Sunday, September 3, 2017

Released and High School

 Happy Sunday!

It is going to be a beautiful day here. Low 80's and blue skies. 
Sounds like this may be our last hot day for a while. Next weeks forecast shows several days that we wont even hit 60*. I suppose it is September and all that, but I'm not ready for the summer to be done.

Caden was released last week to play baseball.
Right side infield only - which is second or first base. 
No short stop at this time.
Which is just fine.

He was nervous. This was the same field he broke his arm on.
He made a great showing with good hits and fast plays at second base.

Best part of the night for me was the drive home.
You should have heard him.
He was so animated and talked so fast!
Had so many things to tell us. 
How he did this, how that felt.
His excitement and happiness filled me up.
When we were almost home he paused for a few minutes and then says I have a new appreciation for baseball Mom and Dad. I don't ever want to loose this feeling. 

We thought that would be the last night for the fall league for him, but he got a call the next day asking if he could sub in for another team that was short players. Absolutely!
But that meant no going to town and getting a professional hair cut for the first day of school, so he got a "house cut" in 10 minutes. Doesn't look too bad if I don't say so myself lol

Two more games on Thursday and he had so much fun!

And the next day - Freshman year began!
High School folks!
Hard to believe.

Hope you all have a great SAFE holiday weekend :)

I'm off to pick tomatoes.
The salsa awaits.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Saturday AM coffee

Good Morning.
Happy rainy Saturday.
I laid in bed this morning listening to the rain come down. 
Wonderfully peaceful.
Add in a few birds chirping out in the rain. Perfect way to start the weekend.

So what's been going on here. 

Our girl started her Sophomore year at St Cloud State this last Monday!
Gotta love that she sent the required first day of school picture without having to be asked. 

She is home this weekend for a short visit.

A lot of time has been devoted to tomatoes. 
Salsa and sauce.
Canning and Freezing.

I recently purchased the handiest gadget to help with the tomatoes.
It de-skins and de-seeds your tomatoes in no time at all and is kind of fun to use which is why Caden is liking to help this season.
The furry spectator is Dewey.

The eldest is working two jobs currently. He worked a total of 59 hours last week. He is busting his buns daily. It's nice having him home, although we sure haven't seen much of him lately. He is up and gone before I go to work and doesn't get home till after 6p every night. 

Relaxing on the porch last weekend after canning all day. 

Caden's fat cat Gizmo joined us for a bit.
Dad's reflection in the window looks ominous lol

School starts for him on the 1st. 

PT has been completed and he has been released to play baseball in the first travel season game on September 10th! 
I'm excited and nervous.

Hope all of you are well. 

I'm off to start grinding the tomatoes. 

later :)

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Saturday AM coffee

Coffee is good today.
I actually slept in till the unheard of hour of 9a. 
Didn't even hear Colton leave for work. 
He has a temporary job at a local farm helping out with crops and such. 
In his free time he is the cat walker.
Silver loves to go out and lay in the grass. 

We've had some beautiful sunsets recently.
We were on the edge of a big storm just North of us that produced this interesting cloud.

Our boy got his cast off and has started PT.
He was surprised by the decreased range of motion and muscle loss.
In the two weeks of PT though he has regained almost all his range of motion so that is good.
He is diligent in doing his stretches and exercises. 
First part of August he will see the doctor again and we'll see what happens next. 
Fall baseball and fall travel league are both coming up. 
He wants to play so badly. I don't think his Daddy wants him to play at all again this season. I say lets keep an open mind. See what the doctor says. It's not like he'll be released and go back to playing right away anyhow. He will still need PT - have to learn how to throw all over again correctly and that will take time. I don't want to completely rule it out right now.

Anyhow his team participated in the state tournament last weekend.

Caden kept the book and learned a lot.
Baseball is a game of numbers and averages. 

The boys mugging it up before their last game.
Unfortunately they didn't make it past the second round of eliminations.

They had some close exciting games though!

The kids hanging out on the back porch enjoying the nice weather last weekend. 
Chyann is back from her vacation and enjoying a few days at home before heading back to St Cloud.

Made my first batch of sweet and spicy pickles last night.
Still haven't had a ripe tomato yet. Think they are behind due to all the wet cool weather we had earlier in the season and I didn't plant any early girls or 4th of July varieties.
Soon though. Very soon.
Can't wait for that first tomato sandwich. 

Later :)

Monday, July 3, 2017

Welcome to July

June was a total blur. 

I thought a lot about blogging over the past month.
We had a shit ton of things going that kept us on the run.

