Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Spring Here at the Farm

It sure has been raining...and raining...and raining...here in Wisconsin.  One positive is that the rain is helping my rhubarb become JUMBO

I found this primitive wheelbarrow on accident at an unadvertised country sale.  I pulled up and asked "how much?"  We haggled a bit on the price and I bought it.  As he was helping me load it in my van, he saw some old hunting pants I just bought at an earlier rummage sale.  He asked if I wanted to sell them, "of course, it's all for sale," I said.  So we did another deal with the price and I ended up only paying what I wanted to, to begin with, with the trade.  This "business" sure is silly at times.  

I divided up some plants for a "vintage plant sale" at Jackie's Antique Mall.  

I am looking forward, once it stops raining, to get out in my garden.  We have a Killdeer that decided that our garden was the "perfect" spot for her nest.  Crazy bird!  I have to plant around her, as she is so protective!  I hope they hatch out this year - last year something ate them.  

Our Kestrels have returned.  They are busy in their nest and hunting, flying from the barn to the woods.  Their call is so beautiful.  

This photo is compliments of Wikipedia.  I've tried, but they are too fast.  

We ordered our "meat" chicks - 60 of them.  When I told one of my little 4Hrs that we (we is actually Al) are going to butcher them, he said "can I come help?"  I don't know if he understands what will happen, how it all works, but he assures me he wants to....we will see.  

We planted more blueberry bushes.  This time I made sure not to pick out the dwarf ones.  I'm not going crazy with the vegetables this year.  Sweet corn, pumpkins and squash do the best in our clay soil.  I will add some tomato plants to the raised beds along with carrots, beets and kale.  I love those seed tapes for these tiny seeds.  My eyes aren't what they use to be!  I want to clean out and divide up my herb bed, oh the chives and spearmint, too much!  

We are going to have a busy Summer here as well.  We have plans, if we can afford it, to jack up the barn and fix the foundation.  Landscape where the new well was dug...it's a muddy mess now.  Hopefully, kill off some "creeping Charlie" and where that was, put some kind of rock, wood chips, decking, I'm not sure yet.  I am sure I will blog about all this as it happens.  

Oh, and I have hired a "Summer intern" to help me clean out my pole buildings.  I hope to have a sale here or somewhere with all my overstock of inventory.  Pray I can do this!  I have many friends who have volunteered to help as well.  The woman I hired, Shannon, actually had the availability I was looking for, but I am sure I will still need friend's help too.  

I hope all is going well at your homes, homesteads or farms.  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.   

Monday, May 15, 2017

"What? Are You Everywhere?"

If, I only had a dollar for every time I heard that one!  This post will tie in with the "I ain't as good as I once was" post, you can read it here:  http://dickybirdsnest.blogspot.com/2017/04/i-aint-as-good-as-i-once-was.html

I haven't mentioned this on here, but...Lisa and I did an estate sale Saturday.  We weren't hired as our Estately Yours Business, however was referred through our other partner's husband, Mike.  Jackie and Mike have other family commitments that need attending to, so we haven't been actively seeking sales this year.  We did meet with this contact as they were looking for a "buy out" option.  Once I talked with the family and they told me their wishes, we did set up an estate sale for them.  

When the sale opened Saturday, this is what we heard..."what? are you everywhere?"  I had to laugh, it was almost like the regulars thought we were tricking them.  You know any good antique dealer LOVES to go to a family run estate sale.   As, they think the family doesn't know what prices to use and they will get a good deal.  (smile)

This "line" was also used by an "old" crafting friend of ours who was a vendor at many shows Lisa and I did in the 1990's-2000's.  She came up to the garage and said that very line to me.  I laughed as I handed her a flier for Jackie's plant sale, which by the way, was the same day.  She looked so confused..."wait, now you own a shop too?"  (Calgon....take me away....how many times do Jackie and I have to explain this...!!!...).  I said in a very calm voice, "no, that's City Jackie, I'm Country Jacky and I do sell there, in fact, I dug up some perennials for the sale today."  She said...."Oh, ok, are you also a part of that Theme thing?  My friend told me about this shop on 3rd and I looked at the pictures and I said....that has to be Jacky."  "Yes, I am."  She said, "so, you are everywhere"  I quickly said "for a few more years...(smile)....I'm getting old!"  We both laughed.  She should point fingers, as she use to do a craft show every weekend.  

