There she blows … Cousins weekend (part 2)

The first blog on cousins weekend was mostly about the lake. This blog is about other activities of our weekend.

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A little shopping entertainment

So what does a group of women do on an women-only weekend. We go shopping. In this case, we went to Spooner, Wisconsin – just a few miles away from the cabin. Spooner has a two  or so block area with several gift and antique stores. Unfortunately for us, we decided to go shopping on Sunday – so some of the stores were not open. (Wouldn’t it be nice if all the merchants got together and were all open during the same times?)

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The store above gets the “My Choice for Best Store” award. It is a book store AND  a yarn store – all in one. There is a nice selection of books and a wide variety of very nice yarns. Even better – if you look closely at the picture above – you will see it is located in a building that was – or is – home to a Masonic Lodge – which typically have interesting architectural details.

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A key feature of this shopping area is this wall mural and small park. There were several areas where shoppers could sit and rest or just people watch.

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The shop called the “Dock” (shown above) was also the entrance to public restrooms — an important feature for women shoppers. We did not visit “The Wobbin Duck Saloon” – nor did we take time for a tattoo. Maybe next time. Maybe not.

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Back at the cabin

At the cabin, we had several visits from a woodchuck – who apparently lives under the shed. We thought about getting a be-be gun to shoot it; and then we thought better.

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We spent a far amount of time playing cards. Since I don’t play cards, I wasn’t the best at it. We played Skipbo and some other high-stakes game (as shown above) where we bet on which cards would appear. I think I won a few – but clearly I could use some practice.

And, there she blows . . . almost a catastrophe

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You’ll have to pardon my rudimentary sketching but this sketch will help you understand our near catastrophe. Later Saturday evening, we had all gathered in living room area of the cabin. I was sitting in the recliner (shown on the right in the sketch); one of my sister-in-laws was sitting in the rocker to the left of the recliner; my niece was in the chair immediately above the recliner that I was sitting in; and my other sister-in-law (and owner of the cabin) was walking between the recliner and the rocker.

I decided that I would hook up my oxygen bottle for the night. (It was empty from use the night before.) However, I have never hooked it up; my husband always does it for me.  So, I put the valve on the tank – as I thought it should be. Then I decided to test it – so I turned the value to open it — just as my sister-in-law walked by (between our two chairs). Well, I didn’t do it correctly and a blast of oxygen shot out, making a loud gushing noise. It either blew my sister-in-law (who was walking) over or it scared her. In any case, she fell forward – into the area between all of the chairs. I was watching her fall and trying to shut off the value – but then, I leaned too far forward – and ended up on the floor — all tangled up in the hose for the tank. I tried to get up by leaning on the chair, which just kept tipping. Finally, I was able to get up – and see that my sister-in-law was okay.

Just one more little problem – the one who fell had knee surgery on both knees, so she can’t lean on them. That makes getting up even harder – and, of course, it’s hard enough for us old folks to get up. After a few minutes of trying to figure out how to help her – we took one of the cushions off the couch and put it on the floor. She was able to scooch over and get onto that cushion; then we took the other cushion and put it on the first one. Again, she was able to scooch onto that cushion. Then it was easy for my niece to pull her to her feet.

After all of that, we just sat in the living room, laughing. I’m sure it was a funny sight – at least for a few minutes. Luckily, I now know how to correctly put the gauge on the oxygen tank. The bonus — the sister-in-law who fell had been suffering with a kink in her back for a few days prior to this incident; the next morning, the kink was gone!!!

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Color inside and out …

Fall is a wonderful season for brilliant color … both inside and out. Today’s blog is a photo tour of our color.

Inside, I find the following  …

The brilliant color of my violets …

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And my cactus .. which often blooms around Halloween …

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And then I venture outside … and I find the orange and red hues  …

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And my favorite oak tree … I protected this little sapling when it was just a sprig with two leaves. Years later it is magnificent.

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I hope you enjoyed the tour of color.

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A very quick Fall decoration …

After typing for six hours straight, I decided I needed to take a break and do something fun. The result – a very quick fall decoration  …

My supplies –

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… along with scotch tape and clear Elmer’s glue.

First, I stuffed the lights into the jar …

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Then I covered the top with leftover crepe paper (from our recent class reunion) and taped it down, leaving an opening for the cord for the lights.

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Then I glued a piece of Fall ribbon around the neck of the jar – using tape to hold it until the glue dried. (Of course, I bought the ribbon at 70% off the original price.)

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And this is the result … It can also be used for a Fall night light. The best part – you can remove the ribbon, crepe paper and lights very easily  … and reuse the jar.

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May you take time out of your busy day to have a little fun.

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The end of summer …

Well, Labor Day is here and the unofficial end of summer has arrived. It seems that summer had just started … and it’s now over. Wanting to savor as much summer as I could, I took a walk around the yard, looking for signs of fall and remnants of summer.

Gratefully, there is still a lot of summer color …

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If you look closely, you also find examples of color and design in the many mushrooms in the yard (before the lawn mower arrived). I have no idea what kind of mushrooms they are … but I love the detail in these tiny plants. If we stopped mowing our lawn, I think it would become a landscape of violets, johnny jump-ups, wild strawberries and mushrooms.

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I also found signs of fall …

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And this is how the weekend will end … one more bonfire to cap a weekend of nightly bonfires.

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Welcome to Fall and Thanks for Reading !!