Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Fed Bailout, My letter to those in office

I put this over on my wordpress blog, because that's where I do political postings.

If you are interested in how the proposed bailout affects a parish pastor and his family here's the link.

If you'd rather avoid political stuff, don't go there.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Colder Weather, guess who wants in the house?

When my grandparents were here over Stella's birthday we found five of these tiny mice in the garage, squeaking, wandering around.

Yes, that's a penny.

Three Ristras

I have them all hanging from the same hook. Two are a foot long, the third is two feet long.

Thanks for the peppers, Laura.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Giant Puff Ball

I'm not going to try to catch up on what has gone on in the past few weeks. I'm too busy.

So, here it is, what happened now.

My grandparents, my mother's parents, came to visit this weekend. This will probably be the last time they drive up. They were here when Stella was born. We are sad that age has made it impossible for them to come up again, but we are thankful for this visit.

Grandma and Grandpa stayed from Thursday to this morning. We had a dinner at Oak Park on Sunday. Somehow they always seemed to have come during a birth or a church dinner.

Some days ago Barb brought over some apples. I made applesauce, canned it, and made a batch of raw must for apple wine. I hope it turns out.

Jaime and I went to a winery to find out about how to deal with Jaime's wild grapes. He's got a lot. He thinks maybe 700 to 1000 pounds. Could be interesting.

Monday was our circuit pastors' meeting. We had two guest pastors. But this isn't about that meeting. It's about what Elsie found at Pastor Stafford's place.

Elsie found a mushroom called "The Giant Puffball."

Yeah, it's big.

And in England one slice at a restaurant costs about $40.

When we got home in the evening we washed it up. Elsie cut it up. And I put a few slices under the broiler.

There was way too much for us to eat in one sitting, so we called some friends to see if they wanted some.

If you are in short driving distance from us we have some that you can have. All I can say is that it is wonderful. It has the texture of the best Angelfood cake that you ever had. It has a nice light nutty flavor. And, it takes on whatever seasoning you add.

I really like it. Most of the kids and Mary liked it too. But we have too much. Yes, Amy and Shawn, we ate it. Yum. Yes, it came from next to the cemetery, so does most of our asparagus.

According to lots of different sources it freezes fairly well and dries pretty well. So it can be used later.

Look it up. We got some, if you want it.

First come, first served.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Happy Birhday Stella

Backdated. Sorry this took so long, Stella.

We celebrated Stella's 3rd birthday
and her great grandparents were here to celebrate with us.

Not a lot of writing here, just some pictures.

We thank God that we've been allowed to have her in our family these three years. And we pray that we have many more wonderful years with her.

The Cake

The Presents

Grandpa and Grandma K.

The aftermath.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Sorry, I can't keep up

I'm sorry, there has been so much going on that I can't post. The 25th of August we had our Circuit picnic at Itasca St. Park.

Much fun for all.

I did several shut-in calls that week.

We also took Jeremy to my parents' home so he could attend Echo Charter School this year. We are very happy with his progress in school work. But he's grounded from his computer. Too much time on games and not enough time helping out.

Donna is growing by leaps and bounds. She is starting to walk. And she's a regular nanny-goat climbing everything and getting into the high places.

She loves music and dancing.

I hope she and all my kids turn out ok.

I'm sorry this post has taken so long and that I'm putting too much in without the good detail.

Nancy is fighting her cancer. It takes a lot out of her. Gloria is looking for medical solutions for her problems with shoulder replacement and osteoporosis. Please keep them in your prayers.

We have several children with severe medical issues. 2 with Duchenne muscular dystrophy; a child with MCAD, a child who will probably need heart replacement surgery by the time he's 18 years old because of a congenital heart defect (he's in confirmation classes now and I worry every time his lips start to turn blue), a quadriplegic young man who had his neck broken in a farming accident, another child with a congenital heart defect (whom I confirmed a couple of years ago), and a couple of children with life-threatening asthma (not yet teenagers).

Add to this a couple of other adult members who are dealing with life-threatening cancer.

It's a busy schedule.

We take breaks where we can get them. The last weekend in August was Bear Fest at Rodney and Cheryl's place.

Rod's brother Rick is a DNR registered guide for bear hunting. He gets hunters from all over the U.S.A.

In the first two days they had 3 black bear boars weighing over 400 pounds each. The biggest one, if I remember correctly, was 7 feet tall and 432 pounds. It had a scarred face and a white V on its chest. These bear were bagged only 5 miles from our home. Rick said he'd seen a mountain lion in the same woods. Our neighbors 2 and a half miles south have a mountain lion in their woods. Whoopee. And I've got all this mountain lion bait coming out and playing in our yard every day. (that's my kids for those of you who are too dense to figure that out)

So my policy is carry, shoot first, call for help.

Our annual Labor Day picnic at Old Mill State Park was wonderful. It started to storm and rain in the afternoon so we retreated to the shelter.

September is a busy month: Meetings with teachers for Sunday Schools (3) and Wednesday School. I'm experimenting with the Bible Study schedule to try to find something that works for each congregation.

And I messed up the calendar for September for Oak Park and Nazareth.

Sorry. Truly, I am sorry. People will be upset by whatever happens. I'll try to do right by each of you.