I hope you don't think I'm bragging about what I do.  This isn't meant to be that.   It was just funny to me because who do Lisa and I think we are?  We aren't "spring chickens" any more, we are 2 "old hens!"  Oh, and did I mention, we are doing 2 sales on Saturday in 2 different states?!?  We couldn't do that without the help of our friend Joi, who is going to watch our booth here in Wisconsin.  Thank you Joi.

I almost can't wait till next week...but, "this is so much fun"...no, it really is!  I want to enjoy this as long as I can do it.  I've been blessed with some pretty awesome people that help me do what I do!  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Tansy Hill Farm - Barn Bazaar

Tansy Hill Farm  Is hosting an event this Saturday

With the help of my friend Joi from 

Lisa and I will be able to have a booth here.  We have another show that day, but Becky from Tansy Hill Farm was kind enough to offer us an early set up so we can still be involved.  Thanks girls, I appreciate it!

I will have all my large farm and industrial type items.  I will post pictures on https://www.facebook.com/Town-Hall-Trinkets-LLC-729693193716630/ as I clean and load...I'm still working on that....(smile).  

If you happen to be in the area, please stop by the event.  Becky is a very talented gardener, her wedding venue is outstanding and its all in a very inviting farm setting.  Come hungry as her little kids will be selling some treats.  I'm praying for a wonderful day full of great sales for all involved.

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Only a Mother, My Children Could Love

Yes, I am .... it is true...."only a mother, my children could love."  

Do you have any embarrassing "mom" moments?  Oh, I have so many, just ask my girls.

I started thinking about this, because I was sharing with a friend about this big old van I once owned.  We bought it from the Wisconsin Forestry Department surplus auction.  It was a green, like no other - it stood out - we called the "Scooby Doo Van" (smile).  It was a 15 passenger with removable seats.  As a junker, picker you know that those seats hardly were in there.  

The story is that I went to an auction during the day, no one was really there, so...I bought...lots....   The thing with that van is that it had lots of windows....  As I hurried back to town, to wait in line at the middle school to pick up Justine, I had other mothers looking in the window......"is that for sale?"   Well, like any good junk dealer...I sold.  Well, as this was all going on...school let out...I hardly noticed....  I think on it now and laugh....as I think of all the other kids getting picked up by their moms...Ford Explorers, Jeeps, Expeditions....me....the "Scooby Doo Van."  I can imagine this scenario..."Justine, where is your mom?"  "Oh, she's the one over there....selling junk out of her van...."  Many a time, we would drop off at school and out would roll something....some item (s) that was being stored/hoarded in one of my vehicles.  What an embarrassing mom!

When you buy out estates, your children grow up claiming items with the original owner's names - hey, they might even wear a coat that had a deceased person's name printed on the back tag....lol.  "Oh, it's over there by the Dr. Forrester chair..."  or  "Elva's blanket" - these things....only my children would grow up saying...what an embarrassing mom!

When you go to auctions and pile your purchases in a heap...and something is missing, because you have a photographic memory when it comes to junk....you might yell and stop the auctioneer from selling...."who stole my shopping carts!  I know Jesus might forgive you, but I won't...."  To which I hear one of my children...."mom, I'm using it to load the van..."  YIKES!  What an embarrassing mom!

When you grow up living on a farm with animals, you might see a famous picture in a history book and announce to the class...."that rooster is riding that hen..."  to the amazement of the rest of the class and the teacher, they had a little lesson on how "chickens do it...in the words I explained to her so she could understand" - what an embarrassing mom!

I could go on...but, I best not...as some of you might think I'm a cool blogger....hahaha

To these and many more embarrassing mom moments - I treasure!  I enjoyed every minute of it!  I will keep doing things my children will be embarrassed by, hey, why stop now?!  I live up to and look forward to being "the mother, only my children could love."  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Words from Mark 3:27

It never ceases to amaze me, when I need something, I can turn to scripture and there is the answer.  Thank you Jesus.  He knows what we need if we are sensitive to see and seek it. 

