Monthly Archives: July 2010

Once Upon a Thunder Storm…!

Yesterday afternoon we had a typical SD Thunderstorm. I was reading a wonderful mystery book by Dorothy Cannell called, The Thin Woman and was not paying much attention to the outside world. (I had set my kitchen timer to keep my reading to one hour, but kept re-setting it because of all the interruptions I had, then finally shut it off so I could finish the book!) I heard rain outside on the window so I looked up and saw that it was raining pretty good. I ran outside and dragged my new rose bushes, still in their pots, under the roof overhang. Once I got back inside the rain really came down. I could not see across my patio it was so heavy! I ran upstairs to check on my upstairs deck’s canopy. The canopy is really a camping type “pop-up” shelter that folds up and goes into a carry case. It was not nailed to the deck, because it fit very snugly into the corners. I heard a thumping as I went up the stairs and when I got to the window in my studio saw that the canopy was still there. Whew! Then I heard the thumping again, the tree branches were whipping the top of the canopy and suddenly the canopy’s legs did these incredible bouncy jumps, one jump, two jump then SWOOSH! the canopy catapulted up into the tree branches twisting up over the roof! I stood there in shock! All that was left visible of the canopy was one leg that had hooked the back of one of the patio chairs on the deck. The chair hung there about 6 inches off the deck, it’s feet dangling as the canopy bounced up and down with the wind. I was in too much shock to even look for the camera let alone get it. The rain died down and so did the wind about 15 minutes later and I went out on the deck to see if I could retrieve the canopy. No deal. It was twisted tightly into the tree branches and sticking to the roof.

I called my husband and he and his boss came right over. The two of them managed to get the canopy halfway off the roof, but the tree still clung tightly and they had meetings to get to, so we left it till after work. My husband had to saw the metal frame apart to get it out of the tree. What a mess. We threw the whole thing in the trash and now my studio is very sunny! This is a new canopy, only about 2 weeks of standing on our deck. Oh well. There is always next summer and a new idea about how to make an outdoor eating and relaxing area that won’t blow away with a SD Thunderstorm!



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Home again and loving it!

On the Road to Adventure

I went on a small adventure last weekend. I took my 87 yr old mother-in-love to Castlewood, SD which is just south of Watertown. We went to visit a dear friend and her 85 yr old Aunt. We had a blast! Another friend of my friend’s, an 86 yr old woman, joined us on our adventures and boy was it fun! We traveled the country one day and looked at all the small towns and farms and lakes and rivers that my friend had lived at or been to in her younger years.  And everywhere that we went, my friend knew someone!! It was like magic: pull into a town, start driving the streets looking at old landmarks that we were all interested in and the car would stop next to a person on a sidewalk. My friend would jump out, walk up to the person and they would exclaim each other’s name loudly and hug! What a trip! We laughed and laughed at how she knew the entire Eastern half of SD by first name. We were tired but happy and especially honored to have supper of Prime Rib at my friend’s place of employment in Watertown. Yummy.

Welcome to Vebelen

On Friday, we missed an awful and huge thunderstorm that came through on the interstate where we had driven the day before. We were glad that we had a hallway to sit in when the Tornado whistle in town went off and laugh about it still.

Long Lake

Now that I am home I have made cinnamon rolls, and dinner rolls, spaghetti and a casserole, bought roses for my garden, and survived two thunder storms. I have even gotten a little weaving done, and lots of laundry!! My dog has been to the dog park two out of three days and is waiting impatiently for another go at it today, but she knows that I am slow getting her there in the morning. 😎

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My Ladies

I have little space in my house for houseplants. Used to have dozens of houseplants, all different kinds, sizes and colors. Not anymore. I only have violets because they seem to do well in small spaces. I have 4 in the Studio and 4 in my kitchen window. Here are some of  my little ladies:

A Bevy of Beauties on My Sill


Pretty PInk and White

Hope you enjoyed my ladies today.

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Warped Cat

This has nothing to do with Weaving!!

My cat, Gracie thinks she can ride the Motorcycle in the garage, silly cat!

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Basket Weaving

Well, here we go again. I have tried to weave this basket at least 3 times now, and the beginning always looked like crap. So, I decided to NOT follow the pattern (which was a great pattern, I am not a great pattern reader!) and to do my own thing. Hopefully this will get out of the WIP category soon.

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My Studio and scarf

I took photos today of my re-arranged Studio. I also have the long-awaited scarf on the loom actually being woven!

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Last night I rearranged my studio, again, for the 3rd time.  Now I have a table that I can work on my baskets or painting or journaling. AND my chair for weaving and spinning actually looks out the window so I can see the hills. We are having a thunder storm and rain right now and it is nice to sit near the open door and hear the rain falling. I have a deck outside the studio and a canopy over the deck so no rain gets in here.

I love having my own space to create in.  I have been reading SARK’s books about creativity and they have been so helpful. I am writing again and painting as well as my fiber creations. Whoo Hooo a new life to live.

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