Saturday, December 31, 2011
Friday, December 30, 2011
When I got home a little before 5:00, I was set in front of another sink, this time to scrub, no, not dishes, but potatoes and carrots for our supper. :) Then I made a batch of pumpkin bars while Mom cleaned the bathroom; Jacob swept the floor and Andrew scrubbed it. We were quite the busy crew! Mom and Andrew had been gone for most of the day in Bismarck (delivering items that we'd sold on BisManOnline and thrift-shopping, oh, and hanging up some posters about the next informational how-t0-get-back-to-the-constitution meeting being held in Bismarck on Jan. 3rd.) Dad was gone loading out some more hay for buyers, so that left Jacob at home for a while to do some cleaning and schoolwork.
It was a good day----and it is STILL brown outside, mostly!
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Well, tonight, all of that changed. One of our residents passed away this evening at about 9:30. My coworker, April was very brave (she had never done it before either) and we just worked together (washing him up and changing his gown, etc...) and it was not near as bad as I'd dreamt it to be. We just kept reminding each other that he was in a better place now (I believe he really was a Christian), and that he could now be with his wife (who passed away a couple months ago). It was hard, but God saw us through it alright. Death, too, is a part of life, afterall.
Speaking of life though, I'd better get to sleep now, as I need to get up early-ish in the morning and go take care of our neighbors' very-much-alive children at 8:30. :)
May you all have a good night!
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
532.35 cm3 gluten
4.9 cm3 NaHCO3
4.9 cm3 refined halite
236.6 cm3 partially hydrogenated tallow triglyceride
177.45 cm3 crystalline C12H22O11
177.45 cm3 unrefined C12H22O11
4.9 cm3 methyl ether of protocatechuic aldehyde
Two calcium carbonate-encapsulated avian albumen-coated
473.2 cm3 theobroma cacao 236.6 cm3 de-encapsulated legume
meats (sieve size #10)
To a 2-L jacketed round reactor vessel (reactor #1) with an
overall heat transfer coefficient of about 100 BTU/F-ft2-hr,
add ingredients one, two, and three with constant agitation.
In a second 2-L reactor vessel with a radial flow impeller
operating at 100 rpm, add ingredients four, five, six, and
seven until the mixture is homogenous.
To reactor #2, add ingredient eight, followed by three equal
volumes of the homogenous mixture in reactor #1.
Additionally, add ingredient nine and ten slowly, with
constant agitation. Care must be taken at this point in the
reaction to control any temperature rise that may be the
result of an exothermic reaction.
Using a screw extrude attached to a #4 nodulizer, place the
mixture piece-meal on a 316SS sheet (300 x 600 mm). Heat in
a 460K oven for a period of time that is in agreement with
Frank & Johnston's first order rate expression (see JACOS,
21, 55), or until golden brown.
Once the reaction is complete, place the sheet on a 25C
heat-transfer table, allowing the product to come to
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
I came across a bit of trivial trivia the other day and thought I'd share it here, just to make sure all my fellow ND citizens are aware of the laws of this land!!!
Did you know that, according to North Dakota state law:
It is illegal to lie down and fall asleep with your shoes on?
It is legal to shoot an Indian on horseback, provided you are in a covered wagon.
Not that it's comfortable sleeping with shoes on and I certainly don't believe we should shoot Indians!, but I just thought you should know. ;)
Monday, December 26, 2011
"Sometimes it's fun to just be lazy and to lay around.
Sometimes it's fun to just be crazy and to be a clown.........
Whether driving along,
Or singing a song,
We're gonna have family fun!
We're gonna have fun, fun, fun,
We're gonna have family fun.
No need to dress like a star,
Just come as you are,
We're gonna have a picnic in the family park
'cause it's fun, fun, fun,
We're gonna have faaaa-mi-ly fuuuun,
We're havin' family,
We're havin' family,
We're having family fuuuuuuuuuun!"
Yes, that's what we had today! Just a full day of family fun! Everything from finishing up our 1,000 piece puzzle, to playing the long game of "Automobile", to watching "The Spirit of St. Louis"........ Sometimes we just take a family vacation here at home, and this was one of those days. :) Fun? Of course!!!
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Speaking of work in town, it was a busy day, but fun, as everyone was happy and excited. When we got there, most everyone was up already from their naps, so we got everyone out to the dining room to open presents. We CNAs (and the nurse, ward-clerk, and activity lady) helped open presents for the people who couldn't do it themselves, then wrote down what they'd received and delivered the items safely to the residents' rooms. It was pretty fun....
Mother had a happy birthday, I think, although yesterday was more special as we were all together and not working on anything. We played classical piano duets for a little while before I had to head for town, and that always makes her day! ;) (I like it too, of course.)
I hope you and yours had a delightful day, spent with those you hold dear!~
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Here's wishing everyone very happy times spent with family and loved ones! May the Lord keep you safe in your travels also...
