"These happy golden years are passing by, these happy golden years." Laura Ingalls Wilder

Saturday, May 22, 2010

A Meeting Hundreds Of Years ...

... in the making!

Since I began dabbling in genealogy,  I have been surprised recently to find that I have distant cousins all over the place ... including my own relative 'backyard' (speaking in terms of the size of the world;).  Last night was worth waiting many generations to meet up with my newly discovered cousin, Egon, from Denmark.  He and his beautiful wife, Debbie, live on the west coast of Washington state .. a mere six hour drive from my home .,.. and stopped by last night for our first visit.  We are connected through my grandmother Esther's father that emigrated from Denmark in the 1880's.  Egon is the family historian and is quite involved the region's Danish community.

I encourage you to write down your family's history.  Talk with the elders of your family and record their stories, family heritage, recipes, etc.  Often, we wait until our family members are long gone to think about the importance of such records.
Photos:  Top .. Grandma Esther, about 1918, bottom .. Egon, Mrs. Mac, Debbie 5/21/2010

Thursday, May 20, 2010

I Broke Down

... and took Nathan to see a nurse practitioner this morning.  His sniffles turned into a sinus infection and he just couldn't shake it after nearly two weeks of home therapy.  She checked his chart and found that the last time he had one was January, 2009.  For him, that's progress.  So the much dreaded antibiotics were prescribed .. along with a prescription nasal spray.  How did people survive (or suffer) sinus infections prior to antibiotics???  I'd really like to know.  The thought of using a netti-pot on him is about as looked forward to as clipping his toenails ;)  so I'll be skipping the former and tending to the latter:)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Today ...

... Nathan was home, once again, from school.  Seems he has a mystery disease that only strikes at school (uh-hum ... how convenient;).  Rain washed the land and watered the gardens.  The weeds have grown wild and need to be mowed once more.  A nap was in order this afternoon and was taken.  Dinner was an easy fix of leftover homemade lasagna from last night.  A quick salad with homemade ranch dressing rounded out the meal.  Today I vacuumed, mopped floors, washed laundry (always), made homemade mayo and ranch dressing ... and baked a rosemary-lemon pound cake.  Little Jake blessed my day by being such a good boy.  Now the day is over ... time to make sure Nathan is 'unplugged' and sleeping. 

I leave you with a picture of my great grandmother, Elizabeth Groden Melcher ... a regular teenage hippy from the 1800's ... my spitting image, eh?:)

Friday, May 14, 2010

Homesteading ...

Now that winter is behind, and spring has arrived, my time has been spent in the GREAT outdoors ... working in the gardens, cleaning up the property, tending to the fruit trees, planting veggie seeds, pulling weeds.  The humming birds have returned and the feeders are up.  We've had quite a few song birds visiting and enjoying the sunflower seeds we put out for them.  They are so kind ... and in return for the free food, I occasionally will find sunflowers growing in odd places;)  

I do take  time to sit on the front porch rockers to soak in the scenery and rest my feet, but from now until winter I'll be busy tending the garden and stocking the pantry and freezers with veggies and canned goods to get us through another year.

I have yet to find the charger for my camera ... will have to borrow Mr. Macs to post some current pics soon.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Mother's Day Memories

Though Many A Mile
We Distant Be,
Together Forever Our
Hearts Shall Be

Happy Mother's Day

Photos from Mrs. Mac's family collection:
Top .. Mrs. Mac and Mom about 1966
Bottom ... Mrs. Mac with her mother and brothers about 1967

Saturday, May 08, 2010

A Diddle-diddle-diddle-diddle-diddle-diddle-dee Day

If you live at our home ... anytime Nathan says the phrase: Diddle-diddle-diddle-diddle-diddle-diddle-diddle-dee ... we all know it's going to be a happy day.  Don't ask how he came up with this long verbiage ... but it does make everyone smile knowing he's happy!

Today brings: 

  • happiness .. Nathan style
  • morning showers to water the land
  • food to warm and nourish body and soul
  • fresh laundry
  • rest from garden and yard work
Have a wonderful Saturday soaking in God's blessings.