Sunday, January 31, 2016

Saturday/Sunday, January 30/31, 2016

Good evening! I seem to be doing this in doubles lately. Saturday was very quiet. I realized we were down to our last loaf of bread, so I baked some. And that's about as exciting as it got. I asked Orrin if he wanted french toast for supper (haven't done that for a while) and it really tastes different with homemade bread. It soaks up the egg mixture a lot more.

There was annual meeting with a pot luck dinner today, so we went to late service.  We went early enough to go to bible study, but then it turned out that there wasn't our regular bible study with our usual group. There was a presentation in the fellowship hall led by Pastor Lindhorst, about Christian education. 

We then went to second service. 3 of the choirs sang, the lower grades from St. Martin's and the upper grades from St. Martin's and the honor choir from GPLHS. It was very nice. And Pastor Lindhorst had an especially good sermon, again about Christian education and the parent's role in that. Here is the link to the service, please watch it if you can  

There was a surprising turnout at second service, that's usually not as well attended as first service. And after that, we had a potluck meal in the fellowship hall. 

Followed by the annual meeting. They had election of officers and of the different committees, etc. They also had a discussion about adding 3 yr. old to the 4 yr. old daycare. This is going to involve adding on to the school building. They did decide to go ahead with preliminary investigation by hiring an architect, etc. All of these things are possible by the generous endowment that the church received the end of last year. We don't have any capital debt right now. Praise be to God!

We stopped at WalMart for some meds and a few other things. Orrin was going to get a haircut, but there was a 2 hour wait. So he remains shaggy.  

Cori had called yesterday to tell us that baptism was going to be Valentine's Day. Can't wait to see that big boy!  

And that's all there is! Hugs,
Orrin, Linda and Teddy
But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.
Jeremiah 1:7-8

Friday, January 29, 2016

Thursday/Friday, January 28/29, 2016

We are having a spring thaw! It was in the 40's yesterday and today. Wonderful! After all the excitement died down from Jack Joseph's birth, yesterday was pretty quiet. If you hadn't seen it yet, Cori and Josh welcomed a son, Jack Joseph Hammerschmidt. 9 # 13 1/2 oz. 22 inches. He is a big boy! Pictures were up on facebook. Cori said that Riley laid claim to him and just held him and said "baby". Can't wait to get up there to see him, I imagine we'll go up for baptism.

Yesterday was my resting day haha.. There were several things I could have done, but just didn't get to them.

Today was much different. My friend, Carrie, came over from Astoria and spent the day. She brought some supplies, and we both set up in the dining room and cut paper all day! She cut many, many images and shapes with the cricut, and I helped some with that. Then I got the Big Shot out and cut out a lot of die cuts. She stayed for lunch and then for a chili supper. She'll have lots of things to work on when she gets home. But then she left her pack of paper!

Next time we'll have to do some stamping and coloring.

I think I'll sit down with the Cricut in the morning and get some things cut for myself. Then I'll be ahead of the game when I'm making cards.  

Yesterday I received a package from Deb. She said they were some things they found in Jane's storeroom. One was a notebook with all the details for our wedding. Oh my! I really was OCD. Also there was a video tape that was addressed to me from a Jerry Storley ?? We'll have to watch it one day soon and find out what it is. The only thing I can think of is maybe something relating to the ag school? But why did Jane have it? Hm, a mystery.

And now I'm going to go sit next to Orrin and watch some tv.

Hugs, Orrin, Linda and Teddy

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Here we are, almost done with January of this new year! It was a very blustery day this morning, but my mid afternoon the temps were up in the 40's. Wonderful. But as soon as the sun went down so did those temperatures.

I needed to do a few things in town, so off I went this morning. As I said, it was quite blustery and lots of ground drifting, but it was low to the ground and nothing was sticking, so other than the wind buffeting the vehicle, it was doable. Again, I've driven in worst. But - - I got my errands done as quickly as possible and headed back home.

Darwin and Delores had been to Dennis Kamrath's funeral, which was held at the Dawson Covenant church and afterwards they stopped for coffee, which extended into a very nice visit. Lots of reminiscing going on. :) That happens a lot in our senior group, haha.