I know I am supposed to "Embrace" my year, but April threw me some rough punches.  I went 9 rounds with myself. 

I am a very optimistic person, I don't let myself dwell on negative things, I just don't....period.  However, lately, I've been struggling with this.  

This was my reading today in Mark 3:27: "In fact, no one can enter a strong man's house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man.  Then he can rob his house."  

As I read that I happen to think - my body is the temple of the Holy Ghost - why would I let negativity take up residence there?!  It doesn't pay rent - I do!  So, listen here Dicky Bird...this body is my house, I'm a strong woman and no one or thing can take away my joy or rob me of anything  - untie yourself and stop thinking about it.  I've been reciting that to myself all day...............

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin  

Monday, May 1, 2017

Motivational Monday - Seek Ye First

I will leave you today with a simple post for Motivational Monday.  This is something I've been thinking a lot about lately.  

"But, seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things will be added unto you." Matthew 6:33

In a word full of social media over load - smoke and mirrors - fake news - self promotion - one can become so drained.  His righteousness left so lacking in the posts we see or read.  

I forever am reminding myself that "it's not about me or what I want to do" rather, I want to see me, in relation to His plans for me.  I need to seek after it.  Not so all the things I want can be added to me, rather what He wants for me.  After all, God's plans are better than any I could dream of.

Seeking His will - Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.   


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

When the "Loop" Becomes the "Noose"

It's usually just me and my critters here all day, but I come up with the funniest things - well, at least I think they are.  So, I go about my day thinking up these funny little things, working on blog posts, all while talking to myself.  Yes, sometimes I even answer.  (smile).  Here is one example....

I'm not the person who should "be in the know" on things.  Not that I mean to "spill the beans" it's just I get going, a talking away and the next thing you know...I've said something I wasn't supposed to.  

I'm not talking gossip here, I'm talking "oh don't tell anyone, but I just got a new job" type of things.  First thing you know, I run into someone, who knows someone, who knows my friend and I say..."isn't it great she got a new job!"   These types of things.... (loop to noose).

It was while thinking and talking to myself, I came up with the...."when the loop becomes the noose" title to this post.  It has helped me.  Really!  Now, when I think someone is going to lasso me with a loop - I stop and share this quote with them.  Next thing you know, I'm free ranging it again - no lasso for me.  I find I am so much happier, ignorance IS bliss!

I have been working on ME - I'm the only one who can.  I sure am a stubborn old thing, but with much Bible reading and prayer I'm coming along....not with a lasso tho....(smile).  I hope someone finds this as funny as I do and maybe the next time you find yourself in the "loop" make sure it doesn't become the "noose."    

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Linked to:  http://strangersandpilgrimsonearth.blogspot.com/2017/04/the-art-of-home-making-mondays-please_24.html

Monday, April 24, 2017

"I Ain't As Good As I Once Was"

I heard this song the other day, on my way to pick up Lisa.  We went to Water Street Vintage in New London, WI to restock our booth.  I had to laugh at the words, thinking about us....I so wanted to take a picture and post it of us dragging...scooting...sliding...our stuff to our booth....because....we "ain't as good as we once was..."  She wouldn't let me.  It would have been so cute!

Oh how true this song is.  You know, my word of the year is EMBRACE and aging is something I am going to have to try to embrace.  

"I ain't as good as I once was, I got a few years on me know, my how the years have flown, but there was a time back in my prime when I could hold my own...but, I'm as good once as I ever was."  

With that said, I've hired a summer intern to help me with my business, Town Hall Trinkets, LLC.  This will be the year, good Lord willing, that I clean out my old inventory.  I have several people willing to help so that is nice.  

