Friday, October 21, 2016

     Life moves so fast.  I am always amazed at how long it has been since I have looked at my blog.  Part of the reason I am not on my blog is that I do not have internet at the new house.  I am embracing the country living.  I have a wonderful garden, 9 chickens, 4 ducks and an orphaned wood duck named Zippy.  I also got 7000 bees in April.  My kids planned a joint Christmas present last year.  Dan made a top-bar bee hive (he has been doing some woodworking).  Jenni bought me all sorts of books on bee-keeping.  I should be writing a blog about being a bumbling beekeeper.  I really honestly don't know what I am doing.  On a positive note, I have not been stung by my bees and they are still alive.
     I am working as a Headstart Home Visitor at Lakes and Pines in Mora.  I enjoy the children. The job can be very taxing, I am the link to services and sometimes the unofficial therapist for these families.  It is so hard to see the need and not be able to help. The way I keep my cup full is my garden and animals ( I have 6 cats besides the outside animals), and of course my wonderful friends and family.   
     It's been two years since I moved into my new house.  The penny floor is done.

This is a picture before the grout and epoxy.  I am very pleased at how it turned out.  It was worth all the time I put into it.  I am working on going through all the boxes that I still have.  It is amazing the things that I kept when I packed and still can't throw away.  It will be a slow process.  At last I am becoming more organized to (hopefully) make it easier.  Until next time....

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Miss Evie

Jenni and Miss Ellie

My three reasons for living

Jenni with Mom and Dad

Cedric bridge ceremony

Miss Ellie at Easter time

My new house before it was finished (almost done)

The bathroom Lake Superior rock floor

Where have you been?

What happened to Janet and Family??
The last year and a half have been a rollercoaster ride that is for sure!  I apologize to those of you that have heard the story for repeating it.  Here goes:  On March 8, 2014 I sold the Hutchinson house and moved into a rental in Garrison MN (move #1).  I had lots of help from family and friends which I greatly appreciated.  Shortly after I moved in the house I was renting, sold.  I had to remove the cats immediately (move #2 for the cats).  I moved my belongings to Milaca and myself into a 27 ft camping trailer that my brother Tim graciously let me borrow (move #2 for the belongings and me, move #3 for the cats).  The camper was parked on my parent’s west lawn.  I moved into the camper at the end of April.  It was cold!  The camper didn’t have a heater, so I got a space heater (which honestly didn’t heat the camper very well). 
At the beginning of May I signed papers to buy 5.87 acres of land and build a new house right outside the town of Pease, MN.  I also went on a road trip to Texas in May.  Jenni took a new job at the Frank Buck Zoo in Gainesville, TX.  I drove some of her belongings down to her.  It was a long (15.5 hours one way) drive but my friend Janet D went with me.  We had a good time despite the soreness we developed from sitting so long.
In June I was let go from my Personal assistant job in Milaca.  I was very glad not to have many bills at that time.  I spent June and July looking for a job and helping Mom and Dad with their garden and mowing lawn.  I am very grateful for the extra time that I got to spend with my parents.  I am so blessed to have such wonderful family and friend support during this very stressful time for me.  July 7 the backhoe arrived to dig the hole for my basement.  My house was finally started!  I was so excited to see something happening.  The crew that I was working with was unbelievably nice.  They let me get in the way and “help” with the work. I laid some block on the foundation and even put up one of the walls in the kitchen.  I can’t say enough good things about them.  If you ever need a contractor Mark Baas is WONDERFUL!  The guys listened to my concerns and suggested alternatives if my idea wasn’t feasible. 
In August I moved my belongings into a storage unit in Pease (move #3 for my belongings) I want to thank my loyal movers again.  I don’t know where I would be without you.  I promise I will not move for a very long time.  I was hired at Lakes and Pines at the end of August.  Unfortunately I started my new job at the same time that my house was ready for painting, staining, varnishing and laying the floors. 
September was unbelievably busy with working on the house and learning a new job.  The kitchen porcelain floor and the bathroom Lake Superior rock floors were laid on Labor Day weekend.  Mom and Dad helped me so much with the painting, staining and varnishing.  Dan had shoulder surgery in mid September.  Dan and I switched cars for a month because he couldn’t drive stick with his bandaged shoulder.   I had issues with the gas company and ended up having to install propane for 3 months.  The house had to be heated to install the wood floor and by that time it was the middle of October and starting to get cold again.  I am so glad we had such a mild October.  On Oct 25 I moved into my new house (Move #4).  Can I say again how grateful I am for the help of family and friends? 
On February 19, 2015 ElliAnna Rachel Marie Swanson was born.  I was privileged to be asked to take care of Evie during the time that Jason and Michelle were in the hospital.   Michelle had an emergency c-section and Jason needed to help her.  Jenni also arrived in Minnesota February 19.  It was so nice to actually see all three of my kids in the same room even for a short time. 
I still have things to do in the house, pictures aren’t up in all of the rooms, the entryway penny floor is unfinished, the yard is a work in progress, and the list goes on.  The cats are settling in, they still don’t like to be picked up because they are afraid they are going to be moved again.  I love my new open kitchen and all of the windows.  I have a garden plowed and am looking forward to planting it.  I have trees to plant and flower beds to create; I want to get bees and chickens.  There are a lot of plans that are going to take time. 
I am pleased to be able to go to events for Cedric now that I am closer.  I helped with one of his Cub Scout badges and was able to be there for his bridge ceremony from Cub Scout to Boy Scout.  He will be 11 in August.  Where does the time go?  Evie is almost two and starting potty training.  She is so adorable, big blue eyes and brown hair.  It will be exciting to see Ellie pass milestones.  Three beautiful grandchildren and three wonderful children; I am truly blessed!!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