Orrin is feeling some better today, so the meds must be working. But we both still took a nap after our company left.  :(  Now I'm afraid I'm not going to be tired for a while.

Some exciting news! Cori texted to say that contractions had started. The last news I had was from Wendy, and she was at 7 cm and at the hospital, I believe. So now we are just waiting for the call to say we have a new baby in the family!!

And that's enough excitement for us. . .haha.

Hugs, Orrin, Linda and Teddy

Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Monday/Tuesday, January 25-26, 2016

Hmm, here I am again, combining two days! I truly was going to write last night, but for some reason I was just really tired. I think driving in bad weather just took the sap right out of me.

Yesterday I realized that I had an appointment at 12, not at 2, so I hurried up and did a few things before I took off. The weather reports were iffy, but decided it wasn't all that bad. I had haircut, manicure and pedicure appointments and I was supposed to have a chiropractic appointment after that.

It was snowing when I left (I took the pickup) but not too hard, and really didn't seem that bad. I made it to Montevideo in plenty of time, and the gals got me in and done up as quick as possible. The pedicure felt really good, I hadn't had one since late last summer. In the meantime, the snow kept falling. But I'd driven in worse! I made a quick stop at the library and then headed home. The first several miles were not nice at all, but there was always visibility. By the time I got to Dawson, it had let up quite a bit. The storm was coming from the west and heading northeast, so I had driven out of it. I stopped at Subway and picked up supper, and then decided I would cancel the chiro appointment and reschedule. I just wanted to get home at that point. We only got an inch or two total.

And like I said, I was just exhausted at that point. We ate an early supper and I fell asleep on the couch by 7! 

Orrin had a very unpleasant night again, he's had this cough that just doesn't go away. So when he woke up this morning, he said he was going in. He called the clinic and got an appointment for 10:30. He also had some parts ready in Watertown, so it was a multipurpose trip! He got in, had some lab work (it wasn't strep) and saw the doctor. Probably the fastest appointment ever! He got some powerful antibiotics and she gave him a sample of dulera, as he had asthma like symptoms. We'll see how that all goes. I told him that our insurance did not cover dulera, but this was just a sample thing for now. I think he's doing better already.

We did make a stop at HyVee and picked up a few things. 

I had a book that was due and couldn't be renewed, so I decided I would just get it read before I returned it! It was the new Harry Bosch book by Michael Connelly and very good. So I did something I haven't done in a long time, and read a book in one day! 

And now that's the end of the day. Hope your day was a good one!

Hugs, Orrin, Linda and Teddy
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Well, here I am, having missed a few days again. Not too much going on, so that's the problem. Friday, Delores did call and invite us over for Darwin's birthday. There are several of us with January birthdays, so it was a group celebration. 

I was going to bake bread anyway, so decided to bake buns instead, so I did that and took a couple dozen along for supper. Delores had made a couple of really good soups, and other goodies were brought, so had lots to eat! Kathy and Terry, Betty and Pete, Donna and Marv, Karyl and Jim (Moeller), Dean and Connie and the kids were all there as well. We had a really good visit, it had been ages since we had seen some of them. Before we knew it, it was 11:30 and way past time to go home! So by the time we did get home, I was too tired to write much.

Yesterday was pretty much a non-event. I did some laundry and some cleaning up, Orrin was in the shop until noon, and that's about it.

This morning was early church and bible study. We've moved on into 2nd Corinthians and actually made some progress today, we finished the 1st chapter!  After church, Krauses and us had lunch together at the Roadstop (I think that's what it's called). We actually all had breakfast, and it was very good.

Before we went home, we stopped at Menard's to find a humidifier. We're hoping that it will help our dry coughs we've been plagued with the last week or so. We are so pathetic, we changed into our pj's when we got home! We put on the golf channel and Orrin kind of dropped off right away. I decided I was going to get that humidifier out of the box and set up. It actually was quite simple so it didn't take me that long to do it. I filled it up with distilled water, so now we'll see if it helps. I displaced Teddy's spot for his bed with the humidifier and got a few dirty looks from him, but he'll adjust.

