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Blog entry by Jayjaylove posted 05-13-2009 04:41 PM 1462 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well all, life is as life does. I was down in Iowa with the hubby and it just wasn’t working. Our daughter has a complex heart defect and will be getting another surgery in the next few months. She has to gain about five more pounds before her shunt starts to struggle. Among other reasons, I wanted to be closer to her doctor, who is out of Children’s Minneapolis. So I moved back to Minnesota. She is doing excellent, so don’t worry. Her brothers are doing well, also.

I am happy to be spending the summer caring for them and crafting. I have begun to carve wood and lino blocks for printing. What a learning experience. My hands are all sliced up :P but it’s been fun. I also have been doing some gardening. I am putting together some raised beds and I will post them here once I get them looking photo-worthy.

The hubby, who is still down in Iowa, has since been able to do more in the shop. Good for him. I like to see him doing what he loves. You all should tell him (wouldi is his name on here) to post some of these things he’s working on! It’s been an adventure being apart, not all of it good, not all of it bad, but we’ve been able to look at things differently and perhaps that’s what was needed all along.

The hubby was featured on Mod Mom Furniture: http://modmomfurniture.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2009-04-17T10%3A10%3A00-07%3A00&max-results=10

Thanks, Kiersten!

So it’s finally creeping up on summer and I am REALLY loving gardening. I am excited about placing my raised beds! Thanks to all the others who made some and posted on here! Without you all, this would have been a lot harder for me! :)

Happy making!

-- crafty ladies love wood too!



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ND2ELK

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#1 posted 05-13-2009 04:54 PM

Hi Kiersten

Glad to hear your daughter is doing well. It is nice that you and your husband are doing things you both enjoy while apart. My wife is the gardener in our family. Just started planting this week between the rain storms. You hang in there, time away from your hubby will go by fast. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#2 posted 05-13-2009 05:00 PM

Hey, lol, I’m not Kiersten. My name is Jess! Kiersten is the nice lumberjock who posted hubby’s work on her site :) :)

But thanks for your comment. Much appreciated.

-- crafty ladies love wood too!

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ND2ELK

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#3 posted 05-13-2009 05:09 PM

Lets try this again! Hi Jess

Someday this old man will learn to read.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 05-13-2009 05:17 PM

Jess,
I am glad to hear that you daughter and family are doing well, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Would love to see your wood cravings when done.
Keep smiling and God bless.

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#5 posted 05-13-2009 05:23 PM

Hey Jess. I put my garden out once. Rain storms washed lots of it away. Got to replant. Hope that little heart gets better real soon. Hate to hear such a little one has to undergo surgery but, isn’t it wonderful that it’s available.
g

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#6 posted 05-13-2009 05:32 PM

may your daughters health continue to improve

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#7 posted 05-13-2009 07:01 PM

Hi Jess, My best wishes and prayers go out to your daughter, and for your family to be together and happy soon. You sound like a very strong secure person. Enjoy what you can, learn from the rest. Happy gardening, a very good thing to do. Take care, Jack…............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#8 posted 05-15-2009 06:03 AM

Best wishes for a speedy recovery for your little Angel : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 05-21-2009 12:51 AM

Thanks for sharing your story.It is always healing to talk about concerns of the heart,especially concerning our children.I hope the best for you and yours.
I find woodworking and my photography good therapy when the world sets down hard on my shoulders.Making something or doing something for others always makes me feel better.Its funny how that works :-)

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#10 posted 05-21-2009 02:55 PM

Thank you all for the well-wishes. Our daughter is quite well and will only continue to grow and brighten our lives…She is the strong one in the family! We are so happy to have her… We have a Caring Bridge site for her: caringbridge.org & search babyletcher

Andy, I love how making things and doing things for others makes me feel. If I didn’t have an outlet for my creative energy, I would go crazy (or crazier :P). Plus, it’s less expensive (well, for some projects) than traditional therapy!

Am getting the garden completed. It’s a good think I live up North so I have a little time! :) :) :)

-- crafty ladies love wood too!

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#11 posted 05-22-2009 01:28 AM

I agree with you regarding therapy.It definitely has its place,but staying focused on a goal,working with our hands and minds,and thinking of others lifts our spirit. :-)
And gardening is absolutely one of the best things any of us can do.We get so much more out of than we put into it.We are just going to do some containers with tomatoes,peppers,etc..We have a loaded cherry tree and grapes coming on strong.Cant wait!

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#12 posted 05-22-2009 04:09 AM

Wow, grapes….I’d like to know more about that…it seems like a process! Do you make wine? I like container gardening, the sunniest place on my shady acres is my deck so I put the tomatoes and peppers up there!! Then I can just walk out in the morning from the kitchen and eat some goodies…yum yum.

-- crafty ladies love wood too!

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#13 posted 05-24-2009 03:29 PM

This is the first year we will get grapes.We moved here a year ago but no grapes because the previous tenant scalped every plant down to the main stock.( He must have got pruning shears for Christmas)They are now loaded with little clusters of grape buds about an inch long,so I think we will get a good crop.There is one arbor with two types of grapes,one on each side.We have only had to tie up the trailing vines and have been told thats about all there is to it.I have made all sorts of wine in the past,some good and some that we used for paint thinner.Yech!! We will just eat these I think,and might try making some jelly if we have enough.
We love container gardening too,partly because of the shade trees.We dont get much direct sun in the backyard,great for summer play,bad for crops.So we will plant tomatoes,peppers,etc..at least enough to make our own salsa :-) We can place containers in the sweet spot.
One year I did a hanging 5 gallon plastic pail with the cherry tomatoes growing out the bottom,and it bushed out,and that was so cool to go out and pick tomatoes like you would cherries.It hung from the back porch,and caught full sun.The kids thought that was the neatest thing.Gotta find a way to disguise the bucket though,or at least take the label off,
“Uncle Bucks Septic Cleaner” still showed through the vines.haha

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#14 posted 05-26-2009 07:43 PM

best wishes for your daughter’s continued good help.

You should post pictures of your gardens over at GardenTenders as well… (or link to it anyway) :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#15 posted 10-17-2009 02:46 PM

Jess,glad to hear that your daughter is doing better now. I to know what it is like to be away form the one you love,my job sometimes takes me away from my fiance’ but,I know as soon as I get back home we spend every minute together doing the things we love to do. Do not worry,your hubby and you will be together again soon.

-- RONAVISH,LaCrosseWiscosin,russianbluerussian1@yahoo.com

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