Friday, December 23, 2011
Mother waited out in the car for a while to meet up with a lady we were selling some beef to. Here Grandma is welcoming her in...
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
I've been searching on -line the last few minutes, trying to find a nice poem about Winter. I didn't find one that I really liked, so have decided to share this funny bit of poetry instead: It was written in 1781 by a certain Robert Burns....
"The wintry west extends his blast,
And hail and rain does blaw;
Or the stormy north sends driving forth
The blinding sleet and snaw...."
I believe that's supposed to be BLOW and SNOW, but it does sound much funnier the way it's written, don't you think? :)
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Over my supper break at work tonight, I listened as a young woman told me of her life, the fear and frustrations she has. You'd never guess by looking at this woman that she had such feelings inside. You just never know what someone else may be going through....
Just now, I read an e-mail from a friend who is going through a hard time. Yet, you'd probably not guess what heartache she's experiencing just by reading her blog. You just never know what someone else may be going through....
So, please be kind to those around you. Please show them God's love. After all, you just never know what someone else may be going through. Behind that smile, there may be a lot of tears in the reserve tank for future emptying.........
I'm so glad that God knows what we're going through all the time, aren't you? He is so good to us!
Monday, December 19, 2011
3/4 cup sugar
3 eggs, separated
4 cups hot milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
freshly ground nutmeg
Beat 1/2 cup sugar and egg yolks; add 1/4 tsp. salt. Stir into milk slowly. Cook in double boiler until mixture coats silver spoon, stirring constantly. Place in pan of cold water to cool. Beat egg whites and dash of salt until stiff peaks form. Add remaining sugar. Add egg white mixture and vanilla to milk mixture. Chill for 4 hours. Spoon lightly in punch cups; sprinkle with nutmeg. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Our 3 guys worked out in the shop almost all day and are about ready to put Andrew's motor in his car. I think Dad was also working on the 1486 tractor.
Mom and I worked in the house most of the day, working on odd projects that needed doing. I cleaned out my top "Miscellaneous" dresser drawer and got that all organized, which took a while! Mom did several sessions and we both worked together on laundry and dishes... I baked some Peanut Blossom cookies and made a pitcher full of eggnog. Yummy!
Several of my coworkers (at the nursing home) and I got to talking about eggnog one day and I was surprised to find out that so many of them did not like it!! So, I thought it would be fun to take a blog poll, just to find out if this is a nation-wide trend (people not liking eggnog as much as I think they would) or if it's just a Napoleon thing? :)
I'd appreciate if you'd please vote on the poll on my side-bar!
Saturday, December 17, 2011
The ND field coordinator for the Ron Paul society was also there---a young man, probably not much older than my brother, Andrew. He and Andrew seemed to really enjoy each others' company, and perhaps they'll be working together more in the future..... This young man gave us some bumper-magnets and a couple of cookbooks that Mrs. Paul made, using their familys' own favorite recipes. She also wrote their family history and added that to the pages of the book, along with several pictures of their family over the years. I thought that was a very neat idea!
There is another meeting planned on January 3rd at the Bismarck Public Library (with Mr. Brown from Montana speaking), so it would be great if our ND friends could make it to that! Let me know if you'd like more info......
The rest of our day was pretty quite, until right now, that is, as Lady just started howling! We rested; sang hymns; listened to a DVD message by Mr. Ed Stevens; and played pool in the nice, warm shop. :)
Well, I'm going to try to get some sleep now, although it could be difficult with a hound dog howling loudly right outside the house!
Friday, December 16, 2011
The room (pictured below) used to be another small bathroom, but when Mother was so ill, our guys took the sink, small tub and toilet out so as to be able to fit the nice, big Whirlpool tub in for Mom to soak in as needed. Well, at that time, we had also peeled off most of the old, falling off wallpaper in there. We never got around to painting it though (and my mom probably wouldn't have been able to handle the paint fumes back then anyway).
This little room has proven very useful to many of us in times of sickness or in cases of severely aching muscles! It was a complete eye-sore however.
Want to SEE? Look below:
At this point, Jacob and I'd already put some plastic up to protect the tub... Yuck! Just look at those walls.
The first step was to wash off the rest of the old wallpaper and spots of moldy, mildewy stuff. Then, that had to dry a while. I also put some spackling in the cracks and small holes in the wall. Eventually, I was able to paint on the "Morning Dew blue" and "Nutmeg pink". :)
I took this pictures while the paint was still wet that night:
As you can see, there is some old, water-proof paneling in the bathroom too which still needs some help. I wasn't sure what to do with it, so I left it for the time being....
The room is so small that it was hard to get a decent picture!