My new Job

Well, I have been at my new job for 4 months now.  I am really enjoying the work and all the new things that I am learning.  I do many different things, I work in the garden, help the clients, order supplies, do computer work and am learning how to fill orders.  I also have been learning to cook the Caitlyn way, using pleasing proportions.  Tuesdays are cooking days where I cook for the week.  Aigo Sau, Raz-ma-taz, turkey soup, chicken vegetable soup, bone broth, and many other delicious things. 

Selling the house is going slow.  I have had a lot of lookers, but it hasn't sold yet.  The hardest part is the driving.  I am commuting for 3 hours a day.   The deer and other critters have been staying off the road luckily.  I am not looking forward to driving in bad weather. 

I read my sister's blogs today and am so impressed with the fact that they both have started new Day Zero projects.  I haven't even thought about my new Day Zero project.  I have been so busy with the new job and trying to get the house sold.  After I get into a new place I can think about it.  Right now I am just trying to keep up with everything around here.

I hope this gets you caught up with what I am doing.   I'll try to write again soon.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

My new job

I have completed two days at my new job.  I am on information overload!  I am still very excited about working with Caitlyn.  For those of you that don't know I have accepted (and been accepted ) to work with Caitlyn Johnson.  She is a Holistic Practitioner, who is also a life coach.  I am to be her personal assistant, doing everything from tending her beautiful gardens to data entry to laundry and cooking.  She is a very smart lady!  I can not believe all the information that she holds in her head.  I have spent the last two days shadowing her.  Today is my day off.  Since I am commuting 90 miles each way, we have worked it out for me to work 4 - 10 hour days.  After my house sells and I move closer (much closer) that might change.  Today I have to get things organized around here!  So I am off to clean up from my garage sale, mow lawn, and run errands.  :)

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Completion date

My completion date has come and gone.  I finished exactly one half of my tasks.  I will be doing this again.  I just need to make good on my donations before I start another round.  I know that I will be donating to Postcrossing and Beginning Experience, but am not sure if I will donate to anywhere else or split the money between the two places.  I was thinking of donating to Children's Hospital in Minneapolis in memory of Sarah. 
 Talking of Sarah, I am a Grandma again!!!  To a beautiful little girl named Evelyn Sarah Marie Swanson, they will be calling her Evie.  She was born June 11 at 8:37 pm weighing 7 lbs 1 oz and 20 inches long.
Look at all that hair!  She was named after Michelle's grandma and my Sarah.  I am so blessed that she and Mom are healthy as there lots of problems with the pregnancy. 

Other big news in my life is that I am quitting Daycare and have accepted a job as a personal assistant to a Holistic Practitioner who is also a life coach.  I have been busy cleaning, fixing, painting my house to put it on the market.  So not only am I leaving a job I have done for 24 years I am also moving out of my house that I have lived in for  28 years.  And you were wondering why I wasn't writing on my blog  :)

Now my blog is going to be about my new adventures after daycare.  Maybe I should title it "Is there life after Daycare?"  I will miss the kids, I think they keep me young.  I won't miss the dirty diapers and the puking.  Wish me luck on my new job!

# 99 Call or visit Mom and Dad at least once a month

My parents are getting older and I feel like I should be there for them like they have been there for me.  I have always tried to stay in touch, I just wanted to stay in touch more often.  They have recently gotten internet and now are on facebook, so staying in touch will be even easier.