Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Bucks Lake Beauty

While not technically my neck-of-the-woods, 
the Minnesota River Valley is much like Wisconsin, geography-wise.
My cousin Margaret took these stunning shots at Bucks Lake last week.
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Scenes like these almost make our brutal winters worth it.
Almost.

Monday, October 20, 2014

New Beginnings

Finish each day and be done with it. 
you have done what you could. 
some blunders and absurdities have crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day. 
you shall begin it serenely 
and with too high a spirit to be encumbered
with your old nonsense.

This new day
is too dear, with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment in the yesterdays.
- emerson

Thank you, Lois, my English teacher friend, for sharing this;
I love it.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Be Still, for Mr.4444

Our daughter Kendall is studying engineering in college, and she's talked about joining an informal choir, but finding the time has been an obstacle. She says she misses the choir-vibe, the choir community. We miss her singing around the house. Over the past year or two, she has recorded a few songs for her dad, as gifts, my favorite being Hallelujah. Having had couple of special childhood pets (a gray squirrel and a raccoon), Mr.4444's favorite song is Ben (Michael Jackson), so Kendall recorded that for him, too. In honor of his birthday yesterday, Kendall recorded Be Still, by Kari Jobe.


Kendall apologized for not having any accompaniment, 
but I didn't notice it missing.

Happy Birthday (again) to the best husband and father I know.
Love you, Mr.4444!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Mr.4444's Unhappy Day

I recently found this gem in a scrapbook belonging to my husband. 
I suspect he was six or seven years of age when he wrote it, at school.


Translation [with spelling corrections]:

Once there was an unhappy day. It was my brother's birthday. Because he always gets the good stuff. I only get clothes and cake. I have a mean, mean brother. He always scares me in the morning. I am going to beat him up tonight, of course. The End

Happy Birthday, Mr.4444!!! 
[Sure am glad I got you some "good stuff" this year.]

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Friday Fragments: Episode #322

Half-Past Kissin' Time

Bits pieces, pieces and bits.
Holding them in would give me fits.
So let's unleash our randomness
So that our weekends can be clutter-less.
Thanks for joining us for Friday Fragments.

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My husband's boss and his wife (whom I've never met) are coming to spend the night at our house on Saturday and go to the Packers game on Sunday. I have done nothing to prepare the house--UGH

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Our Halloween party is eight days away. I've done very little to prep for that, either. I guess I just like to work under pressure, which is insane. I have no idea what my costume will be. Maybe I'll be a French Maid again.
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It's been raining for days and staying darker later every morning. Last night, it was also very windy, resulting in this artwork on our deck this morning:


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My video, How to Remove an Otterbox Case from a Samsung Galaxy S4 Phone, has reached more than 86,000 views! I think that's fantastic! Tonight, I was reading the latest comments on it and learned that the Otterbox customer service department shared a link to my video with a customer who called them. How cool is that?!
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I've started my Christmas shopping, and I'm happy to report that I found a company that makes sheepskin products in the United States. It's a two-person operation in Vermont, called Shepherd's Flock Shearling Products, and if you have the patience to read through their website, you'll find that at least one of the partners is a real character. I'm ordering one of these to keep Mr.4444 warm when he's blowing snow

and will let you know how it all plays out some time in early November, when the hat arrives.

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Ebola. Wow. Shout-out to you nurses out there; you risk your own health on a daily basis. Thanks.

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My first job was with the housekeeping department of St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. I remember having to don isolation garb when cleaning the rooms of contagious patients. Yikes.

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This week, I have only taken Tylenol maybe twice; I've reached the stage of rotator cuff recovery in which I'm working on stretching my shoulder, arm, and back muscles so that I can get to the strengthening stage. Today, I am excited to say that for the first time, I am able to reach my arm up and touch the side of my head with my bicep! Small victories.

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Oh, and if you know anyone who's facing rotator cuff surgery, I'd love it if you shared my post, 37 Things to Expect When You're Expecting Rotator Cuff Surgery. I'm certain it's a post many will appreciate.
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I'm starting to be able to focus on more than just work and shoulder surgery recovery. I enjoyed being able to check in with at least some of you last week and look forward to doing the same this weekend (with any luck). I'm sure I'm not the only one who'd like to know what's new with you; link up your Friday Fragments post below.