Mother’s Day


I’m not big on Mother’s Day.  I know…I’m a party poop-er.  I am so practical and don’t like my kids making a big deal of it.  In all reality, Mother’s Day is another commercial holiday made up so one, we can honor our mothers but TWO…a way for retailers to make money.  I tell my kids all the time…DO NOT DO ANYTHING FOR ME FOR MOTHER’S DAY!

It means so much more to me if the kids help me do something around the house when they are home…pick up something for me if they are out thrifting (yep, all five of our kiddos like thrifting)…or call me and keep me up to date on their life.  Spontaneous things for no reason is what I love best of all….I love “just thinking of you things” that happen on any other day of the year except Mother’s Day.

I hate “obligation” gifts.  I hate the thought of the kids trying to think of something to get me.  I hate when they go together to get something for me and one of the kids doesn’t pay….

I also don’t like how hard it is for others on the other side of the day wishing they were a mother and can’t be…mom’s who lost their children before their time and even ones who are pregnant and wish they weren’t…  There are all sorts of women out there who Mother’s Day is hard for.

Sorry..I don’t mean to rain on anyone’s Mother’s Day…I’m telling you how I see the day.

Anyway…Kalissa surprised with something that was perfect for me this weekend.

I had gone to Decorah and was doing errands.  I had called Kalissa before I left wondering if she needed anything.  Kalissa is great at picking things up for me when she is in town so I return the favor if I can.  I ended up needing to go to her house before I could go to town.  While there, Kalissa and Craig were telling me all about their plans for the day.  There is a privacy fence between their house and the neighbor house.  It needed some attention and Craig was hoping to power wash it and then start the long task of resealing it.

We parted ways..Craig going to get the power going to do the errands.  Kalissa ended up calling me a couple times while I was in town, adding to her list of things she wanted me to get.  It took me so long in town.  That’s what happens when I can’t get my thrifting obsession in check…I have to stop at all of the thrift stores!!

Anyway…I finally got done in town, drove back to Waucoma and stopped at Kalissa’s to drop her things off.  This is what I immediately saw…. [Read more...]

A Visit from Kayla


We had a visit from Kayla this weekend.  Our whole family had been a little nervous about my test results and she wanted to be here to either celebrate the good news or be here to take in the bad news.  Thankfully the news was all good.  That made the visit so much better.

We ended up all going out to eat and I celebrated with a Bloody Mary from the Fort in Fort Atkinson.

I love them from there!!  I was the happiest girl…good news, family, drinks and supper out!!

From there it was home time and hanging out with Kayla before bed.  Hubby caught a nasty cold so he went to bed early.

The next day, Kayla and I were really wishy-washy on plans.  We thought to go thrifting…we thought to go to an auction and also thought to make pies.  The auction won out and from the auction we decided to visit the Amish and buy the pies.  Sometimes a girl has to do what a girl has to do.  In the middle of all the shopping, Kayla got a call from her husband Spencer asking when she planned on coming.  When she said her plans he reminded her that they had company coming…Kayla had forgot so back to my house we went, got her car loaded and she was on her way home.

Hubby and I started chatting deciding what we were going to do with our days when the home phone rang.  I hate our home phone.  The only people who call it are telemarketers.  I picked it up and am so glad I did.  I was Kayla.  I could tell she was trying really hard not to cry.  She said “Mom, I’m ok.  I hit a herd of deer with my car.  I need you to help me.”  She also told me the location.

Well…panic hit me.  I ran to the garage-told Hubby then ran back into the house and grabbed my phone.  I know that often when people say they are “ok”, they often are hurt….I was worried.  Although Hubby is an EMT, I wanted him to have help in case Kayla was hurt so I called Kalissa and Craig and told them to come too.

It was about a four mile drive to where she was.  My mind kept racing…my heart too.  Was she okay?  Was she hurt?  She needed me and I wasn’t there.

As we got close, we could see a dead deer on one side of the road and injured deer in the other ditch.  It looked like it probably would be a bad accident if two deer were taken out.

We pulled into the yard where Kayla was… [Read more...]



Oh what a happy day.  I love Easter.  It’s my favorite of all the days of the year.

This one is especially sweet as I got my test results back and I am cancer free as of now!!  As with anyone who has had cancer there is always a risk of re-occurrence…but my doctor explains that each check I have that comes back clear increases the chances the it won’t return.

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My blood test wasn’t in yet so there might be something that shows up there- but, the thought is now, that it’s all okay.

There still is a question about a lymph node in my neck on the right that was slightly enlarged when I had the ultrasound.  We think at this point that it is likely because I had a cold at the time of the ultrasound.  I will have to have another ultrasound and blood work up this fall but I’m okay with that.  No diet and no shots this next time around.  That will be awesome to not be driving back and forth to Lacrosse…just one trip.

So after that…FOOD.  Glorious food with salt in it for me…and I had an expresso…It was awesome!!

On the way to the appointment we had stopped at the convenience store…here’s what Hubby got.


Yummy junk food….me, I got this! [Read more...]

A Long and Winding Road


Tomorrow will hopefully be my last trip to Lacrosse for awhile.  I’ve been there three times already this week.  Tomorrow is testing day so we will have to see what the results are and then we’ll know if the trips are over for a bit.

All of my trips started in early morning traffic which included school bus stops along the way.


The road I take brings me through Decorah and then up into Minnesota.


The roads curve with hills and valleys the closer we I get to the Mississippi.


This is farm country.


It’s the best kind of country I know.  I grew up in farm country, like now and farm country and never plan to leave it.


Red barns…white houses…a tractor or two in the field….it’s perfect.  A white barn or two is okay too.


Destination Wisconsin and to get there…I have to cross the Mighty Mississippi.


On the other side… [Read more...]