I remember over 25 years ago, when Lisa and I did one of our first antique shows together, there was an older lady watching us carry stuff into our booths.  She said..."girls, you're going to regret that later in life."  As much as we respected Jo Vonnie, she was like 75, of course she couldn't carry in her own inventory, she was old!  We laughed....and kept right on working.  She said that to us many times over the years - oh, why oh, why didn't we listen?  Now, we can hardly carry it in anymore.   "In our prime," Lisa and I would buy out estates and lift heavy pieces of furniture with ease and throw them into a trailer....now, I can carry, stop, lift in the trailer, drop, use the side to get in, pick it up again and scoot it to the back....waaaaa I'm getting old!  But...."I'm as good once as I ever was!"  I proved that yesterday, lifting out a leather love seat from an estate we bought out.  (Smile)

I "pick" differently now too.  Unless it is a good deal - gone are the days of heavy wardrobes and built in cupboards.  If I can't carry it myself, I don't want to buy it because I won't be able to get it into one of my booths.  I do use a dolly, but lifting it out of a van or truck to the dolly is even challenging. 

I am so blessed with a helpful husband, who helps me!   

So, I will "let" other people into my hoarded mess, because I NEED to clean it out and I need to accept the help.  I will try my hardest to EMBRACE this too.  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.   

Monday, April 17, 2017

"You're Lucky You Don't Have to Go To Work, Mom"

My daughter, said this to me yesterday.  "You're lucky you don't have to go to work tomorrow, Mom."  I said "I do have to work tomorrow, all week, 2 nights and even Saturday" - she said, "ya, but not at an office" - I had to laugh.
I "put my time in" at an office too, for 11 years.  I am blessed to be self-employed - but, that by no means, means I don't work.  She knows that.  I was thinking the other day, wow, I have a whole day to myself, to do what I want....I know, right?!?  My brother recently said, "you sure have handled the empty-nest well, you keep yourself busy."  I understood and I took it as the compliment it was meant to be.

I think on my own grandmother, mother - old ladies, still planning their day's, week's and month's activities.  Cooking, baking, planting, sewing, volunteering - busy women, working hard even when they could hardly walk.  They are my heroes, Godly examples of how to live your life to the best of your ability - all while loving and caring for others.

My mom, with her parents, my grandma and grandpa Kincaid.

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Friday, April 14, 2017

Jesus - My Son, Our Savior

In preparation for this past week's ladies bible study - "The Women of Easter Week" - I thought about something about Mary, the mother of Jesus, that I hadn't before.  As a mother, it really touched me and I wanted to share it with you.

Mary, was so young when she accepted the role as the mother of the Messiah.  I say accepted because scripture tells us in Luke that the angel of the Lord appeared to her and told her these things that would happen.  Mary then says in Luke 1:38 "And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word." And the angel departed from her.

I can't even imagine what was going through her mind as she was left to wonder how all of this was going to happen.  We know the rest of the Christmas story, it's the living up to the Cross story that I've been thinking on.

After Jesus was born and Mary and Joseph took him to the temple, Simeon said to Mary in Luke 2:34 "And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold this child is set for the fall and rising against many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against;  Yea a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed."  Only a mother would know the pierce of a soul that happens when something happens to your child.

Think about Mary, while other mother's where saying..."oh, my son is walking"  or "oh, my son said his first words" or "oh my son ....whatever new stage and steps these babes/toddlers made."  As other mothers were sharing, I wonder if  Mary was wishing she could say, "well, my son is the Messiah."  We don't really know, but as a mother I do know how we share the steps and stages with each other.

Think about Mary, how worried she must have been to lose her child in a huge city.  If you have ever lost sight of yours in a store for a even a few minutes you know how your heart sinks to your stomach.  

Think about Mary when Jesus told her he must leave home and start his ministry.   I know when mine moved out, it was emotional for me.

Think about Mary when she heard of her son fasting for 40 days and nights.  I'm sure she was thinking, he must be so hungry, I'm sure she was worried thinking about him and worried for his health.

Think on how Mary felt when her arrival was announced in Luke 8:20-21 "Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you."  He replied, "My mother and brothers are those who hear God's word and put it into practice."  I know Mary understood HIS role and why He said this, but that had to hurt.  

Think about the fear that she must have felt to know that everyone was trying to arrest her son, charge her son with crimes he did not do.

Think about how she felt as her son appears to the crowd - "crucify him, crucify him!"  Oh I'm sure she could see God's plan unfolding, but that was her son they were chanting about.