Wendy sent some pictures of her fishermen and their catches, looks like they had a good day. Tim and Matthew had met Jeremy in eastern South Dakota for some fishing. Wendy and Eli stayed home, Eli had Destination Imagination yesterday. So they had some quality time together.

Oh, Dan and Tosha, in visiting with Karyl and Jim Moeller we discovered that Lance Waege is Karyl's nephew! Small WELS world, yet again. I guess I never knew what Karyl's maiden name was. 

And that's all from western Minnesota. It was a pretty nice day today, sure hope it stays that way through tomorrow, as I have appointments in Montevideo.

Hugs from Orrin, Linda and a grumpy dog
Each one should use each gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Good evening! We're having a heat wave! It was in double digits above zero today, I think my car showed 26. And it should get warmer over the next few days. It will feel good after the below zero #'s..

I was up and out the door early this morning. I made it to Watertown for the 8:50 women's bible study. It was quite blustery on the way over, I was concerned that I may have made a bad decision.  The bible study was great, though, there were 10 of us there plus a couple of munchkins! We're going to be studying with the book "No Wonder they Called Him Saviour" by Max Lucado. We did the first chapter today and it really opens the door for much discussion. I think we'll all enjoy this.

After bible study, I took some parts out to Hedahl's for Orrin and then went to GSI to see if I could help. I didn't think they would turn me down. I spent the rest of the day unpacking some boxes, checking things in them, pricing and hanging them up. I got through 4 boxes, so I was quite proud of myself. There's opportunity for lots of Christian fellowship too.  And I found some cute things for Maria. I did look for some things for Eli and Matthew, but didn't see too much. It's nice when you unpack the boxes and have first pick!  I'm hoping Maria likes what I found.

I left around 4 and made stop at HyVee on my way out of town. Several things managed to jump into my cart! Well, it is senior discount day, haha. 

And now I am home, catching up on the computer and ready to join Orrin on the recliner.  :)

Busy and satisfying day.

Hugs, Orrin, Linda and Teddy

"They cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress."
Psalm 107:13

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

I am going to get this done before I sit down and get comfortable and fall asleep again! Not that much to report for the last few days anyway, pretty quiet in freezing western Minnesota.

Sunday we went to early service and bible study. We had breakfast at Culver's and a quick stop at HyVee before heading home. Just a quiet afternoon at home. 

Monday was more of the same. I did get a couple loads of laundry done. And I'm still unsuccessfully watching for those kitties. I just worry that they aren't surviving this cold weather. And hoping that they moved on to the neighbor's!  Teddy seems to look around when he goes out, too, wondering where they are.

Today was Treadlers day. We met a little earlier, and next time we'll meet earlier still. Then we can have lunch instead of supper and get home earlier. I cut out some fabric and batting and settled on some backing, but brought it home to sew. I'm used to my own machine, and it's too heavy to haul around.

Sad news to day, when a friend messaged that the few people left at EMPI got notice this morning that they would also be laid off, probably in the next few weeks. So this fine company will soon be done. That will be a sad happening for the community and the people that have worked there. 

And now I need to get to sleep early, as tomorrow morning is women's bible study and right now I'm planning on staying in and working at GSI.  

Have a great evening!

Hugs, Orrin, Linda and Teddy.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Brrr, what a cold day! And we went out in the cold tonight! We met Al, Lisa and the boys for supper in Granite Falls. It was a great meal and an even greater visit, thanks so much, guys for doing this!

I had a slow start this morning for some reason. I was debating between taking a quick nap or just getting ready for going out. I decided to shower and get ready, which was a good thing, as my company came shortly after I was done. My friend that was coming over to get some cats, came about 11, with her son. The problem was, the cats weren't around! We visited for a while and then one of them did come to the step. Well, actually 2, but the orange one was not very tame and wouldn't come. The other one was extremely tame and came right in the house. He proceeded to sit on laps and demand to be petted (you know how cats can be). So at least they were able to take him home. The others never did come up again, I sure hope they're okay. I told Shar that if they showed up we would bring them over. It was so cold today, I'm sure that was the problem.