The bathroom is by no means picture-perfect, but it is a lot better now, if I do say so myself. ;)
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Guess what I'll be doing in the morning? Yes, milking Sally. Andrew and Dad are leaving early (about 5:00AM) and heading for MN to get some parts for Andrews' Charger. They don't expect to be home until after evening chores tomorrow night, so Jacob will be doing the cow feeding and Mom and I are taking turns doing the milking; feeding grain to the calves/heifers/bulls; making sure everyone has water; and taking care of the goats. Oh yes, and feeding the cats and dogs too....
I'd better get some sleep!
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
I got home from work a bit ago; showered; and visited with Mother for a few minutes before she headed for bed. We have a new CNA on board now (as of yesterday) and I just met her today. She seems really nice and like a hard worker too. Hooray!
I need to get up early in the morning so as to be able to babysit at Helens again. Hopefully the roads will be good then. They were pretty slippery on my way into town this afternoon. " 'Tis the season.... Tra-la-la-la-laaaa La-la La-la."
Good night everyone.~
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Several of those little ones sure know how to melt my heart! For instance, one of the little girls (who is just starting to talk now) kept coming up to me, looking up at me with big brown eyes; pacifier in mouth; hair in a pigtail, reaching her arms up towards me. Who could resist such cuteness? Not I!
Then, one of the little boys came and plopped himself in my lap while I was on the floor playing with them. What joy! There were some not-so joyous troubles to work through too, naturally, but we all made it through the day without anyone getting seriously injured. :)
I'm guessing the guys worked on Andrew's car and maybe the tractor today? I don't really know.
Mom got unpacked and settled in at home again. Then she had a client come out this afternoon.
Life here on earth is good, but I especially thank the Lord for His precious gift of eternal life, as that is even "Gooder". ;)
Monday, December 12, 2011
The rest of us worked on special projects today. I don't want to write about mine yet, as I haven't shown it to Mother yet. I'm waiting for her to find it on her own....
The guys were happy tonight because they were able to save about $500 by fixing something on the 9030 tractor themselves. They had asked the local machinery shop to get our tractor in to be fixed about 2 months ago, but they've been so busy that they've not been able to do it yet... In the meantime, we've gotten our shop heated, so the guys fixed the tractor on their own, thereby saving all the money they would have spent to have it repaired in the Kintyre shop.
It's been a good day! Be looking for project pictures in the near future----whenever Mom discovers what "It" is. :)
Sunday, December 11, 2011
I'm not sure what the guys all did today. I do know they were doing some maintenance on vehicles this morning. They're all in bed now though, so I don't know what else happened here today. Mother will be coming home tomorrow evening, so prayers again for a safe flight would be wonderful!!!
It will be nice to be all together as a family again.~
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Yes-----we went ice skating/hockey playing, up in the North pasture!
First, we had to push a little snow around. It wasn't too bad really.
Dad joined us younger people on the ice....
"Get it, brother!"
Friday, December 9, 2011
Here at home, Dad went "Up North" this morning and loaded a load of hay that he sold down South again. He and the boys worked in the shop the rest of the day, except for when Jacob came in and helped cut up some apples and set the table.....
Andrew's very happy because he was able to get his Sheriff car indoors and he's started tearing it apart already. Dad and Jacob moved the pool-table over to its permanent location and got it leveled out (and played a few games too, so I hear...).
Meanwhile in the house, I was very busy cleaning and cooking. I worked quite a while on cleaning the laundry room and pantry, as they were very out of sorts! For supper, I made chicken enchiladas (with freshly made tortilla shells), apple raisin salad, and fruit pizza. Yummy! Want to drop in and have a bite? I made a big pan full.... ;)
Thursday, December 8, 2011
The guys installed the small door this afternoon. Now they just need to insulate the big door and then they should be toasty warm in there all Winter! :) The dogs really enjoy being in the shop now also and cozy up by the wood burner pretty easily. What a dream come true this is for the guys---to be able to work out in the shop during the cold months (and not to freeze while out there) while they have spare time on their hands. All the warmer months are so full of farming activities that they don't really have time for special shop projects. It will be fun to see what they all do out there this Winter!
Mother and Jacob went to town this afternoon (Jacob drove :) ), as Mom needed some cash for her journey and also wanted to put up fliers all over town about the 2nd "Constitutional" meeting that will be held in Napoleon on December 17th (at 7:00PM, FYI at Ray's Cabinet shop---using the side door, because if you come in the front door, you'll run into his entertainment center!) Everyone is most welcome to come join us there!!! Please come! Our friend, Mr. Stevens will be presenting the important and interesting information....... There will also be a meeting in Bismarck that my Mom has helped set up sometime in the beginning of January, so let us know if you'd be interested in coming to that one and one of us will get you more specific details.
While the Mom and Jacob were gone, I spent quite a bit of time cutting up old, stained clothes for shop rags. The guys are constantly going through rags out there, using them to clean up oily and greasy parts and pieces----and hands....... I cut up 3 bags full, so that should last them a while!