Think about Mary, as she saw her son, beaten, bloody and nearly broken walking up to Calvary, Gagulta, to be crucified.  Oh the heart ache - piercing in her soul.  

Think on Mary as she looked at her son hanging on the cross - I'm sure she looked up and saw the babe she nursed, the toddler whom she kissed away the tears over scraped knees, the young lad who wanted to learn how to be a carpenter, the man living his heavenly father's plan and ministry - our savior, her savior - The Messiah.  

I know that God had this plan for a sinful world.  He had to robe himself in flesh, become a man - Jesus - to become our sacrificial lamb - redemption of our sins through his blood.  I understand.  

As a mother, I never thought about this in that way.  How Mary felt as a mother.  Mary, also needed Him as her savior, this plan for her son was her gift as well.  I wrote this today, Good Friday, as a reminder.  This wonderful gift He gave all of us - those that accept him, "those who hear God's word and put it into practice."

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.   

Linked to:  http://strangersandpilgrimsonearth.blogspot.com/2017/04/the-art-of-home-making-mondays-please_10.html

Monday, April 10, 2017

Mosaic Monday - "Drab to Fab"

This old bed was part of an estate buyout from 2014.  I moved the contents here to the farm and had a huge estate sale in one of my buildings.  This did not sell, it was only $15.  So, when something is that cheap and doesn't sell, I keep it and add it to the project pile.   I was inspired by the curved foot board and the way the middle was framed out.  I knew what I was going to do.  It's not perfect, rather "imperfectly perfect."  I shared the post on my face book page and one of my friends said "well that went from drab to fab."  I couldn't agree more.  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Linked to:  https://normandylife.blogspot.com/2017/04/mosaic-monday-35-easy-like-sunday.html?showComment=1491828057354#c5485906942924946159

Friday, April 7, 2017

Five on Friday - Needle Felting

It was fun to volunteer and teach the Girl Scouts how to needle felt.  I forgot how much I enjoyed felting.  I thought I would share with you some of the projects I have made for my 5 on Friday.  The last two are tiny pins.  I sold all of these a few years back.  

One of my "businesses" - I have several little "cottage" businesses as I have an entrepreneurial  spirit - is called "The Hobby Farm"  Link here:  https://www.facebook.com/The-Hobby-Farm-1729165180630273/ 

I will be teaching a needle felting class this next week.  The project will be 3 felted eggs and you can take them home in a vintage berry basket.  $15.  If interested, please comment below....obviously, local followers....however, I would LOVE to meet some of you!

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Linked to:  http://www.fastblog.es/2017/04/5-magazines-worth-reading-fast-five-on.html?showComment=1491566395895

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Hodge Podge Wednesday

She asks the questions and we answer.  Go to the link, From Across the Pond - Hodge Podge Wednesday:  http://www.fromthissideofthepond.com/2017/04/a-garden-full-of-hodgepodge.html

1. April is Lawn and Garden Month. On a scale of 1-10 what's the current state of your lawn and/or garden. (10=a showpiece, 1=send in the professionals). Tell us about any lawn or garden plans you have for this month.

1 - send in the professionals.  Only, I wouldn't...we live in the country so we don't really have a need to have a showpiece lawn.  Our garden, however is a different story, we try to be more meticulous with that.  Try is the key word here, we start out that way.  

2. "Many things grow in the garden that were never sown there."~Thomas Fuller  What does this quote mean to you?

To me, it reminds me of the parable of the sower.  In a world full of social media outburst of all kinds, it is hard not to let a "seed" you see or read get to you.  If the "seeds" were good and it brought about healing or change - great.  However, some "seeds" are not and you could sit and let them start to grow and cause you to become depressed or bitter.  We need to be careful to guard our hearts and minds - especially our eyes to what we see and read on social media.

3. What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think about God?

The Master, my counselor.

4. If we were chatting in person, how would I know if you were nervous?

Hmmm, I don't really get nervous taking to people, I strike up conversations with strangers every day.  

5. Do you like the color yellow? Would I find any in your home or wardrobe? Daffodils, tulips, roses, sunflowers, day lily, black eyed susan...which yellow bloom on this list is your favorite?

