rough-in the washer and dryer connections so that we can reorganize our mud room into a more functional space.
Barry and his brother will do the honors, a complicated re-arrangement of pipes and ducts. Stan pulled the cabinets and opened the floor and walls for their convenience. They will move hot and cold water, the dryer vent, the floor drain and roof vent as well as the gas connection. The 20 amp electrical is already in.
Functional space can be a lot of work. Barry says they'll be done this afternoon and ready for the inspector. (The official one from the city.)
So far. . .
|Drain to the basement, stack through the attic 12:15 p.m.|
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Monday, August 19, 2013
|Fun-seekers Bev and Benita|
Beverly has never attended the Great Minnesota Get-together, The State Fair. After a 93 year wait, on Monday she'll motor on over to St. Paul in a carload of girls, (Jill, Marcia and Benita) for Senior Day at the fair. There will be no Tilt-a-Whirls, we're told, but they're already planning on gorging themselves.
For her part, Benita has been to the State Fair many times, but prefers the Renaissance Festival. (No Jill, forget that. Sheesh. The Renaissance is definitely not on Mom's bucket list, we're sure. ... although the popovers with melted honey butter are unforgettable.)
The excitement builds.
If you want to get into the mood, click on this little video we made of our 2008 visit to the Fair.
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Sunday, August 18, 2013
|The motorcycle is bigger than it looks. Wayne is 6'5".|
We think it is important to have a large motorcycle parked prominently in your driveway from time to time, just to put the neighbors on notice that we might be a bit wilder and crazier than they think.
The short visit on the screen porch gave us a chance to meet and get to know Wayne, a very charming, interesting and refined gentleman. . . in jeans and leather. Wayne moved to Northfield about the time Jennifer got her job in the grocery and that's where they met. They've been buds since.
But Jennifer had to go to work in the morning, so our visit was kept short. Pity. Shortly after they rumbled through the neighborhood, heading south, the empty porch faced an amazing fireworks display that went on for half an hour. The Mdewakanton Sioux were having a Pow Wow, making a fitting finale to a gorgeous day.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
|Rico, a four-year-old gelding; Tequila, the mare in the rear.|
|Rico's sire. . . didn't catch|
the name, but Katie says he's
friendly and she's not used to horses.
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"It sounds like the swings are crying," she observed.
We made friends with Kailey from Austin, visiting her Aunt in Shakopee. Kailey pointed out that Emily's Grandpa had silver in his mouth. She quickly added that she knew why that was and that she didn't have any cavities.
Morning appetites whetted, first thing Emmy Kay asked for was a SMOOTHIE! We proudly complied as she requested carrots and that green stuff to go along with the blueberries and strawberries. It's just Grandpa and Emily today. Grandma is at the vet's office with Birdie again, so we don't have enough hands for Go Fish just yet.
There's always the possibility of an Afternoon Tea, of course.
|Mr. Duck and Timothy Turtle got naps today. Grandpa too. Not Emily.|
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Friday, August 16, 2013
|This joint is as tight as a tick.|
(Whatever does that mean?)
|Chop saw, clamps, pin nailer, Gorilla glue,|
Nothing to it, right?
Carolyn used to frame Larry's work, but doesn't do it any more. She explained that quitting was cheaper than the cost of a divorce.
So our new painting was frameless and now we've got a job.
Kathleen will pick a color. Stan will miter the corners and insert the stretched canvas. You'll be the judge.
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Thursday, August 15, 2013
|Stan, Beverly, Carolyn, Larry at Mom's Place.|
Larry and Carolyn were on a mission to Shakopee today, to deliver a 36x48 inch landscape that wouldn't fit into Stan's car. Stan and Kathleen had a nice lunch with them, before driving two cars across the river to visit Mom in Bloomington. The Bloomington Ferry Bridge has been a trial since its reduction to two lanes last week. For some reason, it has been easier to go north than to go south at midday. Accordingly, we took the long way home through Burnsville, after bidding Larry and Carolyn goodbye in Bloomington.
Today's delivery wasn't the first Veeder work we have acquired. The first was produced when Stan was only nine. Aunt Agnes boasted to her brother in her North Dakota ranch kitchen that her 20-year-old Larry, home from Art School in far-away Minneapolis, was an amazing portrait artist. To prove her point, she put Stan on a stool and told Larry to get to work. (See the result on the right.)
Today Larry laughed about how his mother worried about him in the Big City, studying amongst strangers at the Institute of Art, blocks away from dangerous Nicollet Avenue. Larry survived and went on to become a successful commercial and landscape artist, raising a family in picturesque Red Wing on the proceeds of his labor. Their two daughters are now creatives themselves: one's a chocolatier, the other has a gallery in Winona.
Larry made many artist friends at the Institute. Phil, a confirmed bachelor, lived for a time with newlyweds Carolyn and Larry. He now lives near Mom's place by Southdale and so they took the opportunity to visit with him today as well.
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013
An old friend just emailed that she saw a chapter on Erling Rolfsrud in this book. She kindly notified us, wondering if we'd seen it. We haven't. Has anybody got this book, "The Best of The Norwegian Heritage?" We have an encyclopedia of "The Best of Ole and Lena," but, sadly, that's the extent of our library of our Scandinavian legacy.
Here's Sara's note:
I saw this and when I was thumbing through saw that there's a chapter on your Dad. You probably have this but just in case. . .
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Monday, August 12, 2013
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Sunday, August 11, 2013
|Beverly and Erling in 1971|
|Aunt Dorothy showing Mom, Dad and Uncle Ralph|
a photo album in 1979 at a picnic in Elkton, So. Dak.
There's nothing sweeter than a traditional hand-written note delivered by a postman. One arrived in our mailbox from Denver yesterday from Evi and Dave, Mom's nephew, our cousins. In a nice script, Evi got us up to date and enclosed some old snapshots she thought Mom might be interested in seeing. We haven't heard from these two in quite some time, so it was special getting an old-fashioned greeting this way.
Thanks for your note, Evi, Mom will enjoy the pictures.
|Mom's grandchildren: Zach, Shana and Steve. They're all grown up now.|
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