Warning: Lots of pictures...

Baseball has been amazing!
We found ourselves in a different city every weekend from Friday to Sunday.

The A's first tournament weekend was in Rochester, MN.
When they took the field at 5p the temperature was 95*!

Our boy had some great hits and RBI's!

Stolen bases too.

Even hotter temps and thunderstorms causing game delays the rest of the weekend.

He has developed into a strong pitcher for the team. 
The Hubby keeps a pitch count and he is very efficient.

During the week he plays with his league team, the Orioles. 

This team is a mix of 14 and 15 year old's.

When the weekend rolls around again we are traveling, this time to Austin, MN.
Another smoking hot weekend with temps in the mid 90's and freaking windy!
He pitched into 20mph winds and did great!
At the beginning of the season I'd be nervous as hell when he'd take the mound, worried about how he'd do, but at this point I didn't get nervous anymore he is confident and gets the job done nicely.

On base.

These kids really found their rhythm and played excellent baseball.
In the evening the kids would all swim at the hotel and the parents would sit in the lobby visiting and getting to know each other. I really enjoyed it. Was like a mini-vacation.

Father's day weekend they had a home tournament and even the big kids came to watch Saturday and Sunday.

The last video/picture I have of Caden playing this season.


As the next inning he broke his elbow while pitching.
We watched it happen.
He threw the ball and immediately let his arm drop and starts walking to the catcher.
Coach comes out and leads him into the dugout.
Fortunately one of the other player's Dad who helps out keeping the book was there. He is an orthopedic surgeon and took a look at Caden. He asked about any old injures to his elbow, we said none. He said better get an x-ray ASAP.
We did and sure enough, broken.
Official name is fracture of the medial epicondyle.
Unfortunately a common injury for kids who are pitchers and growing.
The growth plate is weak due to new growth and the ligament is so strong it literally ripped a hunk of bone off.
Thankfully it wasn't bad enough to warrant surgery, but he is in a cast until the 7th. Then he will start physical therapy.

Hard way to end the season.
He still attends all games for both teams to cheer them on.

We got some camping in my birthday weekend with a great crew of friends. 

The weather was a bit cool and wet at times, but we sure had fun.
Caden found he was quite adept with his left hand playing hammerschlagen!

Live music on Saturday night featured Colton's old band mate Christopher!
These boys sure have grown up from their Orchard Warden days.

Our girl was home briefly on Friday with her boyfriend. 
They are off on a summer time road trip. 

Picture of all the kids. 
Chyann trying to get on her tippy toes to be taller than Caden. Nope didn't work lol

Anywho. That was our month of June in a nut shell.

Cooler than average temps these last two weeks and we only just got the pool uncovered on Saturday. Now the process of filling it and getting it ready begins. The Hubby wanted to scrap the whole thing for the summer since it would likely only be in use for a month or so, but I said naaah. We are opening it. 

Depending on how PT goes and when the doc releases him, Caden could potentially play on the fall travel team. I'm not sure I even want him to play at all again this season, but I think that little bit of hope that he MIGHT get to play again this season is keeping his spirits up.
He is not used to this inactivity.
He is going a bit stir crazy.
Course all my ideas to alleviate the boredom aren't what he wants to do.
What do ya do though. Sigh.

That's it for now. 
later :)

Monday, May 29, 2017

Weekend wrap up

Man, these last four days flew by!

The lawn was mowed, two gardens planted, flowers potted, down front fence repaired, road trip half way across the state, baseball practice, house cleaning, Memorial Day parade and we are at Monday night. I definitely do not feel like working tomorrow.
Seems like one more day off should be in order to rest up from this busy weekend, but alas I will work.

My little garden ended up with 24 tomato plants.
Do you see Tater? She did a lot of supervising while I planted.
The other garden has the usual sweet and hot peppers, onions and cucumbers. I even have a bit of room left so will be picking up a few more plants this week to fill it out.

My favorite part of the weekend was the parade.
When we first moved here 15 years ago you could hardly get a spot on the old nursing home lawn to watch the parade, unfortunately every year the number of spectators dwindle. This year those of us who attended had plenty of elbow room.
We were thrilled to have Colton join us this year.

Caden with the high school marching band!
He looks super sharp in his uniform!

A nice turn out at the cemetery. The guest speaker spoke eloquently about surviving a war zone and then the reality of coming home to deal with your memories. Very moving.