I consider myself a folk artist and I don't dislike any colors.  Sunflowers from that list, but baby chicks and ducks!

6. Flip flops or bare feet?

Bare feet

7. Tell us about any Easter plans, celebrations, or traditions you'll carry out this month.

We do a Sunday School Easter egg hunt.  This year will be different for our family.  One of our daughters and her husband will be in China - yes, China and the other daughter and her husband will have Easter at his parent's house.  So, I plan to make a light lunch for just Al and I.  We are having a lunch together as a family at the end of the month when everyone can be here.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

My sister found a box of old photos and I do remember seeing them before, but not for many years.  I took pictures of the originals.  As I was doing so, I happen to say, "these images are more than mere moments in time."  As I sifted through them, I happen to think how old each family member was at that time in their life.  Did their life at that age parallel with mine.   I tend to do this at every stage of life I enter.  Maybe because I'm the youngest, I'm not sure.  But, as I enter a new stage I often think, well what did Bonnie or Lynn (my oldest sisters) do when they were my age?  How did they handle this or that?  Not that I compare myself - rather prepare myself.  There is a big difference in that.  We each are not served the same "plate" in life - but, how we respond to what we receive is important to take lessons from.  

Here are a few pictures of my mom when she young.  My mom really was beautiful - inside and out.  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Quartlery Exams - Working on my Masters

I was sharing recently about how life is a "test" - rather, the trials and obstacles that come our way - I will relate these as exams.  

How do we handle them?  What would our grade be?  The first quarter of 2017 is complete.  Wow, did I face some pretty hard exams.  It was rough, I won't lie. 

As I was sharing this with a friend, I said, "I'm tired of getting F's, I want to get A's on these exams in life."  I have failed in the past because I've given up and just said...F this...sorry, but true.  What can I do differently?  

Then it hit me, I don't just want A's, I want a Master's Degree.   You know, like turning it all over to the Master before I quit or react to life's exams.  Oh a Master's that's it!  That's the answer.  How do I achieve this? 

I need to study for these exams by reading my Bible to search for the answers.  "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."  2 Timothy 2:15  

I need to prepare for these exams by praying before, during and after.  "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."  Philippians 4:6

Work on letting things go by thinking about what is really important.  "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all ways acknowledge him and he shall direct they paths."   Proverbs 3 5-6

Seek after Godly counsel, learn from the Master and trust in Jesus to "take care of it."  "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace."  Isaiah 9:6

We all graduate from life.  "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after is the judgment:  So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation."  Hebrews 9:27-28.

When my time comes to graduate, however long that may be, I want high marks on my exams.  I want to graduate Summa Cum Laude with my Master's Degree.   

So as each day brings me a new exam, I want to be prepared.  I've been working on myself.  I have found, that at most times during these exams, it would be easier to "sin" my flesh wants to, believe me.  When we had no water for 33 days, all my friends and family were saying..."yell at them" - what good would that do?  It would have felt good to me to do so, but who would have received the glory?  I can tell you that we did get the bill for our new well - guess what?  The company wrote us a message of how they appreciated our patience and reduced the bill by nearly 10%.  I am happy I kept my "flesh" in check and let the "spirit" lead my attitude.  If you know me...you know this is HUGE!  To God be the glory.  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Monday, April 3, 2017

Motivational Monday - Navigationally Challenged

I've shared this before, but I am navigationally challenged.  If you have been a passenger of mine, you know this to be true.  I don't know why, but my mind doesn't let me work in "map mode."  

I drove down to Waukesha, by myself, to visit our daughter and son-in-law this past weekend.  Every time we have visited, we took a different way; either by choice or gps.  So, I don't actually know how to get to her house.  Now keep in mind that Waukesha is 25 miles big with 71,700 people.  Ringle is 42 miles big with 1,700 people.  It all seems like a mouse trap to me.  

On the way down, I missed the exit I wanted.  No worries, I told myself, I'll just drive down to the next one, take a right and that should take me to the road I wanted.  It did eventually, but was closed to "local traffic only" - I just drove around the dump trucks....I had to.  On that road I did see some awesome stone barns, so it was scenic.