After that, I got busy and wrapped Donald's present and finished his card. And then, it was time to get ready for supper out.  Here's his card - 

And here's the inside -

The reason the minions are on there, are because I got ink splotched (fingerprints) on the cards, and they covered them up! I hate when that happens. The card was another fun one to do.

And that's it for today. By the way, we were celebrating because it was my birthday today, and Donald's is Tuesday.

Hugs, Orrin, Linda and Teddy

In this world you will have trouble but take heart for I have overcome the world.


Friday, January 15, 2016

Thursday through Friday January 14-15, 2016

It's been a busy few days. We still have 5 cats at our door. And it's sooo cold, I feel so sorry for them. A friend is going to pick up 3 of them tomorrow. Is anyone out there needing a couple cats? They're really pretty and very friendly. We've decided someone must have dumped them off, they're not wild cats at all. We can easily pick them up and pet them. (Well, I do, Orrin's not really a cat person, he's barely a dog person!)

Yesterday morning I decided I'd better make a salad to take along up north. When that was done,I got ready to head to Graceville. Before I left, Orrin called to tell me he was on the way home! I had expected him on Friday, so that was a surprise. I guess they didn't think he needed the stress test. All of his tests, etc., went well. Whew, big sigh of relief.

So I drove up to Garnet's. All of the birthday party ladies were there, even Marlene. She's in the home now, and scheduled to move into the assisted living there. It was so nice to see them, and visit with everyone. We all agreed that we missed Jane. A lot. We played some dice after lunch, a new game, but a simple one. Well, new to me. I love Garnet and Armand's house, it belonged to his grandmother, I believe. I left there early enough so I was home before dark. Orrin had actually beat me home.

This morning I straightened out the house and cleaned up the mess I'd left in the kitchen. My friends from work, Sharlene and Carrie came for lunch, and again it was a great time to visit. Carrie wanted to see my cutting machines in action, so I got the Cricut out and also the Big Shot Plus. I was embarrassed that I was a bit slow in getting the Cricut going, I hadn't used it for quite a while. But not I think I'm going to have to cut some things. Carrie said she might come back another day and do some more. And Sharlene said they would take 3 of the cats! Yeaaaa!!

Then we all left for Clear Lake to meet up with some work friends. All but just a couple will be done on Monday, I think there will be 30 left, but who knows for how long? So sad. I just stayed for an hour, most of my closer friends from those days were not there. It will probably be the last time for one of these get-togethers. Quite a few of them do have jobs lined up so I was really pleased for them.

I must have turned my ankle at some point, because it is really sore now. Not sure when that happened, but I grabbed one of Orrin's canes, and that helped. 

I don't think I had mentioned, but last fall I joined an online birthday-crafting club. We send cards to three people each month that have birthdays, and then on our birthday, we get cards from 36 (supposedly) people. It's been fun to see the creativity. I have gotten 15 so far, so don't know if I'll reach that 36 mark, but it doesn't matter. The cards all have to be hand made, so they're all special.

And that's about it for tonight. 

Hugs, Orrin, Linda and Teddy

Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Hi! Anyone a powerball winner? I did pick up a few tickets, but don't know if they were winners, since the #'s aren't up on the site yet. They just announced them on the news, but I missed it. Oh, well, it's fun to play and dream, anyway.

It was a quiet day here, seems so strange not to have Orrin come in the door. He had a few phone calls today, but they all seemed satisfied to know they could call back on Friday. Teddy keeps looking at me as if he's asking what's going on?

I did run into town this afternoon. I needed to pick up a few things. I opened the door, and there were 5 cats sitting on the steps, looking at me! 5!! They're all different and all seem pretty friendly. One let me pet him, and they all looked like they'd like to come in. They must belong to someone to be that friendly, and they look well fed, they are not feral or stray cats. Anyone need a cat or 2? I worry about them here, cats don't last long, they seem to get run over a lot, too busy a road.

Of course, I had to feed them. Which means they'll probably be around for a while.

It was beautiful out today, I never even looked at the temperature, but it was quite warm. I hope it lasts a while.

Orrin called tonight, and his appointments went well today. His prostate exam was good, his #'s are down, which is good. Tomorrow he sees the doctor again, and then has a stress test in the afternoon, which is new. I'm thinking he'll stay at Al's tomorrow night and come home on Friday. 

