Our area of Wisconsin's northwoods has been in severe drought for five years and when we get rain now, it's an occasion to cheer. We finally logged over a half inch today and it was such a relief to see the dusty ground soak up the water. This will bring out the leaves and blossoms and buds that have been in a holding pattern for over a month even though we've had beautifully warm weather. The pictures show rain on the deck, Bing working with the wood splitter to get the wood supply for 2012/13 ready to dry, the new used boat we've bought, the muck bucket process that Tony and Bing are using to get muck out of the channel.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
We took a little trip this week. We headed to Minneapolis to do a little visiting with Bing's mom, 97, and his Uncle Ray, 93. Bing's sister, Sue, and her husband, Dan, live there too so we spent some time with them. Sue has that artistic gene, like her Uncle Ray, so she has the prettiest front yard in the whole neighborhood. She's had awards from the city the last few years for her displays........Their metropolitan area has broadband so we continued our experiment with the laptop, trying to figure out how to get internet access before we go atraveling this summer. But no such luck. This time we were able to get a good signal right in the parking lot pf Grandma Milli's apartment building but still couldn't figure out how to access the internet. I was going to try to send the accompanying pictures right from there but instead I'm writing this back home.............We did bring the laptop into Uncle Ray's nursing home and showed him some family pictures that he enjoyed. He's pretty frail and in pain now and needs long term care. Plans are in the works to empty his house and sell it and his belongings. He says he's ready to meet Jesus and that he is really appreciative of all the care and support he receives from his two nieces and one nephew who live nearby. Bing and Dan and John looked at several nursing homes and decided on one where he will have his own room and bathroom and enough space to display some of his artwork. He still loves to sketch and we saw some beautiful pencil portraits that he had done on regular printer paper - if only that talent could be bottled and somehow applied to others................Milli is still doing fine in her apartment and so appreciative that she still has the quality of life she has........Sue, Bing, Milli and I spent several hours in the casino on Wednesday but Sue and I were the only winners - about thirty dollars each.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Easter is all about love. Jesus rose from the dead to give us all a gift unrivaled since. And this year I loved Easter. The fun started early Saturday when Tony and his kids arrived, Bernie and his kids awakened, Grandpa made the favorite breakfast of all five grandkids - pancakes! Then the day proceeded with egg dying, Easter decorating, sap boiling, friends visiting, a movie and Tony and Carmen going out with their high school friends and all five grandkids staying overnight. Sunday it was Easter Mass complete with lots of alleluias, Carmen's Mom, Karen, joined us for the egg hunt and basket finding, the meal and lots of joyful fun. We are so blessed to have a family. It is so great to see the grandkids growing into such fine people and having a good time doing it. It may seem like bragging but I think the five kids are the nicest kids on the planet. Grandmas have a right to brag!