Once I arrived, I handed the keys to Anna and she drove.  I would rather be a passenger than the driver.  We had a fun 2 days together.  Truthfully, I miss her terribly.  I know they are making a good life for themselves down there and that helps. 

We went thrifting to little towns that surround the Milwaukee and Waukesha areas.  My van is full.  Another little story:  we both love Pho and Anna wanted to check out this restaurant called Pho King (I know it sounds terrible, but funny).  It was the best Pho I've had to date!  I like to make it spicy, so much so, that I sweat while eating it.  Well, this time I was sweating and my face felt hot....oh no, I had the jalapeno oil on my fingers and wiped my face, my lip, pushed up my glasses under my eye...my face was red.  So, I went to the bathroom to wash it off.  I ended up with soap in my one eye, jalapeno oil in the other...mascara running...I was a mess!  But the Pho was the best!  (if you know me, things like this happen to me too!)

So, on Saturday late afternoon, with my heart and van full, I headed for home.  Anna said "Mom, do you think you know how to get home?"  I said "well the sun sets in the west, so I'll keep driving north."  I didn't want to tell her how scared I actually was.  I told old Siri "take me home" - another thing about that...she doesn't understand my Wisconsineese...I guess Wisconsinites have an accent...who knew? (smile).  Anyway, I didn't want to go on the interstate.  So after I passed their house a second time (I couldn't stand to stop and ask them for directions) I just keep driving with the sun on the left side of my face.  I did pull into a bank and asked Siri all kinds of "take me to..." none of which were helpful.  I really was almost in tears, but I decided too "embrace" my navigationally challenged self and figure it out.  I did it!  I wasn't that far off the road I wanted to be on - so that was good.  

I actually was laughing at myself on the way home.  I am 1/4 Native American, 1/4 Welch/English/Irish traveler and I am void of any "trappin and trackin" much less any "traveler" genes.  No matter where I go, it's always an adventure.

I guess I say all of this today in my Motivational Monday post so that you too can "embrace" and laugh at yourself at any short comings you may have.  You know, God created each of us with our own special gifts.  We all are good at something and other things maybe not so much.  Don't dwell on what you are NOT good at, rather focus on what you ARE good at.  Don't look at your short comings as negatives, rather turn them into positives.  This hasn't always been easy for me to do.  I tend to be hard on myself.  However, I've learned, through the grace of Christ, that I can be.  I sometimes sing "Peace of God cover me..." that might be what it takes that day to make it to the next.  I might not know how to drive from here to there, but I have learned how to navigate myself to Jesus with my problems.  You can too.

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.   

Linked to:  http://strangersandpilgrimsonearth.blogspot.com/2017/04/the-art-of-home-making-mondays-please.html

Mosaic Monday - Needle Felting

This is my first time joining in on Mosaic Monday.  Here are a few pictures of the class I taught with Girl Scouts as part of a Folk Art clinic.  My daughter Anna works for Girl Scouts South East Wisconsin.  That is her and I together in the bottom picture.  I enjoy sharing my love of fiber arts with others - especially kids!

Go to the link Normandy Life, she is one of my new blogging friends from "across the pond."  I enjoy reading her blog.

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Friday, March 31, 2017

Five on Friday - A Little Dittty about Dicky Bird's Week

First, this really isn't a ditty.  Which by the way, is my first of Five on Friday....here goes....

1.  I google search, wikipedia and spell check every post - it still amazes me how many errors I miss.  Anyway, I was thinking of a catchy (wait..."how do you spell catchy?"...I'm back now...LOL) title for my post for this Five on Friday.  I didn't know ditty was a song and not a story, but the title is cute with Dicky Bird (smile).  I love Wikipedia and use it every time I post.  