Well, that's all for tonight, Hugs

Linda and Teddy

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you,plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:11-13.


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Hi! It's lonely here. Orrin left this afternoon for Jeremy's and will leave in the morning from there to go to his Mayo appointments. He went by himself, as I had something else going on. It seems so strange to have him do that, and it's super quiet here. Not that he makes a lot of noise or anything, but it is a warm body! 

I got Jeremy's card done, (I know it's late, sorry) so I could send it with him. 

It was kind of fun. 

We had appointments at the chiropractor this afternoon, it has been a month since we were there. I didn't really have any aches, but it still felt good. Orrin felt like he needed it. After that, we came back home, and Orrin got his stuff together and in the pickup and left.

He called tonight on the landline to let me know he made it. Actually, Maria called! :) We had a little visit and then I talked to Opa. He said that he had called my cell phone twice and it never went through. I had it right next to me, and it never rang. That happens sometime, I don't understand it. Alan, any clues?

Well, it's time to go to sleep, have a great night!

Hugs, Linda and Teddy

Monday, January 11, 2016

Monday, January 11, 2016

Good evening!  I didn't get a post done last night, guess what? I fell asleep on the recliner, surprise, surprise. I decided to write earlier tonight so that didn't happen again.

It was cold and windy yesterday, but we got to early service and bible study. We didn't have any other business in town, so we just ate breakfast and headed home. I had received a coupon from IHOP for a free breakfast, so that's where we went! Their service seems to have improved dramatically.

I did some stamping for cards in the afternoon, I should be set for coloring for quite a while! I need to do some catching up on my cards. Other than that, not much else for yesterday. I didn't watch Downton Abbey yet, I'll have to do that while Orrin is gone. We watched the Vikings game, what a disappointment! They should have had that one.

He has his Mayo appointments this week, so will be leaving tomorrow afternoon and home sometime Thursday evening, maybe Friday. I was invited to Graceville to a birthday party for friends there on Wednesday, so I chose to stay home for that. We are also having another get together with EMPI friends on Friday, so I invited one over for lunch beforehand and then we can go to that together. Oh, the social life I lead! HaHa

Today the weather cleared up a little bit, but we had some light flurries most of the day. I made goulash for supper, haven't done that for quite a while. Now it's time to settle down in front of the TV again. Hmm, or maybe read?

Have a great night!

Hugs, Orrin, Linda and Teddy

Jesus said, "Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Just a cold Minnesota day here. The temperatures really took a dive, just as predicted. I can't even imagine what it will be like to be playing football tomorrow. Brrr.

I did some paperwork and did get one card made. I am behind on that, but just can't seem to get my mojo going. But working on the one kind of inspired me, so more will be done tomorrow.

We decided to run into town for lunch, something we rarely do, but I had a bogo coupon for a blizzard. After going out in the cold, I did wonder how wise it was, but oh, well, we're from Minnesota, right? There was some blowing snow, but no fresh stuff coming down. I think it got colder the longer we were in town. The Buick wouldn't even start! It's the only car that sits outside so. . .

We finished up the chinese tonight. There is usually enough for at least 3 or 4 meals when we get take out there. Then watched a Hallmark movie, and Orrin is down for the count. 

And that's about it for the day!

Hugs, Orrin, Linda and Teddy

Proverbs 3:5-6 ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.’”

Friday, January 8, 2016

Friday, January 8, 2016 Christa's birthday!

Good evening! It was pretty blustery today, but just light snow on and off. Some drifting across the roads and a few incidents of low visibility. I know this because I went into Watertown this afternoon for embroidery class.

It was an interesting class, only 6 of us there, so we just used one machine, and since I sat in the center seat, I got to run the new, dreamy, Destiny. Our project was a 3D brooch, which really wasn't that interesting, but it was a different technique. They also had a trunk show from Anita Goodesign, which consists of many samples of the work from their designs. 

I didn't have anything else to do in town, so came home right afterwards. So it was a short and somewhat uneventful day. 

And that's about it from snowy Canby area. Stay warm and stay safe!