The rest of the afternoon/evening was mainly spent in getting Mother packed up and ready to leave early in the morning. She will be flying to Canada to take a BT health class that she's wanted to take for 4 years already. She's pretty excited (about the class) AND nervous about flying by herself out of the country to a place where she knows nobody but the teacher, so prayers for safe travels and pleasant company would be greatly appreciated I'm sure!!! She'll be gone until late Monday night.
And that, dear friends, was how this day was spent.
Wishing you all a great Friday,
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
My mom picked up the Azure order on her way to Bismarck this morning, then bought a few more things at Sams this evening. Apparently, she got home late and so carried everything in and set it in the kitchen to put away tomorrow. Thus---the kitchen FULL of food! Yes, I am very thankful for it too. :)
I spent part of the morning out in the shop, helping put up the last of the plywood sheeting. Mom brought the trailer from the Rent-All place home so the guys can take the scissor-lift back in the morning. It looks like they were able to do some painting in the shop too, as there are paint brushes and trays in the kitchen tonight as well. :)
And that was our day, as much as I know of it....
I will leave you with a thought to ponder from my favorite flip-calender:
"God never puts any person in a place too small to grow in."
PS. The coyotes just started howling like crazy. It's so nice to be safe at home....
Monday, December 5, 2011
The others worked out in the shop again today. They said that if they have one more good day, they should be done with the sheeting and then can take back the scissor-lift. Then they will put in a small door on the front side of the shop; insulate the large shop door; paint all the sheeting white; move their bench back in place............ There still is lots to do, but we are grateful for the progress that's been made---safely!
I will leave you now with the "Good Clean Funnies" joke of the day.
It's called: Live and Learn
Psychiatry students were in their Emotional Extremes class.
"Let's set some parameters," the professor said. "What's the
opposite of joy?" he asked one student.
"Sadness," he replied.
"The opposite of depression?" he asked another student.
"Elation," he replied.
"The opposite of woe?" the prof asked a young woman from
The Texan replied, "Sir, I believe that would be giddyup."
Sunday, December 4, 2011
It snowed about 2 inches worth of white stuff this afternoon and evening. It's beginning to look a lot like Winter!
Well, it sounds like Dad's about done talking on the phone with his dad, so we'll be finishing our Bonanza here shortly before heading for bed...
Yep, he's done. So, good bye friends, and good night.~
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Dad took this one of my brothers and I on the scissor-lift......
...and in this one, we're actually working. :)
Andrew, mounting the ball return...
Friday, December 2, 2011
To celebrate the progress that's been made, we spent about an hours worth of time setting up the pool table (in the shop). It was all in pieces as the guys had needed to take it apart to get it up the stairs of the gentlemans' basement.... Once it was rebuilt and leveled out nicely, we played one game----------and quickly realized how much room we have for improvement. I ended up with the lowest score, a total of 3 points. :)
It is so fun to play games together as a family. I'd love to hear of your favorite games to play if you have a moment to write!
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
The official "Thankfulness challenge" is done though, as tomorrow is the first day of December and November will be officially over! Thank you to my dear friend, Rachel, for inspiring others to give more regular thanks for the things we are grateful for. :)
I am thankful tonight for the safety my Heavenly Father has granted us over the years as we do many dangerous jobs here on the farm!
I am also grateful for my earthly father and mothers' protection of our safety: spiritually, mentally, emotionally......., as well as their looking out for our physical safety...
You saw in my previous shop-project post the method we were using to get the insulation up in the walls (by way of a brave young man on a very tall ladder, and a very long stick/broom). Well, the ladder worked ok for that job, but when it comes to hammering up plywood on a slanted ceiling, a ladder does not sound like the safest thing to be standing on!
Soooo, my dad decided to play it safe and rent a scissor-lift for a week so we can finish up this project in a much safer way. Hooray! :)
When the guys went to Bismarck this morning, not only did they bring home more plywood and the lift, they also came back with a dream-come-true tool chest that they'd bought (which will come in very handy as they clean off their workbench in the next few days), and a (free!) pool table that Jacob saw an ad on BisMan for... The table does not have any cues or balls with it, so the boys are now keeping their eyes open for those items. Mother grew up playing pool with her dad, so she's really quite good and will probably beat us all at it! :)
But, back to the shop...
Millie and Lady seem to be enjoying the new warmth of the shop as much as we are! (That's the wood stove to the left of them.)
FYI: When working with insulation, it is a very good idea to wear a mask! See all of the dust I didn't breath in?
After part of an afternoons' work, we now have almost all of the West side of the shop insulated! Double hooray!!
Well friends, it's been lots of fun telling you about the things I'm grateful for these past 30 days. It would be even more fun, however, to hear from you!
I'm sure you could tell me quite a list of things!~