Monday, December 8, 2014

Ramblings

Thanksgiving was quiet here in Minnesota. Grandson Justin made ham,potatoes,broccoli, corn, Mac n cheese and his first yeast rolls. Melody and I went to pick up 3 things at Walmart. Took longer to check out than get the items. I never shop Thanksgiving or day after but Melody needed me to stand in line for a tablet. I got a little homesick missing giving all the animals their special treats. William will be here a week from Thursday and we will be back on the homestead the 22nd. Can't wait!
Williams grandson Will (Harvey's brother) has been in hospital since week before Thanksgiving. First 3 days they treated him for migraine but told him it was mental. Third day they were going to release him when he coded. He has been in ICU ever since on ventilator. He finally got diagnosed with Guillian Barre` Syndrome and pneumonia. He has a very long recovery ahead of him. He is 15 yrs. old. Harvey had his 7th birthday party in the waiting room of ICU.

Grandsons Quintin and Casey have been playing with their team Franklin Panthers in NC state playoffs. Their team was undefeated all year until 4th round of playoffs. They got beat by a team that cheated to win. They played a honest hard game with lots of injuries. There is a investigation into the other team. If it proves out then Franklin will get to go to state championship game. I hope honesty pays off and these boys get to go.

We are having our family Christmas treasure hunt Dec 21st. All the family will be there this year so it should be awesome. Woody is coming from Ft Stewart and I can't wait to see him.

Melody has gone to New Orleans for the week so Justin and I are here alone. A little snow today but not much. Suppose to be up to 40f by Friday.  Minnesota is letting me down for snow and winter weather.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you a day overflowing in blessings. -4F at the moment but the sun is shining brightly. Leaving here and heading back to NC the 19th. Looking forward to getting back to our little homestead. Will miss daughter and family here in Minnesota but its time to go home. Today I am thankful for family and my home waiting for me. Have a blessed one!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Still In Minnesota

Melody was out of town last week on business and again this week. I have been trying to fix things for supper Justin will eat. He is one of a couple of my grands that is a picky eater. Its hard not saying too much as my girls had to eat a spoon full of everything on the table and weren't allowed to fix something different if they didn't like the meal. Hoping he will start trying more things since he enjoys cooking.

There is snow all around us. though we have the extreme cold temps there is only a inch of snow. William will be flying up the 18th of December to drive us back to NC. I sure hope to see snow before then.

Melody will be out of town the first part of the week so instead of cooking Thanksgiving dinner we are going to go work at the soup kitchen. I am looking forward to it!

Not a lot to post as my days are spent reading or online since there isn't much to do in daughters apartment. I tell her I am going to be too lazy to work when I go back home. Lol i really am enjoying my time here but look forward to taking care of my animals and homestead.

Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to count your blessings.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

This and That

12F this morning with a dust of snow. Hope before I head back to the homestead in a few weeks I hope I see one big snowfall.

Things back on the homestead are staying busy. William heard a bobcat scream last night and Bella our Great Pyrenees took off running to protect and defend. Bobcat ran off before William had a chance to shoot. Hope it knows with our dogs it doesn't stand a chance and won't come back. Have had a fox getting a few chickens early mornings past few weeks. Time of year where wildlife needs extra food to stay warm. Bella likes to come inside late at night so when the fox comes she has to wait for someone to open door to go after it. Buster is in goat pen so can't get out to give chase. Wonder if we can talk Bella into going out before daylight???
I have all kinds of plans to declutter,paint, and change rooms when I get home. Will keep me busy this winter. Looking forward to going home.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Crookston Minnesota

It's raining and windy here today. Haven't gotten the snow I have been wanting since coming to Minnesota. Seems the wind is blowing all the time here. Crookston is a lovely small town with population a little over 7000. It is a farm town. Dixie Crystal Sugar plant is here. I was surprised that there are mostly sugar beet farmers here and the beets are used to make sugar. I never knew unless it says pure cane sugar on the package that sugar is mostly made from sugar beets. Sunflowers are grown everywhere here too. There is a grainery in town where the farmers take their grains and a train loads them and takes them off to be processed. My daughter picked a perfect town to move to. The Red Lake River runs right through the middle of town.It freezers over in the winter and there are all kinds of ice festivals on the river along with ice fishing and lots of skating. I am enjoying getting to know this town where my daughter and family now call home but look forward to going back to the homestead in a few weeks.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

No Snow

It should a crime not to have snow in Minnesota! It snowed for one hour today. I am hoping snow called for this weekend shows up. Daughter is in Vegas on work trip so grandson and I are making orange chicken and rice for dinner. A game of scrabble will be our entertainment. Hope you have a blessed one.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Enjoying Minnesota

I am spending a few months in Minnesota helping my daughter. She started her new job here in August and does a lot of traveling. Her husband is finishing up some contract jobs back in NC so I came along to help unpack and set up her home as well as be here for grandson Justin when his mom is out of town. So have not had much to write about. Hopefully can get back to blogging after having a nice break as I had been in a blogging slump. Looking forward to sharing homestead and Minnesota adventures with you. I have been reading blogs and all of you have been so busy!! Hopefully I will be back tomorrow with SNOW pictures!!! Thank you for stopping by and not giving up on me.