Hugs, Orrin, Linda and Teddy
“The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.” Proverbs 18:21

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Hi! Missed a day yesterday, but it's been rather slow here anyway. I did get at some laundry yesterday, and then drove over to Montevideo for my manicure. It started to snow a little while I was there, but didn't last long. The weather has continued to be warmer than normal, but I keep hearing we're in for a drastic change Saturday night into Sunday.

There's another football game on Sunday and the temps are supposed to drop to zero and below. They had an interesting story on the news in the morning, there's a company in Minnesota, WSI, that manufactures clothing for the colder weather. Something about wicking qualities, etc. Anyway, they make all the uniforms for the Vikings, and Monday morning they had received a huge order from the Seahawks for jerseys, socks and pants. I never realized that there was anything like that available! They have a website if you're interested in researching it. I believe it's located in Monticello, MN.

I didn't do much else in Monte, just stopped at the library and after the mani, picked up some chinese for supper. They have a pretty good chinese place there, just to go after 2:30. Only problem is, their English is horrible, so it's better to go in and give the order than to call it in. 

This morning I felt kind of (just a little) guilty because I was tired so I took a nap! I do miss being able to get out and walk.  This afternoon I realized we were on our last loaf of bread, so I baked some more. And that's about it! I just had a piece of the end of a fresh loaf, I just love that!

Well, Orrin is already sleeping in his magic chair, so think I might do the same. Although it is my chance to watch whatever I want!  hehe

Hugs, Orrin, Linda and a very bored Teddy.

"God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all." 1 John 1:5

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Either very late Tuesday, or very early Wednesday January 5-6, 2016

Whoops, fell asleep in the recliner! Now I won't be tired enough to go to bed, so may as well blog! 

It was a busy day. I was up early to shower and go to Watertown for my blood work. Then I got to see Dr. Sarah sooner than scheduled, so that was nice. I lost a few pounds and my #'s were much the same, though I would have liked them to have gone lower. Can't happen when I don't pay attention to the diet. The holidays didn't help any. And all the cookies! 

I had to miss book club, as I couldn't get back to Canby in time for it. On the way over, I had decided that instead of driving back to Canby, and then back to Clear Lake, I would see if they needed some more help at GSI with cleaning. I called Kathy and she was sure they would. So that's what I did, I hope I was some help, I was only there a few hours. They do a really good job of getting the store shipshape. They had worked yesterday too.

I had stopped at Hardee's for something to eat before that, and Al brought pizza for lunch, so the empty spots in my tummy were filled.

Then on to Clear Lake for Treadlers.  There were only a few of us (6, eventually) so we just did a few odds and ends. We didn't start any big jobs, but cleaned out the supply closet and had a nice visit! We had an early supper, so I was on the way home by 5:30. It had slipped my mind that we had decided to start earlier so we could finish earlier, but I'll remember next time. 

Brought in the few bags I had picked up at WalMart (I had to stop for a prescription) and settled down for some tv. And that's about it! Oh, read the Canby News, and there was a front page article about the Porter Elevator going bankrupt. There are going to be many upset (and rightly so)farmers who are not going to see checks. So sad. 

And that's all, folks! Hugs, Orrin, Linda and Teddy

"How many are your works, Lord!
In wisdom you made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures." Psalm 104:24

Monday, January 4, 2016

Monday, January 4, 2016

Good evening. Not much news tonight. I've been doing really well (I know, it's only day 4) about keeping the table and cupboard clean. It is a good feeling. Now to get Orrin to cooperate! And another resolution is to keep up to date on this blog!

More organizing today and I spent some time on the phone trying to figure out an alternative to the advair that I use. Unfortunately, there isn't any. It is supposed to go out of patent this year, so maybe there will be a generic.

I also had a phone call from an old friend in Graceville, inviting me for the birthday club party the 14th. It will be fun to see them all again. Orrin reminded me that was when his Mayo appointment is, but he is fine with going without me. He'll stay at Jeremy's and go from there. Just his routine yearly visit.

I got ambitious and took out some pork chops for supper and then cut up the squash that's been sitting on the cupboard and baked that too. It was good! We ate early because I have blood work in the morning, so will only have water the rest of the evening.