Our boys.
Seems just like yesterday that it was Colton in the uniform instead of Caden.
Caden says he doesn't think the uniforms have been washed since then either lol

A few storms this evening brought more rain to water my thirsty garden.

Hope you have a great short week!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Saturday AM coffee

I got a lot accomplished yesterday.
The little garden is ready for planting today.
Still have the other garden to weed and till, but I'll get it done.

Bought all my plants yesterday afternoon.
Not sure how many tomato and pepper plants I ended up with. Quite a few though.
I know I didn't buy enough flowers so will have to get more next week.
There were several varieties of heirloom tomatoes that I'd never heard of before so we'll be trying them this season. I can't wait for that first fresh tomato!

Picture from a week ago.

The lilacs just keep blooming and they smell amazing.

When Chyann was home last she discovered that our barn cat had kittens out in the old cow barn. There are five of them and they are super sweet so hopefully we wont have a hard time finding them new homes when they are ready. 

Time for me to get some sunblock on and get to digging in the dirt.

Have a good one :)

Friday, May 26, 2017


Memorial day weekend is here.

As soon as I finish drinking my coffee I'm heading out to pull some weeds in preparation of planting the garden tomorrow.

The Hubby thinks I should scale down the garden since we will be doing a lot of baseball over the summer. Yesterday afternoon when he suggested it, I said maybe. Today I'm thinking nope. I don't want to miss a single fresh tomato, pepper, squash, bean, onion, spinach or melon. It'll be a lot of work and probably a bit weedy at times, but I'll make it work.

A few pictures of my new friends.
Rose-breasted Grosbeak and a Baltimore Oriole.

I believe this is a house wren. He sits outside the dining room window and just sings and sings.

Everyone loves the vivid colors of the Cardinal.

We've had flocks of robins land in the apple trees too.
Love listening to the birds in the morning. Seems just before it gets light out is when they are the most vocal.

Big Memorial day parade on Monday and Caden will be in the high school band.

Enjoy your weekend.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Saturday AM coffee

Dang it's cold out.
We've had some unusual weather this last week.
From almost 80* for Colton's party last Saturday to 37* this morning when I got up.

Severe thunder storms and tornados about 40 minutes North of us tearing up towns. We've had a ton of rain.
Not sure how much rain we've had since I can't find the rain gauge (guess I need to buy another one), but the willow has about of two inches of standing water around it.
Even with the cold temps the grass is growing and the yard needs to be mowed badly.

This weekend would have been Caden's first baseball tournament, but it was cancelled due to field conditions and more rain is expected today. As crazy busy as April was for baseball the crappy weather has caused more cancellations for games and practice than we've ever experienced. Some springs are just like that I guess. Makes me glad I resisted the urge to get the garden planted prior to Memorial Day weekend.

Did I mention the apple trees all blossomed for Colton's party last Saturday?
They bloomed when he graduated from High School too. What a coincidence.
With the rainy weather we didn't get to enjoy the scent of the blossoms for long unfortunately.

Chyann made the deans list last semester at college!
She is one dedicated student to make that happen and work at the same time.

School is winding down for Caden too. Six and a half school days until he is officially a FRESHMAN.
Imagine that.

And you know what? I signed him up for drivers ED in August. WOW, right?
He could have done it in June, but with his baseball schedule it would have been too hectic.
Time is flying folks.

later :)

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The BIG day!

The culmination of five years of hard work was upon us.

We got up at the ass crack of dawn to arrive at the college at 710a.
Yes, we were one of the first ones there; we got good parking and the best seats.
Course that meant some sitting and walking around time until the ceremony started at 9a.

The kids goofing around on our way into the school.

Chyann's boyfriend came too.

The graduates were in one gym getting ready while the families were in another huge sports facility.
Caden and I found Colton when we were out on a walk and got a few pictures.

Finally the time had come.
The ceremony will full of pomp and circumstance, the traditions of the collage.
In total it was about two hours long.
The man presenting the diploma was a professor that Colton had for quite a few classes throughout the years.

Walking back to his seat.
He undid the top button of his shirt because he was so hot and forgot to re-button it lol

Afterward a few family pictures.

If you've been reading this blog for any amount of time you'll remember that we always took a first day of school picture of Colton and the kids at his dorm when he lived there and it seemed fitting to get a graduation day photo too.

Can't even tell you how proud we are of him.
Hell of an accomplishment!

Topped the day off with a gathering of friends to celebrate the occasion.

A wonderful day.

Now the real world awaits.

Happy Mothers Day to the Mother's in my life.
I had a great day with all the kids home.
later :)