2.  I will be teaching around 100 Girl Scouts how to needle felt this weekend near Milwaukee, WI.  There will be rotations of different folk art classes, so I won't have all 100 at the same time, thank goodness.  I needed to buy some foam for cutting into squares to felt on so their needles won't break.  I went to the fabric store, was I shocked at the price!  I found a bin of remnant pieces, so I took my arms full of them to the cutting counter.  As I approach, I see the girl grab her head phones...."yes, it looks that way" "I don't think so" "I don't know..." "yes, all of them..."  I could gather from their conversation it was about me.  So, I tell the girl...."tell her I'm teaching ..... and I explain it."  Really??  As I walk with them up to the check out, customers were asking, "what are you going to do with all of those?"  People, it doesn't matter what it is or where I am this this literally happens to me all the time.  I could have 4 loaves of bread in my cart and someone say, "why are you buying all that bread?"  "Because,I'm hungry?!?"  LOL

3.  Once home with the sheets of foam, how do I cut them into smaller squares?  I saw something once where you could do this with an electric knife.  Now, you all know I "buy out" total household estates, I think I remember seeing one somewhere....so I go out to the barn and dig.  Luck would have it, I found it.  Wow, what a handy little tool - I'm keeping it!  I ended up with 63 squares BTW - now I need to teach more classes.  Anyone want to learn how to needle felt?

4.  Another handy crafting tip a friend shared with me this week, was using "press and seal" plastic wrap to hold your pieces together while you hand applique them.  It worked great!  

5.  I started back on my diet.  I thought of a handy tip to help me keep on track.  I take a picture of my plate at each meal and email them to me at the end of the day.  I print it off and write down the nutritional information I am keeping track of and put it in a binder.  I am a visual person - I love looking back at my pretty plates of healthy food!  Also, I have a reference for future use when I don't know what to eat. Win/Win!

So, that is my list of five.  Off to Waukesha (Milwaukee) where my daughter and son in law live.  We will be thrifting all day and eating Pho for supper!  Yay!

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin!

Here is the link to the FAST blog, go over and read some of the other interesting Five on Fridays http://www.fastblog.es/search/label/Fast%20Five

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Hodge Podge Wednesday - Beauty

From This Side of The Pond asks the questions and we answer for Hodge Podge Wednesday.  Link here:  http://www.fromthissideofthepond.com/2017/03/beauty-and-hodgepodge-beast.html

1. 'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder'  What's something you've seen recently that you thought was beautiful?

The sunrise the other day - orange, pinks, blues - beautiful.

2. Our culture and beauty...your thoughts?

We focus too much on outward beauty.  Beauty is only skin deep.  True beauty is within.

3. Age before beauty, beauty queen, beauty mark, beauty sleep...which beauty-ful phrase resonates with you today? Why?

Age before beauty - I'm feeling my whole 50 years today.  

4. I read here a list of the top ten beasts animals that scare us the most-

alligators, coyotes, black bears, birds (but pigeons in particular), sharks, bats, bed bugs, rats, rattlesnakes, and the black widow spider. 

Which 'beast' on the list scares you the most? What is the liklihood of you having an actual encounter with that particular beast? Did a movie contribute to your fear of this creature? Have you ever had a real life encounter with any of the animals listed?

Well, that is some list...several of them actually.  However, sharks would be it.  Obviously, JAWS - even the "da da da da...music" - peeks my fears.  I've only swam in an ocean a few times in my life, but each time, I was afraid of a shark encounter.  

5. Where were you when you last heard a bell ring? Was it alarming or musical?

It was actually some one's phone.  Those silly ring tones.  It was both musical and alarming because I didn't know where the noise was coming from.  

6. What's your favorite carb? How's that for random?

Mashed potatoes!

7. Let's wrap up another month of Hodgepodging and life with an acrostic. Recap your month using the word MARCH.

Our well failed and we didn't have running water for 33 days, so mine would go something like this....

In March it was, the well did fail
so we marched to the barn with bucket and pail
to carry the water so we could flush
33 days we did march and mush.  

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Shallow Hal the movie.  I really like that one.  Jack Black's character has a problem with outward beauty - he is very shallow.  He has an encounter with Tony Robbins, who hypnotized him so that he sees people for their inward beauty.  It shows us how we tend to judge others from the outside before we get to know them.  Growing up chubby and getting teased about it - I can relate to this movie.  I know many pretty people who are ugly on the inside!

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.