Friday, September 4, 2015

Ingrid's First Football Performance

Be sure to turn up your sound, the lead singers name is SIGRID I do believe!
 I texted Astrid to ask for a picture of Ingie at her first football game.  She has a new phone.  Isn't Ingrid pretty?  She took all those years of dance and is a great stepper!

Astrid took the above one too and Eric sent me the video and the picture below.  His phone is old, old.  I will go see her perform but it is still so hot and I really don't enjoy football...but I do enjoy Ingrid!

Climbing Up

 I think this gym is part of Greta's birthday gift.  She loves exercise and is a strong, tough little girl.  Greg added a rope to the tree and they both love playing Tarzan and Jane.  I think Erin got this at Sam's Club.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Moving Fast

 If only I had the talent of Erin or Fleta, you would see a beautiful picture here.  I saw it with my own eyes but my camera skills are not good.  I have been having lots of Hummingbirds.

Hot Again

Yes, it is hot again, but when I start out on my walk before 7 a.m. it is really not so bad.  I guess the nights cool off more.

Erin and Greg got Clayton and Greta a new jungle gym.  Greta loves it.  Exercise is good is what I declare!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September's Here

 Patsy taught me that when birds or chickens poof out their feathers they are either hot or cold.  I say this Hawk is hot!  We had a reprieve of cool weather but it is hot again, but not for long I am sure.
 Another thing Patsy commented about was the flowers of fall are often oranges and browns and goldens and spring flowers are pinks and blues.  The above is a weed from the Meadow, but it is really pretty.  Don't guess it is fall because it is the wrong color.
 I love it when a Blue bird comes up to the water hole in the back yard.  They are one of my favorite birds but they like a fence row for their nests, one facing an open field as they eat mainly bugs and insects.  My sunflower seed is no attraction to them.
Astrid posted this selfie which I thought was so pretty that I am saving it here.  She texted me this morning that she forgot her homework and I ran it over to the high school.  I peeked into the Principals office but she was out.  She was one of my students when she was 12, a long time ago as now her kids are grown and she is in charge!

Rap From Little Sister

Is all Rap just crap?  I sort of thought so but I really liked this that Little Sister found!

Happy Birthday, Laura!

Wishing my girl all the best today.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Lois Rudd's Banana Muffins

 Sweet Jonell sent me her Aunt Lois' Banana Bread recipe.  Jonell makes muffins from it.  It is as good as Jonell said.
3 ripe bananas smashed
1 cup sugar (I used 3/4s cup)
1/2 cup of vegetable oil (I used healthy coconut oil)
scant teaspoon baking soda
3 Tablespoons Sour Cream (Jonell thinks this is the secret ingredient)
2 eggs
1 t. cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg (spices make me sick so I left this out and added Tspoon of vanilla)
1/2 cup of chopped nuts (I used pecans as that is what I had)
then add a 1 1/2 cup to 2 cups of self rising flour (enough to make thick and I added about a half cup of quick cook oats first and then used the flour until mixture was thick)
for muffins bake at 350 degrees for 22 minutes (this amount of time was perfect)
made 18 muffins for me the size you see below!

Sunday, August 30, 2015


 Gilbert worked on the storage shed and it looks better and stronger.
 Sigrid has her bluebird house ready to enter into the county fair.
 Astrid did a pencil drawering of Pop and Old Belle Starr.  She framed and matted it and then came over and hung it while he was away.  He was really surprised and pleased.
 I went out and visited with Uncle Walter this week.  He is 81.  He and Aunt Helen are doing well.  I enjoyed seeing them!
The first two years Larry and I were married we spent most Sundays at Uncle Walter's and Aunt Helen's.  Oh course, I did not wear a dress but Aunt Helen would get one of hers and off we went.  Uncle Walter and Larry were always working on something.  Helen went to the East Point Baptist Church there near where they lived.  They live where she was born.  Walter bought the farm from the other children.  Walter is Larry's Mom's brother.  He was 15 when Larry was born.  As far as I know, they have never had a cross word.  When Larry was about 4, Uncle Walter got him a tricycle for Christmas. He always calls Larry on his birthday.
 I have a herd of okra eaters living next door and only get about 3 pods of okra every 4 or 5 days. What nasty neigbors they are.

August Fading Fast

I made rolls and they were good.  I did not want to have more than one pan and it turned out to be one pan.  
 Sigrid called her Pop..."I have an idea.  How about WE build a birdhouse and I enter it in the Fair (coming soon)."  Pop informed her that if they were building it she were going to do more than "sit on the stool".  Well, they built it and and she is decorating it.  It has a license plate roof, a pencil perch, and will have keys and buttons making flowers surrounding it.  Sigrid had read that first place gets a $100.00.
 Only brother came to Momma's house and worked all day making window repairs, ceiling repairs, shed repairs.  Momma would be thrilled.  Helen is thrilled!  Some of the windows were just about to fall out of the window space.  House was built about 1949 so it is old.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Happy Birthday, Win Win Win!

Happy Birthday Winnie!

l to r Winnie Suzy Frankie?


Eric lost his sweet grandmother.
Picture of Merle from the 1980s.
Merle Fredrickson, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister passed away on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at the age of 90. Born to Andrew and Ella Fedje on December 13, 1924, she was baptized and educated in North Dakota. She married James Christenson in April, 1946, who unexpectedly passed away in January, 1959.
In 1961 she was re-married to James Fredrickson. After their marriage they moved to Lincoln in 1968 where they raised their family. Merle was active in church activities and worked at Nebraska Wesleyan University and the Foster Care Review Board for the State of Nebraska where she was named state employee of the year before her retirement.
James Fredrickson passed away in February 1995. She is survived by her sister Karen (Orville) Anderson, Sugarland, Texas; children, Mark (Ellen) Christenson, Salt Lake City, Utah; Jerry Lee (Stephen) Jensen, Lincoln; Margo (Arthur) Dobberstein, Naples, Fla.; Jeffery Fredrickson, Lincoln; Jay Christenson, Lincoln; and Paul Fredrickson, Omaha.
Her grandchildren, Erik (Laura) Christenson, Pottsville, Ark.; Christopher (Joanna) Dobberstein, Hopkins, Minn.; Anne (Brian) Sorrels, Naples, Fla.; Alix Christenson, Salt Lake City, Allisia, Nicolas and Bianca Fredrickson, Omaha, and five great grandchildren. Merle will be missed by everyone whos lives she touched especially her family and her many dear friends.
Viewing will be 1-9 pm Friday (family will be present from 6:30-8 pm Friday) at Butherus, Maser and Love, 4040 A Street, Lincoln. Services will be Saturday at 2 pm at Our Saviours Lutheran Church, 1200 S. 40th, Lincoln. Burial will follow at Wyuka Cemetery. Memorials suggested to the family for future designation. Condolences may be left at