Thursday, August 15, 2019

Celebrating Love with this Special Couple ~Happy Anniversary

It has been four years since our families and friends 
gathered on this hot, windy August day to join 
Emily and Jake on their special day.

It was a week full of fun and festivities!

In June, Hubby and I were blessed to spend a week 
visiting them in their home.
It warms my heart to know that 
they have such a loving, caring relationship.

Happy Anniversary to a very special couple.

Take care,
~Natalie

Monday, August 12, 2019

Someone Special Sunday ~Monday Memories ~A Visit from our Foreign Exchange Daughter

Every few years we are blessed to have a visit 
from one of the girls that lived with us for a school year.
You all remember Nellie...

...can you believe it has been seven years since 
this day when she arrived in our hometown airport?!

And here she is, sitting at our table again.
Another familiar face across from us, was Katie. 
She had many a meal with us while they were in high school.
It was also a pleasure to meet Jonas, 
Nellie’s boyfriend, who traveled with her from Denmark.

Since I am still not very handy in the kitchen,
 Hubby took charge of making his fabulous brunch.
Eggs, Toast, Bacon, and Hashbrowns...
he has perfected that technique so the hashbrowns are 
moist in the center and crispy on the outside.

Of course the girls had to recreate this photo
of their first outing together...
cheering on our Golden Eagle Football Team.

Their friendship was a match made in heaven, 
as Katie’s home was just across the street behind us.
 In the summertime you can barely see their driveway. 
But in the wintertime, Nellie could look out the window
and see when Katie’s car was there...
that meant she was home from dance!
Those nice neighbors behind us gave the girls permission
to run through their yard, between the houses,
to spend some time together.

Our time together went fast, and we said our goodbyes.
Nellie and Jonas have planned a side trip to 
vacation in the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore.

But first a parting gift...
Nellie brought some Danish candy.
By the way, this was one of my dad’s favorites!

Thanks for spending some time with us.

Take care,
~Natalie

Friday, August 2, 2019

Slow and Steady Wins the Race ~Where the Week Went ~Physical Therapy Report ~Lizzie’s First Selfie

A week has passed since I got the good news that I can now 
walk on my walking boot. Easier said, than done.
I don’t want to disappoint all of you, 
but I am not exactly dancing around the kitchen. 
Since I haven’t put any weight on my foot for over six weeks, 
it is pretty sore.

But I have enjoyed my re-gained independence.
I can take myself out and about,
 because my right leg is in great shape for driving!

I appreciate my Temporary Handicap Parking Hangtag.
It allows me to get close to the entrance.
First stop...the USPS, 
with a package for our family in Okinawa.

Stopping at Kesslers was a bit ambitious,
but I had to buy celery so I could make a pot of
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup. 
We’ve had some cooler weather, so it really hit the spot.

The next morning, my first physical therapy appointment.

I will be spending time in their pool
doing some water exercises...
which means I had to locate my  swimsuit.
(I had not worn it for years!)

It’s always good to get home again...

...and enjoy the beautiful weather out on our patio.

Take care,
~Natalie

Saturday, July 27, 2019

This Boot is Made for Walking ~And That’s Just What We’ll Do ~I Got Some Good News

It has been six weeks since my unfortunate mishap
while hiking on vacation in New Hampshire.

That means six weeks of 
non-weight-bearing sitting in a chair.

...while wearing this non-walking walking boot.

A rental wheelchair saved our family vacation...
along with my family that was so good about 
maneuvering it all over Boston.

We found the wheelchair so helpful that
hubby rented one when we got home.
It stays in the garage for when we go out and about. 
Hubby has take me, in the chair, to
Mavericks -3 times
Kesslers -twice
Clinic - twice
Target - once
I’d say we’ve gotten our money’s worth.

In the house I have appreciated my mom’s walker.
The seat allows me accomplish some simple house chores while sitting.
It is complete with a basket for toting my stuff around.

We also had my mom’s shower chair in storage...
and now it is in our bathroom.

Hubby lowered our ironing board...pressing my clothes 
was one of the chores I can accomplish while sitting, 
along with chopping vegetables to be sautéed,
and hand washing a few dishes.

Thanks to a friend for this tip...I ordered a Grabber “for the elderly”
It was a great $9.00 investment.
Plus I can keep it and use it again when I am “elderly”!

In the last couple of weeks, I graduated to this knee scooter.
Now I can actually get to my closet and into my sewing studio.

And then, yesterday, a day I have been waiting for...
My appointment at the Orthopedic Clinic.

This X-ray would determine my level of activity 
for the next four weeks.

I was overjoyed to hear the words,
“You can start walking on your walking boot!”
It will take time to regain my strength, flexibility, and balance. 
However, it feels so good to be standing upright.

Take care,
~Natalie

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

A Ninetieth Birthday Celebration ~Here’s My Report

My Mother-in-Law had a milestone birthday on Friday.
When one turns 90,
they deserve to celebrate all weekend long.
We all enjoyed a dinner out with family.

She has always appreciated a bouquet of flowers for her table, 
so this was our gift to her.
They graced our table at the restaurant and
again the next day at her coffee party.

She insisted that she did not want to have a big party 
for her big birthday, so we planned a 
small intimate gathering with cupcakes and coffee
for her closest friends and neighbors.

It was perfect for a weekend afternoon.

The Birthday Girl and her guests enjoyed
the sweet treats and good conversation.

Thank you to everyone that has
also sent Greeting Cards with personal notes.

This next photo showed up in my Facebook Memories...
taken the day of her 80th Birthday Reception.

My Oh My, we all look young here!
Cherish the time you spend with your family.
Such sweet memories.

Take care,
~Natalie

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Someone Special Sunday ~A Visit from My Long-Time College Friend

We had the best visit with my friend,
Debra and her hubby.
We met when we were Freshmen at NDSU,
over 4 decades ago!

We were both Textiles and Clothing Majors.
We planned our class schedules together 
so we could always be lab partners.

We have stayed in touch over the years,
and when they come home to spend time with family, 
they squeeze in a little visit with us.

When they visit, they usually bring gifts.
This darling little kitty plate is for our Lizzie to eat her treats.

Because they are crazy cat people...just like we are!

Of course, a cat can’t have its own plate without treats.
The gift bag included treats for me too...
these cookies from one of Debra’s companies look so tasty.

Check out this cute idea...
a slender gift box for birthdays or holidays.

It flips open with a message and plenty of room to 
write your own personal greeting.

Inside the box, a candy bar!
This one is Sea Salt Caramel and Dark Chocolate.
Yummy!!

My hubby loves his new football cutting board
for our tailgating table this fall.

And, they always bring wine...
After all, they live in California Wine Country.

Thank you Debra and Brian for a lovely evening.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

Take care,
~Natalie