My appointments are at 9 and 9:45, so don't think I'll make it back in time for book club. I think I'll stop back there anyway, to return some books and pick up the book for next month. I enjoyed this one, and am bummed to not be there for the discussion. It was "The Story Keeper" by Lisa Wingate and is really a YA book, but some of the YA books are better, anyway.

I watched the preview of Downton Abbey, but still haven't watched the show. Maybe later tonight.

And that's about it, I'll go join Orrin in the recliners and probably fall asleep!

Hugs, Orrin, Linda and Teddy

Oh, I forget, I set up our calendars for the year, that took an hour or so!
The apostle Paul said, “It was God who gave…some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” (Ephesians 4:11-12)

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Sunday, January 3, 2016

I'm just a little late getting this posted. We had to watch the exciting Vikings vs. Packers game!! The Vikings led for most of the game, but then in the last quarter the Packers started catching up. But the Vikings prevailed!! Yeaaa, Vikings. And I'm not even a football fan. Orrin has to explain things to me and I'm still not sure I understand. But for the Vikes to beat the Panthers at Lambeau Field is quite a big deal.  Made some of our children very happy!

As a result I haven't watched the new episode of Downton Abbey yet, but I have it DVR'd, so will watch it tomorrow. Orrin's not a fan anyway.

We were up and getting ready for early service this morning, but then Orrin had a stomach upset, so we waited.  He fell asleep and slept right through the time to leave, so we even missed bible study and second service. We still had to go to Watertown, as I had prescriptions to pick up, so we did drive over. Stopped at WM for the prescriptions and Menard's for a part he needed. Ate at Culver's and then headed home again.

Orrin did a few odds and ends outside and I did some organizing of my craft supplies. I can now feel organized to get a couple cards done tomorrow. After I watch Downton Abbey! :)

Orrin had gotten the distiller set up a few weeks ago, but hadn't connected it to the faucets upstairs yet. He got that done this weekend, so we now have distilled water from one of the kitchen faucets, and the water to our icemaker is also distilled. He put in a new faucet there, and it sure puts out water a lot faster.

I'm going to try to post a couple pictures from our Christmas travels, hope it works better now. The last few weeks just went by in a blur, so many things happening. 
 Micah's program, he's in the red sweater with the white neckband.

A week later, decorating cookies at Wendy's.
And the sisters -
And the card I made for Wendy and Tim -

Here's hoping you all will be able to see these. 

And that's all from here, I'm tired and am going to bed.

Hugs, Orrin, Linda and Teddy

"But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me." 2 Corinthians 12:9

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Saturday, Day 2 of the new year!

Wishing all of you the very best new year! Praying that 2015 ended in a good way for you all, and that 2016 will be a wonderful year!

We've been on the road quite a bit the last few weeks, and though we've been home the last few days, I just didn't feel up to writing on here. I came back with an awful cold that finally seems to be moving on. I still have a tickle and a cough, but not as bad as it was. We even passed on meeting up with Al, Lisa and boys yesterday, postponing it until next weekend.

We spend several days in Wisconsin, going to Micah's program and spending time with the family there, which was great. We left for home again on Monday, were home Tuesday and left early Wednesday morning for Rapid City. We spent Christmas Eve with them, also enjoying Eli and Matthew's program. Christmas day we joined them with their tradition of going to the Elks theater to see "It's A Wonderful Life". No one warned me that it would be in the top level theater. It was 52 steps to that one! To be fair, it had never been up there before, so the family didn't know it would be. I made it up those stairs, but it was a struggle. My knees still hurt! It was fun to see it in the theater though, we never had.

Oh, I forgot to mention that we all went to see the new Star Wars movie in 3D when we were in WI.  It was great! They did a good job with it.

New Year's Eve day we went to church, and on the way we stopped in Clear Lake so I could visit with some of my friends from EMPI. I was so glad to be able to do that, and hope it can happen again. It was the last day for many of them.

And now, Orrin is waiting by the door, asking if I'm ready then? We're meeting the Hunt's for supper.

I'll try to get some pictures on here in the future, and one of my resolutions is posting more often.

Hugs, Orrin, Linda and Teddy